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

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,472 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,472
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 51
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of skynxnex
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easy to read freshness date (March 2006). Pours fairly black with ruby highlights. Held up to light, it lets a dim reddish color through. I poured it very gently, since I've had some Sam Adams get a huge head. Ended up with half a fingre, that settles to lacing on the sufrace and some down the glass.

Smell is grainy with some roasty notes. A lot more sweet/grainy smell gets through compared to a porter or stout.

Taste is smooth with a hint of roast and toast flavors matching nicely with the sweet. The hops just peek through at the end to provide a pleasent finish. It's quite drinkable. A very nice, mild, somewhat subtle, beer.

skynxnex, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of CpnYates
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a holiday sampler 12 pack, purchased at a Roanoke Kroger
Poured into a nice foamy brown head, with strong retention. A dark beer, but sunlight visible if held up to a window. Taste is smooth with roasted malt being the main character in the mix.

A good beer, but a little two sweet to be a daily addition to the fridge.

CpnYates, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Pehlman
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Usually Im not a fan of super malty flavored beers. But the roasted smokiness of the malts in this beer put it right up my alley. Beer looks good, smells good and tastes good. Not great but good. Feels great in the mouth. A very comfortable beer. Definitely a beer I could enjoy from time to time.

Pehlman, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of uhhhaaron
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

consumed 02-19-2009, 12oz bottle into pint glass.

appearance: pours an almost black color with ruby tones on the edges. managed to get about an 1/8 inch head.. minimal lacing.

smell: roasted malts, mild nutty aroma & slight hop presence.

taste: roasted malts & hints of caramel & cocoa. has a bit of a spicy note to it & a clean/grassy but very light hop note.

mouthfeel: light bodied with light carbonation.

drinkability: easy drinker and good session beer. but i'd choose others over this.

uhhhaaron, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of tkepx182
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant dark lager. I was surprised by the burnt taste of the hops and thought that it brought a nice flavor addition to what would have been a normal lager. It seemed to be a nice mix of my two favorite beers, stouts and lagers. I enjoyed this beer and will miss it when I finish the 6 pack.

tkepx182, May 13, 2011
Photo of BigJaws
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BigJaws, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of havoc1
4/5  rDev +7.8%

havoc1, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of femond
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

femond, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of beerogre
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered this beer when I was up in NJ a few weeks ago. Not having tried it before and with little else of interest in the particular beer store I found myself in, I bought a 6 pack.

I was reasonably impressed by this darkish ruby colored, caramel prominent brew. More so than I imagined I might be.

Since my initial encounter, I have acquired another 4 bottles in the Sam Adams Winter Pack that my wife bought for me recently.

Strangely, every time I go to drink this beer I expect to experience the same slight disappointment I get with Saranac beers (they sound and look great, but just don't really hit the spot) however, Sam Adams is not Saranac and I should know by now that they consistently deliver the goods on a regular basis.

beerogre, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of MyMagicalPants
4/5  rDev +7.8%

MyMagicalPants, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of pharmer
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly black with a bit of a red hue when viewed into a light. Forms a 1-finger tan head that displays little retention.

Almost no smell to this one, which is surprising. There is a hint of roasted dark malt and touch of coffee.

Tastes of dark roasted malt and coffee flavors. Slightly bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is again surprisingly light and smooth with a moderately high carbonation. This doesn't have the mouthfeel you'd expect when looking at it.

Overall, I enjoy this beer and could drink a few in a sitting.

pharmer, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The beer pours an almost black color with a thick creamy tan head.

Smell: It's a smokey smell with a hint of black coffee.Almost reminded me of the smell of Liquid Smoke.

Taste: Almost identical to the smell, very thick and smokey with a hint of coffee. Flavor kind of reminded me of how meat tastes when its charred on the grill.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied and with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a great tasting lager.Easy to drink,and leaves you wanting more, the smokiness of the beer is what keeps you coming back. Highly recommended!!

Tee76, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of b2rade2n
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

b2rade2n, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of hoorayfourbeer
5/5  rDev +34.8%

hoorayfourbeer, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of noknife83
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, about an inch of thick creamy foam. Super dark chocolate taste, with a thick syrupy feel to it. I can't really describe the smell but I didn't care for it. A very heavy beer, but not much in the alcohol dept. only 4.9

Not my favorite by a long shot, but not horrible.

noknife83, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of weazle1334
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

weazle1334, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of JKerfman
3/5  rDev -19.1%

JKerfman, May 06, 2012
Photo of thechief16
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

thechief16, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Eastsideinside
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Eastsideinside, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of JustinSamuelson
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

JustinSamuelson, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of fromage
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll be writing a bunch of review from this holiday sampler, I suppose. A decent haul on average, but nothing to go out of your way to get. If you live in the south, though... :)

Poured into a pilsner glass. Very dark brown, mahogany when held up to the light. Big foamy tan head that lasted half the glass, and then left a good deal of lacing.

Smells good coming out of the bottle. Caramel, toffee, some nuts, grapes and raisins... not really any burnt malt.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. Most of the bite is from carbonation. Roast/burnt malt and molasses, and am left with a nutty, caramel aftertaste.

Medium full body, tacky aftertaste.

Easy enough to drink. Probably better than the Koestritzer I've had.

fromage, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of etenbus
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.

etenbus, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Sosh
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark brown when pouring, but appears black as the glass fills. When held to light brown and red are seen.

Smell - Like a lager! Also has kind of a burnt smell.

Taste - The best part. Chocolate/Coffee/Lager Beer.

Drinkability - Fantastic, a great session beer!

Sosh, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of chuckm
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this would be a porter until bringing it home and reading what a Schwarzbier is supposed to be. With this as my only experience I can see this is a style to search out. The color was a reddish black with a thick head which faded quickly. The smell was a roasted nutty scent however the highlight was the taste. A flavorful and balanced beer with just a little of the bitter after taste I've come to expect from my porters. Very drinkable and one I would seek out for a season other than winter(this is being typed after shoveling the latest 8 inches of snow).

chuckm, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of tmcelman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

tmcelman, Nov 20, 2011
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,472 ratings.