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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager

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508 Reviews
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Reviews: 508
Hads: 1,391
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 24.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 190 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/4...deep brown with touches of tan foam. Malty nose, hints of roasting, but with a sweetness beneath. Light taste, full of dark maltiness. Thick mouthfeel, very smooth. Nice balance of dark and light.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.64/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

A: ruby brown

S: roasty, rich chocolate, malty

T: let down after the first two attributes. bitter. Nutty.

M: too watery, too much carbonation. Its essentially a bitter mineral water.

O: Definitely not false advertising since it tastes like its name. Black. Not going back.

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Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and earthy/barky hops. Similar to an American black ale. The body is too light compared to what I am used to for either style. This is not a bad beer, but falls just below average for the scope of what I have had in the style. Nothing I would skip getting a variety pack for, but nothing to rush out for either.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

3/1 - Bottle. Very light, will minimal aroma. Smooth dark pour, very light texture. Light taste and pour, very light and easy going down. Decent beer.

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Photo of predikit
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, settles in the glass black. Head recedes immediately, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells slightly hoppy, some sweet smelling notes.

Taste is light coffee and chocolate notes, finishes with an oat quality. Tastes a lot like Guinness only a bit more watered down.

Very thin, watery, medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

Not bad at all, but I would go to Guinness before this.

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Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a frothy 2" cream colored head that falls moderately with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.

Aroma: yeasty bread dough, cocoa, a bit of grassiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and soda like with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

Flavor: rich roasted barley, a bit of cocoa and coffee, definite smoke flavor. Some grassy and slight citrus rind hops.

Overall: very good for the style

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Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose holds many of the the qualities of a bock beer with a smoky, caramel malt, grain, barley and carbonative aroma. The flavor is a bit sweet with a toffee maltiness, barley, grain and light chocolate malt. It just tastes cheap and detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola color dark brown with a slight garnet hue . Clear and has a tan head of thinnish foam that lasted well and left lace. Nose is malty, cocoa, and dark malts. Dry biscuit and bit of faint caramel. Taste is good, follows the nose. malty but has less complexity on the palate than on the nose. That caramel is soft but stronger in the drink than on the nose. Finishes with a small touch of something bitter but nothing full blown. Tiny bit of char to come forward at the very last moment of the swallow. Darn good.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. I had this one a few years ago and gave it a 3.5/5. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday. It's nice to come back to this particular beer.
A - dark brown with a frothy tan head that holds decent retention
S - roasted grain, chocolate, earthy hops
T - nice blend of flavors with roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and earthy hops
M - thinner body, ample carbonation, clean finish
O - just as I remember it, good flavor, good representation of a Schwarzbier, but nothing spectacular. I'd get this in a pinch if needed but wouldn't search it out in the future.

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Photo of m_hall
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass yielded a 1-finger tan head that quickly fell to a film at the surface. No lacing to speak of beyond a few specks here and there on the glass. Color is a deep clear cola-brown.

Nose is yeasty and bread-y. Not as much hops as one would expect from a lager.

Flavors were dominated by toasted coffee-like malt, with a trace of bread and some nutty notes. Some subtle hops near the end. Finish is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, quite carbonated, one of the more traditionally lager-ish aspects of the beer.

Overall, a solid if not spectacular beer, this could be an interesting alternative to traditional lagers, refreshing but more substantial than what many may be used to in the style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%

First time trying a Schwarz.

Appearance (4) : Transparent straw colored body with...haha just kidding.

A deep dark brown opaque body with a creamy almond colored 1 finger head. The creaminess retains itself but the head does descend a bit to about 1/4".

Smell (4.25) : Roasted malts, some coffee bean, milk chocolate, spiced black licorice. A small faint whiff of coriander. This is mostly a malt-heavy beer.

Taste (4.25) : Deep, dark, roasted flavor with coffee and almond accents. I like this a lot. It begins at the tip of the tongue with a slight bitter coffee bean but in the millisecond that it slides from the tip to the middle the coffee bean disappears and is replaced by a malty robust body. The finish is slightly bitter but in a dark roast coffee type of way. A little nutty, a tad toasty, also smokey. Good all around.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Smooth, creamy, medium bodied. The creaminess does evaporate into water a little too soon for my preference. Ends with a smokey finish.

Overall (4.22) : I would drink this again and again. Much better poured than in a bottle. This may not be the finest Schwarzbier out there (I'm sure, as this is my first) but this beer is pretty tasty. I'll drink this again in the future.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a decent hop aroma.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a small tannish head.
Taste- Has a nice coffee, malt and oat flavor.
Palate- Alight bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a fairly dry finish.
Overall- An average Schwarzbier, I really love Spoetzl Brewing but this one didn't drive me crazy.

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Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Pours a brownish-black hue with a huge head into my glass.

Odd, metallic note greets the nose. I don't detect much beyond that. Wait, there is a touch of roastiness.

Quickly turns into a weak mess with what I perceive to be caramel and dark fruit. It tastes more like a botched black-n-tan than anything.

Finishes flat at the back of the throat.

Not recommended. You can get much better examples elsewhere.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap. Possibly a "06 2014" bottled on date? Poured into a Stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, Dark brown with 1 finger of head. This beer looks stunning in the sunlight with vibrant maroon tones at the bottom of the glass

Smell: Light toasted malts and slight floral note

Taste: The toasted malt note from the aroma comes up front with roast flavor building until the finish which is semi dry with some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with the finish preventing it from being too creamy

Overall: Its been a while since I last enjoyed this beer and it still is as enjoyable as I remember. This is a great beer when you want a dark beer with roasted notes without being too heavy. This is also a great alternative to those not wanting a nitro Guinness since it offers a similar dryness. As long as you don't go in expecting a full-bodied porter or stout, this is a great beer that I would love to pair with some oysters or smoked cheese.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance: Deep, very dark brown. Good, foamy tan head with moderate lacing.

Smell: Mild roasted malt, very slightly smoky.

Taste: Roasted and sweet malt; some mild bitter and sour black coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied and moderately carbonated.

Overall: A bit too malty sweet to be very refreshing, but still easy to drink a few.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with good head. Head was light tan in color.

Smell: Light malt aromas, but not a very much aroma.

Taste: Some malt flavors, but only a little hops flavor.

Mouth feel: Thin.

Overall: Average. Ok for casual drinking, but it does not have anything that stands out.

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Photo of mirth23
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Motor oil dark. Amber hints when I hold it up to the light.

S: Fairly neutral aroma, which is surprising given the roast flavor notes.

T: Uncomplicated schwarzbier with a great roasted aftertaste. Crisp on the front end. This would be a good introduction to the style since it isn't too in your face.

M: Slightly syrupy when it warms up a little.

O: Enjoyable, but it's a little too heavy for me to want another one but it wasn't heavy enough to be noteworthy.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the mixed 12 pack
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aromas of caramel and burnt sugars with just a hint of chocolate and a faint earthy hop to counter. The flavor is malty sweet with lots of darker sugars and melanoids and just a hint of earth, chocolate, and light fruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent dark lager, probably my favorite from the mix.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown with just a little red tint. Produced a nice mocha colored head, but that dissipated quickly.

S: Grain. Chocolate milk. Creamy and a little sweet.

T: Starts off very mild and Even a little sweet. A little malt body, but light. Tangy and slightly bitter roasted coffee finishes. A little syrupy sweetness of honey or agave nectar lingers long after.

M: Extremely light. Finishes mostly clean except for the little bit of syrupy sweetness aftertaste. Not a huge fan of that one.. Tastes a little like the brewer added some extra sugar to save some grain.

O: Nice and refreshing with a little bit of roast. Not a fan of the long sweetness at the end, primary downside. I think I'd say this is more like an English mild ale.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of JosefBerger
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance (3.00) : Small head, foam traces as you drink the beer. Black in color, but with light in the background you can see a dark amber color - almost like Dr. Pepper.

Smell (3.00) : Honestly? Initially I smelled a ham sandwich. With more examination, however, I noticed chocolate hints and cream.

Taste (4.00) : The chocolate hints I picked up on in the smell comes out a lot with the first taste. Very pleasant taste, and very smooth. The malts and chocolate really sell this beer for me.

Mouthfeel (3.50) : Very, very smooth. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malts. Very enjoyable, however, not as enjoyable or respectable as many other, more authentic, beers in this particular style.

Overall (3.75): A very drinkable beer in my opinion, especially in the price bracket that this brand falls into, this is a very good substitute for some of the more expensive beers of this style.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a mixed Shiner six to try the brewery. This one has a similar appearance to the others I have tried so far. They seem to all look the same except color. Same with smell. Not a lot going on there. But the taste is pretty good on this one. Nice roasted flavor and pretty smooth with no aftertaste. Overall I am finding the Shiner beers to be decent, and this one I would certainly drink again, although I also would not go out of my way to get by any stretch.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i actually got this black lager from a friend who didnt like it- but he's a bud drinker, so i knew that didnt mean anything. I think its pretty good. the color is dark- not opaque...there is an almost deep garnet color when you hold it up to the light. there isnt much going on in the nose at all, maybe some faint spices- but im going out on a limb for that one. the taste is nutty, not too bitter....with a surprisingly smooth finish.

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Photo of marzenfannm
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, opaque brew with a yellowish head that dissipates quickly. Minimal head retention or lacing. Slightly sour aroma. Smoky taste that is smooth, but didn't make much of an impression ... The taste is not something that would have me recommending this beer although I would drink it in the future if someone gave me one. Pleasant mouth feel -- creamy.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
79 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.