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Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002)
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TexIndy

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Best by date of Nov 09 on back label. The color was dark brown with mahogany highlights. Good sliding lace. It had a large 2 finger tan head that slowly settled into a thick collar and whispy film.

Sweet malt aroma with roasted malts as well. Missing the darker roast, smoke and coffee tones that I usually find in schwarzbiers. Was good smelling but could have been better with a addition or two of those. The taste followed the aroma. More sweet than roasted. Really needed something to cut the sweet. Again, not bad but could use a little something more. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb levels but a touch of watery.

Overall, a good but not stellar beer. Mild recommend especially if you are looking to knock New Zealand off your countries tried list. For me, one and done as better ones out there unless someone offered me one.

[1xBOA]

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:16:27 | More by TexIndy
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast..

Poured a very deep black / brown colour. Burnt brown head poured pretty thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to light covering with thick edging... some light lines of lacing ring the glass...

Aroma - Slightly washed out notes of lightly roasted bread, toasted malts, metallic notes, black coffee, some dark brown sugar sweetness, light nuttiness, some blackcurrant and raisin fruitiness, faint liquorice traces, some graininess coming through, dusty hints...

Taste - Toasted maltiness mixed with sweet nutty notes, toasted buttery bread, some molasses / treacle sweetness, light chocolate mixed with black cherry and blackcurrant fruits, light nutmeg and pepper spiciness, some light vegetal traces just noticeable, cola hints...

Feel - Smooth initially then a little sharpness comes through... medium bodied... pretty quaffable and sessionable at 5.2%

Overall - A very pleasant find this one... nothing groundbreaking but a well made and very quaffable example of a Schwarzbier.... worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 07:46:32 | More by mdagnew
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juju7

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funnily enough...it's black. A 2cm off white head that laced pretty well. Soft coffee notes among the roasted malt. A little sweetness on the palate with some biscuit and tidy bitterness. A very easy drink on these chilly nights. Worth buying but not hunting for.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 10:11:51 | More by juju7
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aBeeraWeek

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very close to pitch black – a nice sheen to it. Light caramel 2cm head that lingers with good lacing.

Instant liquorice with sweet caramels. Some roast smells as well including coffee.

Sweet liquorice is there with malts coming through. Not a real strong bitterness coming through and the aftertaste is more of roasted nuts through to quite a smoky finish.

A light carbonation and lightly bodied considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 10:39:51 | More by aBeeraWeek
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madvoice

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark chocolate, almost black with a foamy head that left a fair bit of lacing down the glass. Smells of malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes very much like it smells with the malt, coffee caramel and chocolate with a slight sarsparilla aftertaste. Not a very heavy on the mouth beer for what it is but still nice and smooth. Really enjoyed this and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:18:46 | More by madvoice
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Kulrak

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a fair amount of tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells of sweet roast malt and a little coffee, very pleasant. Tastes drier than the smell led me to believe. It's sweeter than average, but most of the flavor is just roastiness. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness but that would be too much I think. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. A little harsh on the tip of the tongue, with light carbonation all over. All in all, it's very drinkable, fairly well balanced, nothing is really overpowering. I like it, I'll probably get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 13:02:07 | More by Kulrak
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Cawdog

Australia

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a sticky cream head.

S: roasted malts, vanilla, caramel sweetness.

T: more prominent than the nose, a slightly bitter finish too.

M: a very light body, it would be more interesting with more carbonation but it is a very drinkable style.

O: suprisingly good, i'd drink more of these. not a challenging dark beer for a beginner.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:37:35 | More by Cawdog
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Macca

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a true black. Not a lot of head to speak of.

A touch of milk chocolate on the nose. I was hoping for some darker aromas.

Ok the coffee comes through a lot better on the palate. Ties in quite nicely with the sweet chocolate.

A lighter mouthfeel for a dark beer.

A lighter style dark (which I normally don't like) but I think I could have a few of these and enjoy them all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 11:43:14 | More by Macca
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at State Line, drank this a couple of nights back.

Not quite black, this beer is a deep brown with reddish brown highlights. A thick, light brown head is noted, and retention and lacework are good.

The nose is nice and roasty with a touch of cream. Mild bitterness with a touch of almost lemon-like hops. Bitter chocolate and coffee grounds round out the nose.

The palate opens roasty and smooth (it could use a little more roast). Toasted bread (burnt on one side?), light roasted coffee, a little cream mid-palate with some cocoa. Mildly nutty, especially towards the finish. Very clean, I can't pick out any off-flavors. Hops are light but present with a touch of bitterness. Medium light in body with a medium level of carbonation, this finishes great with some mild bitterness. While a touch watery mid-palate, this is a drinkable - and cheap - schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 04:50:24 | More by DefenCorps
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dhartogs

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the brewery and bottle from store. Very nice flavor compared to other NZ beers but not great by US craft beer standards. Was my go to while in NZ. Malty and smooth, not a lot of hops in this at all, it's black, thick head on the pour but went away quickly and a light drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:57:01 | More by dhartogs
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soju6

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with anicetanhead that fades to web like lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, bit of grain and a hint of chocolate in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, with a trace of chocolate and coffee. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite clean.

F: Moderate body and smooth. Nie balance.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:17:51 | More by soju6
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Brionna

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-13-2013 01:04:07 | More by Brionna
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Cheld

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-20-2013 04:36:50 | More by Cheld
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will1256

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-11-2012 03:52:56 | More by will1256
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-20-2014 18:26:10 | More by Bobhoya
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-08-2013 14:00:22 | More by tobelerone
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magpieken

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

08-15-2013 08:32:22 | More by magpieken
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Tap into my jug (mini pitcher) over a multiple times

Appearance-A solid three fingers of creamy foaming head. The beer is solid black that is almost opaque with a little carbonation along the sides.
Smell - A wee bit of sweet malt and floral "English-style" hops. The majority of the smell comes from the roasted malt.
Taste- Sweet Roasted flavors but this is really quite nice a very smooth flavor and its not assaulting. Limited hops and balanced by that and the sweeter malt.
Mouthfeel/Drinkablity-Very drinkable for a dark beer and a great option for those who want flavor in their beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 11:00:20 | More by TubaManJack
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sloelco

California

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-26-2012 02:30:44 | More by sloelco
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magnusdave

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-10-2013 04:40:03 | More by magnusdave
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koolk

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish black in colour with a good head thats is persistent.

So-so aroma of toast and dark malts with only a slight hoppy character, mainly some slight fruity notes.

Great load of flavour on the palate with some good burnt and roasted style malts and a rich choc/coffee kick. Not to bitter, not too long. Kind of a strange sweetish mouthfeel, but it is very pleasant. has a bit of hotness, but works well in the cooler months.

I dig this beer. Its not very complex and is lacking in some areas, but for a readily avaliable drop this is a good soild tight dark beer. Get into it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 07:26:06 | More by koolk
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deg

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expect a schwarzbier to be a little darker. The beer appeared black until the light hit it, and then it was a little too light, a little too brown. I got a good roasty smell from the beer, and the taste did not disappoint. More roasty goodness. The mouthfeel was OK. It's pretty easy to drink, I could have more without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:01:04 | More by deg
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Finite

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, Head retention was poor and left only a little lacing on my glass. Could smell this from 2 feet away. Great smell, burnt malts, dark chocolate. Smell was maybe a bit to bitter. I noticed the description on the back was more like a review off BA which was admirable, compared to most beers which write “made with the finest, bla bla bla”. Great combination of malts, all perfectly balanced. Definite dark chocolate, roasted malts. The hops grab your attention fast before the malts get too busy.

A very well balanced beer.

A very easy drinking beer which fits the scwarzbier style well.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 05:55:03 | More by Finite
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured half a finger of light brown head that quickly reduced to just about nothing. Almost solid black in colour, with red where the light passes though.

Smell - 3.5
Plenty of malty sweetness, aromas of molasses, slightly burnt with a little hop presence.

Taste - 4.0
Not bad, I'm not usually a big fan of black beers (with the big exception of Belgian ales), but this is really quite nice. Reasonably complex with malty flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, somewhat biscuity. Quite bitter from the roasted malt and the hops, but it mellows with warmth.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine, persistent carbonation, feels quite light for a dark beer.

Drinkability - 4.0
This would be sessionable for someone who appreciates the style. It is tasty enough to want a second, I did not struggle to finish it.

OVERALL - 3.65
I thought this was a stout before posting my review here. Still, it is a better than average beer, good value (like all the Montheith's range), plenty of flavour, not too heavy and quite easy to drink. Not much wrong here, thumbs up from me! I'd choose this over a Guinness Draught (yes, even on-tap!)any day!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 02:56:30 | More by LittleCreature
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joecast

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

wasnt sure what to expect being my first schwarzbier.
almost black in color, with just a bit of light breaking through at the edges showing a reddish-black color.
forms a very large dirty white head that leaves a lacing on the glass as it settles.
dark malty aroma. more of a black malt than roasted or chocolate, though i am guessing since i havent used plain black malt before.
taste is much more chocolaty than the aroma let on. just a slight bitterness that doesnt get in the way of the malty sweetness.
mouthfeel is light but smooth.
im not used to pairing beer with food, but this would have to go pretty good with dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 07:18:36 | More by joecast
Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.