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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,333
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 16
Gots: 129 | 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 budgood1
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out very dark chocolate colour with ruby red highlights. very thin head and sparse lace. aroma of cocoa and anise hints....semi sweet and enjoyable. flavour is reminiscent of some unsweetened chocolate and toffee. very light hopping peeks through but never gets through the river of overall wateriness. another predictable mineral/seltzer water like beer with ghostly flavours that never ascend any higher than dud firecracker. obtuse mouthfeel and lacking body leave me yet again disappointed with this latest shiner beer. average drinkability. boring at best.

yawn. only one more Shiner sample left.

Photo of 7thDUI
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Saw this at the liquor store and found myself in the mood for a dark lager. Unfortunately, this is nothing like any of the other German dark lagers I have tried. It looked promising on the pour, and the smell was malty and slightly sweet. Unfortunately, the overwhelming flavor is blandness. Easy to drink, but very mediocre. I also found the Shiner Bock to be pretty underwhelming too, so I guess this brand just isn't to my taste. It's not bad, but there's really nothing I can reccomend about it either.

Photo of DosBeerigos
2.06/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

N. Smells like water and mild liquorice

Ok, so out of all the black lagers that i have had this comes in last place. It almost taste like I licked a grill that had a tone of char on it. It is smooth and easy to drink with that said. I would not buy it again. If your looking for a black lager I would recommend any but this one. Disappointed.
Score: 1.65

Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark brown with some ruby and a 1+ tan finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smell is not that strong - roasted malt and bready malts

taste is better then the nose - roasted chocolate malts and a very bitter finish

mouthfeel is very light with ok carbonation

drinkability - this beer is a step up from marcos but it doesnt make me what to crack open another

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

A Poured black with a slight ruby tint with a tan head.
S malt, roasted, sweet.
T Coffee, Medium carbonation, slight sweetness
F Nice smooth light mouthfeel.
D Not a summer night lawnmower beer obviously, but it would be easy to put six of these away

Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice russet color with a small, light brown head.

Biscuit, baking chocolate, and coffeeish aroma.

Somewhat bland cocoa powdery taste that is also a little watery.

Not distinguished in any way and has a muddled character. Pass if you want a good craft beer. Woe is me Shiner.

Photo of Jayli
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours rich ruby brown color with mahogany hues around the edges. A 1 finger of off white head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, toffee, sugar and almost marshmellow fluff - you know people on the east know what I am talking about! Fluffanutter!

T: Taste is sweet vanilla up front, marshmellow type of flavoring. Taste then moves in to sweet caramel and toffee - not even of the malt variety, but straight up toffee. Touch of roasted and slightly toasty malts come in at the very, very end.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Somewhat tasty, not very filling, goes down relatively easily. Nothing completely stands out, but there are better offerings of this style.

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

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager has a thin beige head, very dark reddish appearance, and minimal carbonation. Aroma is very feint to nonexistant. Taste is very mild, with no bitterness present. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall, this is a good, if somewhat bland, beer. There is nothing offensive about it, but I prefer beers with more bite and body.


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.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
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