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Schwarz - Heater Allen Brewing

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
1.013 BG, 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 12-13-2007)
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Photo of seanthornton152


4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-17-2011 07:02:08 | More by seanthornton152
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

Schwarz and schwarz can be, this thing is quite lovely, with a stout-like cap of foamy foam on top. Not much lace, and a quick thinning of the head.

Aroma is nothing special, has that typical lager-ness to it, with a very mild hint of roasted malt inside of that. Try as I might, it's not leaving much of an impression, but there's nothing bad about it either.

Flavor is very good: a pinch of anise, coffee bitterness, dark fruit sugars, lactic goodness, and a big juicy/creamy mouthfeel that delivers the flavors beautifully. Coffee hangs around in the finish...seems like morning.

Another great lager from Heater-Allen that will turn the heads of lager-lovers and lager-disbelievers alike. There's nothing more to say--it's simply very good.

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this rare treat.

03-12-2008 00:04:01 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Split a bomber with a friend and had this back to back with the Heater Allen Dunkel. That beer is a tough act to follow, but this is still quite a nice beer. My only gripe is that while the Dunkel was very true to style, this tasted more like a porter, with more roast than a typical Schwarzbier. Still, it held more than a enough lovely cocoa flavor to win me over.

04-26-2010 20:20:21 | More by tempest
Photo of Spikester


4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

I bought this hard to find black beer at Market of Choice in West Linn, Oregon.
Pour dark brown almost black with a one finger tan head. Has a good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel malts. Taste is bold dark malts with a matching amount of earthy, leathery hops. Perfect balance.
Mouthfeel is pure silk with just enough carbonation to prick the tongue.
Nothing bold or unusual about this beer but I enjoyed it very much. Delicious black beer. Drinkability is very good due to the under 5% abv. I could drink many of these beers.

01-15-2009 06:44:57 | More by Spikester
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar


3/5  rDev -22.7%

02-09-2014 04:44:46 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
Photo of largadeer


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-20-2014 10:47:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of 1whiskey


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2013 04:00:06 | More by 1whiskey
Photo of Reidrover


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz. bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $4.29 black beer, with an excellent tan head, that seems so thick and creamy. Malty chocolate milk aromas, with a subtle hazlenut back ground. Taste is of mild esspresso coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and gooey caramel. Nice. Ok on the palate..has low carbonation, which i liked. Overall a very nice easy going beer.

04-24-2011 02:22:25 | More by Reidrover
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-30-2012 07:54:31 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of bluckbeyes


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-15-2012 16:58:42 | More by bluckbeyes
Photo of vkv822


3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thin, bubbly tan head.

Lightly smoky, roasty malts blended with some espresso notes.

Espresso, cocoa and an almost sweet smokiness.

Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

A pleasant schwarzbier, just enough smokiness to add some complexity without becomming overwhelming.

04-14-2012 09:02:41 | More by vkv822
Photo of Kurmaraja


4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-03-2014 05:54:23 | More by Kurmaraja
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-17-2013 01:49:51 | More by nmann08
Photo of DefenCorps


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

After a week on Nyquil, Dayquil and Tylenol, it's nice to get some beer in. Bottle from Belmont Station.

In my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, this beer sits an extremely dark brown/almost black with dark reddish brown highlights, and is capped with a remarkably short-lived beige head that leaves little lacing. The nose is excellent. A near-perfect blend of roast, grain, acidity and sweetness (fruity and grainy), this is wonderful stuff. Just a wee bit of char, and a mild hoppiness are present.

The palate is a reflection of the balance of the nose. Opening moderately roasty with a touch of grainy acidity with minimal char and no acridity, these flavors segue into a mild dark (very dark) caramel sweetness. This sweetness is tempered by the roast, bringing to mind dark fruits (plum skins?). Drying on the finish with a lingering roast, the mouthfeel on this beer is nonpareil. Light and supple, creamy but with a firming acidity (from the grains and the carbonation), the smoothness on the palate shows exceptional finesse, especially when the ABV is considered. Marvelous stuff, highly recommended.

09-30-2012 04:07:29 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of mactrail


3.81/5  rDev -1.8%

Very dark mahogany brown with nice foam in the tall Pilsner glass. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel brings to mind the German way with carbonation.

Slightly sweet and fairly malty. Light body and yet quite mouth-filling. Faint sourish touch with a distinct charred barley taste. This really taste black. Overall, though, it's warmly malty but tangy and full of nicely roasted flavors.

This is one of the better Schwarzbiers in my experience. Great drinkability and makes an often dull style come alive. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

03-12-2014 04:50:44 | More by mactrail
Photo of artoolemomo


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-31-2013 23:03:22 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with big soapy and bubbly khaki head that left dense splashy lace.

S- Big aroma of lightly smoked and toasted malt, roasted coffee, caramel, and bready notes. Some light bittersweet chocolate.

T- Big roasted coffee, espresso, caramel sweetness, roasted and smoked malt, lots of breadiness, and some clean fruity notes. Some licorice notes came out the more I drank it. Very rich and robust tasting beer.

M- Smooth, prickly carbonation, dry, and very easy to drink.

O- This is one of if not thee most flavorful black lagers I have ever had. A very big roasty presence in the flavor and aroma, but also nice notes of smoke, sweetness, and light fruity notes. This is a real winner and I look forward to trying more beers from Heater Allen. Craft drinkers that think lagers are boring, do yourself a favor and give this one a shot and your mind will be changed.

08-11-2013 04:28:43 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of Phelps


4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a bomber shared by Ottovon, into a snifter. Heater Allen’s a little brewery in Oregon that does German lagers and ONLY German lagers — a dying art these days.

The color’s a mostly opaque cherry wood, though some amber highlights are visible. Very short-lived head of light khaki becomes a thin ring and leaves skinny rings of lace.

The nose: smoky pork and dark chocolate, met with lots of sourdough and coffee.

Clean, unadulterated flavor: bitter dark chocolate, sourdough, light roast coffee. Smoky pork and molasses are also there. Subtle sweetness. Very clean finish.

Medium-light body with very gentle carbonation and a subtle fizziness. The finish is just dry enough to keep you going back for another sip.

As another taster kept exclaiming, this is one “poundable” brew. The perfect amount of roastiness and a good blend of flavors makes this one of the better schwarzbiers I’ve had, in or out of Germany.

05-16-2011 05:06:37 | More by Phelps
Photo of jalepeno4


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-09-2014 23:40:16 | More by jalepeno4
Photo of HopHead84


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%


Bomber into a Moonlight pint glass. Thanks!

A: Medium dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The pour yields three fingers of persistent beige froth. Lacing is everywhere.

S: Light roasted malt presence with a little nuttiness and a touch of caramel. Very clean with an evident noble hop presence and an almost coffee-like complexity.

T: Roasted grains with notes of bitter and lightly sweet chocolate. The roastiness gives a subtle impression of coffee. Upper low level of bitterness throughout. The beer finishes dry, grainy, and clean with lingering chocolate, roast, and bitterness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: A well done Schwarzbier. Very enjoyable.

02-16-2013 21:11:53 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Murrhey


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a standard pressure-cap bomber into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. No best-by date.

A- One-finger light brown colored head with rapidly eroding retention. Very dark ruby color, very little light comes through.

S- Roasted malts, coffee grounds, chocolate and toffee.

T- Slightly burnt, mostly roasted malts. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors with a healthy malt body. Some crisp sweetness as well as a slight hop bite.

M- Medium bodied, with a thin finish.

O- Smell and taste are both nice. Feel and look are meh. I like Heater Allen quite a bit, but I don't like this style of beer much.

05-31-2013 02:09:10 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Sid_the_cat

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-16-2014 01:22:48 | More by Sid_the_cat
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

I have to say, I'm pretty sure I picked this out of the cooler at Belmont Station in Oregon because of the label. Especially with the other two beers from the brewery next to it, it's particularly compelling and striking.

Pours a clear, quite bright black-brown hue, with a frothy, insubstantial, but believable head of scungy white. Decent body and carbonation. Looks fair enough.

Nose is pleasantly balanced between crisp dark malts and a golden freshness of slightly herbal hops. It has a wholemeal, wheaten character to it, cut with a pleasant brightness. Not bad.

Taste is light but also pleasant. Crisp grain comes through with a light feel and a lingering greenness around the back. Slight bitterness makes it feel like a hoppier than usual dark lager, and the feel is pleasantly light and biting.

Very decent schwarzbier. It has a pleasant crispness and lightness to it, while maintaining some grips on its genesis as a dark beer. It's not particularly big or complex, but it serves its purpose well.

07-08-2012 00:07:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of anarchia


4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

Black but not opaque, ruby in front of a light. Lots of lacing. Medium-sized head, slightly off-white. Smells like biscuits, very bready, with some caramel and toffee. Thick feel in the mouth, really coats the tongue. Sweet caramel and bubbly carbonation are the first thing I notice, both of which are quickly overpowered by smoke, leather, and espresso. A top-shelf black lager.

11-29-2013 02:30:13 | More by anarchia
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Big thanks to Matt who broke out this beauty at HT today. My first try of this style from my favorite brew state.

Pours a pure black, opaque, topped by a quick to vanish beige head. Some lace on the glass. Nice look.

Smell is a light/med. aroma, mild tart yeast, chocolate, coffee, even some floral/spicy hop in there.

Taste is a remarkable balance of chocolate malt, coffee notes, roasty notes, nice floral leading to the finish, and a pleasantly juicy finish of very mild bitter and floral. There is a bit of tart in this, but it is well tamed, and the result is a mix of understated flavors that is freaking delicious.

Low carb., easy on the palate, clean flavors, beautiful finish. Excellent mouthfeel.

This easy drinking beauty could be prodigiously consumed on a hot day such as today. If this is what this style is like I want MORE.

Impression: Yet another superb beer requiring cross country travel to revisit.

07-06-2010 22:42:53 | More by cavedave
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Schwarz from Heater Allen Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.