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Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier - The Schlafly Tap Room

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Sessions Black Lager is a traditional German Schwarzbier with a refreshingly light body. The dark chocolate malts contribute color and hints of roasted coffee balanced by the delicate aroma of German Noble hops. Translated from German, Schwarzbier means black beer.

Schwarzbier originated in the 16th Century in southeastern Germany where it is still brewed today. The style enjoyed a heyday in St. Louis in the late 1800s, but large scale production of dark lagers failed to resurface after Prohibition. In 2007, the beer community of St. Louis honored St. Louis Dark Lager as the official beer of the inaugural St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival, an annual tasting event that celebrates the many breweries thriving in St. Louis today.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: Realale on 10-21-2002)
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-08-2014 01:53:00 | More by pmarlowe
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-14-2014 17:00:19 | More by wattoclone
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drn

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-04-2011 17:18:59 | More by drn
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-28-2013 01:36:17 | More by Schlafly33
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Pyramid_Head

Missouri

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
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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PaleAndBitter

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

02-05-2014 01:31:16 | More by PaleAndBitter
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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
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MJR

Missouri

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
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-05-2014 17:02:24 | More by jaydoc
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

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
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Illtryit

Missouri

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
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-25-2013 23:31:55 | More by jmccullough108
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SAbeerME

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-16-2012 20:45:10 | More by SAbeerME
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2014 22:42:03 | More by oline73
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rrski198

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-27-2013 02:15:55 | More by rrski198
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-18-2013 09:58:31 | More by crbnfbr
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

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
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2014 20:21:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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memphischas

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-15-2014 22:59:31 | More by memphischas
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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
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karst

Missouri

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
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Realale

Missouri

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
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climax

Missouri

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%

Poured into a pint, a nice brown with bright garnet highlights sits below a decent sticky alabaster head.

The aroma seems mundane; the distinguishable flavors are hidden behind a front of weak generic malt flavor. The scant sweetness and feeble bitterness require no effort to balance one another. Non-offensive is it's only attribute.

The flavor continues to disappoint. A slight metallic finish with fleeting licorice and grassy notes follow up a taste that's pretty feeble. It edges out the aroma by short marks, considering a slight astringent and roasty dry finish.

It doesn't take much to drink it swiftly; And the flavor doesn't take much getting used to, because there is none. This beer is paltry to a beer advocate. The only application I can think of is someone who enjoys bland lagers, but wants to be seen drinking something "heavier".

01-24-2012 00:21:48 | More by climax
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Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
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