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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 1,342
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 14
Gots: 136 | 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 TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shaker pint glass.

Ah, inexpensive bottles for my mixed-sixer. Love it. This one pours a lovely translucent garnet-brown topped by nearly a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light coffee, cocoa powder, and a twinge o' flowers. The taste holds notes of cocoa, light roasted malts, thick and toasted caramel, and a swig o' roasty toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a somewhat surprisingly nice schwarz, nothing too exciting but pretty tasty and highly drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is a style you dont see a whole lot of and well to be honest I didnt think this beer would be real traditional, but I gotta say I liked the subtle qualities of this.Poured into my Monchshof schwarzbier glass a deep cola color with a fluffy off white head that left shotty lace as it settled.German malt aromas,iron and metallic with some bitter chocolate and earth,with a slight roasted nut element,flavors are quite earthy and dry with some metallic notes and unsweetened chocolate.Toastiness shows thru as I drink more and its quaffable,not bad,not bad at all.

Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice russet color with a small, light brown head.

Biscuit, baking chocolate, and coffeeish aroma.

Somewhat bland cocoa powdery taste that is also a little watery.

Not distinguished in any way and has a muddled character. Pass if you want a good craft beer. Woe is me Shiner.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of dark head sits on this dark, molasses colored beer. It leaves a fractured lace and pushes up aromas of fruity hops, light roasted chocolate, and molasses. Shiner 97 has a killer schwarz taste. Light berry notes play over dark but smooth malt base. Very light chocolate and molasses tones with no roasted or otherwise harsh flavors at all. Very simple and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Shiner is 2 for 2 with these special releases.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Shiner" Bohemian Black Lager. Brewed by Spoetzl Brewery Shiner Texas. 4.9% alcohol poured into a Pilsner glass.

A- Pours a almost opaque black fluid that produces a dull amber red hue when put up to the sunlight. nice off tan tan head foams up in almost a cola like fashion that slowly falls to a constant quarter inch head leaving some patchy lacing.

S- Smell is of rich chocolate malts and creamy coffee. Has a light scent of tangy hops in the citrus form... very vague.

T- An excellent mix of malts and hops. Upfrontr is a dark roast of burnt malts and barley. Second is a thin flavor of raw coffee grinds and cream. Mouthfeel is ultra smooth with a tongue pleasing carbonation that dances over the taste buds with ease.

D- One hell of a Schwarzbier that I would love to get alot of. Has beautiful drinkablity and a flavor that only makes you want more... cheers!

Photo of txbrewer
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - almost opaque, not much head (why is it that some create so much more even with a smooth pour?)

S - dark malts, mild bitter chocolate and toffee

T - not as bitter as it smells, dark malt with mild coffee like stout

M - general Shiner mouth feel - quite mild for something this dark

D - yes, but not what is expected from the looks

I like a good dark beer and this has some of the flavor but by the end of it I was not tasting much. I like something that keeps it taste till the end of the bottle/glass. For as dark as it looks, I did expect more on the nose and taste.

Photo of blackearth
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring from the bottle into a pint glass yielded a dark-black body with amber-red corners and a tan head that fizzed up just like cola and disappeared. Aroma is of sweet raisins. Medium bodied with flavors of vanilla and roasted malt. Finishes clean. This is not bad, but could be done better.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.79/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying Shiner Bock, I wasn't sure I was up for this offering. This is the second in a series of commemerative beers, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the brewery. Bohemian Black Beer is a pretty good beer. A black color with a thin head. It had a dark, roasted coffee aroma. A coffee taste, with some bread detectable. A little thin in the mouth, but quite drinkable.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: Its body has a dark almost black color with deep crimson highlights. On top sits a tall creamy light tan head which is long lasting and keeps a small covering to the last sip. Along the way down the glass it makes nice lacing.

Smell: It has a dark roasted and toasted maltiness as well as some sweet candy like notes as well.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is right on with a nice mix of dark roasted maltiness and hop bitterness. There are notes of dark or burnt toast, dark roasted coffee with an underlined sweetness like dark caramel and a slight hint of cherry chough drop. Hops are light but do offer some mellow bitterness. The finish is a little roasty with pleasant bitterness. Its palate feels smooth and mildly carbonated.

Notes: This is a solid example of the style. It's dark and tasty yet supper easy to drink.

Photo of Nature777
4.75/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's as dark as motor oil but smoother than a baby's ass! This is an excellent brew that I'd rarely pass up. When I first started drinking beers that went beyond "Generic Light" and "Generic Ice," this was one of my first dark beers. While I was still acquiring a taste for beers that weren't American Light Lagers, this one blew me away. A few years later, this is still at the top of my list.

A- I've been pouring these into common pint glasses. The beer is a beautifully deep black with reddish-mahogany highlights, visible if you hold it up to a light. I also has a dark head.

S- There's a decent sent of roasted malts here. I got some coffee as well.

T- The taste of this beer is astonishing. Despite it's dark color, it is exceptionally light. The coffee and chocolate flavors hit you very quickly up front. I didn't find this very hoppy. But perhaps my addiction to Imperial IPAs sways my judgement here. The malts really come through in the rear.

M- Easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. Again, despite being so dark, it is very light. It's a great beer to give people who think that all dark beers taste the same and are heavy. It'll teach them a thing about real beers. It does not fill you up and with the low alcohol content, you can easily drink several of these without having a problem. I also found this to be minimally carbonated. I've had several lambics recently which were much more heavily carbonated.

This is an overall spectacular brew. I rank it amongst my favorites. It is the lightest of the beers I regularly drink. I tend to lean towards Stone Double Bastard and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IIPA. When I want something refreshing and easy to drink, this is my beer of choice.

Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear dark brown body with a small beige head. Some scattered lace is left on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, but has some toasted malt, baked dark bread, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hop. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is spot on for style, with notes of fresh baked brown bread, spicy hops, and a hint of chocolate. Nothing to write home about but a solid example of the style.

Photo of Billolick
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle, part ofthe newly arrived Shiner mix 12 pack box.

Pours near black, darker tan head that stays a spell. Leaving moderate strands of stick.

Nose is mildly of dark malts and a hint of coffee.

Dark malts, some dusty dark chocolate and some cola and thats about it. On the thin and watery side. Nothing special going on here as seems to be the case with all the shiner brews. Almost craft beer. One and done..

Photo of nem2006
2.81/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a nonic glass. The color was a very dark brown, not quite black. There was very little head and what head there was, actually dissipated quickly.

The smell was difficult to place at first, but after a little consultation, it was clear as day. Wet dog. I don't know if this was a bad batch or something happened to the bottle or what, but the smell was overpowering once I figured it out.

And oddly enough, the taste was actually a little distinct from the smell. There was a slight coffee hint with the roasted malts and a little sweet, then a bitterness to finish it off from the hops. The bitterness was actually pretty well balanced. I would definitely be more jazzed about the beer if the smell had not ruined it for me.

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 Mora2000
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, but it is a little bit faint. I really expected more from the aroma. The flavor is much stronger. I get the expected roasted malt but I am also getting quite a bit of smoke. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I have had this beer numerous times over the years and it has always been my favorite Shiner beer. I never remembered the smoke in the beer before, so I am not sure if I always just missed it or if this batch was smokier than others in the past.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Black, with about one finger of a beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild smell of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste of roasted malts, hops and mild taste of coffee.

Overall: Good Lager! I would have this one again.

Photo of jondeelee
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The smell is not as heavy as I would expect from a black lager, though there are still light malty scents, focusing mainly on brown sugars.

The flavors come out far stronger on the tongue, starting off with an immediate chocolate malt buzz that washes over the tongue with its lovely almost-burnt taste, then switch gears to bring out lighter Grape Nuts cereal grain fare that almost seems like it should belong in an pale ale. Toffee and caramel flavors are also present here. The chocolate malt then comes back at the end, leaving a second layer of almost-burnt flavoring that lingers on the tongue for a moment after the beer has gone down. Hops seem to be kept to a minimum, as I barely manage to pick up any grapefruity bitterness. One odd note for me was that the carbonation seemed to have been cranked to at least ten, if not eleven, making this just about the fizziest black lager I've ever had. And I did find the brew just slightly more watery that I would have liked.

Overall--and especially for those just being introduced to heavier and darker beers--this is a nice, solid offering.

Photo of Dizzy
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black with reddish highlights. It has a fizzy off white head which recedes quickly. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is roasty with some sweetness, reminds me of chocolate. This has a medium body. This is probably the best Shiner has made so far. I like this a lot better than the 96.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good Black Lager. I never tried their 97 version from 2006, so I can't compare it to that beer.

The beer pours out to a good black color with a tan head. Not too carbonated. Has a very complex taste. Carmel and what chared malt taste. After taste is a little sweet. Very good beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again gotta love this little German style brewery from down in Texas and anyone who's ever driven through the lonestar state knows there basically two options that people drink as their local, Shiner Bock or Lonestar. Nice to see other German style popping up from them this one appears a dark cola ruby brown almost dark black nearly opaque...nice sized tan head dwindles rather quickly with light even lace that sticks to the glass well. Aromatics have alot of those dry slightly bitter dark chocolate roasted qualities mild watered down coffee with herbal hop traces going on. Flavor more watered down roastiness with dark chocolate cocoa powder and a subtle caramel sweetness with mild herbal hop finish overall a very light schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is light bodied evenly carbonated nothing too remarkable but definitely smooth going down . Drinkability is decent better than most dark style lagers around but I tend to want more flavor hell with Sam Adams Black Lager there's just no need to ever go for this one again.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Poured a very dark brown color; clear; near black in the glass (snifter); moderately vigorous pour only produced a meager and short-lived head. A thin ring endures quite a bit longer.

The scent was of spicy hops and medium-dark roasted malts

Taste: a bit more sweet than bitter, until the aftertaste where the hops are more dominant and a hint of coffee appears. Rather limited toasted grains flavor. Overall, lighter on the dark malt component and higher on the hops than usual for style ... not that this is a "hoppy beer". 3.75

M: Medium-light bodied; crisp feel from moderate+ carbonation; light dryness in finish.

Overall: a decent beer; one of the best I've had from this brewer, although that's faint praise. Improves with some warming.

Photo of FrognutUnl
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alright, new beer at my local store...

Pours dark cola colored with a three finger head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Smells of sour dough. not very good first impression.

Taste is of roasted malts with notes of sour harshness that does not suit any beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, very thin.

Ultimately this beer seriously lacks in flavor and what little it does have does not make me want to fish it out of the drain. This is a big disappointment for me, which is a pity as I usually love the style.

Photo of jeonseh
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gift from my father-in-law after recent trip to Texas. Poured into a flute glass.

A - Dark brown color that has a deep, mahogany hue to it as I hold it up to the light. Poured with a one finger head yet the carbonation that I see trailing up the glass just destroyed the head. Can see a good bit of carbonation trailing upwards

S - Smell at first reminds me of a pilsner as I seem grain and barley coming forward. There is a slight hint of a charred barely but just a hint. Mixed in there is also a slight hint of malt sweetness.

T - A rather malty beer that reminds me a bit of a cross between an oktoberfest and a pilsner. At first there is a touch of roasted caramel malt sweetness. Next, comes a grainy barley and even like straw taste that cuts through the beer and reminds me a bit of the taste of a Pilsner Urquell. Throughout there is a large presence of orange zest that dominates the other flavors. The orange zest gives the beer a refreshing finish that would makes this a good beer to have on a hot day.

MF- Decent body that leans a bit towards the lighter side. Also rather light carbonation in the mouth given the amount that I saw in the glass when I poured it. Leaves a slight astringent tingle on the tongue after drinking it.

D - Overall a decent and average session beer that I could see drinking on a hot summer day. It is interesting to have a dark beer that tastes so much like a pilsner. Could see this as a lager to introduce to people who are scared of dark beers since this isn't too bad and easy to drink.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with little or no head and no lacing present.

Beer has a little smell of malt.

Has a light malt flavor with a little hops thrown in.

Has the classic lager mouthfee, light and bubbly.

If you want to change up your lager selction a few of these won't be bad.

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

Black this one is, with deep brown highlights visible. A light brown head of about one finger has fair retention for a little while and leaves just a little thin lacing around.
This one's malty in the aroma, but not much else; roasted notes in the malt with a very light coffee-like astringency and an atypical grassy/earthy sort of smell. There's not a lot of character or strength in the nose, but it's steady if not great.
Roasted malts with some coffee and a little bit of sweetness underlying are the backbone. The odd earthiness comes out in the flavor and a light chocolate note comes and goes. Again, this one's slightly lacking in complexity and the hops found in this style as the source of bitterness are not really here, so the balance is off a little. It's bright (for lack of a better word) for a dark, and it satisfies.
The mouthfeel is pretty light, but that's typical for the style and this one refrains from getting too thin. Carbonation's a little high, though.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
78 out of 100 based on 1,342 ratings.