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Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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83
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 02:08:30 | More by htomsirveaux
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Sigmund

Norway

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 01:38:23 | More by Wattsox
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magictrokini

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 20:01:28 | More by magictrokini
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-20-2013 20:50:29 | More by Ciocanelu
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-05-2012 14:12:42 | More by aztraz
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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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HerrKrinkle


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-06-2013 14:49:28 | More by HerrKrinkle
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Arborescence

Finland

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-30-2013 11:22:22 | More by Arborescence
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SteLu

Norway

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-18-2014 20:07:29 | More by SteLu
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-07-2014 20:15:33 | More by leitmotif
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-14-2012 21:19:02 | More by samEBC
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jeiiVP

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-06-2013 15:46:45 | More by jeiiVP
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GeeZaa

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-08-2014 09:05:06 | More by GeeZaa
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brendan13

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 09:34:52 | More by brendan13
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2014 22:43:52 | More by BJSmit
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defect_

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-03-2013 20:35:34 | More by defect_
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2013 13:58:01 | More by YamagamiTravis
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crowncapcollect

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 21:02:53 | More by crowncapcollect
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istarilord

Hawaii

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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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rarbring

Sweden

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle 4,9% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in a Brewdog Teku Glass.
Batch 318 BB 30/07/12

This will be my first schwarzbier - fitting I guess for a day in which I derived an interesting alternative proof for the Schwarz inequality!

Appearance: Awesome label design, one of my all time favorites!
Moving to the contents of the bottle - dark body that reveals deep ruby highlights when backlight topped by a massive light tan head that displays good retention and leaves some good lace. I hope Zeitgeist isn't way over carbonated; it always worries me when a gentle pour yields a massive head.

Smell: Of Brewdog's core range I loved Punk IPA (fresh) but thought 77 and Trashy Blonde were very bland. My fist whiff of Zeitgeist tells me that thankfully it leans towards the Punk side. Milk chocolate and roasted malt dominate with coffee, creamy oats, sweet licorice, a fair amount of smoke, touches of tobacco, sweet caramel and dark berries and some floral hops also being noted.
The nose is surprisingly complex for such a light beer.

Taste: Lightly sweet milk chocolate to start followed by coffee, roasted malt, some smoke, a light nuttiness, licorice and a grainy note (sadly). Great lasting bitter coffee finish.
Overall pretty damn tasty beer, but it just seems to lack a little of the power and complexity of the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light (or just over) body with a high level of smooth carbonation. A little too much CO2 for me.

Overall: Surprisingly good! Complex and flavourful for the abv.
If it was available locally I would certainly buy a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 21:21:02 | More by Thehuntmaster
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:13:51 | More by wl0307
Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.