Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
4.3/5 rDev +25%
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.
11-23-2006 22:18:06 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-06-2009 22:25:08 | More by oberon
3.15/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
01-30-2010 00:17:49 | More by brownbeer
3.98/5 rDev +15.7%
"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!
10-01-2010 23:04:27 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.2/5 rDev -7%
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.
03-26-2011 02:52:34 | More by txbrewer
3.45/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-13-2009 17:26:05 | More by blackearth
3.8/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-25-2006 21:49:18 | More by lordofthewiens
4.35/5 rDev +26.5%
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.
09-27-2010 16:28:47 | More by generallee
4.78/5 rDev +39%
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.
08-05-2010 07:59:45 | More by Nature777
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
08-10-2008 01:35:28 | More by merlin48
3.29/5 rDev -4.4%
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..
05-14-2013 00:54:38 | More by Billolick
2.9/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
05-31-2008 01:01:17 | More by nem2006
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
09-17-2010 05:23:17 | More by Mora2000
3.43/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
01-29-2014 21:41:45 | More by Cavanaghty
3.48/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-13-2011 20:43:48 | More by jondeelee
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
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