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Henry Weinhard's Dark - Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.

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Henry Weinhard's DarkHenry Weinhard's Dark

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BA SCORE
75
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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sinistersteve on 09-26-2002)
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Reviews by Rifrafboy:
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours dark with good carbonation. The smell is of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is very malty and smooth. You get a slight burnt taste that is somewhat pleasant. This a pretty good dark beer. I will definately buy this again. At $4.99 a six pack it's hard to beat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
1.8/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Behold, our dark lager. It tastes nothing like the Private Reserve. We swear! See that label, its a totally different color. See, it pours a darker gold than the other one. No, the beer does not look and taste the same. The aroma is not corn meal, peanut oil, and mineral water. The taste is not bitter wood, stale malt, and fake caramel additive. See, right here, the label explicitly states this is a "Dark Lager." ITS A DARK LAGER, can't you read? I don't care what BeerAdvocate says it is.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Used to throw these down back in the 90s. When you through Oregon, you find all the old varieties that used to make it to CA/NV.

Mild brown pour, really didn't look as intimidating as it used to. Thin head, dissipates rather quickly. Mild cocao and caramel notes, makes it smell a little different than the usual macro beer smell of private reserve.

Taste, a little caramel still, enjoyable, the body isn't as hefty as it seemed when I was a wee teenager. Its still pretty easy drinking, the carbonation is high, but not as high as their lighter offerings. I think this was the predecessor to Guinness's Black Lager. They are pretty similar beers. Most of the dark appearance here is just that, appearance. But then again, a little caramel and chocolate malt go a long way when added to a AAL type of beer.

Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of caverog
1.75/5  rDev -42.8%

Photo of KoG
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok comes in the weird shaped Henry brown 12 oz bottle, nice handsome blue and gold label.
Nice enough looking beer for one so cheap..its a dark ruby colour when held to the light..small tan head that goes very quickly to be replaced by some good lacing.
I actually liked the aroma of this beer very much caramel and roasted malts are very upfront .
After a good show by the aroma the tatse was a little too thin..yes its pleasant but it isnt very "upfront" yes theres caramel and chocolate flavors.
Pretty average on the tongue,,flavour doesn't last as long as i would have liked.
Overall its drinkable but not great wont go for this again.
NOTES: I doubt this is a porter, Henry's had a Porter until last year or so then dropped it..i think this is more of a Dark Lager ( ala Beck's dark)

Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of mike727
4/5  rDev +30.7%

Photo of mtrain237
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of abcramer
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of sinistersteve
3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark amber color. Thin head on the pour. A bit of head sticks around, but pretty much goes away after a few minutes.Hints of coffee and carmel on the nose. Nice flavor, although it feels a bit thin for a dark beer in the mouth. Nothing more than a budget beer at a budget price. (not to be meant as a bad thing, you're just getting what you pay for)

Photo of chuchoteur
2.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, drunk from a 16 ounce cold beverage "to go" cup.

Beer poured dark brown, looked like root beer to me. Minimal head, perhaps due to type of cup. Smelled like caramel, chocolate, and a touch of roastiness. Tasted nothing like it smelled. Tasted like a slightly sweet lager. Was a let-down after the aroma. Mouthfeel -- thin and highly carbonated. Like root beer. Drinkability would have been better if I had liked the beer, bu t how does this classify as an American porter? It's not robust enough in any way: not in malt profile, not in bitterness, certainly not in mouthfeel. In fact, I fear I may have overcompensated for my general bias against lagers and thus scored this beer higher than I might of had it been an ale. I'll revisit this.

Photo of beertaster13
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark beer to have if you are low on cash funds. Seems like they don't carry this in enough stores, see more of Henry's other brands than this. This beer pours lighter than most dark beers, the color is more of a dark with hints of light. The smell is great, a very roasted mocha-malt type smell with hints of caramel. Taste is a little dissapointing after smelling the beer. Hints of the roasted malt with coffee flavors but not as strong with the taste as with the smell. Feels average in the mouth, full and dark but not to thick. A very drinkable dark beer because it is a lighter porter, if you can call it that, I wouldn't think of this as a porter. Good beer for 4.59 a six pack though!

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -2%

Photo of woemad
3.15/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This probably should be given a separate lisitng than the old Weinhard's Dark, as this seems to be a completely different beer than the one a reviewed a couple of years ago (when I didn't know shit about what I was drinking apart from some vague instincts that told me I didn't like BMC).

Bought a 12'er of this on-sale at a local Tidyman's for $7.99. According to the label, this is a limited edition beer, and is obviously meant as a winter seasonal, judging by the snowflake art and picture of snow-covered evergreens featured on the label. Also, it clearly states in the name that this is "Henry Weinhard's Classic Dark Lager." So let us hear no more of this porter nonsense.

Poured a dark cola brown, with a rubyish tinge when held up to the light. Moderate light tan head that took it’s time to drop, with a foam collar remaining. Occaisional spotty lace.

Very mild in the nose. Mostly mildly sweet yet toasty maltiness, but there’s a slight dry tart note as well, reminiscent of the evergreen scents often found in winter beers, but much milder than most.

Like the nose, this is a very mild tasting beer. One could serve this to a beer neophyte with a minimum of concern. There is a very mild sweet maltiness that reminds one of caramel and brown sugar, yet is more roasty than, say, a typical brown ale. There is an extremely slight, dry hoppiness, but if your taste buds are even slightly out of whack you won’t pick ‘em up, despite the label’s trumpeting about three kinds of hops in this brew. There's also a slightly off-putting raw grain taste hovering deep in the background. The really odd thing is that while the various parts of the taste are alright, though not spectacular, the taste as a whole seems unbalanced, with none of the flavor aspects really melding into one another particularly well.

Mouthfeel was about average for a dark lager. No surprises here.

A modestly tasty beer, but nothing great. For the price I paid for it, it's nothing to sneeze at. Nevertheless there are much better winter beers out there.

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I just tried another of these, but straight from the bottle. It tastes far more balanced that way! The roastyness and faintly dry hoppiness blend together much better than from the pint glass I dispatched earlier. Odd.

Photo of Overlord
3.2/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I remember not really knowing what beer style this was back in the day, but finding it interesting. Had it again recently. Still interesting. Not sure if it's a porter, though.

Pours a cola brown. Off-white head. Sweet caramel melt and a hint of chocolate. No very strong flavors, but very drinkable.

Maybe the best of the Weinhard brews.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Henry Weinhard's "Classic Dark Lager" poured from one of their signature brown stubbies into a standard pint glass. The bottle had not date of any kind on it. I reviewed this one as a Euro dark lager, not the american porter listed here.

The beer poured a pepsi looking brown with a slightly off white colored, short head. The head lasted through the first few sips and left thin lacing around the top of the pour. The beer smelled faintly of chocolate accompanied with a even more faint roasted maltiness. The flavors present in the beer are chocolate, roasted malt, and some caramel. For the price, this is a pretty good tasting and pretty drinkable dark lager. This is the best of the Weinhard's products I've sampled yet, and a winter seasonal worth grabbing if you're in a budget pinch.

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3.75/5  rDev +22.5%

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3/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +30.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

Henry Weinhard's Dark from Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.