Zeitgeist - BrewDog

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stumac on 03-31-2009

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Photo of bark
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of crowncapcollect
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of sammytag
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a- Beautiful, black. Sparse, frothy head comes up after a very aggressive pour.

s- mysteriously faint. A bit of hop, a bit of dark malt. subdued.

t- Bold! This is a dark roast beer. Bizarre and intriguing. Milky, yet sharp on the attack. Black licorice flourishes in the mid, and espresso tannins linger long into the aftertaste.

m- medium bodied. The crisp carbonation on this one gives it a really nice balance and mystery, offsetting expectations.

d- very drinkable. dark and accessible, yet not mild in flavor by any stretch of the imagination. It is at once tactfully stylish and tactlessly brazen. Try it.

Photo of thepeter
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Head full of big and little bubbles, but it thinned out quickly and left little lacing. Black with a dark red hue when held up to the light.

S - Chocolate and coffee, roasted malt are all expected. A bit of fresh baked bread and hay are in the mix as well. Got a small whiff of hops at the end also.

T - The usual suspects, Very straight forward rich chocolate and coffee flavors, roasted malts and fresh bread. Very well done and what I was looking for. Very clean aftertaste.

M&D - Rich and creamy, heavy on the palate which is nice for this style. Great medium carbonation that I could drink all day. Went well with dinner (a heavy pork stew - Dinuguan).

Photo of magictrokini
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours the darkest brown, with a soft off-white head, solid retention.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt malt.

T: The flavor isn't robustly dark, offering creamy hot chocolate, some light molasses, Tootsie roll pop, and dark bread. Very rich in flavour for such a low ABV beer.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, creamy, medium-bodied, light aftertaste.

D: A nice black beer that has great flavour and is real easy to sit back and relax with. Perhaps the first BrewDog I have really liked aside from the Scotch-barrel aged stuff. Just wish it was less expensive.

Photo of Floydster
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint at Beachwood BBQ for $6.50 tonight, surprised to see this beer in California under this serving style, great job once again Gabe on getting awesome beers in here, color is a very dark brown nearly black, 3/4 inch creamy slightly off white head that does not last long, some nice lacing though, aroma consists of coffee, smokiness, caramel, roasted malts, raisins, tobacco, toffee, leather, and very dark chocolate, flavor starts off with some roastiness but is a pretty light flavor, some burned malts in the middle, leathery finish with some dryness from strong coffee, does not change much as it warms, pretty light overall for the style, would expect a bigger roasty presence, dry, chewy, and slightly roasted mouthfeel, medium bodied, medium level of carbonation, taste did not linger long and it was thin at times, could drink another glass or two, light and cannot taste any alcohol, not a real flavorful beer though which is unusual for the style, drinkability is there but overall feel and taste is lacking a bit, not a bad beer, probably would not pay nine dollars a bottle like I have seen it at a few places, still a decent brew from the UK, might drink again, worth trying

Photo of DerBayer
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not really a Schwarzbier more of a strong beer along the lines of Eisbock barleywine or Doppelbock ONLY that it has none of the alcohol, fruitiness or carmel notes of these beers so overall not too bad but a bit of a letdown in many ways - not what it claims to be but also not what it aims to be

Photo of brendan13
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

The label is pretty weird - why can't I help but be reminded of the Robot Elders on Futurama? Silence!

This beer pours an opaque black, with slight reddish edges, and a wisp of beige head, that readily disappears, leaving some thin solid lace around the glass. It smells of roasted caramel malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, and some herbal hops. The taste is dry roasted chocolate malt, a bit of mocha, and earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body light for the flavour, but pretty solid and creamy for the style. It finishes dry, with the roasted chocolate lingering.

This tastes pretty much like a few of BrewDog's heftier RIS offerings, only dialed back in intensity, and definitely in weight. I've come to expect schwarzbiers to be thin, mild dark lagers, but this far exceeds my expectations (admittedly borne of limited experience with the style).

Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown that verges on black. A very vigorous pour produces only a minimal film of head. Disappointing.

Aroma is weak, in part due to the poor head formation. Notes of chocolate, coffee and roast. Slightly fruity.

Much better flavour than aroma. I get good roast and chocolate. Nice earthy hops and fruity character. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol.

Light body with mild carbonation is pleasant enough.

This is a nice enough beer which packs plenty of flavour for its average ABV.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of an odd creepy marketing to this beer, given the name and then the robed goat-headed Illuminati-like figures on the label. Are they going for revolution or a moonie brainwashing schtick?

Pours out a black opaque appearance, although faint cola hues when held to direct light. Tall frothy tan head that eventually recedes to a thin creamy cap.

Quite robust aroma for a lower abv% beer, roasted and toasted malt, some wood and smoke, molasses and licorice, even some dark bitter cocoa and hints of cafe au lait.

The flavour however seems pretty neutral, in fact there's not much to it at all. Very mild and faint roasted malt and some twiggy wood, dry finish and aftertaste. Dry bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is equally as tame and unremarkable, on the thin side, smooth texture with a noticable lack of carbonation.

Um, pretty bland when all is said and done, especially for the price tag, not on par with the calibre of this brewery. Otherwise an unintimidating dark beer for those looking for a stepping stone into the style.

Photo of Absumaster
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TKempe
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour on this "black lager" is a very dark brown which is attractive enough. The down side however is that the beer doesn't produce any head whatsoever, meaning no lace (bad bottle?).

The nose is dominated by a good deal of coffee-like and slightly ashy roasted malt, while support comes from a clear touch of herbal hoppiness and many shades of sweetness, varying from fruity (prune) to chocolate to caramel.

Roasted barley and a refreshing sour note bring the beer close to a porter in taste. Flavours of dark fruit and hops turn it into a diversified and satisfying overall taste.

Mouthfeel is a bith thin and watery, yet smooth enough to please the palate and soften the carbonation.

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings..

Poured a very deep dark mahogany brown. Mocha tan head poured thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick, pock marked coating... very light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Toasted bread, lightly roasted milk chocolate maltiness, light smokiness, caramel, leathery notes, coffee notes, treacle sweetness, burnt nuttiness, buttery, some dark fruit notes (dates, prunes)..

Taste - Nice strong roasted caramel malts, peppery hop bitterness, espresso coffee, creamy chocolate, some rich sticky fig and date fruitiness, some light metallic traces, toasted malty bread, molasses sweetness, light spiciness...

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth with just a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied.. extremely quaffable - i could happily drink this all evening..

Overall - An excellent example of a Schwarzbier... definitely recommended...

Photo of velkyal
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Zeitgeist from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.