Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,292
Reviews: 492
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 96 | 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 dpsychoholic69
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, appearance is a rich, dark brown almost black with a thick tan head, lacing was above average.

Smells chocolaty and hints of something almost like a merlot, something I haven't ran across before.

Chocolate hits you right off the bat, then slowly tames, can taste the fruityness like I said before of almost a red wine flavor. Did Shiner age this beer in wine casks. Malts are above average in strength.

A little thin, not much carbonation. Not really smooth but not too bad, a little bitterness from the malts in the finish

This beer is okay, not one I'd drink everyday. For a dark chocolaty beer I'd rather have a milk stout. But with the chocolate malts and grape/wine flavor this would be a great pairing with steak or lamb. This is almost like a desert beer in my opinion. I like Shiner's beers and this is another fine example of their line.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as of right now this is my favorite brew that shiner makes. it has an appealing appearance, (even though the head isn't that impressive) a nice smell of roasted malts and barley, and that leads you right into the taste. great roasted malts and barley flavor. the mouthfeel was a little thin but still ok, and this is for sure a session beer.

Photo of TheBear11D
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a short-lived tan head.

Smells of grapes and raisens right off the bat with a calming cocoa malt.

Tastes of raisen and plumb and a good sense of malt. There is also a stead taste of coffee. The flavors are fairly faded and not overly present, however they are also well blended.

Medium body with a low carbonation. Pretty smooth and clean.

The dark lager provides a little bit thicker keeping it from being a session beer, yet more flavorful than most session beers.

Photo of lhaqq
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear brown body with a quickly dissipating tan head with little lacing.
S: Not much there. Some KarmelKorn and dark malts.
T: Pretty watery and not especially flavorful. Some dark malts, a bit of creamy, and some alcohol and wood in the finish.
M: Not as sweet, sticky, and thick as I was expecting. Pretty thin, with a bitter aftertaste.
D: Alright; not the best for the style. I think I'd go for a Sam Adams Black Lager next time.

Photo of Splunny
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a friend of mine.
Poured a dark brown, almost balck, and a finger of head that sank down to almost nothing.
Scents of roasted malts along with brown sugar and molasses. This smells pretty good.
i like the drinkaility on this one and the flavors are well balanced. I can taste the roasted malts, but the aroma isn't too smokey. Definitely a decent session beer that I wouldn't normally go to, but I'd drink this again.

Photo of joecast
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

certainly black in appearance. head is nearly non-existant. what does form is thin and lightly tanned.

aroma is light with only some dark roast malts making it through. very faint floral hop aroma but is kept simple.

taste would be spot on for the style. simple base lager with a hint of roast malt. little hop character. clean and light.

not something i would normally be looking out for, but a good example (i would guess). the contrast of the light body and dark malts seems a bit conflicting to me, but they have handled the balance very well.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is a style you dont see a whole lot of and well to be honest I didnt think this beer would be real traditional, but I gotta say I liked the subtle qualities of this.Poured into my Monchshof schwarzbier glass a deep cola color with a fluffy off white head that left shotty lace as it settled.German malt aromas,iron and metallic with some bitter chocolate and earth,with a slight roasted nut element,flavors are quite earthy and dry with some metallic notes and unsweetened chocolate.Toastiness shows thru as I drink more and its quaffable,not bad,not bad at all.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, black body, and quite clear, with a very thin, very wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Very wimpy, moderately disappointing nose overall. Faint notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and Texas-born sorrow.

Taste: Thin, watered down flavors of toast, roast, and chocolate with a light caramel sweetness. Small hint of grain. Still watery. Lightly spicy Noble hops with a very low amount of bitterness. Short finish with meek tastes of chocolate and roast. Eh.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Drinkability: While the thin, watery nature of this beer lends itself to overall drinkability, the lack of flavor and complexities prevents me from wanting to ever again wanting to drink it in the first place.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,292 ratings.