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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA (forgot who sent this extra, sorry!) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark brown/black into a tulip glass with about a finger of tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt, smoky oak, slight cocoa and chocolate.

Taste – Some nice mellow flavors. Roasted grains and malts, a bread, toffee, caramel, and coffee. A nice oak and smoke flavor hits midway through the warming up of the beer. More flavorful than expected.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, crisp carbonation.

Overall – A pretty damn quaffable beer. Better than I was expecting. Would grab with a meal at a restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 23:53:03 | More by SpdKilz
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, brownish black with a quarter inch of head. Very little retention. The nose is quite bland; sweet, roasted malt, just a hint of chocolate, and a little yeast. Taste is roasted malt with an almost burnt charcoal character and lager yeast. In the finish there is just a hint of hop bitterness for balance. Mouthfeel is light and thin with a great deal of carbonation.

Pretty thin and watery. I like the roasted malt, but not the burnt flavor that sneaks through. I also am not a fan of how much lager yeast is noticeable over the malts. Not awful, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 17:51:30 | More by tdm168
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jamescain

Texas

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with dark red hues and a white head about a finger thick that quickly fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Hints of roasted malt and that’s about it, not very strong.

Taste: Like the aroma, roasted notes and not much else.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light body with a dry finish.

Overall: Of Shiner’s offerings this is probably their better ones, but even it is not that spectacular. It's just mehh

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 16:47:28 | More by jamescain
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schmidtn

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 6 pack purchased today that Spoetzl sends out.

Poured into a wine glass. Dark. Creamy head that dissipates into a light lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate malt, and a dash of smokiness.

Carbonated nicely for the style Flavor is that of a lighter homebrew stout (I mean this as a complement) Nice use of bittering hops. Almost gives that dark chocolate taste/aftertaste.

A nice beer and not as heavy as it looks.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:36:45 | More by schmidtn
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks opaque when finished pouring. A very small white head that recedes without lacing.

S: Roasted malt, hops, smokey chocolate smell.

T: The roasted malt and sweetness prevail at first. The smokey flavor comes through and leaves you with a nice bitter hop finish. Some sweetness remains on the palate.

M: This had the taste of a stout/porter without the bulky body of one. It was well carbonated and crisp. Lighter body than expected. Good aftertaste.

O: I think Shiner has provided a great example of a schwarzbier, an interesting brew that I would def. have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:40:21 | More by cagocubs
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Very dark jet black liquid with a tan head about a quarter of an inch thick. Some lacing, but nothing noteworthy. Smell was roasty very similar to freshly grind coffee beans. Some sugar and sweetness in the taste, but a nice bitter backbone. Nice thick and oily mouthfeel. Very carbonated. Best from Shiner thus far, but still nothing over the top.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 03:14:34 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mostly opaque black with thin off-white to tan head. Subtle grainy malt aroma, a touch of roasted coffee. Toasted flavor, bready with some coffee and roast malt. Barely a hint of floral hops. Decent, smooth mouthfeel. Definitely a balanced beer with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:42:06 | More by goldbot
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ManuelHerrera

California

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours deep dark brown with a pearly white head and visible carbonation. Looks like a dark beer that's palatable for a large audience.

S - Underlying smokiness elevates a malty chocolate smell. Overwhelming taro root style earthiness, kind of like root beer.

T & M - Malt sweetness of espresso met with earthiness, but cut through with a carbonated lightness that makes this beer far from heavy and syrupy. A mild hint of smoke savory flavor adds depth, although this isn't a tip-top quality beer it's still a worthy effort.

O - Overall an easy dark beer to drink, not a premier beer but with a try especially if you like dark flavors but can't commit to the deep cuts of heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 04:44:28 | More by ManuelHerrera
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kemoarps

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep (just a bit darker than) coca cola (almost) black. minimal head/lacing.

The nose is almost sweet, with a caramel malt tinge to it, almost smokey, though I wouldn't quite describe it as such.

Has a sweet burnt caramel tinge to it, with the hops coming in at the very finish. They are by no means overwhelming.

small (not light, small as opposed to round robust) carbonation and a smoothe-enough finish, leaves one satisfied, but not necessarily clambering to find another one.

Came in a Shiner family pack; all in all it was decent. Not one that I would ever go out of my way to pick up, but not an UNenjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 21:03:42 | More by kemoarps
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color is mostly black with a bit of ruby shining through when held up to the light. Thin head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing behind. Aroma is coffee some darkly toasted grain and a bit of something sweet on the end, I know this sounds bizarre but I almost got a faint hint of grape soda. Mouthfeel is a bit thin on this beer and I think it's biggest downfall is it's carbonation. The bubbles are very large, like coca cola or club soda. Not something I am looking for in a beer. Oh well, better finish drinking it before it goes flat...

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 08:51:29 | More by BeerAmbassador
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Elephant & Castle, Chicago, IL

Poured a nice, dark, cola brown with a wispy eggshell head that receded to a patchy layer. Dark roasty malts in the aroma with notes of coffee and sugar. More roasted malts in the taste, toffee, semisweet chocolate, and a coffee bitterness. Practically no hops detectable. Not as smooth as some schwarzbiers I've had, but I still liked it a lot. Medium-bodied, dry finish, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2011 22:45:45 | More by Rifugium
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ranger7

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tumbler.

A - Pours black, but not thick. A low tan head dissipates soon after pour, but lingers. Nice.

S - Some coffee and malt. Good smell.

T - Same as the smell - coffee and malt, with maybe a dash of chocolate bitterness. Easy to drink.

M - Although this beer is dark, the mouthfeel is unexpectedly thin. Some carbonation. A little weak.

Summary - Shiner Black is one of my favorite "any day" beers. It is drinkable in any season, with many meals, as well as fairly enjoyable on its own. There is nothing particularly special about Black, with mouthfeel being the least spectacular, but as a casual beer I have enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 01:53:13 | More by ranger7
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a Shiner sampler pack. Although Shiner beers on BA don't get much respect, I''ve always thought their beers are enjoyable.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a little head.

Smells is smooth, rich with malts and coffee and toffee flavors. Taste is much like the smell. A tad bitter on the end.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 15:25:07 | More by devinoconnor
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer appears black in the glass but when held to the light it is really more of a very deep crimson red; a light head that quickly breaks up to just a thin ring with continuous carbonation rising to keep the ring in tact. The nose is mainly malty sweet with just hints of more darkly roasted malts which give a slight burnt note. Taste is very similar with the sweeter notes coming through early and the slight astringent, burnt bitterness rounding out the taste. The mouthfeel is rather light in body with a fairly aggressive yet thin carbonation. Overall a decent tasting brew but not one I could drink a lot of in one sitting due to the mouth drying bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 17:18:36 | More by gmfessen
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PDXHops

South Carolina

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. It looks black inside, but out on my covered porch it's more of a deep mahogany shade. A thick skim of foam lingers impressively, but doesn't leave a whole lot in the way of lacing.

Clean roasty nose with a light dusting of cocoa. A crisp drinker with very light chocolate sweetness and a bit of lingering raisin. It's mainly dry, grainy, roasty and quite quaffable. Nice dry finish. A simple, but enjoyable beer that goes down with ease.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 00:25:00 | More by PDXHops
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codsmith

Illinois

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

A: Pours mostly black with a small amount of light brown foam that dissipates soon after the pour is done.

S: Roasted and a little sweet caramel flavor comes right off the top. A somewhat clean yeast smell as well

T: Low amount of malty characteristic, medium amount on the roasted flavor with a slight bitterness halfway through to finish it off.

M: light-medium body with too much carbonation.

O: It could be better if it was a little thinner and had less carbonation, but the roasted flavor, malty character and bitterness of the hops is there.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:35:47 | More by codsmith
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mdunman

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with a thick tan head and good linger.

S: Sweet malt, twist of lemon and barely noticeable hops

T: Understated roasted malt up front, a little bit of dark chocolate and a good complementary dryness at the end.

M: Full body, decent carbonation.

Enjoyable beer overall, not the greatest by any means but still quite good. Shiner, once again, the best value for money in its class.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:44:34 | More by mdunman
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

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
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

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
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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
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Dope

Massachusetts

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
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grittybrews

Washington

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
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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
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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
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schoolboy

Ohio

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
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.