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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -42.9%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -14.3%

zestar, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

acurtis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

12oz can, from the King Soopers across from my hotel in the Glendale area of Denver a few weeks ago.

This beer pours a fairly dark brown hue, bordering on the eponymous black, with rampant cola highlights, and three fingers of foamy, spongy, and dense beige head, which leaves some decent stormy, run for cover cloudy lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of lightly roasted, somewhat mealy pale, grainy malt, dry cocoa nibs, faintly buttered toast, a hint of brown sugar, and rather vegetal earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted malt, with stronger caramel twinges to go along with the doddering pale malt, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of day-old coffee, ashy burning embers, a suggestion of peppery umami, and weak earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is generally on the down low - nothing really sticking its head up from its plebeian toil, the body an adequate medium weight, and fairly smooth, but for a niggling pithy clamminess. It finishes on the dry side, the roast, toast, ash, spice, and hop all too much for the other party to get a grip on.

An enjoyable and approachable schwarzbier, the roasted character doing well to branch out, spread itself around. My experience thus far with this style has unfortunately mostly been with thin, overly lagery versions, so this is a nice surprise - fuller, but still a lager, the smoky essences not totally overriding that.

biboergosum, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%

Had this on tap when it was 100+ & it went down too easy!!

Pours black,black with a 1/2' white lead. Some lacing & good head retention

S: Roasted malts, choclate & slight licorice

T: Choclate & toasty grains, fruitness, licorice pepper & grainy notes. Finish with choc & fruit

MF: Semi-silky but still refreshes. Near perfect carbonation

Flavor makes this super drinkable, a really nice schwartz!

russpowell, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

StonedTrippin, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +10%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Good schwarzbier. Poured brownish-black with a moderate tan head. Dark roasted malts in the nose, caramel and dark chocolate. Similar taste, with big roasty malts, licorice, and some cocoa bitterness. Smooth and silky, not quite full-bodied, and very drinkable.

Rifugium, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

smcolw, Jun 06, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, May 14, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

Another of the Blargimus trade haul in support of The CANQuest (TM)! I experienced a backlog and then realized that no picture existed or was pending of this one and so that added to the lead time as a basic tenet of The CANQuest (TM) states that "No CAN shall be Cracked open unless a picture already exists or one CAN be approved. Cracked CANs are unsightly and should NOT be used for photographic purposes except in extreme cases."

From the CAN: "Pack It In, Pack It Out."; "Our acclaimed German-style schwartzbier features roasted flavors, understated hops and a hint of smoke. An uncanny, all-season version of dark beer, it's spectacular and sessionable."; "2011 Great Ameri[CAN] Beer Festival Bronze Medal - Kellerbier or Zwickelbier *** 2008 Great Ameri[CAN] Beer Festival Gold Medal - German-Style Schwartzbier"; "Brewed & CANned at Wynkoop Brewing Company Est. 1988 Denver, Colorado"; "Please Keep Refrigerated".

No explanation of the name, which is too bad, as it puts me in mind of Dennis Rader, the BTK killer. That is just how my twisted brain works.

The Crack was followed closely by an inverted Glug which produced two fingers of thick, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing light penetration only near the top of the glass. It was as deeply dark as Rader's heart must have been to commit such atrocities. Nose was rich with a smoky chocolate scent, like a liquid dark chocolate bar. Mouthfeel was medium and the chocolate taste even more pronounced on the tongue than it had been on the nose! Understated hops? More like unspoken. This was very sweet, especially on the finish and between that and its > 4% ABV, I would not find it "sessionable". Hey, that was their claim, not mine. Stylistically, I have no problem with it, but the style is just not my cuppa meat, dig?

woodychandler, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a medium sized creamy tan head. The body is to dense to see any sign of carbonation.

S- This beer has a soft smooth roasted black malt note with a hint of cream. There are graham notes that increase as the beer warms.

T- This beer has as smooth roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee malt and chocolate malt notes. There is a soft dry pine note to the finish with a light chalk flavor in the finish. As the beer warms there are some notes of cream in the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has nice big malt flavors with some fruity ale qualities but it still has a very smooth quality to it. Nice session beer.

rhoadsrage, May 21, 2007
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

BillRoth, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

Mebuzzard, Mar 04, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -2%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +8%

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.

Tone, Oct 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

HuskyinPDX, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

ccrida, Nov 10, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

atrocity, May 09, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2%

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.

tone77, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Haybeerman, Jul 08, 2008
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B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.