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ScreamingChicken

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Guinness Black Lager Sun, 12/4/11 5:10 PM (permalink)
Has anybody tried Guinness Black Lager?  I bought some today and it's pretty good, definitely Guinness-y in character but lighter, and I'm liking it as an accompaniment to some crackers and sharp cheddar cheese spread.
 
Brad
 
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    jimcor

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    Re:Guinness Black Lager Sun, 12/4/11 5:34 PM (permalink)
    Huh, first I've heard of it, but I really luv Guinness Extra Stout, I like that heavy duty taste and feel. When I find it on sale I'll try it. Hope it's better than the canned or bottled Guinness draft, too weak tasting.
     
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      GotBaddog

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      Re:Guinness Black Lager Sun, 12/4/11 7:39 PM (permalink)
      I have been a Guinness fan since my first pint at Edinburgh Castle so many years ago. There are certain things they have done over the years that have proven a disappointment to me. The primary one was when they started allowing bars to do quick pours. If you can not taste the difference between a slow and quick pour, you just are not paying attention. I have never liked their canned beer and only do the bottle if there is nothing better. As such, I will probably pass on the Guinness Black . . . at least for now.
       
       
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        Michael Hoffman

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        Re:Guinness Black Lager Sun, 12/4/11 9:50 PM (permalink)
        I don't care for the Stout -- never have been able to enjoy it. But I do like the Black Lager.
         
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          SeamusD

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          Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 12/5/11 4:21 PM (permalink)
          Also a big Guinness Extra Stout fan, and definitely appreciate a well poured draught. Needless to say I'm looking forward to trying the Black Lager. If it's anywhere near as good as Sam Adams Black Lager, I'll probably like it.
           
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            lleechef

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            Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 12/6/11 11:44 AM (permalink)
            I tried the Black Lager and liked it very much. 
             
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              Phildelmar

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              Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 12/6/11 12:17 PM (permalink)
              Will try to locate some and try it
               
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                Phildelmar

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                Re:Guinness Black Lager Fri, 12/23/11 12:46 PM (permalink)
                Found some and liked it. Nice combination of flavor elements.
                 
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                  Sonny Funzio

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                  Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 01/9/12 3:24 AM (permalink)
                  Does taste like a lager. Enjoyable.
                  My favorite black lager is Sprecher Black Bavarian ... the Guinness BL did not compare.
                  The Guinness Black Lager was decent, but for more than the price of their stout or extra stout, a bit hard to swallow.
                   
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                    ScreamingChicken

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                    Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 01/9/12 8:15 AM (permalink)
                    Of all the good beers that Sprecher makes the Black Bavarian is probably my favorite.  Plus it comes in those nice 16 oz. bottles!
                     
                    Brad
                     
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                      philM76

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                      Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 01/10/12 9:59 AM (permalink)
                      I have had this one quite a few times and like it very much. It kind of remindes me of some sort of beer I tried in Germany once, but I always forget it's name. I might add that when I figure it out again.
                       
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                        Twinwillow

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                        Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 01/10/12 10:31 AM (permalink)
                        I knew about the GBL but haven't tried it yet. I've been a Guinness fan ever since the my first pint was pulled many years ago in an English pub in Devon. However, the best pint I ever had was in a small bar (not pub) in Dublin. It was served with very thin crispy (fresh) fried potato "crisps". There's a world of difference between a "pulled" fresh draught and a Guinness (or, any beer or lager) from a can or bottle.
                         
                        After reading some of the above comments, I would like to try the Sprecher Black Bavarian, too. I've never had it.
                         
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                          Sonny Funzio

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                          Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 01/10/12 5:33 PM (permalink)
                          The Sprecher Black Bavarian is actually my favorite beer, period.
                           
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                            jonsta1

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                            Re:Guinness Black Lager Tue, 01/10/12 6:41 PM (permalink)
                             I've tried the Black Lager several times and like it. While I really enjoy a good stout, the GBL is light and crisp and is really a good change from the heavier, more filling stouts. I haven't seen the Sprecher Black in my area but I would be glad to try some. 
                             
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                              ScreamingChicken

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                              Re:Guinness Black Lager Wed, 01/11/12 8:34 AM (permalink)
                              Jon, since Sprecher's a Milwaukee microbrewery I think your odds of finding any locally are pretty slim and you might have to hit the road and head to Illinois.  Good luck!
                               
                              Brad
                               
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                                ken8038

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                                Re:Guinness Black Lager Wed, 01/11/12 11:16 AM (permalink)
                                New Yorkers of a certain age (including myself) feel that there will never be a pint of Guinness as well-poured as at The Liffey Tavern near Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, which closed sometime in the late 80's.  It had an International Reputation, people from Ireland would make it thier first stop after landing at Kennedy.  In reality, other than the Guinness, it was pretty much a dive bar, but Oh, that Pint!
                                 
                                Read about it here:
                                http://books.google.com/books?id=-uACAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=liffey+tavern+queens&source=bl&ots=mbNR_oOw1z&sig=PhotIYKLYaQG8tXu5awbN_MIatA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=N7QNT_eMI8nt0gHP88yRBg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=liffey%20tavern%20queens&f=false
                                 
                                 
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                                  Phildelmar

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                                  Re:Guinness Black Lager Wed, 03/20/13 11:28 PM (permalink)
                                  Had some this weekend. It pairs well with food.
                                   
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                                    rneiner

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                                    Re:Guinness Black Lager Thu, 03/21/13 8:31 AM (permalink)
                                    I like my beer and beginning to really enjoy stouts will have to try thanks for the tip.
                                     
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                                      brisketboy

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                                      Re:Guinness Black Lager Thu, 03/21/13 10:01 AM (permalink)
                                      I can only speak for myself but having had many a slow pour at various pubs in the UK and Scotland, I find the Guinness here in the USA sadly lacking. The same for Strongbow cider that I grew so fond of.
                                       
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                                        love2bake

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                                        Re:Guinness Black Lager Thu, 03/21/13 10:42 AM (permalink)
                                        Will look for it.  I'm a fan of Kostritzer, myself.
                                         
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                                          SeamusD

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                                          Re:Guinness Black Lager Thu, 03/21/13 11:20 AM (permalink)
                                          I've had it a couple of times over the year since my last post on the subject, I really like it. It's not as toe curling as a good pint of the draught, but pretty darn good.
                                           
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                                            kevincad

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                                            Re:Guinness Black Lager Thu, 03/21/13 12:01 PM (permalink)
                                            ScreamingChicken


                                            Has anybody tried Guinness Black Lager?  I bought some today and it's pretty good, definitely Guinness-y in character but lighter, and I'm liking it as an accompaniment to some crackers and sharp cheddar cheese spread.

                                            Brad

                                            Yes, not bad for mass produced beer. I brew a porter that is very similar, but a tad hoppier. 
                                             
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                                              CCinNJ

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                                              Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 03/25/13 2:58 PM (permalink)
                                              Never look down at a pint of Guinness.
                                               
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                                                Poverty Pete

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                                                Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 03/25/13 4:22 PM (permalink)
                                                kevincad


                                                ScreamingChicken


                                                Has anybody tried Guinness Black Lager?  I bought some today and it's pretty good, definitely Guinness-y in character but lighter, and I'm liking it as an accompaniment to some crackers and sharp cheddar cheese spread.

                                                Brad

                                                Yes, not bad for mass produced beer. I brew a porter that is very similar, but a tad hoppier. 

                                                What yeast do you use to give your porter the flavor profile of a lager?
                                                 
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                                                  Phildelmar

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                                                  Re:Guinness Black Lager Fri, 06/28/13 2:17 PM (permalink)
                                                  My fimal thought is, it's not worth the price and it's really neither a lager nor astout, rather than being a hybrid of the two
                                                   
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                                                    Twinwillow

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                                                    Re:Guinness Black Lager Fri, 06/28/13 4:25 PM (permalink)
                                                    Phildelmar


                                                    Had some this weekend. It pairs well with food.

                                                    I would imagine it would be great for use in braising a pot roast.
                                                     
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                                                      GotBaddog

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                                                      Re:Guinness Black Lager Fri, 07/5/13 8:57 PM (permalink)
                                                      So, in the past year and a half I did try it . . . once, won't happen again.
                                                       
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                                                        Phildelmar

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                                                        Re:Guinness Black Lager Mon, 09/23/13 11:11 AM (permalink)
                                                        I think that the price is a problem. It isn't distinctive enough to justify it.
                                                         
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