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
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2006)
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of everetends
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a sixer from Grub Mart here in Jacksoville. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a black with ruby coming through when held to the light. Does let a lot of light through.

S: Not much going on here. Kinda smells a bit of roasted malt and coffee, but this smell is super faint.

T: Once again it has flavors of malt and coffee, maybe a touch of nuts and cream. This tastes like a thin Guinness without any aftertaste. I mean zero aftertaste.

M: Has a medium carbonation but this beer is pretty thin/watery. Not very creamy or heavy.

D: Very drinkable because it is so light. Has a bit of heavy taste but nothing dynamic or complex.

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brownbeer
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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 WakeandBake
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours very dark mahogeny color with ruby red highlights and a nice creamy beige colored head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with some light smoke. Flavor is malty, bready, with a very decent amount of smokiness. A very good beer as far as being from Shiner. Like the label.Drinkable but not special

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dacrza1
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Situation: Another week, another pipe burst in thee house...literally...
Glassware: pilsner...
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...
Taste: the least hint of smoke ushers in a flattened soda...
Overall: A conflicting experience--the beer is an easy drinker but leaves an unimpressive profile; presents well, but can best be filed under mediocre...

Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black, with a half finger of off-white foam that recedes without lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, with a touch of roasty malt flavor.

First sip is... maltier that expected. Quite a bit of sweet crystal malt flavor, limited roasty flavor, and a lingering sweetness. Aftertaste is quite clean with no off flavors. I'm surprised by the amount of dark malt sweetness... this borderline resembles a porter.

Personally, I'd prefer a little more dryness in the finish, and maybe tone down the sweetness a bit. But overall, a very nice Schwarzbier.

Photo of kemoarps
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

Came in a Shiner family pack; all in all it was decent. Not one that I would ever go out of my way to pick up, but not an UNenjoyable experience.

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2.88/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beeragent
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of gmfessen
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer appears black in the glass but when held to the light it is really more of a very deep crimson red; a light head that quickly breaks up to just a thin ring with continuous carbonation rising to keep the ring in tact. The nose is mainly malty sweet with just hints of more darkly roasted malts which give a slight burnt note. Taste is very similar with the sweeter notes coming through early and the slight astringent, burnt bitterness rounding out the taste. The mouthfeel is rather light in body with a fairly aggressive yet thin carbonation. Overall a decent tasting brew but not one I could drink a lot of in one sitting due to the mouth drying bitterness.

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