Dark Helmet | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by YumYumGumGum on 11-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,718
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
288
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
60
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Phoodcritic
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheEpeeist
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zidane8
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Samputnam14
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SLeffler27
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c_tails
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iheartmyTHO
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigGold
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Helmet from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 288 ratings