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Winter Rental Black Lager - East Coast Beer Company

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East Coast Beer Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: jtierney89 on 10-26-2011

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 19
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this at the windward tavern... Poured a dark rich mahogany color, and had a 2 finger cream colored head.
Smelled of some sweet malty notes, roasted grains and coffee I n the background. Tasted much like it smelled and it was quite enjoyable! Would drink this again and considering its so local, gotta love it!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

THis schwarzbier has a nice looking color of rusty auburn copper.
The head formed was thin and small but dense and lingering. Well attenuated.
There is a slight roasted aroma on the nose. Also some sherry like or sour notes too.
In the back I pull out molasses and anise.
The taste is pretty dry and with a sour or sherry taste to accompany the maltiness. Very light hints of roast gives the beer some add depth.
I tried looking for thier summer rental this year, I'm glad to get the winter rental.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a nonic pint glass.

A- Mahogany, black cherry color. Off-white head, 1/2-finger, tapers to a film and leaves some decent lacing.

S- Rich roasted malts and dark chocolate. Touches of caramel, sweetness, and alcohol. Very clean.

T- Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate. Some dark fruit on the finish.

M-Tingly with medium body. Drinkable and smooth. No hops.

O- Not bad. A few more IBUs might cut the sweets.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Dark brown pour with some webs of lacing. Foam retention is minimal. Very little carbonation is noted.

S - Scents of sweet malt, light grains, and what smells like black licorice. However there is very little that stands out.

T - Light drinking beer that is true to the style. Has a sweetness that keeps it interesting, but not much in terms of complexity. I'd like either more of a hop presence or a bit more complexity. Still, not too shabby.

M - Light beer that at times feels a bit watery. Has a refreshing feel to it; a good beer with food. Finish leaves with a mild amount of sugary sweetness.

O - I appreciate the attempt at this style, as there aren't enough good ones domestically. But Winter Rental doesn't have enough to keep me coming back. Would work for those that like the sweetness of a doppelbock without the thick feel.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Never heard of the company before. Kind of surprised to see a screw top.

Appearance: Looks the part. Slightly clear "black" lager/schwarzbier. Kept a surprisingly decent darker off-white head.

Smell: Can't pick up much on this one. Picking up a tiny bit of roasted malt.

Taste: This is a relatively "safe" play on this style. Solid roast malt taste with a hint of licorice and a dash of hops. I imagine this is cheap in Jersey, and for a cheap buy I'd be down next time I'm in that state. Problem is, that's normally not during the winter.

Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate, but not overabundant carbonation. Goes down effortlessly.

Clearly a "lower tier" and cheaper brew, but surprisingly good for being such.

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3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub in Haledon, NJ.

A- Had an off white head. Really faint lacing going on. Very black in color

S- Mostly malty but had some mild spices and caramel

T- Much like the smell but with a lingering malty booze taste. As I drank more the malts cam through as well as a toffee taste. Hops didn't come through much at all. It was a bit like a Heath Bar in the end.

M- Had a nice, light fizzy mouthfeel. Very true to the Schwarzbier style.

O- Glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't seek it out again. It might be a good beer for when you're snowed in.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Chestnut brown exit sits a steadfast midnight black in the vessel. A creamy khaki colored head sits moderately atop leaving a thin ring lacing. Strong backlighting reveals a steady and fast rate of effervesce.

S: Soft chocolate, sweet, with some dark caramel roast and licorice.

T: The flavor is sweet dark caramel roast, mild coffee, light chocolate with a bit of spicy hops. Nice spicy bite of of hops come on the swallow along with some sweet black cherry fruitiness.

M: Mouthful has a nice tingle, sharp carbonation wise, creamy with a medium body.

O: Overall easy drinkability, sweet with a nice roastiness, good enough for props, light enough for multiples. Its a schwarz people not a stout, and a pretty good roast backing for one at that.

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Winter Rental Black Lager from East Coast Beer Company
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