Tag Archives: Schwarbier

108. Magic Hat Howl

Nothing wrong with this offering from Magic Hat. Color is very dark but the taste is smoother than I expected. Lots of roasted aromas and taste with a bit of a sweet finish. Very easy to drink for a dark beer. As always Magic Hat artists have done a great job with the label and the portion of their site dedicated to this beer. Check it out at the link below.
Pros: Color, complex flavors
Alcohol Content: 4.6% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 32
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Magic Hat
Brewers Description: Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast’s longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths our inner voids are warmed.

35. Samuel Adams Black Lager

Most people think of dark beer as being heavy, thick and generally hard to drink. That would be true of most stouts but there are a lot of very dark lager and brown ales being brewed that are easy to drink, low alcohol content and generally smooth, even though they could be mistaken for your favorite cola in coloring. The Black Lager from Samuel Adams is a good example of a dark but smooth beer and I really enjoyed it. Not something I would drink every day but don’t be fooled by the color.
Pros: Great dark color
Alcohol Content:
Calories: 191
IBU (Bitterness): 19
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Samuel Adams
Brewers Description: 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.