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

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3.7/5
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,729
Reviews:
1,476
Ratings:
2,693
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
225
Trade:
1
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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

Photo of sbruno1025
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of Michelleroo
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imanidiot777
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nvrmind16
2.94/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Just not therr, 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.

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Photo of Dakin
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Klister
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinB
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,693 ratings