Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Feuerwehrmann SchwarzbierFeuerwehrmann Schwarzbier

Brewed by:
Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by almychristopher:
Photo of almychristopher
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a nearly black translucent red with a small tan head that recedes to nice patchy lace. the aroma brings a bit of the roasted chocolate malt that you'd expect from the color as well as a bit of a sweet lagery scent. very sweet and malty up front with the hop bite paring nicely with the bit of astringency from the dark malt. the light body and the aggressive carbonation make this an easy drink, but not one that I'd go out of my way to find.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy black malt with a hint of sweetness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors up front contain an underlying bitterness throughout that is equalized by a light amount of sweet malt flavors. I can't discern any distinct hop flavors but there's a certain earthy quality and bitterness that I feel as though they have a part in.

Mouthfeel is great. There's a great thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber and could have another, especially at 5% ABV.

Overall I'm not a huge fan of schwarzbiers but this was certainly one of the better ones I've had. Worth a shot.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was just complaining in a recent thread that I could'nt find any Pennichuck here in Keene. Milford is not that far but it's nice to see it here where I live! I found this bottle at Blueberry Fields in Keene. ($5.49 per bomber)

22 oz. bottle > SA 16 oz. glass (2)

This is a deep, nearly opaque dark brown color from some light around the edges. The carbonation is nice with a 2", tight, tan, sea-foam looking crown. slow retention and plenty of sticky lacing. a good 1/4" of cover remains through the duration.

The aroma is a dark chocolate and roasty malt with vanilla, oats and mild herbal hops. fresh wheat, maple candy and tangy molasses.

The flavor is much more roastie and coffee flavored than the aroma will lead you to believe. The roastie flavor hits first with burnt wheat and then a sweet currnet of malt chocolate and vanilla. A delightful, earthy and herbal hop flavor rides in easy and subtle right at the end.

Light ot medium feel, a thin but clean feeling body that has a smooth edge and crisp finish.

I had no problem with two of these.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radek's bottle. I rally like the style. Not much roast,it is there, dark with a cape of a light brown head. Average mouthfeel. A good lager, you can drink a litre of his and if not share it with others.Only a hint of chocolate, this is pure shwartzbier.

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Photo of hreb
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An unexpected 22oz bottle from Cheesy. Poured, cold, into imperial pint glass. Beer pours black with a red-tinge and a thin brown head and a few big bubbles emerging from the surface. Roasty aroma like porter or stout.

First impressions: roasty, nutty, and dry. Sharp with carbonation and a bitter edge. The crisp lagery feel juxtaposes well with the malt profile of a much heavier, thicker beer. Aftertaste is a little cloying, but on the bitter side -- a good sign for a lager. Good but not great; the only detractor from its drinkability is the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, with a finger of foamy tan head. Retains with mostly a fizzy look but does have a good enough flareup, producing a good bit of spotty lace. The aroma is dark and roasty smelling with a good bit of chocolate malts coming out, along with some lighter notes of caramel and some green feeling floral character.

The taste is dark with chocolatey roast, along with a firm tingle of spicy hop character. Finishes very dry and roasty in mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel to the carbonation but still creamy enough to remain decently drinkable.

This was OK. I was hoping for maybe a little more hop character to add some extra crispness to this, as all of those dark flavors had this coming off feeling more like a Porter at times.

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Photo of njmoons
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle on the sale rack at the Beer Store. I enjoyed the beer, but had a lot of roasted malt for a Shwarzbier.

Poured very dark brown, almost black. Very little foam, but what did come up stayed for a while.

The aroma was malty and sweet.

Taste was light like a would have expected but there is a lot of roasted malt flavor which was too much for my tastes in a Schwarbier. The roasted malt also interfeared with the finish, which was not a crisp and clean as I like in a Lager beer.

Almost seemed a light stout.

Mouthfeel was light as expected, and I had no trouble drinking the beer.

I might also suggest a new label. I really had to look at the beer bottle to see what it was. The label was dark and without a close look I could only see a very long German Word (fireman) that I could not pronounce. I only invested the effort since it was on the sale rack.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into nonic

Pretty much opaque black with a thin ruby line at the bottom. A one finger light brown head settles to an even thin cap.

The aroma is very roasty, with the malts giving of a slight bitterness. There is also a smokey quality in there. Some dry coffee bean is in the background. Very malty, not much hop aroma is in there.

Somewhat of a sweet light chocolate start turns into a slightly dry burnt malt finish. More of the smokiness carries over from the aroma to the flavor. Full bodied.

A very enjoyable Schwarzbier. Recommended.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into Bristol Motor Speedway mug, 'cause it's dark like motor oil and I've forgotten how fun NASCAR can be, since watching it really sucks lately.

This is a good-looking Schwarzbier. Really reminds me of root beer in head and body. Head goes reasonably quickly but leaves enough to make it interesting. Almost a slight reddish tinge in the darkness reminiscent of that Philly regionality, Birch Beer.

Nice toasted malt lager scent - grassy hops about as well. Scent is slightly metallic with tannins. Not sure of hop profile but a bit of Munich malt as well?

Taste is rather tannic from some patent maybe. It's hearty - even good when it warms. Very nice balance here between dark roasted Germanic malts, a little grassy hops (even some pine) and even carbonation.

I do like the palate feel here. As mentioned, the carbonation works well against what is really significant and bold depth on the palate. Very good balance.

Doesn't drink exceptionally quickly, but it drinks exceptionally well. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of Yesac
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown. Medium sized head that fades to a small layer. Lacing on the glass.

S- It smells 'stale'. Some smoke and earthy tones. Not impressive.

T - Burnt malt and smokey tones. Earthy bitter hops. Slightly sweet and has a tart finish.

M- Thin bodied, dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D- meh.. it's drinkable but not delicious. Weak aroma and bland taste. I prefer other beers in this category.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out malty but not overly sweet with flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. There's a touch of smokiness and a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good sessionable dark beer to drink for a whole evening if you're in the mood for that kind of beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy, rich tan head that thins to an espresso-like head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, licorice with a noble hop backing.

The taste is of sweet chocolate/molasses with lightly roasted coffee. Fairly assertive noble hop spicing and gentle roast give balance to the sweet dark maltiness. It has a clean, smooth lager character.

Noble hop character, light roast and dark maltiness smoothness come together well... I love when this style is done right!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear barely translucent dark reddish brown brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with little to no lacing. Aroma is bitter, dark grains. Taste is sweet dark maltiness upfront, balanced in the middle, tends toward slight acrid bitterness on the close, some chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Exactly what I expect from a Schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit prickly with carbonation, and drinkability is very good. Great stuff.

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Photo of sethmeister
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into my Pemaquid Point Light Weiss glass.

Pours opaque black with two fingers of creamy tan head. Patches of lace adorn the glass here and there.

Scent is floral and spicy hops, earthy.

Taste is soft roasty chocolate malt with citric and spicy hop notes and a mild bitterness and astringency which refreshes the palate and encourages the next sip. Yeasty biscuit notes. A touch of caramel.

Body is light and crisp yet substantial enough to be satisfying.

Drinkability is outstanding. Very refreshing and easy to drink and at 5% a session beer.

This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Nice work guys.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three-fingered light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Deep mahogany almost black color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is roasted chocolate and balanced. $7.99 for a 22 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of smcolw
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy head with chunky lace on the glass. So dark, light does not shine through.

Mild creamy dark malt aroma. some caramel and a little chalk.

Semi-sweet chocolate with a touch of berry in the background. Short lasting aftertaste--very low hop level.

Appealing but innocent.

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Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1" tan colored head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: roasted malts and hints of chocolates come through.

Taste: roasted malts, soft bitter chocolate tones, prunes, and a bit of earthiness are nicely balanced with some mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: superb session beer. Great flavor and representation of the style.

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Photo of currysage1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from Spirit Haus - $5.35 22 oz.

Pours a one finger khaki head topping a deep garnet red, light just about can't make it. Settles out quickly, leaves spotty lacing and a ring that goes all the way down.

Smell is of light coffee, and a light lager yeast brightness, Dark fruits are there very briefly.

Taste is of light roast coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted oats, hop presence is nice, balances the malt, more American than German with the hop selection, but I suppose it could be Hallertau. Slight dark fruit flavor toward the end.

Feel is great, honestly what I would expect from a Schwarz, enough body to make it satisfying but thin enough to make me think German lager.

Drinkability is very high, good balance, very tasty, and affordable.

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Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of Derek
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a light tan head, light retention & lacing.

S: Very bready, licorice, light roasted nut, dark caramel & coffee.

T: Bready, dark caramel/cola, dark chocolate, licorice, pumpernickel rye, balanced bitterness. A good schwarz, though it's certainly leaning towards a bready dunkel.

M: Smooth moderate body, less than moderate carbonation, off-dry finish.

D: A great drinker.

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Photo of SMADMS
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from my notes at the VBF

Poured at the Pennichuck Booth

A-- Beautiful dark brown/black slight head with lace on glass
S--Coffee and hints of chocolate and caramel Roasted malts and toffee
T--slight hops, roasted light coffee taste nice chocolate tones Dry
M-- very earthy and light clean finish very light carbonation sight bitterness of cocoa
D-- An exceptional black lager

Wonderfully balanced flavors and a great lager...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as extra from xumbi. Thanks man! Into my Stone pint glass.

A: Black with a thin brown head. Decent retention. Leaves massive amounts of foam along the side of the glass

S: Nice roasted aroma with a moderate sweetness. Some coffee, some maltose-like sweetness

T: Starts off with a solid heavily roasted malt flavor with a strong coffee bitterness. Mild malt sweetness comes through before cleaning up on the finish, leaving a pleasant, mild bitterness

M: Fairly light in body, nice carbonation, nice drying finish. Good stuff

D: Completely enjoyable, one i'll look for again

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a bitter, earthy black malt scent along with some light chocolate hints. It's dry with an almost stout-like aroma. The taste is good. It has a highly drinkable roasted, black, and chocolate malt flavor that's dry with just a hint of sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes thin. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is probably the most complex black lager I've ever had. It's like drinking an oatmeal stout, but it's been lagered.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, with a hint of light around the edges. Not much head, but revives nicely with a swirl. A mocha color on what is there.

Aroma is slightly smoky and sweet with some nice toffee notes.

Taste is rich and roasty, nutty, burnt caramel, chickory, herbal hops. Bitterness is low to moderate, both from the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a solid presence front to back. Dry, roasty finish holds the malty tastes well, with a bit more bitterness building over the session.

Very nicely done. Great structure and drinkability, and plenty of flavor without bombarding with malt and hops.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite style of beere!

Pours a dark blackish brown with a finger of light tan head. Head retention is weak, and lacing is minimal.

Smells of roasted sweet malts and a light wood smoke.

Taste is nutty with notes of dark chocolate and cinnamon. Hop bitterness is mild in the finish. Mild smoke presence.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very sticky and coating. Well balanced.

Drinkability is good. This is something new to my stop and I'd drink it again. Easy to drink the 1 pint bomber, anymore might be cloying.

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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 54 ratings