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Krombacher Dark - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher DarkKrombacher Dark

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 196
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-22-2009

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/5/13. Best before 2/5/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of beer form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of malt and caramel-like aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt and burnt toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an pretty good beer that is easy to drink but the flavors are better on the aftertaste than at first sip.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color. It poured with a small beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the taste, there are flavors of dark malts and notes of chocolate malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily and is rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz glass, on-tap at Terroni, an Old World pizzeria in downtown Toronto, before my flight back home.

This beer appears a clear, very dark reddish cola hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly bubbly beige head, which leaves a splattering of lightning strike lace around the glass as it gently retreats.

It smells of lightly roasted pale and caramel malts (hard to shake a certain lager association), some very mild mocha, dank wet earth, a touch of wispy smoke, and weedy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel malt, burnt whole wheat toast, dry pithy chocolate, nutty coffee, softly sour black fruit notes, and meek floral, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite moderate, bordering on innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, a tad slick in its plain smoothness, and somewhat clammy. It finishes off-dry, the weakly sweet and toasted malt offset by the soft green bitterness evolving out of the hops.

A generically flavoured, yet suitably agreeable black lager, a kind of macro-Euro essence seeping out of the edges. Not all that complex, but it of course went well with the spicy Neapolitan pizza and expense account.

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Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Monchshof Schwarzbier glass a medium chocolate color with reddish hue through out a 1/2 finger off white head atop.aromas are light with some choclate and mineral notes.somewhat bready with a real tinny/metallic element to it,a doughy chocolate finish.It's decent,not overly sweet by any mean but not overly complex either.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Effectively a black body with an inch of airy, light beige froth. Thin sheets of lace on the way down.

Smell: Incredibly modest, disinterested notes of roast, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and vanilla.

Taste: Very, very light touches of cola, roast, chocolate. There's really just not much to it at any point. Mildly sweet. A drop of faux vanilla flavoring. Very light herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Soft, roasty-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Inoffensive, easy drinking. Just as the Krombacher Weizen was a bit on the "light" end of the flavor spectrum, so, too, is the Krombacher Dark a wee bit wimpy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a tall pokal at Firkin.

How have I not tried this stuff before? Rectifying that, it pours a deep midnight smoked sienna (nearly black, frankly) topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises mild maple syrup, roasted malts, and a hint of greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some grass and a twinge of cola near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, a pretty nice schwarz. 'Nuff said.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

300ml brown bottle with both production (4 May 2011) and "best before" dates (4 May 2012) on the back label. [bravo!]

A: This "dark" beer is really dark: near opaque with reddish-brown highlights at the edges. The large dark tan head picks up some of the coloration, having traces of reddish-orange. Certainly a good looking beer before the head dies.

Aroma: rich but not very complex, featuring medium and dark malts with a hint of smoke. Faintly reminiscent of Negro Modelo, but much richer and better.

T: Dominated by roasted/toasted malts, some spicy hops make a noticeable and well proportioned contribution to a fine schwarzbier. Very tasty yet neither bitter nor sweet. Finishes with a lasting toasted malt flavor with hints of smoke, spicy hops and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with perfect carbonation. Some appreciated dryness in the finish.

O - easy recommendation for malt lovers, this one has plenty of rich dark malt flavor, mostly dark roasted without any off- or burnt-flavor qualities. A very fine German dark beer. Reminds me of the world-class Andecher. Despite nearly identical ratings, the taste is better than the aroma and really outstanding for style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear near black in color with some hints of dark amber near the edges of the glass and the surface when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige to dark beige head that reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a ring of medium thickness at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and possibly some chocolate malts.

T: Like the smell, the dominant flavors of the beer come from the malts - mostly dark malts with some light amount of chocolate malts. Light bitterness is present but does not really linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, enjoyable, and sessionable. Though this appears as a dark beer that might put some people off, this is light enough to be a very enjoyable summer beer. I like the flavor quite a bit.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Brown bottle poured into two Alt glasses: this beer is really dark, dead dark in fact, a huge light brown head topped off a good looking beer.

The aroma was of slightly smoked malts, coffee and dark chocolate also could be detected.

The flavours in the mouth followed the smells almost to the letter, roasted and toasted malts giving off those lovely chocolate and coffee tastes, again with a hint of smokiness.

Mouthfeel was a lot better than almost every other Schwarzbier I've had, being richer and thicker than the usual lager based brews normally found under this style.

Wasn't expecting such a good beer to be honest, glad I bought it. Easily the highest scoring beer of this style I've reviewed (this is the 12th).

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Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Euro Market. Not a bad beer, but it comes off like a Euro dark lager. This beer has a touch of roast, but no cocoa. Instead, the malt character has a stronger fruity barley. It's a smooth beer with a slightly dry finish. Not bad, but not a schwarzbier. Eh.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Krombacher tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with 2 fingers of off white head. Some light cane through around the edges of the glass but otherwise opaque.

S - Light nose. Some dark roasted malts with a slight bitterness evident.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate and a prominent hop bitterness. There is also a decent sweetness that takes on caramel and mollases flavours at times.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, molasses. Taste is malts, sweet, somewhat like the non alcoholic malta drink. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an interesting take on this style, and a good beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark garnet, maybe cola colored brew. After the pour, head recedes swiftlyThe bubbling that I can see seems pretty vibrant in this brew.

Tinny, maybe somewhat roasted malt and some grassy hops. Smells crisp with a little darkness.

Roasted, but carbonated, bubbly crisp and some metallic twang to teh flavor and palate. Some earthy hop flavors helping to balance the metal flavors. Sort of easy to drink, but too metallic for my taste.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Brouehaha QC for 2.50$

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the level of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and a hint of chocolate/coffee. There is also some corn/grains and some metallic notes. It ends with a grainy and lightly malted aftertaste with a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall - It smells better than it tastes unfortunately. Still a pretty decent beer but not something I would pick up again. It's just a tad too boring. I can see how this would be a session beer however; especially given the ABV.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a deep warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled light tan head. Malty aroma has a smoky undertone and subtle chocolate and coffee hints. Crisp, malty, lagerish flavor has nutty and coffee undertones and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Smooth, fairly fizzy texture is rather pleasant.

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Photo of dar482
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a dark brown, almost black.

The aroma is light roasted malt, metallic notes.

The flavor follows with a light porter-like roasted malt. Then onto a hint of German spicy hops. A decent amount of metallic flavor and lack of mid and back palate.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black that's clear oxblood in light and ashy tan foam that fades to film quick enough. Lagery grain, a bit of prune and a mulchy wet wood scent that's not entirely pleasant.
Raisin toast malts with slightest roasty sour bite and vague grassy hops. Marmite cloyingness as it warms. Root beer finish and drying linger.
Thin, fizzy, watery.

Definitely sides on the macro lager side of the style - it's not Guinness black lager, but it's not a great advertisement for Schwartz. A quencher with a twist, but look elsewhere for quality.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krombacher Dark has a thick, roiling, pillowy, beige head and a dark brown appearance, with red highlights. Pretty heavy lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is of tap water and maybe some malt sweetness. Taste is of dark-roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate, some straight-forward bitterness, and sweetness. There is paperyness here as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Krombacher Dark finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a good beer, and I think it’s worth trying.


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Photo of yemenmocha
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with good clarity, and small head that doesn't last long. Nose is light and toasty, with gentle brown sugar baked goods in the background. On the palate, good carbonation, roasted malts, and grainy sweetness. Light bodied. Easy drinking.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2012, so it's just out of date. Picked up from Tesco some time back.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown colour; appears black unless held to the light. Forms a large head of brownish-tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of sweet, grainy malt with mild hints of caramel and brown sugar.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet. Faint notes of grain, brown sugar, caramel and very mild stewed hops. Quite dry, but no real bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, with pleasing tingly carbonation, though a bit thin. Aftertaste of caramel malt.

Not bad, but not particularly substantial. The aroma and flavour are rather one-dimensional, just mild caramel malt and little else. I guess I'd like to see a more robust malt character and perhaps a hint of roastiness/bitterness to complete the flavour. Still, it goes down easily - this would be a good choice when you don't want anything challenging. Worth trying.

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Photo of pkalix
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my taste buds have certainly changed. if I had had this one a few years ago I believe it would have been one of my top german brews up there with the franziskaner, spaten, weihenstephaner, etc..... but still a great brew! I like it!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Holds a tan foam head that sticks to the side of the glass. Black body shows it is actually deep brown with excellent clarity.

Smell: Tonic water, black bread, dusty earthy with a hint of gingerbread sweetness.

Taste: Solid black bread note I associate with the style, a hint of metallic coin taste in with the tonic and earthy hop bitters. Flavor is nice but the volume is turned a little low; mild but enjoyable.

Feel: Medium carbonation gets a bit frothy with a slightly gritty chew.

Overall: Solid German craftsmanship, generally clean, to style, and enjoyable.

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Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 330ml bottles poured into a half liter dimpled mug.

It pours a dark brown with a foamy tannish white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell is fruity with a hint of cocoa.

The flavor is light with a hint of roasty chocolate, some hops, and some fruit.

A light easy drinker, not bad.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany brown with an inch tall dark tanned head. Retention is good, lasts about a couple minutes.

Dark roasted malts and some chocolate upfront coupled with a stronger coffee smell that I would have like but nothing too overbearing or off-putting. It is quite sweet and has some background vanilla notes that I was not expecting.

Dark malts and hints of barley along with a sweet chocolate flavour that matches the nose well. There is very little evidence of the coffee or vanilla from the smell however and the beer is the better for it in my eyes. It has hints of brown sugar too.

Medium to light bodied with mild carbonation and a rich, creamy smoothness to the sip. It is quite and crisp with a mild bitter end to it.

A rather enjoyable beer that went down quite well and would make an excellent session beer in my opinion. It wasn't outstanding by any means but decent.

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Photo of rangerred
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a very thick two finger tan head. Great head retention and lacing. Quite impressive.

The aroma has a nice caramel and toast note along with grassy hops so typical in the style. There is a nice balance between the roast and hops although I wish the toastiness was a little more prominent.

Much less roast in the flavor although there is a healthy dose of caramel. Bread and grassy hops in the background but all of the flavors are quite subtle overall. Just a light bitterness and oily mouthfeel with a bit of sticky in the finish.

Overall. a decent schwarzbier but a little underwhelming. I prefer the original pils.

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