Orlio Organic Seasonal Black Lager | Orlio Organic Beer Company

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Orlio Organic Seasonal Black LagerOrlio Organic Seasonal Black Lager

Brewed by:
Orlio Organic Beer Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
32 IBU

Brewed with Pale, Caramel, and Roast Barley. Hopped with Magnum and Hallertaur.

Added by Todd on 04-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by jameaterblues:
Photo of jameaterblues
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last bottle of my six pack poured into a Sam Adams new fangled lager glass.
A- Almost completely black, but as the light hits it shades of brown and a mahogany or redish color fill in the curves of the glass. Minimal white head, that disappears quickly, and watery lace.
S- Light chocolate notes, with hints of fruit and coffee....nothing dominating, but still pleasant.
T- Big malty and round flavor....again almost all malt with chocolate, and a hint of red fruit. Walnut or pecan in the finish.
M/D- for a beer that looks thick it is surprisingly light on the pallet. Easy to drink and this is what I would consider a very friendly beer to almost anyone (unless you are exclusively a hop head), the finish is nice but doesn't linger too long, and overall a very pleasant little beer. I will say that last winter when the Magic Hat Batch 376 was out I heard rumors that it had received a good response, and was going to be reincarnated as an organic for Orlio....I will say that I think I enjoyed the Batch 376 better, but I will be happy to be able to get this every winter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Yet another new organic beer brand this year, the Orlio brand is a subsidiary of Magic Hat. Same brewery, just USDA certified organic beer without the funky Magic Hat names to go along with it.

Impressive tan head rises to the occasion and leaves thick lush rings of lace down the glass, some serious head retention here. The black liquid does show some ruby highlights, still within the realm of black. Clean aroma with hints of dark chocolate, brown sugar, carob and dark-toasted bread. Drinks real smooth and crisp in the medium body. Roasted grain flavors grab at the taste buds first and don't let go, nothing too harsh or burnt but certainly roasty. Hops balance the malt out but most of the hop flavor gets blindsided by the roasted character. Finishes with a drawn-out mellow roasted flavor and leans toward the dry side.

A bit more roasted character than we expected though it is not overwhelming. Lots of flavor in this 4.5% ABV beer. A very good example of an American Session Beer--and organic if that is your thing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/ "please drink before" dating notched on the label. Pours basically black, under a dark tan head, showing decent retention and leaving thick lacing. Wiff of coffee in the nose, then notes of burnt grains, nutty and more coffee. Plenty of coffee picked up. decent drinking dark lager. Probably would do the trick with a ham and cheese on dark bread, but thats about it. Likely would pass this one by next time..but hey, I'm not much of a lager guy...

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a lumpy light tan head that is thick and sticky. There are a few small bubbles stuck to the glass but otherwise it do dense to see.

S- This beer has a smooth pleasant black nougat nose with a faint chalk aroma to follow. There is a nice faint burnt hint in the background.

T- The soft smooth black malt flavor has a faint smoky quality with a note of black strap molasses without the metallic taste. The finish is a nice soft roasted grain bitterness that lingers for just a moment. As the beer warms there are notes of ice coffee in the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a clean finish.

D- This beer is a good example of the style. Nice big but clean black malt flavors and good lager notes. Very nice.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a little bit of light coming through. No head really. Nose is kind of roasted and malty. I waited and waited off the first sip, and man did the roasted edge slowly creep up and hit my palate. Talk about long lasting. Feel is nice on the liquid and a good carbonation is there as well. This was an interesting one to drink. Long lasting character aspects and distinct profile make it very interesting to try. Go for it.

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Photo of tempest
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan, personally or just looking at the style. The color is a dark brown, a touch lighter than Guinness, but there's no head or lacing at all. The aroma and flavor are a strange mix of clean roasted barley with a tinge of licorice and dark fruit. That makes for a decent aroma, but it doesn't work well on the palate and feels a touch astringent. I didn't finish my glass.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown, with soso carbonation, The head is small less then one finger tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is sweet, chocolate, roasty, nice but faint.

The taste is good, nice roasty chocolate and malty.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and the carbonation feels good as well.

The drinkability is good, it tastes right but the whole package is a bit off.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of iceball585
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, half finger thick tan color head that lowered quickly to a thin lacy cover

S- Toasted malts, cocoa, coffee beans, hint of dark fruits

T- Smokey, burnt coffee, chocolate, dark malts, nuts, caramel, slight hops finish

M- Medium body, light/medium carbonation, starts smooth but has hops dry finish

D- Worth giving it a try

Not really one of my favorite beers but still not bad. Decent flavors but just nothing exceptional about this one.

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Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice date marking on the label. Deep brown color--faint light shines through. Modest, but tightly packed head. Slowly fades to a single bubble layer. Spotty lace that slides down the glass side.

Nice darker malt aromas of black patent and dark roasted grain. Some chalkiness.

Wonderful roasted flavors. Strongly bitter in a dry stout sort of way. The body is light like a schwarzbier should be. The aftertaste is similar to the end of a espresso. High carbonation detracts slightly. This is a helluva easy beer to drink.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very nice, dry roasted aroma that boasts of black and roasted malts. It has a mild coffee-like bitterness. The taste is good. It has a smooth, roasted flavor that's almost stout like in character. It goes down quick and easy with a dry, earthy finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good black lager. More and more of these beers are becoming increasingly complex in nature. Also, the grist is being invaded with patent malt and roasted barley. It's ok with me.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 3 Needs, albeit in a bottle. Poured into a glass though.

Poured a nice black color with a very thin brown head. Aroma was rich, malty and had some coffee-like flavors in the finish. Very roasty and still true to the style. Went down pretty smooth. Another nice thing about this beer is that it's organic. Not the best example I've had but very drinkable. It's pretty deceptive and would make a good beer to introduce primary lager drinkers to.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black but for the deep crimson/ mahogany around the edges, and depending on which light you hold it up to, the whole glass turns red wine-soaked walnut. Huh? whatever. Nose of roasted malts, tastes like a mix of dark crystal and black patent malts, but I'm a rookie at that sort of guessing. Some less scrupulous breweries might try to pass this off as a porter (should I name names?). finishes with more roasted malt dryness and a little astringency. A good offering, but reminds me too much of Yeungling Porter - oops!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a little bit of light coming through. No head really. Nose is kind of roasted and malty. I waited and waited off the first sip, and man did the roasted edge slowly creep up and hit my palate. Talk about long lasting. Feel is nice on the liquid and a good carbonation is there as well. This was an interesting one to drink. Long lasting character aspects and distinct profile make it very interesting to try. Go for it.

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Photo of AshevilleSippin
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short Version:
Like a weak porter with some hoppy tang. Deep roasty with a metallic smoky finish. Not all that complex but a nice drink.

"The eeeeye! The eeeye!!!" always crosses my mind when I see that psychedelic giant "O" on the Orlio label. Pretty attractive packing overall I must say.

This black lager poured black indeed. Nearly opaque with a deep mahogany color when held up to a bright light. Very strong pour gave me a medium tan tempurpedic head 1+ fingers thick (ultra small bubbles resembling 'NASA space age' memory foam). Larger bubbles mixed in that popped and left a crater-marked lunar surface. Very similar to how their "common ale" poured the other day.

On the nose I'm picking up a roasty malt smell. Maybe a little alcohol oddly enough. It's only a 4.5 ABV brew.

Taste is highly burnt. Burnt coffee it seems. Smoky hints with a little alcohol still. Some dishwater thinness making it fall flat mid palate at first. As it warms this abates some. Lace is evident but not strong. Head falls to a thin white ring and persists with some carbonation support.

Also getting some tangy metallic fizzyness going on. Especially in the finish. Hops being mischievous I presume. I don't see an abundance of carbonation but it's the same sensation.

Aftertaste is pleasant. A bit earthy and smoky.

This beer is very much like a weak porter with some tang. It's not all that complex but tasty still. Didn't rock my world although I'd drink another for sure.

Decent redemption for Orlio (Magic Hat) after the Common Ale disappointment.

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Photo of tr1ckykid
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Sampled at Stoudt's Microbrew Fest, October 13, 2007. Small glass.

Around the 6th to 7th beer tasted at the Microbrew fest. I was drawn to the spiral logo after recognizing it from a beer magazine add. After telling this story to the pourer, he told me they are Magic Hat's organic line. Magic Hat has a cult like following in the Mid-Atlantic and northeast US.

A=Dark color, head minimal in the small glass given by the beer fest.
S= I don't remember much odor other than usual lager odor.
T= Nice dark lager flavor. It was the second most unique flavor of the night after Appalacian Brewing Co's "Kipona Fest". Very enjoyable lager flavor.
M+T=Usual thin lager mouthfull. Taste was great like any black lager, with Sam Adams's Black lager being my litmus for comparison. I would buy this if seen again in a PA store.

Stoudt's Microbrew fest is a great party/beer tasting that everyone should go to.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained at the health food store in Hooksett. Pours a virtually opaque black body with just slight highlights around the edges and virtually no head. Smells sweet and roasty. Tastes roasty and toasty, with strong caramel notes and some grassy hops. Fairly balanced. A solid beer and a pretty good schwarzbier. The hop presence could be scaled back a tad for my taste, but still an all-around good drinker - very sessionable.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Orlio Organic Seasonal Black Lager from Orlio Organic Beer Company
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