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McSorley's Irish Black Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager

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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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Photo of obywan59


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A 5 finger head leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark bread with a bit of floral hops.

Lightly sweet with toasted malt, but primarilly tart like a wheat beer, which is appropriate as I'm drinking it out of a weizen glass.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, but it leaves a light sticky coating on the tongue and some heartburn in the throat.

This beer is decent, but not great. I probably won't try it again.

04-29-2012 02:22:38 | More by obywan59
Photo of Gregwa


4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

04-15-2012 21:54:55 | More by Gregwa
Photo of soonerlight


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-15-2012 03:19:40 | More by soonerlight
Photo of avisong


2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

04-14-2012 23:25:34 | More by avisong
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.08/5  rDev -12%

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good, but little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry, dusty roastiness. Very faint neutral maltiness. Clean. Otherwise, not much going on.

3.0 T: Light dry roastiness. Slightest touch of chocolate. Very faint malt sweetness. Again, not much going on.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.0 D: Fairly tame schwarzbier, but not bad. Goes down quite easy.

04-08-2012 00:22:15 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of pajeff


3/5  rDev -14.3%

04-08-2012 00:19:05 | More by pajeff
Photo of Scoobert


3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-31-2012 01:14:46 | More by Scoobert
Photo of richbrew

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

03-29-2012 00:56:47 | More by richbrew
Photo of SweJon


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-24-2012 01:39:14 | More by SweJon
Photo of BMoldy

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

03-22-2012 01:14:20 | More by BMoldy
Photo of Buster


3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-21-2012 14:20:50 | More by Buster
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-18-2012 20:02:43 | More by Jim_DemonDeacon
Photo of mikerems

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-18-2012 03:50:04 | More by mikerems
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark black with some brown tinges. Very little foam remains. Light chocolate nose. Smooth, even keeled dark chocolate malt taste. Light, almost watery underneath. Mild bitter long into the finish. Pretty good beer. Enjoyable.

03-17-2012 20:36:31 | More by KTCamm
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

McSorley's may sound tough, but it looks like a weak cup of decaf. While the better part of the beer is black, a good deal of it is still light brown. Those spots not only showcase clarity but a good deal of sparkle against the light. As for head, it has none. As for lace, it leaves none. Hence, again, the weak cup of decaf look.

I was expecting stout, but the nose is unmistakably schwarzbier. The difference may be negligible to casual drinkers, but I assure you it's night and day to those who've acquired the taste for the coffee and roasted barley aromas of stouts. A lot less chocolate (though with hints of cocoa), this has a much more moderate maltiness.

On the palate it is medium-light bodied and smooth with no harshness whatsoever, despite the prominent taste of dark and lightly roasted malts. It is a very neutral (some may say 'clean') character that deposits a pleasant nougat-like sweetness in the aftertaste, but nothing at all coffee or chocolate-like. I want to say 'dark fruits' but maybe not.

The beer's extreme dryness contributes to its neutral feel on the palate. Even the sweetness parts quickly. It drinks very much the same as a golden lager, albeit with the additional dark maltiness, and has about the same bitterness (which is to say little). As such, dark colour notwithstanding, it should really appeal to mainstream drinkers.

McSorley's may have an Irish name, but it's a German-style beer brewed by an American company. Too weak for stout lovers, this black(ish) beer may be a good introduction for those too timid yet for the dark roastiness of authentic Irish stouts. And when viewed in this regard, it's not too bad an offering at all. I'd happily have another.

03-17-2012 19:32:44 | More by biegaman
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2012 13:33:17 | More by Ralphs66
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-15-2012 18:58:18 | More by fdig23
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-13-2012 12:48:43 | More by DavidGross
Photo of fx20736

New York

4/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool.

Black with 2 finger khaki head.

Aroma; Deeply toasted malt, a touch of roastiness and a faint hoppiness.

Mouthfeel; nice, mousselike

taste: malty, with a dry finish, and a slight aftertaste of licorice and smoke.

notes: this is good. This is very good beer,

03-13-2012 00:45:50 | More by fx20736
Photo of Drinking_Milkshakes

4/5  rDev +14.3%

03-11-2012 23:12:46 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
Photo of beergoot


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours outz a rich, nearly black body and produces a thick, creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing down the glass.

Fair aroma - black patent malt and other roasted malts. Light burnt toast. Faint bitter chocolate.

Light chocolate, caramel, mocha flavors. Hop bitterness is well-hidden in the malt characteristics.

Smooth and velvety in the mouth. Wet and highlighting malt sweetness throughout.

A rather good black lager. Relatively light in body feel but with a nearly full, luscious dark malt roundness. Flavorful and smooth. Goes to show that decent malt-y dark beers can be made with lager yeasts, too.

03-11-2012 23:01:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of OldTime


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

03-09-2012 22:27:06 | More by OldTime
Photo of soju6


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

Served a black color with a nice tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt with a trace of caramel. There is also a bit of coffee and nut in the background. Taste of malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. There is a nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish. Medium body, crisp and smooth. Nice balance. Easy drinker, nice beer for the style. I think having this on tap at an Irish pub enhances the character of this beer.

03-03-2012 17:06:31 | More by soju6
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New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2012 02:44:32 | More by bckayaalp
Photo of Whiskeydeez


3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-28-2012 00:49:34 | More by Whiskeydeez
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
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