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Sunday, January 15, 2012

1/14/11 Samuel Adams Black Lager

So last night I decided to have what I thought would be one of the poorer beers because it was out dated for a couple of months. So I decided to have a Samuel Adams Black Lager. The temperature was 32.9 degrees with a large head at 3 1/2" and a fizzy medium brown color. The head lacing was excellent and the head dissipated slowly. The body color was brown with a dark clarity and a toffee taste and a citrus aroma. The flavor was light with a short finish length and a watery mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the front with excellent body lacing. Overall I would rate it an A- because of the uncertainty of what it would taste like if it wasn't expired. That being said this was a truly excellent beer with a great taste. The more Sam Adams I have the more impressed I am with their line up. I have yet to have rated a bad Sam Adams. Thanks for reading and as always please drink responsibly.

Information from myfitnessplan.com

Sam Adams - Black Lager

Calories191Sodium18 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs13 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Information from Sam website

Our brewers’ interpretation of a traditional German schwarzbier.

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.

Flavor: Smooth and malty with a deep roasted character and dry finishColor: Deep ruby black, 50 SRM
Original Gravity: 14° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 4.9%ABV – 3.8%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 191
IBUs: 19
Malt Varieties:Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, and Copeland pale malts, Munich 10, Weyermann dehusked Carafa®
Hop Varieties: Spalt Spalter and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops
Yeast StrainSamuel Adams lager yeast
Availability: Year round
First Brewed: 2004

Black Bean Soup

The sweet and roasty flavors in our Black Lager blend nicely with the mellow, slow-cooked nature of a smoky black bean soup. However a beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, with its balance of hop flavors, will also be able to work through the heaviness of the soup's texture with the added crisp bitterness.


  1. Sounds great did you see this article on the health benefits of beer? I'll post it on your facebook apge

  2. I did read the article I have been telling my wife that beer is more important than kale for weeks now. Did not know about the stronger kidney's though. Great article.