Friday, October 29, 2010

Brewdog Zeitgeist - Black Lager

Zeitgeist, overall pretty
I have never before tried a black lager (didn't Guinness attempt to lauch one recently?) and so when I came across a bottle of Zeitgeist from Brewdog, I had to give it a try. Brewdog are known for producing edgy, hard hitting beers and so I was interested to see what they could add to what is essentially a lager.

The beer pours a black colour with a very slight red hue. A thin off white head gives it an almost porter like look to it. Subtle aromas of malt and hops with no real dominant aroma on the nose. Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. The taste is all about the crystal malts and the hops are not very apparent. This is probably my inner hop-head talking but I would have liked a bit of noble hop punch to this one.

Overal a nice, smooth, refreshing beer, however not overly exciting and not a beer I would buy again. Knowing the kind of beers that Brewdog can produce, this was pretty dissapointing.


Phil said...

I've had Zeitgeist twice; in bottle it was nothing special, but on cask it was spectacular. Ironic, that.

Mark (Halite) said...

Phil, that is my experience with a good few beers as well, in a blind tasting you would not recognise a lot of beers as being the same if you had one bottle and a cask pint!