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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 meday
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Sam Adams Lager glass (christmas present!!)

Very dark body with thin, weak tan head. This beer definitely could have used more in this department.

Very faint smell of roasted malt, slightly sweet.

Sweet and roasted flavor, very well balanced, a bit of sweet chocolate and raisins. Good pleasant flavor.

Wow. Exactly as they say on the bottle: Clean crisp and refreshing. The perfect amount of carbonation to have some movement in the mouth, but no bite. I wish mouthfeel and drinkability was worth more than 10% for a beer like this, since that is the great attributes of this one.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass
A - Super dark brown/black with light tan head which falls to a ring. Some lacing.
S - Dark roasted malt.
T - Dark malt with a sweet aftertaste with a touch of bitterness.
M/F - Light/medium body and smooth.
D - Very smooth beer and tasty

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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 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 Talisker
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased from The Foodery in Philadelphia.

Pours a "medium" black with dark brown highlights. Medium head, dissipates more quickly than I would have expected.

Smells and tastes just a little less "roasted" than some other schwarzbiers. Still a nice malt profile with a reassuringly complex taste - no way you're mistaking these for anything but a black lager.

Generally smooth texture, augmented with just a touch of carbonation. Medium body that invites a follow-on sip.

This is a good beer and nice example of the style. Hard to write about, since schwarzbier isn't extreme, it just is. Absolutely worth a try if you're interested in the style.

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