Samuel Adams Black Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #100
Ranked #37,003
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
Notes: Literally translated as “black beer,” schwarzbiers are one of the oldest and most traditional German beer styles. Dating back to around 800 BC, this dark, roasty beer combines caramel and chocolate malt notes with a bright flavor and crisp finish.
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4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As a larger man, I had to get my big bear paws on this baby. My wife and I rented a cabin in the winter, in the mountains, I bought a 6 pack of Black lager and a few others, as our day progressed from snowboarding we came back to the cabin and started to unclothe for the hot tub. It was time to rest the tired muscles for the day. I was about to get in when I remember it was Sammy's time. I staggered to the fridge, grabbed 3 (black lager) beers, Stumbled my way back to the fireplace, and took that baby up to a roar. Placed the bottles on the outside of the Hot tube, I gradually got my Overextended exhausted body into the tub. Bubble roaring and Heat protruding out, I reached for a cold one, Grabbed my lighter and popped the top. That aroma that came Jumping from the bottle was astonishing. quickly awakening me from my grueling day, I brought the bottle to my lips. Taking in the tranquility of the bouquet hints of Premium hops and barley protruded out. Ever-present aromas of a Sunny Barley field, at the prime of the season, jumped at me. I pressed that bottle to my lips and took a huge swig. "I'll be dammed," I said. Wife looking at me, " What?" I said in not so many words that this was truly one of the best beers I ever had, like a lager. It looked so nice, felt so thick in my mouth, no bitter aftertaste just bliss. I polished off the 3 in the hot tube and drank the other 3 in front of the fire. perfect ending to a perfect day, Top 10 For beers in my opinion.

Mar 08, 2020
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Treese1954 from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer. Need to know where I can get it in north eastern pa, Pocono mountain area. Or do I need to go to Boston for it. And that is how much I liked it. I’ll make the trip.

Mar 26, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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...

Nov 05, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and balanced. This one is not too chalky like some of its other competitors, this is a cozy beer that has a very nice warm tone to it. Not bitter or chalky at all. Like a light version of a porter or a stout. Once again feeling the Scwarz!

Oct 29, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Oct 21, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
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

Oct 18, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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. 

Oct 13, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Oct 09, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Sep 28, 2018
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sbruno1025 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured it into a frozen pilsner. I very small beige head that dissipated soon after. It had some nice cocoa notes. However, very smooth for its appearance. I was hoping for a little more happy flavor. This is good though ,and I will drink again.

Sep 26, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a simple black with a smallish head. The aroma is somewhat muted, with a clean bready note accompanied by dark chocolate and black coffee. The flavor is fuller, with a load of dark chocolate, as well as roast walnut, cream, and a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is quite light, with effusive, bold carbonation. Overall this is a super tasty beer, a little shy on the nose, but utterly pleasant and gripping in flavor

Sep 24, 2018
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Nvrmind16 from California

2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not there, not really a lager, more a coffee porter that tries to hard to be sweet. The cocoa hints are there and it might be good for cooking but not drinking. I am biased as I dislike shwarzbier but something's like chocolate and good just seem wrong together.

Sep 04, 2018
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with rich tan head and good lacing.
N: Malt, nuts, molasses. caramel, and smoke.
T: Very nice malt with a slight bite of dark chocolate. Some nuttiness, caramel, and coffee.
M: Medium
O: Outstanding beer, these would be a great in a standalone pack. Well worth trying.

Sep 01, 2018
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I sampled this from the 2018 fall sampler pack. This dark beer is ruby red when held to the light. I enjoyed the cocoa notes and slight sweet roasted character of this beer. It is a very easy drinking (no lingering hop bitterness) and would enjoy it more if a straight six pack was offered. Definitely worth a try and one of SA's better sample pack only beers.

Sep 01, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It poured a dark souls black with a tan head that stays with a nice ring on the glass. The smell is of cocoa , the taste is a sweet caramel and cocoa blend, very smooth. The feel is medium and easy to drink. Overall it was very enjoyable. Alto to me it is more like a milk stout.

Aug 28, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 Fall Variety Pack
12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - dark reddish brown with quite a nice head of foam, good lacing on the glass. Looks similar to a stout.
Smell - molasses, caramel, pumpernickel bread, a hint of cocoa, and maybe some licorice
Taste - it's very sweet but not in a bad way. Some bitterness from the roasted malt. Has notes of coffee bean, dark chocolate, caramel, very minor hop profile but it is there. Low-medium carbonation. It does taste somewhat like a Guinness but it's best not to try and compare them.
Overall, a fairly rich tasting brew that is very enjoyable so i will give this beer a B+

Aug 17, 2018
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spectru from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very dark, translucent, almost black, with a creamy head; a crisp sparkly mouthfeel; The aroma is rich and deep with hints of mocha; full-bodied flavor, its roots in Boston Lager seem apparent; I like this beer.

May 17, 2018
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours deep chestnut brown under a lacy 1.5" very dense light tan cap with a very fine bead and good retention

S: aromas hint at cocoa, grains, some dried fruit and coffee.

T: flavors start with a mild sweet cocoa with a very light coffee roast backed by dark dried fruit. There are also some grain and nut flavors

F: creamy with medium body and carbonation

O: a flavorful, easy to drink schwartzbier with moderate alcohol

Dec 14, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, with updated labeling. Date notched Enjoy Before Feb
Drank from the bottle, but I assume it is black or near black. Chocolatey aroma with dark and roasted grain. Nice blend of flavors and very stout-like with roasted barley, plenty of dark cocoa, a bit of anise and char with some black tea-like earthy hops. Feel is fuller, creamy, and smooth with a fairly clean finish. Overall, a little better than I remember, but it's been a long time since I had this last. Nice to come back to it. It's very approachable with some nice dark cocoa flavors.

Dec 09, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm putting this in the top 5 of the 25 Boston Beers I've Had. This is a simple, clean, well-made, malty lager. The roasted malt is a nice variation suitable for winter. The roast sits nicely on the tongue. Not trying to do just much... just sort of wanting to be appreciated. The subtlety worked. I will have this Black Lager again.

Dec 03, 2017
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Samlover55 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into PP glass
BB 2/2018
L-pours a dark black w/ tints of brown, with an inch thick cream colored head
S- clean lager yeast, w/ a subtle hint of coffee
T- initial taste is clean and crisp with not much going on, however there is a nice bitter coffee flavor on the finish
F- medium-bodied, slightly creamy, mostly crisp
Overall this is an ok beer, with a nice crispness to it w/o too much going on.....a session dark beer if you will

Nov 12, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with just a pinch of light getting through at the bottom of the glass. There's a quarter inch of brown on top. The aroma is of caramel and bready malt. I'm tasting a light dose of caramel and honey wheat bread. The aroma implies that there should be more flavor. The mouth is light, crisp, and quaffable.

Oct 29, 2017
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In the fall variety pack. Pours darkest green with ruby lights. Smells of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate. Bitter coffee taste. Light feel, easy drinking.

Oct 29, 2017
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a tan frothy head. Ruby hews when held up to the light. Not much smell to speak of, just sweet. Taste is crisp and sweet then only slightly hoppy with a very mild cocoa/coffee finish. Very drinkable with slight lacing as well. Overall a very good representation of a black lager. With I could find it alone in a 6 here

Oct 28, 2017
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TBDave from Florida

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got two bottles of this in the Sam Adams 2017 Fall variety pack. Looks dark like a stout. Has a very rich scent of coffee and cocoa. A nice thick earthy taste, yet smooth and easy to drink. Feels warming, and would be a great beer for a cold winter night.

Oct 27, 2017
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