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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
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 128
Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up without even realizing it was a BrewDog beer. I'm interested in how it is, though I don't know the whole story behind its conception. I'm reviewing it pretty much as any other dark lager.

This is a very dark beer, though it has a slight ruby tinge when held up to direct light. There is almost no head to speak of.

The aroma is rich and chocolaty! I'm quite surprised by its intensity. There is a hint of aromatic hops in the background too.

The flavours are very nice! Quite sweet off the bat, but some light chocolate and roasted malt flavours make themselves known. It finished off with a hint of bitterness. The whole while, carbonation remains low and drinkability remains high.

Overall, this is a really nice beer! I'll have to see if I can get some more!

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Photo of TKempe
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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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 dgfair
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Sam adams perfect pint.

Beer pours a deep dark brown, very close to black, with a soapy tan head that leaves nice lacing around the glass. Smell is biscuity malt with a slight tinge of roastiness present, but i would prefer to get a little more in the smell...fairly one dimensional and thin in the nose. Taste is a decent roasted malt with a little bit of bittering hop presence. Again, the taste is a little thinner than i would like. I would prefer a little more toasted flavor here. Beer is veer drinkable and goes down smooth. I could put a few of these down but likely wont revisit at the price point when i can find more readily available US versions of the style.

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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 Dijeriduster
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
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

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Photo of kindacold
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with nearly no head. Holding up to the light, can see some dark red tones, but with absence of bright light, just looks black.

Smells pleasant, but not very strongly. Some malt tones, but overall not a lot of odor.

Tastes pretty good...I'd say between a 3 and 3.5, but closer to 3 so I rounded down.

Very light on the tongue, and feels like water going down. No real aftertaste, and only a mild stickiness from the hops.

It's an OK beer.

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Photo of bmanning
2.34/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

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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 NATOuk
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown, almost black body with a reddish tinge, thick foamy head initially but receds to a thin off-white ring around the glass.

Reminiscent of a porter. There are aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate.

Light to begin with, slight fruit notes before the roast malts appear in the middle and build up to a peak before the finish where a crisp hop bitterness is left at the back of the mouth. Some Certainly more flavoursome than the 'lager' in the name suggests.

Medium carbonation, medium body. The level of carbonation is appropriate for the style.

A solid Black Lager. It is strong in all the main areas and provides a very flavoursome yet crisp taste. Would be great as a session beer or savoured on its own.

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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 marquis
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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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 sammytag
4.16/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of heatherishoppin
5/5  rDev +35.9%
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!

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Photo of JesperHagberg
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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