Schwarzer Kristall | Brauerei Locher AG

Schwarzer KristallSchwarzer Kristall
BA SCORE
4.17/5
37 Ratings
Schwarzer KristallSchwarzer Kristall
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Locher AG
Switzerland
appenzellerbier.ch

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a Dunkles Starkbier

Added by Mebuzzard on 10-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,439
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
37
pDev:
6.24%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrDell
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #111
(APR 2016)

Black, Sweet, Char, Smooth
A Swiss Stout of sorts, Schwarzer Kristall uses generous amounts of dark malt to bring it to its complete degree of darkness. This beer smells and tastes faintly of molasses and cocoa, sweet, but just roasty enough to keep it from getting cloying. It’s really about malt, malt and malt here. Not that there’s any loss of balance, but that’s just the showcase ingredient here. Each luscious sip makes me want to savor this bottle. I can’t get enough. [Jason]

Look 4.00 | Smell 4.00 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 4.00

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Photo of gulli
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biernack
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of illpass78
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a pokal.

Appearance: Near-jet black with a thick tan head that reduces to about a centimeter and sticks around. Looks great.

Aroma: Lots of dark malt in the nose, with a whiff of woody smoke.

Taste: That smoke is there, along with dark fruits and lots of dark, rich malt. Not overly sweet though. Fairly porter-like. Characteristic bitter coffee and dark chocolate you'd associate with porter are there.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Booze is there but isn't a big punch in the face. Best sipped slowly in my opinion, as it's fairly complex.

Overall: Really good stuff. I don't know much about Swiss beer or Swiss anything but this is a treat for dark beer fans who want something different.

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my honeymoon notes: Schwarzbier. Pours black with a nice espresso head. Smoky with licorice and dark chocolate. Thin mouthfeel. Very unique for a Swiss brew

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Photo of flyingpig
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (2.90 CHF):
Very nice & 1 of the better Swiss beers I've tried. Good roasted malts & dark fruits alongside sugars & chocolate flavours plus a touch of smoke towards the end; great stuff & very much a beer that I wouldn't mind having again at some point.

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rkat32
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, best before May 27, 2015, batch 2001. Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on February 16, 2015.

L: Color is black with a one-finger, beige head that sticks around during the tasting.

S: Cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Fresh-baked rye bread crust.

T: Taste is a fantastic combination of roasted malts and chocolate. Toffee, biscuit malts and faint earthy hops are all present. Finishes clean and dry; very much a lager.

F: Medium-light body, slick mouthfeel, very drinkable and smooth. Roasty aftertaste remains after each sip.

Overall: One of the better schwarzbiers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Schwarzer Kristall is a tad more roasty than its German counterparts, which, for me, adds to its appeal. Also, props to the cool label artwork (for European beer standards) which includes the description “black stout lager” on the back. Well done.

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Photo of Brenden
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This one is very close to black with a bit more thickness to it than a typical Schwarzbier, some light coming in through the edges and just a touch of a red tint to the body. The head is a light brown one that starts tall and creamy and loses a bit of substance with time, dropping some spotting on the glass.
This beer is deep and impressively nuanced. It has a nice mingling of sweetness and dryness in both the aroma and flavor. The aroma showcases a bit more fig, raisin, and maybe cherry with some woodier undertones, a hint of smoke, and just a flash of black licorice up front. The flavor holds the dryness more firmly, with charred woods all the way through. It picks up some mineral notes the rest of the way through.
The feel really gets the dryness of the style down as well as adding something to the body without overdoing. At about medium, it's as hefty as a Schwarz's body should be, but really puts some depth and layering into it. It's smooth and flows well while remaining completely crisp all the way through, and it has an ashy dryness that doesn't cause drymouth or astringency. For the style, the feel is nearly perfect.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deepest black color with a thin caramel head with medium retention.
Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolates, and bread dark crust.
Likewise, flavor of roasted coffee beans, caramels, earthy and floral hops.
Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Excellent Schwarzbier, with intense flavors that are not tiresome.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled then bought at the Singapore Beer fest in 2008. Was told it was a "stout" like bier. I said "sounds good". Pour...

Black, a bit shiny, not flat black like a Guinness or Murphy's. Some red hues to it (like the Guinness), good 1 finger head. Off white foam crept up the glass, but hung nicely. Some chunks to it, but overall fluffy and a tad soapy.
Figs and candy licorice come through in the nose. A bit bready, can smell the German influence...whatever that means. A lager with hints of chocolate and flaked hops. Dryness was nice, but it didn't overpower the malt. More flavors arrive later; red plum, raisin and that darn licorice.
Drank well, a bit tart, but clean finish. Enough aftertaste to keep you wanting more.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Giggy
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Schwarzer Kristall from Brauerei Locher AG
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 37 ratings
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