Flying Dog Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager

Wow, that is quite the name! I’m a huge fan of the smoky goodness that comes with good rauchbiers.  They always remind me of bbq, there’s nothing like the taste of smoked meat!  The Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager is a limited release in Flying Dog’s Wild Dog series.  After much fanfare with the 2008 release they created another limited run in 2009, which I will be uncorking in just a few minutes. The Dog Schwarz is a combination of a schwarzbier (a German black lager) and a rauchbier (a German smoked beer); lets see how these to styles married up to one another.flyingdog_smokedlager2

Here is how Flying Dog describes this beer:

Meet the newest member of the critically acclaimed Wild Dog family, Dog Schwarz (sh-var-ts) Smoked Double Lager. Originally released in September 2008 (to coincide with our FBAG GABF party), we got such good feedback from consumers that we’re still making it in small batches today. Dog Schwarz is smoky, but not too over-the-top – like all our beers, we strive to make something that is well balanced.

We love pairing the Dog Schwarz with pepper cheeses, smoked meats and barbecue.


A jet-black beer, as you’d expect from a schwarzbier, slight mahogany highlights around the edge of the glass.  Not much in the way of head, but I wasn’t expecting whole lot there either.  It did pour a slight espresso color, which quickly faded to a collar on the glass.  My only complaint, visually, about this beer is the level of carbonation, should have been a bit more, but that might have been a cork problem.

Dog Schwarz

Dog Schwarz


With out a doubt a rauchbier, dominate smoky aroma through and through.  It is slightly peaty and doesn’t allow other aromas to come through.


With a rauchbier it should be smoky but not so that you feel like you are licking a fireplace.  With the schwarzbier it should actually be a fairly light dark beer with decent hop bitterness to it.   This beer, in my opinion hit the mark on the smoked malts.  A very hard flavor to do well, it is a major player in the flavor but is not so overwhelming you can’t taste anything else.   There is another layer to this beer that makes it very enjoyable; a touch of malt sweetness almost chocolate as well as some dark fruit that awaits you under the smoke.  The thinner mouth feel seemed to keep the smokiness from getting out of control along with the light carbonation.

Glassware: Pint, Strange

Calories: 7.8% abv, there is about 240-265 calories per 12oz (Calorie Chart)

Overall Impression:

Absolutely blown away by this beer.  The right amount of smoke and sweet malt, I was able to drink the whole 750ml bottle myself.  I don’t think I’ve ever said anything like that about a smoked beer before.  I highly recommend trying this beer, it is a hybrid of styles; since when has that stopped anyone!


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7 Responses to “Flying Dog Dog Schwarz Smoked Double Lager”

  1. JIm Says:

    This sounds like a special beer, perfect for curling up with on a chilly November evening.

    I’ll have to look out for it, but I’m not sure I’ll find it – I’ve never seen a 750ml bottle of Flying Dog before. Don’t know why that’d change now.

    Also, either you have a really big glass, or you’re playing with pictures again!

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    JIm, found it at the Liquor Outlet in Boonton. I thought since it was such a big bottle of german style beer I’d use a big ass liter glass. Might as well have fun with it!

  3. ike Says:

    Yeah-I had this beer on tap at a pub in Sweden, and was VERY much impressed—so much so that I went back to the pub later that same day, to have another pint—even though they were ridicously overpriced–something like (the equivalent of) $10 a pint—-but it was just a perfect smokiness to it—like was said in the review-excellent, but not overpowering smoke flavor–with a nice sweet undertone—————-mmmmmmm—anyway–if you ever see this beer on tap—GET IT!

  4. Daniel Says:

    I just had this beer on tap here in Charlotte Saturday night. I’m not going to break down the experience, since you’ve done so very well here, but suffice it to say I loved this beer.

    I know it’s probably sacrilege, but I think I liked it better than the Schlenkerla Fastenbier I had. Yes, they’re very different beers, but it’s the only other Rauchbier I’ve had (unless you count smoked porters as Rauchbiers, but I don’t think they qualify).

    Nice review.

  5. Simply Beer Says:

    I think I’d have to agree with you. It is a wonderful beer! Where the hell did you find this on draft? It hasn’t been made for almost 2 yrs! I still have 2 or 3 bottles left. Saving them for a future tasting. I hope Flying dog makes this again!

  6. Daniel Says:

    I think they brought it back in limited amounts.

    I found it on draft at Vintner Wine Market in Charlotte, NC. They are quietly becoming one of Charlotte’s better craft beer retailers, even though most don’t know it because of their name.

    They only have 16 taps, but they are always quality.

  7. Simply Beer Says:

    Thats NICE! nothing wrong with 16 taps. More does not mean better! in fact if there is slow turnover from taps, you get dirty lines = bad beer.

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