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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
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 BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

keenanite21, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Hacksaw34
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Hacksaw34, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

tone77, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

brandoman63, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Lynn1451
1/5  rDev -71.4%

Lynn1451, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

stampfler07, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Dmart1223
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Dmart1223, Jan 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

acurtis, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

bootsandbeer, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

ste5venla, Nov 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Twal, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

vipergtsr171, Nov 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

bbadger, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

fishguyac, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

comfortablynirm, Sep 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

crobinso, Jun 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Ispeakforthetrees, Jun 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A small beige head forms and sticks around as a tiny cap. Some light lace.
S: Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Light chocolate and coffee. I like it.
T: Very simple, but I love it. Toasted malts that are great. Bread and biscuit with some great complimentary chocolate and coffee. Everything works together perfectly.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one, and went perfectly with my burger.

A great Schwarzbier IMO. Full of malty goodness. Well done and something I would highly recommend.

champ103, Jun 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, May 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

StubFaceJoe, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Piason, May 11, 2012
B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.