Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
3.93/5 rDev +8%
A ruby-hued black pour has a 1.5-finger off-white head that retains a ring throughout the brew, leaving a bit of sticky lace at the top of the glass.
The nose is dark and clean with unmuddled aromas of dark bread, coffee grounds, toasted pecan and a faint woody spice.
Light-med bodied palate is malty and bready with a nice touch of acrid roastiness bringing the balance with more flavors of coffee grounds and roasted pecan. Bitterness is mild, seemingly bigger with the darker malt, while the finish ends clean with malty bread and a lingering juiciness with final hints back at that pecan.
Overall, quite a tasty Schwarz. Everything I'd expect- clean, dark and quenching- but it's that persistent pecan note really making this delicious.
01-23-2012 22:59:42 | More by TheWhiskerReview
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Schlafly's Schwarzbier is a sentimental favorite, and my favorite lager.
That is to say it's one of the only lagers i would regularly drink if it wasn't a seasonal product.
The black lager introduces a strong roasted and smokey flavor to the wheat taste of a basic lager. It can best be described as an alcoholic iced coffee with a little wheat to it. I personally love it, but it wasn't released in 2012. In 2013 Schlafly released a canned version which i'll review separately after i've given it a try.
09-22-2013 12:35:22 | More by Pyramid_Head
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Freshness date of 10-24-11
Pours an effervescent mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Dark fruit, charred grain & choclate notes
T: Charred grain, stone fruit & some dark chcolate up front.Dark choclate, dryness & a touch of herbal hop spice as this warms, maybe even a touch of vanilla on the edges. Finishes sweet with a touch of caramel & a nice roastyness
MFL Creamy, medium bodied, nice balance
Good take on the style, easy to drink. As usual these guys do a good beer at a nice price
12-22-2011 03:37:05 | More by russpowell
2.95/5 rDev -19%
Another canned beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is damn near non existent. The faintest notes of malts. Taste is light, mild, some roasted malts, really not much going on. Feels light in the mouth and overall nothing special about this beer, mediocre at best.
11-29-2013 17:36:22 | More by tone77
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/9/2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Both the head retention and lacing are decent enough. The brew smells like roasted and bready malt, coffee, nuts and some chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some caramel and a bit of an earthy flavor. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and goes down easy. I think it's a solid brew overall. I'd buy this one again, hopefully a fresher bottle next time around. Still, even now it's worth a try at $1.75 for a single bottle. Purchased at Party Town, Florence, KY.
04-27-2012 23:11:40 | More by bluejacket74
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a deep, clear reddish-brown with a light tan head with good retention. The aroma is all malt, with hints of coffee and caramel. Starts off with a bit of malt sweetness and roasted grains, then opens up to a smooth caramel/coffee/smoke balance. Ends with a slight earthiness, along with a touch of roasted grain bitterness and toasted malt. Thin-to-medium in body, with a mildly acidic finish that adds to it's clean and crisp mouthfeel. Overall, a solid schwarzbier.
09-25-2003 19:04:06 | More by MJR
3.28/5 rDev -9.9%
Pours a root beer brown color. Dark and perfectly clear. Very light one finger head - almond meat colored.
Nose is roasty, slightly sulfuric, clean but faint.
Taste is roasty and slightly burnt tasting. Thin bodied with notes of lactic and bitterness on the finish.
Moderately high carbonation with slight acidic harshness and fairly thin body.
Overall a thin and somewhat unbalanced beer for this style. Looks great, but doesn't taste amazing.
01-04-2012 02:25:51 | More by syrupjoe
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
"Bottled with Love" 16 days ago. Super fresh. The ABV is 5% per Schlafly's website.
Pours a cola colored brown, almost black, with an off white head 1 finger deep.
Not much to smell on this one. Just a bit of grain.
Taste is semi sweet grains.. I'm also getting a nutty kick at the end. A little chocolate to boot and I'm starting to like this beer a lot.
Mouthfeel is a little light, but it has plenty of character.
Overall I am pretty impressed with this Lager. Light enough to drink a few, but flavorful enough to bring satisfaction. I recommend it.
11-13-2011 03:43:15 | More by Illtryit
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
The body is a ruby black, not quite brown. An off white head recedes to a light wisp, with very light lacing staying around.
The aroma is very faint on sweetness, but brings out roasted malts, grains, and a very sly grassy note.
The taste is very smooth. Roasted malts, faint coffee and chocolate, and a very slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to light.
Overall, a very drinkable brew. No wonder they canned it and made it part of their Can Sessions lineup.
10-05-2013 21:59:02 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
I scored this on my most recent visit to Max's in Baltimore and passed one on to my local CAN Trader, tone77 for his inclusion in his own CANQuest (TM).
It is a gorgeous CAN, employing metallic brick red, golden yellow and stark black in its coloring. From the CAN: "Bold Flavor"; "Seasonal".
The Crack was loud and inspiring, so I employed an inverted Glug into my Schlafly CAN Sessions CAN-shaped glass. I had two fingers of dense, light-tan head with good retention. Color was garnet (?)/ruby (?) (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled very chocolaty and I was ready for some beer to hit me. Mouthfeel was big and full and the taste was both caramel and chocolate and I was really digging it. I ate some spicy curried chicken for lunch and this was a welcome respite from the heat. Finish was smoky, chocolaty and caramel. This was more in line with what I expect from Schlafly and I wish that I had another for the upcoming Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually). Man, I really dig drinking well-made lagers when there are so many crappy ones on the market.
12-22-2013 18:26:39 | More by woodychandler
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours deep brown with tan head. Aroma was mostly malts. Malty flavors with some caramel and coffee and some fruity esters. Low carbonation Medium/thinnish body and nearly watery mouthfeel hurt by low carbonation, its finish somewhat bitter (less from hops and more from black patent or dark roast malts) but clean and palate clearing lager nevertheless. I found it very refreashing.
09-26-2005 22:38:47 | More by karst
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Deep black/brown color - definitely more toward dark brown when held to the light. Decent head that remained throughout.
Nose is relatively muted, and not giving much. As the pint warms a bit, some malty notes come out, but not much there.
On the palate, its got a surprising amount of fruity and hoppy flavors. These pretty much overwhelm the malt. Again, as it warms, a bit a diacetyl appears, and definitely detracts from the overall impression. Seems a lot like Schlafly's lager (which does not have the diacetyl) with some roasted barley or black patent added for color.
Schwarzbier is not a style I have a lot of experience with, however this one definitely seemed to be inconsistent with the style, other than the color. That being said, it was a pleasant quaff, but I only had a single pint, before I returned to the excellence of their cask-conditioned pale ale.
10-21-2002 11:12:14 | More by Realale
Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
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