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 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 nmann08
5/5  rDev +24.1%

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 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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours vry dark brown with a very large creme head. Nose is malty. Flavor is much better on-tap than when I had it on the bottle. Nice thicker profile with chocolate and minor molasses and a hint of coffee. Not really style appropriate characteristics, but its still tasty. Smooth liquid feel. Smooth carbonation. Very tasty. Like I said, not really a schwarzbier by execution, but it's a nice beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/22/08- Purchased at Glen Beverage Co. in Glen, NH.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, no freshness info found. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Off black, kinda brown in color, maybe a dark deep chestnut. About a 1/2 inch of head upon pour. Settles at a rim. Leaves light lace markings.

Smell- Deep roasted sweet carmelized malts, not really much else. Maybe a touch nutty.

Taste- Quite flavorful for the abv. Considerably sweet and very rich and malty. Not really any hops in the profile, but, I don't think there is supposed to be.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, fuller mouthfeel and lightly creamy with a frothy feeling.

Drinkability- Would buy this regularly if I lived in this neck of the woods. Nice job at a style I need to try more of.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my new Warsteiner pilsener. Poured the color of cola with deep ruby red highlights exposed at the bottom of the glass; brew allowed absolutely no light penetration through the body. Dense khaki-colored head gradually lost cohesion and settled into a thin consistent surface skim. Some spotty lacing, but no legs on this one. Scent of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste similar to nose; however, roasted flavors more enhanced and chocolate character was more subdued; just the slightest suggestion of hops presented as a light, balanced bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin-bodied with a kiss of effervescence to add some additional character. Sinfully drinkable concoction. Finished the entire bomber in under five minutes.

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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 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 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 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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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