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Black Lager | The Civil Life Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Civil Life Brewing Company
Missouri, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Lager Style, a.k.a. ~Schwarzbier~ is flowing through the taps. As we pour you a beer you'll notice that this Lager is pretty darn dark- not quite black, but getting there. The next thing you'll notice is a subtle off-white cap of foam and a discreet, fragrant roast aroma. Hopefully the next thing you notice is that you are drinking and enjoying it. Black Lagers are in a pretty narrow category and while ours does have an apparent edge from roasted malt, the relaxed and clean nature of the Pils Malt base really makes this beer a solid drinker. Hops are from Hallertau again and ABV clocks in at 4.5 so you don't have to clock out.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 14
Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of yeast, slight hop, hint of coffee, and slight caramel malt. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, very fresh tasting. Good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Broadway Brewery in Columbia, MO.

A - Poured a jet-black color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left sudsy rings of lace on the glass.

S - Good roasty aroma with a touch of pine.

T - Roasty with chocolate notes, caramel and toffee. A slight grassy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is another really good sessionable brew from The Civil Life.

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Black Lager from The Civil Life Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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