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Schwartz Bier - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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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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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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.