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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 510
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 132 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2006

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Ratings: 1,339 | Reviews: 510
Photo of matty
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

OK beer not great not horrible

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

A: ruby brown

S: roasty, rich chocolate, malty

T: let down after the first two attributes. bitter. Nutty.

M: too watery, too much carbonation. Its essentially a bitter mineral water.

O: Definitely not false advertising since it tastes like its name. Black. Not going back.

Photo of RCLOHR267
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Really not a very good beer.

Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and earthy/barky hops. Similar to an American black ale. The body is too light compared to what I am used to for either style. This is not a bad beer, but falls just below average for the scope of what I have had in the style. Nothing I would skip getting a variety pack for, but nothing to rush out for either.

Photo of jordanian2
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer with a nice transition from lager to a coffee taste.

Photo of dbnarley
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked beer quite a lot. Smooth malty nice head. Fair lacing. A bit thin for this style. Overall a solid brew in my opinion.

Photo of Hophizer
4.52/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting dark lager with a hint of chocolate. This beer has a very crisp after taste.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

3/1 - Bottle. Very light, will minimal aroma. Smooth dark pour, very light texture. Light taste and pour, very light and easy going down. Decent beer.

Photo of predikit
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, settles in the glass black. Head recedes immediately, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells slightly hoppy, some sweet smelling notes.

Taste is light coffee and chocolate notes, finishes with an oat quality. Tastes a lot like Guinness only a bit more watered down.

Very thin, watery, medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

Not bad at all, but I would go to Guinness before this.

Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a frothy 2" cream colored head that falls moderately with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: yeasty bread dough, cocoa, a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and soda like with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Flavor: rich roasted barley, a bit of cocoa and coffee, definite smoke flavor. Some grassy and slight citrus rind hops.

Overall: very good for the style

Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose holds many of the the qualities of a bock beer with a smoky, caramel malt, grain, barley and carbonative aroma. The flavor is a bit sweet with a toffee maltiness, barley, grain and light chocolate malt. It just tastes cheap and detracts from the overall experience.

Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola color dark brown with a slight garnet hue . Clear and has a tan head of thinnish foam that lasted well and left lace. Nose is malty, cocoa, and dark malts. Dry biscuit and bit of faint caramel. Taste is good, follows the nose. malty but has less complexity on the palate than on the nose. That caramel is soft but stronger in the drink than on the nose. Finishes with a small touch of something bitter but nothing full blown. Tiny bit of char to come forward at the very last moment of the swallow. Darn good.

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.62/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great. Has the right balance and holds a touch to many black lagers. Very easy finish. Great smooth and bitter taste.

Photo of AustinEric
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Underrated and just rare enough to catch my eye at the pub.

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. I had this one a few years ago and gave it a 3.5/5. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday. It's nice to come back to this particular beer.
A - dark brown with a frothy tan head that holds decent retention
S - roasted grain, chocolate, earthy hops
T - nice blend of flavors with roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and earthy hops
M - thinner body, ample carbonation, clean finish
O - just as I remember it, good flavor, good representation of a Schwarzbier, but nothing spectacular. I'd get this in a pinch if needed but wouldn't search it out in the future.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like a slightly stronger variant of a Shiner Bock.

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.58/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like beer and this is beer

Photo of trebbates
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Meh. I've had worse. Skip it.

Photo of m_hall
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass yielded a 1-finger tan head that quickly fell to a film at the surface. No lacing to speak of beyond a few specks here and there on the glass. Color is a deep clear cola-brown.

Nose is yeasty and bread-y. Not as much hops as one would expect from a lager.

Flavors were dominated by toasted coffee-like malt, with a trace of bread and some nutty notes. Some subtle hops near the end. Finish is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, quite carbonated, one of the more traditionally lager-ish aspects of the beer.

Overall, a solid if not spectacular beer, this could be an interesting alternative to traditional lagers, refreshing but more substantial than what many may be used to in the style.

Photo of jimboothdesigns
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Good beer and great price.

Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown black color with no vision of anything. Very typical for a schwarzbier.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, doughy, bready, chocolate, roasted, and lager yeast.

Taste: Same as above. Sweet and like a loaf of bread. Reminds me of a bock a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, some sweetness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice Schwarzbier. I could revisit this one again this winter. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%

First time trying a Schwarz.

Appearance (4) : Transparent straw colored body with...haha just kidding.

A deep dark brown opaque body with a creamy almond colored 1 finger head. The creaminess retains itself but the head does descend a bit to about 1/4".

Smell (4.25) : Roasted malts, some coffee bean, milk chocolate, spiced black licorice. A small faint whiff of coriander. This is mostly a malt-heavy beer.

Taste (4.25) : Deep, dark, roasted flavor with coffee and almond accents. I like this a lot. It begins at the tip of the tongue with a slight bitter coffee bean but in the millisecond that it slides from the tip to the middle the coffee bean disappears and is replaced by a malty robust body. The finish is slightly bitter but in a dark roast coffee type of way. A little nutty, a tad toasty, also smokey. Good all around.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. The creaminess does evaporate into water a little too soon for my preference. Ends with a smokey finish.

Overall (4.22) : I would drink this again and again. Much better poured than in a bottle. This may not be the finest Schwarzbier out there (I'm sure, as this is my first) but this beer is pretty tasty. I'll drink this again in the future.

Photo of finz2thestout
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Not a fave. Too much carbonation for my liking. Decent taste. Just not what I want in a black lager.

Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a decent hop aroma.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a small tannish head.
Taste- Has a nice coffee, malt and oat flavor.
Palate- Alight bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a fairly dry finish.
Overall- An average Schwarzbier, I really love Spoetzl Brewing but this one didn't drive me crazy.

Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Pours a brownish-black hue with a huge head into my glass.

Odd, metallic note greets the nose. I don't detect much beyond that. Wait, there is a touch of roastiness.

Quickly turns into a weak mess with what I perceive to be caramel and dark fruit. It tastes more like a botched black-n-tan than anything.

Finishes flat at the back of the throat.

Not recommended. You can get much better examples elsewhere.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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