Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier - The Schlafly Tap Room
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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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
A: Pours a very deep mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades slowly to lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, some nuts, and a bit of chocolate.
T: Flavor of roasted malt and some nuttiness with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish.
F: Fairly medium body, smooth with a somewhat creamy texture. Very nice balance.
O: Very enjoyable offering. Not an overpowering beer, but still a beer with lots of character compared to other of this style I have tried. Well worth checking out.
01-07-2012 22:45:07 | More by soju6
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
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
3.23/5 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
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
A: Pours a seriously attractive mahogany with a thick, puffy khaki head.
S: Very clean on the nose with hints of mocha, roasted grain, and heavy cream.
T: Notes of heavy cream, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted grain, and grassy, herbal hops wash across the palate. The finish is balanced and flavorful with a pleasant mixture of grassy hop and toasty, chocolatey malt flavors.
M: Light to medium in body and very creamy. Carbonation is subtle, but just firm enough to keep this lager from feeling watery.
O: This is a quality schwarzbier. Schlafly continues to impress me.
12-29-2011 20:51:20 | More by mrfrancis
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
Enjoyed on-tap @ Bailey's Range in St. Louis, MO for $5 ("DINNER" size). Tapped from the Black Schlafly Handle w/ a Tan "Schwarzbier" label into a 16oz Pint Glass.
Aroma- Good amount of malt included with some a nice yeasty character. Everything easy going, clean, and nothing big jumps out at me.
Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays for the average amount of time. Has a dark brown colored body but clear within. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.
Flavor- Malty, clean, and sweet. Can tell there is Munich-malt used and has a good amount of noble hops. Light-Medium bitterness but mostly smooth and clean.
Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves awesome roastiness on the palate!
Overall Impression- While having this many times before, once again, great! Would enjoy many more to come! This is one of my favorites from Schlafly this month and will be going back to this. Would recommend grabbing a 6-pack of this because your friends will also enjoy this smooth, easy going black bier. Enjoy!
12-22-2011 23:53:25 | More by DCon
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
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
I poured this one into a glass stein.
Appearance- The head builds to about one-finger width with pretty decent retention, beige colored. There is a smattering of small bubbles in the smooth cap.
The body is auburn with some lighter brown highlights, decent amount of carbonation columns in the glass.
Smell- A decent hop smell coming through the malt. Mostly earthy and grassy. Underneath that is roasty malt that blends very well.
Taste- A nice amount of roast rides throughout the drink. The hops are actually taking a back seat to the roast, and I enjoy that about this offering.
The finish has the grassy hop flavors. The malt also has a slight buttery aspect to it.
Mouth feel- A medium body and really creamy drink make for a quite decent feel. Coating is not that spectacular, but it does not matter much with how the carbonation is handled.
Overall- I was expecting this one to be a little more hoppy, but the malts taste great and the feel makes for a great drink. The nose does all right, but it could have more to offer. Try it if you see it.
12-08-2011 01:02:19 | More by Pintofbrown
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%
Pretty dark, brown to almost black and clear, with a nice two finger head that lasted, leaving nice lace.
Roasty and chocolatey in both smell and taste. Great light smokiness too. A bit of toffee and just a touch of hops too. Quite tasty and easy to drink.
Medium body with a lightly roasty aftertaste. I'm glad I bought a sixer of this one.
11-06-2011 18:53:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.
S - It smelled very roasty with some floral notes. Nice chocolate aromas.
T - It tasted of chocolate, toffee and caramel. Some subtle bitterness adds balance.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.
O - This is a very solid schwarzbier. Schlafly is so consistently good with everything they brew.
11-05-2011 20:36:30 | More by zeff80
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, pale malt, slight chocolate, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight hops, slight chocolate, hint of pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Overall, great appearance, good blend, body, and aroma.
06-22-2011 21:14:11 | More by Tone
Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
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