Bauhaus Brew Labs

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #29
Ranked #16,861
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
Reviews by metter98:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark Brown...minimal head

S-Light roasted malts, vanilla, caramel creme..j

T-I find this plenty roasty despite the description on the can. Not getting much hop impression at all which is fine as I don't expect it or need it in this style. Chocolate, light java, light vanilla, light caramel..

F-Feels right for the style. Not big or full bodied....drinks like it is should....body slightly bigger than a dark lager.

O-Impressed with this. A beer loaded with flavor but not ABV.


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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Mdog
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown, small head.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts.

Taste: Nice roasty, mocha flavor. Full mouthfeel but still somewhat light.

Overall: Tried a can of this schwarzbier, it was good. I like schwarz and porters, dark beers with good roasty flavors without being overly heavy. Bauhaus seems to be off to a good start.

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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 KarlHungus
4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Re-review 8/16/16 (original score 4.6)
Bauhaus Stargazer pours a solid black color. The head is massive and rocky. It eventually recedes into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, nuts, and burnt malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but more pronounced. There is a very complex play of malts going on with chocolate, roasted malt, Whoppers candy, and cream. The finish is clean and dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture, and appropriate carbonation. Overall, I've had this beer a number of times in the past couple years, and believe that it is the best beer Bauhaus makes. Cheers to them for producing a style year round that more brewers overlook.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of Alemmer91
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TCBrewer
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ryancl
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium brown with a khaki head. Smell and taste was roasted malts with caramel,toffee and some coffee. A lighter mouth feel with nice roasty ,coffee notes.

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Photo of kell50
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GreenMind
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsprain1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 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 sparx1100
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vheissu15
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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