Schilling Beer Co.

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Schilling Beer Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Czech Dark Lager
Ranked #14
Ranked #9,223
4.05 | pDev: 7.41%
Jul 28, 2022
Oct 31, 2015
Notes: Modernism is inspired by the Czech black lager tradition. It features a deep complexity from the decoction process and a hop schedule typical of Bohemian beers. Notes of dark malts, bittersweet chocolate and caramel dominate. The finish is dry.
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Rated: 4.18 by mdfb79 from New York

Jul 28, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by Mikexw from New York

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
160z can poured into a lager glass.

A: Super dark mahogany color; very nearly black. Clarity looks to be great. Three solid fingers of large-bubbled beige head retain very well. Sticky and webby lacing.

S: Lots of cocoa and a pleasant graininess throughout. Molasses, chicory, a bit of black coffee. Herbal and spicy hops. Faint floral notes buried deeply.

T: Chicory up front, grainy and heavily toasted. It stops short of stout-y roast, but there's some good dark malt acidity here. Black coffee for sure. Molasses. Cocoa is less apparent than on the nose, but it's still there. Lots of herbal and spicy hops. Moderate bitter bite. Green and oily. A hair on the sweet side as a whole, though the finish is all green and oily/spicy hops.

M: Medium-light body. Full and creamy with a frothy texture. Sharply carbonated; lots of scrubbing. Some gripping hop astringency.

O: Outside of Czech pils, most Czech lager styles are admittedly a little bit of a blind spot for me. I'll venture to say that it's probably the same for even a majority of long-tenured craft beer professionals stateside. The BJCP and BA have offered little to no information on them either, until only very recently. All of this is to say that, while I've had a handful of Czech dark lagers from the few American breweries that have ventured into the style, I can't really consider myself as well-educated on the style parameters as I would be for most other styles. My loose understanding is that they're brewed with soft water, noble hops, and dark but not burnt malt, and that the malt-to-hops balance is pretty even. I could be wrong though. In any case, this beer has a more assertive hop character to it than I expected. There's a good amount of oily/spicy flavor, bitterness, and tannin grit. When comparing it to my loosely held style understandings, that hop character seems a hair aggressive. Other than that, the fermentation is clean and the malt character is melanoidin rich and plenty roasty without being burnt. The more intense hop finish does hit drinkability a hair, but it's still a solid beer that's well worth a look. Just take my slightly style-ignorant number grade here with a grain of salt.
Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a clear cola color with reddish tinting. Beautiful light tan, fairly dense head that falls to a nice layer of foam. Very nice looking brew.

Very inviting smell. Lightly roasted malts, a hint of molasses sweetness, a little bit of chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruit. Straightforward aroma that begs to be tasted.

Yummy. Sorry to go all scientific, but it is a tasty beer. Sweet and toasty initially. A bit of biscuit comes in for a visit, then a very mild coffee note. Chocolate rolls in briefly at the end. Maybe a hint of dark sweet cherry. The hops are a little earthy and ever so slightly spicy. The roast is at that pleasant level with just a little bit of char. Good bitterness on the finish.

Light bodied, feels soft, a bit of foamy cream from the lingering head, moderately carbonated. Spiciness does accumulate a little - a black pepper vibe.

This is a pleasant beer that's a great drinker. It's nicely balanced with a pleasant level of roast, more than adequate malt presence, and nicely hopped. Straightforward and tasty.
Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jun 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by xungmound98 from New York

Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

May 14, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

May 10, 2022
Rated: 4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Czech Dark Lagers are a recent favorite style of mine, and I’ve been actively seeking them out since it seems like more and more breweries are producing them lately. I’ve been hearing about this one for a long time, so I was excited to finally see it on the shelf at my local store. Let’s get into it

Pours a mostly clear reddish with 2 fingers of rocky tan head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose on this isn’t the most nuanced for the style, but I still enjoy it quite a bit. I’m picking up on aromas of brown bread, cocoa powder, toffee, herbal hops, toast, and light coffee

In taste, it’s a bit more restrained unfortunately. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dark toast, toffee, light roast coffee, milk chocolate, light raisin, and a touch of peppery hops. The swallow brings notes of acidic coffee, dark toast, cocoa powder, herbal hops, and light toffee

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet slightly biting beer. Finishes dry and refreshing

Well it’s certainly not my favorite beer in the style, but it’s very drinkable and pretty damn good
May 05, 2022
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Rated by jimkozubek

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My all-time favorite beer. Dark, straight-forward, delicious.
Apr 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Apr 18, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown lager with a tan head that pours strong but dissipates quickly. The flavor brings a lot to like--most prominent is roast coffee, chocolate, oak (beer is conditioned in oak foeders) and a wee bit of bitterness undercuts the overall sweetness. Maybe a slight bit deeper roast flavor than a typical Czech dark lager, but that's a plus, not a minus. A really tasty cold weather lager.
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by CreightonSM from New York

Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark brown, nearly black with a slight beige head, nice looking. Aroma is toasty malts, the taste follows, a little coffee and a good helping of bitterness. Medium, creamy feel.
Feb 22, 2022
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Rated by JDUBWA412

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
can drink this all day
Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 14, 2022
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Reviewed by sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a pint can marked 110121 0006311479

Poured into my shaker pint glass this lager is a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy ecru head. Head drops to a ring and a skim but leaves plenty of lace.

Scent is chocolate and toffee with a kiss of herbal hops and a hint of roast coffee.

Taste is toffee and caramel malt, pilsener malt and mild roasted qualities. Chocolate malt. Malt sweetness balanced well by the hops. Hint of lemon. An interesting cola note. Bread crust. Toast. Dark fruit - plum? A hint of black licorice. A touch of hop spiciness.

Mouth is crisp with a slightly higher carbonation.

Excellent drinkability.

My first review of the Czech dark lager style. Lots of malt and some nice complexity. Spicy herbal hops. Crisp clean finish. Another great lager from Schilling..
Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 3.82 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap. Opaque dark brown shades in the body with an oatmeal colored head, trace amounts of spotted lacing. Roasted caramel malt, well done toast, cocoa, roasted nuts and faint earth tones in the nose. Taste adds big crusty bread, a hint of smoke to the earth tones that linger in the background, and dark fruit whispers. Has a great balance of robust and sweet notes. Feel is full bodied malty but elevates the weight with a lightly rising yeast, dark complexion has a tick higher carb for style with solid smoothness.
Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
16 fl oz can:

"Czech-style dark lager." 4.8% ABV.

Touches of brewers chocolate (malt), faint malted milk balls, decadent caramelized sugars, and black bread toast intermingle in this surprisingly on-the-mark, dialed-in, and balanced expression of a tmavé pivo.

There's room for more depth of flavour - and one can imagine it better with a roastier flavour - but by and large this is probably one of the best American attempts at the Czech style I've ever tried.

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 3.73 by vfgccp from New York

Oct 12, 2021
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Reviewed by C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: dark and rich with a thick khaki head at pour.
S: heavy on toasted malt.
T: coffee and dark chocolate, bitter.
F: smooth but more creamy than carbonated.

Came across as more similar to a stout like Guinness than a black lager.
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L - A dark brown lager, and a light one at that, but good head foam for a few minutes. Not a ton of lacing, but some monster clouds cling to the glass as it descends.
S - A bit of a let-down if it's too cold (it's not); smells like wet stones and dark bread. Not a stand out feature of the beer.
T - Where it comes back; a nice mix of light toast, coffee, bits of molasses-chicory playing in here, and a good malt-biscuit crisp finish. Typical of most dark Czechs, it's a little hoppier but solid. Probably helps the can is from 2.15.21 is now 3 months old so the hops don't dominate. Good malt balance here.
F - Good carbonation, nice and lively, not heavy in the mouth but has dark roast presence on the palate. No issues here.
O - a really great dark Czech lager. Wish I'd seen this sooner at my local. Will seek more of these out as I love lower ABV beers that taste like something. Well done Schilling!
May 15, 2021
Rated: 4 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16 oz can. Pours dark brown with think foamy head that rapidly recedes. Dark but thin coffee malt with nice hoppiness on the rear end. Very nice sipping lager; not bad for the style.
Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jan 05, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries due to their wide portfolio and truly great renditions of styles that many American brewers don't touch.

A- The tallboy pours into a tulip glass with a black body that has some deep mahogany hues around the edges of the glass. A luscious cap shoots up atop the beer to three fingers high with great retention. Lacing begins with large blankets coating the glass with drizzle following that further down.

S- On the milder side but it is sub 5% ABV and there is still plenty of nice things here. The aroma is just... clean. Clean roast and toasted malts with caramel, toasted bread, slight molasses, cocoa, nutty and grainy notes. Have to mention a touch of earthy, spicy hops.

T- The malts from the aroma are very well represented and carry the same dark toasty to roasty flavor profile and there is definitely some substantial hops here. Nuttiness, toast, caramel, toasted bread, slight molasses, a touch of dark fruits, cocoa and earthy, even piney hops.

MF- Light to medium bodied lager with a moderate level of carbonation. Frothy and puffy consistency with a clean, medium bitterness in the finish.

The aroma was nice but had me worried the brew would be a bit too light or laid back. The flavor is nothing like that. The malts are reminiscent of those classic Dark Euro lagers but a touch more assertive with roastiness and the hops come reminding me a bit of a Black IPA, while still being 100% a dark lager. Impressive.
Dec 25, 2020
Modernism from Schilling Beer Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 89 ratings