Death & Taxes
Moonlight Brewing Company

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German Schwarzbier
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Ranked #2,298
4.18 | pDev: 9.33%
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States
Notes: A very dark yet surprisingly light-bodied Lager beer, crisp and refreshing with no heaviness.
Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 328 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by CAMRAhardliner:
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4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a pint of this on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. This review is from notes.

Pours black as night with just a few amber glints at the edges of the glass. The tan head is compact but coats most of the glass in lace. Chocolatey notes mix with a doughy, cracker maltiness in the nose. The taste is crisp and malty. Chocolate and coffee notes mix with a subtle leafy hoppiness. The mouthfeel is light-bodied, nothing like you'd expect looking at the stuff. Carbonation is very subtle, like silk.

This is a stellar Black Lager. Incredibly fresh the deep malt flavors, yet still light and extremely quaffable. Seek this out if you're in the bay area.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco and only $5. Dark black, good head. Aroma is dark malts, nice. Flavor is dark malts with hints of mild chocolate and a definite lager flavor. This definitely tastes like a schwartzbier. Another nice beer from Moonlight.

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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

It took a sip or two, but after the third one, Raulsky almost done lost his mind like Nietzsche in 1889. As I came back from my stupor, I was awaked by beautiful and glorious notes of chocolate and roasted coffee. Then, as the main man went in for another sip, it was almost his mind that became roasted. Beautiful and "light," but light with rich and robust flavors.

I suggest riding the Midnight Ghost like Kerouac up to San Francisco to try this one, my children.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Toronado SF.

Deep mahogany brown, presented up to the rim with a faint tan collar, and just a smidge of brown head. While finishing the beer may actually be red, hard to tell might be the neon in the bar.

Absolutely ripping grain aroma on the brew. Ripped husky grain and lots of milk chocolate quality on the nose. Clean smelling. Big and nearly rich, but waffery all over. Fantastic.

Palate does not disappoint. Big crackling grain notes in the mid palate, followed by waffered chocolate and a bit of coffee. Literaly tastes like chocolate covered grain seeds. Mild sensing notes and a great lager crisp body all over.

Wonderfully balanced and presented, with a classic lager feel. Wonderful brew.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Toronado SF, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head, leaves good lacing.

S- Big smoky malt, some chocolate and caramel, big malt bomb basically.

T- Huge malts again, chocolate and dry, smoky coffee, lightly charred grain and peat.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy and smooth feel.

O- An awesome beer, Moonlight makes some of the most flavorful lagers I've had in a long time, this is a really drinkable, tasty beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Coddingtown Whole Foods Tap Room in Santa Rosa.

A: Very dark with a thick off white head. Leaves nice lacing all the way down.

S: Roasted smoky smell. Coffee and dark chocolate are on the forefront.

T: Same as smell. Smoky, roasted coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate. Leaves a bit of an aftertaste that I really enjoy. Very nice and complex.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Awesome. Very complex beer. Whenever I see this on tap, I order it. At 5% this is a beer you can and should have a few of.

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Death & Taxes from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 328 ratings