Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,361 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 16
Gots: 149 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2006

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Photo of Isaguirre
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I was disappointed by this beer, perhaps I crave more of a caramel flavor from my darks. I felt it had a slight chemical odor and an unpleasant lingering after taste. The flavor balance just seemed off. But that's just the opinion of a novice reviewer.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good schwarzbier style. All around good robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Light black with some brown. Off white foam of less than an inch, with moderate retention.

S – Black malt and roasted malt, but not bitter at all. Very clean. Some light noble hops, herbal and floral. Chocolate becomes present as the beer warms.

T – Chocolate and roasty malt, like black bread. Very low herbal hop flavor, very low hop bitterness.

M – Moderate carbonation and a medium-thin body. Mostly dry throughout, with very little sweetness or bitterness. Finishes clean.

O – A very drinkable, sessionable beer.

Photo of DeeZee83
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A delightful easy drinking change of pace! Good work shiner

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint.

A: Nearly opaque black, hints of deep amber. 1/3" off-white head recedes quickly. Retention & lacing OK.

S: Toasty & bready, a little black coffee, licorice. All the aromas are pretty mild here.

T: Coffee & multigrain bread, a bit of cocoa, surprisingly robust & resinous hop character hiding out here. A bit more of that licorice.

M: Soapy with low/med. carb. Actually pretty hefty, semi-filling.

O: Extra points for how the use of hops in this brew really uplifts an otherwise monotone palate. I like it.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Decently carbonated black with nice head. Maybe I'm a little blocked up right now but no smell at all. Almost tastes like a malt soda lol. Tons of carbonation but smooth and tasty.

Photo of drunkenmess
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exactly what I would expect from a black lager/schwarzbier. Poured nice & dark. Froathy light tan head with light lacing. Smells of light metal and a bit of fruit? Tastes like a schwarzbier lol. Very light bodied and easy to drink. A good all day drinker for me.

Photo of Krinkle
4.56/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

good beer...im surprised this is just "okay" but what do you guys know

Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/4...deep brown with touches of tan foam. Malty nose, hints of roasting, but with a sweetness beneath. Light taste, full of dark maltiness. Thick mouthfeel, very smooth. Nice balance of dark and light.

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.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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