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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woodychandler
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was down in Baltimore during the Fall for Baltimore Beer Week and I had occasion to stop by the brewery to score any of their CANs that I had not previously reviewed. This one required an approved pic before it could be included in The CANQuest (TM), but here we are!

From the CAN: "Give This CAN a [CAN]tract"; "A Champion of Flavor"; "Don't Ruffle Our Feathers [-] Recycle This CAN"; "This crisp, clean dark lager begins with hints of roasted coffee beans and rich chocolate but showcases a surprisingly light body and mouthfeel. This Schwartzbier, German for 'black beer,' is moderately hopped with Noble German hops that [CAN]plement the delicate malt backbone. Not to be underestimated, this dark lager is a true champion of flavor! Caw-caw!"

The Crack! unleashed a squirt from the brimful CAN and I could only smile. I upturned the CAN and began an inverted Glug, producing a finger of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a chocolatiness that I would characterize as milk chocolate, as opposed to dark or bittersweet. Roasty? Not really, at least not on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creamy. The taste was very much of milk chocolate, leading me to wonder about their mention of "roasted" in the description. Was I missing something, or did they overstate their case? No matter, either way, but it might lead to misplaced expectations. Granted, I got a light smokiness of the finish that rendered it semi-sweet overall, but this was sweeter than I expected.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with lighter brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. The cap is khaki in color that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma is slightly roasty with minerals and carbonic character filling most the profile with a touch of cola quality.

Taste is a little musty and mineral filled with an aftertaste faintly reminescent of the way stink bugs smell. There is also a stale grain component to this.

This is light bodied and modestly carbonated. Borderline drainpour, the fuck happened here.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style Pilsner glass.

Deep mahogany brown body, with some faint tan edges, even some dark lemon yellow towards the bottom. Head is swiss cheese in a consistency, and light coffee brown in color. A bit soapy with some moderate retention. Falls to a simple collar after some time with no lacing.

Solid nose on the beer. Good clean lager yeast with crisp mix and roast character. Hints of light drip coffee and piping brewed warmth. Nice ripping dry grain it seems with a bit of toasty arid qualities as well.

Palate comes nicely. Soft malts, but with a light almost watery body. Coffee flavors come and finish quite quickly. Dry arid qualities match as well, finishing very dry and with a mineral like finish. Quite a bit crackery feeling, and a little bit of chocolate sweetness is buried in there as well.

It's a pretty solid schwarzbier but is a little fleeting with a light body, almost too light. Still enjoyable.

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3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoke, coffee, roasted malts. Taste is coffee up front, some smoke and roasted malts, touch of hops, mild bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 mynie
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.66/5  rDev -4.9%

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