Monteith's Black | Monteith's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Monteith's Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
monteiths.co.nz

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of AaronNQ
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deg
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expect a schwarzbier to be a little darker. The beer appeared black until the light hit it, and then it was a little too light, a little too brown. I got a good roasty smell from the beer, and the taste did not disappoint. More roasty goodness. The mouthfeel was OK. It's pretty easy to drink, I could have more without a problem.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle with a simple but stylish label. (3.5)


Appearance: pours a great dark brown tending towards black, with a solid one-finger tan head that hangs about for ages. Great lacing too. (4.0)


Aroma: roast coffee up front, with some dark cocoa and bread malts. (3.75)


Taste: pretty much follows the nose - some sweetness with plenty of that roast coffee and cocoa. Lovely. (3.75)


Aftertaste: the flavours linger nicely, but without too much malt fug or bitterness. A touch of sweetness comes through - possible star anise? (3.75)


Mouth feel: moderate in feel with light-to-moderate but solid carbonation. Goes down easy. (3.75)


Overall: a very nice dark beer from Monteith's. I headed into this one with a little trepidation, as Monteith's is a bit hit or miss. Well complex and easy drinking. Great for a price of AU$55 a case of 24 x 330mL also (2014).

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a reasonable tan head that fades. Pleasant aroma of malts and coffee. Fairly smooth in the mouth,Great taste with malts, biscuit, coffee, caramel and chocolate flavours well balanced.slightly bitter aftertaste and left me wanting another.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Poured half a finger of light brown head that quickly reduced to just about nothing. Almost solid black in colour, with red where the light passes though.

Smell - 3.5
Plenty of malty sweetness, aromas of molasses, slightly burnt with a little hop presence.

Taste - 4.0
Not bad, I'm not usually a big fan of black beers (with the big exception of Belgian ales), but this is really quite nice. Reasonably complex with malty flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, somewhat biscuity. Quite bitter from the roasted malt and the hops, but it mellows with warmth.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Fine, persistent carbonation, feels quite light for a dark beer.

Drinkability - 4.0
This would be sessionable for someone who appreciates the style. It is tasty enough to want a second, I did not struggle to finish it.

OVERALL - 3.65
I thought this was a stout before posting my review here. Still, it is a better than average beer, good value (like all the Montheith's range), plenty of flavour, not too heavy and quite easy to drink. Not much wrong here, thumbs up from me! I'd choose this over a Guinness Draught (yes, even on-tap!)any day!

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Photo of Brionna
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Cheld
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of will1256
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at State Line, drank this a couple of nights back.

Not quite black, this beer is a deep brown with reddish brown highlights. A thick, light brown head is noted, and retention and lacework are good.

The nose is nice and roasty with a touch of cream. Mild bitterness with a touch of almost lemon-like hops. Bitter chocolate and coffee grounds round out the nose.

The palate opens roasty and smooth (it could use a little more roast). Toasted bread (burnt on one side?), light roasted coffee, a little cream mid-palate with some cocoa. Mildly nutty, especially towards the finish. Very clean, I can't pick out any off-flavors. Hops are light but present with a touch of bitterness. Medium light in body with a medium level of carbonation, this finishes great with some mild bitterness. While a touch watery mid-palate, this is a drinkable - and cheap - schwarzbier.

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sloelco
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Finite
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, Head retention was poor and left only a little lacing on my glass. Could smell this from 2 feet away. Great smell, burnt malts, dark chocolate. Smell was maybe a bit to bitter. I noticed the description on the back was more like a review off BA which was admirable, compared to most beers which write “made with the finest, bla bla bla”. Great combination of malts, all perfectly balanced. Definite dark chocolate, roasted malts. The hops grab your attention fast before the malts get too busy.

A very well balanced beer.

A very easy drinking beer which fits the scwarzbier style well.

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Photo of magnusdave
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of koolk
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish black in colour with a good head thats is persistent.

So-so aroma of toast and dark malts with only a slight hoppy character, mainly some slight fruity notes.

Great load of flavour on the palate with some good burnt and roasted style malts and a rich choc/coffee kick. Not to bitter, not too long. Kind of a strange sweetish mouthfeel, but it is very pleasant. has a bit of hotness, but works well in the cooler months.

I dig this beer. Its not very complex and is lacking in some areas, but for a readily avaliable drop this is a good soild tight dark beer. Get into it.

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Photo of Israeldwilliams
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of soju6
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with anicetanhead that fades to web like lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, bit of grain and a hint of chocolate in the background.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness, dark fruit, with a trace of chocolate and coffee. Nice bitterness and the finish is quite clean.

F: Moderate body and smooth. Nie balance.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Tap into my jug (mini pitcher) over a multiple times

Appearance-A solid three fingers of creamy foaming head. The beer is solid black that is almost opaque with a little carbonation along the sides.
Smell - A wee bit of sweet malt and floral "English-style" hops. The majority of the smell comes from the roasted malt.
Taste- Sweet Roasted flavors but this is really quite nice a very smooth flavor and its not assaulting. Limited hops and balanced by that and the sweeter malt.
Mouthfeel/Drinkablity-Very drinkable for a dark beer and a great option for those who want flavor in their beer.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the brewery and bottle from store. Very nice flavor compared to other NZ beers but not great by US craft beer standards. Was my go to while in NZ. Malty and smooth, not a lot of hops in this at all, it's black, thick head on the pour but went away quickly and a light drinking beer.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shit yeah coffee chocolate notes ash as well not bad

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Photo of Kulrak
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a fair amount of tan head that fades away pretty quickly. Smells of sweet roast malt and a little coffee, very pleasant. Tastes drier than the smell led me to believe. It's sweeter than average, but most of the flavor is just roastiness. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness but that would be too much I think. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. A little harsh on the tip of the tongue, with light carbonation all over. All in all, it's very drinkable, fairly well balanced, nothing is really overpowering. I like it, I'll probably get it again.

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Photo of Macca
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours a true black. Not a lot of head to speak of.

A touch of milk chocolate on the nose. I was hoping for some darker aromas.

Ok the coffee comes through a lot better on the palate. Ties in quite nicely with the sweet chocolate.

A lighter mouthfeel for a dark beer.

A lighter style dark (which I normally don't like) but I think I could have a few of these and enjoy them all.

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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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