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Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,485 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 52
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheJudge on 12-27-2004)
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Reviews by beaulabauve:
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

beaulabauve, Apr 30, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the Brewmasters pack I wish I could get the Scottish Ale again,anyways pours a near black but with some ruby highlights thru out some bitter chocolate deep roasted grain in the aromas just smells sweet.Taste of chocolate and sweet caramel with heavily roasted malt but the caramel sweetness almost becomes cloying after awhile.Wow SA wasnt playin around here making a real sweet scharzbier here would have like a little more drier balance liek others I have tried of the style,well to each there own.

oberon, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a dark brown in color as it should be with a deceivingly growing off-white foamy head.

Smell – The subtle roasted malt aroma is mixed with some lightly burnt yeast and a smidgen of raw sugar. The grain smell here is dark but nothing is pungent. There’s a smoothness to this bouquet that is quite nice.

Taste – The yeast comes out a bit more at the taste and the sweets step back a tad, but otherwise the driving force is the subtle roasted grain that I caught in the nose. The flavor forms a crescendo on the palate, flowing nicely from burnt toast to roasted malts smoothed by dark yeast then petering out with a mild sugariness.

Mouthfeel – This is between light and medium-bodied with a harmonious feel in the mouth and not at all bitter.

Drinkability – This was a tad off-style but is an excellent drinker and incredibly smooth. It’s an obscure style but Sam Adams gave us a nice rendition here.

RoyalT, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interestingly translucent yet black. It looks kind of cool. First impressions are good.

Nose is grainy and chocolaty. Touches of caramel, nougat, toffee, and a general Snickers odor enter into play. Not what I’m used to but this works too.

Taste/MF…weak, real weak. This is a style that I admire for its full-on boldness both in the taste and mouthfeel categories that blend with an easy drinkability but this one comes up short in both categories. Notes of charred grains, wood, caramel are present but all are light and the big roasted-burnt malt flavor that I want is nowhere to be found. Carbonation is on the light side too.

Drinkablitiy: With Sprecher around, this just isn’t up to par.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of ricke
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black but with strangely clear edges. A small off-white head that quickly settles into a ring of lacings.

S: Sweet malts, light burnt sensation, toast, some coffee notes. Hints of grains.

T: Mostly sweet malts with notes of molasses and burnt caramel, coffee and a faint smoky note. Restrained fruity flavors. Quick hint of lemony hops. The finish is short and quite bland with mineral flavors, bread and grain.

M: Medium body, crisp carbonation. Not very exciting.

D: Not a bad beer, but certainly nothing exceptional.

ricke, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +7.8%

OhioBobcat, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a creamy
brown tinted head.

S: Smells of coffee, malty.

T: Good macro, hints of coffee and toasted nuts.
Malty with a defined hop presence.

M: Great heartiness to this porter, definately
not a mislabeled stout.

D: Very drinkable both in terms of price and
quality of tbrew. Goes down smooth and the
finish is nice as well with a slight bitter
aftertaste that lingers a little long for my
tastes.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 14, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

tbryan5, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of sgoodship
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one in Cleveland. My mother in-law held onto it for me - thought I'd like to try it.

A: Dark brown, almost black. Rich burgundy highlights showing against the light. Pretty dense stuff - looks porter-like. Creamy head finger head that dissipated to a dusting and a ring.

S: Lager yeast, sweet maltiness, a touch of hop. A hint of coffee an licorice.

T: Very much like the smell. Caramel malt and coffee is more apparent in the taste. Finish is a nice sour ale type experience. Not hitting the spot like I thought it would.

M: Nice and clean like a lager but creamy in the mouth. Light/medium mouth with medium carbonation.

D: They recommended this with BBQ. I had one with Mexican and that was just fine by me. This is my first Schwarzbier. I liked the refreshing lager mixed with malty satisfaction - a real hybrid. I'd really like to try this again. Not blowing my mind but a sound brew.

sgoodship, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lager?! I poured this carefully into a pint glass without much fanfare. There was very little head but okay lacing. The color was truly black, or darn close. Sweet malts were prominent on the nose but there was a very slight hint of hops as well. The taste seemed slightly sweet but not necessarily a malty sweetness. Although the malts didn't come through with any major distinction, they were obviously there and the overall body of the beer seemed balanced and smooth. The finish was long and even with that sweetness hanging in there for several seconds.

I think I like Schwarzbier! This is the second one I've had and it's really pretty good. Because of its mildness and hint of sweetness, I think this would be pretty good with spicy or heavily seasoned food. And contrary to its dark heavy look, this really doesn't have a very heavy taste. Good stuff.

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Dmann
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a suprise and I am glad that I tried it. It started out with a nice pour and had a great dark brown color with a light brown head that left great lace and stayed till the end. The smell was nice with some sweet malt scents and molasses and some bready-ness to it. This beer's flavor was very nice with a very light smokiness in the beginning and the light airy mouthfeel really added to the overall sensation. The beer finnished with a bit of sweetness and faded away very dry and made you want to come back for more. This is my favorite Sam Adams release in awhile!

Dmann, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of skybluewater
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rust color. Smells slightly of chocolate. Tastes of shaved chocolate and a little bit of banana (maybe I'm imagining this?). Mouthfeel is average. Despite the fact that this beer's fairly average, I could still down a few in one sitting.

This is a beer I've only had a few times before. Overall, it isn't a bad beer. It's not something I'd drink often, but it's still heads and shoulders above the usual macro stuff.

skybluewater, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark black pour with a two finger khaki head sitting nicely atop the brew. Dark red coming through from the light along with some lacing as well. Roasted, toasted cocoa, caramel along with a hint of sweet cereal grain and an herbal hop. Nice...but nothing special.

Big roasted burnt maltiness showing off quite a bit of chocolate flavor, with ribbons of caramel and nuts. A nice somewhat spicy herbal hop lurks in the background and brings a mellow bitterness on the way down. Nice sweet/bitter mix. A tasty lager.

Medium bodied with a slight creaminess and healthy carbonation. Quite an easily drinkable brew here...a six pack is a good party option. One of my new faves from Sam Adams.

orbitalr0x, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

markallmon, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the only schwarzbier I've ever had, and if this is similar to what they all are like, I am certainly a fan.

The beer is dark like a porter or stout, but doesnt have the same chocolate malt & roasted characteristics. Very interesting.

Mostly just malt comes through in the nose. Not really any noticeable hop characteristics.

The taste is great! If all lagers tasted this great, and were this dark, it would possibly be my favorite style. Not bitter but still plenty of depth and character.

This is one of my favorite offerings from Samuel Adams. I could drink many of these in a row.

chOAKbarrell, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of jonny1138
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown with a hint of red. It had a small coffee-colored head that had good retention. Some nice lacing. A sweet caramel odor, don't get too much of the roasted grain. Tasted chocolate and coffee, with a minimal hoppiness. A smooth , not substantial feel. Pretty drinkable.

lordofthewiens, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of WuAnquo1
3/5  rDev -19.1%

WuAnquo1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a seemingly black beer, but upon closer inspection deep ruby hues and edges. Head of slightly off-white and seems, with a thin lace. Good head retention.

Light molasses, sweet bready grain, and husk in the nose. Soft smokiness.

Smooth and fairly light on the palate. Light malty base with a watery astringent-like character, faint caramel, burnt edges, suggestions of smoke, a quick semi-sharp citric flash of hop bite - a bit limey - and soft dark berry fruitiness. Soft touch of spice in the hops. Sweetish linger that rides into a drying finish.

A damn tasty Schwarzbier! Nice to see a large craft brewer release such an unknown and uncommon beer style.

Todd, May 01, 2005
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +7.8%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, best by 4/07. Pours a light black with ruby highlights. It has a decent creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet toffee, nuts and caramel and black patent malts.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolatey malts and nutty toffee with a little peat or smoke. The mouthfeel is medium and watery.

Overall, it's an OK schwarzbier. I didn't particularly care for it - a little too sweet and watery.

Beaver13, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of generallee
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body is dark black in color and very nearly opaque with some ruby red highlights along the sides of the glass. There is some visible carbonation near the sides of the glass as well. On top sits a thick tan head with very good retention. It makes some good lace rings on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma is sweet and bready with some mild hints of smoke and burnt sugar.

Taste/Mouth Feel: There is sweet buttery toffee and light caramel notes up front. This gives way to a robust espresso character with a light dusting of bittersweet chocolate. It finishes with some mild hop bitterness and dryness. The palate is medium bodied with a smooth texture and mild yet active carbonation.

Notes: Another solid beer from Samuel Adams!

generallee, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown. A decent head forms and maintains a good coverage. The off white head laces on the sides of my glass leaving little bits of head about.

The aroma is roasted with a smooth mix of chocolate and butter. The sweet malt comes in the end to round it out.

The taste is smooth no harsh carbonation at all. The carbonation is light and buttery on the tongue, much like a well poured nitro stout. The flavor is light roasted barley starts with a sweet malt, the roasted flavor remains throughout and finishes with a coffee bitterness and is dry at the end.

bishopdc0, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Scribbles
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown/black colour, a very mild head that left a only a little in the glass.

S- Light smelling; roasted malt, caramel, possibly some dried fruit.

T- Sweet roasted malt, with caramel and molasses, not much hops to speak of.

M- Medium bodied, with medium-low to medium carbonation, relatively smooth, crisp flavor, then the somewhat oily finish that others have mentioned, though the taste left in the mouth is pleasing.

D- Fairly drinkable, good with meals mostly. Worth having around, but I probably wouldn't drink more than two or three.

Scribbles, Oct 30, 2007
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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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