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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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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Todd

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

08-20-2013 02:03:42 | More by Todd
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Guden

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-06-2014 04:19:19 | More by Guden
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jwmarcum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-15-2012 19:08:51 | More by jwmarcum
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cbcrunch

Wyoming

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-04-2013 18:36:52 | More by cbcrunch
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

06-15-2012 21:33:39 | More by carteravebrew
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blguillen

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-08-2013 21:34:18 | More by blguillen
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

01-30-2013 05:02:01 | More by brandoman63
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famous_mortimur

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-13-2013 05:53:39 | More by famous_mortimur
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IllicitEloquence

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-10-2014 05:17:09 | More by IllicitEloquence
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ALeisher

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-22-2013 17:01:46 | More by ALeisher
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BDeibs

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-10-2014 16:35:05 | More by BDeibs
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jonkerbaugh

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-21-2013 19:16:55 | More by jonkerbaugh
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

12-14-2013 20:54:39 | More by BillRoth
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-06-2013 21:58:24 | More by Greenlabel
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-14-2012 23:19:56 | More by MarkyMOD
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

09-29-2013 19:17:27 | More by ldhughes3
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drewfromboulder

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-13-2013 23:54:24 | More by drewfromboulder
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deereless

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-06-2013 01:42:01 | More by deereless
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +1.1%
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 +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
B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.