Baba Black Lager
Uinta Brewing Company

Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #64
ABV:
4%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,098
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.61%
Reviews:
253
Ratings:
1,293
From:
Uinta Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  62
Gots
  320
SCORE
85
Very Good
Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
Notes: Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU
Reviews: 253 | Ratings: 1,293 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours nearly jet black. Excellent head and lacing.

Roasted malts on the nose blend with char and perhaps some faint hops.

Dark and roasted malts abound. However, some understated dark fruit and herbal flavors also balance things out.

The brew is solidly medium bodied but has decent carbonation and a good finish.

Overall, this is above average and checks the boxes well, but it's a bit muddled and one-note.

Jun 07, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent head production and retention. Body is a wonderfully appealing ebony color.

Nose is clean and roasty, featuring toffee, caramel, and toast, as well as nuts, dark fruit, cream, and banana. Slightly spicy and earthy hop note. Smells quite like a Schwarzbier from Germany, without noticeable flaw.

Similar flavor, adding a lightly smokey note to the profile found on the nose. Moderate and clean bitterness balanced against toasty (not overly roasty) malts. Supremely drinkable. Long finish.

This is an excellent American take on the style, very low in ABV but high in flavor. I'm more than a little surprised, and equally impressed.

Jan 16, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, near completely black color with a light tan head. SRM of 23-24. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas. Maybe some roasted milk chocolate. Very simple. (3.25)

Flavor: Mild flavors too. Very clean. Some watered-down coffee with hints of chocolate. Then more clean watered-coffee. Nearly no bitterness. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Light carbonation. Very clean on the palate. (3.75)

Overall: It's an extremely light, clean, dark lager. It's the light beer of the dark craft beer world. Sort of like watered coffee. I prefer more flavor, but at 4% you have to respect the light cleanliness of this dark lager. (Final Rating: 3.53. Probably deserves a higher rating, but the aroma and flavors were mild)

Dec 14, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Original rating 2012-08-17] Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes quickly. Aroma is roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Taste is pretty much the same, roasty malt with some sweetness. Not bad, better than I expected as I’m not a big fan of the style. Extra points for this much flavor in a 4% ABV beer.

Oct 03, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. $2 for a single at the grocery store. BEST BEFORE 01/19/19K printed in a black rectangle on the bottom left corner of the main label. So it still has over 3 months of freshness in it.

Appearance - Pours a tan pancake batter head with moderately fine lacing, powerful stick and moderate-low retention. Body is clear but is such a dark mahogany brown that you can only see shadows on the other side. 4.75

Smell - Soy sauce, medium roasted character, and slight dark fruit. No off characters but a little bland. 3

Taste - Black coffee bitterness up front that becomes slightly sweetened by the malt in the middle. Tastes a lot like a black coffee that's been watered down and only very slightly sweetened and creamed to take the edge off the harshness. 4

Mouthfeel - Thin and water and aside from the kick up front, finishes pretty clean. 4

Overall - Probably not too bad in-style, and that's how I rate, so I'll begrudgingly have to give it decent marks despite not being a big fan of the beer or its style. 3.5

Oct 02, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Baba has a thick, creamy, beige head, a dark, red-brown appearance, and some glass lacing. Aroma is of cream and dark bread crust. The flavor is similar, with acrid bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Baba finishes on the crisp side.

RJT

May 26, 2018
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Nass from Florida

2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour jet black. The aroma is sort of muted for this style but if I really focus I get some faint roasted malts. The beer is too watery tasting, it needs more body & more flavor. I do prefer the German made versions of the schwarzbier a lot better, but this is a worth a try. There is a bottled on date on the side of the label. Cheers! C

Apr 02, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black with an impressive tan/brown head. Looks like bold, especially for a Lager.
AROMA: Milk chocolate, cold metal, toasted breads.
TASTE: Bread and burnt malts, thin on the tongue.
Not as bold as its impressive appearance would suggest.

Mar 29, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful milk chocolate color with a tan head. Cocoa notes on the nose and a light hop presence.

The taste is lightly smoky, rich cocoa notes, and the hops faintly in the background. A really well executed schwarzbier, IMHO.

Mar 28, 2018
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SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mmm, love this baba -great all around packaging, idea and sustainable resources, etc...now for the deets:

-12 0z. can poured into Tipping Point pub glass, finessed a 3/4'' light tan head over a near pitch black body. Deep clear caramel browns around as it's held up to a white screen. I'm reviewing it and posting as I enjoy...this is one of my favorite beer styles. Light lacing dissipates quickly, as does the head, leaving a fine foam ring.

-Rich malty aromas, caramel grains.....and clean freshness. Halfway down it gets thicker and richer, bigger in the nose. Awesome.

-Tastes as it smells, with a nice sharp cutoff from light hop treatment and ample carbo...a nice little bittering end to balance these malts just fine. Hard not to down it! (5 more in the box)

-Classic medium feel, clean, with a little lingering afterward to prompt thy thirst for more...killer...beer!

-Hard for me to give this less than straight 5's, but-it's a little low on the abv%, and -does anyone ever get/give that?
Definitely a quality USA Schwarzbier that I would recommend to anyone with a clue.
UINTA BABA Black Lager! "Thank you, may I have another?!" Yah baby yah!

Mar 24, 2018
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Ahypercube from California

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not really a session beer person. I don't generally get anything under 6% abv because I simply don't trust such beer. However, in my experience, Utah seems to be the master of brewing such beer. It's probably because they can't sell anything higher than 4% abv outside of liquor stores or the brewery itself.

L: Lovely compass can. Nice art. Very thin but very dark. Not a typical appearance, in that sense. Just a centimeter of khaki head from the pour, but a film lingers for a good while and it has a well-carbonated mouthfeel.

S: Barely actually dominates the profile. Not wheat, not oats. It's recognizably barley, and rather fresh. Following that is an ashy charcoal. That's it. Just malted barley and smoke.

T: Jesus that is simple. That bready barley is basically all there is to this. A touch of apple and maybe apricot, then a plain dry smoke on the finish, like charcoal.

F: Clean dry finish with the consistency of tea.

O: Could use some more sweetness, or coffee, or hops. Really any additional flavor would likely improve this. Easily the plainest beer I have ever had. It has absolutely no off-flavors. It may as well be sparkling mineral water with charcoal.

Mar 13, 2018
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argock from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 040818 on side of label.

A: Black body with brown edges and dense, rocky 1-2 finger beige head with good retention and lacing.

S: Mostly roasted dark malts with light touch of smoke and light caramel/cola aroma.

T: Flavor is pretty robust for 4%ABV — roasty, a bit too much for schwarzbier, but enjoyable and not at all harsh. Light cola and caramel is in the background with a woody character in there too. A little chalky/minerally in the finish, some licorice maybe. No yeast character and low-medium bitterness.

M: Smooth but a bit chalky,blocky in the finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

O: An enjoyable dark lager for sure, especially at session strength.

Feb 26, 2018
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huthuty from Utah

4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a mild black with small head, no real lacing, brown in the light
Smell is mildly sweet and smokey
Taste is dry and light yet very chocolatey.
Overall this is a very refreshing porter type beverage

Feb 20, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11/18/17...pours dark brown, rich, and very little light getting through. Chocolate malt, roasted nose, light chocolate too. Coffee flavor, thin mouthfeel but packed with roasted flavors. Creamy. Slight cola too.

Dec 03, 2017
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aarono from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Recently was gifted a few bottles of these. It is a beautiful, dark beer that smells phenomenal. It's feel was very creamy. To me, it has a strong coffee taste -- which as a non-coffee drinker was slightly off-putting. Even so, it was rich and delicious.

Oct 30, 2017
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DavidR_9 from California

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11/30/17

This was a surprisingly tasty and clean brew. Super dark black body, fluffy off white bubbly head that lingers. Huge roasty aroma and flavor with hints of coffee bean, subtle dark chocolate, and just clean crisp bready biscuity malts. Will definitely find and drink again

Oct 19, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly dark black with a tan head. Smells of roasted malts and non roasted malts. Tastes of lightly roasted malts and a little chocolate. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a good black lager.

Aug 30, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black body, almost white head, mild lacing.

S - Strong malt, pine and dark char, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - Very nicely integrated hop and malts, lush flavors of coffee and pine. Delicious.

M - Brisk, carbonated, with a bit of drying in the close.

O - Well meshed, full of coffee and roasted malts. Highlights of pine.

Jul 11, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright dark brown under a 2" light tan foam collar with fair to good retention.

S: smooth clean dark malt and light roast smell with nothing harsh or burnt, no hop aroma and no fermentation aromas.

T: It pours bright dark brown under a 2" light tan foam collar with fair to good retention. The flavors start with light chocolate and toasted grains. It has a clean fermentation character. The malt flavors are medium, hop bitterness is medium to medium low and yeast flavors are low to none.

F: The beer is very creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation.

O: The beer is full of flavor yet easy to drink.

Jul 08, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a nice minute. Thin filmy to almost bubbly lacing glosses around the glass nicely. The aroma has some grainy breadiness riding into a sly malted spice underneath, I want to say black pepper, but somehow, that even seems like a stretch, somewhat. I want to say it comes off a lil’ bit like freshly baked bread. The flavor is grainy sweet with that spice coming back to make an effort to balance. Sly use of the bread flowing into the aftertaste and then into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium. Use of spice displays some harshness, but not overly done. Overall, schwarzbier or just regular Euro black lager. I’d like to say Euro black lager, ’cause that’s some weird German yeast if that’s what they used.

Jun 18, 2017
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uinta Brewing - my first offering from their stable of beers - a good first offering...

Pours a richly black color out of the can, small head but with good lacing down the pint glass. The smell was practically non-existent - try as I might, there was nothing I could really note of the brew - nothing. The feel was lightly carbonated, leaning towards being medium-bodied, and quite smooth on the tongue. Though I couldn't smell anything of consequence, the taste was uniquely malty in my opinion making it quite drinkable. Thought it might not be the best black lager I've had, it was a solid offering for the style.

Jun 17, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black. Not much head was produced, but a very small head is beige, and there's rings of lacing all the way down.

S: Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted barley, burnt grains, burnt toast, a little caramel.

T: Lots of milk and dark chocolate, burnt toast, a little bit of toffee, ashen coffee ground bitterness, a crisp and clean finish with faint hints of hops and a lingering roastiness.

F: Above its abv with an almost medium mouthfeel, smooth, nicely carbonated, slightly silky.

O: My first Schwarzbier. Barely seems like any sort of lager, but drinks like a very nice porter.

Apr 08, 2017
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geeves from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Very dark lager with little head that fades.

S: roasted malts/oats smell, slight chocolate smell

T: roasted malty taste with slight toffee flavors

F: smooth with the right amount of carbonation

O: smooth, dark, and easy drinking black lager

Mar 22, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 02/28/17:

Clear cola color with reddish hues, with solid, creamy, foamy fine-bubbled beige to toasty brown head of good retention. Nose is roasty, smokey, dark chocolatey goodness. Palate of somewhat sweet soil, roast, wood smoke, old coffee, toffee, with retro-olfaction of smoke and light peppercorn. Good balance, can’t even distinguish the hops from the pleasant bitterness that comes from toasty qualities. Lighter medium body, abundant fine and soft carbonation, fairly high astringency but it works well with the lighter body. One of the better Schwarzbier’s I’ve had. I generally prefer Euro Dark Lagers.

Mar 17, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown as it pours, and black in the glass with a tan head.

S: Toffee, raisins, and sweet bread.

T: Roasted goodness, with toffee and a light coffee flavor. Finish is a touch sweet.

M: Medium in body, moderate low carbonation.

O: Dark, tasty, and roasty!

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