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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of MsRif
4/5  rDev +14.3%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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

StonedTrippin, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Tone, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

SamN, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

ArrogantB, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Rayek, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of ccrida
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

ccrida, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the brewery.

Color is a dark cola brown with red highlights. Thin white head leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma is mild toasted malts but nothing particularly striking.

Flavor has good balance between between sweetness and bitterness. Nice roasted malt, carmel, subtle dark fruits and spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and average carbonation.

This falls somewhere between a pilsner and a porter, if that makes any sense. Somewhat similar to 1554 but with a more assertive spicy hop character.

GilGarp, Feb 26, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

htomsirveaux, Feb 14, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Haybeerman, Jul 08, 2008
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2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Oxymoron, Jun 12, 2008
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2.8/5  rDev -20%
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.

BeerBelcher, Oct 11, 2007
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

BigBry, Mar 19, 2007
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2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Jredner, Oct 16, 2006
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

ndekke39, Jul 07, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Dithyramb, Aug 30, 2005
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4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark ruby-black, topped with a one finger light tan head, thin partial rings of lacing mark off sips down the glass.
Coffee aroma, prompting my gf to tell the beer "oh yeah, you're lovely coffee beans" when she smelled it. Earthy and roasty.
Roasty malt, coffee, earthy taste, pretty sweet for a Schwarz.
Light to medium bodied, very smooth with good drinkability.

mschofield, Mar 01, 2005
B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.