Schwarzbier | Taps Fish House & Brewery

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Taps Fish House & Brewery
California, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by schoolcb on 03-27-2010

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by schoolcb:
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a pitcher for the table. Dark dark brown so much so that clarity was impossible to determine. Poured with a tan head that persisted. Moderate roasted malt aroma and light malt notes too. No hop aroma. No fruity esters or diacetyl. Light malt flavor with an even lighter roasted malt flavor. Medium bitterness. Very smooth. Finished dry with hints of roast and malt sweetness on the palate. Medium-light body.

Very drinkable beer, and was a hit with the "light" beer drinkers in my party that night (some even asked where they can find commercial examples they can buy back in Texas).

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taps (Brea)

A: The beer pours nearly black with a creamy tan head sitting on top.

S: Smells of coffee and coffee ground with a nice roasted malt base to it. Light sweetness in the form of toffee and molasses with some dark chocolate/cocoa powder in there as well. A mild ash note is detectable, unfortunately.

T: Really a solid flavor. Roasted malts and coffee are the primary flavor components. Plenty of dark chocolate with a subtle molasses, licorice, and toffee flavor. Light earthy hops and minimal bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: One of the better Taps beers I've had. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Taps in Brea.

A: Deep brown with crimson highlights. Creamy beige head with great retention.

S: Earthy coffee with roasted malt and a little chocolate. Biscuit and a low nuttiness.

T: Moderate roasted malt profile with a little coffee and chocolate. Lightly nutty with biscuit and earthy hops. Low bitterness.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: An impressive Schwarzbier.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kinetic Brewing Company in Lancaster, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted malt, and slight cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the mouthfeel is a bit off in my opinion.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a 16oz pint glass on-tap at The Playground in Santa Ana, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Two finger tan head on a mahogany body. High clarity but dark color. Wonderful lacing and decent retention on the head.

S- Roast malts. Dark roasted smell.

T- Roasted and some chocolate flavors.

M- Smooth and dry with a bitter linger.

O- Surprisingly nice and very drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Catch, on to the beer:

Black as the name suggest, with a bone white head and hues of orange at the bottom of the glass. It leaves some good streaks of white lacing on the glass. The nose brings to mind roasted coffee notes and mocha....yummy. It's almost stout-like in that aspect.

Taps Schwarzbier tastes good. Coffeeish flavors and mocha show a good amount of intensity for the style, nothing subdued or weak. There's a kick of spicy hops towards the end of the palate, and that note especially echoes on in the aftertaste. It's a little hoppier than your tradional schwarz, but don't confuse this with a hopbomb.

Sometimes crafting something traditonal works better than putting a twist on it. Taps continues to make good traditionally brewed beers.

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Photo of ricecracker420
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hawkmage
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i always appreciate a good german style brew, especially from an american brewer who pays attention. not enough of these around, and as much as these are not hot right not, good ones can be great. this is better the mediocre, but it doesnt get quite as deep and dark on the malt side of things as i prefer in this style. its got more of a brown ale color to it, and thats the bulk of the grain flavor too, cocoa and just a little roasty. the flavor is entirely grain driven, more bitter than a brown ale and with a decidedly german yeast complexion in the finish, drying this right out. it tastes a touch oxidized to me, but i never really mind that in small proportion in some of the old european styles. this does have a good crispness to it, and an incredible lightness for a darker colored beer, very mild body and higher carbonation, it goes down easy and leaved a little bitterness on the tongue. i think they could take this a little darker, give some of the near burnt grain character to it, but its a well made beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of IceAce
4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MastaShonuf
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Schwarzbier from Taps Fish House & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 16 ratings