Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager | Privatbrauerei Bischoff

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Donnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black LagerDonnersberger - Bischoff Premium Black Lager

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Privatbrauerei Bischoff

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 01-15-2003

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 21
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2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of beerdrifter
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brownish-red pour with a one finger head that fades pretty quickly with decent lacing. Earthy, malty nose with hints of caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Roasty malt and caramel are the stars in the taste. Hints of nuts, with a touch of smoke and chocolate. The malty sweetness dominates with very little bitterness to balance. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The sweetness really hurts the drinkability for me. Living in Germany I've been lucky enough to sample quite a few Schwarzbiers. This is not a great interpretation of the style. It's not a bad beer, but nothing special either.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is rather typical of a lager, not too strong and not exactly promising, but it does have a fruity undertone. It pours a dark chocolaty brown with a thick, if not persistent, tan head. Flavor started out a little weak, but as I drank more it became a little more mouth-filling. It is malty with a spicy undertone and hints of smoke and chocolate. Texture is smooth and just a little tingly, a tad watery but still more than acceptable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

From "Thunder Mountain" comes this beer, apparently. Anyway, it pours a clear garnet-brown topped by a finger of glowing off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit, very light roasted malts, and a hint of cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of cola, light maple syrup, lightly-toasted biscuit, and a thought of maduro-style tobacco. It's mostly cola on my tongue, frankly. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a kinda weak schwarz, one that seems too watered-down quality-wise for its own good, like it was trying for more of a mass appeal or something. Or it's just not that great...

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Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of greybeardloon
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

best before July 25, 2012. The label doesn't look like what's pictured.

A: Dark brown.

S: Lager yeast by-products and a very subtle hint of breadiness. There's some skunk, but it's not very strong and may be from the yeast.

T: Not much. Lager yeast and a little malt. A faint roastiness and hop bitterness at the end.

M: Smooth and fairly full.

O: Blah. Easy enough to drink, but there are more flavorful beers in the style.

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Photo of animal69
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"black lager" it states on the label, BBD 4/24/08, hoping for the best ; pours a clear amber brown, not really black with a thin off-white head which quickly fizzles into a modest field of pinhole bubbles leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic ; a subtle smell, mostly steely grain and darker malts, a faint darker fruit and roasted nut undertone as well ; a rather thin flavor, some steely cereal grains again w/ a fainter darker malt/nut flavor, not much of the typical "roast coffee" note present in most schwarz crisp finish with hints of dates alcohol ; dry, very light mouthfeel w/ a lot of co2 ; def. a quaffable brew, tho not special in the least...

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Photo of Tomais
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into tulip glass. A: Very deep, dark brown/amber, head goes down pretty quickly. S: Pretty light. Some chocolate/coffee, malts, very, very distant hops. T: Still pretty light. The hops are present, but the balance seems a little off. Some pleasant spicy notes; chocolate, toffee. A long, fairly bitter finish. M: A tad thin, moderate carbonation. D: All in all, it's definitely a nice beer, but it doesn't seem to have much to say. Very smooth, definitely drinkable, but just not all that interesting.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was more deep, deep amber than brown. The beer was extremely clear. The head retention was moderate.

Aroma was light but what there was was malty There was no hops nor fruity esters.

Like the aroma, the flavor was mild and not rich and full as the style calls for. Their was a moderate hop bitterness that outweighted the maltiness. I got no roasted malt nor bitter chocolate flavors. The aftertaste was dry and did linger on the tongue.

The body was low.

This is not a bad beer, but I have been drinking several good to very good German beers this week and this one was average. I would recommend another schwarzbier.

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Photo of stevoj
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice bite of espresso bitterness with hints of dark chocolate and some dried fruit. Pours black with an airy, foamy beige head Palate is slightly watery, but overall this beer hits the mark for a schwarzbier. Not a big fan of their pils, but this one is nice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle with 5.2% ABV listed. Just purchased but 14 months old.

Looks and smells like a typical schwarzbier, albeit with a weaker head and smelling slightly stronger and sweeter. Flavor of a typical schwarzbier too, if also slightly sweeter.

Medium-light body with near medium carbonation.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with an off white head that fades quickly.

Aroma of roasted malts is the first thing you notice along with hints of coffee and chocolate.

Roasted malts are first to hit the taste buds along with the coffee and chocolate noted in the aroma. Flavor becomes sweeter the more you drink with just a bit of hops mixed in.

I haven't had that many schwarzbiers but this seems pretty decent.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of shand
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is moderately sized and retains decently. This smells basically like a pilsner with just a bit of added roastiness from the malts. The taste basically follows this, it's honestly just a moderately roasty pilsner top to bottom.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both pretty good, it's highly carbonated and prickly, and easy to drink. A pretty solid dark lager, there's nothing remarkable about it, but there's really nothing wrong with it either. Perhaps a little bit too close to pilsner territory for my comfort.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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