Schwarzbier | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by psugrad98 on 11-18-2002

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by bsm80x:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a moderate head that falls fast and leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a lot of good maltiness - chocolate and coffee dominate. Lots of roastiness in the flavor. Some chocolate as well. Very nice mouthfeel - silky almost. Very enjoyable. The body is a bit light, but still quite serviceable.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich dark brown/black with reddish hue. Creamy head with moderate lace and light carbonation. Roasted malty nose with slight hop presence. Rich roasted coffee-like mouthfeel and smokey flavor. Slightly complex, but lacking in full body. Very tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown cola color with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades super fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smells as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with some hints of caramel sweetness as well as some very light cocoa and coffee flavors. The roasted flavors remain relatively constant throughout the taste, while the other flavors change in intensity. As the taste advances the coffee and cocoa grow stronger with the caramel growing stronger as well. Some flavors of a light earthy and pine hop come to the tongue more toward the end, combining with the others to leave a slightly sweet and moderately roasted, but lightly bittered (from the hop and coffee) flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The medium carbonation helps to accentuate the easy drinking manner of the brew, all the while being able to support the more roasted flavors of the brew. The thinner body however falls a bit short, only enhancing the refreshingness of the brew, but only to a lighter level in light of the dark flavors.

Overall – OK but nothing super fantastic here. It is rather easy drinking with a moderately bittered but still lightly sweetened and roasted malt favored brew.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler. Thanks to my friends Easy-E and Scott for bringing this my way. It pours a deep brown color with ruby hues with a finger of tan head that falls to a light coat over the beer. The nose is big roasty, and slightly coffee and chocolate. The flavor is very full, with a nice robust roasted character. The coffee notes are there, but not harsh. I think this is a damn fine Schwarzbier. The feel is moderate to thick. I have found this to be very drinkable. I popped the growler earlier today and have very little left. I just wish it held the carbonation better from when I first opened it.

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Photo of ski271
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal beer was back on tap last week, replacing the spent winter brews and ushering in what feels like an early spring, even though that’s not what the groundhog said.

This beer is very dark brown, almost black, with a small, frothy, light brown, fully-diminishing head and only a little lacing early. The aroma has a roasted maltiness and a light molasses-like sweetness. Lightly hopped, and slightly yeasty, the aroma is rather mild. The taste is mild too, but subtly complex. There’s a hint of currant-like fruitiness that accompanies a light hop bitterness and a malt sweetness that is much lighter than the smell leads you to expect. It’s hard to describe, but it’s earthy yet clean, if that makes any sense. The finish is crisp, very slightly astringent, lightly nutty and grainy, average in duration except for a bit of a sweetness that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is light with a watery texture and soft carbonation. It’s easy-drinking, and I can see why this is a favorite among many of their staff and regulars. Personally, I prefer a beer with a bit more balls to it, but I rated this beer high because I feel it is a good representation of its style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of Charlie's best yearly releases. It just goes down like water.

Appearance is a deep black to mahogany color. Pours very light with 1 1/2 finger length head that clings for a while. The smell is that of a traditional lager with a little roasted malt to it. Taste is great. Nice and dark but still has that lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is very light and goes down very smooth. Drinkability is off the charts. if there was a 6 i would vote for it.

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Schwarzbier from Otto's Pub and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 8 ratings