Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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 PolarBear3
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep black colour with one fingered beige head that retained fairly well

S - Roasted chocolate and coffee malts although not that pronounced.

T - Strong coffee, chocolate biscuit with a hint of caramel with a slight bitter or metallic finish.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation

O - Not a bad beer but lacks a little in complexity to really make you wanting more. A little disappointing in the finish.

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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 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 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 deg
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice deep coffee/coke colour with little head or lacing. I got hardly any aroma from this except a faint coffee malt note. Flavour is great and full of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Quite sweet but very well balanced. A bit like treacle in flavour too but for a full bodied schwarzbier not sticky. This makes it more drinkable than some schwarz I've had even though the flavour is more restrained. I had this beer years ago and loved it. Now that I can get it easily I think it will be a regular. It's cheaper than the German gear and unlike those (which I love a lot) I can drink a few Monteith's without being overwhelmed by their bigger flavour. This is the best Monteith I've had so far.

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Photo of madvoice
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Anonmatel
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again with Monteith's beers, the head dies really fast, inoffensive, bland, slightly hoppy, a bit burnt, slightly artificial with some chemicals present, I would drink this again, only for the fact that i bought a 6 pack.

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Photo of machalel
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Brown-black body with a tall, but thin, tan coloured head. Leaves a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Black american-style coffee (not espresso), roast grains, and a little bit of 'dry' sweetness.

Taste: Quite bitter and burnt flavours at the front, with some smoother (but not smooth enough) caramelised malt following. Finishes with a slightly mettalic ash taste that is quite unpleasant. A bit flat and thin. I can tell that it definitely is not a stout!

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, with medium carbonation. Quite a light body, but too harsh and astringent to be enjoyable.

Overall: No thanks. I didn't enjoy this at all, but am not sure if it is the beer or just the style, as I haven't had another Schwarzbier before. I think I can understand what it is trying to achieve, so I will try to find a better example of the style.

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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 aBeeraWeek
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Raebies
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thin mouth feel, low fizz and not much head. Smells of charcoal malts with a slight hint of vegemite. Low acidity and very clean on the palate for a dark beer, without much of an aftertaste. The flavour is fairly straight forward, with hints of caramel biscuit as it warms up. Very smooth, easy drinking.

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Photo of Cawdog
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of verysupple
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

First off, this isn't a shwarzbier. It's a fine beer but it's in the wrong category on this site.

It's easy drinking; nothing too offensive for the introductory craft beer dinker. There's a fair whack of chocolate malt in there (probably some crystal malts too) giving it a medium-strong chocolate flavour and aroma and some coffee notes. There's more to it than that but my palate/descriptive skills aren't developed enough to say what.

While it's quite clean without much fermentation character coming through, it doesn't have a lager-like quality. Being an ale with prominent chocolate and roasty notes this is far from a schwarzbier, but it is a decent, easy drinking dark beer that's hard to fault.

3.5/5 because it's a well made beer just lacking that extra something of a really great beer.

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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
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