Schwarz | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERchitect on 06-25-2008

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by AmitC:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy light tan head that last a good bit.

S- The clean mineral aroma has some black malt notes that smell well lagered

T- The smooth black malt has a flinty flavor to it with some raw oat hints to follow. There is a hint of tartness and grain in the finish with a slightly dry coffee roasted malt note that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice smooth black lager flavor with some good roasted malt characters.

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Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown that fairly closely imitates black with a compact stack of tan suds which leave sheets of lace.
Roasted, caramel-drizzled nut nose with a backing of toast.
It enters the mouth with crusty breads and a low-level coffee roastedness. A small grapey sweetness arrives midway, along with a whisper of tartness. Caramel comes out slowly as it warms. It fades from here, ending clean, with just a hint of resumed roastedness and drying, dead leaf hops.
Glossy smooth and medium+ bodied. There is structure here that seems to support a more flavorful, richer beer. The flavor, while not off or disagreeable, seems stunted.
All in all, it's a shy, but likeable quaff.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This attractively-packaged (black panther on the bottle, tying into an Indiana legend) pours (or is it purrs? Hahah) a deep black with lots of tan bubbles. Some minor lacing.

Aroma is chocolate malts, with a little roastiness. The taste follows closely, with a pleasing burnt cocoa finish.

Quite tasty and highly drinkable!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I give this points for uniqueness. Not many black lagers are out on the market. Decent layer of white foam. Lacing is average. Not solid black, but more like extremely dark brown.

Smell: Not a whole lot here. Pretty mineral-like. Some coffee and chocolate. It goes well with the metallic smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Same as smell. Almost exactly. Stronger metal here compared to smell. Mouthfeel is pretty good. Good balance of essential oils and water. Extremely crisp finish.

Drinkability: About as easy to drink for a dark lager.

Overall: Worth the try if you can find it.

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Photo of RickS95
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost the perfect looking beer. Jet black, maybe a hint of light black, but seriously black. The head is extremely thick and dense. Great retention. Eventually, crazy thick lacing. The head is beige in color.

Nothing complex, very simply malt. The faintest bit of charred smell.

Has a pretty good flavor of malt with some smoke and char, kind of earthy.

Light mouthfeel, despite the dark color. A bit loose and watery, nothing unusual for a lager, just not my style. No hop presence. Mostly a wet feeling finish.

Overall, it's a good beer, something I'd definitely drink again. A bit more alcohol would be welcomed.

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Upland tasting room.

A- Pours a almost black color. If you didn't hold it up to the light you wouldn't know. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Nice web lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma to me is a little muted. Toasted malts come out first with a hint of roasted malts in the backing. Chocolate malts toward the middle of the nose with some more roasted malts that are turned up a little more. There is a light bitterness in the backend I would say is from the hops.

T- This beer needs a little help on the flavor side. Roasted malts in the front with a light bready malt feel to it. Right before the middle of the beer there is light chocolate notes but it really thins out in flavor after that little hint of chocoalte. Middle is more...I would say grainy. This is a light dissapointment for me. That does get covered up but some more roasted malts but they just don't pack the same power to them. Light hop bite in the ending blends well with the roasted malt flavor.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Roasted malts and a light chocolate sweetness left on the palate. Aftetaste is light alcohol, roasted malts, and light faded bitter hops. Balanced for the beer style but very thin making it seem a little off balanced toward middle of the beer. No off flavors present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a easy drinking schwarzbier. Light than the normal style helps the drinkability a lot of this. I could have had a couple of pints of this but was on my way to running someplace else. The ABV is lighter which also added to the drinkability.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Nearly black brown pour, red around the edge. Layer of off white.

Aroma, earthy peat, some roast and lighter dark chocolate. Lager.

Taste, earthy peat, light roast, nice chocolate. Clean coffee with cream, cocoa finish.

Well carbonated but smooths out very quickly. Light side of mid, very easy to drink. A good Schwarzbier is a porter/stout fan's best session brew, this was that.

Thought this was outstanding, one of my favorites when done right. This was done right.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to heliosphann for this 12 oz bottle. It's like being in Pawnee, IN.

A: The lagerbier is a dark syrupy cola color, deep brown that looks, but isn't quite, black. A voluminous head, 2+ fingers, leaves a dense, craggy head behind.

S: Crisp malts, toasted to perfection, with an ample dash of chocolate. Roasted malts, charcoal-like, and a hint of hoppiness round things out.

T: Roasted up front, the beer quickly becomes thin. Darker malts, acrid and burnt, start things off strong. A dash of fresh bread and cocoa powder cut into the roasted flavors, a diversion from the burnt presence. Quickly, the schwarzbier loses its steam. The fuller flavors transition to a pale graininess before the flavor completely drops off. I like the start, but it doesn't last as long as it should.

M: Roasted, toasted, and chocolate, at least in the beginning. The beer becomes humdrum by the end.

D: The lagerbier is neither offensive nor bad, it just seems to wimp out when a solid dose of flavor would help.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in January 2011. One of my friends got it for me and didn't give it to me until recently. But it was free so I shouldn't complain! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted and charred/burnt malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same as the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and goes down easy. Overall it's decent enough. I'd like to try this brew fresher at some point, but this bottle wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a finger of coffee colored head with good retention and lacing.

Smells of bitter roasted malts with some earthy spicy bitterness and cocoa.

Similar flavors to the nose although the cocoa creaminess is a lot more muted. Bitter roasted malts and an earthy bitter dry finish.

A little thin bodied for as much roast as it contains with ample carbonation.

Not the best thing out there, but it'll do and when a friend brings you a free growler, might as well drink!

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Photo of Huntingtonbasser
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Black in the glass, two finger head almost tan head, tries to leave behind some lacing, clear ruby around the edges

S-Coffee, dirt with roasted/burnt notes.

T-Sweet, some coffee and dirt. Roasted Malt, ends with a toffee like flavor. However something doesn't balance well. Burnt notes. Apples? Something is off.

M-Light and highly carbonated.

O-Something is off with this beer, love the style but something is awry here.

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Photo of CreamandCrimson
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a near black shade of brown with a finger of head. Smell is ashy roasted malt, earthy hoppiness, chapstick, and pumpkin?

The taste is too ashy for my liking. Almost like chewing on a cigarette butt at first. Eventually that ashiness dies down a bit but there isn't really any supporting flavors underneath and it begins to feel a bit watery.

The body is medium/light and carbonation is at a good level. I suppose I would drink this if it was all that was available, but really there isn't much else going for it.

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Photo of johunnic
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of chaunur
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured very dark almost black, very little head but I believe it had been sitting awhile before being delivered. A slightly burnt mocha aroma. An up front thin flavor of malt, chocolate and coffee that didn't linger. Thin and watery in the mouth with no "heft".

It really just tasted like a watered down stout. Looking at the defintion of the style I guess it is spot on. I think this is just not my style of beer so I've tried to be fair in the review.

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Photo of Nachos4two
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mtrain237
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This from the brewery website: "SCHWARZ
Brewed annually to benefit the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, this German- style Schwarzbier is a light refreshing black lager. A delicate pilsner malt character is accented with a light Spalter hop aroma and hints of roast. (Kegs only)"

Since the beer promotes a charity that is dear to me, it'll be tough to give it a bad review. Gladly, the beer stands alone as a fine example of the style. The standout quality of the beer is the roasted grain flavor upfront and the powdery smooth finish. In between the beer give soft, well-attenuated caramel flavors lurking in the mild malt profile. Light hopping accentuates the coffee-like bitterness and balances the light sweetness well. Faint aromas of these roasted, caramel flavors are complimented by mild lactose scents. No fruitiness, no vegetals, no hop flavor. Pure and simple a nice Schwarzbier.

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Photo of rxthree
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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Schwarz from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 45 ratings