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Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 105
Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A:One finger head of poor retention but decent cream. Black colour. Appealing.

Sm: Caramel, alcohol, light notes of chocolate/toffee. Coffee on the label is missing.

T: Chocolate, a bit of roasted barley, toffee, a hint of caramel on the finish. Well built and balanced, except for the finish, which is lackluster in comparison to the body. It could definitely use more cream, especially on the open.

Mf: Far too wet for the style. The smoothness works in its favour until after the body, when it highlights the failures of the finish. It ought to get coarser on the climax to stretch the notes of the body into the finish.

Dr: It's a good beer at a high price. Its ABV is moderately present in the taste, which is problematic. All around a beer worth trying.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is black to a ruddy garnet mix. Clear color with some visible bubbling, but nothing above the bar. A little quick bubbling after the pour.

The aroma, fresh from the fridge is pumpernickel bread and tin. Once this beer warms up a litle, you can smell soft grains and maybe a little choclate. But you still get some metallic twang.

The taste on the other hand is devaoid of any metallic flavors it seems. Nice bubbly lager palate that gives life to the mild to medium roasted malts of this black lager.

Good session beer from the Kiwis.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Nice very dark near black, but not opaque. MInimal brown head.
Sm. Malty and caramel first with a hidden tartness. Second and third sniff gave me a sourish or spoiled? off odor.
Ta. Chocolately at first and some slightly burnt roastiness, then a little of that sourish off thing.
Mf. Nice, full, thickish.
Dr. Very good, but not great. Can't figure the off odor/taste that showed up a couple of times.

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Photo of Rayek
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: the deep walnut brown color is just a few shades short of black. A fluffy cream cap has OK retention. As it falls to a patchwork blanket, it leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Molasses struck me first. Let me nose linger revealed aromas of baking chocolate and lemon.

T: Baking chocolate is the central theme. Bitterness is mild and has a burnt quality. The beer gets rather acidic toward the end.

M: The medium-light body is semi-dry and has the right level of fizz.

D: This is an OK beer overall. The acidic finish keeps this beer from garnering a higher score.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours out a dark black beer. Shows light very faintly through with red tones. Tan head small and weak. Smells mostly of coffee ,slight smokiness in the background. Taste of coffee, much like a stout,,a dry beer, and has an astringent feel. Besides the astringency i like this beer. No mouthfeel to speak of. A very drinkable beer, slightly dry but not enough to make unpleasant

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light black color beer with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light lactic sugar notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is also a well balanced mix between some roasted malt and light sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering but well brewed and enjoyable.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark near black with minimal cap of khaki head, little retention and lacing. Scent is dominated by roasted yet sweet malts with the faintest hints of earth, coffee, chocolate and fruit. Taste brings the same qualities of the scent, nothing overpowering but none of the ingredients evene stand out. Lighter side of medium bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. A decent drinkable beer that does nothing wrong, but doesnt wow in any way. Heck, I really just wanted to try a bee rfrom New Zealand, so no loss.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Monteith's Black

Appearance: Dark brown, small head, and okay lacing.

Smell: Dark malts, some cocoa, and slight grain.

Taste: Dark malts, light coffee, slight grain, slight hop, and a very light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

This isn't bad. It isn't very complex, but it is nicely brewed and smooth.

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Photo of keitho
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours dark red/black with two finger off white head which leaves a light lacing all the way down to the bottom of the glass mug.
Smell-Slight chocolate cofee malt aroma.
Taste-Coffee and chocolate malt with a dry bitter finish,a bit short.
Mouthfeel-Medium mouthfeel decent carbonation.
Drinkability-A drinkable brew from Monteiths one of the better beers they brew and it's good beer for the price.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is black. Big tan head adorns. Laces well.

Smells roasted, with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's not exuberant, but it's seriously nice.

Taste is good, albeit nothing phenomenal. Roasted malts and a bitter, metallic twang. Something I find common with black beers.

Feel is thin but silky, and it's nice, clean and refreshing.

Easy to drink, and a very nice example. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, dark brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. About right for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with with a slight hint of coffee/dark fruit. Not bad.

Taste is sweet with a slight hint of coffee and caramel upfront. They kind of salvage this effort but not by much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweetness and the coffee/caramel touches.

Not a bad stab at the style but you can do better. Worth a try but only if there aren't any other options available.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

My first Kiwi brew (and without kiwis no less...). It pours a translucent ruby-brown topped by over a finger of ecru foam, which leaves some decent lacing behind as it fades. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate syrup, molasses, and light florals. The taste holds notes of these elements, though instead of straight flowers, a light floral bitterness pervades. The body is a fairly light medium, with a lightly moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, a solid schwarz. I hope I can get some more Kiwis if they're anything like this one.

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Photo of bgildea
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice black color, decent white/tannish head that faded quickly and left sligt lacing.

S: No strong aromas. Slight background of roasted malts.

T: Really great taste. Nice roasted malts and chocolate notes. I am surprised by how good this beer is.

M: Pretty thin beer. No real chew to it.

D: Very drinkable beer. Great taste, and fairly light for a dark beer. I'd definitely have another.

Overall: Overall the beer was enjoyable. I thought the flavor was very good with great notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Very drinkable, I would recommend most beer drinkers try this. It's a very easy drinking dark beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle today at Mid Town Liqour in Tulsa today...

Pours an effervescent chestnut/brown with 3+ fingers of dense tan head. Insane lacing & good head retention

S: Roastyness, a touch of licorice & brown bread

T: Follows the nose, much dryness, some carob & rye spicyness too up front. Brown bread with rye spicyness, plus a touch of roastyness as this warms, subtle hints of pear here too. Finishes roasty & dry with a touch of coffee

MF: Grainyness that works, low carbonation & medium bodied

Really drinkable, good take on the style, this held up well considering how far this had to travel to get down my neck. This one far exceeded my expectations!

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Photo of femALEist
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schwarzbier style- 5.2% abv. This poured a dark black brown, slightly clearish. It smelled of light roasted malt, some espresso and a touch of vanilla extract. It tasted light, with a good chariness to it, toasted malts and roasted espresso. It had decent drinkability because it was such a light drinking beer. Hands down, the only decent one that is passable for Montieth's if you have to go there- which I advise that you don't.

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Photo of mempath
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice head on top dense black...great massive topographic map of lacing

slight toasty malt nose, but nothing jumps out.

taste is a little better than the nose...some flavor...very smooth but nothing amazing. nice creamy mouthfeel with a slight crispness making this drinkable and sessionable but not sure i'd want to get too bored. one of the lightest black beers i've ever had. a great beer for after mowing the lawn if you want refreshment and some flavor.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – It pours way black with a good two fingers of tan head and lots of splattery lacing

S – The aroma is of roastiness, raisins, alcohol and cinnamon, then dark bread, spices and banana. Better than it tastes.

T – It tastes pretty good, if a bit macro perhaps. This tastes a lil too roasty for a Schwarzbier and drinks more like a porter. It has decent flavor, but it is a bit watered down. What is there is vague hints of chocolate, dark breadiness and even coffee-chicory; not bad stuff, just a bit underpowered.

M – Very creamy mouthfeel

D – Nice enough brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of roasted malts with a touch of coffee. Taste is mild compared to the smell, again malts with a hint of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of popery
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fairly average schwarzbier. Pours a nice deep ruby brown with pretty good lacing. Aroma is mostly malty caramel with a touch more roast and a bit of nuttiness in the flavor. I guess if schwarzbier is your thing then you'll like this one. For me, it's all a tad thin and uninteresting and doesn't quite stand up to American and German versions.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black, well deep brown in the glass with a nice head of tan foam. Subtle carbonation visible. Coffee roasted malt in the nose with a pleasant citrusy hop overtone. Initial taste is the same with a smoky, bitter aftertaste. The thinner body was refreshing. All well balanced and extremely smooth. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Macca
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola colour with thick, frothy tan head, sizzles as it sinks slowly with light pock marks appearing, not leaving a whole heap of lace. There seems to be a lot of very small bubbles pounding the head from beneath. Does look very fizzy, quite cola-esque, but pretty good.

Nose has a rich, deep sourness to it, roasted and slightly burnt. Fair amount of espresso coffee with a light cocoa character and an astringent spice to it, like licorice or even, dare I say it, a touch of cayenne. A bit lofty or slight on the fragrance, a nice blend but not much to it.

Taste is very earthy in its bitterness, with a distinct burnt flavour that suggests itself without being especially potent, oddly enough. A slight cocoa character on the front is soon overtaken by the roastedness, which has hints of charcoal, espresso, soil and red apple skin. Palate stops quite short and falls short as far as flavour goes. Finishes quite dry, but flavour-wise is fairly weak, with nothing really happening there.

Mouthfeel is accurately described on the label as "never heavy in texture", but the label doesn't mentioned that that makes it a bit thin instead. There is enough body to elevate it above the 'watery' level though. Drinkable enough beer but not very hearty. All in all a bit blah.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.56/5  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.


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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.