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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
83
good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dcmchew
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

During the pour it seemed like more of a stout, but this definetely tastes like a lager; it's lighter and clearer than expected;
Plus the mouthfeel makes that even clearer; not a big fruitiness, maybe some low dark fruit/berries; the malts are nicely roasted, giving off aromas of (very) dark bread, then going to coffee notes, lower strong cocoa powder also; decent nuttiness, also some dark chocolate sweetness, with faint candi sugar/licorice;
The bitterness isn't provided only by the roast, but also by some somewhat herbal hops, really nice and dry in the finish;
I'm conflicted, there are a lot of stout (going to porter) elements, with a lager body, but it fits nicely, it makes a "fresher", more sessionable dark beer

Photo of IWannaEatFood
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MrShep
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jeiiVP
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Coren
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Graeme24
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of defect_
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Noyt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Arborescence
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with light bitter notes. Taste is an easily drinkable mix of dry roasted malt with light dry bitter notes. Finish is lightly sweet. Body is light with good carbonation. Not bad though a bit more simplistic then I had anticipated.

Photo of JesperHagberg
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark, black with a low tan head.

S - Rosted, bready with some coffee notes.

T - Much like the smell it tastes of rosted malts, bread, coffee. But the taste adds a slight smoky flavour to it.

MF - Medium to full body with a dry aftertaste.

O - Good beer, price wise it wasn't too bad compared to some other beers here in Sweden. Wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

Photo of wl0307
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, at 4.7%abv.; BB 12/04/2014, served mildly chilled in a tall tumbler.

A: pours a pitch black colour topped with a 1cm-thick khaki frothy head, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: on the nose, the richly roast-malty and lightly aromatic/vanilla-ish chocolatey notes are reminiscent of a fuller English Stout; given a very good swirl, the black dates, burned walnuts, mild raisins, smokiness, and other deep aroma usually related to a stout emerge in full force. Seriously, it doesn’t smell like any Schwarzbier or even Czech black lager that I’ve tasted and smelled, as it’s simply fulsome without lager’s key, doughy or mildly acidic edge to it, while a note of German rye bread definitely makes itself felt. Interestingly, as the beer warms up a bit, the doughy edge does surface to the noticeable level.
T: on the palate, it’s immediately clear that it tastes far more like a lager bier than it smells on the nose, due to a palate far cleaner than any dark or black ale. It’s almost crisp and light, coming with chewy roasty malts and rye-breadiness without much aroma around it, laced with a mild but still detectable lager-y acidic edge. The aftertaste shows considerable herbal hop bitterness and also bitterness from roasted malts different to one’s normal schwarzbier, while flavours of chewy bittern nuts, faint saltiness and bitter-sweet liquorice roots combine to deliver a satisfyingly lingering finish.
M&O: refreshing on the palate while being only moderately carbonated, medium-bodied against a truly decent flavour profile, this “idiosyncratic black lager” comes across as a fairly successful product by Brewdog, which is not that renowned for its lager bier making. Very likable and very… mixed. Definitely not fitting in with the classic “schwarzbier”, though, IMO.

Photo of 2bet
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of torerik
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HerrKrinkle
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HomerS
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of GreggBarton
5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color. Poured just one finger head with short retention.
Sweet malty smell with hints of dark chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is similar to aroma, but revealing more complexity. A sweet taste with smoky and toasted malts with hints of dark chocolate along with a spicy hoppy kick.
Aftertaste is dry and bitter leaving coffee notes.
Medium to full body with light carbonation with small bubbles.

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Blissmo
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of heatherishoppin
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorite beers. I first tried it two years ago when I was beginning to become a beer connoisseur. Just absolute magic. The flavor is complex and the color is beautiful. Zeitgeist translates to "The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time." This beer is my defining spirit!

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.