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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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botham

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at Jak's Tap in Chicago. poured into a pub glass. pours a black color with amber highlights and a single finger of dense tan head. nice lacings and decent retention.

aroma is light roasted in the nose, with a faint grainy quality that borders on staleness. other malt notes include caramel and chocolate in the background.

taste is of mild roasted malts with a lightly toasted character ad a dissapointing finish of bland malt notes. overall not a bad schwarz, but it could use a bit more character and assertiveness on the palate.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and a crisp finish. a lightly watery texture makes this a bit thin for a schwarz.

drinkability is good. this is a lighter brew with a mildly roasty character, which is what a schwarzbier should be, but the lightness seems to dampen the potential richness of the malt, and the thinness discounts the dark flavors a bit too much.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 01:25:29 | More by botham
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with little or no head and no lacing present.

Beer has a little smell of malt.

Has a light malt flavor with a little hops thrown in.

Has the classic lager mouthfee, light and bubbly.

If you want to change up your lager selction a few of these won't be bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 17:02:50 | More by LordofTime25
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BMoney575

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-4-08

Pours a very, very deep brown, almost black, with a little red peeking around the edges. No head, and just the slightest hint of lacing.

Smell is very light, almost non-existent. Maybe a little beery.

Taste is a pleasant light malt, finished by a balancing hop bitterness. Not very complex, tasty.

Mouthfeel is right for a lager, thin and bubbly.

Drinkability is very good, malty without being too thick or heavy.

Overall, a great session beer, and a nice alternative to macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 23:23:55 | More by BMoney575
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d2guddog

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

inexpensive tasty thin lager...easily in the same class as sam adam's black lager. buy a case of it to drink while tailgating ncaa football and check it out. beer is an adventure. there are few black lagers on the market to compare it to. drink shiner black lager once and you will drink it again. livestrong. south austin dave

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 03:36:56 | More by d2guddog
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BelgianAleSlut

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of pitch but is opaque on the edges. Light foam, light malt note.

Darkness is deceiving as there is little taste to draw from here. Watery and slightly sweet make for a less than enjoyable drink.

Carbonation is light, but more bubbles would make this even thinner.

Personally I would not drink more than one of these as it is not my favored style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 21:10:48 | More by BelgianAleSlut
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with red highlights. Thin tan head. Smell is slightly yeasty and metallic. Taste is light; roasted bitterness that fades into a slightly metallic finish. Very little malt or hops flavor. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation average. Pretty drinkable though, I could drink several of these, though I've had better Schwarzbiers. Overall I would drink this again, but I would not go out of my way to buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 04:11:21 | More by tronester
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roblowther

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's Shiner on tap, it must be Texas!
It is...aptly named...black. It has a thin, dense, persistant light tan head. It smells of coffee, cinnamon, and wood. It tastes of roast, roast, and more roast. Almost burnt, really, with a metallic edge. The mouthfeel is thin and watery but slick at the end. The drinkability is, well, as drinkable as the burnt aftertaste allows. Not awful but not....really...memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 02:50:48 | More by roblowther
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bboven

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jet black with absolutely no head or lacing. Looks like flat cola.

Lots of roasted barley in the aroma. Not a lot of complexity, but what is supposed to be there is, and very strongly.

Again, huge roasted barley, almost like you're chewing on a mouthful of the stuff. Seems like they really want to showcase it, but it's a little too strong.

Thin, and surprisingly much too highly carbonated.

A bit too one-dimensional and strong in roasted flavor, not the best example of the style in the world. The price is nice though, being about $3 CHEAPER THAN THE Sam Adams equivalent. If you want to know without a doubt what roasted barley tastes like, buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 16:36:43 | More by bboven
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DoubleJ

California

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a battle of opposites; I'm never had a schwarzbier I didn't like, but this brewery's flagship beer (Shiner Bock) is the only beer I've tried from it, and Shiner Bock got nominated for a Razzie in the bock category. So on to this beer:

Pours out easy and hard into a standard pint glass, this beer has the appearance of cola brown, maybe a shade of black. The head is white with a little tan. Average aroma, mostly faded roasted flavors. Fortunately, the flavor is pretty good. Mild roasted malts, faint dark chocolate. Watery coffee. The hops form a light processed bitterness. Some astringency exists, but in this case it adds to the character of this brew.

This beer has restored some of my faith in this brewery. It's certainly better than the flagship Bock. Given its affordability and lack of balck lagers on the market, this might get a second purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 03:09:21 | More by DoubleJ
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Goliath

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, black in the middle and opaque. A thin off white head forms on top and quickly dissipates leaving nothing behind.

Aroma is ok. Slightly fruity, with some sweet dark malts.

Taste is ok. A touch of fruit up front, that quickly gives way to dominant malt features. Dark malt lacking direction other than slightly burnt grain.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and nicely carbonated giving big tickles down the throat.

Drinkability is moderate to high. This one tastes and feels fine, it's just a bit on the boring end. Nothing wrong with it though, definitely a nice cheap way to keep around a Schwarzbier

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 21:58:30 | More by Goliath
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep amber to a black color, with a small white head. In the aroma, a faint roasty coffee. In the taste, a small dry roasty coffee, yet kind of bland. A small bite and a light mouthfeel, with a dry, roasty aftertaste. Small body and light to no body. Kind of dry and really kind of weak and not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:10:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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beersheppard

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 21:57:03 | More by beersheppard
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn I love this beer in so many ways. Perfectly balanced with malts on the tongue and hops in the mouth.

A- Pours a dark maple brown and settles in the glass opaque with a light caramel head and garnet-red transparency on the edges.

S- Smell is the only con in this beer. Kinda funky with no hops on the nose and only a hard-to-notice caramel malt note.

T- The perfect flavor in my opinion. While going over the tongue a coarse hop feeling balances with silky dark malts working their way into your palate. When you wash it down your throat a spicy sting of Noble hops fills the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

M- Feels excellent with a light-medium body that carries a surprising amount of flavor.

D- Drinks amazingly well for a dark beer

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 06:18:57 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced with flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front but it's not overly sweet. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I found this beer to be surprisingly refreshing for a dark beer. It's definitely a beer worth drinking several of if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 03:05:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear dark brown body with a small beige head. Some scattered lace is left on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, but has some toasted malt, baked dark bread, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hop. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is spot on for style, with notes of fresh baked brown bread, spicy hops, and a hint of chocolate. Nothing to write home about but a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 01:35:28 | More by merlin48
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a small head. Some tan lacing around the glass.

Had a roasty malt smell balanced with some mild hop aroma.

Hoppy taste with a malty back. More hops at the beginning and sweeter malt characteristics towards the end.

Nice light mouthfeel despite being so dark.

A refreshing beer that would be great for a hot day. Also a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:04:31 | More by toolbrew
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a rich black/mahogany color that allows a minute amount of light through. nice tan lacing with a mild retention rate and moderate lacing.

S: some roasted malt aromas, but there is a lingering of sourness, almost metallic in the nose.

T: nice big full flavored schwarzbier. good roasted malts, with a some chocolate notes, with a hint of hops.

M: smooth and mellow mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level to tie it all together. medium to light bodied.

D: very drinkable beer, probably my favorite from Spoetzl thus far. nothing amazing, but very good for a larger brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:15:22 | More by paulthebeerguru
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black but certainly not opaque. A finger of light brown head forms but fades rather quickly into nothingness.

S - Toasty and earthy, with a metallic edge.

T - Not a lot going on here. Toasted/slightly burnt bread with the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. Earthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg make a breif appearance mid palate, and the brew finishes with an unpleasant metallic flavor. Aftertaste of pennies and alcohol.

M - Bordering on watery, with moderate to low carbonation. Either more fizz or a heavier body would improve this beer greatly.

D - It's a very sessionable brew, if uninteresting. Aside from the slightly offensive metallic character, it's a decent, easy drinking beer for the price. I probably won't buy this again, but I doubt I'll have a problem getting through the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 19:52:36 | More by PatrickJR
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola brown body. Small, tight, dirty khaki head. Decent lacing. Nose is nice and roasty. Some dark fruit sweetness there as well. A dash of licorice, tobacco, and faint hop spice round it out.

Mild roasted malt presence up front. Hint of cardboard. A bit earthy with a mineral edge. Some chocolate mid-palate. Roasted coffee bitterness takes over into a creamy finish. Not bad. Moderate body with a lively feel up front. Maybe a little thin for my liking, but it sure goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 01:12:45 | More by alexgash
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: black to brown in color with a light tan head and good retention.

s: mild aroma, not particularly pleasing.

t: caramel, brown sugar, very little hop presence.

m: light body, medium carbonation, smooth.

d: very easy drinking, not very flavorful. I don't expect much from shiner, but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:30:16 | More by BradLikesBrew
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charlzm

California

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 07/20/08.

Pours from the bottle a clear dark brown. Appearance in the glass is almost soda-like, with both a thin tan head of medium sized bubbles and many bubbles clinging to the insides of the glass. Also like a soda, lots of bubbles rising to the surface of this brew.

Aroma is slightly metallic with notes of sweet dark malts. Not very pleasing to the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little thick. Flavor is simple maltiness: sourdough bread. Some nuts as well. Slightly sweet and dry. No bitterness or other hop flavors I could detect. Slightest hint of the metallic odor present in flavor as well. Metallic transforms to sour as time passes. Despite all the bubbles visible, the mouthfeel is a bit on the still side.

Overall, a drinkable brew, but not a go-to.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 21:33:45 | More by charlzm
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black in regular light, but is obviously a translucent brown when held to any degree of light. Light tan head retains well.

Nose is fairly clean, malty, roasty, and nougat-like.

On the palate is a very carbonated beer that is also light bodied, moderately roasty, and contains a hint of cocoa.

Too easy to drink and light on flavors, even for a Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 21:09:31 | More by yemenmocha
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark ruby color - nearly black. Frothy beige head that does not stick around long.

Roasted coffee beans, honey and milk chocolate dominate the nose. I also get hints of egg nog, nutmeg and maybe a bit of clover.

Taste is delicate! Coffee with a biting type sweetness and a dry finish. Carbonation is palpable and assertive. I had this on tap at the brewery and I can tell the difference in the smoothness of the beer, I dont think this one would travel great distances well. Buy it fresh!!

A pretty good drinker and not bad for an American representation of the style. I will likely revisit this beer once or twice a year in the early summer months with a super fresh six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 05:32:34 | More by twiggamortis420
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Ragingbull

California

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown to black in color. Virtually no head after being poured into a pint glass. A few bubbles of texture and it somewhat causes me to think of "cola." Deep roast caramel nose and "dark" smelling. Malty but with a lighter attack. Smoky flavors of roast malt and smoke come through but are not overdone. Some grainy "macrobeer" aftertaste. It is a good attempt by one of the larger little breweries to make beer that appeals to the niche of some craft beer drinkers. I would grade it a C+ but with some wiggle room.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 19:34:50 | More by Ragingbull
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager is dark in color but shows some ruby- redness when held up to a bright light source. The aroma of this beer is enticing, with roasted notes, earthy hops, a touch of chocolate, and acidic scents coming through. The head of foam is creamy and lasts for a decent amount of time.

Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager offers the taste of roasted malt, some caramel, some chocolate, some iced coffee, and some toasted malt. The flavor of earthy hops finishes off the taste, even though the malts dominate. The body of this beer is light to medium, and there is a small wateriness in the finish.

This black beer offers a fairly enticing scent, but then surprises the drinker with a taste that is slightly different and also somewhat watery. It does include a roasted coffee and black malt taste, and this is nice, but the flavors don't come toward you with full force like I was hoping. They tend toward the subtle side and the beer finishes a little watery and weak. Not bad for a German schwarzbier, but it would be better with a little more body and a less watery finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 00:18:11 | More by BryanCarey
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
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