Review: Black Lager, Samuel Adams

Black Lager

  • Style:  German Schwarzbier
  • Bitterness:  19 IBU
  • ABV: 4.9% ABV
  • Malts:  Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland pale malts, Munich 10, Weyermann deshusked Carafa
  • Hops:  Spalt Spalter and Hallertau Mittelfrueh
  • Calories:  191 per 12 oz.
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "When one sees a beer with a darker complexion these days, more often than not it’s a porter or a stout. But looks can be deceiving. There exists a style older than both and generally less well known; the schwarzbier, which literally translates to “Black Beer.” Unlike its dark cousins which are ales hailing from Britain, schwarzbier comes from Germany and uses a bottom fermenting lager yeast.  Samuel Adams Black Lager is brewed in the tradition of the latter. A medium bodied beer brewed using several different roasts of malt to create a smooth body and depth of malt character that has to be tasted to be believed.”  — Samuel Adams

Random thoughts:   This black lager is part of the Samuel Adams Fall Harvest Collection. I just noticed their Winter Collection in the store. It looks good and I'll probably pick it up soon.

The tasting:  Black in color with a tan head that dissipated slowly. When held up to the light, the color is more of a dark brownish-red. Aroma of roasted malt and espresso. Flavor of lightly roasted malt, spicy hops, as well as some light mollasses sweetness. In the middle, there's a subtle malt smokiness. It's light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes with a slight sour twang.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  I like to drink darker beers in the winter. If you're looking for a lighter bodied, easy drinking dark beer, give this a try. The ever-so slightly sour finish might turn some off, but I liked it. If your only experience with lagers is the omnipresent industrial pilsner, this will open your horizons to the wide world of lagers.

Have you tried Black Lager or any other Samuel Adams beers?

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