Sfäär Schwarzbier
Mikkeller ApS

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Style:
German Schwarzbier
ABV:
5.5%
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3.54 | pDev: 7.91%
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Mikkeller ApS
 
Denmark
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3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I believe this may be exclusive to the Estonian market? Brief impressions from a 33cl brown glass bottle purchased at Stockmann in Tallinn:

HEAD: Occupies ~80% of the glass. Pale khaki colour. Retains well - for ~8 minutes. Leaves light even lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Body colour is a caramel-amber. Translucent. Nontransparent. No yeast is visible within.

It's a nice looking schwarzbier overall, if only because it departs from the off-putting cola-esque appearance common to the style in favour of more of a Vienna lager look.

AROMA: Caramel, amber malts, bready malts, and faint toastiness.

Aromatic intensity is light.

TASTE: Caramalt, amber malts, a hint of faint nuttiness, some toastiness where the malts are concerned...it's not your usual schwarz malt-dominant schwarzbier. Balanced albeit simple and shallow. I do like it for what it is, but it's not highly intricate and doesn't boast a depth of flavour of note. Could use more subtlety and nuance to its execution.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied. Lightly coarse/rough and dry on the palate, which works to complement the toastiness of the malts, but does make it less refreshing. Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Drinkable, and notable in that it's a departure from most schwarzbiere. I love that it doesn't espouse the off-putting cola-like flavours often so prevalent in the style, but it still feels like an odd compromise between a Vienna lager and a schwarzbier.

C+ (3.15) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Sfäär Schwarzbier from Mikkeller ApS
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 3 ratings