Lucky Hand Black Lager
Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 8:14PM
Josh Willis in Lucky Hand Brewing Company

Black lagers seem to be all the rage lately, and since I’m a fan of the style I picked this one up since I’ve yet to try it.  Lucky Hand Black Lager is actually brewed by Uncommon Brewers in Santa Cruz, CA for the Lucky Hand Brewing company. 

As far as the beer is concerned, it pours a nice black coffee color with minimal head.  As you would expect with a black lager, it isn’t too viscous and pours rather thinly.  There isn’t really much aroma to speak of other than a little toasted malt and a hint of soy sauce.  These muted flavors are carried over into the taste of the beer, with the soy sauce flavor being a bit off putting.  This flavor is caused by autolyzed yeast in the beer, which loosely means there is too much dead yeast in the bottle.  No real hop flavor to speak of and a very average 5.5% abv.  Other than that, there really isn’t anything to rant or rave about with this beer, other than the fact that it’s certified to be organic if that’s something you care about (I don’t).  It’s rather boring and reminds me of one of those generic brews you’d get at a half-assed brewpub. 

There are plenty of great black lagers (schwarzbiers) to be had out there, but this isn’t one of them.  It’s drinkable, and not to be actively avoided, but given the choice between this and say a Shiner Black, I’d go with the latter.


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