Black Forest Amber | Black Forest Brew Haus

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Brewed by:
Black Forest Brew Haus
New York, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-16-2003

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Denali:
Photo of Denali
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange amber color. Tan-white head.

Smell: Very sweet aroma (perhaps caramel).

Taste: Sweet malt start. Finishes with some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish.

Drinkability: At times the sweet aroma was distracting, but still a decent beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of socon67
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhotoMattT
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KATE12
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer during my first trip to Black Forest. It was a great, deep amber color with a thick, rich head. The taste was smooth and sweet with a nutty undercurrent. Also, you could really taste the hops. The smell was light, possibly a bit fruity and very pleasant. It was easily likable and very drinkable. One of my favorites that I sampled that night!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer appeared a nice clear red color with some copper highlights. The beer produced a nice, two finger, off-white head that dissipated too quickly, but did leave some lacing.

S - The beer gave off a nice mostly sweet, malty aroma with a hint of hops.

T - Mostly malty, like the nose. That is about it, nothing else to really mention.

M - The beer appeared to be a bit watered down and a bit over carbonated, but to be honest, it didn't detract all that much from the beers drinkability, what did was the slight metallic aftertaste that I noticed. Overall, I thought that it was better than the hefewiezen that I tried, but not by much.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger off white creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean malts, floral hop and a touch of caramel.

The taste consisted of a balanced combination of doughy malt, mild sweetness and a drying hop at thie finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a clean finish.

Overall good droinkability. Rather Sam Adamsesque.

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Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of hopbar
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Forest Brew Haus

A: Beautiful amber color with a fluffy one-finger head that stayed with the beer much of the way down the glass.

S: Some hints of sweet cherries and toasted almonds.

T: A lot going on here; hints of cherries, coffee, toasted almond, honey - it was smooth and somewhat sweet.

M: Not very heavy and not overly carbonated; served at a nice temperature.

D: Definitely sessionable and definitely worth drinking again.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber color with thin white head...
Aroma: There was not too much aroma there...
Taste: Started sweet and ended bitter for flavor...this was a good brew...but not the greatest...nothing really stood out...
Drinkability: Yes, I could drink alot of this beer

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Photo of clay23
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aquatonex
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Defined as an Oktoberfest? I don't think so.

Pours medium translucent orange, light minimal head. Good carbonation. Smells of wheat with light hops. Taste has weak wheat and very weak hops, good balance in the wheat and hops but the overall flavor is very watered down. I was expecting more body. I'd rather try something else from this brewpub.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale, crystal, and wheat malt scent along with a bit of yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pale and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes clean with a some esters. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty solid marzen. It's easy drinking and full of flavor.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - slightly cloudy red potato skin. Lots of good lacing and a beigehead.

S - dirty horseblanket and hops. Bits of wheat.

T - simple sweet loose malt aftertaste.

M - sadly watery. A bit of seltzer. Tingling aftertaste and a few acceptable burps

D - overall a generic interpretation. I like that they went for a traditional interpretation of marzen and not just another American amber.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend brought over 2 growlers of this beer - at first it seemed sweeter than most German Marzens. After a few mouthfulls it lost the initial sweetness and was balanced out nicely with bitter hops. My friend and I watched a hockey game and by the 3rd period we had finished off our jugs of beer. I was glad I had some Paulaner Marzen/Oktoberfests in the fridge. I know the ABV is low, but I should've been drooling after drinking 64ozs of beer. I have the empty growler and it only costs $8 for a refill, so I'll go back for more of this beer or another offering from the Black Forest Brew Haus.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint (actually a tall mug) and enjoyed this amber. Plenty of color to the dark auburn hue with decent lacing down the glass.

Sweet sugary nose with a caramel sggestion that translated well to the caramel flavor which was full flavored. Crisp dry touch with a noted hop amber offering. Clean and a delicate linger of flavor echoed.

Last swigs: Didn't hurt that it was $2 amber Wednesday. Good brew.

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Photo of mentor
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a four finger light tan head over a clear copper brown liquid. Smells earthy and grassy from hops with mild nuggat and munich malt.

Tastes mostly of fresh hop flavor with some malt sweet accompanied by mild hop bitter. Hop flavor is very floral, oranges, and honey with some tettnanger 'grunge'. Malt is nut, biscuity and rather wet, but finishes a bit dry with some metallic and mild carbonation sting. Hoppy retronasal is pleasant. Md-light body and modest carbonation.

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Photo of Babydave
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a nice Father's Day Brunch at BFBH, I picked up a growler of this. It pours a medium amber color with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a trace of lacing along the glass. The smell is very nice -- sweet & malty with a hint of fruit. The taste is also sweet, crisp, a little bitter, but also refreshing and not too heavy. Kinda smooth for a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Might be hard to drink more than a few of these in a session--that is, unless you are drinking them with a nice plate of german food. highly recommend.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking quite a bit of this lately, probably too much!.

This beer is highly drinkable it's name belies nothing it is a beautiful amber in the glass, and the best part is that you get every other one for free during happy hour.

No real head to speak of but that takes nothing away from the brew. It's got a very nutty, hoppy flavor that makes it go well with either the swedish meatballs, hot wings, a piece of big sandwich or a delicious flame cake (flame cake: check out the website for a descrption, and if you are a patron at the Black Forest you MUST try it!).

It's mouthfeel is very creamy and light so you can definitely polish off a few at happy hour as long as you have a DD.

Overall: go to Farmingdale with some friends and drink this beer.

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Photo of LMH88
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub. Poured a very cloudy light brown which may have been because it was the end of the keg...Aroma of sweet malt and oatmeal, perhaps a touch of spices too. Flavor of sweet malt and some toasted notes. Not very flavorful and a bit over-carbonated.
6/4/6/3/13 (3.2/5)

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Huffs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Black Forest Amber from Black Forest Brew Haus
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 25 ratings