Blackwing Lager | Union Craft Brewing Company

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Blackwing LagerBlackwing Lager

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RichardMNixon on 01-13-2013

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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 17
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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Mhalaiko
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good Baltimore based beer

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Photo of jordanian2
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Therealfootball
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MikeMilanoDesign
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of bmmortale
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BDetwiler
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a few on tap at the brewery, listed as a black lager. I think it fits Schwarzbier better than Euro Dark. They brew this one less often than the other two flagships just due to the extra capacity required to lager it, but it's the closest they have to a third flagship.

It pours a cloudy brown that sort of belies the black title. It's easy to forgive though as aromas of roasty malt drift up to your nose. The taste is even better: roasted caramel and chocolate with crisp and gentle hops for a clean ending. Fantastic amount of flavor for such a light beer.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Swift989
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of sludgy
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mentor
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finer of off-white head over a clear very dark brown liquid. Smells dry coffee roast with a little bit of cherry sour to the roast. Newspaper and mild earthy noble hops. Tastes dry roast with a mild sweet chocolate playing underneath. Very light alcohol and absent of esters. Earthy hop bitter carries into the aftertaste with the lingering dry roast. Medium light in the mouth with moderate carbonation. I'm not a fan of this style, but this beer is a pretty decent drinking for a Schwarzbier.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of cyclonece09
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass. Pours with a nice one finger head with a reddish black body. Smells of coffee, small bit of chocolate, very inviting. Tastes of coffee with a good dark roasted malt body. Beer is very light extremely drinkable and carbonated well. Overall a very good beer.

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4.24/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a nice bubble show that produces a full three fingers that covers the cola colored liquid; nice retention and lacing action

Smell: Toasted German black bread and tea

Taste: Toasted German black bread; earthy, tea-like tones build through the middle; a hint of malty, almost chocolate, sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Union puts out some very nice beers and I always enjoy them when I am in the Baltimore area; this one does a nice job on a style you just don't see very often

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpyle
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very deep amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a nice tan head, slightly creamy and with okay retention.

Very gentle roasty malt aroma, some sweetness (not quite chocolate), some bitter notes.

Clean, malty and slightly roasty flavor up front. Malty but not sweet. Finishes fairly dry with a mix of roast and hop bitterness (I think). Very flavorful for a lager, but much cleaner flavor profile than a porter, for example. Some roastiness lingers into the finish.

Medium body, med-high carbonation. Would be okay if that carbonation were a little lower - seems a little harsh in comparison to the rest of the beer.

A very nice beer style and very nice beer. It would be easy to drink this one in volume - flavorful and easy drinking.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

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Blackwing Lager from Union Craft Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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