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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 16
Gots: 128 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black with some ruby highlights and a moderate but short-lived off-white head.

The aroma is mild roasted grain with some hints of caramel.

The taste is slightly sweet, dark roasted malt, some hints of chocolate, burnt toast, apples. finishes with a touch of iced coffee and more burnt toast, no noticeable hops.

Light/medium bodied, fairly smooth, easy to drink.

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look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love a good schwarbier - let's see how the Shiner version is.

Pours a decent black with a 1/2 finger off-white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell? Well, diacetyl. No question. Slight corn-like smell. Also, a kind of grainy, slightly roasty malt is present.

The taste is relatively basic. Some toasted malts with touches of coffee and just a bit of chocolate. The diacetyl in the nose still gets in the way here.

Mouthfeel is ok, with drinkability being ok at best.

Not recommended. Flawed and relatively boring.

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep (just a bit darker than) coca cola (almost) black. minimal head/lacing.

The nose is almost sweet, with a caramel malt tinge to it, almost smokey, though I wouldn't quite describe it as such.

Has a sweet burnt caramel tinge to it, with the hops coming in at the very finish. They are by no means overwhelming.

small (not light, small as opposed to round robust) carbonation and a smoothe-enough finish, leaves one satisfied, but not necessarily clambering to find another one.

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Appearance: wnderfully dense purple-black body; brown head cools to a generous half-finger height....
Aroma: lager yeasts are undeniable with a fresh breath of mellow malts--appealing....
Palate: mellow, stoutlike body that flies through the teeth and dips down the throat--evasive, and subtle, if not a bit oily...
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Has a nice burnt malt hoppy taste to it. Good sipping beer, exactly would you would expect, pleasant, but not overwhelming. Not like seeing a giant F-350 from arizona with a dallas cowboys star on the back window.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
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