Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 504
Hads: 1,365
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 16
Gots: 163 | FT: 2
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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 EPICAC
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown, and is topped is by a creamy, beige head that fades quickly, leaving a persistent film on the surface f the beer. The aroma is roasty with undercurrents of chocolate and dark fruit.

Toasty malts quickly move into their darker, roastier counterparts. There's a light, sweet undertone throughout the beer that grows into a raisiny, chocolate character before moving into a roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Tasty, probably Shiner's best year-round beer. (525 characters)

Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, maybe some black in center, clear, and ruby edges with a two finger head and light lacing. Aroma is slightly subdued, but there is a touch of roasty and chocolate notes going on, a but grainy (Shiner's MO?) and no hoppiness. Taste is right along with the aroma. Lightl cocoa, some caramel, and a teeny tiny bit of roast make up the flavor profile, some grainy, bready like base malts underneath, and a fading light bitterness along with a nutty sweetness on the finish. Not too sweet, and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation, just on the verge of creamy. Not a bad a beer by any means. Probably the best out of this mixed 12 pack so far. (661 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was givent to me by a co-worker who did a trade with someone from Texas. I poured it out into a Sam Adams pint glass. The color was very dark brown with a light tan color head on top. The head had a good retentions which was impressive to me. The smell of the beer gives of a pretty typical roasted aroma with some lager yeast aromas. The taste is a little chocolaty and with the lager bitterness in the aftettaste. The flavors are better as the beer warms up a little. The mouthfeel is a little creamy, no bite to this one at all. Overall I found it to be a pretty nice Black Lager. (593 characters)

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a tan head. Leaves a good amount of lacing as well. This is a fairly good looking beer. Smells of some faint grainy notes, and some roasted malt. I've certainly had more aromatic schwarzbiers but it's still fairly nice. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, and highly carbonated. Roasted malt flavor dominates, but it still finishes fairly dry. I want to say I can detect some floral-like flavors off the hops, but I'm not sure. They're faint if they're there. This is my favorite Shiner offering to date, I think. (542 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from Shiner sampler.

Nice cola like appearance. Dark, with some clarity.

Smells good. Toasty and malty with hops in there.

Malty, bready. Touch of hops. Taste of brew.

A bit carbonated and stingy. Smooth finish.

This beer taste good and has a nice appearance. Like most things from Shiner, nothing fancy, just a solid beer for those who enjoy a bit of darkness. Not bad at all. Highly recommend the Shiner sampler, as it has some good beers. Was very surprised by the overall goodness and qualtiy. Too bad their staple beer is their shittiest. (571 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tumbler.

A - Pours black, but not thick. A low tan head dissipates soon after pour, but lingers. Nice.

S - Some coffee and malt. Good smell.

T - Same as the smell - coffee and malt, with maybe a dash of chocolate bitterness. Easy to drink.

M - Although this beer is dark, the mouthfeel is unexpectedly thin. Some carbonation. A little weak.

Summary - Shiner Black is one of my favorite "any day" beers. It is drinkable in any season, with many meals, as well as fairly enjoyable on its own. There is nothing particularly special about Black, with mouthfeel being the least spectacular, but as a casual beer I have enjoyed it. (661 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer appeared a dark brown/black color, with a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet, mostly chocolate aroma. The moutfeel is medium, thicker than a lager, but about average for this style. The taste is very much like a porter, not as strong, but still enjoyable. This is easily my favorite beer from Shiner. Definitely a session beer, and at a reasonable price too. (475 characters)

Photo of heath1agnew
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as of right now this is my favorite brew that shiner makes. it has an appealing appearance, (even though the head isn't that impressive) a nice smell of roasted malts and barley, and that leads you right into the taste. great roasted malts and barley flavor. the mouthfeel was a little thin but still ok, and this is for sure a session beer. (341 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick frothy head.

It's very mild, roasted malts, some sweetness, a little chocolate.

Malty, brown bread, roasted, caramel sweetness, some coffee. Hop bitterness is mild. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. Body is light-medium, silky, crisp. (297 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a few weeks ago...

A: Black. Some white head to it, but not much, and not much lacing.

S: Roasty. Not much else really, but it seems pretty good. A little bit of caramel malts to back it up.

T: I like this. It is dry and roasty, unmistakeably shiner. Not overpowering in any one direction but it seems well balanced for the style.

M: Probably a little light, but that's about my only knock. Was expecting it to be over carbonated but it wasn't in any way.

D: Pretty solid beer, I haven't had a lot for the style but this is one of the better ones I've ahd. (573 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour yields about 3/4 inch of a frothy tan head. This settles down to a solid ring and a thin creamy coating across the middle. The color is a relatively dark, yellowish brown with a bit of haze.

A very light aroma of bready malts is detectable, along with a kiss of herbal hops. Definite chocolate flavors, along with some pecan-like nuttiness and maybe a little brown sugar along with a touch of sweet chewing tobacco. Quite light in body and easy drinking despite the dark color. Semi-dry finish with a tingly mouthfeel and a lingering nutty bitterness.

A very quaffable brew with a surprisingly complex flavor that leaves a good feeling in the tummy. Purchased as part of a variety pack for about $8.50. I'm really getting into this variety pack from a brewery whose products just arrived in my town. (867 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a used motor oil black with garnet highlights when held up to the light. Streams of small bubbles rush to the creamy, dense, two-finger, tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, the behind a lush wall of sticky lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

S - A hint of maybe crystal and chocolate malt upon opening the bottle with light, earthy hop notes. More chocolate notes emerge once in the glass.

T - A bit of chocolate malt upfront. The body is slightly roasted chocolate on a background of sweet crystal (?) malt with enough earthy hop notes to balance everything out. A little bit of chocolate and bitterness as the beer passes over the tongue leads to a sticky dark chocolate and earthy hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the beer lively and slightly creamy. Quite good actually.

Having reviewed the other 5 varieties that came in the Shiner variety pack I bought last year, and coming up with several scores in the low 3's, I wasn't expecting much. Turns out I saved the best for last, as this beer turns out to a gorgeous, solidly tasting brew. It is by no means complex, but the chocolate notes and hops are dolled out in the right proportions and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. I don't know if the year of cellering helped, but I would gladly buy a six of this to find out. (1,385 characters)

Photo of Splunny
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend of mine.
Poured a dark brown, almost balck, and a finger of head that sank down to almost nothing.
Scents of roasted malts along with brown sugar and molasses. This smells pretty good.
i like the drinkaility on this one and the flavors are well balanced. I can taste the roasted malts, but the aroma isn't too smokey. Definitely a decent session beer that I wouldn't normally go to, but I'd drink this again. (433 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear dark brown, almost black with a nice tan head.

Smell. Lightly toasted malts is what i get first. Bigger whiffs i get more roasted aromas. Is slightly sweet with a hint of fruit preservatives.

Taste. Taste is quite roasty. Has a nice dry taste to it. Malts seem close to a burnt taste. During the swallows i get a small fruit tartness, but immediately turns back to roasted/burned. Very nice finish; turns a little smokey.

Mouthfeel. nice body that fills my mouth just right. Carbonation is at a good level. nice balance.

Overall, a very nice offering from shiner. A well balanced beer with nice roasted flavors. Could enjoy one seperate, or have as a session. (689 characters)

Photo of kellypodz
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally released as the limited edition Shiner 97 as part of the brewery's countdown to its 100th anniversary, the dark lager was reintroduced as a permanent part of Shiner's line-up only a short time later due to popular demand.

I love its hoppy undertones, creamy head, and roasted malts.

It's not as desirable as it's older brother, Shiner Bock. But it's wonderful occasionally, especially with spicy cuisine. Being darker than most beers, it may also be better appreciated in the not so hot months of the year. While not my usual my go-to beer, I still must buy a six-pack every once in a while.

You can read my full review on my blog: (688 characters)

Photo of Dizzy
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (872 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. Saw this at the store today. A fan of the style, I noted the great "black on black" packaging and decided to give it a try. Definitely not on par with the Sam Adams Black or Saranac Black Forest, but a tasty, drinkable option for us Schwarzbier fans. Very dark (cola-black) in the glass, nice foamy head that left quickly. Rich, roasted malt in the nose and in the initial taste. Refreshingly light body. Not bad. (439 characters)

Photo of omar
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a find, toured the Spoetzl Brewery 3 years ago and this was not one of their taste test offerings.

Good flavor, light taste of caramel. Light head, dark color. Much more flavorful than the standard Shiner Bock

I would describe this as a light stout.

Highly recommend. (276 characters)

Photo of Soilworker
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark dark amber with hues of red. It appears almost black until you hold it up to the light and you see the red. Had a 1 finger thick tan head.

S: Light sweet roasted malts with a slight hint of coffee but not much. Quite predominate smokey characteristics play a part throughout the smell.

T: First thing I get is some light, almost watery, roasted malts. Not much hoppiness going on but there is enough to balance out the maltiness. I get some light hints of roasted coffee and some burnt notes.

M: Very much on the lighter side and would seem a little bit watery but that seems to be what they were shooting for with the style. Relatively high carbonation.

D: A light and refreshing beer with average abv make this one pretty drinkable. I could definitely drink this one all night.

Notes: Overall quite refreshing and light. I think it makes a great alternative to heavier stouts/porters and I like it much better than say something like a light lager. It maintains some complexity and depth of flavor while still being quite drinkable and refreshing. (1,133 characters)

Photo of davexisxrabid
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a half inch thick head that left good lacing on the glass.

Aroma of chocolate malts and caramel.

Flavor paralleled the aroma. Sweet caramel taste with little to no hop bitterness. Despite the sweet flavor, it seemed surprisingly well balanced.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Not too much aftertaste lingering on the palate however.

Excellent drinkability. Not too sweet or thin bodied, everything seemed in good balance. The fact the beer was a little on the sweet side did not pose a problem because it didn't leave your tounge stuck to the roof of your mouth. (615 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. Black from a far, so it definitely lives up to the name. Frothy small white head. Good carbonation streams, and small trails of lacing. Smell is roasty, with a burnt fringe. Taste upfront has a nice surge of roasted malt. A burnt, smokey taste, that lasts the duration of the sip. Balancing caramel/toffee malts work together near midway, yet only show themselves for a brief moment. Finishes roasty, with slightly bitter hops. Leaves a pleasent smokey bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, and semi-dry. Drinkability is excellent. The hops on this one really grow on you, they are very subtle, but very smokey and fresh. (647 characters)

Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Black into Konigsbacher Pils glass

Deep ruby with a one finger light brown head that leaves nice tracks
of lace. Quite pretty to look at.

Aroma is lightly roasty with a faint dusting of cocoa powder, and a
nice malty milk chocolate as it warms.

Lightly bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Like a nice pilsner with a
soft roasty touch. Some chocolate notes as well, with an odd bitter
and mineral-like finish. The hops offer up a bit of spice.

Overall an easy drinker. If it weren't for the odd aftertaste it would
make quite a refreshing beer for those who assume 'dark beers are
thick and heavy.' (607 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Elephant & Castle, Chicago, IL

Poured a nice, dark, cola brown with a wispy eggshell head that receded to a patchy layer. Dark roasty malts in the aroma with notes of coffee and sugar. More roasted malts in the taste, toffee, semisweet chocolate, and a coffee bitterness. Practically no hops detectable. Not as smooth as some schwarzbiers I've had, but I still liked it a lot. Medium-bodied, dry finish, and quite drinkable. (446 characters)

Photo of BeaBeerWife
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Texas aint no nuffin about Ales, but Shiner sure knows its Lagers. This brewery does a lot of creative things with Lagers, and they need to keep it up. Back from retirement, and a new label design, Shiner 97... all the things you despise in a lager, plus all the things you love in an ale. Certainly worth trying. They got this one right. (338 characters)

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
79 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.