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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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86
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: on 07-24-2009

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Reviews by Jeffreysan:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours completely black and devoid of all light, like tar, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that lasted forever! Beautiful looking beer!

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, burnt sugar and toffee. Slight coffee notes. Chocolate.

Taste: Like the aroma, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate (in a good way!). Some smoke, but not overpowering like a smoked beer or German rauchbier. Slight notes of caramel, burnt sugar. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with tons of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: This is a great beer! A great example of what an American version of a little known and often ignored German style of beer, the Schwarzbier. I’m going to have to keep some more of this on hand.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my schwarbier glass a deep cola color with a light beige head sitting perfectly atop,just a great pour.Aromas of chocolate and earth with light roast...not overpowering,smells like a great dessert beer.Chocolaty sweet flavors but not overly so,some more brown sugar comes into play giving more sweetness but a big earthy backbone keeps the sweetness from taking over,roast is bigger as I drink more but the lager smoothness holds thr to the finish.I like this rendition of the style,it's alot better than most American versions in my opinion.

Photo of Bitzer
3.12/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of Guden
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good schwarzbier that is better than most domestic attempts at this style that I have had. Flavor is a nice mix of coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of cream. Stout like, but much lighter in body. I would reach for this if I was looking for this style.

Photo of alyssa1224
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first Schwartz Bier... Just when you think you have tried so many different beers.
This one poured jet black like a stout except you could tell it was much thinner and lighter.
There wasnt a pronounce nose except for a faint hint of European hops which I normally find in German and Czech Pilsners.
This beer went do very easy, almost too easy. I could see why sitting around a table it would be very easy to drink a number of these

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of riktronics
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewpub. Pours black with a sturdy light mocha head that rings the sides with rich swathes of lace. Smells floral and green with citric hops. This blends in with a combo of cocoa powder and some sweeter toffee flavors, while a firm roastiness shores up the back. The taste is similar, with a smooth blend of cocoa, caramel, dark malts and a crisp citric bite that leaves a touch of bitterness and roast in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a clean and tight feel all around. Flavorful and very drinkable, this is one of the better Schwartzbiers I’ve had lately.

Photo of Laulau
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of arthurbdavis
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of sisterofba
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thomas0790
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mscudder
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Swift989
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.