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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #170
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,144
Avg:
3.53 | pDev: 14.73%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
71
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Gots
  11
SCORE
81
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Bruno74200 from France

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark ruby brown with a nice beige head.

It's really on the licorice, dark chocolate and coffee.

The drinkability is of the top.

A really nice Schwarzbier

Jan 14, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.51/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From latienda de la cerveza. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Avernum 2. Best schwarz ive ever taken, with a more smooth, creamy and dense body than usual, very pleasant sweet, roasty notes and totally moreish

May 07, 2018
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poures nicely. Creamy head. Unfortunately it disappears quickly. Beautiful color. Very nice Chocolate nose. Unfortunately the taste is pretty watery. Hints of Mokka. Almost no aftertaste. Good and refreshing Schwarzbier. But there are better ones.

Jan 12, 2018
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown coloration with an amber hue, with a medium, fizzy head. Smells of roasted malts and watered down coffee, with a hint of chocolate. Taste follows the nose exactly, with a light, slightly watery roasted malt and coffee presence and a hint of chocolate. Also some dark fruit in there, predominantly prune, and a medium bitterness in the aftertaste. There is some nice aroma/flavor in there somewhere, too bad the beer is so watery that it just won't come out properly. This actually improves somewhat after warming up a little, but not enough.

Jan 10, 2018
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review: 0.5l Bottle of Stortebeker Schwarz bier: ABV : 5%

Lovely looking bottle, logo of a ship, really well done and stands out.

As expected got a striking black colour on pour, but also interestingly some shades of dark red. Got a porter style tan head, which was large and very creamy. Head maintains well. Some nice lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Lovely initial smell, was really pleasant, of roasted malts, some fruits and sweet coffee. Also got some dark chocolate on the nose. A nice balance of rustic smells. Good start.

On taste is very similar to porter, and very, very smooth. No real feel of the alcohol, at least initially. Nearly too smooth for my liking as I do like to feel some alcohol now and again, especially in a slow burner like this. No bitterness.
Safe, nothing extraordinary
Black chocolate found. Tastes light. Nice though all the same. Caramel taste apparent as well.
Nice large mouthfuls.
It is a nice beer to drink and I did enjoy drinking it.

Strong in the end, after the two bottles. Good and can do the business, but not going to set the world alight in terms of strong tastes as it is a little thin, but if it just added a bit more it could be a stand out beer as it does lack a little depth or flavour, a pity

I see they won the best black beer in Europe, a “European Beer Star” in 2010 and 2011. Frankly, that is taking the piss, lol!

May 10, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a deep dark brown color. Small head that dissappear rapidly.

A: roasted malts,bread,cofee,caramel and dried dark.fruits.

T&F: Starts of with a flavour of dark fruits with roasted malts and coffee in the background , the finish is dry and sweet and the aftertaste is decent.the flavour gets a little to watery,but the malt profile is quite satisfiying.iI also find it a little to sweet .Mouthfeel is smooth and is lightly carbonated.easy drinkable.

O: a interesting beer to try. A solid and decent, but maybe a little flat flavour to get a full score. Nothing really exiting about it, but drinkable enough.

Mar 24, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This schwarzbier deserves more love than it has been getting in the ratings. It was rich without much alcohol. And it was balanced enough to go well with a German spinach tart for lunch.
A Baltic take on the Bavarian style, Stortebeker's Schwarzbier is listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die" and is reviewed so well, please indulge a quotation: "This velvety-black specialty is malty but not sweet, offers roasted but no burned notes, and is bitter but not harsh... this beer is wonderfully balanced and yet full of character."

Jul 17, 2016
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tuesunsommiel from New York

3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours very dark with minimal, tan head. Very dark but not opaque. Some light passes through when held up. No appreciable viscosity.
S: Coffee, toasted malt, dried fruit. Expected more of an intense flavor, but just falls flat.
T: Mediocre. Some toast/dried fruit one would expect from a porter, additional aftertaste that is not that pleasant.
F: Oily, aftertaste and feel lasts for a while. If the aftertaste was more pleasant, I wouldn't mind as much.
O: Was hoping for more. It's Ok.

Jun 18, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazelnut brown to black color, together with a beige, bubbly lacing, coating the edge of the glass.

Has aromas of dried walnut shell, bread, rock sugar and a note of milk chocolate. All in all the nose comes well together promising a sweeter, malt relying beer.

Has a soft mouthfeel among a lighter body, which features many Dunkel qualities in a well put together way, ranging from bready to toffeeish sweet.

Begins with slightly tart milk chocolate, coming along with a soft bread and earth malt foundation, which turns sweeter, revealing toffee qualities right before the swallow. Gets added a portion of rock sugar during the finish, balanced by earthy marzipan and bakers chocolate, preventing the beer from becoming overly sweet.

Solid beer, with a pleasant finish, absorbing a lot of the prominent sweetness, adding a nice depth to the taste.

Sep 11, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep dark brown and clear with a tan head that disappeared to a small ring. Aroma of malts mostly bready, light sweet caramel and hints of coffee and roast notes. Flavour is dominated by roasty and coffee notes, light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. It leaves a pleasant light sweet coffee aftertaste. Nice.

Aug 14, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-dominated by roasted malt and coffee
-touches of bready and caramel flavour
-some licorish
-nicely carbonated
-malty,bready finish

Not quite as smooth and varied as the Köstritzer but a good Schwarzbier

Mar 20, 2015
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small fading head.
Nose shows soft roasted malt, bready malt and biscuity notes.
Bready and toasty flavours, very easy-drinking and clean.

Mar 04, 2015
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boddhitree from Germany

3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Störtebecker's Schwarzbier redeemed them a little. I'd had this beer a few years ago and had been impress. But today, it was malty, but on tap, was too sweet malty, roasted flavors yes, but too sweet. It could also have been bitterer. Though my memories are faded after 2 years and I expected more, a 3+.

May 21, 2014
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I bought this beer a few weeks ago when i was in Berlin. There was a nice shop which had a lot of the local beers, mostly Pilsneners bult also some black beers like this one. I had one of their beers a few months ago which was not so good. Hoping this one is better.

Poured in my small Struise glass the beer looks ok with a sizzling creamy head which disappears in a minute or so, a little retention. Fluid is like cola with no carbonation.

Smell is a bit odd but with some hints of coffee far away. Taste is a bit watery with the ingredients well hidden, too well if you ask me.

Mar 16, 2014
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.27/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Heavy light beer, 0,5 liter bottle bough on a recent trip to Germany.
Very dark brown beer with a thin but creamy head.
Roasty malt grain and nutts in the smell and taste.. It's light on the abv. but it does go for a full flavour.
Overall: good balance between sweet malt and roasty bitterness. Nevertheless this is a beer that lacks depth. It's a bit common. It's ok, but nothing special.
Drinkable.

Sep 20, 2013
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humulus from Sweden

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank in a pilsnerpokal.

A: pours a deep, reddish brown with a sturdy, one finger high dirty white/beige foam, leaving small traces on the glass.

Smell: coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt dominates the smell.

Taste: coffee, roasted malt, small bitterness and a finish that reminds me of salt liqorice.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light but creamy feel.

Overall: not bad at all, really. Nice roasted flavour, bit of liqorice and coffee. All good.

May 24, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

33cl Bottle poured into the correct vase shaped glass in the lovely Sophien'Eck a bar in Berlin on 21 Feb 2013.

I found the beer to be a lot sweeter than I expected.

Looked good in its glass: dark reddy brown in colour with a good off-white head of creamy foam that covered the vase with lacing as the beer level sank.

The aroma was of malted biscuits and toasted brown bread but with no real hints to the sweetness within the brew.

Sweet malty molasses ruled the taste completely for me: it was OK but a shock to my system. I'd had a draught Schossler Alt just before this and the contrast was huge flavour wise.

Medium to thin on the body depth, not unusual for a Schwarzbier I suppose.

Overall I enjoyed it: but I do have a sweet tooth.

Mar 07, 2013
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bark from Sweden

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is dark brown (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. There is some yeast sediment in the bottle. The two finger head is pale beige. Good retention, some lacing.

The smell is dry and roasted, almost burned. Some raw rye sourness and hints of cocoa. It is clean and balanced, maybe a little weak.

The taste is roasted/toasted with malty flavours of dark rye bread/Pumpernickel and a touch of salt liquorice. The body is light. Light clean bitter notes and hints of raspberry jam in the aftertaste, as well as some chocolate and wholemeal bread. Yeast in the short finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles short-lived. The liquid is rather light.

In a blind tasting, I would definitely have taken this for a 3-4 % English or Danish porter. Not as refreshing or hoppy as the best Schwarzbiers.

Dec 21, 2012
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rarbring from Sweden

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy brown colored beer. An off-white head with good lacing and some curtains.

Smelling of bread, dates, coffee and licorice.

Tasting of dark toasted bread, figs, coffee and some soy sauce.

Medium carbonation, a soft texture. A small body with a somewhat dry finish.

Very average.

Oct 28, 2012
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StJamesGate from New York

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany black with creamy taupe head. Sour roasty nose with some smoke meat and chestnut.
Sweet coffee cake malts with some char and a touch of vanilla bean, then vague earth and grass hops.
Kola finish, faint anise linger. Light, round, soft.

Not the most challenging black lager. Goes easy on the roast in favor of sweetness, though the ash is still there. Nice, and not much more.

Mar 17, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent schwarzbier from Germany. Poured deep brown, some reddish hues with back lighting. Faint head faded quickly, but left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Mild roast grain flavor, but no aftertaste.Seems a bit more watery than some of the others I've had.Still a good example of the style, and nice to have a dark, cold winter day.

Jan 21, 2012
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dasenebler from Maine

2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

.5L, best before 4/20/12.

Pours a murky chestnut brown with reddish highlights. The head is off-white and creamy, retaining nicely at a finger and with good lacing.

The aroma has nice notes of cocoa, toasted malt, and fresh bread.

The flavor is okay. At first it seems very nice and dry-chocolatey, but then nothing else develops on the palate. A bit thin and watery overall. Slightly metallic finish. The mouthfeel is soda-like and just weak sauce.

Not the worst Schwarzbier I've had, but still average at best. Drinkable.

May 17, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle. MHB: 16.03.12.

The pours is more reminiscent of coke than beer. It literally looks exactly like cola, the head sticks for a bit longer but other than that exactly the same, and I don't like it.

The smell is raisny with some slight hop presence and some dough.

The flavor an body is also reminiscent of soda, perhaps a root beer. This is utterly confusing.

This beer just sucks.

May 10, 2011
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czfreeman from California

4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering in My mixed six pack of Stralsunder beers I picked up a few days ago. I really enjoy Schwarzbier, so glad this was included.
Poured into a chalice,nice ruby brown tone of deep burnt brown, not quite balck Nice medium tan head, good carbonation. Good looking so far. I must say from this six pack 4/5 so far have been really good, the 1402 Kellar was a bit dissapointing, but the Roggen exceeded my expectations. Hopefully that is the case here.
Aroma- not very complicated, but rustic and inviting. Dark bread, bitter cocoa, touch of coffee, dark schwarzbrot, plum, musty roasted grain, reminescent of a dark cool cellar filled with bags of grain. I like the rustic factor of it.
Flavor is spicier, more well pronounced roasted note than expected with a nicely restrained sweetness. Dark bread, cocoa, coffee, toasted grain, dark fruit, finishes a bit dry with a lingering bread/cocoa flavor. love-it. I find a nice roasted balanced keeping the sweetness in check, and the light boday makes it dissapear quite fast.
Drinkability is high. Its intruiguing, roasty, but not heavy and perfect on a slightly chilly evening like now.
After my recent visit home, and a U.S east coast beer tour, it was hard at first to find complexity in a beer like this after the likes of Southern Tier Mokka and BORIS, but I really like these rustic, old styles and actually appreciate them more now than before going home. This beer is native to the region of Germany I am living now, and it really is perfect on this chilly late-summer evening.
---after letting the beer warm a good 20 minutes, the cocoa-coffee-dark bread note becomes so nice,and balanced, I have to go back and add to my original score of 4.0 for aroma and taste.

Sep 20, 2010
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours very dark, almost black with a hint of redish brown at the bottom. The beige head is large and kind of compact. Slow dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke. Vanilla and some sweetness. Dark dried fruits. Slight coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

T: Taste is heavier smoked and roasted. Vanilla and the sweetness is a bit held back by the heavy roast. Dry and nice. Dark dried fruits. The coffee feels stronger and the chocolate is more in the background.

M: Aftertaste stays for some time and holds a roasted bitterness - nice. Body is medium to full and carbonation is rich.

D: A very nice Schwarzbier. Balanced! I could buy myself a whole case next time in Germany.

Aug 13, 2010
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