The Black Lager | Silversmith Brewing Company

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The Black LagerThe Black Lager

Brewed by:
Silversmith Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 10-29-2012

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SomethingClever
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Multiple times on tap and in a sampler at the brewery and once in bottle 750ml

A: Deep rich lack body leaning towards brown as it makes it to the edge of the glass light comes through. Head is a slightly off white creamy huge thing that settles slowly.

S: Roasted malts, nuttiness, a little chocolate and honey with deep doughy breadiness on the finish.

T: Slight sweetness to begin with light flavors of chocolate, honey, crushed nuts, some caramel, and nice breadiness, finishes slightly dry and sweet.

M: Medium bodied good to lighter carbonation finishes a little dry.

O: This is an exemplary Schwarzbier, at first blush at the brewery thought it was pretty good definitely the best I had their. After having several glasses on tap this beer just got better and better really is a great example of the style. I later had it at a winery in bottle form with a bottle date of May 24 and this beer did not age well. So if you can buy it, get it fresh and if you can find it on tap drink it all!

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Photo of bendythumb
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew is named Silversmith Black Lager. With the quality of product they have here, they best rename that shit to Goldsmith Black Lager. With hops, malts, yeast and anvil, this brewery has succeeded in forging beauty in simplicity.

Very unassuming in terms of appearance and smell. Looks and pours like a typical porter or stout. A frothy yet quickly dissipating head is present. Mild to moderate lacing. A light mouthfeel combined with a subtle-yet-distinct taste leaves me coming back for more. Though I haven't had many schwarzbiers, this brew seems to epitomizes the style with a clean, dry finish and aftertaste not found among porters and stouts. Notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee are present along with a balance of hops and malts. The yeast is present, but not as overpowering as other dark, Ontario brews. A simple, elegant taste with a crisp mouthfeel results in a beer that stabs through the heart of a beerdrinker and punctures his soul.

Paul Revere would be proud of this one, boys.

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Photo of akdo
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this bar on tap at Bar Hop Brewing Co. in downtown Toronto. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Look: Whilst Shwarzbier are supposed to be dark brown, this beer's body is pitch black with a tan two-finger head. This goes without saying that the beer's blackness might upset a few purists. Speaking about the head, its retention is darn good as it recedes to a layer that is less than one finger high. That layer ends up having a few small holes. Moreover, as you drink and later on tilt the glass, you see shades of brown to meant to make this beer look like coffee.

Aromas: The nose has low hints of sweetness.However, a discernible hint of roasted malt akin to light roasted coffee is well felt. There are no fruity notes.

Taste: The palate is a clean replay of the aromas. It has no hint of sweetness. The malt profile is very neutral on the front-end and the middle part in that it tastes like lightly roasted coffee beans, which is the dominant taste as a whole. Of course, one can briefly sense brief notes of dark chocolate.

Feel: The carbonation on the front-end is moderate to the point that it reminded me of black soda. The beer is a little bit creamy and the bitterness is not astringent. There is a little bit of after taste in your throat, but there is no alcoholic warmth as the ABV is at 5%.

Overall: Although I am not a huge fan of lagers and their stylistic variations, this beer had a simplicity that went beyond what lagers usually offer. Although it slightly falls short of being to style because of its blackish looks, Silversmith Black Lager sticks to what textbooks about beer say. Moreover, this can be thought of as a cousin of stouts and dark browns as its taste and mouthfeel feels like being toned down, which is meant to make it a drinkable beer. I would drink this again.

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Photo of heerboth
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evanimal
4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Florian_Hall
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was so pleasantly surprised by the beer. Just a very, very good Schwarzbier. Dark in color - but don’t be intimidated Wonderful balance and tase. Went very well with pizza

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Photo of grfakejr
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Koopdad
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deceptively dark, lighter-than-expected finish and body.
Not what you'd think after pouring into a frosted glass.
Love the fact that the Founders of Silversmith engaged the local craft-beer scene and
have slowly launched across the markets thereto.

Always bringing some home with the select wines from NOTL.


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Photo of Cadbury
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Sayne
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mortnoir
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkazemi
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KyleMcD
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ssmack
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally tracked this down during a trip to Niagara Falls. Smooth, full flavour of burnt dark malts. Excellent

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rlombardi75
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of leaks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ktat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours near total black, with only a few amber edges. The frothy, tan head doesn’t last that long, but coats the glass in swathes of lace. The aroma is of roasted dark malts with some coffee and fruityness. A substantial roasty, dark chocolatey maltiness takes the lead in the taste. Some citric, woody hops lay in the background. The mouthfeel is lighter than the appearance and aroma would give on, with a creamy, soft carbonation. The finish is bittersweet with a long cocoa flavor mixed with black malt roastyness.

This is a fantastic black lager. More stout like than the other couple examples of the style I’ve tried, but still light bodied and ‘lagery’. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sathanas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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The Black Lager from Silversmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 66 ratings