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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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2,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,441
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 60 | 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 ShucksBruh


4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-24-2012 04:04:48 | More by ShucksBruh
Photo of BassBone


4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black into my glass mug from the bottle with a tan, fluffy head. Holding it up to the light, I could detect nice rubies around the edges. The head left a somewhat decent lace down the walls of the mug also. It has a nice sweet malty smell with a little hint of something else that i can't quite place. On the first sip I taste some nice malts and a little bit of that Schwarzbier tang that I've come to enjoy. The taste gets richer and more complex as it warms up. Add to all that a nice smooth finish and mouthfeel and you have one damn tasty and drinkable dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 06:00:20 | More by BassBone
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 02:55:20 | More by chuckm
Photo of beerishappy


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-13-2012 15:20:06 | More by beerishappy
Photo of bdridge


2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

07-12-2012 18:42:04 | More by bdridge
Photo of sluggermatt15


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

I picked up a case of this and was impressed with this beer.

A- Pours a darker brownish color and you can see this when you hold it up to the light.

S- Smells of roasted malts, coffee. Nothing too overwhelming here.

T&M- Definitely a full bodied beer. Great taste of malts, no real bitterness with this one.

D- About average here. I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these in one sitting. SA's Black Lager isn't meant to be pounded down, rather it's more or less for relaxing.

Overall, I would definitely pick this one up again. I enjoyed it and if you are a fan of schwarzbiers, take a chance on this one because you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 18:55:23 | More by sluggermatt15
Photo of andruke


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-02-2012 18:54:07 | More by andruke
Photo of Pinnerjo

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-06-2013 23:44:12 | More by Pinnerjo
Photo of nach0king


2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've recently developed a taste for black lagers - this one's decent but little more than that. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: The colour's right. A bit of light can get through but hardly any. No head to speak of.

S: A little bit of sugar, toffee, malt. A very nice smell but there's not enough of it.

T: As the smell suggested this is mild for a black. That said it's well-balanced - seems more heavily hopped than the ones I'm used to and that's welcome. The bitterness makes it more coffee than toffee. But it just feels like there isn't enough there.

M: Perhaps slightly overcarbonated but still pretty full for a lager - which is a good thing.

Would probably not go looking for this one again. It's perfectly fine but there are better schwarzbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:16:38 | More by nach0king
Photo of Smittysguinness


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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2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It's very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn't choose this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 14:22:57 | More by Mechphisto
Photo of tigerdoc

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice creamy head during the pour that quickly dissapears. A fairly high level of carbonation that takes away from the potential smoothness of the beer. Aroma is very malty and nutty. Similairly nutty flavor to the beer. It finishes well with a nice bitterness. Overall a pretty good example of a black lagar.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 18:33:47 | More by tigerdoc
Photo of cpmau11


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Body is back with a nice one a half inch tan creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is good, smells of chocolate and hints of caramel. Taste is great, tons of roasted barley, chocolate, and slight hop bitterness on the back palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and welcoming, only way I can really put it. Drinkability is great since the ABV is around 4.9, I can enjoy plenty of these bad boys.

Overall, this has to be my favorite Sam Adams beer. I've only had a few different versions of a black lager including some homebrewed versions. Definitely a great schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 00:10:29 | More by cpmau11
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a much longer review of this beer, but my connection cut out on me. Here's a smaller version of the original: Pours dark brown, black with a red hue in glass, thick tanned head. Aroma has caramel, smoke and coffee. Medium malted body, good sweetness. Some coffee notes comes through, but caramel and smoke dominates. Feel is a bit oily, also some dry feel. Finish has nice hop bitterness

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 19:38:19 | More by MayLattimore
Photo of kcopelan002


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-31-2011 04:15:11 | More by kcopelan002
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-09-2011 17:14:46 | More by nsschwab
Photo of MatthewBuchholz


3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-13-2012 18:28:57 | More by MatthewBuchholz
Photo of JimmyMPR

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-01-2014 01:12:39 | More by JimmyMPR
Photo of Tawnos


3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown, light lacing but not a lot of head.

Smells sweet, somewhat smokey. Like roasted barbeque meat, somewhat similar to the celebrator doppelbock, though with less molasses. A bit overly sweet smelling.

Tastes somewhat woody, good earthy taste with a roasted nut palette. Less sweet than the smell would tell you, which is good, as it ends up more balanced than the smell would indicate. Not much hop presence, this feels like a lager.

Somewhat tingly mouthfeel, not a huge amount of carbonation, but not creamy like a nitrogen beer. Somewhat thick for the lightness, not syrupy, but smooth.

It's drinkable, but not out of this world.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 04:45:12 | More by Tawnos
Photo of InDreams


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok let me start by saying, first off, that I'm a huge fan of this beer, even after having just tried it for the first time.

A: Poured out of the bottle into a flute glass a very dark shade of what is best described as mahogany. A centimeter or so of tan-colored head that did not dissipate very quickly and left minimal lacing.

S: Smells very sweet and malty. You instantly pick up the roasted caramel and chocolate malts; they're pretty rich.

T: Pretty nice. Sweet and full of the malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Kind of got a coffee feel to it, which is to be expected. The hops don't really make themselves felt here aside from a tad bit of spiciness. Not much of an aftertaste. My only complaint here would be that it oculd benefit from a slightly richer taste. The sweet caramel malty flavor is very nice, but it's kind of underplayed.

M: Very light body, very smooth. Being used to stouts or porters, you expect a heavier body, but it's a lager so it's something of a surprise. It's almost watery. Like the taste, I'd say it could benefit from a little bit more.

D: Well, it's very tasty and very light, so I can see myself having an entire six of these no problem. Everything about the beer is pleasant; it could just be more so. But, even without more taste or more body, it's extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 03:19:16 | More by InDreams
Photo of stof0048


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark brown with a hint of red. Essentially no head after the initial pour, minimal lacing.

S: Mostly smells of malt and a bit of wheat.

T: Malty, a bit sweet with a hint of hops.

M: Very smooth, nice "bubbliness" over the tongue, medium body.

D: Very good sippin' beer. Could sit back all night and go glass after glass with this stuff.

Overall, excellent beer for a domestic. Very impressed with the Sam Adams I've tried thus far.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 04:42:01 | More by stof0048
Photo of necrat

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark like a malt, but it wasn't as thick, more like a lager. (Go figure.)

Very light smell, smell of hops, malts, coffee, chocolate, and dark bread.

The taste was rather good. I expected less to be honest. Nice malty mix with caramel and coffee notes on the tounge. A very slight toasted finish with a clean finish. As it warms you can taste the hop notes a little too

It was a little too carbonated, which is why I reduced the mouthfeel one notch on this.

Overall this is a definite hit from the Sam Adams collection and you won't regret buying one. I'll buy one again. (I would like to try it on tap)

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:13:50 | More by necrat
Photo of kinolust


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-11-2012 20:07:45 | More by kinolust
Photo of BrewCityJeff


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-31-2012 15:41:28 | More by BrewCityJeff
Photo of Ally928

4.75/5  rDev +28%

07-19-2012 22:24:04 | More by Ally928
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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