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

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3.7/5
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2,677 Ratings
Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager
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:
#28,426
Reviews:
1,471
Ratings:
2,677
pDev:
12.97%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
213
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 2,677 |  Reviews: 1,471
Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DonBowman
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a complex beer, very dark in color, roasted taste, with some hints of chocolate. Very decent but not awesome.

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Photo of Lepercan
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of JoeyJellico
2.84/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nmwhitehead
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of porterman66
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Motofish
4.59/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BearBrewing
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samlover55
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sanitarium16
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of moundbz
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of Satorn
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,677 ratings