Schwarzinger | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by mvanaskie13 on 08-30-2013

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4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems as though this may be another tone77 special! He is my frequent, local, in-person trader and I am always fascinated by what he brings by for me to review. I am pretty much to the point that I will only review beers when I am at home, but I have plenty to keep me busy.

From the bottle: "A German style black lager brewed with premium pilsner and dark roasted malts."

I started out with a heavy-handed pour until the head began to rise at an incredible rate and I backed off. I was faced with two-plus fingers of dense, deep-brown head with fantastic retention. It looked like a chocolate milk shake sitting before me and I put on some music to keep me company as I awaited for it to abate. What was I listening to? "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", written by James F. Hanley and sung by Judy Garland. Color was a deep, dense dark-brown with ruby highlights (SRM = 44), allowing just a little light penetration at the edges. Nose had a smoky chocolatiness and I was reminded of my late Pops' affection for Hershey's Special Dark. This beer's smell was very evocative of that. Mouthfeel was full, creamy, and the chocolate taste was spot on. I was really digging the way that the smokiness of the "dark roasted malts" was coming through, but melding nicely with the chocolatiness. Finish was semi-dry, more smoky than chocolaty, but quite the beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Philadelphia Brewing Company "Schwarzinger"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, inkjet coding information is smudged and illegible

Impressive! They've nailed the dark maltiness of a schwarzbier with a light bit of fudge-like chocolate and the suggestion of smoky roastiness without actually going there. Just a touch too much and a schwarzbier becomes something else but they've kept it reigned in, and remarkably well-balanced. Non-traditionally, they've used some citrusy hops which throw it off for me, but I'm sure others will love that. I could see this taking on the almost fanatical following that Philadelphia once had for Yuengling's Black & Tan, and if they can put it on tap at or near the cost of Kenzinger I have no doubt that'll happen.

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet a new beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company! Found it in the mix six section at the House of 1,000 beers.
A - Deep dark beautiful blackness with just a 1/4 inch of head that fades to a sticky ring.
S - Light smoked malts, some cocoa, and roastiness.
T - One smooth Swartz. It has mild smoked malts, smooth chocolate like malts, and a bit of sunk in the finish that leaves a bit of dryness. On par with the style love it.
M - Medium bodied not watery, slick and smooth.

Overall I would consider getting this again hell I would buy a case. It's tasty!

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JPowell712
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The pour was dark black with a tan or khaki colored head. The aroma off the out gave off a bit of hops, maybe a hint of roasted coffee. The taste was very good! It had roasted malt character, smokiness, a touch of roasted coffee and dark chocolate hints. It finished a little on the dry side. I would say this was a great beer for the FALL or WINTER seasons. The roasted and smoky flavors work really nicely in this beer. Another great beer from my hometown brewery!

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a bit smokey. Taste is the same, lots of roasted malts and smokiness, a bit of hops are present as well. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Schwarzinger from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 37 ratings