Magnetron Schwarzbier Lager

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Image courtesy of Metropolitan Brewing Company

Do you want an easy drinking Black Lager, something along the lines of a Kostritzer, but brewed closer to home?  Try Metropolitan Brewing Company’s (Chicago, IL) Magnetron Schwartzbier Lager.  Magnetron pours deep brown with a generous beige head, and plenty of lacing decorates the sides of the glass as the level drops.  The bouquet is toasty, yeasty and earthy, in equal and appropriate measures.  There is a mild coffee taste, maybe some semi-sweet or dark chocolate and a little more earthy yeast when you drink the slightly warming beer.  Light-bodied, smooth-textured, creamy, mellow, very drinkable and a nice beer for a cold evening, if you’re looking for something that’s not overly strong and warming.  5.6% ABV, 30 IBUs, 100% delicious.

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Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

The label attracted me to this one.  Shiner Bohemian Black Lager from K. Spoetzl Brewer is the darkest brown you can imagine.  The head is not too thick, surprisingly.  The bouquet is great:  clean hops first, then chocolate malt and finally some yeast.  It’s lively on the tongue and yeasty like a good home breww, and finishes w/ an almost butterscotch sweetness.  I’d get it again.  69/100 in the Dark Lager category.

Black Art (with apologies to Horace Pippin) Black Premium Beer

I picked up an odd bottle at Binny’s.  http://www.blackartbeer.com/company.html Art Black Premium lager is deep brown and sports a ton of lacey head, although the beer does not appear to be highly carbonated.  Good toasted malty bouquet with a tang to it.  The mouthfeel is a bit thin but smooth, with a chocolatey quality to it.  I’d call it OK overall, but a little lack luster.  Richer and thicker would help this beer a lot.