Black Beer Stout | Hite Brewery Company LTD

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Black Beer StoutBlack Beer Stout

Brewed by:
Hite Brewery Company LTD
Korea (South)

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by froghop on 03-15-2009

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6-pack $5.99 Don Quijote
Smell of chocolate roasted malts
Medium-low carbonation
Dark black color
Medium mouthfeel
Smooth, creamy, light roasted malt flavors
Overall pretty good for the cheap price. It's not craft beer level, but for a macro brew type its good.

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Photo of hyea
2.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of BlueSpader
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bmaggot
3.77/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle bites the dust in today's attempt to eradicate single-O Porters, Stouts & Old Ales from the insidious Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. This one came to me courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77. Many thanks!

From the bottle: "Since 1933"; "From German Dark Roasted Malt".

Grrr. A twisted-up, twist-off cap! I really dislike those things as it deprives me of even the satisfaction of a Pop! I hate bottles & this would be one of the few saving graces to one. You had better believe that I upended the bottle & spanked it like the guy in the recent commercial with his lunch! I got two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, light-tan head for my efforts. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was roasty & smoky, but with a caramel-like sweetness. I would have to agree that, despite its labeling, it is not a Stout. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, nothing of note, but at least it was not watery. The taste had a slight sourness to accompany the caramel & smoky flavors noted on the nose. It just seemed to be all over the map with no clear-cut destination. Finish was semi-dry, but I was having a tough time nailing down its style - Lager or Ale; Schwartzbier or Stout? This was an oddball that I will leave in my rearview mirror.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

To start off this is not a stout - it's a black lager (aka swarzbier - translates directly it's "black beer") so don't get fooled by the name. Pours like a stout, smells like an amber, tastes like Hite lager with cold toasted coffee added. Surprisingly refreshing and light for a "dark beer". An interesting beer but nothing to race out and buy. I picked this up at the local Korean market just for kicks. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark breads. Taste is malts, grains, some bread, a hint of sweetness. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is easy drinking and a decent beer.

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Photo of JarMills
2.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of safaricook
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beejay
2.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a tan head.

Smells very lager like, and fairly light.

Tastes a bit thin with loss of caramel and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, carbonation is moderate.

Overall, a fairly bland brew. Tastes like it was made quickly and in a big batch.

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Photo of wynn87
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnBender
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Everydayoff
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a pint glass.

Almost black in color with two fingers frothy tan head, the head’s retention is pretty good with some quality of lace along the way down before falling into small layer atop. Some visible carbonation can also be seen.

Roasted malt and buttery diacetyl is here and there with a trait of hop and yeast that cling together. Only subtle coffee could be found while there is no hint of chocolate at all.

A bit light in taste, mainly sour from roasted, hop and grain character, a little bit sweet by malt as well as slight bitterness from hop gradually add in. Still there is no significant coffee or chocolate here.

Medium body with semi-smooth mouthfeel, dry with moderate carbonation.

Light, dry and easy to drink, there is a sign of roasted malt quality but still lack some in-depth character comparing to average in same style.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a Nonic pint.

Look : Chestnut colored body, 70% opaque, 2 finger cream colored head. It looks more like a brown ale at this point, but the head does leave some respectable lace when it recedes to a thin cap.

Smell : Dirty, like the streets of Korea. Lots of dry barley, with burns of alcohol, and faint molasses. Ultimately it smells like a dark, grainy lager with a touch of molasses.

Taste : Dry, charred barley, a hint of smoked corn, ending with a tight snap of licorice and a large presence of dry rubbing alcohol.

Feel : Thin, thin, thin. Moderately carbonated, ends snappy. The combination of feel and taste makes this essentially a Schwarzbier.

Overall : Did these guys think they were brewing a stout and instead concoct a Schwarzbier recipe? On the bottle it says "from German Dark Roasted Malt". Perhaps they got the two styles mixed up? As a Schwarzbier/Black Lager this beer isn't bad at all...but when you're expecting a stout....major fail.

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Photo of NightINgale
2.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Wontonst
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice dark color with a very thin head that forms a ring quickly. Weak smell with predominantly malts. Taste is very weak and the feel is light bodied. Very refreshing to drink, but definitely doesn't feel like a stout.

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Photo of panda_shuriken
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of VashonGuy
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is an interesting test of how we BAs rate beers. Are we judges at a competition, grading beers in terms of their adherence to a specified style? If so, this beer grades poorly, because despite the name on the bottle, it really does not seem to be a stout. (In fact, one Korean website calls it a dark lager, which makes more sense to me.)

But if you didn't have a preconception about the style of a beer, and just judged it on its own terms, well, I think this beer is a bit better than the scores it's getting here. If you're looking for a darkish lager, this is a reasonably well done tasty beer. No, it doesn't have the creamy mouthfeel, or the intensity of a good stout. But it's a pleasant beer, and better than some other dark lagers out there. Appearance is attractive, the aroma is fine, and the taste is pretty good. I enjoyed it, and I'd have another (although I wouldn't go out of my way to find it).

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Photo of Iaido
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of amano_h
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of speedvagen
2/5  rDev -26.7%

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