Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sessions Black Lager is a traditional German Schwarzbier with a refreshingly light body. The dark chocolate malts contribute color and hints of roasted coffee balanced by the delicate aroma of German Noble hops. Translated from German, Schwarzbier means black beer.

Schwarzbier originated in the 16th Century in southeastern Germany where it is still brewed today. The style enjoyed a heyday in St. Louis in the late 1800s, but large scale production of dark lagers failed to resurface after Prohibition. In 2007, the beer community of St. Louis honored St. Louis Dark Lager as the official beer of the inaugural St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival, an annual tasting event that celebrates the many breweries thriving in St. Louis today.

45 IBU

Added by Realale on 10-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with a miniscule amount of light seeping through. There's an inch of frothy beige head resting on top. The aroma is faint dark malt and chocolate. I taste a gentle amount of dark malt, caramel, and honey wheat bread with a hint of smoke. The mouth is light and gently creamy.

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Photo of Vancer
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guess I sampled the late 2004 batch. I liked the pour, deep brown with good lite brown head that left small laces. It had that black beer aroma to it, earthy, grainy – just a hint of malt. Taste was very good, low carbonation with almost no hop kick. Nice lite to medium texture thoughout the pint. Could drink many of these – if the Taproom didn’t offer so many other enticing libations.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Morgo brought some beer back from St. Louis

Chestnut brown pour with a quick to flee head. Smells earthy like tree bark, wet mulch and . Tastes like toasted nuts, sweet dark malt and fruit. Way too fruity for the style. Fruit fades and the roast malt comes out more as it warms. Watery.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of leroybrown10
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bnes09
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice color with slight clarity. Dense creamy head with good lace. Clean aroma and flavor with just a hint of roasted malt and cooked corn. Light bodied. Average carbonation. Highly sessionable. A little boring in my book but I could drink several of these in one sitting.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ONUMello
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 8/21/13 poured into a pils glass
A: Pretty. Dark brown with a hint of red and a two-finger head
S: Lots of malts, nutty, a hint of cola
T: Nutty, malty, a hint of cola sweetness, just not quite as complex with those same elements as the nose
M: Medium-bodied yet a bit thin at the same time
O: Still a really enjoyable beer to drink, this isn't available locally but would probably be a go to session beer, easy to drink from the can and tasty, if it was

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark, brown to almost black and clear, with a nice two finger head that lasted, leaving nice lace.

Roasty and chocolatey in both smell and taste. Great light smokiness too. A bit of toffee and just a touch of hops too. Quite tasty and easy to drink.

Medium body with a lightly roasty aftertaste. I'm glad I bought a sixer of this one.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The body is a ruby black, not quite brown. An off white head recedes to a light wisp, with very light lacing staying around.

The aroma is very faint on sweetness, but brings out roasted malts, grains, and a very sly grassy note.

The taste is very smooth. Roasted malts, faint coffee and chocolate, and a very slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. No wonder they canned it and made it part of their Can Sessions lineup.

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Photo of thufflife
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of delta490
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A nice deep and clear brown with a thicker tan head that settles down quickly. The aroma is a little sweet with an earthy hint. Not much dark roast going on. The taste is much the same. The body is nice and light but not watery with just a hint of carbonation. Not a bad beer but missing the schwarzbier roasts.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades slowly to lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some nuts, and a bit of chocolate.

T: Flavor of roasted malt and some nuttiness with a bit of chocolate sweetness. A nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth with a somewhat creamy texture. Very nice balance.

O: Very enjoyable offering. Not an overpowering beer, but still a beer with lots of character compared to other of this style I have tried. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of memphischas
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Bailey's Range in St. Louis, MO for $5 ("DINNER" size). Tapped from the Black Schlafly Handle w/ a Tan "Schwarzbier" label into a 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Good amount of malt included with some a nice yeasty character. Everything easy going, clean, and nothing big jumps out at me.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays for the average amount of time. Has a dark brown colored body but clear within. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Flavor- Malty, clean, and sweet. Can tell there is Munich-malt used and has a good amount of noble hops. Light-Medium bitterness but mostly smooth and clean.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves awesome roastiness on the palate!

Overall Impression- While having this many times before, once again, great! Would enjoy many more to come! This is one of my favorites from Schlafly this month and will be going back to this. Would recommend grabbing a 6-pack of this because your friends will also enjoy this smooth, easy going black bier. Enjoy!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Dec 2011. Served in the 0.4 L Eder Pils mug.

Large brown head. Well carbonated. Clear dark molasses brown in color. Light aroma, earthy, light roastiness, moderately sweet. Starts sweet and malty. Some roastiness. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Earthy, malty, finishes lightly sweet. A slight bit of mineral in the finish and aftertaste.

Not a complex beer but tasty.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew I'd eventually find a lesser Schlafly beer and this is the one. The appearance foretells that the body may not impress as the drak brown body has no real hues to set it out. The head is basically non-existent and so is the lace.

The nose is of light malt and not much else. There is no strong sense of roasting or other delightful dark beer taste. The feel is light and finishes thin, but not lifeless. It is not so much that this is bad beer, but rather that this is just so average.

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Sessions Black Lager Schwarzbier from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.61 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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