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:
116
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of KyleQB
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ellis May in Franz Joseph in NZ. Wow...people are hard on this beer. I enjoyed it. Lot of these chain restaurants have some bad beer (Speiths....:( )....but this I liked. Not a huge chocolate fan, but the combination of this and the juiciness of it left me happy. Wouldn't seek it out but for now a good beer. On another note, some damn good beer here in New Zealand

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Photo of BAsbill
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.66/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Radcpa
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark thin brown appearance with a sign I ant head and too much carbination. Mild fruity aroma that is a little lacking. Taste is very smooth fruity taste but nothing that is too memorable.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AaronNQ
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeschaefer
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of howardrh10
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It has an interesting aroma, and its colour was interesting. However, its head was disappointingly weak, with no creaminess to and the main body of the beer was perversely watery. I couldn't believe how flat the beer was. I drank several of these bottles and the experience was the same. The scores of other reviewers are ridiculous. This is a second-rate beer. Don't waste your time on it.

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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 Huffaroma
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 Shane_Gr
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was my second favorite beer in NZ. Pretty good drinking beer.

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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 evniev51
4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best beer I had on oceania

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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 wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of verysupple
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

First off, this isn't a shwarzbier. It's a fine beer but it's in the wrong category on this site.

It's easy drinking; nothing too offensive for the introductory craft beer dinker. There's a fair whack of chocolate malt in there (probably some crystal malts too) giving it a medium-strong chocolate flavour and aroma and some coffee notes. There's more to it than that but my palate/descriptive skills aren't developed enough to say what.

While it's quite clean without much fermentation character coming through, it doesn't have a lager-like quality. Being an ale with prominent chocolate and roasty notes this is far from a schwarzbier, but it is a decent, easy drinking dark beer that's hard to fault.

3.5/5 because it's a well made beer just lacking that extra something of a really great beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Larz_73
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Monteith's Black from Monteith's Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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