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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2006)
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Photo of Dodt


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

picked up a sixer of this beer from the nice people at the spoetzl brewery.
poured from the bottle into the pint glass
appearance cola colored with a light brown head
smell a bit of coffe with some malt
tasteroasted malt and coffee
not a bad representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:01:36 | More by Dodt
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Looks black but when held up to the light looks kinda amberish. One inch off brown head. Minimal lacing.

Smell-Grain and Grass with some light malts. A light coffee note creeping through.

Taste-Similar to aroma. Light malts, fairly sweet with a light bitter sweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with not too much carbonation. Nice and creamy texture with a clean finish.

Overall-Another Spoetzl beer another just generic tasting beer, nothing crazy here. Next beer please.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:56:07 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black with some ruby tones, decent light brown head that dissipates fast, leaving some lacing

Smell: Nice roasty malts, coffee

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, some sweetness to it, not very bitter

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation

Overall: Pretty good. One of the better brews from Spoetzl.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 22:33:30 | More by MadCat
Photo of Dope


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Little bit on the light side but otherwise a nice dark brown. Very little head and almost no retention.

S: A bit of chocolate and some earthiness but not much else. Pretty generic.

T: Not bad. Strongest taste is chocolate - which isn't saying much. Tastes watered down and the flavors are generic and mild at best.

M: Very thin, probably the most unappealing part of the beer.

D: Given the low ABV and the thinness you could probably drink a bunch of these. While there isn't much flavor, it's very inoffensive and easy to put down.

Overall a pretty generic schwarzbier. Probably the best Shiner I've had - which unfortunately isn't saying too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 15:54:55 | More by Dope
Photo of grittybrews


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown into a tulip with a finger of light khaki head. Slight roasty aroma with a hint of cocoa.

Generous carbonation balances a slightly thin mouthfeel. Somewhat generic charred, roasty malt up front with a hint of chocolate and a lingering bitterness on the finish with a mild coffee/smoke character.

Not a profound example of the style, but all the elements actually come together pretty well when you're in the mood for an easy-drinking beer with some extra character.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:40:37 | More by grittybrews
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near opaque garnet hue with a tan head that disapates quickly leaving some lacing.

Non offensive malty goodness that sides on the black bread side of life.

The taste follows the nose with the exception that there is a good hop bitter presence.

The mouthfeel is pretty luxorius to me with a solid creamy feel and upper middle body, me likey.

The overall on this beer is a good one I think. The price point rocks and they have cool promos like the Shiner Family Sixer that this was in.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 02:10:20 | More by welldigger888
Photo of StonyB

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is what I refer to as one of my double first reviews. First review of a beer from Texas, first review of a Schwarzbier. That's right, I'm reviewing a Texas Schwarzbier. I call that a win-win.

12 ounce brown bottle, purchased as part of a Shiner "Family Reunion" six-pack. Very tempted to call this the Black Sheep member of the family, but I'll refrain...

If Schwarzbier means dark brown beer, then we've got a winner. However, my BA glossary tells me this is supposed to be a black beer. And it's not. What it does offer is an attractive though briskly receding head, and some rather quick to flee the scene lacing. In other words, it's mildly attractive, but not necessarily to style.

Somewhat placated by the aroma. It's exactly what I would want from a Schwarzbier; a pleasant mild chocolate and not at all roasty coffee. Very subtle piny hops add a nice touch.

Taste is similar to the smell, though less pronounced. A dry, unassertive chocolate combined with a bland non-roasty coffee. A hint of hop bitterness, slightly more bready malt. A bit of acrid, slightly metallic grain as the beer warms.

Not happy with the mouthfeel. Thin, yet pasty. Moderately crisp. Dry, dry finish. If I wanted a wine, I would have ordered one.

I truly hate ripping beers. I know the time and effort and passion that go into making most (though not all) craft beers. But I can't summon up the energy to defend this one. The best I can say about Shiner Bohemian Black Lager is that it has a gently pleasing aroma. If you're purchasing this as an air freshener, great. But if you're looking for a tasty and satisfying beer, I suggest you go somewhere else. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 02:02:44 | More by StonyB
Photo of schoolboy


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Shiner 6 pack sampler. It consisted of five losers and this. Not a loser! Not the greatest, but compared to the other Shiners, it's a ten.

It has typical schwarzbier character. Roasty. Not as malty as some. Not very hoppy. It's about right. And we need to encourage the Shiner people to fix their usually boring brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 23:33:49 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Wasatch


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, slightly roasty. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nutty, roasty. Medium Body, the finish is slightly bitter/dry. A pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 06:51:53 | More by Wasatch
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours jet black, with a light, bubbled, tan head starting at two inches and settling into a thin ring of head. Effervescent nose, with slight floral aromas. The taste is rather bland, with a slight sour tone and some smokey characteristics. Very light and crisp bodied, with a clean finish and minimal aftertaste. There is a semi-sweet and slightly sharp finish. Inconsistent beer, if that makes any kind of sense.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:38:11 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, nearing black with some garnet highlights and a fairly thin head. Quite light in the nose, with some washed out notes of lager yeast and the barest hint of roastiness. The taste is similar, very light, and even somewhat seltzery, but the roastiness is slightly more pronounced and there is a light cocoa bitterness. Fairly pleasant. Light in the mouth, but this is an offering with more character than the usual swill that is acceptable among non-craft drinkers in the South.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 03:47:08 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never had a Shiner brew before. Let’s try this one out.

A: Deep chestnut brown, almost black. Hints of red. Not a whole lot of head, but some nice lacing at top.

S: Not much in the nose. Some caramel maltiness and vanilla, but that’s it. What’s there is welcoming, though.

T: Malty sweetness on the front end, with smooth phenols on the back. Other than the occasional warming smokiness and coffee tones, that’s about it. Not complex, but that’s ok. It’s a nice, mellow palate that’s perfect for the winter.

M: Light but creamy, with a very subtle carbonation. Nothing special.

O: This is a good winter beer. It tastes a little cheap/watery, so I’m not quite sure I’ll ever make it a session beer. For someone who is new to craft beers, this might be a nice way to expand his/her palate.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 05:20:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Shiner variety pack. A rare style, but one of my personal favorites. Pours a nice dark red, almost black. Off-white head to it. Smell is nice and roasty. Taste is medium bodied, great mouthfeel and nice balance going down. Finishes clean and smooth with a bit of spiciness. Pretty impressed by this one, compared to others of this style it's definitely better than average. A nice drinker, this Shiner mixed pack is starting to look like a solid mix!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:19:09 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of dali27


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color of Coke. Head is light tan and dissipates very quickly down to nothing.

S: Aroma is grainy, malty, sweet caramel and slight hops.

T: Taste is pretty balanced between really light malts and really light noble hops. I appreciate the saaz, however slight, in this dark beer. Towards the end of glass, beer became quite flat (points off for this.)

M: Light bodied with good amount of carbonation at first. Later it's light and watery.

O: I thought this to be a pretty good beer to drink. The combination of lightness with characteristics of a dark brew seem to make this one something to enjoy in the heat of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:01:05 | More by dali27
Photo of BEERligerent


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

Appearance- dark with a golden hue, very pleasing to the eye. I t gives a great sense of confidence.

Smell- the roasted malt aroma is a little above average giving the taster high expectations.

Taste- is average, and more along the lines of a czech beer, dark and heavy.

mouthfeel- is quite pleasant, but lingers a bit too long.

Overall this a pretty standard dark lager. I enjoyed the variety of shiner and will have more reviews to come for the others

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:52:35 | More by BEERligerent
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured thin black. Smelled like a beer, huh. Flavor was like a beer too, sarcasm aside a nicer drink with some malt notes and a hint of roast. Carbon copy mouthfeel, not unpleasant. Overall a decent swing at the classic, but too much like a light lager to squarely hit the mark. Shiner is awesome, they can improve this.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:28:48 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of txbrewer


3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - almost opaque, not much head (why is it that some create so much more even with a smooth pour?)

S - dark malts, mild bitter chocolate and toffee

T - not as bitter as it smells, dark malt with mild coffee like stout

M - general Shiner mouth feel - quite mild for something this dark

D - yes, but not what is expected from the looks

I like a good dark beer and this has some of the flavor but by the end of it I was not tasting much. I like something that keeps it taste till the end of the bottle/glass. For as dark as it looks, I did expect more on the nose and taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:52:34 | More by txbrewer
Photo of rlf1810


2.25/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Black but not completely opaque. The miniature head that forms leaves almost no lacing behind.

S: Pretty typical chocolate, roasted malt, faint hints of caramel or toffee. What you'd expect really. Nothing particularly enticing.

T: Lighter flavor than the aroma lets on. I picked up hints of chocolate, that's about it. Not remotely as complex as some of the others of the style I have tried. Disappointing really.

M: Very thin and watery. Were it not for the intense carbonation I wouldn't really know it was there. At least it is refreshing in this regard.

O: I'd pass unless you are looking for something that goes down easy. What you see is what you get with this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 19:49:09 | More by rlf1810
Photo of thatlongname


3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black just like expected. Not much head. Not much carbonation

Smell: A malty smell, maybe a hint of chocolate in the nose.

Taste: Some simple malt flavors with a hint of chocolate. Pretty much what you smell is what you get.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with not much carbonation.

Overall: A decent beer if you want to go the malty and chocolatey route on a budget. It's got a nice color but it's lacking complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:01:59 | More by thatlongname
Photo of InebriatedJoker


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint goblet -No best by date visible.

A: When held up to light pours a translucent black with two finger head that holds it's retention ,formed a thick off white lacing w/decent carbonation.

S: Not much going on here, light hops with roasted malts.

T: Some hops in the forefront, followed with deep roasted malts, some char flavor not sure how to describe it, maybe the taste of licking a BBQ grill after it cools down.

O: Overall this was somewhat unbalanced, The blending between the hops and malts gave it an off flavor something just didn't balance it out, it wasn't terrible and I've had a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 01:18:49 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of secondtooth


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black, with an average head of tan bubbles. No lace at all.

Aroma I get is malty -- a little roasty chocolate maybe, but that's it.

Flavor is equally as roasty/chocolatey sweet. No complexity at all, much like all the Shiners I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:10:44 | More by secondtooth
Photo of Moose44


4.88/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drink this faithfully on a weekly basis. Love the extra darkness. And the chocolateyfrothy(new word?) head. My favorite is served in a 24 oz. frosted extra stout mug.
Always will be my go to beer.
I drink this with all sorts of grilled meats...especially boneless beef ribs.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 21:13:57 | More by Moose44
Photo of Beefeater57


3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Black with caramel edges, a muddy dark chocolate in light. Spongy beige head with good retention.

S - Obviously some roasted malt, but get some hints of ash and licorice. Faint bittersweet chocolate notes.

T - Bright, acidic but mellows as it warms. Not a strong maltiness, expected more of the roasted character. Grassy hops are present but not a lot of depth.

M - Carbonated, acidic, some astringency. Thin but smooth, as expected for a lager.

D - It gets better as it warms, but not much depth to this beer. Didn't get much off it besides some faint hops in the aftertaste. Smooth, easy to drink, but not a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:59:07 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: BBL is near black, only showing mahogany highlights when held to the light. Lacing is fantastic, with millions of microscopic bubbles frantically racing to the head of the brew. The head is also noteworthy; its pillowy texture is marked by a cream color and everlasting retention.

S: Not much going on here. A touch of coffee and toast are barely perceptible.

T: Dry and light, with the flavor of a good sourdough. Not as flavorful as some of the other Schwarzbiers out there, but it is close.

M: Light body, good carbonation, and a slightly chewy texture.

D: A good brew overall, but falls short of the artistic expressions offered by the German brewers. Despite all of this, it is a fantastic brew and should be enjoyed,

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:31:06 | More by Avagadro
Photo of shand


4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

As an aside - the packaging on this bottle is top-notch, the label design is eye-catching and top-notch. This brew pours a very dark brown with a nice two fingers of head. The retention is about average, and it leaves just a little bit of lacing. The nose has some nice chocolate and coffee flavors interacting with roasted malts, and just a touch of smoky and hoppy aspects. The hoppy aspects come out more on the taste - this is surprisingly hopped for a Schwarzbeer! The standard roastiness is present, with coffee and roasted malts being the dominant flavors, with the hops trailing right behind. The chocolate from the nose manifests itself in an earthy flavor reminiscent of cocoa powder. Solid.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated! It almost makes the beer go down like carbonated water at first. The body is somewhere around medium-light. The drinkability is very good, this is a highly drinkable lager. Another solid beer from Spoetzl, I'm having much better luck with their side-line beers than I did with their abysmal Bock flagship.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 20:55:16 | More by shand
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.