Schilling Beer Co.

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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #11
Ranked #10,787
4.03 | pDev: 7.2%
Schilling Beer Co.
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
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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eppCOS from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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!

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ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
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
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint while having lunch at the brewpub with Da Boss while visiting on 9/15/2020 for $6.00.

Beer was served dark brown with a near perfect tan nitro like head that had a long hang time.

Nose was a touch of roast and cocoa.

Taste was a lightly roasted malt base that brought out notes of cocoa and caramel. Finish was balanced and clean.

Mouthfeel was light bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall this was a very well made dark lager brewed in the old world fashion. I would recommend as i rarely see this style of beer anymore.

Sep 16, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for hooking me up with a can of this.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice clear dark brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that faded slowly to leave a light halo and faint wisps. As it is drank there is some decent sticky lacing too which is pleasant.

S - Aromas of toasty dark bread crust, slightly sweet caramel colored crust, little bit of grains, almost warm toasty notes, as it warms it develops a faint molasses like sweetness as well.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with nice dark malts, pleasantly chocolate forward before giving way to more of that dark toasted bread flavour. Again flashes of an almost golden brown crust with just a hint of sweetness. There is some soft bitterness as well, combination of earthy hop and almost coffee like bitterness. As it warms the sweetness rounds out a bit more with the molasses and toasted bread working quite nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean, decent body.

O - Overall this was a very nice dark lager. Nose was quite aromatic but the taste was just spot on. Tons of toasted dark bread and some almost caramel molasses like sweetness with some chocolate and light bitterness. Very enjoyable.

Serving Type: Can

Jul 10, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark mahogany. Tan head. Lots of toasted caramel notes on the nose. It is actually more earthy spicy with a touch of dark toasted bread (not to Jim Nantz levels) on the finish. There is a certain level of richness to this perhaps from a touch of peat that couples with that aforementioned toasty note. It was excellent, even on a swampy DC day, though I'm not sure how much "Czech" character I got from it.

Jul 05, 2020
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metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly black in color - the edges of the glass are very dark red in color. It poured with a short light tan head that left a collar around the edge and some smell patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark and chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of chocolate and dark malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a touch of dryness in the finish.
O: This lager has lots of aromas and flavors of dark and chocolate malts but isn't overly malty and drinks very easily.

Serving type: can

Jun 13, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A moderate pour from a 16-oz. can yields a finger of creamy and rocky beige foam with long retention and small spots of lace. Dark chestnut brown with reddish-brown highlights, clear yet so dark it's semi-opaque.

Mild smell of dark malt (not roasted), caramel malt, milk chocolate, cocoa powder and rising bread dough.
Hiding in the background are herbal and floral hops with baked apple and plums.

Big round taste that is semi-sweet with medium low bitterness to start. Caramel malt is in the lead, lightly roasted malt appears with toasted granola and rye. Roasted malt blends with the hops and pushes the bitterness up to a little above average towards the clean fast finish. The aftertaste dries to neutral as alcohol warms the lips, bitterness lingers a while.

Medium light body, the soft carbonation lives on as a thin cap to the end. Very smooth, session-able and it warms well.
Not as roasty but with a bigger hop presents than a Schwarzbier, more caramel sweetness and hops than a Dunkel, this European Dark Lager style is right in the pocket for my tastes and this Beer appears to be an excellent example.

Jun 02, 2020
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pokal style glass.

A very deep red ruby to mahogany like body color, with a fine khaki two finger tall light looking head. A good settling puck on top, and some nice fine reams of carbonation through a dark gleaming body that has lots of clarity up through the top. Real nice looking beer.

Real inviting aroma too. Light toast grains, hinting of a real nice brown bread toasty crust. Fine notes of sweet caramel in the mix, a little bit of spicy hop or herb like presence as well too. Very nice.

Good vibes on the palate continues. Crispy but rich dark malts, a flavor that hits with a coating of light toffee and dark toasty grains. Clean and light bodied but with full malt depth, flavors of chocolate, dry cocoa, crusty almost charred breadloaves, and even char like embers a bit. Playful carbonation makes for a fun finish, a pop that cuts through the palate to make for a lively flavor. Clean and rich as well.

Excellent tasting lager.

Mar 13, 2020
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yuriyt from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass. Very dark reddish brown with no haze, off white short lasting foam. Very faint caramel/toffee aroma. Roasted malts come through but don't overpower the sweeter caramel notes. Bitter but not much hop character. Light body, dry finish. An overall pleasant beer that seems a bit lighter in body and malt density than the ones in Czechia. Nice to see US breweries attempt a fairly obscure style.

Mar 08, 2020
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dele from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this off a liquor store shelf after having Schilling's pilsner on tap and being very impressed. A 16 oz. can packaged on January 03, 2020, poured into a Willi Becher glass on February 8, 2020.

The beer is dark but not pitch black. A touch of light is visible around the rim of the glass. There's a sizeable head that dissipates quickly. It's a good looking beer.

The nose is malty. Roasted notes with a hint of bready yeast. It smells like a lager, certainly - a complex one.

The beer tastes delicious. More of the roastiness balanced with yeast and a hint of the classic Saaz hops one would hope for in a Czech style lager. While it's very tasty, I find myself wanting more hop bite. The maltiness overshadows the hops in this beer.

Overall: an excellent dark lager. Given the Czech style marking, I expected and wanted more hops. The price is also a bit high in my view, at $14 for a 4 pack. But if you don't mind the price, you won't regret buying this beer.

Feb 09, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyable malt aroma invoking well done toast, dark bready character, mellow nuttyness and brown sugar. there is a pleasant hop character that is bitter and floral, gives the beer a really nice bite! mouthfeel is light with crisp carbonation -very enjoyable.

Feb 01, 2020
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap (revisit in can w/o date)
Has the look of a brown ale/lager with very nice clarity inhibited only by its chestnut color. Head is mildly impressive; though not grand, it lasts and provides fleeting lines of lace.
From the can, the pour is a medium brown color, like a brown ale, though once in the glass, it follows my original review.

Nose sticks to the story the look foretold with brown beer malt profile: medium toast with a fair amount of nuttiness. There’s a somewhat earthy hop presence.
From the can, the toast is darker with some impression of pumpernickel. There's also a strained weak coffee note that is a tiny detraction from the more roasty nose.

Taste follows suit, a little bit of sweetness to the medium dark bread, a slight nuttiness, and an earthy to neutral countering bitterness. Carbonation is a tad bit aggressive, weight is a tad more towards medium than I expected.
From the can, there's a bit more roast malt bitterness, for sure, but also seemingly a little more sharp, grassy bitterness in back.

I did like the beer as a Dunkel-like offering. As a Czech dark lager (brewery-stated style), it’s a bit off on the darker malt profile and the bite of the Saaz. Seeing other reviews, I have a slight question as to what’s in my glass, but the bar has no other offerings near this one, so unless they hooked up the wrong keg...
The can doesn't seem that Dunkel-like, though I am a tad curious about the age. I'd seen the cans before in my store, but thought the delivery was a new one. Either way, the increased bitterness is definitely more porter than Dunkel.

Nov 26, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with big fluffy white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, smoke, dried raisin, piney hops, and light cream.

As expected, this is quite good. It's very roasty and bitter, with a light smoke to it, dark chocolate, dried fruit, light hops, and a nice creaminess on the back end.

This one finishes very dry, with a nice creamy but light body, and a great amount of drinkability.

Every time I have another black lager, I wish more breweries made them.

Oct 24, 2019
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Canned 10/04/19, picked up a 4-pack at the brewery in beautiful Littleton, NH.
Warning: doing something rare here on BA....rating a beer according to its style!! What a novel idea by not comparing this to a NEIPA. While I’ve had only a few examples of this style over the years, I can’t imagine many versions being better outside of the Czech Republic. Dark yet not heavy, thin body but full flavor, smooth feel yet crisp finish. So easy-drinking and a perfect ABV%. Amazing!

Oct 19, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/24/19
Pours a small fizzy off-white head that fades very quickly, no lacing, dark with just a hint of brown light

nose is quite good, dark malts and sweet molasses, toasted reddish malts and brown malts but not caramel, a touch of dark fruits from the malt likely, with roasty malts as well bringing a little coffee and dark chocolate, nice roast level, and faint earthy hop

Taste sweet-like dark malts, very toasty and roasty, with toasted biscuity notes, nice roasted malts with some dark chocolate and a little coffee, a soft lager like character and some soft roast notes, very little dark fruits again malt derived, into a touch of spice and vanilla again likely malt derived, medium-light bitterness mix of malt and hop character, with light earthy spicy hops, drier finish, bit more bitterness and roast

Mouth is lighter bod, little soft lager, medium carb

Overall pretty well done Czech dark lager, good malts with nice roast, toast, dark characters, bitterness was nice, hops were light and balanced well, the right flavors and aromas, enjoyable, although perhaps a bit more body and protens to support the head would really boost it

Aug 02, 2019
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Jhavs and CanConPhilly for this
16 oz can poured into a pint glass

A- A dark brown, almost black, with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, some citrus, a little earthy, some caramel malts.

T- Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, touch of citrus, some earthy hops, touch of pale malts, a little fruity.

M- Smooth, light body, crisp.

O- A very tasty Schwartzbier, great balance and very easy to drink.

Apr 28, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from Candia Rd
Dark brown in color brilliant clarity, small off white head dissipates quickly. Rich toasted bread with dark dried fruits and a bit of floral and earthy hops to counter. Really tasty beer.

Apr 20, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. can dated 021919. Sampled on March 31, 2019.

The beer pours a mahogany brown with ruby red hues when held to the light. A fading tan head.

There is a roasted, char, and nutty forward malt character in the aroma with a lower profile floral note.

Smooth, better than medium mouthfeel.

The taste is sweet, roasted, and kind of burnt but the finish is clean and crisp. Decent.

Mar 31, 2019
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

canned 02/19/19

L-The beer pours a lovely black with brown around the edges. The head is 3 fingers of tan foam which lingers. Lacing is spotty as the head recedes to a thin film.
S-The nose is a nice mix of dark malt and light grassy hops. The malt has a somewhat sweet yet roasty presence.
T-On the palate the beer is a less sweet version of the nose. Malts still lead the way with the roast and sweetness well balanced. Grassy hops keep everything under control and linger to the end of the sip.
F-Overall the mouthfeel is on the lighter side as you'd expect for a lager. Carbonation is medium.
O-A nice easy drinking dark lager. Delivers on what you expect. Could maybe use a touch more bitterness, but I got no real complaints. Worthy of a purchase if your in the mood for a dark lager.

Mar 10, 2019
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Glider from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chestnut brown with tan head that quickly recedes. Smell is of dark malts. Taste is of dark malt sweetness, some roast, ends fairly dry. Feel is light and seems undercarbonated. Not a bad dark lager in a style that doesn’t have a lot of domestic examples. Still, I felt there was something lacking to take it from good to excellent.

Feb 25, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Blackback, Waterbury, VT. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving some light lacing here and there. The smell had some light dry grassy hops slyly moving into roasty coffee. The taste was mainly the same. Dry in the aftertaste and finish On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth and light. Overall, I say this was a pretty good dark lager. I could see myself coming back to this.

Jul 14, 2017
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