Ok, let’s just say I did not read the label, so I popped the cap and started pouring this ‘lager’…well see for yourself.
Huge surprise here, dark coffee colored lager with a caramel head. Some very quick research and I found out this beer was brewed in the Schwarzbier style (Black Beer). I mean in all that is holly, aren’t there laws somewhere, where are the beer police?
This schwarzbier had a thick, clingy head, reminiscent of a Pilsner. I am detecting a trend at work with our local artisan brewers, see another recent article for a similar experience.
Aroma of coffee and caramel. Taste of espresso, a little thin in the mouth, similar in style to some stouts, slight citrus notes. Hint of hops on the finish giving an astringent, dry mouth-feel, leaving you seeking another drink.
To wrap it up, awesome beer once I got over the lack of Lager in the Lager bottle. Good stuff from San Marcos!