Schwartz Bier | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 05-25-2010

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3.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken back in May.

Served in an oversized mug at the brewpub. It appears a dark brown color with a darkly tanned brownish head that displays minimal powers of retension.

Aroma of dark malt smelling much like coffee, chocolate and an overall fresh grainy smell quite similar to the normal lineup of ABC offerings.

Taste is suprisingly just...well, off. There is a flavor of grain, chocolate malt, slight hop character and then a bit of smoke. The body is quite light and seemingly watered down. It leaves an aftertaste that is a little burnt almost like kettle cooked dark potato chips. Slight bitterness resides in the mouth but overall there is something just a little off with this beer and not just with the watered down feel. The level of carbonation is the usual too low which adds to the factors hurting this offerings drinkability.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap @ the Harrisburg location on 5/21/10. Served in an oversized mug.

Pours a deep brown/near black, with a finger of mocha colored head. This retains with a bit more of a thin and fizzy look, leaving a light foamy cascade of lacing down the sides of the mug. The aroma is equal parts hops and roast, with darker aspects of this mostly winning out in the end. Some light notes of cocoa and caramel hangs on the edges, providing just enough balance here in the nose.

The taste is mostly green and earthy citric hops up front, but as you swallow, it spreads dark roast out across the tongue. Much like the aroma, this has just a touch of malty balancing sweetness on the edges. The finish is bitter with hops and roast lingering in equal amounts. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied (I'm guessing the ABV is 4-5%) with a welcome crispness to the carbonation but this is unfortunately overall coming off as too watery and lacking in the mouth at times. Even with a lower ABV, there needs to be a little more presence here.

Well, I can't say that I was too overly impressed with this effort. Just too much reliance on the hops for flavor here, which gave this a flat green taste that I quickly grew bored with. And the aforementioned weak body didn't do this any favors either. This wasn't one of the better offerings that they've rotated in recently here.

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Schwartz Bier from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.03 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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