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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009

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Photo of wl0307
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice deep black-brown, with good clarity. Heady is loose-bubbled and made of mocha-coloured foam. Lacing is good. Looks like there's a decent amount of carbonation, and a surprisingly thick body for a lager of this strength. Looks good.

Dark roasty cereal notes on the nose, a bit of sweetness and a lot of toasted bread character. A bit of something green and fresh as well; cut grass or lucerne. Not bad.

Taste is clear on the front, before a welling of roasted character on the back gives a bitter finish with a pleasant leavened nuttiness. Quite a dry finish, but it has a lingering dark ashy character that lengthens the palate. Feel is clear.

Very nice beer, clear and clean, but with a robust dark character to add a deal of interest. I like it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks good out the bottle pitch black with an off white head.

The smell is subtle malts, a little bit of smoke and some earthy hops.

The taste is malty, grainy, light and easy drinking.

The mouth feel is light with a crisp finish.

Not my favorite style but I really enjoyed this. A good abv for having a few.

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Photo of rarbring
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Hamilton's. Poured black, could be very dark brown, with a short, creamy off-white head. Good retention with small amount of lacing. Smoky, burnt coffee aroma with caramel, cereal grain, and tobacco. Flattish mouthfeel that varied between slick and lifeless. Very nice smoke and roast malt flavors. Earthy cocoa, like carab, and cream. Nice bitter hops from time to time. Admittedly, I have not had as many schwarzbiers as others, but I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of istarilord
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

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Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown with ruby red highlights when held up to light. About 1 centimetre of mocha coloured head which falls away fairly quickly leaving a touch of lace.
S - Chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt notes. A bit of a dark fruit hint.
T - Chocolate and coffee also in the taste along with some herbal and earthy character.
M -Fairly light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.
D - Nothing mindblowing but decent beer that I'd drink again and could have a few of in a winter session.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of crowncapcollect
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle

Very dark with little head. An little aroma, but it does taste rather lovely. Although drinking it straight after a bottle of their outstanding Bashah, it does lack something in depth and complexity. So, not one of BrewDog's best, yet still a very fine beer, and an unusual style. And why not.

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Photo of Wattsox
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, consumed Feb 2011, BBE Sep 2011.

A - Brown / near black body with reddish highlights, no head and virtually no lacing.

S - Rich, dark roasted malts with some coffee.

T - Light taste to open before the roasted malts come along and add a lot of depth. Good amount of bitterness but the aftertaste doesn't linger.

M - Smooth light body with light punchy carbonation.

D - Quite a nice one, balances between a light body and deep taste that would work well as a session or by itself.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle tried 18 Oct 2010. Courtesy of L&D, thanks! Served in, damn, garbled pic in notes. One of the dimpled German mugs. 0.4 L most likely.

Large bubbly light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Very dark brown, almost opaque. Roasty fruity sour aroma with a touch of smoke. Lots of roasty dark chocolate to start. Mocha, espresso. Medium body, mild ethanol. Roasty bitter finish. Aftertaste is some lingering cocoa.

As has been mentioned before, decent but pricey on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of velkyal
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours dark ruby and the fluffy tan head disappears rather quickly.

The nose was quite floral, but the burnt toffee I smelled last time was a bit toned down this time I thought, almost like tablet rather than toffee.

Drinking the beer I felt there was more coffee than chocolate this time, which made the beer quite dry and bitter, which is never a bad thing in my world, although there was an undertone of sweet caramel, and even some smokiness - although apparently there wasn't any smoked malt used.

A nice rounded body makes it a satisfying drink, which is nicely balanced and easy to imbibe.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, solid black colour with a slight reddish tinge, settles toh a thin brownish white head that lasts for the duration of the drinks life.

Made up of roasted malts, some light toffee notes and very sweet fruity smell that is reminesant of dark summer fruits and there is a nice general hopiness.

Lots of sweet malts, hops and roasted barely that is quite similiar tasting to a stout but not quite as strong on the taste buds. There is a good fruity finish that closely matches the nose & contains faint hints of both toffee and coffee but not much.

Medium bodied & with good carbonation levels, this is a smooth beer to begin with but finishes slightly on the sticky side.

Not at all what I was expecting from this one. Quite sweet and fruity tasting & this is matched by the nose but overall a very drinkable beer that I hope to drink again soon.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a small head and little visible carbonation.

Smell is malty with slightly roasted notes and a sulfuric lager yeasty smell. Some hoppy notes.

Taste is roasty with nice maltbitterness. This is like a dark pilsner, with the dark malts adding a strong dark taste. The light body of the beer seems to be a little out of balance by the roast. Drinkability is a little inhibited by this.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a dense brown, nearly black body with a slight off white ring on the top, not thick or lasting. Aroma showed a slight citrus character and roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, slight chocolate tones as well. Balanced with some coffee notes on the tongue

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

A: Opaque, dark brown, slight white head.

S: Very roasty with some dark sugar sweetness.

T: Chocolaty malts, toasted caramel or molasses sweetness.

M: Medium body, some carbonation, a little more sweetness than is preferred, but generally smooth.

D: Smooth and drinkable once you get past the initial hit of sweetness.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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).

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Photo of Shadman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.