Magic Hat Brewing Company

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #108
Ranked #36,460
3.69 | pDev: 14.36%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Notes: Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, Howl comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed.

32 IBU
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Reviews: 437 | Ratings: 982
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JeffP4prez
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = Quite dark and chocolaty with a soft creamy head.
S = Hints of the chocolate and even a bit of coffee
T = Much smoother than I expected, lighter in over all flavor as well - not at all heavy, as I expected from the dark color.
M = This beer had a very nice "feel", smooth, not real carbonated or bitter.
D = The dark color is deceiving, this beer is much lighter in flavor than its appearance might suggest. The smells of chocolate and the hint of coffee add to the mystery of this light dark beer. I certianly enjoyed my first Howl and it helped me warm up after an afternoon out in the snow.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint

A - Deep chocolate brown with a thin, dark head.

S - Toffee, cocoa, and coffee are all pronounced and very balanced. Great smell for a winter seasonal.

T - Tastes like it smells, lots of roasted malt notes along with candy and coffee.

MF/D - Easy drinking and surprisingly thin for the deep taste. Would go great with ice cream and brownies.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black as night, just like it boasts. With the creepy eyes of Bela Lugosi's Dracula on the label. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the aroma. A creamy smoothness starts the flavor, but it's quickly cut with a reasonable amount of hops and a dry finish. The roasted malt and anise flavors continue with the addition of wood and grapes. It's not a big and bashing beer, but it's got plenty of flavor.

Pretty nice schwarzbier here. Complex and balanced flavors, smooth to drink, and at only 4.6% ABV, it's nice to have a few on a long winter's night. The best thing I've had from Magic Hat.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't know this winter seasonal was a schwarzbier until I sat down to review it. I thought I was drinking some kind of porter. In a pint glass the beer was a very dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Sweet, roasted malt, and floral aroma. The taste showed some dark fruit, coffee, and late hops kick. Medium bodied, moderately enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Great Divide tulip.

Aggressive pour unleashes a deep crimson brown body with ruby red highlights. Yeast chunks float at the base, while above a towering head of rocky ecru bubbles slowly subsides, leaving an initially thick ring of lacing. Very agreeable nose, with earthy cocoa nibs, caramel, medium roast coffee, and a backdrop of doughy bread crust. Vague hints of smokiness.

Surprisingly flavorful for Magic Hat, Howl is spicy and spritzy on the palate with a finish that is hard to place. Actually, the flavors in this beer are more difficult to describe than most I've come across--a hint of chocolate and dark fruit here, a little coffee and brown malt there. Hops continuous in the background, adding earthy notes and a pinch of citrus. Light body with a good carbonation level. Slight drying finish could stand to be a bit smoother. Overall, I found Howl to be a pretty good attempt at a Schwartzbier. Not the best, but certainly above par for Magic Hat.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Freshie
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a good portion of this Winter season, enjoying heavier porters, and stouts, this Schwarzbier really hits the spot.

Pours a dark and clear dark brown. Slight one finger head wisps on top.

Aromas of dark chocolate, and coffee. Grassy hops.

Taste is light but multi-layered. Hops are present from the get-go. Nice floral flavor, that segways in to the sweet malt backbone. Chocolate and dark coffee in the middle. Finishes clean with a carbonated bite.

Very drinkable and tasty. Always a fan of this style, and Magic Hat puts out a solid showing with this one.

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Photo of bob3701
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a fizzy white head that did not linger long with minimal lacing. Very clear very dark brown in color but could see through my glass. Nice roasted aroma a little more bitter in taste then I was expecting. I think the are better black lagers out there but this one will do and I thought the lable was pretty cool.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a cola black with a small white head that fades to a small layering and leaves no real lacing.

S: Nose is full of cocoa, chocolate malts, and a roasty flavor. Great nose.

T: The taste is huge with tons of chocolate/roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and a bit of a roasty bitterness on the finish.

M: The feel is a bit thin but for the style it's not bad. Could be a bit creamier like other top notch Schwarbiers.

D: Great drinkability although the bitterness from the roasted malt catches up to you after a little while. Crazy that they can get so much flavor out of a beer like this with a tiny ABV.

I didn't expect much out of this one but it d

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super-classy, opaque blackish-brown with a thick, airy cocoa brown head on top that hangs around for a good while. The nose is shockingly sweet, and I can't get past that. Maybe that's the chocolate they're trying to impart. That chocolate shows back up in the flavor, though there' a lot more balanced roastiness, like a touch of just burnt coffee. The mouthfeel is light, though there's a sharpness given by the high level of carbonation. All in all, a good beer, if not one that stands out much.

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Howl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 982 ratings