Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black LagerLeavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Reidrover on 11-16-2011

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by sam_bliss:
Photo of sam_bliss
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into New Belgium globe

Dark as a moonless night. Looks like a deep, dark, endless brown rather than jet black, but it isn't easy to tell because the beer is completely opaque. No light through and no light reflected. This lager absorbs all light. The head was not quite an inch of latte-colored foam; it didn't last the amount of time it took me to type about the appearance.

Even though Bakke Hill Black is a lager, it smells similar to some winter warmer ales. Caramel and toffee malts are accompanied by more grassy hops than I would expect based on appearance and style. It's a clean-smelling beer, with some fragrant yeast in the aroma. The bitterness come from hops more so than roasted malts (other than a little bit of coffee taste), which is in line with the schwarzbier style but still seems a contradiction given the color of this beer. Very refreshing taste while still holding its own as a winter beer.

The carbonation is not strong, which is typical for a winter variety, though I would prefer some more carbonation and body to balance out the lightness of this dark lager. No stickiness; perhaps a little too thin.

Great beer for those winter nights when 8% alcohol would be too much. Also an elegant deviation from porters and stouts.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated 22 oz bottle (almost certainly 2013 vintage) served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours very dark mahogany, clear but nearly black in the glass. The head is small but partially durable and leaves some spotty lacing.

This is an American style Schwarzbier: less sweet and more flavorful and hoppy than the standard German version. Hints of dark chocolate. Some smoke and expresso too, but only the slightest hint of burnt grain.

Feel: medium-light body with well-matched medium carbonation.

O: recopmmended

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz pint at Beer Revolution in Cowtown.

This beer appears a very dark, somewhat hazy ruddy brown hue, with one finger of lazy, thinly foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves a solid wash of cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently seeps away.

It smells of sweet roasted caramel malt, biscuity cereal, bittersweet cocoa powder, a hint of day-old coffee, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is nutty, slightly toasted chocolate malt, some further caramelized cereal graininess, a bit of wan smoke, and soft earthy, musty, and green grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a mildly fizzy frothiness presiding, the body a solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, neither the hops nor nascent smoke up for a fight. It finishes off-dry, but with the roast and the seemingly invigorated hops pressing the issue to one of its logical endpoints.

A decent black lager, at first it had me thinking unfairly impure thoughts of Okanagan Spring's version, but it gradually grew apart, displaying greater cocoa notes, as well as a rounder, more sturdy countenance. Well drinkable, overall, and duly enjoyable.

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Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is also roasted malts up front, some coffee, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Luweezy
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up tonight on the way home from work at Brewforia.... Paid $5.40... enjoyed from my Cigar City snifter... Short lasting tan head... the brew is the expected black with a tiny bit of ruby sneaking through near the stem... more retention would be good for sure.

Nose is rich and roasty... very clean.. toasty with hints of coffee without ever becoming burnt.

Flavor is clean and lets the malts shine.. light toast and even lighter roasty malts again no burnt qualities... light French Roast begins mid palate and is drawn out a bit on the finish by a mild malt sweetness that is certainly within style guidelines...

Body is about right... but it shows pretty low carbonation.. could use a bit more bubbles for sure.

Everything about this bottle is nicely done.... except the carbonation... but on such a delicate brew that is a minus for me.. but this is still very good... I am definitely digging the Leavenworth brews as I always appreciate a well made German style brew.

Very happy I was able to try this one fresh... Time in the bottle is only going to hurt it.


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Photo of BlueSpader
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Etan
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A: Inky black with a light beige head.

S: Light dusting of cocoa, mild char, crisp yeast and grain in the nose.

T: Dry roasted grain, very light chocolate, palpable and leafy hop bitterness.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A good schwarzbier, if not a bit too mild and dry.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

has a very dark appreance and aroma, good smooth light beer that i thought would be heavy, taste alot like a brown ale, overall a smooth beer i would try it but not have it again but they didnt over do it on this beer. i thought this black lager would be better more like a porter but it is very simple

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a dogfish schooner to a coffee color with a tan head. Smell is off sweet malt and earthy hops. Taste is of black licorice nicely balanced consistent throughout with a sweet yet slightly bitter. Only lacking in mouthfeel but it is a lager not a thicker ale. A good session brew tasty. Would seek out again.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, S.Salem. $4.59 Black lager..very black with a lovelly creamy,thick yet bubbly tan head. Aroma very lager like..and with hints of caramel and chocolate Smmoth taste low carbonation..roasty ,coffeelike malts..some dark chocolate..slightly burnt notes. Pleasant. Nice smooth palate..the low carbonation works with this beer. Nice beer

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of RHVC59
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle - notched October

pours black, but some light gets through the corners. thick off-white head. mild roasted malt aroma and taste. but smooth and easy drinking. medium bodied, full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into lager glass; October notched, no year (probably 2011). Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a small fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, and roasted earthiness; with some subtle pear and apple. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes with hardly any yeast fruitiness surprisingly. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, coffee, dark bread, floral, light pepper, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, toast, dark bread, coffee, floral, light pear, apple, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and robustness of roasted flavors; with good complexity and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier! Great balance and robustness of roasted flavors with minimal yeast esters; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyably offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark ruby brown color with a big frothy head in the tall Belgian glass. Pleasantly sudsy on the tongue. Light mouthfeel. Modest aroma of roasted malt with that nice beery whiff.

Warm and malty with the edge of charred grain. Less burnt flavors and more of a dark roast. This has a toasted, slightly nutty flavor that is much more interesting than the usual Schwarzbiers. Just the right burr of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Light body but quite frothy.

This is a pretty good example of the style. I think it's a style that is deceptively simple and not often brewed well. This has the right balance of dark shades with the malty sweet note and plenty of sudsy mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the Fish Tale brewpub in Everett.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Relatively clear dark brown that looks almost black until held to light. Creamy dark tan head drops to a small cap and creamy collar with slight lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Nice roasted malt with some very slight burnt edges. Cooked and caramelized in moderation. Some nice chocolate and cocoa. Hops offer some slight citrus and floral elements. Grassy with a ton of roasted barley. Building cocoa and slight bitter dark chocolate as it warms. Clean yeast profile. Slight fruity sweetness, in a vague way.

Taste: Slight malt sweetness. A nice roasted malt as well. Blends of dark chocolate, cocoa, and some sweeter almost milk chocolate. Some backing grassy elements and a bit of lingering yeast. Hints of slightly burnt malt. A touch of citrus with a mildly herbal/floral hop finish. Warming pushes out some of the roasted elements, letting the cocoa come out a bit more. Finishes a bit bright, almost like an apple or pear.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation. A bit bubbly and clean.

Overall: Insert Space balls reference.

A decent take. Less sweet than other iterations of the style which is a plus. Loses a little as it warms, but it's good.

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Leavenworth Bakke Hill Black Lager from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 38 ratings