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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

ZeitgeistZeitgeist

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BA SCORE
82
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%


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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009)
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AgentMunky

California

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark, dark mahogany. Light head.

S: Caramel malts and maybe a little roast or toffee.

T: Carbonated, bitter, and clean. There is quite a bit of the sweet maltiness mentioned in the smell, but even more strong roasted bitterness -- coffee, with a smokey note. The flavour is light, but substantial. Except for the faintest metallic tinge, this is a very nice schwarzbier.

M: No complaints here; the beer tickles just a bit before mellowing into a subtle dryness that doesn't hit until well after I swallow.

D: A very good beer. I like the bottle, I like the marketing, I like the beer. Interesting, appealing, and very consumable. I wouldn't mind knocking back a few of these. As schwarzbiers go, this is the top of the class.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:02:27 | More by AgentMunky
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Mjoepp

Sweden

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black liquid, medium head.

S: Roasted malt, sweet malt, figs or similar fruit. Little smoke and coffee.

T: Same as above but the sweetness around the bitterness is overwhelming. Aftertaste is roasted bitterness.

O: Nice to drink, but not a personal favorite of style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 09:10:44 | More by Mjoepp
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, best before 6/21/2011 (USA). Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about a half inch cola-like tan head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but stronger, with a good roasty flavor and a bit of smoke. However, there's also a chalky flavor that I don't exactly care for. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin, and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink. Overall I think it's a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 00:21:57 | More by bluejacket74
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StJamesGate

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with purple-ruby highlights and a frothy tan head than doesn't hang around. Big roasty nose. Coffee and blackberry malts with mild kola and bark hops. Brown sugar finish that gets lean. Light, fizzy, tight.

Not the most subtle, but then it is Brewdog. The aggressive end of schwarz, good for pounding porter flavors if that's your thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 17:56:42 | More by StJamesGate
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark dark ruby red with a magenta tint. Thin thin layer of head, which quickly dissipates.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and toffee. The malts are prominent on this one. Was half expecting some hops based on the description of Schwarzbier, but nothing really came through.

T - Rather surprised with this one. Much lighter on the flavours than the scent and appearance implied. I was expecting a super strong malts, but it was quite a light flavour. Chocolate malts, and a lingering roasted coffee flavour on the tongue. There's a bit of hops on the finish, but not overpowering.

M - Quite light on the palette and goes down smooth, but finishes very dry.

D - Overall, pleasantly surprised by this offering, but my expectations were rather low. I wasn't a fan of their Hardcore IPA, so was half expecting a disappointment. Quite light and drinkable, the flavours were noticeable, yet not overpowering. Recommended to anyone who's seeking a dark lager with a lighter twist.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 02:02:59 | More by andrenaline
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rarbring

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, black with some brown hints, the head is beige and leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of dark roasted notes, the malt itself, but also coffee and burnt bread crust. Some faint sweetness like a fig liqueur.

The taste has a milk chocolate sweetness and a dark chocolate bitterness, but a bit flatter than the smell.

Medium high carbonation, a rather heavy body but yet a watery feeling that balance it.

Not bad at all, rather much flavor and good balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 16:32:08 | More by rarbring
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Sigmund

Norway

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 4.9%. Black colour, dark brown in the highlights. Moderate beige head. Very nice roasty aroma with notes of chocolate and coffee, hints of liquorice. Fresh mouthfeel with hints of fruity acidity. The flavour is roasty with notes of coffee, fairly dry. A pronounced roasty and hoppy bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:27:52 | More by Sigmund
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pokal at ChurchKey.

I know when I think of the term "zeitgeist", I think of goth sheep. At least I think that's what's depicted on the bottle... If only I'd had the bottle to look at while sampling this brew... It pours a very dark, though still clear, garnet brown topped by a finger of tan foam. Schwarzbier all the way so far. The decline of this dark (and apparently self-aware) civilization begins in the nose: floral hops, dry dark coffee, dark wheat, and an obvious note of chalk. It is this chalkiness that will serve as the dagger that eventually brings this brew down. The other elements of the nose reprise their roles for their debut on the tongue, though the coffee is heavily watered-down. Some dark chocolate powder makes a cameo appearance, but it makes the most of its few lines, inciting a riotous laughter that elicits praise from the critics in attendance. Unfortunately, it couldn't make up for the absolutely hammy performance of the chalk, whose scenery-chewing and over-the-top "emoting" (think some of the stinkier performances from MST3K films) drag the whole production into the crapper. Had Bialystock (...that's how his name was spelled, right?...) and Bloom had produced this script, their scheme would have gone off hitchless. Thankfully the body is light, as is the carbonation; otherwise the whole thing would be abysmal. Instead, it's just kinda bad. Big letdown from the boys from Scotland.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 05:53:00 | More by TMoney2591
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served in a becher glass on tap. Beer is reddish brown and dark. Beer is mostly clear with a brown head of small bubbles. Lacing is low as well as carbonation.

Aroma is surprisingly smokey. The overall aroma is a bit light but pretty interesting.

Beer is medium body and the smoke that was the star of the aroma is kind of subdued on the palate. Its quite a good schwarzbier. Its mildly smokey, dark, medium bodied, clean finish without an aftertaste. Nice balanced malt presence. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 19:43:39 | More by drabmuh
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool label as per usual from these guys.

Dark, dark walnut brown. So so head & retention, but some nice webs of lacing.

Sweet malk chocolate, hint of molassess.

Sort of bland and tasteless other than a bit of bitterness/chalkiness. More interesting in the middle and finish with some nice dark roast malt, hint of chocolate and some milky smoothness. Finish is dry and somewhat chalky.

A bit thin, but quite smooth and drinkable.

Price is a deterrent, otherwise a decnt Swartz.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 02:41:32 | More by Shadman
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at Novare Res 4/30

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown. A one finger of light brown head sits on top. Head recedes rapidly leaving minor spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of grain, caramel malts, and toffee.

T: Taste start with toffee up front, some caramel sweetness then comes through. Some milk chocolate comes through the middle, hints of roasted malt. Finish has a surprising hop bite to it.

M: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not a bad beer but I've had better of the style that I would opt for in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2010 13:44:34 | More by Jayli
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istarilord

Hawaii

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with thin head. Malty sweet odor.

The beer has a light smell but a fairly complex taste. Very light malt up front, with light smoky/chocolaty notes. Lingering toastiness and chocolate on the palette.

Easy to drink, the bubbles feel small. The flavor could be a little more full-bodied, but I did buy this beer on sale due to a passed expiration date...

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 09:43:57 | More by istarilord
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marquis

United Kingdom (England)

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a tiny 330 ml bottle.
Pitch black with a reasonable head, initial aroma was promising.A big dose of roast but with nothing much there to back it up though there was a hint of caramel.Somehow the beer wasn't "all of a piece" , almost as if the components were bolted on.
I'm not a lager drinker so didn't know what to expect (I've had Budvar Dark and found it disappointingly thin) but 4.9% should buy some more body and backbone.I feel that this could be a decent brew if better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 18:06:42 | More by marquis
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan28 2010

A dark cola with a very fast falling cola like head that almost has the fizz of a pop.

S nothing special just some faint milk chocolate and some unexpected hops

T as it smells but with a little coffee

M a little watery for how dark it is and I found it a little flat

D not far above average for the style, wouldn't be my first choice in this price range

I must admit I did like the label a little more then the beer inside the bottle. I'm not saying this is a bad beer but it's not my favorite from this brewer, and it's a little pricey for what it is

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:39:52 | More by wordemupg
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of chocolate milk coloured head over a ebony brown body that appears deep red when held to the light.

Smell - 4.0
Rich and malty, smells of baking chocolate brownies, vanilla and a little roasted malt.

Taste - 4.0
Leaner than the aroma might suggest. This well balanced dark lager has flavours of bittersweet dark chocolate, a little burnt, roasted malt and just a little hop character. Subtle and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderately carbonated, fine bead, light to medium body.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not a session beer for me, but something I would be happy to drink any time of the year.

OVERALL - 3.9
A very good Schwarzbier, had I not known it was a BrewDog beer, I would have guessed that it came from a top German brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 06:59:25 | More by LittleCreature
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bmanning

North Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had 12oz on draft at Churchkey in DC last night.
This was probably my first beer that I've had at Churchkey that I just flat out did not like (out of about 50 at this point).
The aromas are barely noticeable - nothing like traditional German Schwarzbiers.
The taste was very watered down, with an odd medicinal fruitiness. Mouthfeel was very thin. This is by far the worst Schwarzbier I've ever had.
I couldn't even finish the 12 oz in my glass.
This is the worst beer I've had from Brewdog and I will avoid this beer at all costs in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 15:05:18 | More by bmanning
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Travlr

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pure black, with a large bubble head, settles down to small clumps of big bubbles and great lacing.
S: Aroma of cocoa and roasted coffee with milk.
T: Flavor begins with dark milk chocolate and progresses to a roasted malt finish.
M: nice full body.
D: decent brew, very desirable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 02:42:46 | More by Travlr
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in Sam Adams glass. Black with fast disapearing light brown head. Leaves lace spidering. Slightly roasty, slightly lagerish aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Understated carbonation, which is good. A little mollasses, only slightly sourish. A little drying. Decent interpretation of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 03:12:09 | More by Sammy
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a very small head.
Aroma is very rich with sweet roasted malt showing dark chocolate, toast, and espresso.
Flavours are similarly rich, but not as sweet, and include more espresso and burnt toast, followed by a lingering roasty finish with a prominent, but not sharp, bitterness.
Light body and carbonation work well with the clean lager flavours.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 10:22:26 | More by CrazyDavros
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Dijeriduster

California

2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Kinda bummed after being floored - literally - by Brewdog Rip Tide.

A - Black with somewhat weak head. Quick swirl brings it back but it doesn't last long. No lacing, but it was served pretty cold, producing condensation...

S - Some presence of roasted grains but well hidden. Not a lot of hops either...

T - Underwhelming. Starts off with roasty flavors that quickly fade as the lager yeast takes over. Interesting combo, but lackluster. Roasted grains like this deserve more body in my mind - a lager yeast leaves the flavor profile lacking.

M - kinda thin, as expected with a black lager. Not terrible, but certainly a far cry from other "black" beers.

D - Eh, interesting to try but not much here really. I was expecting more from Brewdog - I just hope the Punk IPA and others are better

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 22:55:00 | More by Dijeriduster
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ADZA

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice cola colour with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that dissaptes quickly with sporadic lacing,it has a nice sweet roasty malt aroma to it with some bitter hops present aswell,it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of roasty malts and some bitter hops towards the end but not as complex as i expected but netherless a very easy drinking sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 13:54:22 | More by ADZA
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose this beer has an intriguing aroma profile of sweet malt, peat and licorise. I really like the way this beer smells. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with some nice underlying bitterness to cut the moderate sweetness and peat. Mouthfeel is medum bodied and the beer finishes well. I would have guessed a somewhat higher abv. then 4.9%, but it's not at all heavy or tiring on the palate.

This is not bad at all and is considerably better then some of the brewdog beers I've had of late.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 00:44:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, almost black with an off-white small creamy head that dissipates fast leaving faint lacings.

S: The smell is dominated by the sweetness from the roasted malt, but there is also some bitter hops, some smoke and some chocolate. Faint nuts.

T: The taste is not to far from the smell. There is lots of sweetness from the roasted malt, but there is also a very present dryness from the bitterhops. Then there is smoke and notes of chocolate (bitter dark) and black strong coffee.

M: The aftertaste is rather long, with sweetness, but here the dryness together with the bitterness kicks in. The body is surprisingly light and the carbonation is moderate.

D: If you're comparing this with a lager it's very drinkable. If you compare it with other schwarzbiers then this one is milder, lighter and sweeter than other ones - this may be right up your alley (if you think Schwarzbier is to complex).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 16:55:06 | More by Sunnanek
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ricke

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with mahogany hues and a very small off-white head that settles fast and leaves small lacings.

S: Dark malts, smoke, wood, smoked ham, toffee, hints of chocolate, caramel and brown sugar. The smell is decent, some aromas are quite nice, especially the gentle smoky touch, but the sweetish components of sugar and caramel are a bit too much.

T: Taste is not as pleasant. It's rather sweet with malty flavors of caramel and toffee to the fore. Mild semi-smoky aromas and notes of wood. Slightly burnt character. The same disturbing character of brown sugar appears here as well though. The finish is mildly bitter with a quick flare of hops and roasted malts.

M: Medium body with a rather smooth texture. Semi-dry finish.

D: Decent. It get quite pointless after a while. The best thing about this beer is the artwork on the label.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 13:24:56 | More by ricke
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bark

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark brown; almost like weak coffee. The two finger head is pale brown and compact. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is bitter with roasted notes of nuts and roast beef. A hint of yeast in the background.

The taste is dry with roasted notes of coffee, nuts, and dark chocolate plus some fried vegetables. Some sweet notes of milk chocolate, dark rye bread and caramelized sugar in the aftertaste. The hops are clearly in the background, but there are some creamy-bitter flavours in the finish.

The carbonation is mild to medium. The fresh bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is light yet smooth.

Milder and sweeter than most Schwarzbiers. Still a highly drinkable and enjoyable lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 20:28:26 | More by bark
Zeitgeist from BrewDog
82 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.