Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

199 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,071
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 45
Gots: 227 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-09-2011

Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Baba Black Lager Alström Bros
Reviews: 199 | Hads: 1,071
Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, earthy lager yeast, and a little smoke.

Taste: Roasty and robust, mocha, lager yeast, and a little bitter smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, crisp, a little creamy, and refreshing.

Overall: Pretty solid black lager/Schwarzbier. Lots of character with that light feeling. Love it.

 561 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from lager yeast and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of black coffee and black chocolate come in along with some smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

 841 characters

Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a grocery run and as a fan of black lagers, I was looking forward to trying this beer.

It poured straight black into an English pub glass. There was very little head, which was a shame because I was expecting something like a Guiness picture but that is ok. There is some lacing but not very much, which again was another surprise.

Think of the blackest liquid you can picture in your head and this is pretty much what it looks like in a glass. Although it doesn't necessarily look appetizing, the taste definitely makes up for much of it. Strong hints of perfectly roasted malts and coffee, hardly any barley or hops. It reminds me of sipping on a cold, black coffee.

The smell isn't anything too special, smell like any other decently strong black lager would.

It goes down as easily as water and if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking ice coffee. I prefer my beers to have a bit more body to it but I cannot deny how natural it slides down.

Overall, not my favorite black lager or even close to it, but not a bad choice. If you are in the mood to try something new or into organic beers, this might be the one for you.

 1,166 characters

Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma of milky chocolate, raw grains and roasted malts.
Flavor is less straightforward and therefore more interesting than aroma. Hops successfully emerge from its roasted, nutty and smoked malts. Notes of citrus, dark chocolate, iced coffee, charcoal and earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering smoked and roasted characteristic.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Perfect sweetness level.
Excellent brew among its style. More flavorful than regular Schwarzbier, but still refreshing and with good drinkability.

 609 characters

Photo of Huffs
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice tan heas, mild lacing lasted a bit. Black in color with a burnt malt and coffee aroma. Taste had stong coffee noted with hints of spice and vanilla. Medium body mouth feel with a dry aftertaste. All in all a nice beer, may be my first organic version,

 287 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Baba Black Lager from Uinta is another solid offering. The beer pours a nearly opaque dark with slightly off-white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is malty and I get a touch of hazelnut. The taste is more of a roasty maize with a touch of peat. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good winter session brew.

 355 characters

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Real nice looking head, almost resembles a cappucino.

S- tons of char and roasted malts. Like, I can smell it sitting up in my chair with the beer on my table. WOW!

T- nice sweetness, slight smokiness, very passing bitterness in the back-end. Interesting, complex beer

M- body is very light, which is a shocker given the color but a welcome one given the ABV. Very drinkable beer

O- this is really good, and very affordable. Uinta keeps rolling out good stuff!

 556 characters

Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with less than a finger of fluffy beige head. The head leaves some really nice lacing behind. There are mild roasted notes in the nose. Roasted malt flavor is upfront, but it is definitely lighter than one might expect for this style. The roasted goodness definitely increases on the finish.

I would not quite call this offering hearty, but it is certainly tasty and its designation as an organic ale is a definite bonus.

 447 characters

Photo of KFBR392
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy bodied thickness. Creamy head which was present throughout. Heavy lacing on the sides of the glass with each drink. Looks pitch black in the glass but held to light some dark brown color appears.

Smell: Chocolate malt jumps out right away. Peanut butter and caramel tones add to the dark complexity of this brew. Barley and some roasted oak character can also be found. The aroma comes off very heavy, deep and complex.

Taste: Medium bodied roasted malt jumps out. The dark tones lighten up in the middle of the brew and come off with a toffee feeling. The finish is sweet with some chalky texture.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter then I expected after the aroma.

Overall: A nice mix of regular lager tones and dark malt. Reminds me of an easy going porter. A much more solid brew then I expected.

 836 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz from Giant mix a six into a pils glass chilled.

The color is very dark like black coffee with translucent clarity and thin beige cap with very fine bead. The smell is very roasty and has some cocoa and woody scents with slight toffee odor.
The feel is very roasty and dry with subtle creamy sweet middle and moderate carbonation with low alcohol in the feel with light body in general

The taste is a nice blend of dark malt flavors with some sweetend black coffee and roasted nutty woody essence with subtle sweet note with gentle spice in the finish and mild fruity toffee tinge with perhaps a hint of raisin. The overall impression is this a great session lager and I welcome the opportunity to have it anytime.

 723 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best before 12/18/2013 'earth, mind, & beer' printed on the bottom of the can. My first review of a beer by Uinta Brewing Co., and my first review of a "black lager" or schwarzbier as it is listed on BeerAdvocate. Not sure what to expect; keeping an open mind.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy tan / khaki colored froth on top of a dark brown-red-cola colored body. Ruby hues when held to the light. Some bubbly lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of deep dark roasted barley and malts, black coffee, and some earthiness / nuttiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: big roasty toasty malt and barley presence, iced black coffee, earth, twigs, tree nuts. Slight metallic and mineral taste in the finish. Reminds me of what a nice porter tastes like. Decent carbonation.

M - Creamy and smooth, with some roasted notes leftover on the palate, and sticky in the finish. A thin, watery feel, but it was to be expected.

Overall, an impressive, smooth, and flavorful beer for being of such a low abv. Nicely made with organic ingredients, awesome can art, and a medium-fullish body; probably not a beer I could drink very many of, despite it's low 4.00% abv. Still, a fun beer that I would drink again, and I look forward to more from Uinta Brewing Co.

Uinta Baba Black Lager ---4/5.

 1,339 characters

Photo of EkimGram
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can poured into a pint. Colour is a cola-like black with a half-ginger toffee-coloured head, completely opaque with the head leaving a thin, wispy lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted and burnt malts, a little sweet and bready. Nutty.

Taste: Primary flavour is roasted malt followed by a nice, semi-sweet nutty flavour. The depth of flavour in this is impressive, given the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a healthy carbonation that really lightens the whole thing up.

Overall: This is my first time enjoying this style and I love it. It is refreshing, light, and interesting with a powerful flavour.

 629 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark-brown hue with ruby highlights. Body is haze free with a strong effervescence and a finger of fizzy tan foam atop. The head isn't sticking around long, but otherwise it's a great looking beer.

Smell: nutty and caramelly malt aroma, with a little bit of roastiness around the edges. A little sweet, with virtually no detectable hop aroma. Not bad for the style.

Taste: lightly caramelly and roasty; a little bit more well-rounded than the aroma. The light sweetness and roasty character remind me a little bit of a sweet stout. I actually like this beer quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: light body but a huge carbonation and massively satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a tasty beer that is eminently quaffable. I could enjoy this brew all day.

 811 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and thin with a half inch of beige foam that fell quickly to some suds and bubbles. Did not leave fantastic lace. Filmy on top and a thin ring. This beer had a cola colored hue that I would say was reddish. Nose was soft and mellow. Toasted and roasted grain. Breaddy malt with a hint of brown sugar. A touch of bitter chocolate, cola and some grass. Slight whiff of burnt toast. Taste follows the nose all the way. Body of the beer is very smooth and mellow. The chocolate and the roasted grain are smooth, and with that small touch of brown sugar keeps the palate interested. The mid palate finds a small bitter and earthy grass. Finishes dry but without a lot of aftertaste. The cola and the carbonation are both soft and even though there are a few bites from bubbles they do not offend.

This was a very neutral tasting beer. Clean an had plenty of character. It dries out slowly in the finish with a nice lingering bitter after all and was subtle and roasty on the palate. It's all about the grain and was not harsh but smooth and balanced.

 1,059 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark cola brown to black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small to medium sized slightly thicker cap near the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted/burnt malts with some earthy and bittersweet chocolate notes.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted/burnt malts upfront that dominate but there are some light notes of bittersweet chocolate and earthiness that builds as the beer warms up. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I thought this beer was pretty easy to drink and the 4% ABV makes this one quite sessionable. Really nice flavors.

 984 characters

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best by date of 10/17/13 stamped on bottom of can.

almost black, but brown in the edge of the glass. khaki colored head, good retention with decent lacing. smell is a bit toasty and roasty. mild bitter cocoa. taste is dry, slightly smokey and charcoal. a little sweet cola flavor in the finish. good balance. medium body, moderate smooth carbonation. good for style.

overall - a nice easy drinking everyday beer that is still very flavorful.

 456 characters

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I know that most people enjoy this in the Winter but this was light and easy enough to drink that it wasn't a bad choice for a warmer night such as this. Because it's not as roasted as a Porter or strong as a Stout, it's light enough to go down easily while being full-bodied and deep enough to be enjoyed on it's own. No dessert pairing or roaring fire needed!

Naturally, the pour to this was dark. It almost reminded me of soda but with a thicker head and a bit less carbonation. Aside from a ring or two at the top of my pint glass, there was hardly any lacing to be seen as well. Not a terribly strong aroma either as some roasted malt and booze could be faintly detected. The alcohol wasn't repeated in the taste but the roasted notes were certainly there, along with cola, smoke, licorice, and a faint earthy hoppiness in the back. There was a bit of caramel here too but nowhere near as much as you'd find in a Brown Ale, and this wasn't nearly as sticky as a Scotch Ale either.

Because the alcohol was light but the body was fully, this had the feel of a light Ale. Like a Vienna Lager, this makes me mistake for styles that I think are similar but really aren't. On its own, this was a very good example of the style that would also double as a session beer It's not anything that would wow anyone but there's something to like here for everyone, even during the Summer months when dark beers aren't in the forefront.

 1,495 characters

Photo of Angelo420
4.71/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just start by saying its the best Black Lager I have ever drank. Super smooth and super tasty. Low in alcohol but High in taste. Have bought multiple six packs of CANS and its one of my favorites. I used to be a bottle only guy until I tried this beer. You can't beat a good beer in a can. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes dark beers, whether you like stouts or porters this one is one to try.

 419 characters

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend sent me a message about this beer so I grabbed two. It is a dark beer for sure but it isn't super heavy. I learned that it is a session beer which means you can drink a bunch of them. I could drink a few of these and not feel like I drank a loaf of rye bread.

Definitely a tasty beer and one I would like to have again.

 331 characters

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in Uinta mix pack. I figured this was the throw away in the case. Turns out to be my favorite.

The color is awesomely dark. Black as night. The head was thick and impressive staying put the entire time just floating on the jet black liquid Picture perfect.

The taste was much like a porter but the texture was lighter. Really a sessionable beer which is perhaps the biggest surprise of this beer.

Really nice beer.

 429 characters

Photo of AnalogReigns
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a beautiful frothy head--as classic continental lagers should. The head itself is tan...with the beer being a solid black--you cannot see light through it.

Very little aroma other than some roast malt.

Taste is smooth, with a basic dark (but not at all bitter) malt flavor (Caraffa III?) --not sweet like a brown ale or some stouts. Hops are only enough to balance the malt, giving a crisp refreshing after taste.

Light mouthfeel, appropriate for a lager.

Overall, a VERY nice schwarzbier, not quite as good as as Heavy Seas/Devil's Backbone "Land Ho!" schwarz, or Köstritzer, but its getting there...

Certainly much better than Guinness' attempt at this style--and it warms my heart that Guinness, Sam Adams, Saranac, Full Sail, Heavy Seas, Duck Rabbit, Gordon Beirsch, Weeping Raddish--and a number of other craft-brewers are doing this classic German/Czech style.


Just trying this now from a can. I do think, as brewers now will tell you, a can is the ideal packaging for beer. Aluminum is easily recycled--it keeps the beer totally safe from being light-struck....and the coatings now used protect the beer from metalic tastes...plus it cools faster, and cannot break, it's lighter weight and smaller size--ALL ways, except perhaps appearance, cans are better. Anyway, still a delightful beer, which I swear MUST have some rauch malt in it (SMOKEY!). I'm going to the Uinta website to check....

NATURALLY, it doesn't say, which is smart marketing, as mysterious sells....

 1,501 characters

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: June 4, 2013
Consumed: June 5, 2013
Misc.: Best before Oct. 17, 2013

Poured a very dark reddish brown, practically black color with two fingers of tan head. Very good thick and foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled chocolate, bitter coffee beans, caramel, toffee, roasty nuts and chocolate milk with a touch of skunkiness.

Tasted not quite as good as the smell, but good nonetheless. Tasted smoky woodfire, bitter coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasty nuts. Was hoping for a bit more here, but was left disappointed.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy slick texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. Feels a bit stronger than 4.00 percent.

Another good beer from Uinta. I’m pretty sure everything they make is above average. I’d try this again.

 955 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Frothy 2 finger high dark peanut shell tinted head sits atop a flat black colored body Tiny golden-brass micro-beads of carbonation creep up along the glass walls. Thick spongy band lacing encircles the glass, lengthy time rate for retention with a covering that was mostly lasting.

S: Black tea, fresh roastiness, burnt flowery bitterness. Green melon flesh fruitiness lurks beneath.

T: Roasty fresh flavor with a freshly burnt bitterness of flowers and burnt caramel sweetness to balance things out .Earthy tea, dark and sweet fruit mingle about.

M: The mouthful was dry and roasty, creamy and frothy feel upon the build up and hold with a soft factor of carbonation and roasty leave off the tongue.

O: Overall dark and roasty fresh, but softly delicate in delivery. A schwarz with some roasty depth, texture and character.

 836 characters

Photo of mpedara429
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a cola color with 2 fingers of tan head. A few lines of lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Mild smell of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Similar to the smell. Not really robust. Kind of a milky acidic flavor left on the finish.

M: Medium body that is creamy with a fairly light carbonation.

O: A pretty good session beer, but when you are paying top dollar from microbreweries, it is hard to justify buying a beer that is lacking a fuller flavor profile.

 463 characters

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some notes of coffee. Taste is coffee, smokey, roasted malts, smooth, flavorful, and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

 252 characters

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.