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Schwartz Bier | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Schwartz BierSchwartz Bier

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by on 07-24-2009

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 312
Reviews by Chaney:
Photo of Chaney
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently the #31 ranked Schwarzbier here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau jar.

A: Poured almost black as night with ever the slightest bit of ruby slivers peeking around the edges. The head was car wash stuff.

S: Understated overall... maybe a bit of roasted, soggy grains that were reminiscent of breakfast cereal.

T: Very smooth and drinkable... remarkably so. Not as much roast as I thought I was going to get, which was fine by me. This was supposed to be a dark lager and NOT a porter.

M: The "German" influence really shined to my mind in it's very well-disciplined, sugar bill (or lack thereof). Nice carbonation and this sucker was INFINITELY drinkable.

O: I was actually a bit thirsty before taking my first few sips and this actually quenched my thirst. I'm hoping this one sticks around during the fall. This would make a nice addition to my annual Halloween party.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into my schwarbier glass a deep cola color with a light beige head sitting perfectly atop,just a great pour.Aromas of chocolate and earth with light roast...not overpowering,smells like a great dessert beer.Chocolaty sweet flavors but not overly so,some more brown sugar comes into play giving more sweetness but a big earthy backbone keeps the sweetness from taking over,roast is bigger as I drink more but the lager smoothness holds thr to the finish.I like this rendition of the style,it's alot better than most American versions in my opinion.

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Photo of Herze
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bitzer
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of MathiasOB
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Guden
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good schwarzbier that is better than most domestic attempts at this style that I have had. Flavor is a nice mix of coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of cream. Stout like, but much lighter in body. I would reach for this if I was looking for this style.

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Photo of alyssa1224
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dankjohn
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a 22 Sept. 2014 date stamp.

Pours clear, dark red-brown with a decent head, but the head soon reduces to a ring.

True to style, this is a very well crafted Schwarzbier. Plenty of sweet toffee in the aroma; caramel, coffee and black bread in the flavor. Lightly sweet.

O: Nearly as good as Sprecher's, this is highly recommended for style

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours completely black and devoid of all light, like tar, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that lasted forever! Beautiful looking beer!

Aroma: Lots of roasted malt, burnt sugar and toffee. Slight coffee notes. Chocolate.

Taste: Like the aroma, lots of roasted malt and bitter chocolate (in a good way!). Some smoke, but not overpowering like a smoked beer or German rauchbier. Slight notes of caramel, burnt sugar. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with tons of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: This is a great beer! A great example of what an American version of a little known and often ignored German style of beer, the Schwarzbier. I’m going to have to keep some more of this on hand.

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Photo of rdilauro
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My first Schwartz Bier... Just when you think you have tried so many different beers.
This one poured jet black like a stout except you could tell it was much thinner and lighter.
There wasnt a pronounce nose except for a faint hint of European hops which I normally find in German and Czech Pilsners.
This beer went do very easy, almost too easy. I could see why sitting around a table it would be very easy to drink a number of these

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of crwrunner
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riktronics
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Outtabbq
4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of OldSwampy
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with small bubbles, nice tan head, though it leaves minimal lacing. Nose not too strong, but not unexpected for this style. Toasty malts dominate. Taste has a clean sharp entry, then the roasted malts emerge smoothly. Never harsh. Does not feel thick or heavy despite dark color. Bottled 3/28/16. Good beer!

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Schwartz Bier from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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