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Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager

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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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Photo of mralphabet


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Pint glass. Part of Family Pack

A: Pours very dark amber brown, about 1 1/2 fingers of tan head that settles to nothing, with no lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is a nice sweet toasted malt, with notes of caramel, toffee and coffee.

T: All the smells are here.... Tastes or all on the light side... with a little more coffee than I was thinking I was going to get. After taste is clean and dry.

M: Sharp carbonation make it feel lighter than it really should be. Not what I was expecting. It is crisp and clean I was expecting a little creamier. Overall it feels med bodied.

D: Overall not a bad little brew, low ABV and nice flavors. Nothing too outstanding but a nice brew from the Spoetzl Brewery.

05-24-2010 03:57:16 | More by mralphabet
Photo of KeefD


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%

Dark brown, maybe some black in center, clear, and ruby edges with a two finger head and light lacing. Aroma is slightly subdued, but there is a touch of roasty and chocolate notes going on, a but grainy (Shiner's MO?) and no hoppiness. Taste is right along with the aroma. Lightl cocoa, some caramel, and a teeny tiny bit of roast make up the flavor profile, some grainy, bready like base malts underneath, and a fading light bitterness along with a nutty sweetness on the finish. Not too sweet, and easy drinking. Mouthfeel is smooth, carbonation, just on the verge of creamy. Not a bad a beer by any means. Probably the best out of this mixed 12 pack so far.

05-23-2010 21:38:31 | More by KeefD
Photo of Haybeerman


3.13/5  rDev -9%

A: Clear, dark brown color. Poured a 2 finger beige head with fair retention. Minimal lacing washed down the glass.

S: Sweet malt and grass with a hint of toast and roasted nuts.

T: Sweet toasted malt; prmarily burnt toast and roasted nuts. Lingers a bit in an even, bitter finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Amooth and fairly balanced.

D: Pretty tame for the style. Nothing wrong, just not very impressive.

05-13-2010 10:27:05 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of KrisPaulk77


3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured this into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
The beer poured a dark black color with a substantial head of creamy tan foam. The head never really diminished all the way, and there was a good solid 1/4" inch of foam through the whole pint. The beer had showed deep garnet colors when held to light.
The aroma was clean and lager-like, but with touches of roasted barley and sweet malts, a hint of cocoa, and faint florals. Very pleasant smelling.
The taste was quite good, better than I expected from Shiner. Slighty sweet malts upfront, chased by light roast and chocolates, balanced by a fairly clean bitterness. Decent body and carbonation.
Overall, a very drinkable beer from Shiner. I'd buy this over Shiner Bock any day.

05-13-2010 04:11:37 | More by KrisPaulk77
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.03/5  rDev -11.9%

a: translucent black/brown body; headless

s: some light coffee; sweeter syrupy malts; hay; little bit of chocolate

t: light chocolate; coffee; very mild

m: watery with high carbonation

i love the aesthetic but this beer was a bit of a dissapointment

05-13-2010 00:01:21 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of divineaudio


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. freshness date (i think) laser etched into the bottle .

color is dark brown with ruby highlights. forms a pinky of foamy tan colored head that calms quickly to a film. not getting much lace with this one, only a few spots.

smell is grainy with notes of dark fruit and sugar. has a syrupy, cola like quality. taste is more nutty than anything else, and has a bit of a sugary sweetness to it that is followed up with mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is light with a prickly co2 profile.

drinkability is high. this goes down easy and is a great session beer for people who want a lighter beer with richer flavor than a typical lager.

05-01-2010 03:35:50 | More by divineaudio
Photo of NefariousR


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with some hints of ruby. Light tan head that doesn't stay around too long.

S - Sweet, with a bit of nuttiness and just a hint of roast.

T - Malt, only a little roast in the aftertaste.

M - Fairly thin, just a bit of carbonation.

D - Alright, but certainly nothing special. However, it is drinkable and refreshing enough that it makes a solid session beer or something to have on a hot afternoon.

04-21-2010 02:02:42 | More by NefariousR
Photo of lawman834


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

Very dark with a slight red hue when held to the light. Decent head that stuck around for a bit, but not not as long as it should. not much to smell. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, a little nutty and a hit of cocoa. Its a little thin and light for a black, but it has a little more complexity than most shiner offerings (which we have plenty of around here). Really quite drinkable.

04-21-2010 00:03:42 | More by lawman834
Photo of JordonHoltzman

New York

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

pitch black nice head, mocha colored, fades away after some time. there is no lace.
smells of caramel and chocolate
taste matches the aroma, a little bitter. i can't taste any hops whatsoever
a little watery in mouthfeel, possibly slightly undercarbonated
its a drinkable beer, not phenomenal

04-15-2010 00:55:57 | More by JordonHoltzman
Photo of Krevee


3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Friend brought back a case and left a sixer over at my place so I decided to try one.

A - Pours a very dark brown almost black, has a tint of red in the light. Pours with about 1/3 of an inch head the dissipates very quickly.

S - Malty, roasty smell to it with hints of chocolate.

T - Taste similar to the smell. Malty with slight roast and chocolate and slight coffee flavor. Has a bitter / creamy after taste.

M - Good mouthfeel probably this beers best feature. Very creamy in the beginning and a nice light carbonation finish.

D - Drinkability is nice. Beer tastes fairly good and goes down pretty quickly. I could see myself putting down a sixer in a night if that was what I desired.

04-07-2010 08:50:42 | More by Krevee
Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Shiner Black into Konigsbacher Pils glass

Deep ruby with a one finger light brown head that leaves nice tracks
of lace. Quite pretty to look at.

Aroma is lightly roasty with a faint dusting of cocoa powder, and a
nice malty milk chocolate as it warms.

Lightly bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Like a nice pilsner with a
soft roasty touch. Some chocolate notes as well, with an odd bitter
and mineral-like finish. The hops offer up a bit of spice.

Overall an easy drinker. If it weren't for the odd aftertaste it would
make quite a refreshing beer for those who assume 'dark beers are
thick and heavy.'

04-06-2010 16:30:13 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of ppoitras


3.68/5  rDev +7%

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1" dark tan head above the clear burgundy brew. Head fades ever so slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is wisps of rich dark malt, but not enough. Taste is moderate dark sweetness, balancing bitterness, and a creamy close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Good stuff.

03-30-2010 22:51:13 | More by ppoitras
Photo of woodychandler


4.35/5  rDev +26.5%

I saw this on the shelf while visiting a DC liquor store over the weekend and thought that it might be a pleasant diversion from the CANQuest.

From the bottle: From the bottle: "This rare and deliscious style of beer is referred to in Germany as a Schwartzbier" or black beer."; "This handcrafted Bohemian black beauty is brewed with select roasted malts and imported hops."; "Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner"; "Don't be Afraid of the Dark"; "Here in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070), we've been handcrafting beer since 1909. The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continues to inspire our efforts today. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Syrian hops, and select roasted malts make this "Schwartzbier" our darkest brew yet. Prosit!"

The pour created two fingers' worth of light-brown/deep-tan head that quickly fell like Wile E. Coyote going over a cliff while holding an Acme Co. anvil. The label read: "Don't be Afraid of the Dark" and while I am not a shrinking violet, this beer might be scary to the uninitiated. They may have called it "Black" but it was really a deep, dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The nose was chocolaty with dried dark fruit, like raisins. I thought of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar, initially. Wow! Mouthfeel was a bit thin with only the CO2 giving it any real body. Nuts! Still, the taste was very pleasant - slightly chocolaty, slightly smoky, just right after a long workday. The finish was again chocolate with a light smokiness. The ABV made it a welcome addition to my day and I would definitely have it more often.

03-30-2010 20:58:00 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and chocolate, some notes of coffee. Taste is like the smell, malty and coffee, some hints of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

03-28-2010 13:51:37 | More by tone77
Photo of showell


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%

This one has some real contrasts to it. It pours a VERY dark brown, almost black. When you hold it to the light you can see some red highlights in it. Pretty :-) The head was about two inches, and it quickly faded to a thin film that hangs on for the rest of the glass. A bit of lacing throughout the glass. The smell is of coffee and smoke and is really nice.

I drank one of these the other night and I absolutely hated the taste. That said, I didn't want to write it off after only trying one. I thought that maybe it was a bad bottle. The first had an extremely metallic flavor. I finished it, but it was a near thing. I almost poured it down the drain. I drank an English pub ale a couple years ago that tasted like that. (Unfortunately, I had a second of that one and it was awful too...) I decided I'd rate it this evening, but wanted to give it a fair shake, so I opened another one. It's much better. It's never going to be a GREAT beer in my opinion, but it's much better. It has a rather charcoal flavor. I think I can taste just a hint of hops, and some malt. There's a somewhat bitter aftertaste. In this bottle there is no hint of that metallic flavor like the first one had. Maybe it was a bad bottle? My only complaint about this bottle really is that nothing really stands out. It's got the smoke flavor, rather like liquid smoke I guess, but other than that it's really rather blah.

Mouthfeel is fine.

I don't think I'd go out of my way to get more of it. I'll finish the sixpack I suppose, but I'll move on to something I like better though.

Update: It sort of grows on you, and as it warms, it really gets better. There's more flavor as it gets warmer. Less bitterness, and smoke, and more malt and hops. It's getting to be an interesting beer. My advice is let it warm for a few minutes before you start on this one. It helps a lot.

03-16-2010 03:44:52 | More by showell
Photo of thain709


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%

A - Poured a very deep brown and showed some very nice ruby hues...a big, two finger, light brown head formed and quickly fell to a small cap...the cap finally gave way but still left some lace

S - The nose was muted...I was able to detect some of the German hops but only a faint roastiness

T - This beer had two distinct flavors...when it was cold the hops really stood out...you could tell they were German hops because they were very earthy...as the beer warmed up the hop presence took a back seat and the roasted malts started to come out...there was never a distinct chocolate or caramel flavor but rather a typical roasted grainy malt flavor

M - Medium bodied...surprisingly thin for how dark it is...watered down at points as well

D - This beer wasn't bad...it struck me as odd to have two distinct flavors and not a real middle ground here...I would suggest letting this one warm up a little before taking that first sip

03-15-2010 21:01:47 | More by thain709
Photo of budgood1


2.88/5  rDev -16.3%

pours out very dark chocolate colour with ruby red highlights. very thin head and sparse lace. aroma of cocoa and anise hints....semi sweet and enjoyable. flavour is reminiscent of some unsweetened chocolate and toffee. very light hopping peeks through but never gets through the river of overall wateriness. another predictable mineral/seltzer water like beer with ghostly flavours that never ascend any higher than dud firecracker. obtuse mouthfeel and lacking body leave me yet again disappointed with this latest shiner beer. average drinkability. boring at best.

yawn. only one more Shiner sample left.

03-10-2010 23:30:32 | More by budgood1
Photo of 7thDUI


2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

Saw this at the liquor store and found myself in the mood for a dark lager. Unfortunately, this is nothing like any of the other German dark lagers I have tried. It looked promising on the pour, and the smell was malty and slightly sweet. Unfortunately, the overwhelming flavor is blandness. Easy to drink, but very mediocre. I also found the Shiner Bock to be pretty underwhelming too, so I guess this brand just isn't to my taste. It's not bad, but there's really nothing I can reccomend about it either.

02-26-2010 06:45:51 | More by 7thDUI
Photo of DosBeerigos


2.05/5  rDev -40.4%

N. Smells like water and mild liquorice

Ok, so out of all the black lagers that i have had this comes in last place. It almost taste like I licked a grill that had a tone of char on it. It is smooth and easy to drink with that said. I would not buy it again. If your looking for a black lager I would recommend any but this one. Disappointed.
Score: 1.65

02-24-2010 19:28:07 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of jsh420


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

pours dark brown with some ruby and a 1+ tan finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smell is not that strong - roasted malt and bready malts

taste is better then the nose - roasted chocolate malts and a very bitter finish

mouthfeel is very light with ok carbonation

drinkability - this beer is a step up from marcos but it doesnt make me what to crack open another

02-20-2010 19:55:41 | More by jsh420
Photo of Dster


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

A Poured black with a slight ruby tint with a tan head.
S malt, roasted, sweet.
T Coffee, Medium carbonation, slight sweetness
F Nice smooth light mouthfeel.
D Not a summer night lawnmower beer obviously, but it would be easy to put six of these away

01-30-2010 04:27:50 | More by Dster
Photo of brownbeer


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%

Nice russet color with a small, light brown head.

Biscuit, baking chocolate, and coffeeish aroma.

Somewhat bland cocoa powdery taste that is also a little watery.

Not distinguished in any way and has a muddled character. Pass if you want a good craft beer. Woe is me Shiner.

01-30-2010 00:17:49 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Jayli


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours rich ruby brown color with mahogany hues around the edges. A 1 finger of off white head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, toffee, sugar and almost marshmellow fluff - you know people on the east know what I am talking about! Fluffanutter!

T: Taste is sweet vanilla up front, marshmellow type of flavoring. Taste then moves in to sweet caramel and toffee - not even of the malt variety, but straight up toffee. Touch of roasted and slightly toasty malts come in at the very, very end.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean body.

D: Somewhat tasty, not very filling, goes down relatively easily. Nothing completely stands out, but there are better offerings of this style.

01-28-2010 02:34:45 | More by Jayli
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager has a thin beige head, very dark reddish appearance, and minimal carbonation. Aroma is very feint to nonexistant. Taste is very mild, with no bitterness present. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall, this is a good, if somewhat bland, beer. There is nothing offensive about it, but I prefer beers with more bite and body.


01-23-2010 16:34:03 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of mooseisloose


2.65/5  rDev -23%

Shiner's always been a good basic brew for a go to when nothing else is available and you don't want your taste buds to suffer. This is a classic beer they drink in Germany, let's give it a whirl. Smells not much different than a macro lager could be a golden lager as far as the nose goes. Pours to a very dark, darker than root beer, color letting just a little light through. Head is micro bubble and creamy. Taste is thinner than I expected, again not much different than an American golden lager, but with the difference being a hint of black licorice. Finish is kind of funky with a bit of mouthpuckering skunkiness. As an afiicionado of darker brews I was pumped for this one, but it is a let down. Won't be drinking anymore of this brew.

01-15-2010 03:34:35 | More by mooseisloose
Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
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