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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,271
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 14
Gots: 90 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

truesolution, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Lagerquestrian, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Bockrules
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a used motor oil black with garnet highlights when held up to the light. Streams of small bubbles rush to the creamy, dense, two-finger, tan head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass, the behind a lush wall of sticky lacing on the bottom half of the glass.

S - A hint of maybe crystal and chocolate malt upon opening the bottle with light, earthy hop notes. More chocolate notes emerge once in the glass.

T - A bit of chocolate malt upfront. The body is slightly roasted chocolate on a background of sweet crystal (?) malt with enough earthy hop notes to balance everything out. A little bit of chocolate and bitterness as the beer passes over the tongue leads to a sticky dark chocolate and earthy hop finish.

M - Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the beer lively and slightly creamy. Quite good actually.

Having reviewed the other 5 varieties that came in the Shiner variety pack I bought last year, and coming up with several scores in the low 3's, I wasn't expecting much. Turns out I saved the best for last, as this beer turns out to a gorgeous, solidly tasting brew. It is by no means complex, but the chocolate notes and hops are dolled out in the right proportions and the mouthfeel is pretty creamy. I don't know if the year of cellering helped, but I would gladly buy a six of this to find out.

Bockrules, Apr 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

sneaks2210, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

AlkaholTester, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola like brown color with a moderate sized bubble khaki head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet mostly from a grainy scent. There is some steely caramel notes; fairly strong metallic aroma. No real roast aroma.

The taste is quite grainy and seems to have an adjunct type flavor. There is a slight chalky roast flavor in the finish but other than that you would think that this is a macro lager. Some caramel sweetness. On par with the Guinness black lager.

The beer has a light body with fizzy carbonation. It drinks very easy and the slight roast bitterness doesn't impede the drinkability. Nice balance on the palate for a brew that you can pound back.

The beer doesn't taste bad but really not much of a schwarzbier. An introduction to what roasted malt tastes like.

Gmann, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Pesci, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

gwiedman1, Apr 20, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

BrownAleMale, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

browniewithnuts, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

jkn09, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of mjurney
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color, ruby red highlight. Thick frothy head.

It's very mild, roasted malts, some sweetness, a little chocolate.

Malty, brown bread, roasted, caramel sweetness, some coffee. Hop bitterness is mild. Finish is crisp and semi-dry. Body is light-medium, silky, crisp.

mjurney, Apr 13, 2013
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3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - pitch black with a 3 inch off-white head which goes away rather quickly. minimal lacing

S - roasted malts, chocolate, slight caramel, slight hops

T - burst of chocolate up front followed by caramel and roasted malts. slight hop note at the end. light on flavor

M - medium bodied, good carb

Overall - not worth your time or money, you could do much better for the same style beer at the same price. this is at least drinkable though.

kshizzle101, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Eric908, Apr 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Sludgeman, Apr 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

cwd, Apr 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

mbacon3227, Apr 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Rudes, Apr 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

j-rod18, Apr 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Travis1221, Apr 03, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a nice coffee color, not totally pitch black but close enough, finger head with very little lacing.
S - Smells very good, chocolate and coffee roasted malts, and lager yeast with some euro hop scents.
T - Taste falls a little short, but for a black lager its still refreshing, you get some bite from the hops and the dark malty texture.
M - Smooth like a lager should be, with the roasts lasting a while.
O - A good and very drinkable black lager, not too complex, but decent.

Omnium, Mar 30, 2013
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3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black that's garnet in light and loose tan froth.
Flinty grain and ashy roast on the nose - light. A touch of sugary licorice, too.
Sweet licorice twists, a sweet roasty hit and mild grassy hops.
Camp coffee finish and tingly linger.
Thin, crisp, round.

Watery, too sugary and not enough bite, from hops and roast both. But hey, it's Shiner, so this is made for easy sunshine drinking. A great gateway lager.

StJamesGate, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

bigbeers84, Mar 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

dwtyler, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

OriolesFan1008, Mar 17, 2013
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.