Schwarz | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
1.013 BG, 4.6%, 30 IBU, 28 SRM

Added by msubulldog25 on 12-13-2007

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by jdense:
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The BeerMongers PDX 1.13.11.

Dark, more black than dark brown, opaque body, light brown head, medium dissipation with silightly above average lacing. A bit of light roast in the nose balanced by floral hops. Taste features light roast which got more assertive as the beer warmed, some nuttiness and floral hops in the end, minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is light side of medium, about right for style, dry finish. Nice, drinkable, sessionable, worth a try.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Heater Allen Schwarz pours a clean and lovely deep shade of brown. The auburn highlights dance around the bottom of the weisse glass making it almost have a black & tan appearance. The eggshell white head is unimpressive, but manages to hug the coastline throughout.

Burnt white bread crusts, pumpernickel, and mild traces of fig give this a wonderful platform for smooth chocolate and even caramel, like a Riesen candy.

Very nice. Though there is a slightly reduced level of roasted quality that I've found in some of my favorite Schwarzbiers, this is uniquely chocolatey. A good nuttiness supports it along with more of a plum than fig flavor, and more of that hearty pumpernickel bread keeps it tied together. Without the caraway of course.

Though this has a creamy smooth texture, it starts with a tingly carbonated prick in the nose. It settles to reveal a decadent feel and a minimal spicy finish. It is nearly perfect in balance.

I had a favorite Schwarzbier from right here in Oregon, but now I feel like a side by side is in order. Another delicious offering from Heater Allen. One that I plan on revisiting soon. Prost!

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Photo of chossboss
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of seanthornton152
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schwarz and schwarz can be, this thing is quite lovely, with a stout-like cap of foamy foam on top. Not much lace, and a quick thinning of the head.

Aroma is nothing special, has that typical lager-ness to it, with a very mild hint of roasted malt inside of that. Try as I might, it's not leaving much of an impression, but there's nothing bad about it either.

Flavor is very good: a pinch of anise, coffee bitterness, dark fruit sugars, lactic goodness, and a big juicy/creamy mouthfeel that delivers the flavors beautifully. Coffee hangs around in the finish...seems like morning.

Another great lager from Heater-Allen that will turn the heads of lager-lovers and lager-disbelievers alike. There's nothing more to say--it's simply very good.

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this rare treat.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a friend and had this back to back with the Heater Allen Dunkel. That beer is a tough act to follow, but this is still quite a nice beer. My only gripe is that while the Dunkel was very true to style, this tasted more like a porter, with more roast than a typical Schwarzbier. Still, it held more than a enough lovely cocoa flavor to win me over.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckornmannn
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Deep brown to mahogany. Toast and a little smoke on the nose. Taste follows with a hint of dark fruit. Really smooth feel.

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Photo of Spikester
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this hard to find black beer at Market of Choice in West Linn, Oregon.
Pour dark brown almost black with a one finger tan head. Has a good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel malts. Taste is bold dark malts with a matching amount of earthy, leathery hops. Perfect balance.
Mouthfeel is pure silk with just enough carbonation to prick the tongue.
Nothing bold or unusual about this beer but I enjoyed it very much. Delicious black beer. Drinkability is very good due to the under 5% abv. I could drink many of these beers.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1whiskey
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle from Roth’s Sunnyside Market, S.Salem. $4.29 black beer, with an excellent tan head, that seems so thick and creamy. Malty chocolate milk aromas, with a subtle hazlenut back ground. Taste is of mild esspresso coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and gooey caramel. Nice. Ok on the palate..has low carbonation, which i liked. Overall a very nice easy going beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to familynight (Reddit) for this interesting beer. Haven't had anything from this brewery before, and I do enjoy a good schwarz.

Pours a darker fizzy slight creamy smaller head covering, super dark molasses cola brown colored that is essentially pitch black other than the thin bottom, mild lacing, and even some legs surprisingly. 4.25

Nose is pretty nice, dark malts, caramel, toffee, a little nutty, bit of sweetness and candy like, with touch of black malt and faint coffee roast, eventually even gets chocolatey and cocoa dust, as well as a bit of grainy toasty malts. It has a mild lagered softness. Seems more like a baltic porter than schwarzbier. 4

Taste brings more juicy malts mostly dark, with more black malt and mild coffee roast like, little char but not acrid, into faint cocoa dust and a little dark chocolate, and it even gets a bit creamy. then mild grainy malt note, with more caramel and toffee sweetness but not as sweet as the nose lead it to be, with a soft fluffy but slight crisp lager note but not too crisp. Touches of a grassy hop note on the far back end, mixed with a bit of a bitter roast brings a little bitterness but not a lot. Finish is a bit more bitter as it dries quite a bit and brings a bit more grassy hop and more roasty malts, little sticky and fluffy not really crisp, little char and little cocoa. 3.75

Mouth is fluffy and creamy med bod, nice fluffy carb, slightly crisp. 4

Overall not bad, nice malts, light hops with a nice bitter finish, wish it was a bit more crisp but was decently fluffy, nice dark malts, but esp that aspect brings more of a baltic porter character. 3.75

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vkv822
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a thin, bubbly tan head.

Lightly smoky, roasty malts blended with some espresso notes.

Espresso, cocoa and an almost sweet smokiness.

Light to medium body, soft carbonation.

A pleasant schwarzbier, just enough smokiness to add some complexity without becomming overwhelming.

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Photo of Rick778
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NWHopinator
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After a week on Nyquil, Dayquil and Tylenol, it's nice to get some beer in. Bottle from Belmont Station.

In my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, this beer sits an extremely dark brown/almost black with dark reddish brown highlights, and is capped with a remarkably short-lived beige head that leaves little lacing. The nose is excellent. A near-perfect blend of roast, grain, acidity and sweetness (fruity and grainy), this is wonderful stuff. Just a wee bit of char, and a mild hoppiness are present.

The palate is a reflection of the balance of the nose. Opening moderately roasty with a touch of grainy acidity with minimal char and no acridity, these flavors segue into a mild dark (very dark) caramel sweetness. This sweetness is tempered by the roast, bringing to mind dark fruits (plum skins?). Drying on the finish with a lingering roast, the mouthfeel on this beer is nonpareil. Light and supple, creamy but with a firming acidity (from the grains and the carbonation), the smoothness on the palate shows exceptional finesse, especially when the ABV is considered. Marvelous stuff, highly recommended.

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Schwarz from Heater Allen Brewing
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