1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager - Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Not Rated.
Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black LagerDonnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Bischoff visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 01-15-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

beerdrifter, Jan 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Billolick, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

bsp77, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

rebel1771, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jeanmono
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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.

jeanmono, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +12.4%

ninaturner, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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...

selecter70, May 04, 2009
Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Giggy, May 31, 2013
Photo of shand
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

shand, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Bromine, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

TheSarge, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of billgulch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

billgulch, May 03, 2014
Photo of jandadeboer
4/5  rDev +12.4%

jandadeboer, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

crossovert, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

TMoney2591, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Ford
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Ford, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of animal69
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

animal69, May 04, 2008
Photo of Tomais
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Tomais, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JackRB
3/5  rDev -15.7%

JackRB, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

greybeardloon, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

LumpyGuitar, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of sendbeer
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

sendbeer, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Jmbbabson
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Jmbbabson, Jul 12, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager from Privatbrauerei Bischoff
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.