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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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Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
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 wheatyweiss
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 once bottle into a standard shaker pint.

Pours a deep brown with mohaghony highlights. Nice rich head with medium staying power.

Aroma is dusty chocolate malt with a hint of sweet cream. Slight bitter aroma, don't know yet if it's hops or an agressive roast.

Flavor is dark malt, midly munich style that yeilds, unfortunately to DMS. Tons of cooked mixed vegetables in the middle. Dark roast flavor yields slightly to a smokey roast, but then is beaten back by DMS. Finishes metallic and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, well carbonated and adequate.

Wow, I was hoping that this would be a better beer, but the DMS is so strong here that I can't pull anything else over it. There is a slight smokiness to the roast but it is shadowed by the veg flavor. I almost wish for diacetyl, as it would be bit expected here, but not DMS.

Photo of redzone3120
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - True to the name, the color is almost completely black with only a slight amber hint near the bottom edge. Its so dark that no light is passing through my glass. It looks more like a stout. The head is a fine creamy nutty white color that dissipates slowly.

S - Has a nice slightly sweet nutty smell. Its not overly powerful or too weak, a nice balance.

T - The taste is deep and strong. There is a mild smokey flavor mixed with a nutty malty taste. Very good if you like a strong beer.

M - Has a surprisingly smooth feel. The carbonation is very nice with lots of fine bubbles, not too harsh especially for a strong beer.

D - Between the flavor and the feel, this is definitely a drinkable beer especially in the cooler months. Not fully refreshing with the strong flavor but good none the less.

Photo of kegger22
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep brown with a miniscule head that disappeared very quickly into a bare collar. The aroma was similar to the head. The taste was watery, nothing was strong enough to stand out. Carbonation was the closest thing to taste, like seltzer water. The feed was, I don't know, what's lighter that light bodied? Drinkability was OK, but so is water. The only other schwarzbier I have tasted was Xingu and the Spoetzl black lager paled in comparison. It wasn't horrible, just nearly non-existent.

Photo of Onenote81
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pilsner glass a deep dark chocolate black. Some ruby tints ot the edges. There's a nice big frothy tan head on top that retains pretty well, but it leaves no lacing whatsoever. Smells like toasted malts, some slight cocoa, and hints of coffee. Very nice.

The mouth is thin and wet. Not much carbonation going on in the mouth. This is pretty tame in the flavor dept, but it's not bad. Some roasty, nutty presence at the onset, and it finishes slightly sweet. This is a bottle of malty goodness here. Not the greatest representation of the style, but a good one nonetheless.

Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown with thin off-white head with average retention and left no lace.

S: Roasted dark malt, cereal grains, licorice, molasses, and faint spicy hoppiness

T: Roasted malts are most prominent with a hint of licorice and acrid molasses flavor. No smokiness but plenty of raw cereal graininess and a very mild spicy hops finish.

M: Thin to a fault with good carbonation and enjoyable roasted malt aftertaste.

D: Not hard to drink and not objectionable but far down the list of black/dark lagers and schwarzbiers. A lot of grain sneaks through and more care could be given to the hopping to bring a crisp, more complex brew.

Photo of JDK
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a 1/2 finger head that quickly disappeared.

Virtually no lacing

Chocolate malts, slight smokey flavoer with coffee after taste. Average carbonation.

Smells of light citrus, dark coffee malts

Worth a try, could drink several in a setting

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: It's black (obviously) with just the slightest transparency and a pretty decent head.

Smell: Strong roasted malt smell that is somewhat bitter to the nose.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor that seems to have a hint of a coffee flavor. It's not particularly smooth, however.

Mouthfeel: Had a fair, but not full body.

Drinkability: While I can see the appeal of this beer to some, quite frankly it's just not for me.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from Shiner sampler.

Nice cola like appearance. Dark, with some clarity.

Smells good. Toasty and malty with hops in there.

Malty, bready. Touch of hops. Taste of brew.

A bit carbonated and stingy. Smooth finish.

This beer taste good and has a nice appearance. Like most things from Shiner, nothing fancy, just a solid beer for those who enjoy a bit of darkness. Not bad at all. Highly recommend the Shiner sampler, as it has some good beers. Was very surprised by the overall goodness and qualtiy. Too bad their staple beer is their shittiest.

Photo of Fnord
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Almost completely black, with a thin but long-lasting off-white head.

Smell - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, grass, alcohol.

Taste - More chocolate, roast coffee and grass, with a bit of caramel thrown in. The Saaz hops add an interesting twist.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable.

Notes - This is by far Shiner's best beer, since they retired the dunkelweizen. It's flavorful and somewhat complex, but still drinkable. My only beef is that it's too carbonated.

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

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a couple of fingers of tan head. Malty aroma with cocoa, some noble hops and a little black patent. Starts out with some malty sweetness. Light to medium bodied and fairly drinkable. Lingering dry finish of chocolate. This was decent, not up to the standards of say a Kostritzer.

Photo of BeanBone
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky, dark brown body capped by a thin, tan head that burns out quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Roasty and bitter malt with mild chocolate and coffee notes.

Taste: Much the same in the flavor profile. Roasted malt with chocolate, coffee, and nut-like character makes up the bulk of it with not much in the way of hops. The aftertaste is roasty and nutty.

Mouthfeel: A thinnish body with sharp carbonation; rather unsatisfying.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, but you'll get bored before you get full.

Verdict: I remember Shiner 97 when it was fresh having quite a bit more character and depth than this, but that might be because my palate wasn't quite as advanced as it is now. As it stands, Bohemian Black Lager is an inoffensive, but generally unexciting brew.

Photo of mistascott007
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like red wine when held directly up to the light. Otherwise hard to see light through it. Creamy head that sticks around for awhile but eventually dissipates with plenty of bubbles.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate aroma. Very pleasant. Roasted sweet malt.

Taste: Soothing maltiness. Mild carbonation. Slides down the throat nicely. Chocolate hints with caramel tones. Delicious. Pleasant aftertaste. Can be a bit watery at times (toward the end).

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Doesn't get old until the last few sips. Doesn't bite.

Drinkability: Excellent. I could drink this beer for hours by itself or with food. For a beer this heavy and dark, it is surprisingly refreshing on a summer day.

Overall: The best Shiner I have had to date. This beer outshines The Commemorator. It should have been their 100th Anniversary beer.

Photo of joshuadlight
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is probably the best beer that I've had from the Spoetzl Brewery.

There wasn't enough head on this beer to merit a good appearance score, but it was black on the pour, and only a faint red glow was given off when held to the light.

Nice bitter chocolate nose. You can pick out roasty bitterness from the malts as well as a good hop presence in the back end. Its a very tasty brew with a lot of porter characteristics.

No head, but it was very fizzy, perhaps a little too much so, but at less than 5% abv and with this great of flavor, I think this schwarzbier defines drinkability.

Photo of Thur123
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle in to my undersized mug.

Appearance: A kind of blackish/ruby/amber color. Can only really see the amber reflected on the glass. A tannish head that left little lacing and refused to linger.

Smell: Malty with a burnt kind of charred smell. Maple syrup as well.

Taste: Not as strong as i expected, but seeing that it took my awhile get any kind of real smell, I'm not too shocked. Very fizzy with a light burnt malty taste that ends kind of sweet. still not strong enough for my liking.

Mouthfeel: good feel. light and fizzy, nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: Over all i liked it, but i still like xingu more. Have not tried many others in this style. this would go very good with food though, i feel it would add some complexity to pizza and pasta.

Photo of illidurit
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark clear umber with mahogany highlights. Decent sized tan head that fizzles a little too quickly. Aroma is quite solid actually, lightly roasted malts and some chocolate and cream notes. Not very robust but a nice nose. Flavor is watered down coffee with a mineral finish. Like when you're at a tasting and you just had a stout in your glass and you pour some water in there to wash the residue away and when you drink the water you're drinking Shiner Black Lager. Pass on this one.

Photo of tobymugg
4.26/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Not quite "black" but close. Looks great.

S- Roast malt, chocolate, caramel, ferment.

T- Mild roasted malt and chocolate, smoke? Cool tasty gentle aftertaste. Complex and entertaining. Good with a padron.

M- Thin, doppelbock-ish.

D- Better than you would expect, but not a beer to pound, poundable though it may be.

Very manly bottle, black with a black label, no colours or label turning blue when its cold or anything else effeminate. Texan and proud to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of Moontang
2.67/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to one of my highballs

Unlike most of the beer I drink, this beer is a rather dark in colour, almost black with hints of brown and dark red. The head is a nice creamy tan colour, but it dissipates quickly with very little lacing.

The smell is not a boring experience in the least, dark, with acidic hints of hops and rich malt.

Not much different from the smell, this is a rather bitter, dark-tasting beer, with a faint hoppy finish.

Not entirely as thin as water, and quite fizzy. Slightly abrasive when chugged.

Here is where I get personal. Dark beers are not really my cup of tea, and it's a bit on the fizzy side. Compared to others of its kind, it rates fairly, but its kind overall does not appeal to me. It does redeem itself with a nice buzz.

Photo of vdread
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

this used to be too dark and bitter for me to drink regularly (high life days), and now i find myself drinking it quickly and even considering it light and watery.-coming back to taste this brew that i used to love, it isn't at all what i remembered.
this is a beer that borders somewhere between ok and good, however, it's probably the best beer from the Spoetzl brewery.

pours a dark black with some amber coming through the center and around the edges, with an ample tan head that leaves a few spots of lace. smells of sweet syrupy caramel.

taste is weak, but mostly reminds me of burnt toast. there are hints of light roasted malts, nuts, and coffee. there is a slight twinge of bitter chocolate in the aftertaste as well.

mouthfeel thin, weak, and highly carbonated. somewhat watery. drinkability good. easy to drink and it's just tasty and bitter enough to satisfy, but not enough to sit among the better craft.

this is a good transitional beer, especially for texans. i see a lot of people drinking this that normally wouldn't try craft, simply because Texans are damn proud of their little brewery (for some reason). i pick up some of this every couple of months.

Photo of blackearth
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring from the bottle into a pint glass yielded a dark-black body with amber-red corners and a tan head that fizzed up just like cola and disappeared. Aroma is of sweet raisins. Medium bodied with flavors of vanilla and roasted malt. Finishes clean. This is not bad, but could be done better.

Photo of mwa423
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with the body and head color of an imperial stout (however with much more head, it filled my pint glass) You don't get much more schwarz then this.

S - Very little aroma but there is some sweet malt, about average for style, you don't get a lot of nose in these.

T - Lots of chocolate, caramel, brewer's sugar sweetness, and malt. It has a bit of a lager'ed down aftertaste, but I can't hold it against it.

M/D - Easy drinker, even in July. I see why it's popular in Texas. A very good example of a German Dark.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big time disapointment... I love this style beer since I lived in Prague and traveled Germany alot in my day.

appearance: basically pure black

smell: slight chocolate caramel sweet smell

taste: atually tasted macro like which i didn't like. Shiner boack give me the same mass produced flavor

mouthfeel: thin and heavy carbonated

drinkability: overall this beer sucks but i love the style so I didn;t kill the score.

Photo of myost88
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12. oz bottle into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with ruby tints when held to light. 1+ finger, off white head. Fades quickly and leaves very little lacing. I have to say that this is one of my favorite bottle labels.

Smell: Nose is mostly malt. Kind of a sweet caramel scent. Almost no hops in the nose. Not trying to his anything here.

Taste: All malt here. Mostly roasted malt on the back of the tongue. Has little to no aftertaste. Once again no hops here. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated. Almost feels like you're drinking a soda. Very thin, even for a lager.

Drinkability: Easily a sessionable brew. Whenever I go out and a bar has a very BMCish lineup, I always find this to be reliable. This has also become a staple in my fridge because I've yet to find a friend who doesn't like it.

Overall: I think this is Shiner's top offering. It's not special, but it's decent. On par with most in the style, though a bit behind the Sam Adams and Saranac offerings. Nothing stood out really. I think the label is actually my favorite part of this beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a pretty large tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a little bit of lace behind.

Smell: Heavy smell of roasted malt- sweet and roasty. Smells similar to coffee with silght fruit hints. Has a slightly metallic smell that most Shiner beers share.

Taste: Starts sweet, finishes with a roasted, coffee-like flavor. However, there is a bit of a wateriness to the flavor that takes a little bit away. Actually tastes a bit like a lighter doppelbock. As more of it gets drunk, a bit of hop bitterness can be detected in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with balanced carbonation. Pretty smooth and sticks a little bit after it's gone down.

Drinkability: So I may not have given this thing straight A's, but this is my favorite of Shiner's regular beer lineup. A good beer in a pretty under-represented style among American breweries and also fairly easy to find. Goes down easy and more than one could easily be had in one sitting.

Photo of redneckchugger
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, decent head
Smell is weak, some dark fruits, a breadiness as well.
Taste is weak as well, like a waterdown dopplebock more than anything else.
It's drinkable, but not memorable.I would order it over budweiser but thats not saying much A poor attempt. But what did i expect from spoetzl.

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

A: Deep garnet bordering on black. Rocky cream head is quite nice initially. Retention is OK and a good amount of lace is left behind.

S: Grass and a bit of baking chocolate. Slightly musty.

T: Starts out with a nice dark chocolate flavor. Bitterness comes on to balance with a slight lemon snap. Finishes with a slightly acidic charcoal bitterness.

M: Medium-light body feels a bit chalky and overly carbonated.

D: Low ABV makes this one go down easy. I was surprised at the level of complexity. The acidic finish was the only real mark against this beer. Overall, a nice offering.

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