Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager

Schwarzbier Boston Beer Company


Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager, a German-style Schwarzbier brewed by the Boston Beer Company

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Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager is a German-style Schwarzbier brewed by the Boston Beer Company, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsener glass from a bottle.


The Schwarzbier pours a clear black that turns ruby in color when held to the light. The lager is topped by a thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows good retention. An aggressive pour yield the best results.


The aroma is strong with a scent that mixes floral hops, coffee, and dark chocolate.


Bready malt flavor leads the palate and finishes with a gentle bite of floral hops and coffee flavor. The bitterness lingers briefly, blended with sweet notes of dark chocolate and toffee.


Its feel is smooth with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly.


Its appearance is solid and the aroma is strong and pleasant. The palate’s use of coffee is subtle and complementary. Any roast character is mild at best which is appropriate for the style. The Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager is enjoyable, easy-drinking, and an excellent representation of the style.

Recommended Pairings

Samuel Adams recommends the following food pairings with their Coffee Black Lager: fried oysters, French onion soup, gruyere, barbecue brisket, coffee-rubbed pork tenderloin, and bratwurst; sweets of tiramisu, chocolate chip cookies, and coffee ice cream sundae.

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About the Schwarzbier

The Schwarzbier style originated in Germany and gained popularity following Reunification. Its name translates to “black beer” in German, and indeed, its appearance is a very dark brown but not quite black. The lager is smooth with a medium-light to medium body and moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Light to moderate malt flavor can be neutral or bready with a bitter chocolate taste. Its dark malt character shouldn’t seem roasted like an American Porter or Stout. Its hops presence is low to moderate with flavors that are floral, spicy or herbal. Comparatively, the Schwarzbier style is darker, drier, and lighter than the Munich Dunkel. It’s drier with less malt and hops than the Czech Dark Lager.