Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier | Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.

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Feuerwehrmann SchwarzbierFeuerwehrmann Schwarzbier

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by GratefulBeerGuy on 05-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of BeerTrader
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Needed a bottle of something good to bring to a monthly homebrew club meeting. Thought I'd bring a bottle from Pennichuck, the closest brewery to where I live as a 'support your local brewery' gesture. Found one bottle left on the shelf at Jaspers in Nashua and figured that it must be good.

Enjoyed my first sample of this excellent Schwarzbier and I'm sure there will be many more in my future. This is a real treat!

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Photo of MyMagicalPants
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 Walken
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pennichuck: Feuerwehermann Shwarzbier (Tasted 03/02/09)
22 oz. bottle, poured into a becker.

Appearance: Just barely black, light shows some transparency with a bit of a red hue. Tan head forms up quickly and leaves a solid sheet of lace as it fades down into a thin cap.
Odor: Burnt bread and faint smokey aromas with a thick pumpernickel bread aroma filling out the background.
Consistency: High end of medium bodied, smooth. Carbonation is a little higher than I'd like but still well within the tolerable range for a shwarz. Smooth as a babies bottom otherwise.
Flavor: Oof, this is perfect. Smooth toasted dark bread flavors go from pumpernickel, to smoke to smooth non-astringent roastiness. Raisiny sweetnes around the edges and spicy hop flavors balance the malt perfectly.

I think once Prodigal gets kicking, New Hampshire will be the undisputed king shit of fuck mountain when it comes to brewing German style lagers.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors located in Westborough, MA.

A: Topped with a tan colored head. Very dark brown - nearly black.

S: This is a great smelling lager. A just roasted malt aroma with nice touches of caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Very good.

T: Taste is similar to nose. Sweet just roasted malt has caramel and vanilla taste characteristics. Could probably be a little more roasted. Nice subtle and lingering bitter finish.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carbonation. Dry.

D, notes: This is a damn fine beer. Very drinkable. Light yet substantial.

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Photo of sraimondi
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber.

Dark brown pour with a nice medium dark tan head which persists. Some dark ruby highlights when held up to a light. Some good sheet lacing. SRM is at about 34, which is a bit higher than the BJCP guidelines, but no big deal.

Smell is all about the malt. Some faint chocolate, with even fainter roast quality.

The taste excels with this one. Sweet malt at start with a nice roastiness in the middle with some lingering hops in the finish, which is drying. Almost Exceptional in this category.

Mouthfeel is light to medium in body. Very smooth beer.

This is another winner from Pennichuck. Very drinkable. A real session beer. Wish they put this in sixers. Will need to pick up some more.

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Photo of Patrick
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice black color with a tan head. Not a lot of lacing left behind, but she is still pretty.

S: I smelled a bunch of chocolate on my first whif of this one. Some nutty notes are noticeable as well. I can pick up some buttered brown bread too.

T: Nice. Roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, dark caramel at the end. A nice dark chocolate flavor lingers. Great flavor.

M: Smooth, light, refreshing, well carbonated.

D: More people need to make schwarzbiers. They make such great session beers.

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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 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 m1ked
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BT noonish....no crowd & good people watching. watching the breast cancer walk go by.

A- Pitch black except for the bottom edge that has a sliver of mahogany garnet glimmer. The top has an off white even skimming.

S- A strong but clean woody roasty coffee aroma. Hints of smoke and bitter chocolate.

S- Woody smokey roasted coffee with a mix of bitter chocolate and a little creaminess to it- like a milk chocolate. There is a certain tartness to it near the end. Lingering smoky wood bitterness.

M- The taste is certainly a darker profile, but it is very light bodied with a crisp active carbonation most noted at the end. I like the tight carbonation and the smoky notes working together.

D- I don't come across this style on a regular basis, but I really do enjoy it. I think this is a solid representation and I would recommend it to anyone that likes this style or anyone who has never tried this style.

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

Thanks goes out to nfr5069 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, some minimal sticky lacing hanging around. The nose is malty, slightly roasted, with some toffee. The taste is malty/roasted, with some toffee. Medium body, a nice clean/crisp brew. Very drinkable, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a very nice head, and inch or two, that fades to a thin tan cap. The aromas are nice- very lightly roasty, a touch of nuttiness, chocolate, light graininess, and the tang of lager yeast. Similar on the palate, but the chocolate has deepened its note and has a bitter graininess to it that plays nicely off of the slight roastiness and fresh grain notes. Very nice. The graininess of the chocolate notes carry through to the mouthfeel. Although this is still fairly light, It seems a bit more substantial than many other schwatzbiers. Delicious and very nicely done.

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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 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 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 sleazo
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a very dark black with a foamy off white head. Retention wise this is lacking as it dissipates rather quickly but does manage to leave some spotty lacing.

S_Thick dark coffee and sweet slightly caramelized malt combine to form a rather pleasant smelling package.

T_A healthy dose of coffee and charred malt greets the palate. This is follwe by a generic slightly earthy hop bitterness. The aftertaste brings it back around to a nice bitter burnt malt flavour.

M_Slightly thicker than more common versions of the style with a medium level of carbonation.

D_Quite tasty to say the least. Drinks almost like a combination Porter/Swartzbier. This is the first I have had from the brewery and I am impressed.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thin head into my pint glass. The color is right for the style and reminds me of a porter or stout.

Aroma has the sweetness of a lager with the roastiness of a porter, which is the point here.

Taste is sweet and grainy with only a passing hint of the roasted malt in the middle. Finishes a bit creamy.

Mouthfeel is grainy and sweet with only a hint of roasted malt. The lager part of it shows through the most and it seems well-balanced.

Very drinkable to me. I enjoy schwarzbiers by default and it's nice to try one like this. It's also a good style to introduce a lager drinker to, especially if they don't even like darker beers. Pennichuck makes a decent example here.

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

I think I'll have another lager tonight.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep ruby brown with a two finger light brown colored head that slowly falls. Some spotty webbing clings to the sides of the glass with no intentions of letting go. Smell consists of sweet caramel malts, roasted malts, and toasted grains. A touch of chocolate and coffee in the nose as well. Taste begins with espresso and smokey malts. A good does of earthiness and toasted grains midway with some brown sugar as well. Finishes slightly sweet and smokey, a nice combination. Creamy, light bodied feel with bit of a sting from the carbonation. Very soft and flowing in the mouth, good stuff. A solid flavor profile for such a low abv beer. Definitely a beer that I could sit down for a while and have a few of. A great beer from the great state of New Hampsha!

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

A- Pours a deep brown/black with a small foamy head.

S- Sweet, maybe a touch spicy. Scent is full of raisins. A hint of diacetyl and warming alcohol.

T- Mildly sweet and pleasant. A nice balanced of a bunt malt/coffee and an earthy hoppiness.

M- Incredibly smooth on the palate, almost a little creamy. Carbonation is just right. Body is on the lighter end of the spectrum.

D- Excellent! This brew goes down easy, I could make a nice long session of these.

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