Dark Helmet
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Lager - Schwarzbier
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Feb 28, 2022
Nov 20, 2011
Very Good
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Notes: Dark Helmet is a German-style black lager (or Schwarzbier) brewed with 10% malted rye. Chocolate and Carafa malts give this beer its dark color and ludicrously smooth, roasty flavor. May the Schwarz be with you!

25 IBU
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3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 28, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Very dark chocolate brown. Three fingers of foamy tan head with slightly poor retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, spicy resinous hops, dark chocolate, mild roast coffee, oatmeal.

Taste: Slightly diluted roast malt character, mild rye spice. Very limited hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but slightly thin. Decent carbonation.

Overall: This would be a much better beer if it didn't taste and feel so diluted. It's like the Diet Coke of schwarzbier.

Jan 01, 2020
4.09 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Oct 16, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Black as pitch with initially as much head as beer when poured with modest vigor. The cream to tan head bubbles back to a finger of head and very slight lace.

S: Aroma is a blend of lager yeast and oatmeal stout, dark malts, a bit tinny.

T: Flavorful, bready, roasty. Hits those oatmeal stout notes on a lighter palate. Cola creeps in.

F: Quite thin but more smooth and coating than a light-hued lager cousin. Weight as expected for ABV. The Rye comes through on the front of the taste. Good carbonation.

O: Easy drinking and plenty of flavor. I feel if this is not your thing then neither is the style.

Oct 16, 2019
3.81 by rarigney from Washington on Sep 26, 2019
3.92 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Sep 15, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very dark brown in color and is close to appearing black when viewed from afar. It poured with a short beige colored had that left a small patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and some lacing on the surface in between.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is quite and has flavors of dark and chocolate malts with hints of cola. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate with moderate amount of carbonation and has some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has nice malty flavors without being heavy on the palate.

Serving type: can

Sep 06, 2019
3.99 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Aug 07, 2019
3.73 by robotic_being from Florida on Jan 17, 2019
3.75 by Gadzook from Georgia on Dec 15, 2018
3.86 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Dec 12, 2018
4.19 by KensWorld from Florida on Nov 16, 2018
4.03 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Aug 29, 2018
3.91 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2018
4.19 by SFNC from North Carolina on May 29, 2018
4.26 by Zidane8 from South Carolina on May 28, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a dark and creamy looking black color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells deliciously roasty and chocolatey, some light nuttiness, and slight earthy hops.

This is a really well constructed schwarzbier- it's really rich, with nearly spot on flavors. The roast character is killer, bitter, rich, and earthy. There's a little bit of rye spice and piney hops, with dark chocolate, char, and a hint of bitter nuttiness.

This is smooth and super creamy, with a good level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This is definitely one of the better dark lagers I've had made in the States- it's really well done.

May 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

Good Schwartzbier!!! Pours a dense brown color with a big tan head from a pint can into a pint glass. Very little light comes through the glass. Dense as most stouts. Head retention is excellent and there are bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee, fairly prominent. Taste is more of the same. A nice, light, malty beer with some coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp, light and amazingly smooth like a milk stout. Thought I detected some lactose here and a little bitterness in the finish. Very enjoyable.

May 17, 2018
3.67 by poppopintheattic11 from South Carolina on May 06, 2018
4.03 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on Apr 29, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

Pours a dark, almost pitch black color. The head, and I didn't do an aggresive pour, turned out to be 4 finger, tan, very frothy, with good retention.
The nose is very slight. I just get a hint of malt, maybe a bit of coffee, but not much else from it.
Taste is roasty, slight smoke, a bit of coffee, a bit of nuts, some caramel, some chocolate.
Feel is moderate. It does linger in the back of my throat for a bit.
Tasty beer. I'll admit, I had to get it because of the name, but it is a good beer. Happy to try it.

Apr 09, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Blackop555 from Michigan

Pours near black. Thick, medium tan head that lasts While.

Smells roasted malts, coffee, char and slight sweetness.

Tastes roasted malts, bready, light caramel, slight earthiness, light chocolate, light char and yeast hints. Finish is semi sweet with a roasted linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Apr 01, 2018
3.65 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 04, 2018
4 by Bustersuess from New York on Jan 10, 2018
4 by DudMan from New Jersey on Dec 14, 2017
4.33 by mpolewan from Ohio on Dec 03, 2017
4.07 by Samputnam14 from South Carolina on Nov 25, 2017
3.91 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Nov 04, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

Unsurprisingly, Dark Helmet is very dark with cola highlights. The dark walnut foamy head briefly reaches two inches before settling at one inch for a few minutes and quickly fading to a thin layer.

Roasted malt and coffee beans are followed by chocolate syrup. Faint notes of marshmallow and pumpernickel bread offset a hint of soap.

The flavor opens with chocolate syrup, followed by iced cappuccino and mocha. Bitter roasted malt balances the sweetness. The finish is mild and long with hints of chocolate, dark toast and peanuts.

This has a medium body with scratchy nylon texture. Fine soft carbonation allows a hint of crisp alcohol.

Dark Helmet was enjoyable during a late afternoon and sipped from a pilsner glass.

Jul 09, 2017
3.79 by iRun2Beer from Minnesota on Jan 17, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by c_tails from New York

smell - roasty malt

pours really dark with a light tan head, my first pours produced a lot of foam.

taste - roasted, toasted, malty. but light and smooth. not too sweet. nice cocoa. the mouthfeel is just slightly thin in my opinion but not in a bad way.

overall its a refreshing beer, easy drinking, with substantial flavor.

Dec 11, 2016
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 22, 2016
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Oct 14, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by iheartmyTHO from Georgia

I think I would have preferred this beer as a porter or a stout, given the lighter mouthfeel. The beer wasn't terrible but I think I would like it better if it was a bit heavier. There's a nice roasty, chocolate flavor to this beer, which I rather enjoyed. But I always associate that with porters / stouts.

Sep 25, 2016
4.08 by BMMillsy from Florida on Sep 17, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BigGold from Mississippi

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, stamped bottled on "12/2/15," into nonic pint. Dark Helmet is an excellent selection for your dark beer fix in the summer.

Jun 23, 2016
3.92 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jun 04, 2016
3.83 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 27, 2016
3.5 by Highbury09 from North Carolina on May 14, 2016
4.1 by thatche2 from Georgia on May 07, 2016
Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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