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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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2,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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.

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Photo of nrbw23


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark ruby almost black in color. Nice off white with good retention and nice lacing.

S- Sweet malts, roasted chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

T- Very rich, slight bitterness that takes a back seat to the prominent malt character.

M- Medium body and creamy.

D- Good beer and overall easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 20:47:59 | More by nrbw23
Photo of klewis


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/07

A: Umm.... more like a "brown lager". Small bubbly head with very little lacing.

S: Light roasted and smoky aroma with not much else going on.

T: Nicely balanced with a malty taste and a smooth hop bitterness. Flavors of roasted nuts and a rauchbier sort of cedar taste.

M: Light-bodied, but smooth and creamy. Sticky with moderate carbonation.

D: Definitely a nice beer and definitely one of BBC's best. Smooth and easy to drink. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 04:48:31 | More by klewis
Photo of Mdog


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, ruby when held to light, ok head.

Smell: Sweet, toffee, woody smell, touch of whiskey?

Taste: Light roasted flavor, moderate caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink.

A nice schwarzbier, maybe not as flavorful as Sprecher's, but maybe a little easier to drink because of that. A nice beer from a good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 16:02:35 | More by Mdog
Photo of EPICAC


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Fridays there's a weekly beer hour that follows a brief talk by a researcher in a Cancer Center affiliated lab. The beer selection varies from week to week. This week it looks like someone bought a couple Sam Adams mixed twelve packs. I had a Harpoon IPA while talking with some labmates and I grabed a bottle of Sam Adams Black Lager to take home. I served this at around 45º F in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tints. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, beige head that thins to a sudsy film leaving patchy lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is predominantly malty. There are notes of caramel, tart fruit, burnt sugar and coffee.

Taste: Sweet caramel, dried fruit, smoky roasted flavors, with a very light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, a tad sticky.

Drinkability: Mild flavors and low alcohol make this easily sessionable.

Overall: Not much to say here...

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 03:32:28 | More by EPICAC
Photo of penguinjive7

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a tan head that rises nicely and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is a combination of molasses and dark chocolate.

The taste reflects the smell with the addition of some astringency. A slight hint of coffee in the finish is apparent as well.

The mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation is a bit much for me...kind of like club soda.

I drank this one down pretty quickly, but it left a bit to be desired. I think I would just like more presence from all of the flavors involved. I enjoyed them very much, so give me more.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:09:11 | More by penguinjive7
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than expected, this pours out very dark brown with mahogany highlights and a dense little head of coffee colored froth.

Aroma is sweet caramel, charred malts, chocolate, dry leather, and toasted nuts.

Flavor follows closely with a chewy mix of caramel, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Nice noble hop finish.

Body between medium and light. Soft creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Not bad at all!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 22:09:29 | More by AlexJ
Photo of colts9016


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a deep dark black with a one to two finger head. Flavors of coffee, chocolate roasted malt grab your noses attention. It is very smooth and has a lasting finish. The mouthfeel was slightly creamy and a touch of hops on the end. I Enjoyed this beer and will drink it again

Review this beer on July 15 2007

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 00:54:16 | More by colts9016
Photo of Dogbrick


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-black color with a medium thin light tan head and thin lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee as well as a hint of nuts. Medium-bodied with a sweet malt and chocolate flavor. Trace amounts of coffee and hops are present too. The finish is smooth and dry but not too flavorful. As with many of Sam Adams’ one-offs, this is above average.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 04:23:49 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, light beige head.

Smell: Gentle aroma of roasted chocolate malts with a sprinkling of spent coffee grounds.

Taste: Soft, roasty character with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains. Only the very slightest touch of hops on the crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: About as rousing and stirring as a light lager can get!!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:52:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of LordChesterfield


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like your typical schwarzbier and tastes like your typical schwarzbier. No schwarzbier isn't really typical in itself, but this is as close as I've seen to a run of the mill example of the style. Very clean yet full of rich burnt flavors and relatively light in the stomach. Not very complex, maybe some of you find it to be, but I think it could have been alot more interesting. It is what could be considered a session brew, but I keep such wide variety, that I rarely drink two of the same type in a row. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 07:38:21 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of PatronWizard


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Don't know what the hell a Schwarzbier is but this was the darkest lager I've ever seen. Hold up to the light for a deep, deep ruby hue. Decent head but lager heads just can't hang. They probably turn into a pumpkin at midnight.

This actually has a fine smell. Some roasted malts. Possibly even some dark chocolate.

Tastes amazingly like a porter. Like a porter light. Like a lager porter. Fairly tasty.

Tries to be creamy but the carbonation is a little intrusive.

Overall: do it

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:15:02 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of DasBoot91


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very dark looking beer. Not all the way black, if the light is on it you can see a slight dark red/brown color. Head is a light brown color. Almost looks like a glass of coca-cola.

S- Roasted malts, getting a lot of chocolate.

T- Like the smell, lots of deep roasted malts and chocolate. A slight bitter taste but not much.

M- Medium body. Very smooth to drink. A little carbonation.

O- I think it's a easy going beer. Nothing to complex. One of the better ones in the Sam Adams fall pack. Will buy again next fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 16:54:28 | More by DasBoot91
Photo of udubdawg


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

pours very dark brown, and a little light makes it through and I get some reddish highlights. Light brown airy head fades into decent lace - better than I thought. Nose is also a surprise at medium in strength, featuring a bit of charred malts and a general sweet chocolate aroma, maybe a bit of caramel.
Liking the burnt bitter edge to the flavors. Otherwise it is better than decent, but not spectacular. Coffee I didn't note in the aroma, and more sweet chocolate - in fact it is probably a bit too sweet to be as drinkable as it could be. Thankful for the bitter from the char, otherwise the hop bitterness would be insufficient.
Medium bodied and featuring a pretty high carbonation level - I repeatedly swirled much of this out until the beer was more satisfactory. I'd have it again - quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 01:33:18 | More by udubdawg
Photo of zjungleist


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really dark amber color, but not black exactly, with a dull white, foamy head. Smell is pretty sweet with burnt caramel/sugar aromas. Taste is still pretty sweet, with some decent roasted malt and bitter hop flavors. Lots of caramel flavors, not a lot of chocolate flavors. Not exactly complex, but well balanced. Mouth feel has plenty of carbonation as well as body. Overall, a decent brew, and probably my favorite offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 01:01:20 | More by zjungleist
Photo of zaphodchak


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big creamy tan head, clearish ruby-brown body.

Tangy metallic nose, there's malt hidden under aluminum.

Taste is nice and roasty malt. Most of the metallic presence is gone, but there's still some tang from something. It's a shame, too because minus that, this would be quite a nice dark lager. It's still decent in spite of this. Maybe I have a skunky bottle.

Mouthfeel is kinda too cola-fizzy for the style.

Taking the good with the bad, this is pretty all right. I expect no less from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 22:50:18 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of bluejacket74


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the Black Lager pours dark brown with a long lasting off-white head. There's a decent bit of lacing with this beer too. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. It tastes like roasted malt, bread, caramel, and semi-sweet chocolate. The mouthfeel is light and a bit watery. The drinkability is pretty good, it goes down easy. Not a great beer, but a pretty good one. Not a bad choice as a session beer either.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 00:32:30 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of david18

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love schwarzbier! You get the little bit of extra malt that comes with the darkness with all the drinkability and lightness of a pilsner. Like everything Boston Beer does , this is a great example of the style without being the best of outstandingly interesting.

The color is an intense black, good carbonation but not much aroma. Flavor is ok but very drinkable. I'd live to try this on tap at a bar.

In any case definitely worth getting!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 23:09:11 | More by david18
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice deep ruby red brew that and very little head the way I poured it... and I was trying to get a head *L*

The aroma was of dark malts, raisins, light aromatic hops, and a little bit of molasses. Rather pleasant.

The taste was of lightly roasted malt, very slightly sweet, and a light hop aftertaste.

It was much lighter in flavor than I had desired. Mouthfeel was also somewhat thin. But easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 03:19:01 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of kmo1030


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

dark brown with a thinish tan head, that fades. toasted aroma with chocolate and a bit of coffee. clean chocolate and caramel sweetness, attempt at balance with a little toasted cofee, and a little hops. a little buttery in the back. gets a little more interesting as it warms. medium bodied but a little soda like in the mouth, but this doesn't detract too much. pretty drinkable and a good attempt by sam adams to attract their audience to something a little out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 03:18:12 | More by kmo1030
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from 12 oz. bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack. Pours very dark almost black, but when held to light its more of a deep cranberry red. Nice 2 finger tan head intially but quickly dissolves leaving a thin layer behind. Very little last. Smell is off coffee and chocolate. very dark smell to it. Taste is pretty good, coffee and dark chocolate dominate the flavor but there seems to be a hint of hops. Lower carbonation and somewhat creamy taste, medium mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good beer, almost got better as temperature increased. Not a bad offering from Sam.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 00:06:50 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of BenH1068


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Poured a nice black-ish color, on closer inspecting shows a very dark ruby red. Head was an off white or very light tan, some lace.
-Smells a sweet malty aroma, maybe a little burnt molasses.
-Tastes dark malt and black coffee. Theres something else to the taste,but i can't put my finger on it. Nice mouth-feel, attractive body, and a good carbonation level.
-The only schwarzbier I've ever had, but a nice drinking brew. I would gladly drink this in the future, I hope the rest of the SA mix pack is this good.

Nicee first review done.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 21:51:02 | More by BenH1068
Photo of AChamberlain


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle from a brewmaster's pack.

A: Pours black. Thin head.

S: Roasted malts and toffee, caramels.

T: Strong malts. Tasted a lot like Köstritzer (obviously).

MF: It's smooth and medium bodied.

D: Easy to drink. I love Köstritzer, but this isnt quite as good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 22:01:24 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of gerardoluna


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] Caramel-brownie red with a good creamy head, no retention.

[Nouse] Aroma was maltroast... some caramel, chocolate, coffe hints and some sour fruit.

[MOuth] Moderately bitter in flavor with a touch of caramel malt, Mouthfeel was creamy and slick

Good beeer!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 18:38:50 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours solid black with a big, tan head that just screams "drink me!"

Smell: Has a strong roasted malt aroma with very little hop presence.

Taste: Has a very nice malty flavor that reminds me of a mix of coffee and chocolate. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild body. Nothing too special here one way or the other.

Drinkability: By the time I got to the end of the glass, it was getting a little tough to finish. Having one would be good from time to time, but I couldn't drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 20:18:01 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before Sept '05 on the bottle. I'm pleased anytime an American brewery crafts their version of a Schwarzbier. This one pours a deep mahogany, not quite black. Thick foamy head quickly reduces to a thin lace around the glass. Nose has some charred malt and hazelnut aromas. Imparts some dark chocolate and a nutty peanut buttery flavor balanced by a quick mild hop zing in the finish. Love the fact that its sub 5%-ABV...such an easy drinker, and a true session beer for sure. Mouthfeel is a bit acrid and spritzy on the tip of the tongue at first, but graduates to a smoothness in the finish. One I'd gladly take a few of, and a bit more flavorful than their standard "lager" offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 00:14:34 | More by IrishRedRock
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