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Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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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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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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2.95/5  rDev -19%

Schlafly is my favorite local brewery, but this is not a good example of their beer. It's much better on tap, it loses something in the bottle.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass it lets light shine through and shows off a beautiful deep mahogany color. One finger of light tan head dissipates quickly but the top of the beer stays a nice tan color.

S: Very slight hints of roasted malt, little if any hop aroma.

T: Faint hints of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and herbal hops up front. Finishes with a balance between the malt and hops, but the malt flavor lingers.

M: Thin like it should be, it's deceiving because dark beers are associated with creamy mouthfeel. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.

O: It's a very drinkable beer, I'd stick with the APA but for something different pick it up and try it. It's much better than a standard lager.

02-10-2012 04:18:17 | More by KellyL
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-28-2013 01:36:17 | More by Schlafly33
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-25-2013 23:31:55 | More by jmccullough108
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-11-2011 09:06:37 | More by dav
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-21-2013 03:54:00 | More by Benvarine
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-15-2011 03:15:04 | More by BigJarv79
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-20-2013 20:37:29 | More by dalepryor
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-07-2013 21:15:50 | More by Whiskeydeez
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3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

I knew I'd eventually find a lesser Schlafly beer and this is the one. The appearance foretells that the body may not impress as the drak brown body has no real hues to set it out. The head is basically non-existent and so is the lace.

The nose is of light malt and not much else. There is no strong sense of roasting or other delightful dark beer taste. The feel is light and finishes thin, but not lifeless. It is not so much that this is bad beer, but rather that this is just so average.

10-02-2003 02:56:31 | More by AtLagerHeads
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3.13/5  rDev -14%

Dark brownish almost black in color, nice wispy brown head that leaves a good lacing, faint roasted coffee malt aroma, thin and watery mouthfeel, decent roasted malty flavors, light bodied with just not enough carbonation, it has a nice roasty bitter finish, pretty average for the style.

09-30-2003 23:50:23 | More by maxpower
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3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours an opaque deep brown color with amber highlights and a solid one inch khaki head that dissipates into a layer of foam across the surface.

Nutty, toasted malt and a bit of roast character comprise the aroma, with a bit of caramel sweetness and toffee surfacing late.

Flavor is fairly sweet, almost cola-like, with background notes of tobacco and a touch of roast malt at the finish. There's an underlying chocolate note leading into a fair amount of toasted breadcrust. Fruity esters emerge as it warms, along with a bit of acrid flavor.

Body is moderate to light, with fairly high carbonation and a slight astringency.

Overall, not as roasty as I had hoped. It's pretty sweet for the style and lacks complexity of the malt character.

06-16-2012 06:43:18 | More by barczar
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3.23/5  rDev -11.3%

12oz. bottle (bottled on 10/27/2011) served into a nonic pint glass

Pours a Pepsi cola brown color. Black lager? Hardly. This beer doesn't even approach black. It's not even darker than the glass bottle it comes in. Head size is miniscule, with about zero retention.

Schlafly Schwarzbier smells mostly like grains and nuts. Pecans, almonds, and assorted cereal grains (I even smell oatmeal, though I'm pretty sure oatmeal is not a part of the grist) that have been lightly toasted. It isn't exciting or complex. But a straightforward aroma that is style-appropriate is not a bad thing at all.

Lots of German malt flavors right upfront: assorted nuts and black bread. There's a cola like sweetness too, sort of like Mr. Pibb. A bit of sassafras too. It finishes primarily with a pecan & almond flavor. It should be a very versatile beer with lunch; it should pair nicely with stead sandwiches, hamburgers, even ham sandwiches.

The mouthfeel is above average for the style. It is light like a lager should be. It's a wet, sweet beer but it isn't too slick like poor lagers can be. Overall, this is a pretty average schwarzbier. Apart from the appearance, Schlalfy made a faithful rendition of the style. Merely being faithful doesn't make this a good beer, but it certainly isn't a bad one.

01-02-2012 20:16:25 | More by Reaper16
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-15-2014 22:59:31 | More by memphischas
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

01-04-2014 05:05:40 | More by ArmedsouthernEr
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-19-2014 12:32:44 | More by thufflife
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3.26/5  rDev -10.4%

Nice color with slight clarity. Dense creamy head with good lace. Clean aroma and flavor with just a hint of roasted malt and cooked corn. Light bodied. Average carbonation. Highly sessionable. A little boring in my book but I could drink several of these in one sitting.

06-10-2014 03:15:08 | More by bnes09
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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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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a pilsner.

It's a clear, dark brew with a tan head.

It's got a roasty smell. There is a nice amount of bittering hops.

It's got a roasted flavor in the malts. Almost smoky. This isn't a sweet beer. The hops play well amoung the burnt malts.

It's pretty light bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall, this beer is true to style and pretty authentic. It's a pretty good beer.

01-05-2012 00:33:53 | More by TippySelenoid
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2014 22:42:03 | More by oline73
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-18-2013 09:58:31 | More by crbnfbr
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2014 20:21:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-19-2013 15:52:26 | More by Hellpop65
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz can, Aug 07 2013 stamped on the bottom of the can.

just short of black, extremely dark brown. very white creamy thick head. great retention and lacing. not much aroma. nice smooth flavors in the taste - just a touch of roast and some sweetness, some faint mild chocolate. thicker mouthfeel, slick, moderate carbonation. Easy drinkin' .

12-07-2013 05:15:10 | More by jmdrpi
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Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
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