Schwartzbier (JLS Release #6) | Rogue Ales

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Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by pentathlete on 09-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by nomad:
Photo of nomad
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

If you want to consider this beer to the style, then Rogue has succeeded quite well. Looks black at a glance, but closer introspection shows a perfectly transparent deeper-than-deep red, spot on for the style. Medium cocoa colored head that is retained well leaving occasional lace.

Smell is nutty with light cocoa shavings over a smooth, bready core. Light in effect but shining enough with the scents of carafa malts.

Taste is beyond smooth, drinking at first like a line drive moving fast to that signature Schwarzbier light roast flavor of carafa. Opens to even more smooth lager malt with nutty, dirty, and cocoa accents but always centered on drinkability. Maybe a smidge of caramel but for the most part just a barely black lager. Hops are low and the mouthfeel is low but the carbonation is just about right.

WOW, talk about session material. The super-soft roastiness builds on the palate toward the end of the pint but never stops being smooth, easy, and balanced. Just enough character to do justice to the color but not enough to belie the style's name, a "Black Pils." Curiously low hop flavor and bitterness for Rogue.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger, this rarely seen Rogue selection arrives dark chocolaty brown with a creamy dark tan head, leaving gobs of tiny bubble sheeting and lacing. Nose of chocolate, malt goodness. Obviously tasty and enjoyable brew.. Notes of more chocolate, yeasty breadyness, pumpernickel, rye and even some whole wheat. Very drinkable, smooth and satisfying dark lager. Fine winter sessioner

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Asheley's in Ann Arbor, MI

A nice pour-- creamy tan head over a black body. Good lace, but poor retention. Smells fairly clean, although there are some notes of hops. Taste is of roasted malt, grainy. Slight bitterness. Medium body. Crisp in the mouth. Finishes dry and clean.

A decent session beer. Being my first Schwarzbier, I was quite suprised at how much the color belies the body. This looks like a stout, but is much lighter in body, making for a good session beer for those who don't like the heavier bodied brews. Not my favorite in the Rogue lineup, but not bad either.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

One of the many Rouge beers that I sampled during a local tavern’s “Rouge Fest”. This Schwartzbier is medium to dark black in color with medium to light carbonation. I detected virtually no smell except a light medicine aroma – very faint. The mouth feel was light but smooth almost watery. The taste was similar to Negro Modelo but far less flavor (tasted like a watery dark lager). It looks good, I want it to be better, it hints at something but doesn’t seem to deliver. Maybe a got a bad batch?

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Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Rogue pub on the Newport harbour front.
Nice looking beer , though it appears to be slightly too chilled, dark brown with a small tan frothy head.
A nice enough ( though subdued due to the coldness) malty aroma with hints of hop.
Quite nice taste, its very malty and roasty , but has a great hop kick near the end of the mouthful. Great after taste on this one goes on for quite some time.
I liokedthe mouthfeel on this quite nice and smooth for a schwartz.
Good beeer and quite drinkable stuff !

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rogue Schwatrzbier had a very dark brown-red body with a small head, which dissipated quickly. Although the taste improved somewhat as it warmed, it was less intense than I had expected. Hints of hops, chocolate, coffee. Quite roasty, but bitter. The thing that left me unimpressed was the mouthfeel, which maybe be due to a faulty or under-pressurized keg. Generally the feel was watery and thin, with little carbonation. I’m sure I need to drink more of this style to compare.

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Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was able to try this brew at Mahar’s the other night. It was poured to a deep black color, not letting much light thru! Had a nice deep tan head that had nice retention and left a nice amount or lacing throughout the brew. Coffee and malt smells dominate this one, very nice aroma. The taste is of roasted malt, a favorite, along with coffee beans while having just the right amount of hops. The flavors of this brew are very nice, seem to be balanced quite well for this type of brew. I would call this a very good Schwarzbier, and this is one of my favorite beer styles.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark brown body with a nice head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Hard to pick up too much; just a bit of roasted malt

Taste: Very malty, with lots of roasted flavor and a bit of dark fruit to round out the taste; nice crisp finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wonderfully drinkable; nothing very complex but some very nice flavor

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at Monk's.

On the pour it's dark-black with slight ruby highlights and a moderate, creamy tan head.

Smell is roasted barley, baker's chocolate, coffee, and a tiny bit of what tasted like licorice. Little hints of hoppiness sneaking through to couple up with the coffee bitterness. Nice.

Flavor is very typical schwarzbier, but tasty nonetheless. Lots of coffee and chocolate flavors, somewhat bittersweet, but there's also a nice little toffee and light licorice flavor that comes through as well. Nice and roasty with a slight smoke presence. Well-crafted taste, mouthfeel, for me, is a tad thin for the style. Just a little, though.

Overall: A nice surprise from Rogue, one to try if you see it.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

14 oz pour at CAH where they are featuring many of the John's Locker Stock releases. All are very good brews and worth sampling.

This a 1 inch foamy head that was stubborn and sticky. Lace all the way down the glass. Roasty toasty malt nose with just a hint of coffee...I didn't sense the caramel that the write up mentioned. Smelled like a dry stout. Taste is dark barley, mildy bitter coffee, and a unsweetened chocolates. Heavier body than other lagers, using the Sam Adams Black as a comparison. Super long finish of toasted barley. Excellent beer and highly recommended. Try this, the Glen, Love & Hoppiness, the Oyster Cloyster...a lot of hits with this series of brews.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark brown with almost no light penetration. Good creamy, tan head that had great retention but only scattered lace.
Smell is roasted malt, sweet apples and hops.
Taste is hops, roasted malt and burnt toast.
A bit rough, a little too much hop bite, light-medium body, somewhat watery finish. A decent beer but way off the leaders' standard.

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Schwartzbier (JLS Release #6) from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 11 ratings