Samuel Adams Black Lager
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #76
Ranked #32,607
3.73 | pDev: 12.87%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Reviews: 1,483 | Ratings: 2,705
Reviews by Mechphisto:
Photo of Mechphisto
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It's very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn't choose this beer again.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Craft Beer Club tasting glass. Deep blackish brown color, with a dark tan head. Lots of complexity in the aroma and flavor profiles: notes of caramel, dark bread, prunes, roasted espresso bean, pepper, and floral hops. Medium-to-heavy mouthfeel, with a nice hit of roasty bitterness up front and a pleasantly dry finish. This was a pleasant surprise. Will definitely keep this one on the radar.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz.bottle with an expiration date notch of Feb 2018. Sampled on August 25, 2017. I have not had this in about ten years when it was first released.

Deep dark mahogany-brown pour with a soft, delicate mocha head laying comfortably on top and leaving lacing as it fades.

The aroma is a rich and bold dark crusty bread and burnt toast character with a sweet malt presence. Resiny hops float around the background. Maybe raisin too.

The body is medium to full and smooth through and through.

Rich sweet caramel malt flavor with a mild to moderate smoky bitterness to finish. Easy drinking and satisfying.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a six pack for my wife because she enjoyed the Guinness black lager so much and I was sick of her drinking my beers! Pours very black with a light caramel hue. It goes down smooth, maybe not quite as smooth as the Guinness black, but there is a lot more flavor here than from Guinness. This is a very solid beer, drinks well and has a lot of flavor. Good brew for a quiet Monday night.

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Photo of ericj551
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the Sam Adams mix six pack, Black Lager pours a deep ruby red black with a light brown head. I smell sweet caramel malts as well as a slight roasted aroma. Taste is deep caramel and raisin, with a slightly astringent bitterness from the roasted malt. No hops to be found, but that fits just fine. I'm kind of confused with the name black lager, not too discriptive, but I guess many other beers are just Ale or Lager so not too big a deal.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a brownish black, with pretty good long lasting off-white head, and thin lacing. Aroma isn't that strong, chocolate and roasted malt, some caramel in there, pretty pleasant, just a little weak. Taste is really nice, one of my more favorite lagers i've had. A nice chocolate malt and molasses is matched with a almost thickish, creamy smooth body, and a slightly ever-so-present floral hop that balances it out perfectly. Very nice to have before, after, or with a steak, btw.

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Photo of bobhits
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was probably the first malty beer that really caught my eye. The average stout has always been something I enjoy but don't really ever desire to drink. In spite of the name this is a fairly easy to drink fairly light beer (relative to the name of course).

a. It gives a nice tan head and as you would expect from the name is almost bitch black. You do get a bit of light through it (served in a pint glass). The head lasts long enough and leaves a nice tan lacing down the side.

s. Honestly I'm having a hard time picking up on much of any smell I get a slight bit of toffee but I have been a bit under the weather so I maybe a poor judge here.

t. Chocolate, caramel, toffee maybe a hint of coffee. This isn't an over powering beer by any means. The flavors are subtle enough to let you drink instead of sipping it. This makes for a GREAT beer for people knew to the darker beers to start with as it won't over power them.

m. I love this beer because I can drink a 6 pack without getting tired of it. The mouth feel has just the perfect amount of carbonation and the beer is light enough feeling in the mouth to allow one to drink it.

d. As I already said the taste and the mouth feel make this a very drinkable beer. I do find that beers that are very malty tend to be harder to drink in large amounts and I feel this beer was meant to be one you can drink and not sip on.

I feel a little off giving this beer so much praise, but it just seems like the perfect mix of a flavorful beer that one can drink at almost any time. That plays a role in my score as the amount of flavor and texture of the beer should meet the goal of the brewer.

This is by far my favorite sam adams and I've had virtually all of their non limited edition beers.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown a large amount of tan head that falls quickly to a descent lace around the rim.

Nose is very toasty chocolate and a caramel sweetness. very mild caramel. Earthy hops complement the toast very well.

Taste of heavy roasted chocolate malts with a faint bitterness that seems to come more from the toasted grains than hops. The middle has a smooth sweetness but not chocolate sweet.

Low carbonation but a medium/heavy body. Goes down smooth and quickly.

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Photo of KenC411
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown, almost black; so dark that the beer is actually opaque. Tiny pinpoint bubbles march towards A one finger head, that gradually receded leaving lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted smell with some hints of burnt flavor. In the background is a hint of caramel.

T: A balance between a roasted, almost nutty flavor followed by a bit of hops. However, there is no bitterness; this is a very sweet flavored beer.

M: Smooth and crisp, not creamy as expected, but full bodied.

D: The roasty flavor is enjoyable, but could be balanced out by some bitterness. However, this beer is smooth and warming, an easy drinker.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Looks black until held up to the light and then you can see a reddish amber hue from the other side. There is some lacing at each sip down the glass however it is not much.

S. Malts, roasted and not, perhaps a slight smell of hops and a lager yeast in the background.

T. Very mild taste compared to what I was expecting. I can taste caramels and chocolates and some some spiciness.

M. Light and lagerish with carbonation on the back of the tongue. Leaves a film in the mouth after swallowing.

D. I probably would not pick this up again. Its not bad but just not my kind of beer.

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Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Jack53
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dabarton
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

This rating is of the limited release Black and Gold swarzbier that Sam Adams released on tap only during the 2013-14 Bruins season.

Excellent example of a black lager or schwartzbier. Probably my favorite beer from Sam Adams.

I will have to check out the bottled schwartzbier and speak to the brewers to see if it is the same beer. I doubt it though, as they claimed black and gold was specifically brewed for the occasion.

No listing for black and gold.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard tumbler/American pint.

Pours a dark brown with no light moving through it's hard to judge clarity. Big, quickly dissipating head with the appearance of sourdough bread.

Smell is fruity sweet with a hit of bittersweet chocolates, almost like a dark chocolate filled with sweet fruit filling.

Taste is dark roasted caramel, soy sauce and bitters. Sourness is apparent. Hints of coffee and bitter hops. Very dark roast to the malt.

Chewy mouthfeel with a nice medium body, leaves a nice oily coating in the mouth.

Drinkability would be average as this is almost cloying on the malts sweetness and sourness.

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Photo of Freshie
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark colour, almost balck. Good one finger head.

Smells of dark roasted malt, some fruit, licorice, and also a faint smokey character.

The taste is rich in flavour but also light in character and finishes rather clean. Some hop bitterness blends well with carmel malt. I had a pretty overwhleming feeling in my palate of smokiness.

The clean finish makes this very drinkable. I believe this is my first schwarzbier, and I look forward to a few more.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark, silk black body with a small, white head. Slows to a small lacing with some lacing on the glass.

S: A very malty smell. Hints of slightly sweet malts that reminded me a little bit of a bock.

T: Slightly bitter, roasted taste up front. In the aftertaste, and it was noted more towards the end of the beer, there was a burnt caramel taste that was very smooth and nice on the palette.

M: A decent, smooth full-bodied mouthfeel that was welcoming.

D: Nice, sweet taste with roasted notes makes in an overall good beer and easy to drink. Silky smooth body makes it easy to go down.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours not quite opaque black; slightly translucent. Good foamy tan head with average retention and nice lacing.
Smells of dark roasted malt and a little cocoa.
Flavor features hearty roasted malts up front and finishes with a mild acidic sourdough tanginess almost like a porter. Great smoky character with a touch of balancing hops.
Light to medium body and average feel.
This is one of the better (and one of the few) Schwarzbiers out there. A great dark session beer with loads of flavor but a lighter body, which makes it easy to drink even in warmer weather.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought a six pack of Sam Adams Black Lager as it is one of my favorite offerings from Boston Beer. The other times I had it, I remember it being an exceptionally drinkable beer that had a surprising amount of flavor.
The appearance is dark brown to black with a thin beige head with little retention. The smell is heavy on the chocolate malt. Very little else is noticeable. The taste is chocalately from the malt. There is also a slight spice from the hops, but the malt clearly dominates. The flavor of this is nicely mild and does not overpower the palate, which I enjoy in this case. The mouthfeel is light and complements the mild flavor. This is one of the few beers I can have a lot of without being overpowered by the flavor. Thus I find this brew extremely drinkable and a favorite session beer of mine. Completely worth the effort to try.

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Photo of jsanford
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A - Pours a very dark (almost black) brown with a very this head that disappeared quickly. No lacing, nothing.

S - Sweet roasted malt with slight notes of coffee and honey.

T - More sweet roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter finish helps balance it out.

M - Fairly creamy with a medium body and medium carbonation.

D - Moderately drinkable, especially if you are in the mood for something dark but not as filling as a porter or stout.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice two finger head, very pillowy and creamy looking. Smell is very malty, I might detect hints of chocolate notes, but it is very distant. In the taste you get a lot of malts, in the back end you get a slight taste of coffee, which is nice. The mouthfeel is very plain, it almost feels like I'm drinking carbonated water. This beer feels a little too carbonated for the style. The flavor would taste like I'm drinking carbonated water as well, except for the malts and other notes I get. Very average beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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