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Das Schwarze - Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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85
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-28-2005)
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Photo of spacemanvt
4/5  rDev +7%

spacemanvt, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of chiefydawg
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

chiefydawg, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of arturorg
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

arturorg, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of confer
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

confer, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

mtstatebeer, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of janubio
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

janubio, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of jerryusc
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

jerryusc, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of jenitivecase
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

jenitivecase, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

bloberglawp, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of JCBears
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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.

JCBears, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of rebel1771
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

rebel1771, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

TheSarge, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

stcules, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of LarryKemp
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

LarryKemp, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

paterlodie, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

hobbes2112, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

putnam, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of stoutman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

stoutman, Oct 25, 2003
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Das Schwarze from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
85 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.