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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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2,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,463
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 49
Gots: 72 | 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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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-04-2013 21:40:59 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-02-2013 21:45:20 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-25-2011 04:16:07 | More by rab53
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-10-2014 04:53:44 | More by tommyguz
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-10-2013 04:59:46 | More by NMFB
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-20-2013 13:58:09 | More by HRamz3
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-19-2012 17:24:35 | More by KevieJames
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-27-2013 23:56:59 | More by Carl_R
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-23-2013 15:38:33 | More by jucifer1818
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South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

10-11-2012 04:39:12 | More by Chucker17
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

09-24-2013 15:50:27 | More by traviswhillier
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-20-2012 01:32:54 | More by jda007
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-24-2012 19:30:25 | More by precella
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3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, best by January 2012. From the Autumn/Harvest mix pack.

Appearance: Dark brown in the glass, dark walnut beer with bright clarity when held up to the light. Beige head which falls a bit too quickly.

Smell: Lots of chocolate in the initial nose. Almost s'mores-like, with hints of toasty graham as well. Not typically what I associate with a schwartzbier, but it's not unpleasant. A bit of nice toasty malt character skulking around there in the background, I'm assuming from the Munich malt. A swirl and a bit of warming bring just a ghost of burnt malt.

Taste: Quite honestly, this is fruitier than I expected from a lager. The fruitiness is really what gets you first, and is fairly dominant; the roast (lightly bitter, relatively low in intensity, and pleasant) comes later. The flavor's actually pretty mild. Just a hint of mild, clean hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Too high on the carbonation; makes it seem a bit thin

Overall: I'm not one to hate on Sam Adams, far from it. The Irish Red in this pack was ok, and the Oktoberfest, Rauchbier, and Pumpkin Ale were enjoyable. This one just doesn't do it for me though. There isn't the nice Munich toasty background, nor the roast intensity that make the good German schwartzbiers, and this tastes more like an ale, with the estery profile. It's not a BAD beer, per se, but I don't see myself ever buying a sixer of it (unlike Sam's Cream Stout, which is pretty tasty).

09-17-2011 03:38:54 | More by BedetheVenerable
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Picked up in a mix six pack hope this turns out better than the other two. Poured a nice black ruby color with decent head that was a creamy thick off white color. Smell was toasted and caramel malts maybe a bit of roast. Taste is muted chocolate bit of roasted grain, and dominated by caramel malt. Descent mouthfeel creamy and smooth could be a little bit smoother. Drinkability is nice good refreshing beer.

01-15-2011 00:59:57 | More by rpardon7
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - A dark ruby-brown with an eggshell colored two-finger creamy head. Decent retention. Nice looking rings of lacing.

S - Burnt graininess and some floral hop. Some caramel/chocolate malt.

T - Burnt chocolate malt taste forward. Graininess in the nose also present in the taste. A hint of light fruity hop in the finish, but it's very mild. Fruity yeast esters also kick in near the end of the flavor profile with a kind of aritificial lemon flavor. Kind of an oddly sweet and fruity finish for a Schwarzbier. Not unpleasant, just strange.

M - Ok this is where this beer fails. Light bodied bordering on watery, and...creamy? The creaminess really clashes with the graininess of the taste. Could have used a more traditional clean "lager" finish in my opinion. Medium carbonation.

O - A really bizarre Schwarz from SA. Too many off characteristics that didnt work to be considered a truly good beer. Not a repeat buy.

12-07-2012 02:59:08 | More by TempeBeerMan
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Bottle poured a deep deep brown with small ruby highlights on the edges. Small white head.
Aroma is roasted chocolate and coffee malts. Smoky.
Same goes for the taste along with some toffee sweetness and a very mellow hop flavor. It's hard to detect through ll the roasted malts. A little on the sweet side.
Medium bodied and a little watery. Oily texture and smooth carbonation.

12-11-2011 22:43:30 | More by nimrod979
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a half finger of khaki foam that settle pretty quickly.

Smell: Lightly roasted malt, some hop and a faint hint of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt, slight smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent beer that I've enjoyed since Sam Adams started releasing it a few years ago. Not their best, but not their worst and I look forward to it in the variety packs.

11-06-2010 03:09:35 | More by Axic10
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West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

12 oz. bottle. Pours coca cola color with a decent foamy light brown head, fair lacing. Aroma is mainly malty, roasted malt, burnt, coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of hops. Flavor is caramel and roasted malts, a touch of smoke with bit of hops. Medium body, fairly bitter lightly carbonated a bit oily on the tongue. One of the better ones from Sam Adams.

08-21-2009 03:34:29 | More by mtstatebeer
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Very dark black color, with one finger head

Smelled smokey and I could also smell chocolate malts. The smokey was a little overwhelming.

Tasted ok, it was more bitter than expected and also a smoked taste. Felt thicker in the mouth and I didn't care for the mouthfeel. It was too thick for this beer.

Drinkability wise I just don't see myself ever drinking this beer again. It has low abv so you could drink a few if you liked it. Only redeeming factor there.

06-10-2010 01:15:06 | More by tykees88
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Black but clear (i.e. not cloudy), this brew greets you with a nose of sweet and Worcestershire sauce. The flavors reveal tar, and syrup, with perhaps fewer hops than I'd hope for. It's also kinda spritzy. The finish is ok, but nothing to write home about. Overall, not bad, but too sweet and chocolately for my liking.

01-22-2008 19:31:03 | More by drperm
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

Samuel Adams talks a good game, but there just aren't that many of their beers I enjoy. I received this as part of a holiday variety pack.

Pours a dark, blackish red. If that makes sense. The appearance is the best thing about it. I'm not overly familiar with the Schwarzbier formula, but there should be going on here than a deep malt taste, right? There's no roasting, not much in the way of hops, fruits, chocolate, etc. .... just malts. It's a solid beer, but nothing special.

12-25-2007 08:33:01 | More by Overlord
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3.18/5  rDev -14.3%

I was able to pick up just one bottle to try. Appearance is dark brown with copper, a beige foam and some lacing. Aroma is of charred oak, toasted grain, semi-sweet dark chocolate. Initial taste is caramel and chocolate followed by a few bitter hops that try but cannot overcome the caramel sweetness. Kind of watery and over carbonated. Acidic finish. This is a good beer for a schwarzebier, but I keep thinking: with a little more body it would make a decent porter – I miss the creaminess. Not sure it is my style, or that I would try another.

03-10-2006 23:19:23 | More by palliko
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

I'm a big fan of most dark beers, and I don't think this one disappoints. It has the appearance of a porter, in color at least. I actually like the description of a previous reviewer, it looks like flat cola. The smell has a sweet and roasted grain character to it, but is not very strong, and I will add, no hint of hops. As for the taste, it is a sweeter beer that leaves behind an almost toast-like flavor. Very flavorful and quite drinkable.

My one big complaint is the feeling once it goes down. There is an aftertaste to it that is quite biting and it lingers for a while. I sometimes find myself washing my mouth out with a glass of water just to rid myself of the leftover feeling.

Overall, I think this is a fine beer, both in taste and going down, but the aftertaste is a drawback.

05-01-2008 15:28:53 | More by ragnarsword
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%

I am not a huge schwarzbier person but I have had others that excited me more than this one, this one was very average. Appearance black with hints of red, one finger tan head that dissapeared a little quick. Smell was chocolate and malt taste was much the same with very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel light to mediem body and mediem carbonation. Drinkability I supose I could have a few but I could do without it just as well.

02-24-2008 22:36:26 | More by BeerTaster
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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