Sam Adams Black Lager is another one of ‘those beers’ that I probably would not buy aside from the fact that they are included in some of the variety packs. Finding beers like this one or the Boston Lager used to irritate me because I always wanted the more of the seasonal ‘special’ beers, and not the regular stuff.
I’m also aware that I still have some hesitation concerning beers with Lager in the name. I call it my lager aversion, and I think its semi-permanent psychic damage from years of big-brewer advertising. Again, thanks Sam Adams for forcing these gems upon me!
So getting on to the Sam Adams Black Lager, or to call it by its proper name, Schwarzbier, I thought it pretty good to enjoy almost any time of the year. Yes, its dark, very dark actually, but the body is not heavy, nor is it sticky or unpleasant. Clean enough to drink in the warmer months of the year for sure.
But the taste is a more robust than a pale-yellow lager. Maltier, with some notable roasty flavors make this a great beer for the cooler months as well – especially if you don’t want the chewiness of something like a stout.
As a matter of opinion, based on the interesting flavors offered, this beer could easily pass for an ale if that matters. (It doesn’t, really.) I keep going back to this lager-aversion thing where in my mind lager = pilsner and every sip of this Schwarzbier surprises the heck out of me!
I know its something I need to work on, and so I think I’ll just keep doing what I have been doing and continue to look forward to the ‘regular’ beers found in the Sam Adams variety packs! This one, in particular, was a winner for me and has me curious to try other Black Lagers. Any suggestions?
Scott – TheBrewClub