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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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80
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%


Brewed by:
Wynkoop Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smcolw on 06-06-2004)
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Jredner

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

You ever have a beer at a brewpub and think to yourself, "The brewer wouldn't know a [insert beer style] if it bit him in the ass?"

Me either until I had this Black Beer. It's just damn un-Schwarz...the schwarz is very not with this beer.

Has a porterish roast coffe aroma with mild stewed raisin notes that are more baltic porter than Schwarz....but hey maybe that suggests it is actually a lager. Red tinted black body with a pinky thin tan head. Light roasty flavor in the fore. Amazingly narrow flavor range and not much real taste concentration or or presence ont he tongue...a watery weak porter really. Shameful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2006 01:20:09 | More by Jredner
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B3 ok? Pours a black hue with limited clarity. Red hues around the side when held to the feint light. A darker tan head with decent retention (great compared to their other beers) and limited lacing.

The nose is limited overall which is ok for style. Some roasty and astringent notes which is not ok for style. Some light bready notes. Subtle yeast smells as well.

The taste is mostly malt with a big roasted malt kick. Closter to a robust porter, there is a nice astringent/roasty kick which would be nice if it wasn't so out of place in a Schwartz. The roast really comes out through the full taste but some milky almost silky flavor balances a bit. Has a almost oatmeal characteristic. There is a light piney/earthy finish more along the lines of a English porter.

The body is light but leaves a sweet finish. Sweet but still feels full attenuated. Hard to explain I guess. Some silkiness and a very light carbonation. Overall a good beer but not a schwartz.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2008 20:52:23 | More by Oxymoron
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought this beer was bland and unexciting when I had it on tap at Wynkoop's in Denver. It poured an opaque black, with a tan head that quickly faded. I couldn't pick up any aroma from the top of my glass. Flavor was lightly roasty, but that is me reaching for something to say about this beer. Mouthfeel was clean, which is easy to do when a beer doesn't taste like much!

Not really recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2007 20:19:06 | More by BeerBelcher
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with a tuna melt and bacon-potato salad. OK, not the best pairing, but hey I was craving tuna.

Light coffee color pour, black but kinda brown. Soapy head that was off white and stuck around a bit.

I smelled almond and toffee. Sweet a bit, but nothing overpowering or even noticeable. Taste follows, but the almond is gone and sweet malt comes up. I'm not a malt guy, yet this one had just enough to become noticed, and then died at the end, which for me is good. Clean finish, good with food as it won't dominate.

Would have again, but not my first pick at Wynkoop.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 19:18:45 | More by Mebuzzard
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours with a rich white head the quickly goes away. Dark brown cola color and hue.

Smell - lots of malts with a hint of smoky flavor

Taste - front has lots of malts followed by that subtle smoky tint in the smell.

Mouthfeel - easy drinking for sure, but lacking a punch

Overall - maybe I'm not a huge fan of the style, but other than easy drinking just an ok beer.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 00:56:10 | More by beatenbyjacks
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered this on-tap at the Wynkoop Brewery in downtown Denver. Poured a dark black (hence the schwarz = German for "black") color. Nearly opaque. Little off-white head to it. Not a complex flavor or aroma - mostly hops in there. Flavors of hops linger just a bit, then fade. Light carbonation, good for sipping. Amongst the beers I tried at Wynkoop, this one wasn't exceptional, although it wasn't bad by any means. I would definitely try another pint of it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2006 00:20:18 | More by ndekke39
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried at Wynkoop, 4 Feb 2009.

Dark brown color. Small head. Moderate carbonation. Minimal aroma, slightly roasty, not much else. Fairly sweet, caramel to start. Some coffee roasty flavors, chocolate through the middle. Finish is lightly roasty. Easy to drink, good mouthfeel. Ethanol light.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2009 07:43:31 | More by htomsirveaux
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 12 oz pint glass:

Served up a decent brown, reminded me of cola really, with an off white head that was not well retained. No lacing to mention. The head was light and fluffy. I would have expected this beer to be blacker that it was.

The aroma was light, a nice roasted barley but not much else to it.

The taste is good, follows the nose, but a little stronger. Roasted barley with some sweetness, not really sure what it was, and it also had some spice to it, but again, not really sure what it was. I didn't really find much hoppiness/bitterness to it, which I expected some of.

The beer feeling light, which is what was expected from the style, and it was smooth and easy to drink with a good carbonation feel to it. The beer finished with a dry aftertaste. Overall, not bad beer but not a great one either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2009 18:14:28 | More by PhillyStyle
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SamN

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a growler, fresh from the brewery tap.

Nice dark lager, not opaque but certainly quite dark. Not too much lasting head. Dark brown amber highlights to light. Smell is clean, dark malts, coffee notes, hint of spice, like caraway or cinnamon. Taste is of smokey charcoal, slightly sweet dark malts, some balancing hops. Clean finish. Thin in tastes, a little metallic. Not great, but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2011 23:02:22 | More by SamN
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ccrida

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at the brewpub, B3K Schwarz Bier is a dark brownish black with an small off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet, dark malt, acidic.

Taste is very similar, a bit grainy as well.

Mouthfeel is medium light and spritzy.

Drinkability is OK, I didn't love it, but warmed up to it somewhat after an off-putting first sip.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 23:47:52 | More by ccrida
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a chilled pint glass down at the pearl street grill. black with very little head, almost watery looking for a darker brew. nose is dark roasted malts, sharp hints of licorice in there as well. taste is slightly bland, coffee notes with the almost burned malt flavor. very low carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bti strange. i havent entirely figured this beer out yet, but i have never had more than one in a sitting. something is a little off here

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 16:57:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So what's the deal? Is this beer name inspired by a serial killer?

First beer of the day yesterday at the Dayton Disc Golf Course (and it wasn't this beer's fault I fell behind 7-0 in skins to start). Nice black color without the viscosity, you can see some hints of brown and red through the beer at the edge when you apply sunlight to it. The head was a sturdy beige, small bubbles.

Aroma, fairly standard, a little bit of roast in the nose, lager aroma stays in check, neither offensive nor obtrusive.

Taste, good black spritz going, adequate hopping for style, light body, roast still discernable in taste, good carbonation, whatever the yeast offers, it isn't oppressive. A faint sweet malt remnant in the mouthfeel that is otherwise dry and clean.

A decent beer that I found mildly enjoyable on a crisp fall morning.

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 18:36:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola like color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of coffee. Taste is a much stronger coffee, some malts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Serving type: can

02-09-2013 18:37:19 | More by tone77
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

They may be simple and reserved in taste, but the making of Schwarzbier is anything but. They are difficult, fussy, and elegant. There's a lot of coddling that goes into making a proper Schwarz. Does Wynkoop have it in them to give the proper attention to detail?

While dark, dark brown in color, the saturated beer comes with ominous ruby highlights that cast against a brilliantly clear beer. Its short-statured, off white head caps the beer and laces with random broken rings and restrained retention- all on par with classic German versions.

Bold aromas of roasted grains, light burnt sugars, cocoa-rich chocolates and heavy toast provide the framework for the bulk of the beer's aromas. But a backing of malty yougurt-like tartness, toasted breads and light cream provide support for the supple roaste. With no real fruit notes, a light woodish hop note, slight peppercorn and smoke, the beer is more complex than the original scent reveals.

Creamy sweet to taste initially, the beer quickly takes on chocolaty, deep caramelly, toasty character. A sprinkle of light coffee, wood cinders and very light campfire notes come through at middle palate. And then finishing with a peppercorn note as alcohol taste links dark grains- the mild earthen soil-like notes weave into the taste of heavy whipping cream for a dry marshmallowy taste to close.

Both creamy and powdery to start, the beer favors sweetness more so than do most classic Schwarzbiers. But a slow and steady development towards powdery roast, fleeting sweetness and escaping carbonation makes the beer somewhat lumbered in its development but it does extend the enjoyment of taste before the beer completely dries out.

Where Wynkoop's Schwarzbier favors boldness and ale-like roughness, its a bit more assertive for the classic taste and texture of Schwarz. But its taste is firm and favorable throughout and is sure to appease the fans of dark lagers throughout.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 06:38:26 | More by BEERchitect
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours an almost opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch beige head that fades to a thin cap. Random legs of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells malt/biscuit, some fruitiness, and a slightly smoky aroma. Taste is exactly like the smell. This beer has a high level of carbonation which makes for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and the first of the style I have ever had. My first beer from Wynkoop.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:23:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled as a fresh drawn pint at the brewery in Denver. They get added points for keeping a swarz on all year long. Pours a ruby hinted dark brown that was amazingly clear. Had a light tan ring for a head due to the pour, but had decent lacing.

Deep roasted/chocolatey malt aromas, but no smokiness as I would have expected. Flavor was pretty deeply malty, but not cloying, having a light and airy mouthfeel. The aroma comes through in the flavor. A good hankering of bitterness is there, but only present as bitterness in and of itself and not really "hoppy" in any sense.

Complex malts with a light mouthfeel made this one appear quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2005 15:24:03 | More by Dithyramb
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a fresh draft pint at the brewpub in Denver.
Pours a clear, dark brown color, not quite black. It had a light brown ring of foam (not really any head), did leave thin lacing.
Malt aromas, some roasted grain smell, but not the smokiness I was expecting. Flavor was malty, somewhat complex, but not overly powerful. No real hop taste or finish in this one. Thin mouthfeel kept it light and quite drinkable. Good, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2007 03:52:44 | More by BigBry
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Rayek

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass.

A: Deep mahogany with good clarity. Soapy cream head doesn't have very good retention, but does leave behind small wisps of lace.

S: Baking chocolate dominates, with burnt wood and a touch of lemon in the background.

T: More baking chocolate, plus a slight charred wood flavor. Bitterness comes on light with a stout like burnt quality. Finishes dry, with a mild coffee like acidity.

M: The light body feels dry. Carbonation is just about right.

D: A nice example of this style. The lightness makes this an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 04:44:47 | More by Rayek
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Domingo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is in cans now, which is always convenient. I can’t think of any other canned dark lagers.
Pours a brown/black color with a lot of foam. It’s sticky and lines the walls of a glass pretty well.
Semi-sweet chocolate, dark bread, and some smoke are on the nose.
The flavor profile essentially mirrors the nose, although the smoke is a hair heavier than I prefer. It adds a little bit of heartiness that takes away from the drinkability slightly. Still, this is tasty stuff.
The dark malts are never overtly bitter or acidic, which is the sign of a better schwarz.
I wish the smoke were toned down ever so slightly (I’ll be a traditionalist here), but this is otherwise very solid.
Good stuff and a nice new canned brew from the ‘Koop. It’ll be in my rotation for the summer without a doubt.

It might be worth mentioning that in my experience bottled/canned beers with smoked malts tend to have that come on a bit stronger than a draft version. On tap I'd say that the smokiness in B3K is barely perceptible.

Serving type: can

03-16-2012 14:44:04 | More by Domingo
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark/black with a 1/2' white lead. Great head retention, some lacing.

Smell: Heavy with roasted malts and chocolate. A more bitter, slightly spicy aroma as well.

Taste: Roasted grains and chocolate as I wouild expect. Somewhat of a fruity finish, with that spicy (licorice?) flavor that matched the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Semi-silky and very full-bodied; not in a bad way - especially since the carbonation gave it a good balance.

Drinkability: Had only read about these beers so I was surprised at its drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2008 20:00:13 | More by Haybeerman
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at gaetano's, I've also had this at the Wynkoop so I didn't hesitate to order it. Dark black color, smells a little grainy. Tastes fine and reminds me of full sail dark black lager. This is a pretty good beer although I wish the smell was more robust.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 03:05:46 | More by ArrogantB
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with minimal head. The aroma has a nice deep and dry roasted barley note followed up by notes of pumpernickel and dry lager yeast. Taste starts with a neutral malt flavor and quickly becomes intensely roasty. The roasted notes bring on smokey flavors towards the end. Finish is clean and dry. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light to medium body. Overall, lots of flavor packed into this, but it was a bit one note. Would have nice to have a little more depth to all of the roast.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 05:44:27 | More by homebrew311
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Dmart1223

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's flavorful and fresh! Ohhhh yeahhh.

It pours a dark, thin black with a cocoa head that fades to nothing.

The smell is mostly sweet, with some toffee and roasted malt.

It tastes almost as sweet as its smell, but it also incorporates some of that dry roasty flavor through the middle and end. Nothing too strong, though. It's light in body, and there's no bitter to be had.

Overall Wynkoop's created a great session beer. It's light, slick, flavorful and refreshing. The biggest problem I see is that I really had to search for any substances in the first swig. Though all of the characteristics of something great are here, they're so subtle that the beer might teeter on the edge of blandness.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 05:59:09 | More by Dmart1223
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Tone

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, coffee, sweet malt, and slight oatmeal. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, roasted malt, slight coffee, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, decent appearance, good body, and good feel.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 14:15:47 | More by Tone
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome beige head with great lace. This beer is surprisingly clear.

Strong chocolate malt aromas (no smokiness). The flavor is very much like a brown ale, although this one is maltier than their Brown Artillery Ale. Very low hop, rich and highly carbonated.

This is a smooth beer with lots of chocolate. It's tasty and easily consumed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2004 18:05:49 | More by smcolw
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B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
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