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B3K Black Lager - Wynkoop Brewing Company

B3K Black LagerB3K Black Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

86 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.91%


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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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: can

10-24-2013 00:18:27 | More by biboergosum
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with minimal head. The aroma has a nice deep and dry roasted barley note followed up by notes of pumpernickel and dry lager yeast. Taste starts with a neutral malt flavor and quickly becomes intensely roasty. The roasted notes bring on smokey flavors towards the end. Finish is clean and dry. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light to medium body. Overall, lots of flavor packed into this, but it was a bit one note. Would have nice to have a little more depth to all of the roast.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 05:44:27 | More by homebrew311
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours with a rich white head the quickly goes away. Dark brown cola color and hue.

Smell - lots of malts with a hint of smoky flavor

Taste - front has lots of malts followed by that subtle smoky tint in the smell.

Mouthfeel - easy drinking for sure, but lacking a punch

Overall - maybe I'm not a huge fan of the style, but other than easy drinking just an ok beer.

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 00:56:10 | More by beatenbyjacks
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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?

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 14:55:44 | More by woodychandler
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Dmart1223

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 05:59:09 | More by Dmart1223
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Domingo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is in cans now, which is always convenient. I can’t think of any other canned dark lagers.
Pours a brown/black color with a lot of foam. It’s sticky and lines the walls of a glass pretty well.
Semi-sweet chocolate, dark bread, and some smoke are on the nose.
The flavor profile essentially mirrors the nose, although the smoke is a hair heavier than I prefer. It adds a little bit of heartiness that takes away from the drinkability slightly. Still, this is tasty stuff.
The dark malts are never overtly bitter or acidic, which is the sign of a better schwarz.
I wish the smoke were toned down ever so slightly (I’ll be a traditionalist here), but this is otherwise very solid.
Good stuff and a nice new canned brew from the ‘Koop. It’ll be in my rotation for the summer without a doubt.

It might be worth mentioning that in my experience bottled/canned beers with smoked malts tend to have that come on a bit stronger than a draft version. On tap I'd say that the smokiness in B3K is barely perceptible.

Serving type: can

03-16-2012 14:44:04 | More by Domingo
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SamN

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -4%
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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B3K Black Lager from Wynkoop Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.