Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 96 | FT: 2
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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 maximum12
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RandomBattle for this extra, a beer often seen but never picked up. Carved in half & poured into our cute little Christoffel tasting glasses that fit six ounces of liquid nicely.

Pours black with white foam; something I don't recall seeing before. Aroma is rich & malty, with a singe of smoke to it. No lager overtones at all. Huh.

Bohemian Black Lager brings a heavy dose of woodsmoke, not at all what I was expecting upon popping the cap with my Superman thumb. Coffee is mixed into the smoke, which creates a unique combo that I haven't encountered in the wild (or captivity) before. Sweet malts & light hops roll in to round out the tasting experience.

Well color me surprised. I don't know why, but I didn't expect much from this beer, & it's good, especially considering the low ABV; so few brewers can make a tasty low ABV beer, & this is nothing if not flavorful. Lots packed into this package.

Photo of grittybrews
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with a finger of light khaki head. Slight roasty aroma with a hint of cocoa.

Generous carbonation balances a slightly thin mouthfeel. Somewhat generic charred, roasty malt up front with a hint of chocolate and a lingering bitterness on the finish with a mild coffee/smoke character.

Not a profound example of the style, but all the elements actually come together pretty well when you're in the mood for an easy-drinking beer with some extra character.

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black, with an average head of tan bubbles. No lace at all.

Aroma I get is malty -- a little roasty chocolate maybe, but that's it.

Flavor is equally as roasty/chocolatey sweet. No complexity at all, much like all the Shiners I've had.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown,almost black liquid with a toffee colored head that stacked up roughly two inches high and disapated about the same pace that it arrived. Many columns of bead are found but there is not much laceing to speak of.

Smell: The aromas are some dark fruits, light hops, smells like a bock almost.Not bad by any means but does have a slight disagreeable odor.

Taste: The taste consists of raisins, vanilla, light malts with a small amount of hops that seems to balance the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, medium carbonation. Has a slight bubblely finish. Very smooth and easy drinking kind of beer.

Drinkability: Overall, This was a good beer. I would recommend this for at least a try. This may even be my favorite offering from Shiner,right next to shiner on tap.

Cheers2Beers

Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black body with carbonation bubbles coming up.Small one finger head that fells to a nice patch.Lots of small carbonation bubbles hitting the surface.Good looking beer.

Notes of toasted malts,roasted maltiness also.

Roasted and a small amount of burnt taste.The taste gets sweet towards the end of the sip.

Thin mouthful and spritzy mouthful.

Good beer but I thought it wanna gonna be better.Ive only had the type of beer a few times in the past but Ive had better.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gracious to mhewes for the opportunity to sample another example of the underrated Schwarzbier style. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into the oversized Red Oak mug...

Really pours a whole lot like a root beer in color and head - lacey head with "muffin tunnels."

Big, yeasty malt - even some sarasparilla in there. Slight Saaz-ish hop presence

Taste is a little earthy - slate/dirt - some sourness in the malt but not much on the dark roast front. Comes out on the tamer side than expected but admittedly I haven't "lagered" in a long time. Quite mild.

Mouthfeel slightly flatter than expected - slight tinny, sour aftertaste.

This may not be over-exceptional but a solid offering that is definitely sessionable. A darker lawnmower offering? Most definitely.

Photo of bubseymour
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very lackluster appearance. Looks like a coke.

smells like burnt metallic water with some bready notes

Taste - Pretty good taste to it. Flavorful, some sweet notes with tad of hop crispness and well balanced. Very sessionable

Mouthfeel - full bodied for a beer under 5%

Overall - looks and smells weak but taste matters most and this beer tastes pretty darn good for a lager.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

THanks to duff247.

Pours a lighter almost 1 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly, over dark molasses mahogany brown color.

Nose of dark crystal malts, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, light roast, smooth brown malts, some light crisp lager fruit aromas.

Taste starts very porter-esque, light creamy dark malts, light oatmeal like, some hints of smoke, plenty of dark crystal malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, roast, some light grassy hops, slight bitterness, light crisp lager yeast and light fruits, smooth. Where are the hops? Finishes crisp with a bit of lingering sticky feel, hints of smoke and toffee linger. Pretty flat on the hops, if this were a dark ale it would be a lot better than trying to come off as though it has hops. As it goes I'm starting to get a bit of diacetyl, with hints of buttered popcorn and gritty dry toast.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation, a little slimy and stick though.

Drink is pretty good, dry crisp finish, smooth and light abv, very sessionable, bit of stickiness.

Photo of briman
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours virtually black, but with deep ruby highlights when help up the light.

Aroma has caramel, light roast, and an earthy hop elements way in the back.

Flavor follows suit. Caramel, light roast, maybe a pinch of coffee grounds. Some graininess in the finish, but otherwise pretty clean.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Has a slight chewiness to it. Overall a pretty decent Schwarzbier. I wouldn't mind if the roast was kicked up a tad bit, or maybe an element of dark chocolate....just something to add a little more complexity. Very drinkable, and would certainly have again.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a dark black color with a substantial head of creamy tan foam. The head never really diminished all the way, and there was a good solid 1/4" inch of foam through the whole pint. The beer had showed deep garnet colors when held to light.
The aroma was clean and lager-like, but with touches of roasted barley and sweet malts, a hint of cocoa, and faint florals. Very pleasant smelling.
The taste was quite good, better than I expected from Shiner. Slighty sweet malts upfront, chased by light roast and chocolates, balanced by a fairly clean bitterness. Decent body and carbonation.
Overall, a very drinkable beer from Shiner. I'd buy this over Shiner Bock any day.

Photo of NCBeernut
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle and label are all black with thin white lettering. Kind of cool looking. I haven't had too many in this style, so I don't have much basis for comparison, but here it goes.

Pours with a decent enough head that ends up leaving no lacing. Body looks flat black, but is actually a very dark brown. No reddish highlights at all. Smell contains lots of charred malts...a very earth quality to this one...maybe some peat aromas. Not too sweet smelling. Taste doesn't surprise. Just what you would expect after that aroma. Some char, earthy peat qualities, slight hop bitterness with a bone dry finish. High carbonation...not so much in a bubbly way...it just adds a little carbonic bite to it. Not bad for the style. Nice to see Shiner trying something new.

Photo of Immortale25
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a light strip of surface foam. Slippery lacing slides down the glass.

S- Crisp, refined lager aroma with some faint roasted malt. Slight note of chocolate.

T- Subtle roasted malt flavor with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Mild hop taste creates some balance. Alcohol is barely noticeable thus providing high drinkability.

M- Such a light body for a beer as dark as this. Feel is a tad chalky and dry. Medium carbonation.

O- Decent for a Shiner product but I've definitely had better schwarzbiers.

Photo of plaid75
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger cream colored head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts and a touch of sweetness.

The taste offered moderate sweet malts and a light roasted barley.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nicely done black beer.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and quite clear. Offers a thin off white head after a somewhat vigorous pour, which settles out in a couple minutes to a surface film. Decent lacing and cap regeneration as needed.

Malty lager notes on the nose, some chocolate and a decent amount of hops as well.

Taste initiates as if this were a stout though surely with less body. Notes of chocolate up front with some hops at the back. A firm carbonation clears things out quickly though there is a bit of lingering dark cherry and caramel on the finish. Good feel though perhaps a bit too much on the carbonation as for the feel, though this also allows for a soda-like drinkability. Decent.

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

Pours to a fluffy beige head that falls to a thin ring of foam and bits of lace. Color is dark cola/Dr Pepper. Crystal clarity. Aroma is very mild with pale lager-like malt and spicy noble hops evident. Very faint roast in the aroma. Flavor is very mild and lagery; it has very little in common with its appearance. Saaz hops give nice balance to the mild sweet dark malt. Nice clean finish with residual malt and hop notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium. It has a bit of fullness to it in the finish. Carbonation is moderate. A good beer that is as good as any other schwarzbier made in the USA.

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

12 oz poured into a shaker pint glass.
This beer was very good tasting but a little on the weak/light side compared to other black lagers that I've had. I think I could have quite a few of these. I drank both one after the other out of the family pack.
Looks pretty good black body with a tannish bubbly head. Head didn't last long though.
Smell not a lot there picked up some roast and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste all the typical Schwarzbier flavors well balanced but weak, roast, chocolate, sweet, and spice. Ends dry and fairly clean.
Feels a little watery but has good carbonation at the same time.
Drink this is a very easy drinking beer. After two I could easily had more without being overwhelmed.

Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with beige, creamy, short-lived head. Aroma is of grassy hops and toasted, nutty malt. Medium, smooth body. Toasted nutty malt and roasted grain balanced on the palate by grassy hops, some hints of caramel. This is a nice brew for Shiner.

Photo of makersmarkers
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A year or two ago, my local package store had a special price for this particular brew from the good folks at Shiner, and I went home with two cases. My college roommate and I went through them in time and with no complaints, but it wasn't compelling enough for me to buy again. And now, many beers and many attempts at calibrating and refining my pallete later, I'm drinking Shiner Bohemian Black Lager once again.

This particular bottle came from a case of Shiner's Family Reunion variety pack and was poured into a double-walled Bodum glass. This is the first time I've actually seen the beer itself! Those two cases we put away so long ago were drank straight from the bottle. It is a dark brew, the color of cold-brewed coffee. It immediately formed a thin tan head which quickly vanished. No lacing whatsoever. Lifting the glass to my nose, I smell malt and a faint suggestion of caramel and sweet chocolate.

I am surprised by the taste. There's a lot going on here: caramel is the most prominent flavor, but there's also strong notes of bourbon with all of its corn sweetness and kick. Sweet pumpernickel bread. Pine bitterness from the hops is present but mild. Crisp, dry finish with lingering notes of carbonization from the roasted malt, ash, or smoke. This beer is light on the tongue, sessionable and very drinkable with moderate carbonation.

I'm looking forward to tasting this beer again as I work through the case, and I will certainly buy it again someday. Recommended.

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

Darkest brown - more like a German dunkel in color than a schwartzbier. Mild aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and coffee. Once again, it tasted more like a dunkel - a dunkel with more roast to it. Medium body glides around the mouth with ease, leaving a little caramel but mostly dry finish. This is a Shiner I can finally stand behind without hesitation.

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

Appearance: dark brown almost black with a tan head, not a lot of residual lacing.

Smell: toasty malts and coffee.

Taste: toasty malts with a slight hop bitterness to even out the sweetness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth for a dark beer, but tingly due to a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability: a good beer that is well crafted, very drinkable, and widely available. A nice effort by Shiner.

Photo of Hop-sing
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

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

A: Deep garnet bordering on black. Rocky cream head is quite nice initially. Retention is OK and a good amount of lace is left behind.

S: Grass and a bit of baking chocolate. Slightly musty.

T: Starts out with a nice dark chocolate flavor. Bitterness comes on to balance with a slight lemon snap. Finishes with a slightly acidic charcoal bitterness.

M: Medium-light body feels a bit chalky and overly carbonated.

D: Low ABV makes this one go down easy. I was surprised at the level of complexity. The acidic finish was the only real mark against this beer. Overall, a nice offering.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Shiner variety pack. A rare style, but one of my personal favorites. Pours a nice dark red, almost black. Off-white head to it. Smell is nice and roasty. Taste is medium bodied, great mouthfeel and nice balance going down. Finishes clean and smooth with a bit of spiciness. Pretty impressed by this one, compared to others of this style it's definitely better than average. A nice drinker, this Shiner mixed pack is starting to look like a solid mix!

Photo of Flounder57
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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.

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.