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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2006)
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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
Photo of beersheppard
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown almost black with a tan head, not a lot of residual lacing.

Smell: toasty malts and coffee.

Taste: toasty malts with a slight hop bitterness to even out the sweetness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth for a dark beer, but tingly due to a good deal of carbonation.

Drinkability: a good beer that is well crafted, very drinkable, and widely available. A nice effort by Shiner.

beersheppard, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn I love this beer in so many ways. Perfectly balanced with malts on the tongue and hops in the mouth.

A- Pours a dark maple brown and settles in the glass opaque with a light caramel head and garnet-red transparency on the edges.

S- Smell is the only con in this beer. Kinda funky with no hops on the nose and only a hard-to-notice caramel malt note.

T- The perfect flavor in my opinion. While going over the tongue a coarse hop feeling balances with silky dark malts working their way into your palate. When you wash it down your throat a spicy sting of Noble hops fills the mouth and leaves you wanting more.

M- Feels excellent with a light-medium body that carries a surprising amount of flavor.

D- Drinks amazingly well for a dark beer

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced with flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate up front but it's not overly sweet. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I found this beer to be surprisingly refreshing for a dark beer. It's definitely a beer worth drinking several of if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a clear dark brown body with a small beige head. Some scattered lace is left on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, but has some toasted malt, baked dark bread, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hop. Medium body and average carbonation. Taste is spot on for style, with notes of fresh baked brown bread, spicy hops, and a hint of chocolate. Nothing to write home about but a solid example of the style.

merlin48, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a small head. Some tan lacing around the glass.

Had a roasty malt smell balanced with some mild hop aroma.

Hoppy taste with a malty back. More hops at the beginning and sweeter malt characteristics towards the end.

Nice light mouthfeel despite being so dark.

A refreshing beer that would be great for a hot day. Also a good session beer.

toolbrew, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a rich black/mahogany color that allows a minute amount of light through. nice tan lacing with a mild retention rate and moderate lacing.

S: some roasted malt aromas, but there is a lingering of sourness, almost metallic in the nose.

T: nice big full flavored schwarzbier. good roasted malts, with a some chocolate notes, with a hint of hops.

M: smooth and mellow mouthfeel, with a good carbonation level to tie it all together. medium to light bodied.

D: very drinkable beer, probably my favorite from Spoetzl thus far. nothing amazing, but very good for a larger brewery.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown/black but certainly not opaque. A finger of light brown head forms but fades rather quickly into nothingness.

S - Toasty and earthy, with a metallic edge.

T - Not a lot going on here. Toasted/slightly burnt bread with the faintest hint of caramel sweetness. Earthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg make a breif appearance mid palate, and the brew finishes with an unpleasant metallic flavor. Aftertaste of pennies and alcohol.

M - Bordering on watery, with moderate to low carbonation. Either more fizz or a heavier body would improve this beer greatly.

D - It's a very sessionable brew, if uninteresting. Aside from the slightly offensive metallic character, it's a decent, easy drinking beer for the price. I probably won't buy this again, but I doubt I'll have a problem getting through the six pack.

PatrickJR, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of alexgash
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola brown body. Small, tight, dirty khaki head. Decent lacing. Nose is nice and roasty. Some dark fruit sweetness there as well. A dash of licorice, tobacco, and faint hop spice round it out.

Mild roasted malt presence up front. Hint of cardboard. A bit earthy with a mineral edge. Some chocolate mid-palate. Roasted coffee bitterness takes over into a creamy finish. Not bad. Moderate body with a lively feel up front. Maybe a little thin for my liking, but it sure goes down easy.

alexgash, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: black to brown in color with a light tan head and good retention.

s: mild aroma, not particularly pleasing.

t: caramel, brown sugar, very little hop presence.

m: light body, medium carbonation, smooth.

d: very easy drinking, not very flavorful. I don't expect much from shiner, but this one is pretty good.

BradLikesBrew, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 07/20/08.

Pours from the bottle a clear dark brown. Appearance in the glass is almost soda-like, with both a thin tan head of medium sized bubbles and many bubbles clinging to the insides of the glass. Also like a soda, lots of bubbles rising to the surface of this brew.

Aroma is slightly metallic with notes of sweet dark malts. Not very pleasing to the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little thick. Flavor is simple maltiness: sourdough bread. Some nuts as well. Slightly sweet and dry. No bitterness or other hop flavors I could detect. Slightest hint of the metallic odor present in flavor as well. Metallic transforms to sour as time passes. Despite all the bubbles visible, the mouthfeel is a bit on the still side.

Overall, a drinkable brew, but not a go-to.

charlzm, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours near black in regular light, but is obviously a translucent brown when held to any degree of light. Light tan head retains well.

Nose is fairly clean, malty, roasty, and nougat-like.

On the palate is a very carbonated beer that is also light bodied, moderately roasty, and contains a hint of cocoa.

Too easy to drink and light on flavors, even for a Schwarzbier.

yemenmocha, Jul 18, 2008
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.