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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 07-24-2009)
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Beershack

Virginia

2/5  rDev -47.2%

05-04-2014 12:43:31 | More by Beershack
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djre4orm

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34%

06-13-2013 18:24:41 | More by djre4orm
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rdilauro

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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

05-08-2014 00:52:33 | More by rdilauro
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Cyrion

Virginia

2.91/5  rDev -23.2%

Poured into a standard shaker pint.

Appearance: Very dark, basically black. Sports a 2 inch tan head. A great deal of carbonation on the sides. Leaves attractive concentric rings around the glass.

Smell: Sweet toffee. I'd even say it has a sugary pastry smell, like a hot cross bun. Chocolate is there, as well as a slight amount of coffee.

Taste: Chocolate malt, with very little coffee bitterness. There's a bit of toast here and dark fruit, but frankly, these are being drowned out. A strong metallic flavor appears quickly, and when combined with the heavy carbonation, it's tasting a bit like a cola soda. Very unappealing, and it's leaving a citric acid aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thin.

Overall: Not sure if the metallic cola taste is an undesired element or not, but the end result is a brackish lager that has limited appeal.

12-30-2013 00:35:19 | More by Cyrion
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-28-2014 20:15:29 | More by HuntDaddy540
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trigger467

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-01-2013 22:21:11 | More by trigger467
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Metz

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-01-2014 17:20:24 | More by Metz
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AWB3

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-12-2013 23:28:23 | More by AWB3
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markgugs

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.8%

04-20-2014 17:57:29 | More by markgugs
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Rmbr2

Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

01-21-2014 15:46:22 | More by Rmbr2
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Guden

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-08-2013 02:10:11 | More by Guden
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-26-2013 21:28:01 | More by mendvicdog
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JasonTaverner

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-08-2013 22:23:45 | More by JasonTaverner
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-12-2013 13:33:41 | More by ygtbsm94
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

10-06-2013 23:38:04 | More by ROGUE16
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bigbutter

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-13-2014 01:50:34 | More by bigbutter
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Brian15

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-06-2014 01:44:27 | More by Brian15
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-17-2013 05:21:34 | More by bmjivi221
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NullCkt

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-07-2013 21:52:18 | More by NullCkt
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cbyrd4088

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-15-2014 23:30:44 | More by cbyrd4088
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

"In a brewery far, far away" states the miniature tagline above the name of this beer on Devil's Backbone's giant chalkboard.

Appearance: A dark mahogany but transparent (telltale Schwarz, there) bodied brew, capped by one-finger of slightly tan head, that fades relatively quickly in to a thick sheen. Carbonation is sparse, but relatively large and slow. As the sip begins there is plenty of sticky carbonation, blotchy and spotty all over the sip side of the glass, which is a good indication of staying power.

Aroma: Largely devoid of anything, really - agitation gets a few grainy toast notes out, and a few fainter grassy hop notes. There's not really much going on here, unfortunately.

Taste: Mild and a little watery. Moderate toastiness, faint earthiness, fainter chocolate, and a few lighter, sweeter, roasty notes, and a faint moderate hop bitterness in the fade compromise the bulk of this one. It's a little on the grainy side - that is, due to the lack of characteristics that jump out at me on this one, the grainy husky notes come through a little stronger.

Mouthfeel: A moderately thin body with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's not as thin as I thought it was at first, and it's also more even than I thought it was at first, but that's not necessarily a good thing, as the increased body isn't accompanied by a comparable "flavor" increase, which thus brings the relative mediocrity of the flavor profile in to stark contrast.

Drinkability: Just not a very flavorful beer, which is a big knock in my book. However, given that this generally is not considered to be a very "flavorful" style - in my opinion, at least, and I know there are likely many who disagree (perhaps my palette is simply not "refined" enough) - I can't necessarily knock it too much. At 4.9% abv, it's also not terribly unquaffable, regardless of the flavor-quotient. It's worth a try once, but like with so many DBB brews, I'm not sure if I'd come back for a second glass.

08-09-2009 02:28:47 | More by CrellMoset
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

my first beer from these guys is a bit of a let down. it tastes a bit stale, like a crummy euro dark lager all extracty and weird. dark in color, more like a porter in looks than a dark ale, rather dense and not super heady after the initial gush fades down. a nose of tale dark roasted grain and lager yeast, nothing seems alive or fresh about it, flavors are all muted, and the yeast is just weird. i have heard these guys make some great stuff, but this is a pretty uninspiring introduction to this brewery. lacking the nice carbonation and quick finish of the better schwarz types, and not really giving me much grain character at all. it makes me thirsty for a good one. it also seems a bit thick and under carbonated, not the feel i am really after in the style. all up, there is nothing particularly bad about it, but it just never really comes together, something with the yeast i think, but this one is forgettable for me.

05-16-2014 17:54:29 | More by StonedTrippin
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obywan59

Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -10.6%

Dark brown, but shows ruby highlights when held up to a light. Tannish 2 finger head that recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Light malt and spicy hops. A bit of chocolate. Sspice predominates.

Dry and tart. Again a hint of chocolate. Light citrus and a light bitter follow through.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonation is noticeable. A bit drying.

This beer is okay. Maybe DB is targeting mass appeal, but to me this is on the B list. It's very drinkable and would make for an easy session. Definitely better than the macros. but a bit of a let down for those with a more adventurous taste.

03-20-2013 03:10:48 | More by obywan59
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.46/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high, mocha in shade, and VERY creamy-looking. Retention is fine enough for the style, while a nice ring of lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some solid brown sugar notes are coming through quite well. There are also lighter aromas of coffee and chocolate. This is a pleasant nose in general - mild, but pleasant.

T: Fairly roasty for the style. While there's an initial and lesser finishing note of brown sugar, in the middle lies a good amount of roasted coffee. A combination of sweet caramel and gentle noble hopping builds up slightly after a few sips. I'm glad it isn't overly cola-esque, too.

M: This one feels rather sharp-edged, light, and coarse on the palate. Those who aren't bothered by the 'bite' will find a dry (not bone-dry), drinkable offering. The intense carbonation should be toned down about 10%, though.

O: This is the first beer from these guys that I didn't find utterly average. It's very easy to drink, yet with a decent coffee flavor. I'd definitely drink this again.

06-01-2014 19:53:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Bierleichen

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-20-2014 18:25:29 | More by Bierleichen
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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.