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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of EPICAC
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

EPICAC, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of CityBoy1986
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is almost black with ruby highlights. Two fingers' worth of tan head are gone quickly and leave a minimal amount of lacing.

The nose is mostly of chocolate and toffee with a hint of grapes. The chocolate and toffee are the things things apparent in the taste before they mellow a bit; the grapes then shine. A mild bitterness is present throughout. The whole sip has a feel of being "burnt."

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a lot of carbonation that adds a bit of a crisp feel. Drinkability is good; I could have another.

Of the three I've tried from Shiner, this was the best for my tastes. It won't become a staple in my home, but I'll probably buy it once a year or so.

CityBoy1986, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque chocolaty-sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is rich, smoky and chocolaty, inviting a taste. Flavor is dark and malty, smoky, with a yeasty overtone and undertones of unsweetened chocolate, as well as a hint of fine coffee. Texture is very smooth, and leaves a rather yeasty and somewhat malty aftertaste.

Cyberkedi, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of NCBeernut
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle and label are all black with thin white lettering. Kind of cool looking. I haven't had too many in this style, so I don't have much basis for comparison, but here it goes.

Pours with a decent enough head that ends up leaving no lacing. Body looks flat black, but is actually a very dark brown. No reddish highlights at all. Smell contains lots of charred malts...a very earth quality to this one...maybe some peat aromas. Not too sweet smelling. Taste doesn't surprise. Just what you would expect after that aroma. Some char, earthy peat qualities, slight hop bitterness with a bone dry finish. High carbonation...not so much in a bubbly way...it just adds a little carbonic bite to it. Not bad for the style. Nice to see Shiner trying something new.

NCBeernut, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a german pilsner

A - dark ruby color, no head.

S - roasted barley, caramel malt, hops

T - roasted barley, and a little bit of hops. the flavor was pretty weak and it had this cheap taste that I always associate with budweiser's beers, but I'm now going to associate with Shiner beers.

M - adequate, not great.

D - eh, I'd drink it again, but it wouldn't be my first choice, or hundred and first.

bowersdm, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Brewsmith
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle purchased at the local grocery store and poured into a Willi Becher style glass. Aroma is of sweetened coffee. Color is a deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin tan head dissipated quickly. Flavor is a clean lager followed by chocolate and roast with a little earthy hop in the finish. This is actually a very nice, easy-drinking beer like a schwartzbier should be.

Brewsmith, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of StoutandBitter
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice black colour, with minimal caramel coloured head. Almost no lacing.

S - A very mild smell, not much to it at all. Slightly malty, a touch of spice.

T - Very crisp, good carbonation. Ligh metallic taste with some hops and malt. A little sweet. Almost like drinking an alcoholic soda.

M & D - Good crisp feel when first drank, a little too much of a metallic aftertaste. Lips feel slightly sticky, like after a soda. Overall a good, not a great lager, but worth trying. Wouldn't say no if offered.

StoutandBitter, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of MmmIPA
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black body with carbonation bubbles coming up.Small one finger head that fells to a nice patch.Lots of small carbonation bubbles hitting the surface.Good looking beer.

Notes of toasted malts,roasted maltiness also.

Roasted and a small amount of burnt taste.The taste gets sweet towards the end of the sip.

Thin mouthful and spritzy mouthful.

Good beer but I thought it wanna gonna be better.Ive only had the type of beer a few times in the past but Ive had better.

MmmIPA, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a pretty dark, opaque black, some nice head to begin with, but recedes to a ring around the glass. There is some nice lacing too, in thick streaks. The aroma is bland and vague malt, mostly caramelish, some darker molasses-like tones. Tastes pretty ok, but again, flat and uninteresting, malts in caramel and licorice tones. The mouth is lacking good enough body, not bad, but not good, and also the carbonation is a bit too lively. In all, easy enough to drink, not all that bad to drink, but not really that enthralling.

objectivemonkey, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, appearance is a rich, dark brown almost black with a thick tan head, lacing was above average.

Smells chocolaty and hints of something almost like a merlot, something I haven't ran across before.

Chocolate hits you right off the bat, then slowly tames, can taste the fruityness like I said before of almost a red wine flavor. Did Shiner age this beer in wine casks. Malts are above average in strength.

A little thin, not much carbonation. Not really smooth but not too bad, a little bitterness from the malts in the finish

This beer is okay, not one I'd drink everyday. For a dark chocolaty beer I'd rather have a milk stout. But with the chocolate malts and grape/wine flavor this would be a great pairing with steak or lamb. This is almost like a desert beer in my opinion. I like Shiner's beers and this is another fine example of their line.

dpsychoholic69, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of heath1agnew
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

heath1agnew, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of TheBear11D
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a short-lived tan head.

Smells of grapes and raisens right off the bat with a calming cocoa malt.

Tastes of raisen and plumb and a good sense of malt. There is also a stead taste of coffee. The flavors are fairly faded and not overly present, however they are also well blended.

Medium body with a low carbonation. Pretty smooth and clean.

The dark lager provides a little bit thicker keeping it from being a session beer, yet more flavorful than most session beers.

TheBear11D, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of lhaqq
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown body with a quickly dissipating tan head with little lacing.
S: Not much there. Some KarmelKorn and dark malts.
T: Pretty watery and not especially flavorful. Some dark malts, a bit of creamy, and some alcohol and wood in the finish.
M: Not as sweet, sticky, and thick as I was expecting. Pretty thin, with a bitter aftertaste.
D: Alright; not the best for the style. I think I'd go for a Sam Adams Black Lager next time.

lhaqq, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Splunny
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Splunny, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

certainly black in appearance. head is nearly non-existant. what does form is thin and lightly tanned.

aroma is light with only some dark roast malts making it through. very faint floral hop aroma but is kept simple.

taste would be spot on for the style. simple base lager with a hint of roast malt. little hop character. clean and light.

not something i would normally be looking out for, but a good example (i would guess). the contrast of the light body and dark malts seems a bit conflicting to me, but they have handled the balance very well.

joecast, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is a style you dont see a whole lot of and well to be honest I didnt think this beer would be real traditional, but I gotta say I liked the subtle qualities of this.Poured into my Monchshof schwarzbier glass a deep cola color with a fluffy off white head that left shotty lace as it settled.German malt aromas,iron and metallic with some bitter chocolate and earth,with a slight roasted nut element,flavors are quite earthy and dry with some metallic notes and unsweetened chocolate.Toastiness shows thru as I drink more and its quaffable,not bad,not bad at all.

oberon, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, black body, and quite clear, with a very thin, very wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Very wimpy, moderately disappointing nose overall. Faint notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and Texas-born sorrow.

Taste: Thin, watered down flavors of toast, roast, and chocolate with a light caramel sweetness. Small hint of grain. Still watery. Lightly spicy Noble hops with a very low amount of bitterness. Short finish with meek tastes of chocolate and roast. Eh.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: While the thin, watery nature of this beer lends itself to overall drinkability, the lack of flavor and complexities prevents me from wanting to ever again wanting to drink it in the first place.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours 1 inch tan head, black body, some lacing through out

Smells of slight malts, coffee, slight hops

Taste is light, some roasted malts, slight metallic taste, after taste is smoky/ oakey

Mouth feel is light, slightly over carbonated, a little on the watery side

Good beer, highly drinkable, a little too watery, is a local favorite of mine. Only problem i have is the weird metallic after taste that many shiner beers have

angelmonster, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Not quite black in color, but really dark brown is pretty close. Fairly heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger off-white head which settles quickly into a thin smattering of bubbles on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. A little beer cling as you drink, but no real lacing remains.

S: Dark roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Bittersweet malt. Hint of hops.

M: Feels a bit diluted. Fairly hearty flavor, but at the same time feels watered down. Anyway, malt starts you off, and a slightly hoppy finish.

D: Pretty drinkable. Goes down easy, you can sip or slam (if that gets you going), certain refreshing quality.

Pretty solid. Atmosphere leaves a little to be desired, ant the taste if nothing to write home about either. Decent drinkability though. Certainly not bad, just nothing to really distinguish it either. Decent quaff.

bmwats, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of JamesEMc
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got some from my daughter in Texas as a Christmas gift - it drinks well without filling you up. I poured it into a Pilsner glass for a head of an inch or so. As a porter and stout drinker, I was surprised at the lightness of it given the color, but then, it's a lager. I'd like this on on a warm summer day.

JamesEMc, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of lionking
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle to try.

Appearance. Poured a one finger head. Reddish black color in the glass.

Smell. Smell was of cooked grains

Taste. Tasted the dark malt and bitter chocalate.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel was crisp. A little lighter in the mouth than a lot of craft porters. I suppose these schwarzbiers are pretty similar to a bottom fermented porter (if that is a true style), a la Yuengling.

Drinability. Drinkability was high for this beer. I would pick it up again.

lionking, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A very dark brown with some amber highlights. A nice soapy, off white head forms. Good amount of stickage.

S. Bready, with a solid malt backing. Hops are in the aroma as well .Some wheat/grains also playing into this.

T. First impression, a very well balanced brew. Some malts and roasted grains complimented by a bitter and minerally earthy hop. A nice warming sensation forms inside of me. Schwarzbier? Im in.

M. Medium bodied and light. Refreshing and slightly dry chalky finish.

D. Well, this was a treat. Enjoy this one more than Shiner Bock. This is a fine beverage that I will be buying again. Good session brew.

Stinkypuss, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark, dark brown, almost black, with very carbonated tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Honestly, it does not smell that great when poured. I smell lots of carbonation... the smell of soda fizz. Also detectable is a burnt malt aroma, and perhaps a little hops.

T: I have had this poured and in the bottle, and I must say this is an excellent bottle beer. Lots of malts up front, which I love, followed by a little bit of lager... hops are detectable but not the overpowering flavor. I'd say it's malt-dominated; a toasted malt flavor, but the lager does come through especially towards the end.

M: Very smooth and very light, no distinguishable texture... a little watered down, but not a bad thing.

D: This is a pretty drinkable brew. I definitely prefer it in the bottle and ice cold.

Better than expected. I always liked the Shiner Bock which is what brought me to try this one. I think I like it a little better than the Bock, and Shiner's low prices are always a perk!

NOTE: Make sure you try this one in the bottle, it's really better that way in my opinion.

kflorence, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark coca cola color one finger white head that dissipated quickly.
The aroma is roasted malt, licorice, molasses and hint of yeast and hops.
The taste was roasted malt molasses kinda dusty powdery hint of hop with an acidic finish.
It got a wonderful rich nose appeal the flavor is there but not as appealing as the aroma. It is a descent beer.

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Adamthome1
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average beer. I am a fan of the easy drinkability of Shiner Boch and I love dark beers so I figured this would be a perfect fit.

I found it to be pretty average across the board, nothing stood out to me as exceptional for the category. It had a nice aroma of toffee and liquorish and delivered an expected taste and mouthfeel.

There are only a handful of beers I think taste better from the bottle and this is one of them. Try pouring in a glass first and then try straight from the bottle and see if you think the flavor is better.

Adamthome1, Dec 04, 2008
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.