Schwarzbier | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by watermelonman on 10-04-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/28/18 draft @ Sierra Nevada, NC

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Photo of Moose90
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap, 16 oz Becher

A — Pours a clear but dark brown color, almost black but not quite. A puffy khaki colored head forms and sits on top, leaving behind some nice rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is mildly roasted with notes of toasted grain and bread, some light bitter bakers chocolate and coffee as well, but not a whole lot, a little bit of a yeasty twang as well.

T — Taste is much like the nose, very nice lightly roasted malt notes of coffee, chocolate, charcoal, burnt toast, very well balanced with a simple dry finish.

M — Clean and crisp, a little bit of residual sweetness but not much.

O — Nice overall, a solid dark lager that hits all the right notes, not overly complex.

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Photo of schiltron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSlem
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of jurbanik
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sierra Tap House

Black color, not dense with a fairly foamy off-white head.

Nothing too present in the nose. All I can say is that it smells like a Schwarzbier. The same can be said of the flavor. Typical extra hoppiness from the Sierra Nevada company which is welcome, but nothing takes it to the next level.

It's a perfectly average Schwarzbier. It's easy enough to drink, but it's not one I'd recommend to my friends when I return to the Tap House.

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Photo of Aexoonge
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasty malt and some caramel aromas. Taste is also of roasty malt and some burnt caramel flavors. There is a mild roasty bitterness after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap served in a sampler glass

A - Dark brown with 1 finger tan head with minimal lacing and moderate head retention.

S - A hint of pine hops dominated by toasted wheat and caramel, pretty light scent.

T - Very light flavor with caramel sweetness at the front and a little hop bitter finish. Not very impressive.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation.

O - It was average and I would not get it again.

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Photo of jeezie
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jale
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing.

A: Pours dark brown with two fingers of tan head.

S: Smells more like a hefe with banana,clove and some tartness. Light roasted malt.

T: There's that hefe banana and clove upfront with a tart edge. Light roasted malt and a piney hot bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

O: Does'nt fit the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 9/3/08. Tap at BT. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some sweet light malts too. Flavor of nice roasted malts. Light and smooth palate, tasty and drinkable. Interesting schwarzbier, more roasted than I expected but it was quite tasty!
7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

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Photo of magictrokini
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ SD Brewing. Pours opaque brown with a short off-white head. Caramel, smoke, and nuts in the aroma. Nice, smooth smoked malt and toffee flavor up front, but gets really watery and falls apart towards the back. Its worth trying, but not buying a 6-pack.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this one on-tap at the Scuffer, one of my favorite joints, in downtown Burlington, thanks Eric! This beer poured out a nearly opaque, wood-stain colored dark brown with a one-finger sand-colored head. The retention was good and the lacing was too. The aroma was mostly roasted malt with bakers chocolate and black coffee. The flavors were almost like the aroma, bitterness, coffee, dark chocolate with hints of milk chocolate as it warmed up, all capped by a long malty finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium to heavy and the carbonation average. Nothing outstanding but I did feel it crested over B-class into A territory because it was such an accurate American version of a German classic.

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Photo of Nickls
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Jet black color, with a sticky off-white head

S - Plum/pruney aroma, with hints of bitter chocolate

T - Bitter chocolate maltiness with additional coffee flavors. Pruney flavors of the style kick in at the end

M - Smooth, creamy, but delicate body. A tad thin, but this has been my experience with the style.

D - This is a lot of fun to drink as it incorporates a lot of flavors into an highly drinkable format

Overall, this is a great take on the style although it does not stray too far by providing anything really new. Would certainly recommend!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown body with a slight tan head. Leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smells of mostly coffee and chocolate. Roasted malts.

Somewhat of a burnt flavor, with lots of chocolate and coffee once again.

Dry mouthfeel, very thin.

OK drinkability.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap @ San Diego Brewing Company

A- black with a fingers worth of off white foam, good retention and filmy lacing

S- chocolate and roasted malts

T- dry roasted malts and dark chocolate with subtle hints of richness to these flavors. sweet aftertaste

M- very smooth medium body

D- sessionable and tasty, pinpoint for style, not a common style, so indulge when you can

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Photo of nasty15108
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.

A - Poured black with ruby hues. Thin tan head with good lace work throughout.

S - Slightly malty and smokey.

T - Malty with sweet hints of smoke and coffee. Finished slightly bitter.

MF&D - I would have liked more body and perhaps a little more flavor in this beer. The dark deep color may be a little misleading, but all in all this is a pretty good beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of hyland24
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap into a pint glass at the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY.

Poured black with ruby hue's near the bottom when the light shined through. 1/4 inch tan head with light lacing. Poured thinner than I expected.

Smelled malty and a little bitter with very slight hint of smoke. Not very strong smells. It took a few heavy inhales to pick them out.

The taste was impressive. Malty and bready. Faint hints of coffee, mild chocolate and a slightly bitter finish. Tasted thicker than it appeared, full of flavor.

The beer is light to medium bodied with a minimal aftertaste. Lighter than the pour and appearance would lead you to believe. Its not creamy enough to coat the mouth and stay there after the swallow but it does leave a nice aftertaste. More carbonated than I expected. Very good beer. One of the few dark beers I would pound, due to the light body. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance.

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Schwarzbier from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 40 ratings