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

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84
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2,443 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 46
Gots: 62 | 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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cbleary

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer today in a pint glass out of a 12oz. bottle from the Brewmaster's Collection Mix Pack. It looked delicious and dark with a robust white head. The malts were apparent in the nose and there was a hint of rich fruit as well. The taste is the star of the show is this brew. The people I tried it with all recognized the uncommonly long, blooming finish that this beer has. The beer is extraordinarily well-balanced and enjoyable to drink. I'm usually not quite this enthusiastic about Sam Adams brews but the people at the Boston Beer Co. have a real winner with this lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 02:51:35 | More by cbleary
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yakman

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my everyday drinking beer. I prefer darker more malted styles. Not my favorite, but for the price makes a good drink.

More malty than hops, good color an feel. Easy to drink several on a hot summer day. Much better than the macro breweries offers.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:23:45 | More by yakman
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brfbeerdrinker

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[Appearance]: This Lager is very dark actually black as the name suggests.

[Smell]: The scent of this beer leaves somthing to be desired, a ever so slight smell of floral and almost nothing else.

[Foretaste]: Almost like a good coffee, and also strong burnt floral taste.

[Midflavor]: Citrus, and a slight burnt floral again.

[Aftertaste]: Very citrusy, and again like a very good coffee.

[Overall Flavor]: This beer just from looking at told me strong as any dark. I was wrong it is very easy on flavor in a good way though.

[Mouthfeel]: slightly oily then disipates quickly.

[Drinkability]: very good beer easy to drink awesome.

Would also like to add that it goes very well with my sceczwan stirfry...basically good with spicy food...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:52:56 | More by brfbeerdrinker
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bob3701

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice creamy looking head that goes to a thin film. Excellent lacing. Nice roasted malt aroma. Hints of caramel and just the slightest bitterness of chocolate. Goes down so nice and easy. Very clean finish. I really enjoy this beer and unfortunantly where I live this seems to be the only black lager available. This beer makes me want to try others. Good job SA!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:05:35 | More by bob3701
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TheDeuce

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Black Lager....from the Brewmaster's Variety Pack

Appearance-pours a pitch-black color with a nice foamy tan head, decent clarity on the color, a nice looking beer.

Smell-roasted barley malt with a touch of coffee and perhaps chocolate, hops touch in, nicely balanced aroma.

Taste-again nicely balanced, chocolate flavor at first then mixes with bitter hops, since it isn't thick it goes down nicely, a really nice drinkable lager.

Mouthfeel-again the lack of thickness helps the mix of flavors hit all parts of the toungue with no inturruption, goes down nicely.

Drinkability-sessionable due to alcoholic content, yet this beer sacrifices no flavor, I'm very impressed.

Overall-a nice suprise, between this and Saranac's Black Forest Schwarzbeir I'm beginning to like the style but this is fantastic, a great surprise, very flavorful and unlike anything most have tried. A good way to get others into the darker spectrem of beet that isn't called "Guinness"

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 07:48:37 | More by TheDeuce
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eberkman

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an opaque black with some fiery red highlights when held up to the light. A fairly vigorous pour left a modestly thick light-tan head that dissipated fairly quickly until it just covered the surface. I would have liked a little more head, but other than that, a very beautiful beer.

Smell was of dark-roasted coffee beans, whole-grain bread and some caramelized sugar. Very pleasing.

First taste is a very tangy but malty sweetness characterized mostly by coffee and dark chocolate notes, but with a bready flavor as well. It quickly transitions into a dry finish but with a sweetness that lingers afterwards. Not much in the way of hops here, but to me that's generally fine with a dark brew.

Mouthfeel is one of fullness with good carbonation. Not watery at all; almost creamy. Also highly drinkable; in fact it's gulpable if you don't take your time with it.

I really enjoyed this one and I'm glad they sell it on its own instead of making you buy a holiday case to get two bottles of the stuff. I've bought 6-packs of this before and I will continue to.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 02:14:41 | More by eberkman
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AlesRTasty

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black? check!
S - Roasty, slight chocolate-sweet aroma
T - oh baby, definitly taste the chocolate on the palate with a delicious roasted coffee aftertaste
M - smooth, just the right amount of carbonation
D - wish I had more

Not much of a lager fan but this one was recommended to me by a friend. I enjoy roasted flavors so this one hits the spot. It gets an A in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 04:20:56 | More by AlesRTasty
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice very dark almost black color with a two or three finger creamy tan head with fair retention and lacing. smell is bready, caramel, slighty fruity. caramel and toasted malt, a very small hop taste at the end and slightly sweet. light mouthfeel but not watery, very smooth going down. very nice beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 04:51:54 | More by billybob
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etenbus

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Schwartzbier type is relatively unknown in the states, unless you have a good beer retailer or pub that has carried the German Kostritzer. Thankfully, Samuel Adams has added this excellent beer to its rotation.

It pours dark with a decent off white head. It's black until you hold it up to the light when you can see the ruby inside.

The aroma is all about malt, biscuit, some mild chocolate--similar to the aromas coming from the stove when I'm homebrewing.

The taste is hearty. It doesn't have that overpowering maltiness of an Oktoberfest style; it's more chocolaty and sweeter, but not too sweet. The hops come in on the sides of the tongue and cover up the sweetness just in time. It has a dry finish, almost cleansing in nature, with a slight chocolate scone flavor lingering around. Mouthfeel is medium to thin, which is fine since this is a lager.

Overall, a worthy offering from Jim Koch and friends. It takes the lager to new worlds as should be the case when 85% of the world drinks tasteless fizzy yellow bile.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 05:41:01 | More by etenbus
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Smittysguinness

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bummer this is so limited. I really enjoy this beer.

It poured black into the glass, with a rich brown head and decent lacing; it looked like foamy coffee.

It was hard to pick out a single smell, which was a good thing. Spicy came to mind; like mild mulling spices. Slight chocolate and a little coffee (though so little I could have been kidding myself).

Now the taste was something remarkable. Coffee and chocolate (quite heavy on the coffee for that matter, which is my second favorite drink next to beer...water comes in a distant 536th) are the heavy hitters here, a definite malty sweetness, little yeasty breadiness. GREAT winter beer, though a tad thin. I couldn't detect a hoppy bitterness at all, which is close to style, though others have at least a taste of it.

Another solid offering from Sammy A. The carbonation was not obtrusive at all, and all-in-all, this was a great, very drinkable beer; I could drink a sixer myself, given that this is so much lighter in body than most dark beers like stouts and porters (which I gather Schwarzbier is supposed to be). Too bad, again, that I can only find this in the holiday mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 14:22:40 | More by Smittysguinness
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a coca cola colored black/brown body with a thick creamy light tan head.

The nose was a mild chocolate, smoke, roasted smell. Not overly complex, but very inviting.

Taste was medium bodied with a big roasted chocolate and mild smoke flavor. Not a rauchbier, ham or meat taste, more of a chimney black sort of smoke. Very porter or stout like but with this huge taste of German bock or lager notes. The roasted malt flavor is outstanding!!! Mild bitterness with some mild earthy hop notes.

Damn this is a good beer. Considering the other mellowed beers the BBC has released I was expecting this to be just a boring dark version of Sam lager or something. This borders more on a mildly smoked porter. Really an outstanding beer. Makes me want to try more schwarzbier. A fantastic session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 17:42:03 | More by taez555
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the Boston Beer Company's better efforts here.

The Black Lager is a joy to consume.

The color is... well you guessed it black, while at the same time having a small, though well formed head. The beer leaves more than acceptable lacing throughout.

The smell is malt dominated, and one would be hard pressed to really smell much in the way of hops.

Others have mentioned a bit of a coffee taste and this was the first thing that came to my mind after tasting. There is definite sweet aspects to this beer as well, aspects that balance with the coffee tones quite well.

Could drink a sixer of this quite easily. It's not world class, but it's simply a well made beer. The Boston Beer Company gets flak in some beer circles and sure they aren't Stone or Bells.. but man are some of the better efforts they put out ever drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 04:56:16 | More by JoeyHotrod
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bearrunner44

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-black, reddish brown with a thick head. Retention was pretty good, and there was excellent lacing. The smell is full of chocolate and coffee notes. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's smooth as silk despite the carbonation. The taste consists of chocolate and coffee elements that blend seamlessly into the slight bitterness in the finish. The bitterness is at a perfect level, countering the smooth sweetness of the beer without decreasing drinkability. This is a delicious, extremely drinkable beer that I could spend all night with.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 01:54:23 | More by bearrunner44
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Dec 05. Pours a black color with some carbonation and a little head, some nice lacing throughout. Scents of hops, and caramel, chocolate. There's a nice sweet taste which I liked and you still have the lager presence. Medium body. Very drinkable, a must session beer for this style. Will put this on my list to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 01:08:58 | More by Wasatch
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing on the glass. Smell was good hints of coffee. Taste is very enjoyable malts stick out. I was expecting this to feel heavier than it is good body and smooth. This is a very easy to brink beer not too heavy and very smooth I would get this again if I ever see it at the store again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 04:30:06 | More by armock
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maddamish

Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an excellent excellent brew. I think they should consider making this their flagship beer. I do have to say that drinking this makes me appreciate not only their regular lager more but Sam Adams as a company. Wow this is fantastic!

Poured out a dark brown color with a medium sized head. Lacing was present through out. Toffee, malts and caramel dominate the taste buds. This was just the right mix as it wasn't too sweet at all. I know this might sound gross but there was a smoked ham/light cigar type flavor going on in the taste and in the smell. This just blew me away!

But everything else to this beer was just top notch and hopefully they will sell this in six packs in my area. I will be a beer advocate on this one!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 13:28:33 | More by maddamish
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark brown almost balck brew (has a red tint in some light) has a huge (massive) chunky tan head. Head fades to a nice fluffy 1/2" head/island. Great sticky lacing.

The brew smells of sweet roasted chocolate, and caramel.

The brew is very light bodied and smooth (wow - very drinkable) has a great roasted malts flavor. The chocolate and caramel come through nicely.

This brew is light bodied - yet very tasty with a good mouthfeel. Case worthy indeed. One of the best from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:27:05 | More by magine
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goochpunch

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark dark brown almost to the point of being black. Some dark ruby hues. You can just barely make out your fingers on the other side of the glass. Thick almond head that settles down to .5" and leaves thick lacing patterns. Smokey, roasted malts stick out in the nose along with some chocolate, dried fruit and clean lager aromas. Smoky, roasty, lightly chocolatey, slightly acidic, and clean in the finish with some hop bitterness and mild astringency. Has an interesting malted milk ball flavor thing going on. Mouthfeel is fairly light with some prickling carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 05:12:51 | More by goochpunch
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this dark lager. Delicious. Give me more. Why are not on draught in Boston?!? Dark color, decent head, wonderful dark-roasted malts and just the slightest hops. No overwhelming coffee or chocolate hints, and the perfect body for drinkability. Keep 'em comin' !

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 23:19:48 | More by selecter70
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a totally opaque black that betrays only the slightest ruby highlights when held up to direct light. Very nice aroma of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and some dextrine vanilla notes. It's a smooth, almost creamy aroma. On the palate, this beer is big and juicy, with plenty of active carbonation and a texture that treads perfectly between creamy smoothness and a light, racy touch. Malt bitterness is pronounced up front before morphing into something a that's a touch sweeter and acidic. Hop snap toward the end. This is an excellent beer and one of my favorites from Sam Adams. It's got rich flavors, sessionability and authenticity. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 02:02:04 | More by geexploitation
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RichieS2

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my introduction to the schwarzbier style and it came as a pleasant surprise. 12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: At first glance I believed that this was a porter or stout. It did not register to me that a lager could look like this; opaque with very little light coming through with some quickly dissipating cream frothiness on top.

Smell: Similar to appearance; upon sniffing it I thought it was a porter/stout. It had the characteristics of roasted malt that you would expect in a dark beer.

Taste: Here is where things got interesting, it had a similar taste to a porter but it was just that it was so lighter in taste and had some traces of sweetness that reminded me of vanilla. This ultimately is what won me over, a complex flavor but with the consistency of a much lighter beer.

Mouthfeel: Initially it was strange, a beer this dark with such flavor swirled around and went down very easily with consistency that approached water.

Drinkability: Good flavor and being light means this is an ideal brew for spring or summer when you still want to enjoy complex flavors but don't want a particularly heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 23:06:05 | More by RichieS2
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frosty

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this stuff. Very dark dark brown when poured this stuff is nice. The smell of coffee and chocolate fill my nose. As it goes down the same flavors are there with maltiness making this beer great. Very easy to drink and pleasing. I got to give it to the Boston Beer Co. on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 05:47:14 | More by frosty
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greengorilla

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pilsner glass. It is a dark black with a nice tan head.

The smell is good. It is a combination of roasted malt and a hint of citris.

I don't taste the citris, but the roasted malt dominates the taste. There is just enough hops. I really enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is nice, and it is very drinkable. This is a high quality beer at a very reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 19:04:20 | More by greengorilla
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RollingRocker

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the real the treat in the Sam Adams sampler pack i bought this week. At first its appearance is that of a stout or porter, I have had dark lagers just never this dark before. Held to the light it appeared black with reddish hues, very nice, not quite the same head retention as a stout though. Has a slight smell similar to a stout (chocolate and roasted coffee) and the flavor to boot there was very little lacing on the glass. Has slightly creamy mouthfeel of a stout with the finish being much milder than expected. In the end it was a very dark mild satisfying beer that i plan on picking up again very very soon.

-RR

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 15:17:55 | More by RollingRocker
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MSchae1017

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was tasted in a Pint Glass from a bottle.

This poured nearly black with hints of red. The head was not the best. The most overpowering smell in this beer is the malts. As the beer is tasted you can really sense roasted malts. The beer is not overly hoppy but there is a good level of bitterness to it. There is a good level of carbonation and there is a welcome thickness it your mouth. This a fantastic beer and is especially welcome during these winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 01:13:26 | More by MSchae1017
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,443 ratings.