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Das Schwarze - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG visit their website
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 stcules
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark appearance, dark mahogany reflexes. Quite compact and abundant foam, beige in color.
At the smell, it is very delicate, with light notes of roasted.
The taste is quite light too, with liquorice, roasted, some light burnt.
A little better in the aftertaste, but it remains too delicate.
Drinkable, but not character. Drinkable, but anonymous. (350 characters)

Photo of janubio
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Black colour, brown head that dissipates too quickly and leaves no lace, not what one expect for the style. Bad start. Smell is roasted, some coffee and a bit metallic. Taste is a little better, but very fainty, coffee, caramel, roasted. I was expecting much more from this one. At least is drinkable. (316 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Nonic shape Mug. Very dark brown color & deep ruby tints to the light. Light beige froth, brief crown. Roasted & floral aromas, metallic hues. Burnt & dried upfront. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Black grain hints, smoky touch, & clean bitterness in the middle. Bitter cocoa & dried nuts notes in a long bitter finish. Licorice candy on the aftertaste. (394 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

0,5 liter bottle. Pours an opaque coca-cola black with a nice frothy light brown head, good lacing. Aroma roasted malts, chocolate, bread, and a hint of spicy hops. Flavor is burnt and roasted malts, bread, a touch of metal, and a slight bitter finish. Medium body, dry on the tongue, fairly carbonated, and a slight bitter finish at the end. Decent schwarz, pretty drinkable. (376 characters)

Photo of ckollias
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this flop top bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a Dark black hue with a thick light brown 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Slightly malt aroma – not a huge aroma here.

T: Smooth slightly roasted malt flavor with hints of licorce. Not a huge flavor here either.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: I’ve had a couple of Schwarzbiers and they all seem to have this same bland yet smooth flavor and aromas. It’s not a bad beer but nothing in it really stands out. (520 characters)

Photo of MickyMc
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I was to choose between a dark or a blond I'd always choose a dark beer. In Germany I have learned, the hard way, that this is in general a BAD IDEA: most German brown beers seem to be heavily overdosed with brewing sugars and seriously lacking in the flavour department. Yet every time I find myself in a German supermarket my hand seems automatically drawn to one. It's like a disease, or perhaps it's just my English and Irish genes coming to the fore.

A. A proper dark beer with a nice head (to begin with). Looks a little bit like a stout. Nice swing top bottle.
S. Even smells a bit like a stout!
T. Slightly sweet with caramel, coffee and dry hop aftertaste which indicate that the colouring (and taste) come from the malt and not from brewing sugars.

All in all a nice dark beer to break the monotony of German Blond Beer.
If you see it give if a try it's certainly better than many of the Kolsch and Alt beers which clutter the supermarket shelves in Germany.

Don't get me wrong it's not fantastic but it certainly is nice! (1,040 characters)

Photo of rebel1771
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a near black color with nice thick tan head.

The smell consists mainly of caramel malts with just hint of smoke.

Sweet malts dominate the flavor with a hint of smoke. Not really much to it. Mouthfeel is kinda watery with prickly carbonation.

I was expecting a little more from this, the appearance was great but thats where it ended. (342 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; good head, but minimal lacing on the glass

Aroma: Malty; sweet; slightly hoppy with good continental hops

Taste: Juicy malt on start; hoppy finish; a little watery

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (264 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark black in color and barely penetrable to light. Light Brussels lacing. A fingernail of khaki head covers less than a third of the top of the beer. I smell plenty of dark and sweet mat. There's a hint of smoke in the aroma. The taste is comprised of sweet,dark malt. The mouth is slightly sticky for a lager,but it is due to all of that dark,sweet malt. (362 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top half-litre bottle from a local Aldi store: best before 22 June 2013, poured into a Wolnzacher Brauhaus tall glass tankard on 8 Dec 2012 (@ home).

Looked great: huge tan coloured head of foam sat on top of a deep, dark ruby red body. The brew was clear and clean when held up to a good light source.

The aroma given off was minimal: some German rye bread and maltiness with a touch of grain in the background.

Taste wise it came to life a little: malty, semi-sweet and lively in the mouth feel. I've struggled with this style before: having trouble finding any strong flavours and any depth, this was better than most. Far from robust and flavoursome it did however have something about it. There are chocolate and coffee notes in the taste and it does feel a little richer than most German Black Lagers I've encounted. Considering the price (less than two pounds): this was a good deal. (898 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some faint hints of chocolate and bitterness.
T: The taste has faint bits of sweetness with flavors of dark malts and hints
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, clean and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the taste lacks complexity. (650 characters)

Photo of JCBears
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from from the normal type flip top bottle. Paper seal closing bottle. Serve by date located clearly on the back label

Appearence: Frothy stong head which leans back quickly but does not totally disipate through out the glass. but not unnaturally. Firm dark color with just the slightest hint of amber. Full rich dark coloration.

Smell: Walnut almost earthy suttle sweetness

Taste: Still earthy, almost to an unpleasent dergee however not so that it would cause it to be undrinkible. Some what of a par taste to the hops detecketed on the edges afterwards

Mouthfeel: Starting with an almost watery start it returns to a slight creamy feel. Resonates creamy afterwards.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer. Sweetness of the malts not too strong and a slight essence of the hops to let you know they are there but not so pronounce as to deviate from style. (863 characters)

Photo of arturorg
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served into a Erdinger Weizen glass

A: Pours dark brown almost cola like with a small head that dissipates rather quickly with a small lace held by carbonation.

S: Caramel, hops, malt, faint roasted coffee.

T: Malt, caramel, straw its kind of a dry flavor if possible and a little bitter in the end, kind of watery and thin bodied.

Overall: an ok beer, didn't blow me away or else, would have it again but in somebody else dime. (432 characters)

Photo of djura
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (2,096 characters)

Photo of jenitivecase
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (3,283 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of webmanspidey
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (608 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (476 characters)

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Das Schwarze from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
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