Schwarz | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: 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: 51 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with big soapy and bubbly khaki head that left dense splashy lace.

S- Big aroma of lightly smoked and toasted malt, roasted coffee, caramel, and bready notes. Some light bittersweet chocolate.

T- Big roasted coffee, espresso, caramel sweetness, roasted and smoked malt, lots of breadiness, and some clean fruity notes. Some licorice notes came out the more I drank it. Very rich and robust tasting beer.

M- Smooth, prickly carbonation, dry, and very easy to drink.

O- This is one of if not thee most flavorful black lagers I have ever had. A very big roasty presence in the flavor and aroma, but also nice notes of smoke, sweetness, and light fruity notes. This is a real winner and I look forward to trying more beers from Heater Allen. Craft drinkers that think lagers are boring, do yourself a favor and give this one a shot and your mind will be changed.

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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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Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Sid_the_cat
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 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 udubdawg
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of devilmakesthree
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


Bomber into a Moonlight pint glass. Thanks!

A: Medium dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The pour yields three fingers of persistent beige froth. Lacing is everywhere.

S: Light roasted malt presence with a little nuttiness and a touch of caramel. Very clean with an evident noble hop presence and an almost coffee-like complexity.

T: Roasted grains with notes of bitter and lightly sweet chocolate. The roastiness gives a subtle impression of coffee. Upper low level of bitterness throughout. The beer finishes dry, grainy, and clean with lingering chocolate, roast, and bitterness.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Overall: A well done Schwarzbier. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Belmont Station in Portland. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling or abv info is given.

A-Pours an extremely dark brown that lets a hint of light through. It has a bubbly one finger sandy head that leaves some decent streaks of lace.

S-Lots of roast malt and smoky aroma. Coffee is apparent along with a tad bit of sweet malt.

T-Initially it has a nice bit of sweetness before quickly giving way to coffee and smokey/roast flavors. The smokey/roast dominates as it goes down and is the dominant flavor in between sips. The sweetness stays on the tongue in between sips which reults in the beer not completely drying out my mouth.

M-It falls on the lighter end of the medium spectrum. It has a soft carbonation level and is smooth and creamy.

D-A really good version of the style and is not super dry. You can tell that a lot of craftmanship is put into this beer.

I had never heard of HA and this was a recommendation of one of the Belmont employees. It is a really good lager and I would seek it out again.

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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 ottovon
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out an opaque black with a thin tan head.

S: I get lots of chocolate and some roasted malt. there is coffee and a little smoke as well. dark fruits, raisins, and molasses.

T: chocolate, almost like a tootsie roll I get molasses and roasted malt. there is a small amount of smoke and raisins.

M: thin body with low carbonation.

O: a really good beer. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Matt who broke out this beauty at HT today. My first try of this style from my favorite brew state.

Pours a pure black, opaque, topped by a quick to vanish beige head. Some lace on the glass. Nice look.

Smell is a light/med. aroma, mild tart yeast, chocolate, coffee, even some floral/spicy hop in there.

Taste is a remarkable balance of chocolate malt, coffee notes, roasty notes, nice floral leading to the finish, and a pleasantly juicy finish of very mild bitter and floral. There is a bit of tart in this, but it is well tamed, and the result is a mix of understated flavors that is freaking delicious.

Low carb., easy on the palate, clean flavors, beautiful finish. Excellent mouthfeel.

This easy drinking beauty could be prodigiously consumed on a hot day such as today. If this is what this style is like I want MORE.

Impression: Yet another superb beer requiring cross country travel to revisit.

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Photo of anarchia
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black but not opaque, ruby in front of a light. Lots of lacing. Medium-sized head, slightly off-white. Smells like biscuits, very bready, with some caramel and toffee. Thick feel in the mouth, really coats the tongue. Sweet caramel and bubbly carbonation are the first thing I notice, both of which are quickly overpowered by smoke, leather, and espresso. A top-shelf black lager.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber shared by Ottovon, into a snifter. Heater Allen’s a little brewery in Oregon that does German lagers and ONLY German lagers — a dying art these days.

The color’s a mostly opaque cherry wood, though some amber highlights are visible. Very short-lived head of light khaki becomes a thin ring and leaves skinny rings of lace.

The nose: smoky pork and dark chocolate, met with lots of sourdough and coffee.

Clean, unadulterated flavor: bitter dark chocolate, sourdough, light roast coffee. Smoky pork and molasses are also there. Subtle sweetness. Very clean finish.

Medium-light body with very gentle carbonation and a subtle fizziness. The finish is just dry enough to keep you going back for another sip.

As another taster kept exclaiming, this is one “poundable” brew. The perfect amount of roastiness and a good blend of flavors makes this one of the better schwarzbiers I’ve had, in or out of Germany.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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Schwarz from Heater Allen Brewing
3.89 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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