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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Photo of MyMagicalPants
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of nmann08
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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 Kelp
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice black pour with decent tan head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Coffee malts and caramel

This starts off with a malty taste that moves towards a slight coffee taste. A small caramelness at the end and a touch of smoke.

Nice smooth taste across the tongue and a medium body to the beer.

It was a decent beer but nothing great. I will miss the brewery, but this is not my favorite beer from them.

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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 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 morebeergood
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into pilsner glasses. Dark brown color, with a leather colored head. Looks like a cappuccino. First smell I noticed was chocolate. But on the first sip, this beer is not really sweet. Maybe a hint of bittersweet cocoa, but its main flavor profile for me was smoked malt. Rich dark flavor, and a thick body, but I found the beer easier to drink that I expected. It's a lager beer, so it's very light on the palate, and the low abv helps it goes down quite smoothly. Went well with marinated lamb shanks, but could be paired with a variety of foods or desserts. For $5.99 a bomber, I think I found a steal.

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Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at The Gingerman NYC from notes taken that day.

Appearance: Deep and dark mapel brown with little head

Smell: Dark coffee like grains.

Taste: Opens with a smoky type of malt/coffee and dark grain as a tanginess takes over the middle to finish. I could definitely taste the dark grains in this leaving a slightly alcoholic and dark grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with minimal carbonation and rather coarse.

Drinkability: I wouldnt have this again because it just isnt my type of brew but I recommend this to someone seeking a roasted/smoky opens withe a slightly hoppy dark grainy finish.

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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 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 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 MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a nearly opaque black body with ruby-red highlights and nearly an inch of khaki-colored head. Roasty dark chocolate and roasted coffee with some nut and caramel notes in the aroma. Tastes roasty and nutty with a good portion of caramel and slight grassy herbal hop toward the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly drinkable, despite being slightly astringent. A pleasant roasty dark beer. Not too bad, though not the best example of the style I've had.

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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 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 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 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 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 Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is rich, smoky and yeasty with a nutty hint, quite appealing. It pours a deep, barely translucent sable that shows reddish brown at the bottom and has a frothy light tan head that hangs around for a bit. Flavor is spicy, malty, a little smoky with woody and caramel hints. Texture is smooth and lively, bubbly and tingly.

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

Appearance: Pours a near black body with some ruby-hued hints at the edges and capped with a medium-sized, ivory-hued head.

Smell: The nose is comprised of light roasted notes smelling of thinned out molasses, Breakfast Blend coffee, nuts, half a Tootsie Roll, and fruit.

Taste: Assortment of roasted malts tastes - mild coffee, sweetish Tootsie Rolls, more nuts, and charred grains. Subtle hint of dark fruitiness. Spicy Noble hops blend with the roastiness from the blackened malts. Larger toasty caramel tones on the latter half. Drying finishes with lingering hints from the hops and roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A solid, satisfactory Schwarzbier that goes down easy.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours up black with red highlights about the edges when held to a lamp. Khaki coloured, moderately thick, foamy head went from close to three fingers to just one finger in about 60 seconds or so. Looks fairly inviting.
Smell seems to be a bit doughy/bready, plenty of sweet, roasted malts, and a faint smell of wet, freshly split hardwood logs.
Taste is pleasantly malty throughout with moderate bitterness toward the end. There doesn't seem to be much of an after taste.
Mouthfeel is about average for the style and considering it's a lager. Carbonation isn't very assertive, and this drinks pretty easily.
Not my favourite style, but considering the abv and the craftsmanship present in this beer, I'd give it just a touch over average. A well crafted American version of a very German style.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet vanilla, roasted malt. Flavor is a little sweet for a schwarzbier with some bready malts. Pretty basic, plenty drinkable. I really liked the special cask version of this beer, but the regular bottled version, not so much.

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Photo of gfreed
2.89/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not merely black, this was walnut: very dark but brown around the edges; shining a light behind it revealed some lovely ruby and burgundy colors. Pleasant to simply look at it. Off to a good start, but it faded a bit after the visual effects. Raw-wool colored head that bubbled and popped; started thick and thinned quickly. Bland aroma although I detected some roastiness as well as lemon and general citrus. Thin carbonation and thin body; the lack of any dominant roasted flavor, any malt or hop favoritism meant very little flavor in general. Still, I drank the whole bomber. I've had better black lagers, so I wouldn't chase this one down. Buzzard's Bay makes a decent alternative if you're trying to stay New England.

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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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Feuerwehrmann Schwarzbier from Pennichuck Brewing Company, Inc.
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