Blackwing Lager | Union Craft Brewing Company

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3.83/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
unioncraftbrewing.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RichardMNixon on 01-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,113
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
130
pDev:
10.18%
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice vigorous tan head that dissipates but still leaves as nice bit on top. The beer itself is a really nice looking clear brown color.

The smell is really nice with a good clean yeast smell along with nice moderate hop bitterness. The strongest notes seem to be the caramel and roasted malt that dominate the other ones though.

The taste is pretty good. The same notes are present in the taste but the hop bitterness is a bit stronger than in the smell and come out consistently more while the malt notes come out more in the finish and are a bit more subdued.

The feel is good. It has a light body and very clear feel with a slightly dry and roasty finish. The carbonation is very light.

Overall, a fairly good beer and worth throwing in the rotation every once in a while.

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Photo of blakkorchid
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpyle
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can, date on bottom. Poured into glass

Very dark brown, almost black, khaki colored head. Nice chocolately aroma, some mild roast. Similar taste - nice dark malt flavors, medium bodied, easy drinking. Right on style.

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Photo of cgrunin
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flgimp
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, cola color with a tight, off-white head that leaves no lacing.

Smells of roasted malts.

Tastes of the roasted malts layered with a clean finish. Malts lead off with notes of brown sugar, coffee, and some chocolate. This gives way to some roasted bitterness, which is backed by a bit of grassy hops. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done Schwarzbier.

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Photo of BJB13
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 10/19/16 Stamped on the bottom of can.
12 oz. can poured into a narrow mug.

Look- Poured a cloudy deep dark brown that was mahogany around the edges but otherwise nearly opaque.
2 fingers of foamy tan head with sticky lacing that diminished to @ 1/4 finger but hung around for the duration.
Smell- Earthy. Aroma of lager yeast and roasted malts with a touch of hops.
Taste- Slightly sweet with medium bitterness. Nutty with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes smooth, sweet and a little sour.
Feel- Fairly smooth with light to medium body and good carbonation.
Overall- A light and refreshing, easy drinking dark beer that I would say is within the guidelines for Schwarzbier. Though this can was a little older than I would have liked, I don'the think it was an issue. I will get a fresh 6 pack and see if it is any better.

As with most of Union's other products, there are a few nods to Baltimore/ Maryland heritage on the can. Nice!

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Photo of bret717
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a mason glass

L: Clear dark mahogany brown pour, nearly black. A bit of light snakes through around the edges. Two fingers of foamy tan head. Sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malts and grains. A bit tart.

T/F: Roasted malts and grains but more sweetness/caramel than expected. A bit of vanilla. Some mild sour/bitterness from the roast as well as some noble hops. Well carbonated. Smooth and clean... fairly light in body. Finish is a mild sweetness.

O: A tasty Schwarzbier... not a style I visit frequently but this was a great representation and quite good. Things I've come to expect from Union.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Budlum
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I am a rank idiot, I've had the Darkwing Duck theme playing in my head since I grabbed this out of the fridge. I just say, out loud in an empty room, "when there's trouble you call BW." And now in my greatest moment of shame, I present my review.

12 ounce can procured direct from the brewery.

Pours a dark and hazy brown with a small head that fades away quickly. Smells like a good, fresh German schwarz: malt-forward, coffee-ish yet crisp.

Tastes somewhat more American but still true to the style. Dark malt up front, coffee and a little bit of cereal grain the middle, with a nearly ester-less finish replete with a light nobel hop profile.

Nothing to write home about, but a well-made iteration of the style.

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Photo of rankandfile
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of therubicon
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PeterPGH
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Blackwing Lager from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 130 ratings