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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 15
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of mooseisloose
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner's always been a good basic brew for a go to when nothing else is available and you don't want your taste buds to suffer. This is a classic beer they drink in Germany, let's give it a whirl. Smells not much different than a macro lager could be a golden lager as far as the nose goes. Pours to a very dark, darker than root beer, color letting just a little light through. Head is micro bubble and creamy. Taste is thinner than I expected, again not much different than an American golden lager, but with the difference being a hint of black licorice. Finish is kind of funky with a bit of mouthpuckering skunkiness. As an afiicionado of darker brews I was pumped for this one, but it is a let down. Won't be drinking anymore of this brew.

Photo of dgaddis
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I initially poured it into a pilsner and found it be very inviting given the dark color. The head was about a 1/2 inch with a nice tan color.

The smell was interesting but had an alcohol-y presence and there was a distinct malty characteristic after taking a large whiff.

The taste was mediocre at best. It wasn't bad but it's a beer I won't spend money on again. I know that Shiner has a great tradition of good beer but the lack of flavor and mildly bitter aftertaste wasn't anything to write home to mom about.

The mouthfeel was a bit like drinking water, maybe the same consistency as drinking skim milk.

Drinkability was average and didn't impress any. I love beer and I hate wasting money so I will certainly drink it all, but it's nothing better than average.

Photo of williamt
2.27/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahagony. Nice tan thick head that laces glass.

First sniff of the opened bottle had some dark roasty notes to it, but that was it. After the pour couldn't find anything.

Weak, next to no flavor. Maybe a little malt but you really have to look for it.

Some what thin.

Drinkable about like water, I think I'd rather have water.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours brown, dark brown in the glass with a good peige head that leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is quite weak.

Flavor is light roasted malts, some caramel, a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Inoffensive.

Photo of Chaz
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet-black to the naked eye, topped with a visually impressive brown-ish tan head. As the head subsides a ring of moderately impressive lacing remains, along with more than a token of the originally voluminous head. Held up to the light this one is very deep red-amber in color, and filtered to the point of brilliance.

Nose is tangy, metallic, and offers a hint of black and roasted malts, along with a light note of espresso. Beyond tangy, this one actually smells sour, tannic, acidic -- not too far beyond what I expect in the style at all, just seems a bit beyond the pale. In some beers these initial aromatic qualities are indeed very welcome, but here I fear they'll detract.

Sweet/tangy/roast malt on the initial sip, with the roast notes bringing up the rear. Seems rather thin. Sweetness overcomes the sour and acidic qualities for the most part, and this one comes across rather soft on the palate.

The malt is expressing itself more than adequately here, and as expected there is little in the way of hops aside from a very, very mild lingering bitterness -- reminds me more of an ale (porter, specifically) than a lager, and I find all of this to be roughly in-line with the Schwarzbier style. About mid-way through the drink I'm getting a light cherry-like acidity and aftertaste, but it is so minimal as to be truly negligible.

Smooth, almost velvety-smooth like a nitro-push, and reasonably drinkable in this form, I'd like to try this on tap, presumably from a fresh keg (this bottle has a 101409 pull-date). Worth another go-round.

Served lightly-chilled in a wide-mouthed goblet.

Photo of maleman
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - dark as coffee. poured a less than one-finger light tan head that receded quickly into a tight cap. nice lacing as it goes down.

S - mostly roasted malt, some dark chocolate

T - kind of a burnt wood taste, nothing really overpowerin.

M - medium-bodied, smooth delivery and little aftertaste. medium carbonation.

D - not bad. nothing outstanding, but could work for a session brew.

Photo of peterjk
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with amber highlights, light brown head fades quickly

S: Nice aromas of smoke with hints of dark chocolate

T: Smokey, Molasses, roasted nuts, cola, has a distinct slightly tart sweetness. Malt driven very little hops

M: From the bottle it's a little watery but has a nice crisp finish

D: This is shiners most complex and flavorful beer very good with central Texas BBQ. It has a wonderful dark malt character but is easy to drink.

Photo of clayrock81
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light black (if possible) body with minimal head and a little lacing. Some roasted and sweet malt smells are very minor and not much hops at all. Light bodied with little sweet or roasted malt presence and very little hops but has a little bit of dry crispness in the backend. Goes down easy and is a very simple, rather not much taste at all, but still easy to drink beer and I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - It pours very dark amber brown, almost black like the namesake, and clear. A small light tan head popped up and dropped just as quickly to a ring. No lacing.

S - The initial wave of toasted malt with a bit of caramel sweetness is muddied up by a metallic mineral aroma that's distracting. No hops on the nose.

T - Crisp and clean flavor with lightly toasted malts persistent throughout and a dry, coffee-like bitter finish with a hoppy touch. Bland overall. That mineral thing shows up in the flavor too but not as distracting as in the nose.

M - Sharp carbonation gives the beer a lighter-feeling body and a tingly finish. The water seems hard and it finishes dry and lightly bitter.

D - Not a bad effort but it lacks some oomph. The carbonation is definitely too high, the flavor too low, but the drinkability is almost there. I could have a few while watching a game, but I'd never look for it again.

Photo of rfabian
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch thin tannish head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is black with deep mahogany around the edges. The aroma is mainly of roasted malts. I don't pick up any hops at all. The taste is malty with slight hop taste and no bitterness. The feel is surprisingly thin bodied for such a dark beer, but I see that's typical of the style. Moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, this would be a good session beer.

Photo of rdub
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured jet black from a mixed six bottle into my favorite pint. Dark dark dark with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. Smell and taste was roasty toasty. This was drinkable but I don't seem to prefer the roasty beers. No doubt it was good for the style but not my cup of tea.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a few weeks ago...

A: Black. Some white head to it, but not much, and not much lacing.

S: Roasty. Not much else really, but it seems pretty good. A little bit of caramel malts to back it up.

T: I like this. It is dry and roasty, unmistakeably shiner. Not overpowering in any one direction but it seems well balanced for the style.

M: Probably a little light, but that's about my only knock. Was expecting it to be over carbonated but it wasn't in any way.

D: Pretty solid beer, I haven't had a lot for the style but this is one of the better ones I've ahd.

Photo of northaustin
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a dark brown with almost no head. kinda white and uneven. absolutely no lacing.

smells pretty bland with nothing but an overpowering roasted malt smell. in all fairness it isnt that bad.

taste is like nothing. then all of a sudden way too much sweetness and caramel type stuff when goin down.

mouthfeel: way too sweet at first but then quickly leaves you with that bad overdry, like seriously no salivation and all nutrients have been sucked away from my mouth. me no likey.

drinkability: it is cheap and everywhere, but i wouldnt recommend it.

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

Black this one is, with deep brown highlights visible. A light brown head of about one finger has fair retention for a little while and leaves just a little thin lacing around.
This one's malty in the aroma, but not much else; roasted notes in the malt with a very light coffee-like astringency and an atypical grassy/earthy sort of smell. There's not a lot of character or strength in the nose, but it's steady if not great.
Roasted malts with some coffee and a little bit of sweetness underlying are the backbone. The odd earthiness comes out in the flavor and a light chocolate note comes and goes. Again, this one's slightly lacking in complexity and the hops found in this style as the source of bitterness are not really here, so the balance is off a little. It's bright (for lack of a better word) for a dark, and it satisfies.
The mouthfeel is pretty light, but that's typical for the style and this one refrains from getting too thin. Carbonation's a little high, though.

Photo of Scrapss
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe that a dark beer is this simple and drinkable. Not over carbonated, but has a lighter head and super dark looks. Roasted notes on smell and taste, there's some hops under there too. Taste is one of the smoothest dark beers ever. drinkabiliity is "session level", it's a great beer overall.

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

12 oz poured into a shaker pint glass.
This beer was very good tasting but a little on the weak/light side compared to other black lagers that I've had. I think I could have quite a few of these. I drank both one after the other out of the family pack.
Looks pretty good black body with a tannish bubbly head. Head didn't last long though.
Smell not a lot there picked up some roast and maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste all the typical Schwarzbier flavors well balanced but weak, roast, chocolate, sweet, and spice. Ends dry and fairly clean.
Feels a little watery but has good carbonation at the same time.
Drink this is a very easy drinking beer. After two I could easily had more without being overwhelmed.

Photo of BierFan
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a pint glass.

Inch of tan head settles to nothing and leaves little lacing. Very dark brown body, practically black. Not much to the smell, but the taste is nice. Dark sweet malts, little bitterness. Smooth at first than some tingly carbonation.

Photo of jsprain1
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours much like a cup of coffee. A nice dark color, pretty solidly black with a thin mocha head that dissapates quickly.
S- Little bit of coffee, little bit of malt, little bit of chocolate. there an almost wood scent in there too. not a bad scent, but there's nothing special about it and its so subdued its not exactly reeling me in.
T- A good bit of roasted malt flavor, not bad. a bit of coffee and chocolate residing in there. finishes with a little bit of a cream and coffee flavor.
M- A little bit of carbonation to keep it active in the mouth, and a bit on the light side, but not by any means in a bad way, and pretty much fitting of the style.
D- Very drinkable. It flows well enough that its certainly a good session beer (especially at 4.9 abv). not the best schwarz i've ever had, but it's not bad. A pretty simple beer, but I feel like Shiner doesn't get the respect it deserves for making simple, yet good beers. not every beer needs a thousand aspects to it. Black Lager is just a simple, decent beer.

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

Pours a dark coffee color with a mocha head that quickly dissipates.

Roasted malt smell.

Coffee malt with a bit of peat moss. A lingering peat moss taste lingers. Maybe a hint of hops in the finish along with the moss taste.

The body is highly carbonated and somewhat watery mixed with the potent roasted taste. Not a very satisfying drinking exprience

The body does not match the taste, and the taste is not very smooth, I'll pass.

Photo of jpschouest
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a clear 20 oz pint glass it had about 1/2 inch coffee colored head its lacing of glass was minimal. Roasty aroma, bold taste, hint of coffee,dark chocolately taste. First time trying not bad at all. Would be a nice beer to keep on hand to have once and awhile.

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear, clean black with about an inch of deep tan head that dissipated quickly and left no to minimal lacing.

A pleasantly bold aroma, featuring a very good roasty scent, greeted the nose. There was also an underlying grassy aroma that went nicely with the roast. The flavors, however, did not match up to the expectations set by the aroma. The roast and grass were there but very subdued compared to the aromas.

The body was what is expected for the style, solid, smooth, not sticky. Drinkability was very good, I can see keeping a few of these around for those easy drinkin' moments. Worth trying.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my ol' standby when at a bar that has little to no selection of anything good. Don't get me wrong, this is a pretty good beer.

Deep black, slightly reddish. Ample head, not a whole lot of lacing, but a think layer of carbonation bubbles.

Not extremely aromatic. Got a little woody scent, with a slight sweet caramel hint.

Malty, rich aftertaste. Starts crisp. Very slight bitterness.

Not overy bubbly, but not extremely smooth. Clean and thin.

Great drinkability. When nothing better is available, I never regret filling the night with as many of these as I neeed to get my fill.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. The black lager appears a deep chestnut brown color with about an inch of ecru foam. No lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor consist of bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes, caramel, toast, mocha. medium in both body and carbonation. Pretty nice.

Photo of philbe311
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Big rich rocky tan foam with a very loud fizzy sound... Moderate retention gives way to a full thick creamy lacing... Some very small and very rapid carbonation bubbles can be found around the sides of the glass towards the very top of the glass... Some foam clings to the sides of the glass with each sip, but then fades...

S - Mild all the way around... Mild roasted malts... Mild bitter baker's chocolate... Mild licorice... Mild graininess... Mild scent of weak coffee... If you haven't caught on yet, the key word here is mild... A certain muskiness permeates...

T - Roasted malts... Very weak coffee... Some dark chocolate... Cream... Some bready malts...

M - Light, delicate, and fluffy... Minor tinges of carbonation on the tongue... On the thin side of medium bodied... Very smooth all the way around...

D - Uber-sessionable... Not much in the way of complexity, but not every beer needs to be... This is mild, enjoyable, and a beer I would embrace in the future... Not the best Schwarzbier, but a respectably solid one... Never have I had such a wonderful beer with such an average taste...

Photo of kevman527
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer from my Shiner mix pack.

Dark black, no light through. A little bit of head, like the rest of the Shiner Beers, quickly dissipated. Smell is of faint roasted coffee beans. The taste is clean with coffee and a little sweetness, perhaps molasses. Very smooth, low carbonation. Drinks like a light stout. Next to the hefeweizen this would be my next favorite Shiner beer.

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.