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Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager - Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black LagerDonnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Bischoff visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-15-2003)
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Photo of TMoney2591


2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

From "Thunder Mountain" comes this beer, apparently. Anyway, it pours a clear garnet-brown topped by a finger of glowing off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, very light roasted malts, and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of cola, light maple syrup, lightly-toasted biscuit, and a thought of maduro-style tobacco. It's mostly cola on my tongue, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a kinda weak schwarz, one that seems too watered-down quality-wise for its own good, like it was trying for more of a mass appeal or something. Or it's just not that great...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:45:23 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A quad-like brown body with dark caramel hues. Thin carbonation ontop.

S - Lots of lager yeast in the nose and a bold honey sweetness. TOasted malts and a touch of minerals and metals.

T - Sweet toasty malts up front. Sweet honey with a balance against mineral water notes and metallic twang. Dark soft bread.

M - Lighter body with a fizzy carbonation. Sweet and quenching.

O - No complaints here, a decent schwarz.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 00:15:36 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before July 25, 2012. The label doesn't look like what's pictured.

A: Dark brown.

S: Lager yeast by-products and a very subtle hint of breadiness. There's some skunk, but it's not very strong and may be from the yeast.

T: Not much. Lager yeast and a little malt. A faint roastiness and hop bitterness at the end.

M: Smooth and fairly full.

O: Blah. Easy enough to drink, but there are more flavorful beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:04:33 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of bsp77


3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with moderate off-white head, settling to a thin line.

Smell: Cocoa, caramel, cherry, straw and some spiciness.

Taste: Just barely sweet caramel, cocoa and molasses initially. Finish is more cherry-like with just a hint of metallic, spicy hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Decent Schwarzbier that could use a little more hops and/or depth. Pretty easy to drink overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:55:08 | More by bsp77
Photo of jeanmono


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger bredth off-white head which quickly disolves. A roasty pilsner aroma fills the nose. The first sip tastes like a roasty pils, but by the end of the glass, a little earthiness comes out. Lightly fizzing carbonation adds to the experience. This beer drinks quickly without much aftertaste and is suprisingly light for a dark beer.

I'm sure that I would drink another if given the chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:18:01 | More by jeanmono
Photo of shand


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is moderately sized and retains decently. This smells basically like a pilsner with just a bit of added roastiness from the malts. The taste basically follows this, it's honestly just a moderately roasty pilsner top to bottom.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, it's highly carbonated and prickly, and easy to drink. A pretty solid dark lager, there's nothing remarkable about it, but there's really nothing wrong with it either. Perhaps a little bit too close to pilsner territory for my comfort.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 22:54:16 | More by shand
Photo of crossovert


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

11.2oz green bottle. Entitled "Black Lager" for the US market.

It pours a cola brown with a fizzy off-white head, nothing new here, but it is the standard for the style, it has a bit of nice lacing.

No skunk here, it is a mild smelling brew, very reminiscent of a pilsener in the smell. It has a slight hint of roastiness along with some earthier noble hops.

The flavor is nice and bready with just a hint of roastiness, reminds me of a Munich Helles with a bit of chocolate malt included. It finishes with a nice bitterness. Just a smooth easy as hell to drink beer, a great one to session.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:03:39 | More by crossovert
Photo of beerdrifter


2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brownish-red pour with a one finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Earthy, malty nose with hints of caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Roasty malt and caramel are the stars in the taste. Hints of nuts, with a touch of smoke and chocolate. The malty sweetness dominates with very little bitterness to balance. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetness really hurts the drinkability for me. Living in Germany I've been lucky enough to sample quite a few Schwarzbiers. This is not a great interpretation of the style. It's not a bad beer, but nothing special either.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 16:59:44 | More by beerdrifter
Photo of selecter70


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can not turn down a dark lager, as they're just too good as a basic beer for me. While the Bischoff bottle seemed to hint it's inferior quality with a screw cap that reminded me of Mickey's, I knew that even an inferior German offering will still be worth the while. Gladly it surpassed my expectations. A smooth dark brown pour to full 2 finger head that was tan-white & kept a decent lace throughout. A malty aroma that hinted of toast & molasses made me a tad wary, but slight hops were enough to round out the malt that left a nice hint of black licorice. Very drinkable in my book & a decent dark lager, but I know many who would prefer their IPA...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 23:08:38 | More by selecter70
Photo of Cyberkedi


2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is rather typical of a lager, not too strong and not exactly promising, but it does have a fruity undertone. It pours a dark chocolaty brown with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Flavor started out a little weak, but as I drank more it became a little more mouth-filling. It is malty with a spicy undertone and hints of smoke and chocolate. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly, a tad watery but still more than acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:20:52 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a classic German Scharzbier. I have to say some of the reviews here seem from a different planet--or maybe they just drank stale, spoiled, nasty beer--not the brewer's fault.

Anyway, I've had scharz in Germany and as far as the same taste here, THIS IS IT!!! The classic brand is called "Kostritzer" from outside of Leipzig. Schwarz is kind of an old fashioned style--popular in the former East Germany, with the focus on the malt, not the hops. I'm afraid the subtlety of a lot of German beers is lost in America; whether its in the shipping, or our pallets, I just don't know.

Anyway, this is Bischoff's version and it truly is amazing. Gentle, malty, but crisp...if you closed your eyes, you would not suspect it was so dark. No, it's not a Guiness....it ain't supposed to be! (besides, Guiness takes 3 days to brew, according to a pro-brewmaster I spoke with--this one takes more like 3 months)

Mouthfeel is light, the way classic schwarz is supposed to be.

Drinkability is terrific--won't fill you up like a typical ale.

Will it please inexperienced persons, who have no idea what German lager generally, or Schwarz in particular is supposed to taste like? Maybe not. But if you have German friends, get them this...if they have good taste, they will love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 05:31:28 | More by AnalogReigns
Photo of templar316


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep black, with a thin head that dissapears quickly. Ruby red highlights abound. A subtle rocky smell with dark fruit, a dark malts. The flavor starts with a crisp bitterness rolling to a rocky finish, only a slightly off aftertaste keeps this beer from being truely first class. Its also a little sharp for a long session but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 01:17:30 | More by templar316
Photo of animal69


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"black lager" it states on the label, BBD 4/24/08, hoping for the best ; pours a clear amber brown, not really black with a thin off-white head which quickly fizzles into a modest field of pinhole bubbles leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a subtle smell, mostly steely grain and darker malts, a faint darker fruit and roasted nut undertone as well ; a rather thin flavor, some steely cereal grains again w/ a fainter darker malt/nut flavor, not much of the typical "roast coffee" note present in most schwarz crisp finish with hints of dates alcohol ; dry, very light mouthfeel w/ a lot of co2 ; def. a quaffable brew, tho not special in the least...

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 00:39:22 | More by animal69
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim, turned out to be really good.

Appearance is a dark brown to black, I was a bit dissapointed with the head as it was minimal and dissapated rapidly.

Smell was good, malt and coffee, definately some roasted nuts.

Taste was very smooth, much smoother than I thought, alot of coffee taste with a bit of sweet malt and chocolate. Bit of a bitter aftertaste but classy, no slap in the face.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, solid, but not too heavy or too light, prefectly balanced.

Drinkability here is high for me, this could be a solid session beer regardless of season. If you can get it, try it. If your a fan of this style of beer I think you'll be pleasantly suprised to find that, for the price, this beer is great.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 22:35:15 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of rebel1771


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with an off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts is the first thing you notice along with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Roasted malts are first to hit the taste buds along with the coffee and chocolate noted in the aroma. Flavor becomes sweeter the more you drink with just a bit of hops mixed in.

I haven't had that many schwarzbiers but this seems pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:58:28 | More by rebel1771
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into tulip glass. A: Very deep, dark brown/amber, head goes down pretty quickly. S: Pretty light. Some chocolate/coffee, malts, very, very distant hops. T: Still pretty light. The hops are present, but the balance seems a little off. Some pleasant spicy notes; chocolate, toffee. A long, fairly bitter finish. M: A tad thin, moderate carbonation. D: All in all, it's definitely a nice beer, but it doesn't seem to have much to say. Very smooth, definitely drinkable, but just not all that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:05:13 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of TheSarge


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Donners Berger gives off very malty aromas, mostly characteristic of chocolate and light toffee fragrances.

This produces massive amounts of light tan head, The head forms together quite well, and lasts for several minutes. The body is of course black, but has reddish hues when held up to light.

This brew is well balanced between sweet caramel like flavors, with a follow up hint of smoke.

This is medium to light in body and makes for a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 19:10:31 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle, with soda like twist off cap. Pours medium dark amber, with some light shining through, typical tan head, that shows better then moderate retentive powers and leaves some stringy lacing behind. Minor nose of just some toasty,bready malts. Mild dark malts, some more bready notes, and a clean and smooth midsection. Finish reveals faint to minor hopping and the expected clean, lingering malty finish. Not a bad lager, nothing real exciting, but probably would go fine with some BBQ and/or sausage.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 23:44:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of LarryKemp


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was more deep, deep amber than brown. The beer was extremely clear. The head retention was moderate.

Aroma was light but what there was was malty There was no hops nor fruity esters.

Like the aroma, the flavor was mild and not rich and full as the style calls for. Their was a moderate hop bitterness that outweighted the maltiness. I got no roasted malt nor bitter chocolate flavors. The aftertaste was dry and did linger on the tongue.

The body was low.

This is not a bad beer, but I have been drinking several good to very good German beers this week and this one was average. I would recommend another schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2003 17:39:21 | More by LarryKemp
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