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Blackwing Lager - Union Craft Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RichardMNixon on 01-13-2013)
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Photo of skriv
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

skriv, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style Pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany brown body, with some faint tan edges, even some dark lemon yellow towards the bottom. Head is swiss cheese in a consistency, and light coffee brown in color. A bit soapy with some moderate retention. Falls to a simple collar after some time with no lacing.

Solid nose on the beer. Good clean lager yeast with crisp mix and roast character. Hints of light drip coffee and piping brewed warmth. Nice ripping dry grain it seems with a bit of toasty arid qualities as well.

Palate comes nicely. Soft malts, but with a light almost watery body. Coffee flavors come and finish quite quickly. Dry arid qualities match as well, finishing very dry and with a mineral like finish. Quite a bit crackery feeling, and a little bit of chocolate sweetness is buried in there as well.

It's a pretty solid schwarzbier but is a little fleeting with a light body, almost too light. Still enjoyable.

smakawhat, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Cook82
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Cook82, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass tumbler. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the package.

A: Dark brown-red with good clarity. 1 finger off-white head. Ok retention. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted malt with a great nuttiness. Flourishes of coffee, chocolate. Trace hops. Wisps of indistinct dark fruit character.

T: Roasted maltiness opens, but sweetness is limited. A light-to-moderate hop bitterness develops before a fairly dry, clean finish. No significant alcohol. Slightly burnt bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a rather light body. Easy drinking with a slight prickliness.

O: Ample roasty/toasty malt notes in a light-bodied beer. American-style hopping with noble-type hops. Would function well in either warm or cold weather. Sessionable.

Prost!

fourstringer, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

LoveStout, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3/5  rDev -22.3%

ThisWangsChung, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Dilbert65
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Dilbert65, May 29, 2014
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bigred89, May 27, 2014
Photo of mkrass
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mkrass, May 22, 2014
Photo of DrBass
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

DrBass, May 22, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoke, coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some smoke and roasted malts, touch of hops, mild bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, May 17, 2014
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +3.6%

NumberNone, May 17, 2014
Photo of sneth019
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

sneth019, May 16, 2014
Photo of csurowiec
4/5  rDev +3.6%

csurowiec, May 10, 2014
Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

khargro2, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

JakeDebus, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, almost black, brown with a pale tan head. No retention or lacing left. The aroma is pleasant, with nice deep roasted malt, slight coffee and maybe some hints of anise or liquorice. The taste is really phenomenal, with the roasted flavors up front and center and a nice earthy hops in the background. There is a pleasant silky mouthfeel and and little bite from the hops. This is a really good dark lager, full of flavor but not too heavy.

delta490, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Swift989
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Swift989, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

wiscokid920, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of gillagorilla
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sample on tap at Smaltimore (3/11/14)

A: Black with only a collar head. Decent lacing.

S: Smokey rye. Watery. Burnt. Toasty.

T: Smokey but not too much. Watery. Black. Lots of rye and some malt. Eh.

M: Smooth. Massage. Bubbles.

O: Ok. I had to get this because it was $3 for a pint and it is Union's new addition to their canning line. This was decent but a bit bland.

gillagorilla, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nmann08, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DRBiser, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

thegerm87, Dec 02, 2013
Blackwing Lager from Union Craft Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.