Störtebeker Schwarzbier | Störtebeker Braumanufaktur

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Störtebeker SchwarzbierStörtebeker Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Störtebeker Braumanufaktur
Germany
stoertebeker.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by paterlodie on 11-11-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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4
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9
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevoj
3.38/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of my German flatmate, who brought this beer from his home town close to the brewery of this beer. Unfiltered, BB 17/05/08, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: very dark brown in colour, with caramely glows; the fluffy beige foamy head fast settles to a thin crown; the carbonation looks very gentle and light.
S: fullsome in roast-nuttiness, sweet coffee, and chocolatey malts, underlined by a subtle whiff of lager-ish sourness and exotic black-sugar. Overall the lovely nose is very rich, yet not on the brink of being heavy.
T: charred coffee beans, ink, and raw-ish gristy black malts together present a slightly dry-ish and sour-ish malty taste, while woody bitterness, licorice, and lots of nuttiness follow suit at the back, with a mild touch of char and lager-sourness hidden in the corner of the palate. The overall performance reminds me a lot of a good rich Dark Mild, with an additional touch of lager-sourness!
M&D: softly-fizzy and med-bodied, the beer tastes refreshing yet still full of malty flavours and weight. All in all, this is a beautifully-crafted and super-quaffable black lager; everything is just "right" in this pint!

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bark
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of samEBC
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattias
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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."

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Photo of rarbring
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
1.83/5  rDev -47%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 07-03-06. Nice head and a black beercolor makes presentation stylelike. Nose is sweet malty without showing much roast. Pineapple arome, sweetish, cardboard but overall not that much to detect as sweet malts. Taste is also malty sweet but thick and full with low dosed bitterness. Litle burnt taste but missing bitterness as it is IMO missed litle in the whole brew also. Mouthfeel is even cause off thickness ov brew in my opinion litle dull and pale but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Störtebeker Schwarzbier presents itself beautifully with a good two finger thick, milk chocolate looking head, which clumps together quite nicely and lasts all the way through. This being well bodied and quite black, but produces nice deep reddish amber hues.

The aroma produces fragrances of smoke up front, but follows up with hints of chocolate, toffee, and caramel.

In the flavor, smoke is immediately detectable. It is followed up with coffee and chocolate characters.

This is well balanced and rich and character. Just a little too expensive to mark this one a good session beer. Look to spend about 5 US dollars for a half liter bottle.

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