McSorley's Irish Black Lager
Pabst Brewing Company

McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager
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Style:
German Schwarzbier
Ranked #170
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,362
Avg:
3.49 | pDev: 14.33%
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
355
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Pabst Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
80
Good
McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager
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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 355
Reviews by wattoclone:
Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best American dark lager available. It has incredible roasted malt flavor and drinks smooth like a dark lager should. Sure, I would prefer Kostritzer on tap but in the US this is not a real possibility. I actually prefer this beer to the original Kostritzer in the can or bottle and I can afford it as a retired beer lover. At a price point lower than most American adjunct lagers, this flavorful brew is affordable and readily available. Kudos to Pabst for making it available and affordable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A not quite black, topped by a slightly tanned one finger head. Some lacing, though not extensive.
S- Smells sweet. Tends toward a caramel aroma.
T- Definite flavors of caramel, which are quite pleasant, backed up by a bit of a milk chocolate flavor. Low hop bitterness. Quite sweet.
M- Body is light, though not terribly. Carbonation is a bit too biting for me. Carbonation did not help the flavors much here.
D- A decent drinking beer, but nothing that will blow your socks off. Simple and light.

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Photo of Colin32
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of donteatpoop
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark chocolate color with a finger of tan foam at the top.

Smells of peatmoss and dark carmel malts.

The taste iss uperb, smoked peatmoss flavors with notes of molasses and roasted malts.

Smooth full mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Not a bad beer at all, I was surprised to see this coming from the Pabst company. Goes to show you shouldn't judge a beer before you taste it.

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Photo of Eman17
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as the name suggests with a light tan head.

Subtle roast throughout like weak coffee. Not much else in terms of malt or hop character other than an offsetting hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp as a lager should be.

I would say this falls closer to a Schwarzbier with the more pronounced roasted note. Whatever you want to call it it's another underwhelming lager in the vast world of lager beer.

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Photo of kplooki
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of th3d1ck
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of misternebbie
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good, but little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry, dusty roastiness. Very faint neutral maltiness. Clean. Otherwise, not much going on.

3.0 T: Light dry roastiness. Slightest touch of chocolate. Very faint malt sweetness. Again, not much going on.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.0 D: Fairly tame schwarzbier, but not bad. Goes down quite easy.

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Photo of dd43
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish color with a slight reddish hue. There is some visible carbonation that flows up to the tall tan head. The head had very good retention and lacing.

Smell: There is a lightly roasted character and sweet malted barley with just a hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has some slight roasted coffee notes with sweet bready and roasted malt notes. Hop flavor is light and brings some mineral/leafy notes to the finish. The finish is rather clean with roasted flavors and hop bitterness fading quickly. The palate is a smooth medium body with just the right amount of carbonation to help clean the palate.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable and very drinkable black lager.

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Photo of pasjc2001
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Khaack
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found this on-tap, at Kevin Barry's in Savannah, GA of all places (8/15):

A: The beer appeared to be cola black, without much of a head that dissipated very quickly. What there was of a head, it was light, and light tan in color. I guess that I expected a thicker, longer lasting head, but this could have been partly to the pour by the wait staff.

S: The aroma is average, nutty with sweet roasted malted barley.

T: Again, the taste was average, lighter than expected, but a sweet malt flavor with maybe a hint of coffee or chocolate.

M/D: The beer was lighter than expected and seemed a bit over carbonated. As for drinkability, I did not finish the pint, but I am not sure that was an indication. The beer was smooth enough and left a decent sweet finish that did not last.

Overall, an average beer, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This seems to be a new McSorley's brand from Wilkes-Barre, PA, my usual beer store just got in 6 packs of it this week so it must be new?

Anywho, their is no website where this product is listed at all and googling "Irish Black Lager" turns up nothing on google... so the style of it is kind of a mystery. Could be a swarzbier, but played it safe with the "Euro Dark Lager." Pours a very dark brown with a small tannish colored head. Doesn't seem to offer too much smell wise, taste is a little underwhelming as well. A little bit of a smokey taste, light bodied, slight hop sweetness on the swallow. Not much going on here.. tried something new and can't say I enjoyed it too much, here's to trying the Irish Pale Ale next.

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Photo of archdukeofrandom
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of dsr0116
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is an exceptional find for any Irish stout lover. The overall characteristics are very similar to the Guinness 250 Anniversary edition brew. This has the same sourness that Guinness is synonymous with (especially the foreign or extra stout strains). While not as complex as Guinness foreign stout, it seems very similar to Guinness 250 edition. It has slightly more mouthfeel and slightly less maltiness (due to it being a black lager to be sure). If you find it cheaper then Guinness at your market, then this is a definite buy. I'm comparing this to Guinness simply because it seems to emulate it so much: it has the same basic acidity and maltiness of the recent 250 variety (IE it has more flavor then the Guinness draught versions but it's not as heavy as the "foreign stout" versions). The main thing that I like about this beer over other Irish ales is it seems to have the same Brettanomyces strains of sourness that I like in Guinness. This is the first time I've had a McSorley's, and from what I've gleened, this is a relatively new contract from Lion brewery. Will be interesting to see if this keeps going: I think it's good for what it is: a lighter Guinness foriegn stout.

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3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 355 ratings