Das Schwarze - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stoutman on 10-25-2003

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Photo of jerryusc
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, with a thick head that lasted for a long time.

Smooth taste that is surprisingly light against the dark, pleasant color. Almost refreshing for a dark brew. One of the best Dunkels I have had in the bottle.

Flip top bottle lets out a nice steamy breath of dark goodness when it is opened. . .almost like a bit of beer steam is escaping!

Loved it.

Photo of hammythehampster
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

it was very very smooth

Photo of confer
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not black but a deep brown. Big tan head fading to nice cap.
Rich malty aroma. The tatse is smooth and silky. There are not hops present. This is about the easiest drinking beer I have ever had. I could make this my everyday beer if it was available in the US. Thanks to my friend Georg in Baden Wuerttemberg for this and two other fantastic German Beers in my Christmas package.

Photo of hobbes2112
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle

My uncle brought this home with him from his latest Army tour.

Poured a very dark brown with very large tan head, large enough that I spilled the first one actually. The smell is mostly malt and some sweetness. Taste is very earthy with some carmel and dark fruits that I would expect from a doppelbock. Oatmeal and bready notes come and go and the finish is nice and dry.

I really enjoyed this beer (several actually) and would pick it up if I ever see it again.

Photo of archyquaffer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from a 16.9 ounce Euro-brown bottle with one of those permanent closures that makes this desirable for home brew since it saves on caps. There's a lot number on the label but no freshness date.

A moderate pour produces a billowing 2 inch head that overflows the glass. This settles quickly but remains sticky across the top. The beer is a very dark reddish-brown when pierced with a mini maglight and appears almost black in normal light.

I get that unique, what I call a "minerally" aroma-flavor that I attribute to the brewing water. This flavor is very common in good German and lagers and some English beers as well, but is almost absent in American beers. It has a sort of metallic essence and I like it very much. The flavors are otherwise very malty, with notes of chocolate, dark fruit and black licorice. I'm NOT getting the charred flavors that I've experienced before with American examples of the style. There's some toasted bitterness there, but it's light, and just enough to balance the sweet malt flavors without overpowering them. The beer is light in body but with a creamy, full mouthfeel. The aftertaste lingers with various complexities suggesting oak and cherry.

I give this beer excellent marks, not only for it's complexity and drinkability but also its price- only 3-something for the bottle, which will be refilled many times with homebrew. Purchased at Hennessey Grocery in Butte, Montana.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lager pours black with redish brown hues in the pilsner glass, off white head that subsides down to a thin film, shy lacing that eventually drops back into the beer.

Aroma of german pils : delicate malt, fresh noble hops. Incredibly soft aroma considering its color. Flavor is of rich delicate malt, a firm bitter hop balance and a smoky, almost a hint of molasses like finsh.

Very interesting style, I'll look out for more "blackbeers" in the future.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with light tan head, and good lacing. Smells spicy and sweet with a hint of cocoa. Taste is very sweet with little bitterness. Mouthfeel is mediud-full with good carbonation. This beer is a nice change of pace, but I could not drink it too often.

Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inauspicious tan head on top of ebony brown liquid.
The aromas are very smoky. Roasted nutshells and grains fold into elements of black tea. Burned, sour herbs, sweet spices and tobacco define the mid-palate. Very light and refreshing with a firm, hard bitterness that might conform to the gout d'Anglais.
Easy to drink lots of this beer.
Complex.
Stern.

Photo of stoutman
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The blackest of black lagers. Malty, bready nose. Dark, dark brown color that leads to a tobacco-y taste support by pumpernickel flavors. A little chocolate and nutty. Bitter, dry finish. Overall quite thin with a gritty mouth feel. Roasty taste is fantastic until the end when a metallic overtone takes charge and ruins the follow-through. OK offering, but not great. Fine hop character, just wish they would lose the metal taste.

Photo of chiefydawg
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by a friend who came back from Germany. Thanks Christian...

Tall, slowly fading light tan head sits on crystal clear, dark brown body. Mahogany amber when held to light. Mild but active carbonation. I thought it would be darker. OK lace.

Roundly-malty, clean lager scent. Not as much roasty malts as expected, it smells like it looks. As it warms, more chocolate and biscuit emerge. Very restrained, earthy hop. Smells "German", sans skunk (coming aus Deutschland and being in a brown bottle helps).

Tastes much like it looks and smells. Round, light chocolate malt, smooth clean lager, gentle hop character, though more bitterness comes through. Nice fluffy sweetness balanced evenly by the mild roast and gentle hop. Baked bread crust, malted milk ball; warm, barky bite. Milk chocolate and some unexpected raisin at the finish on the last sips.

Light on the palate. The flavors all meld together so well that you can enjoy it all in harmony without thinking about it, though it is more fun to do so. I could drink this with a chocolate mousse, a burger, or down a few of them just for fun. Not overly complex, but I think that's the point.

Photo of jimdisser
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lot lighter than it looks. Some chocolate sweetness that is nicely countered by dry a dryer finish. Very drinkable.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swing top bottle

very dark brown, thin white head. nice chocolately aroma. milder taste, good balance of sweet and dry. medium bodied, silky body.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: A black body with brown hues when held to the light. A nice cream colored head that retains a nice semi-thick film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread, nuttiness, chocolate, toffee.

Taste: Very sweet to start with toffee really coming through. Toasted grains, sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, very drinkable.

Overall: Really sweet, toasted. Great flavors.

Photo of TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Das Schwarze produces a rich amount of light tan and creamy looking head. The body is black, but reddish hues are easily detectable in natural light.

The aroma is sweet and smells a little copperish like a jar full of pennies.

The taste is a little smokier than I thought. Immediately the taste is a little sweet, but does give way to this smoky taste.

This brew is light in alcohol but full in body. Definitely this is good to go with venison or some smoked cheddar.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head. No lace.

Some nice malt aromas, a little cocoa and nuts, a touch of molasses. Not a strong aroma though.

Nice roasted malt, with a little cocoa, no charred or burnt notes. Molasses essence, meaning flavor but not sweet, and maybe some nuts. Mildly bitter. Long pleasant roasted malt finish. A slight sour note in there somewhere. It all works.

A little acidic, mildly carbonated.

Nice version of the style. Drinkable and multi-layered. A very soft beer. Smooth. Worth trying.

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice two finger head was poured into the glass. The head has reduced a little bit and left some frothy lacing on the glass. It is a dark brown black color with a little bit of vision when held up to a light.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, bready malts, a little lager yeast, and noble grassy hops.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, chocolate, bready malts, lager yeastiness, mild hop bitterness, a little roastiness, and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little water, medium carbonation, crisp, refreshing, and a bit smooth.

Overall Pretty cool schwarzbier that I have never seen before. Found it in JP and figured I really don't have much to lose. I could enjoy more of these in the future.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark chestnut amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass with wispy lacing. Aroma of sweet toasted malt, molasses, light nuts and a hint of hops. Flavor follows with toasted malt, a slight nuttiness, rye bread, finishes slightly dry with light grassy hops, faintly metallic. Light bodied with nice carbonation. The flavor is subdued, but very nicely balanced. Flavors are good enough that they make me want a slightly more intense version. Still nice schwarzbier that popped up in our market and is apparently a one time only arrival. I'll have it again if it shows up.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L swing top to a beer glass the liquid id close to black with a 2 finger light mocha head.

The smell is mildly roasty with a fresh hopes aroma.

The taste is good mild roasty flavor gives way to a mild hopy finish. Light notes of chocolate and light roast coffee as well as a nutty after taste.

The mouthfeel is good a classic black lager medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good not the best Schwartz brew I know but good in a pinch. As I sit here in Heidelberg sampling what I could find this first week of a good long stay bier wise it can only get better.

Prosit, MK

Photo of paterlodie
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 18-03-05. Poors in with huge and thick lasting foam thats yellow collored with a brown touch. Beercollor is almost black with bordeaux shine and totaly clear.
Nose is sweet, with lots of malthints going from munich/pale to a roastmalt( without the usual bitterness though( cristal?)).
Taste is sweet, malty, litle oxidised but still fresh mostly cause there seems to be a lemon/lime arome with it. Aftertaste misses litle bitterness but is clean and sweet. The thickness opf the brew makes mouthfeel ok but it misses some bitterness( in my opinion). Drinks easy but sweetness is so big that for me this 0.5l botle was enough. Good beer especially for sombody who likes it sweet and without to much bitterness.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle while in the Stuttgart area. This is a nice dark brownish black color. Smells are predominantly caramel and graham cracker. Tastes are light and sweet with more caramel and graham cracker and maybe some marshmallow. Very light bodied and light alcohol. Easy to drink and tasty.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a black and was nearly opaque with a light tan head that left little lace.

High malt aroma with a hint of hops. It had a sweet fruity smell.

The taste was very balanced with just a hint of malt. No hops on the tongue. Finished a little malty.

The mouthfeel was a disappointment because it was medium light.

This was a good black beer but is by no means the best.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Dinkelacker's Das Schwarze last week for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Schwarzbier tonight and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 500ml brown flip top bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok. it has a simple design to it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a brown and mahogany color that takes on more of ruby and crimson color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy slightly lighter tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking Schwarzbier, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a fruity and slightly estery aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, caramel malt, caramel, slightly roasted, slight chocolate and light toffee like aromas with just a slight nutty aroma showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, but i wish the roasted aspects showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first the to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart the same aspects from the aroma with the caramel and toffee aspects still sticking out the most and there's no nutty aspect this time. On the finish there's no bitterness with a little bit of sweetness taking it's place and it had a toffee and caramel malt like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Schwarzbier, but I wish more of those roasted aspects came through.

S- Smooth, fairly creamy, a little crisp, a little sweet, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a nice example of a Schwarzbier, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but when it came down it I found myself wishing that the roasted aspects weren't so covered up by the other aspects, but I thought the rest of this beer was pretty well done. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, fairly creamy, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention so one bottle is enough for me, I don't have any urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel and appearance, they were both good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the roasted malt aspects were very restrained and I wish they showed up more. I don't think I would buy this again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I can't say I would recommend it as a great example of a Schwarzbier, but if you really like the style then it's worth trying. All in all I liked this beer but I didn't love it, it was solid, but it still needed some work. It's not my favorite beer from this brewery and i would say it's just little above average for the style. I think it's solid, but with a little more work it could be very nice, better luck next time guys.

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Love the swing top bottles, and the cheap prices for great German beer! I've had a cold for a few days so haven't been able to even drink, let alone review, so this should be a nice welcome back to beer. I think a date but hard to read, 01813 14... something in 2014 maybe?

A one handed pour without tipping the glass yields a huge 2+ finger frothy creamy tan colored head that fades at a med pace with nice sticky lacing, big bubbles popping, and eventually settles to a nice 1/2 finger thick head that never goes away. The beer itself is pretty much pitch black, no light really getting through, and even has thick creamy legs on the sides of the glass.

Nose reminds me a lot of the dark Czech beers I had when over there... lots of husky grainy malts, tons of wheat, like wet hay, straw, middle of a hay stack in a barn kinda malt, cereal grains little doughy and bready, with touch of metallic and mineral lager notes, mild soft complex decoction like notes. Alsoa touch of a darker caramelized malt note.

Taste brings biscuit right off, toasty malts, grainy and husky again, lots more wheat, toasted straw, wet hay, farmhouse wheat and hay flavors. Then into cereal grains, liquid juicy cereal with more biscuit and a little caramelized malt flavor, lots of toasted grainy flavors all around. A fair creamy flavor too, mild dark toast with creaminess. It's very dry, like sucking the water out of my tongue dry, and brings a nice caramel finish, crisp finish as well, little lager softness and touch of minerality, finally a touch of grassy hop bitterness, and little lager mineral note.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, but nice softness and smooth, little creamy feel, decent carb.

Overall not bad but not what I expected, not very good either for a German beer... plenty of nice toasty malts, but lots of grainy husky wheat and hay like flavors, not what I expected for a schwarzbier, also no real dark malt notes other than some caramel, and lager notes aren't the best even. The nice smooth soft feel was quite nice, and what I expect from a beer like this, but the rest was meh.

Photo of jenitivecase
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Pours with a small, thin head that rapidly dissipates into nothingness.

S: Nutty, earthy malt scent, with roasty undertones. Pretty standard schwarzbier scent, though lacking any fruity notes that distiguish the more complex examples of the style.

T: Sweet malt flavor, with a hint of smokiness which lingers into the aftertaste. The earthy undertones from the nose are also represented in the taste, albeit faintly. Again, pretty standard schwarzbier, if not a touch sweeter than your average offering.

M: Nice and smooth, with a finishing bite from the carbonation. Medium-bodied.

D: Relatively easy to drink, but the slightly sweeter taste might prevent session drinking.

Overall, an incredibly standard schwarzbier. Well-done, but nothing special.

Photo of djura
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark as night. Lots of bubbles at first. One finger foam.
Leaving 1mm. head with no lacing.
S- Decent aroma. Mostly chocolate and plums !
T/M- Bitter aftertaste. Dark chocolate and roasted barley in the mouth.
Good balanced dark beer. Drinkable, medium carbonation.
Creamy.

O- Really good, well done.

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Das Schwarze from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
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