Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse)
Deschutes Brewery

Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse)Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse)
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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Lager - Schwarzbier
4.05 | pDev: 8.15%
Dec 04, 2021
Aug 18, 2018
Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse)Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse)
Notes: In celebration of our 30th anniversary we're honoring our brewing family tree. This full-flavored dark lager with roasty, nutty, and chocolate notes was brewed with our former head brewer, Tim Gossack, now at Bell's.
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3.74 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jun 21, 2020
4 by robebo44 from Virginia on Feb 16, 2020
4.28 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Nov 17, 2019
4.16 by FBarber from Illinois on Sep 10, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Such an outstanding beer for this style. Best I've personally ever had.

Ironically I am drinking this beer 5-6 months AFTER the best by date of March 2019 and it is amazing.

Sep 09, 2019
4 by netshark from Colorado on May 08, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Rating this is tough. It's a piss poor example of a schwarzbier, but even a piss poor schwarzbier is better drinking than 950/1000 ipas released every week.

This is poor per style but still an OKAY beer compared to the majority of the shit put that clouds the shelves today.

Apr 26, 2019
3.84 by sparx1100 from Minnesota on Apr 07, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IronLover from Pennsylvania

Black in color. Poured with a moderate, light beige foam with medium retention. Light roasted malt aromas with dark malty and dark chocolate notes. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation and light, smooth feel. Sweet dark malt and light roasted coffee flavors. Medium light roasty bitterness in the middle. Finished dryly with dark malt flavors followed by light roasted coffee notes. Light and tasty. A pretty damn good black lager.

Apr 03, 2019
4.06 by Giggy from Michigan on Mar 30, 2019
3.94 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Mar 12, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a bubble show; the beige head rises to three fingers, leaving splashy lacing behind

Smell: Roast, mocha, caramel and pecan

Taste: Roast and mocha forward, with the caramel and pecan building; a slight degree of smoke, in the middle, but the finish leans toward the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Certainly not your father's Schwarzbier, this one leans toward the sweeter side; still, rather enjoyable

Mar 11, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Can from ABV.

Black with brown highlights and a light brown head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is excellent. Tons of roast with toasted bread, cocoa, chicory, coffee grounds, a touch of coffee liqueur, this is excellent. The palate opens bitter and roasty with a blend of cocoa, coffee and roasted grain. Bitterness is fairly aggressive with a little bit of earthy hop bitterness pairing well with the grainy bitterness. Roast flavors are present throughout the palate, lingering on into the finish with a cocoa note present along with a touch of ash. Medium light in body and creamy in carbonation, this feels fantastic on the palate. The initial sips felt a little watery, but that dissipated quick. Alcohol, while a little higher than ideal for the style, works with the roast and creamy flavors. Excellent stuff.

Mar 11, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single at TW Arrowhead 11-13-19 for $2.79. Best by 3-16-19; consumed 3-4-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured black with a decent off white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has some roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste follows the nose, mild roast and chocolate. Some coffee is in the background. Finish is sweet but balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall an enjoyable beer that i would seek again since this style is pretty rare.

Mar 04, 2019
3.97 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 26, 2019
4.08 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin on Feb 19, 2019
4.1 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jan 30, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

1/11/19 can

Jan 12, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by beersampler6 from Michigan

Very nice beer that I enjoyed despite this not being my typical style of brew. Pours a dark brown with some nice fluffy tan head and just a very small amount of spotty lingering lacing. Smells faintly of malt, caramel, nuttiness and some roast coffee. Tastes similarly, along with some faint milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuttiness and some grain. Smooth, mild, ever-so-slightly creamy mouthfeel and good carbonation. Very enjoyable!

Jan 10, 2019
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2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

Brief impressions from a can:

30 IBUs. 6.0% ABV. "Best by: 03/16/19."

APPEARANCE: Dark khaki-tan colour head, creamy and frothy. Head retention is excellent - ~8-10 minutes.

Body colour is an opaque ruby black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Cola nut, dark malts, bready German yeast, raisin, hints of licorice, black bread, earthiness.

No roasted barley or hop aromatics appear.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A bit thin for my tastes, and lacking in terms of any roasty flavours. Black bread, bitter licorice, raisin, dark malts. I'm not a big fan of its flavour profile, which could do with some piney hop notes, further breadiness, and some overt roast and/or chocolate.

Balance isn't quite dialed in. A bit shallow and simple in comparison to traditional German expressions of the style.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Medium-bodied, a little coarse, a little dry.

OVERALL: A decent stab at a schwarzbier, but not an impressive beer all things considered. Bell's and Deschutes are two breweries I've long thought highly of, but this is far from either's strongest work.


Jan 04, 2019
4 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jan 02, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

From a 12oz can:

Appearance: Very dark brown, huge head.

Smell: Mild roasted aroma.

Taste: Creamy, combination of mild sweetness and roastiness. Very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall: Great to see and try a schwarzbier from a couple of great breweries. Schwarzbiers were one of the first styles I tried when I got into craft beer, and I'm still a fan. Very good flavor and drinkability here.

Dec 31, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color, with less than a quarter-inch of tan head that had low retention and left very light lacing.

The aroma was full of rich roast notes and just hints of floral hops.

Pretty much the same on the tongue; lots of nice roast and maybe just a hint of smoke.

The body was crisp, smooth, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, I could easily put back a couple of these. overall, a very nice, more than worthy of your time if you see it.

Dec 24, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ZAP from Minnesota

Impressions of bakers chocolate, roasty coffee..and a touch of smoke.

It has a creamy medium body..

Nice and flavorful. The roasty notes are pretty strong. Finishes slightly dry. Well made Schwartzy.

Dec 22, 2018
3.45 by corywalston from North Dakota on Dec 19, 2018
4.07 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 16, 2018
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Dec 16, 2018
4.11 by BrewSTL from Missouri on Dec 15, 2018
4.03 by tyjohnson55 from California on Dec 15, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Schwarzbier pours a black color, with a small, tan lacing head. Big malty aroma, creamy chocolate notes. Flavor is complex, big, rich, creamy, sharp malts, hints of chocolate and smoke. Great perfect body. Overall, this is an amazing schwarzbier, very flavorful, great perfect feel.

Dec 13, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

Picked this up on a whim at the Waterworks Giant Eagle for a couple bucks.
A - Quite dark beer slight ruby hues at the base. Head is a pretty shade of mocha tint.
S - Roasty smokey chalky and slight chocolate it smells like a good take on the style.
T - Sweet roasty then smokey with just a hint of dry chalky finish it's quite good. Have had better takes on the style mostly adding more smoke flavors but this is still tasty stuff.
M - Smooth creamy medium bodied brew

Overall it's a great take on the style. Not quite a porter and semi sweet like a stout. Very good!

Dec 12, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

The craft beer community is so incestuous. That brewer was here, but now he's there, and now we're making beautiful beer together leads the brewers of Deschutes and Bell's to collaborate on a classic German-styled roasty, dark lager that drinks like a porter but with a softer side that celebrates the intangibles that's hard to place.

Dark brown and a hair's shade from black, the bark stained beer crowns with a creamy soft mocha froth. Roaming the nose with toast, roast and a pep of char, a nearly smoky chocolate scent joins the bold roast coffee notes for a scent that sides with the roast. Gentle sweetness of caramel, honey and candied pecans greet the tongue with a malty sweet introduction.

The roast wins out on the middle palate as the sweetness begins to fade and the roast character nearly of authentic Irish dry stout takes shape. Dark roast coffee, baker's chocolate, roasted pecans and a hint of burnt cream extends into a broad, spicy and woodsy balance to close.

Medium bodied, this collaboration has a creamier texture and fuller mouthfeel than the typical Kostritzer Schwarzbier. A medium long linger of char, campfire and roast extends into a bold coffee-like aftertaste.

Dec 11, 2018
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5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Nice and balanced. This one is not too chalky like some of its other competitors, this is a cozy beer that has a very nice warm tone to it. Not bitter or chalky at all, definitely some coffee and nutty notes. Like a light version of a porter or a stout. Once again feeling the Scwarz! I now have a beer to compare others in this category!

Dec 09, 2018
4.26 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Dec 07, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by twage04 from North Carolina

Pours black with some dark clear ruby around the edges, medium carbonation. Smell is chocolate, coffee, toasted malt and taste is much of the same. Very smooth, easy'ish to drink but rich in flavor.

Dec 02, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by owenlift from Kentucky

Found this at Old Town Liquors, and being a huge fan of Deschutes and Bell's picking it up was a no brainer. It does not disappoint. Great looking and great tasting, especially on a cold night. Not sure how long it will be around, so I am going to try to find some to squirrel away. Excellent job. IMHO Brewer Tim made more of a lateral move to Bell's. ; )

Dec 01, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Superheatnsubcool from Washington

Straight from a 12 oz. can. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate, dark toasted bread, toffee, and a hint of smoke. I’ve never had a beer from Bell’s, but this beer seems to take the best attributes of Deschutes core dark ales and Smith them out in a lager. Really digging it.

Nov 25, 2018
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 22, 2018
3.4 by MacStinson from Michigan on Nov 20, 2018
Schwarzbier (Pilot Brewhouse) from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 76 ratings