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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
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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 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
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

WakeandBake, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, black color to it. Not a whole lot of head.

S- Strong nutty, caramel scent with a hint of hops.

T- Not a fan of dark beers. Too malty, too much caramel. Just the right amount of hops though.

M- Too malty for my taste.

D- Not really my kind of beer so I would't have more than one in a sitting.

Bagman007, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown/black.
Pours with a small tan head, leaves some lacing.
Smell is a of lightly roasted malts and a slight hoppiness.
Taste has a light malty flavor and hops in balance.
Mouthfeel is that of any average lager.
its a good drinkable beer and like other Shiner beers is a good value.

Guzzler78, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has nice roasty smell to it. That is actually kind of odd it is more of a cooked roasted smell than a burnt one. It is a dark and opaque colored beer. It has thin tan head and lace resembles a porter or even a stout. There is some nice lacing though. It has a roasty taste but not over roasted. It is not harsh at all. There is just a little bit of a metallic aftertaste. It is smooth and not much for bite.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark brown, almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, and not much else. The taste is much of the same. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied, with annoyingly high carbonation. Overall, this beer is decent at best. It lacks the malty spiciness of a true schwarzbier. I will not be drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost black pour, mahogany brown around the glass edges - capped with a creamy tan head that sticks 1/16" of an inch deep.

Woody leather aroma, quaff turns a bit resinous and hoppy. Not as smooth as I would have liked. Not a bad Schwartz, but not along the lines of the better ones, or the mass market ones (Sammy or New Belgium). Good price, I'd have more if this was the only option.

Vancer, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of botham
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.

botham, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of LordofTime25
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.

LordofTime25, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
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.

BMoney575, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of d2guddog
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

d2guddog, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
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.

BelgianAleSlut, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of tronester
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.

tronester, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of roblowther
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.

roblowther, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of bboven
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.

bboven, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of Goliath
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

Goliath, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 20, 2008
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.