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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #29
Ranked #16,910
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 125 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz pour at Guavas, contender for my favorite restaurant spot in the state

Dark choco coloring with a very light brown head that stays. Smells like hot cocoa (cold cocoa). Full bodied taste: smoky malts, medicinal hops, and maybe a touch of coffee. Pretty bitter for the style, but remains easy to drink

I love schwarzbier and hold them to a high standard, this one is very good

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Photo of REVZEB
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola colored body with tan foam and lacing. Smell has malts, german yeast, slight hops, and mild chocolate. Taste brought in some caramel, wet leaves, barley, slight smoke, and a hint of coffee grounds, well balanced with the yeast, and the hops give a kick to the finish. Feel is medium bodied, airy, frothy, smooth, and yeasty. A very nice schwarzbier, goes great with bbq

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis, MN

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar and has traces of brownish red hues near the corner of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short beige head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malt extracts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark malts and malt extracts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty and is easy to drink given its lighter body nature.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown where light passes through the edge. Pale beige head which leaves many streaks on the glass.

Dark, nearly burnt malt aroma.

The flavor had more burnt notes and even some ashen tastes. The body and carbonation are appropriate (thin and low respectively). The finish is dry with burnt toast elements. It tastes chewy even though it's not.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canned on date stamped on can bottom of '10/23/17'.
Very dark brown body, with slight red highlights when presented to light. Khaki head settles to ring and islands. Spots and webs of lacing.
Aroma of light roasted malt, dried prunes, and slight sweet caramel.
Taste is light roasted malt, and bright floral hops. Slight caramel sweetness.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Rather dry.
A to the point dark character beer but with lighter, brighter taste balance of malt and hops. Quite a different aroma and taste from a porter/stout. Minimal bitterness, and any bitterness present is from hops and not from malts.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear mahogany colour. Smells like caramel and bready malts, and toasty grains. Tastes light and crisp overall, not much upfront but a nice toasty bunt grain finish. Clean dry afterpalate.

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Photo of ipeters1017
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish black with a finger of fluffy tan head. Smells of roasted, smokey malt with a slight hop undertone. Tastes of roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is bubbly, light, and again, dry. Overall, this strikes me as a great way to scratch the itch for dark beers during the hottest months of the year. Complex enough to keep me interested, and light enough to knock a few back.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up the mix 12-pack. Wish it was a couple bucks cheaper, but my experience with this brewery has made it worth it to give it a try.
Nice light roast/toast on the aroma and then in the drink the subsequent drying from the roast. Very good looking with nice garnet color in the light surrounded by a nearly black body. Full tan head that seems pretty sticky. A touch of sweet in the aroma, with a little in the taste too (kinda' towards caramel). Hints of herbal hopping in the aroma too. Less if any in the flavor. Fairly full body for a 5% lager. Feels nice.
This is a solid schwarzbier. I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stargrazer pours a black color with a big frothy tan lacing head. Big smokey aroma. Taste is creamy and full, sweet malts, and a good amount of smokey. Body is just a little flat. Overall, a very good and very solid schwarzbier.

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Photo of Lucular
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my wife's favorite beer of the 4 year-round offerings. A solid schwarzbier with smooth, chocolately overtones. Nicely balanced and not too bitter, sweet or hoppy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

definitely an underrepresented style across american craft brewing right now, so nice to see a pretty good one in here. pretty much accomplishes exactly what its supposed to, its a highly drinkable and fully flavored dark beer, german in its grain base, and extremely dry on the back end without being too bitter from the roasted barley. big head on a matte black base, minimal viscosity but quite a lot of depth of color. smells of fresh roasted coffee and dark barley, with a slightly dusty german yeast, pretty on point without any sweeter elements. the flavor matches the nose, but brings a little bit more hops into the equation than i am used to in the style. they add a lot, more than just bitter but even a hint of pine as it finishes, outlasting the other elements seemingly. still a very light body, easy down, and well carbonated, its very well made overall, which i found to be true of basically all of the beer here. this is a great style for early fall, with more complex and comforting grain flavors but still light enough to make a day of. well done.

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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of light roast, burnt caramel and dark fruit. Flavor profile is nice but on the lighter side, with chocolate, caramel, roasted notes, dark fruit and a light floral finish. The body is fairly light but quite creamy, which would be great with a little more carbonation and a crisper finish. A lingering aftertaste detracts a little. Decent Schwarzbier, but could use just a little more oomph.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours as advertised...jet black with nary a gleam of light through the glass. Light head with good retention. The aroma is light and ephemeral but that could be we're outside on the deck with a light summer breeze. It's got some good stuff going on in the taste department. Malt forward, lighter bitterness and smooth aftertaste. We get some bread notes with a nuttiness noted by other reviewers. Very drinkable on a summer afternoon without feeling heavy after a dose of high ABV.

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Photo of enjambed
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: fridge temperature into standard glass

Look: jet black with a fizzy, cream colored head. Lacing is moderate

Aroma: pretty subtle. Roasty malts, some nuttiness in there too.

Taste: Just a tad of roastiness, but a bit weak for my taste. If you prefer brown ales or light porters then this is works for you

Feel: Light and a bit fizzy just as it looks. Goes down with little aftertaste, but not watery.

Overall: A solid example of the style. It has a pleasant roasty taste without the bittersweet bite of a porter. Stargazer is a dark beer that anyone can get into.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap, this pours near-black with a slight tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Aroma is led by the malt: caramel and brown bread with hints of dark sugar and spice. A hint of fruitiness.
Tasty brew. Follows the nose, malt forward with sweet whole grain, toffee, a bit of nuttiness and herbal and spice from the hops. A nice bittering finish. A touch of dark fruit as it warms.
Medium and crisp.
Well executed.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was great after being in a van for 8 hours. So pleasantly surprising. Super flavor and spot on there the mouth feel. I honestly felt like I was in Germany again sneaking beers out of the teacher's lounge fridge. A must try; particularly when a brew can trigger memories of such quality beers of the past.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clean black with a moderate well retained head. The aroma offers up toast, toffee, roast nuts, and chicory. The flavor leads with toasty brown bread, toffee, and a touch of dry caramel. The is also a slight roasty nut flavor, but less apparently in the aroma.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had on tap at the Pig n Fiddle. L: Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that produces thin sheets of lace. S: Light grains, light roast, debittered dark malt. T: A very creamy palate features grain, dark malt, traces of dark fruit, medium low very mild chocolate, no harsh or burnt roast flavors, clean fermentation flavors. F: Medium to medium light body, medium carbonation. O: A very tasty, easy to drink Schwartzbier.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the can.

Appearance: Black body with a thin film of tan suds.

Aroma: Vibrant toasted malt with hints of toffee.

Taste: Follows the nose but the sweetness from the toasty/nutty malt bill is sliced through by a good dosing of bitterness from the hops. Some darker malt tones in there of roasted barley, but nothing harsh. Finish is light and hoppy. Aftertaste of bitterness and toasty flavor. Nice depth for 5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with assertive carbonation. Average drinkability for a dark lager. Probably a decent session choice for it's depth.

Final Thoughts: Definitely an enjoyable lager from a unique local brewery. This might be the best thing I've had from them and easily the best fit with the style they were shooting for. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can purchased and consumed in Minneapolis.

Pours dark brown and near opaque. Good but not excellent head and lacing.

Near medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth albeit a bit lively.

Appealing but mild aroma. I wish it was a little bit stronger.

The flavor has more than adequate strength, and no detectable defects, although it lacks complexity as is typical for style.

O: a fine version of the style. Be sure not to serve this too cold.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz from tap at taproom

Look: Dark brown/black but still somewhat transparent with tan head that leaves some lacing
Smell: lightly roasty
Taste: Lightly roasty, clean all the way through with just a bit of herbal hops in the finish.
Feel: Light to medium body, typical carbonation

Overall: I don't know the style very well, but this seemed a lot like a lighter-bodied porter, with a focus on the dark malts and a cleanness throughout. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some gradient like qualities at the bottom. Beautiful silky, brown head that dissipates leaving a thin, but still silky head. Good lacing.

Aroma is slightly roasted chocolate malts and some sweet caramel malts.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, sweet silky malts, and more sweet caramel malts. Hints of toffee. Has an almost chewy nature about it. A little bit of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium body, low alcohol, but has higher alcohol characteristics. Very easy to drink. Goes down silky smooth.

Overall, not the most complex brew, but what it attempts it executes very well. Nails all the flavors, and maintains an excellent drinkability from start to finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bauhaus Brew Labs Stargrazer German Style Schwarzbier. 5 % ABV. 28 IBU.

Appearance: dark brown, not even nearly black, with ruby highlights, with a roasted tan head.

Aroma: sweet and malty, with traces of bitterness. hints of cocoa and coffee.

Taste: Sweet creamy malt hits first, with minor bitterness. Smooth stuff, and tasty, too. Clean, easy-drinking, everything you want from a schwarzbier is here. A mellow mix of cocoa and cream that plays well with a dark lager like this.

Is there gobbledygook on the can? Of course! "If you've never time-travelled, then take it from us, Stargrazer will be your personal slingshot through time and space. Our schwarzbier is a jet-black mystery, delivering a surprisingly light body and bright hop profile without the heavy roast qualities you find in most dark beers. It's as black as night, yet amazingly refreshing. How do we do it? It's like science. Don't overthink it, just enjoy."

There must be references I'm missing planted in there, or I'm sure it would make sense. Does anyone out there get it? "Slingshot"? "Amazingly refreshing"? I say it's beer and you can drink it. Or something.

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Photo of rockernino
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown, almost black.

S-Light roasted bready malts, hints of caramel.

T-A lot of complexity from such low ABV beer. Bready malt, fruity/yeasty notes, and a finish that's really long and tastes like a baked soft pretzel. Hints of caramel as well.

M-Nice medium bodied beer perfect if you're looking to drink lighter than a porter or stout without sacrificing flavor.

O- A very nice offering from Bauhaus. I was never a big fan of German style beers (especially those produced domestically), but these guys are doing it right. I'd definitely come back to this beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a jet-black color with a small, tan head. Good roasty aroma with chocolate and caramel notes. It tasted of caramel, chocolate and roasted maltiness. Subtle bitter hop bite.

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Stargrazer from Bauhaus Brew Labs
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 125 ratings