Samuel Adams Black Lager | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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#29,345
Reviews:
1,480
Ratings:
2,704
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
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Photo of digitalflood
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thegaminggiant
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s damn good for gas station beer

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Photo of mjw2808
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: November 4, 2018... OCCASION: AFV with the fam after a solid weekend... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager... pours a nearly opaque, velvety black body, supporting a thick two-fingered off-white foam whose resiliency is not to be believed... its aroma is an intriguing mix of chocolate, lactose and caramel, with hints of licorice, light pepper, and roasted malts... its mouthfeel is light, smooth, and almost apologetic--retaining its lagerish qualities, it offers a creamy, albeit thin, experience... it has some bubble to it as well...its flavor profile doesn't quite fulfill its aromatic promise, but again, to be fair to a lager, how much could it while retaining its drinkability? not overthinking this too much--as many upcoming holiday parties will offer it--I find this a schwarzbier that doesn't bring a distinguishing feature, which ensures it pairs agreeably with any number of finger foods...

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Photo of NeoClassicist
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium light body with about medium carbonation.
Aroma is roasted coffee beans,roasted malt and black coffee. Not overly complex but a pleasant aroma .
Taste was mostly as what the aroma hinted at with a coffee bitterness that showed up in the middle and lingered.
Perhaps it wasn't world class but worthy of a try. I may not go out of my way for this but would still enjoy it if someone offered it to me

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle in Florida. BB date notched March 2019.
Pours clear with a near black body with brown edges and a decent tan head.
This Schwarzbier is true to style but unexceptional. Mild, but with dark roasted grain flavor that builds in the aftertaste.
Feel: smooth medium body with medium carbonation

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Photo of Cpt_splding
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IronLover
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color. Poured with a moderate, dark beige, creamy foam with medium low retention. Lightly sweet, clean dark malt aroma. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a delicate creamy smooth feel through the middle. Dark malty flavors with dark chocolate notes. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed fading dark malt notes to the end. Finished cleanly with hints of dark malt. Clean and malty, with hop character providing a nice balance. 

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Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nick_perry
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate aroma. Very dry malt with notes of chocolate, rye, and leather. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering finish.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams does the black lager style good...

Well, it's definitely black but light on head and practically non-existent when it comes to lacing. The smell was mostly malty which matched the taste with a mouthfeel that is lightly carbonated, not watery but still light. It's one of those beers that doesn't stand out, won't ever be memorable, but it is certainly good and worth anyone's time.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Trboley
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ghasting
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cdriver0414
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of draegerjosh
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the mixed 12 pack from Market Basket. Mostly clear deep brown with a frothy off white head that persists. Rich bready toasty malt with bits of chocolate and caramel. Faint floral hops. Not bad for entry level.

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Photo of kimlhurst
2.32/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,704 ratings