Monteith's Black - Monteith's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 Cawdog
3.62/5  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. (339 characters)

Photo of madvoice
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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] (891 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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... (1,053 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at the brewpub in Greymouth 11/3/14 from notes

A dark cola liquid with a dense finger of foam that's gone in a flash but even after it falls the thin film leaves continuous lace deep down the glass

S a little sweet with a hint of peat smoke, milk chocolate and coffee come out a little but it smells pretty tame but then again it was served ice cold

T mimics the smell without the peat but still a little smoky, simple brew for sure, decent but needs a little something

M lighter side of medium, soft carbonation, creams up after a few seconds, a little charred wood and chocolate linger

O OK stuff, pretty basic but drinkable, not going to be blown away but no reason not to try it ect..ect..ect...

the ice cold serving temp probably doesn't help its cause. just another brew that I won't remember down the road. (824 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Greymouth, NZ

Excellent clarity in this very dark brown ale. The body is topped by a creamy tan head that is very durable and leaves the glass almost totally coated.
Both flavor and aroma are about average for style, if a touch more hoppy than a European version. Dark and medium roasted malts lend a lingering malty aftertaste. No burnt notes.

Feel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth.

O: solid version of style. (453 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of verysupple
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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. (801 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

And just like that I'm off to Aotearoa... not literally of course (been there, done some of that), but taste-figuratively, and Monteith's is to me the James Squire's of NZ - not awesome, but they do a decent enough job to keep me buzzing with beer-warmth in those dark winter days of choosing from the local pub tap. Speaking of "dark winter days" dark beer is certainly the type of beer for that time of year and with winter thrust upon us antipodeans again I am once again reminded of the taste of a decent Stout. Rich and rewarding, like a treasure chest full of stolen pirate doubloons, AARRR!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pirate... wait, pint.

A: Deep, deep ruby red body (like a Guinness), with a dusting of tan. Looks like a Stout, aye.

S: Toasted wheat grains upfront with a sweet honey/vanilla musk, and some liquorice characters as well... intriguing, not average Stout aromas, however I am reminded it is a Schwarzbier (German for "darker than all those lagers and wheat beers we drink, jawohl!").

T: Fairly flat and dry tasting. Bit of that honey and vanilla resonates and the undertone of classic Stout flavours (think chocolate, chicory and espresso coffee), but with a hint of pale ale; caramel malts and light floral hops. Not fantastic, but not bad either. Preferred it to the 4 Pines Stout I just tried.

M: Flat carbonation with a medium body. Found the carbonation too flat - needs a little bit more here.

D: Yeah it's not bad. Not bad but not great either. It's just a shoulder shrug beer - someone asks you if you like it and you shrug your shoulders in reply. I'm not convinced Monteith's, I need something more exciting. That being said it is Monteith's, the James Squire's of NZ, and I guess it's about as much excitement I will get from them. I'm moving on to American Stouts (if I can get my hands on some) now.

Food match: [Copy and paste from the 4 Pines Stout] rack of roasted meat (any dark meat), side of roasted vegetables and heavy gravy, or a nice warm stew. Dessert: dark chocolate. Follow with a glass of port. (2,064 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
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 (377 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black with a thin white head. Decent lacing.

S - Not much here except a faint hint of roasted malt.

T - Nice basic flavour of roasted malts, with dark chocolate and coffee notes.

M - Thin in body but smooth.

O - A very drinkable dark beer. The first Monteith's Ive enjoyed this much. Good session beer. (314 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small fading tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, caramel and faint smoke. Pretty nice, quite sweet smelling.
Flavours are along the same lines: roasted malt, soft coffee and a little sweet caramel.
Could do with more carbonation. (250 characters)

Photo of Raebies
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I cant believe i have not reviewed this ive had it plenty a time but to be honest its been a while and thought why not,it pours a dark ruby brown hue with a three finger creamy head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing,the smell is black coffee,caramel malts,herbal hops and dark chocolate,the mouthfeel is just over light bodied and very sessionable and has tastes of dark belgian chocolate,caramel malts,herbal hops,cocoa and finished just like a black coffee bittersweet and overall i like what someone stated earlier Monteiths is just like Australias James Squire its above average and usually best option at a country/or lame pub but theres way better out there thats for sure cheers. (690 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Overall:
This isn't bad. It isn't very complex, but it is nicely brewed and smooth. (330 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of keitho
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Woolworth's.

A - Pours pitch black with lot's of carbonation coming up the sides. One finger of light brown head. A decent ring of lace at the top and a film of retention.

S - Coffee, a nice milk chocolate, some cola.

T - Cola, coffee, roasted malt. Cola is more dominant but restrained by the roasted malt.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweetness in the finish.

O/D - Not a bad schwarz but largely forgettable. Not a whole lot going on. Pretty average. (481 characters)

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