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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 505
Hads: 1,370
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 16
Gots: 164 | FT: 2
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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 johnnnniee
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the mixed 12 pack
Pours a solid dark brown with faint ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Aromas of caramel and burnt sugars with just a hint of chocolate and a faint earthy hop to counter. The flavor is malty sweet with lots of darker sugars and melanoids and just a hint of earth, chocolate, and light fruit. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent dark lager, probably my favorite from the mix. (485 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown with just a little red tint. Produced a nice mocha colored head, but that dissipated quickly.

S: Grain. Chocolate milk. Creamy and a little sweet.

T: Starts off very mild and Even a little sweet. A little malt body, but light. Tangy and slightly bitter roasted coffee finishes. A little syrupy sweetness of honey or agave nectar lingers long after.

M: Extremely light. Finishes mostly clean except for the little bit of syrupy sweetness aftertaste. Not a huge fan of that one.. Tastes a little like the brewer added some extra sugar to save some grain.

O: Nice and refreshing with a little bit of roast. Not a fan of the long sweetness at the end, primary downside. I think I'd say this is more like an English mild ale. (752 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour yields about 3/4 inch of a frothy tan head. This settles down to a solid ring and a thin creamy coating across the middle. The color is a relatively dark, yellowish brown with a bit of haze.

A very light aroma of bready malts is detectable, along with a kiss of herbal hops. Definite chocolate flavors, along with some pecan-like nuttiness and maybe a little brown sugar along with a touch of sweet chewing tobacco. Quite light in body and easy drinking despite the dark color. Semi-dry finish with a tingly mouthfeel and a lingering nutty bitterness.

A very quaffable brew with a surprisingly complex flavor that leaves a good feeling in the tummy. Purchased as part of a variety pack for about $8.50. I'm really getting into this variety pack from a brewery whose products just arrived in my town. (867 characters)

Photo of JosefBerger
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance (3.00) : Small head, foam traces as you drink the beer. Black in color, but with light in the background you can see a dark amber color - almost like Dr. Pepper.

Smell (3.00) : Honestly? Initially I smelled a ham sandwich. With more examination, however, I noticed chocolate hints and cream.

Taste (4.00) : The chocolate hints I picked up on in the smell comes out a lot with the first taste. Very pleasant taste, and very smooth. The malts and chocolate really sell this beer for me.

Mouthfeel (3.50) : Very, very smooth. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malts. Very enjoyable, however, not as enjoyable or respectable as many other, more authentic, beers in this particular style.

Overall (3.75): A very drinkable beer in my opinion, especially in the price bracket that this brand falls into, this is a very good substitute for some of the more expensive beers of this style. (892 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a mixed Shiner six to try the brewery. This one has a similar appearance to the others I have tried so far. They seem to all look the same except color. Same with smell. Not a lot going on there. But the taste is pretty good on this one. Nice roasted flavor and pretty smooth with no aftertaste. Overall I am finding the Shiner beers to be decent, and this one I would certainly drink again, although I also would not go out of my way to get by any stretch. (467 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i actually got this black lager from a friend who didnt like it- but he's a bud drinker, so i knew that didnt mean anything. I think its pretty good. the color is dark- not opaque...there is an almost deep garnet color when you hold it up to the light. there isnt much going on in the nose at all, maybe some faint spices- but im going out on a limb for that one. the taste is nutty, not too bitter....with a surprisingly smooth finish. (436 characters)

Photo of marzenfannm
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, opaque brew with a yellowish head that dissipates quickly. Minimal head retention or lacing. Slightly sour aroma. Smoky taste that is smooth, but didn't make much of an impression ... The taste is not something that would have me recommending this beer although I would drink it in the future if someone gave me one. Pleasant mouth feel -- creamy. (353 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cola colored body with ruby showing through. Light cream colored head that recedes to a light film. No lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, some chocolate, a burnt toast finish.

Taste: Slightly metallic, roasted grains, and a bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, some carbonation.

Overall: Goes down pretty easy, good toasted and roasted malt flavors. (409 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, not great by any means and not nearly the best Shiner/Spoetzl beer I have had, but it is better than Shiner Bock, a total dud in my book.

Almost black, it has a medium tan head steadily shrinking to foamy ring, no wisps or lace.

Aroma is dark toasted whole wheat, prune, pine bark, licorice.

Taste is light, crisp, dry hint of licorice and molasses, prune, coffee but a bit thin and light, with faint sweetness and bitterness, dry finish with hint of coffee bitterness. It has enough character to keep it reasoanbly enjoyable for a bit but it is not memorable at all and can get tiresome fairly easily. (628 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Appearance: Black, with about one finger of a beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild smell of malts and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to full bodied. Taste of roasted malts, hops and mild taste of coffee.

Overall: Good Lager! I would have this one again. (358 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not as dark and roasty and complex as the more authentic beers in this style, but a plenty sessionable dark lager that is still at least a step better than say the chive beer that just came out. more red than black in color, especially in the light, with a short lived inch of tan foam. nose is lager yeast and sweeter amber malts, i dont get much bitter roasted barley on this at all. there is a little more in the flavor, but this is still an extremely light beer for a dark lager. that and the low abv make it drinkable enough, but it finishes a bit sweet and a bit metallic, a real tun off. passable but not special. (620 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the metallic aroma I am getting is not too pleasant. (578 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a slighty tanned head sitting on top. Leaves some decent lacing behind as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Mild aroma with a nice malt background. Chocolate malts and yeast make up the bulk of it. Bit of dark fruit to it.

T: A well balanced schwarzbier. Get a dose of roasted malts and sweet chocolate malts as well as a lager characteristics. Touch of alcohol on the backend.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy aspect to it and a clean finish. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall a middle of the road schwarzbier with an ample dose of chocolate malts. Works well at the price point. (709 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from the people at Shiner, Spoetzl Brewery. A schwarzbier, a style I am not too familiar with, acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a dark cola brown color; opaque black in the glass until you hold it to the light, and it appears as a partially clear dark ruby colored body. Two fingers of thick tan froth for a head. Some spotty lacing. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Smell is fairly subdued, but nice enough for what it is. Dusty wheat, chocolate malt, some cream, and some artificial / medicinal smelling dark cherry.

T - Taste is of light char / liquid smoke flavor, some bitter chocolate malt, dark malt roast, some soggy grains, adjunct corn, wet paperboard, some metallics, and some dark fruitiness - cherries, figs, dates, plum. Not amazing, but well enough for what it is.

M - Feel is fairly thin and watery, but was to be expected. Medium-light bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall, an approachable, but probably bastardized rendition of the style by Shiner. Good enough for what it is, but nothing complex. Probably one of the better beers in the Shiner variety pack, but that isn't really saying much.

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager ---3.5/5 (1,318 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: When viewed from afar, the beer appears black in color but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light it is clear very dark red and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan colored head and a large collar that rises up near the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell but also has some hints of cola-like sweetness and very faint amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily but seems to be too thin and a bit watery. It's not a bad choice if you are looking for something you can drink a lot of but has some roasty flavors. (816 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A light bubbly tan color head; and it is a ruby black color to it.

Smell - The burnt sweet malts smell.

Taste - It is a burnt sugary toffee malt taste, with a hoppy bitterness that tries to sneak in.

Mouthfeel - A full-bodied beer, thick; a bit over carbonated.

Overall - I enjoyed this style of beer. (318 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the Family Reunion 6'er... foamy short lasting tannish head atop a thin black liquid.

Nose shows caramel and dark malt.. a bit of molasses... uninteresting.

Dark molasses.. weird malty fruitiness... roasty and still very watery.

The body is thin and too carbonated.. just don't care for it.

3/2.75/3/2.75/3 (315 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger cream colored head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts and a touch of sweetness.

The taste offered moderate sweet malts and a light roasted barley.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a nicely done black beer. (317 characters)

Photo of silverking
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- it looks like cola with a frothy tan head. No lacing.

S- lightly toasty, but pretty plain otherwise.

T- a little chocolate, toasty. There is a little bit of a hop presence in the finish.

M- light, watery, prickly carbonation.

O- it was light and refreshing, but very bland. (280 characters)

Photo of Hergestridge
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I hated Bock Beer.. funny how age changes one's perspective and taste buds... Shiner Black Lager is quite a decent entry.. not quite as good as Dundee Stout which I reviewed yesterday. Shiners has semi-sweet Chocolate and cocoa overtones,very Dark in colour.. almost Emo Black..
Thank you, Shiner.. Your Black Lager is helping me appreciate a dark beer which I wouldn't have touched in year's past.

~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc (427 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, black currant (Black with deep red highlights). Pours with foamy khaki head that flattens quickly. Leaves lacy legs along side of glass, which dissipate.

Effervescent, yet settles into colored water before it warms.

Smell: Light plum and burnt molasses.

Mouthfeel: Light/dry with carbonation tingle.

Taste: Malty sweet, with a bit of raisin and molasses with lingering chocolate finish.

Overall: Could be more substantive. Taste needs a bit more balance as burnt finishing notes steal the show. Unremarkable. (535 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; I'm not confident Spoetzl is the brewery to pull off an amazing (or even average) black lager. Reviewed as a black lager because it identifies as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Fluffy complexion. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes.

Body colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible. Understated and rich, but I wouldn't call it vibrant given its darkness.

Overall, it's to style.

Sm: Dark malts, vague roast, syrupy caramel, sticky blackstrap molasses, raisin, fennel, and a bit of a vinous and/or herbal note. Not particularly appealing, but it's inoffensive. Definitely comes across as sticky and syrupy, though. Surprisingly, it does have a slight floral hop undertone.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. This one's almost all malts.

Not particularly looking forward to it; it's not alive or inviting. Certainly not a unique or special aroma.

T/Mf: Caramel heavy with plenty of molasses. Sticky and syrupy as a result. A buried hint of musty roast does little to satisfy my craving for roast. I do get a vague sense of licorice/fennel, accompanied by an unpleasant sugary sticky sweetness. There's also some of that nebulous vine/herb note I mentioned above. A highlight is its brief foray into mildly dark fruit notes, which yields a hint of grape and maybe dates. Some cola-esque sarsaparilla/sassafrass. A bit of chocolate malt is a nice addition here, but it gets buried by the other less interesting dark malts; we don't get any fine cocoa dust or rich dark chocolate at all. Any hopping is floral in character but generic, and minimal in its presence.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet, with a bit too much body for the lack of depth and diversity of flavour. Flaovur duration and intensity is average for the style. It's not carefully balanced, nor is it gestalt, but there's some cohesion here. It's got a focus and direction. Constructively, it really needs more roast, and I'd like to see the mouthfeel less syrupy and sticky. Overcarbonated in classic Spoetzl fashion; they're almost function like a glorified macrobrewery at this point. A bit too thick; it's got too heavy a presence on the palate. The texture is by no means custom-tailored to the taste, but it does a decent job I guess.

At least it's not harsh, biting, oily, gushed, or hot. But I can't emphasize enough that the stickiness and syrupy quality have got to go.

Dr: A generally drinkable black lager from Spoetzl, but it's not worth getting again - even at its modest price point. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I'll kill off the two bottles that came in the box without resentment. It's a tough style to really execute right, and Spoetzl's crowd-pleasing ambitions don't allow for a more refined attempt at a black lager. Overall, it's below average for the style, and I think we can anticipate seeing Spoetzl phase this one out over the next five years.

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Photo of Weston19
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness Glass

A: Black with a slight hint of red. The head starts promising and begins to thin into a lacing rather fast. Luckily, unlike some of Shiner's other brews, this lacing sticks around and helps its appearance.

S: Not much. Maybe some faint roasted notes and I mean very faint. There's a slight sweet smell to it but again, it's very faint. There should be more smell to it. As it warms up, however, a hint of dark chocolate can be detected. Kind of reminds me of the dark chocolate that is sold in Whole Foods; subtle, but present.

T: Thankfully the taste is much more obvious than the smell. The initial taste is of dark chocolate (although brief) and has a roasted aftertaste. Very little bitterness towards the back of the tongue but nothing. bad. While the flavors are there, they are not as obvious as I would've liked. The quick chocolate that I got at first goes away way too fast and what's left is a roasty flavor. The initial flavor gives some sweetness that is balanced out with the slight bitterness. Not bad but not bold enough compared to other black lagers out there.

MF: A little creamy but the finish is dry. The drinkability of this is rather high though so you can pound quite a few of these and not feel buzzed.

O: This beer gave me enough flavor to enjoy but not enough where I can't share it with friends who are not into the robust flavors of craft beers. Is it the best example of a black lager? No. Is it a nice change and a better choice than a BMC? Hell yes. I enjoyed drinking this. Even though it lacked the flavors that are found in better beers, it wasn't bad. Would have again. (1,642 characters)

Photo of smt1
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Very dark color, pours decent amount of head that never complexly fades, fades to slight haze.

Smell - Slightly aromas

Taste - Very smooth, neutral with no distinct overwhelming aromas.

Overall - Very refreshing beer that did not offer any distinct smells.

Serving type: bottle (296 characters)

Photo of Kevin60
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A dark color with slight transparency when against light. Pours with an inch or so of frothy head with a light and thin remaining froth around the edges.

Smell - Lacking at times, only a slight hint at random moments. Could be better.

Taste - Again, very smooth with a slight bite at the end of the drink. One of the smoothest brews I have tasted.

Overall - Again, a very good beer smooth taste and feel. An average looking appearance with sub-par smell. A smooth drink. Definitely an upgrade from most beers. (526 characters)

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
79 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.