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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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80
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94 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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SamN

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Rayek

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4%
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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ccrida

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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PhillyStyle

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -6%
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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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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GilGarp

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2009 22:51:39 | More by GilGarp
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -8%
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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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
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 -20.2%
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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2007 03:10:42 | More by rhoadsrage
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Jredner

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
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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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2006 03:49:15 | More by russpowell
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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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mschofield

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2005 01:04:49 | More by mschofield
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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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