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Brewmaster's Black Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This unique style of beer was introduced for all those who love their beer a little darker and a little bolder. Rich in colour & flavour, our Brewmaster’s Black Lager finishes crisp and clean.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 10-05-2008)
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

papawu76, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

aceparadis, Apr 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

ZachT, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Exeter, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

nicsman, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/3" inch mocha coloured head which dissipated over 2 minutes over top of extremely dark brown / black liquid.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, and yeast.

T: Bitter at first, then coffee and mocha, then toasted malt which leaves with a refreshing and pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium thickness, medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very tasty and refreshing beer. Dark but can easily be enjoyed in the summer due to its viscosity and how refreshing and crisp it is.

DaftCaskBC, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Grunewald
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The color is an opaque dark brown/black with a dissipating beige head.

S - strong coffee and some dark chocolate

T - coffee, with a finish that mixes coffee bean and dark chocolate

M - medium carbonation and liquid lager feel. The finish is sticky at first then becomes dry.

D - This is a very interesting beer. It feels like a lager when you sip, yet it has stout flavors and some stout mouthfeel (escpecially in the finish). Very refreshing.

Grunewald, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of IllNate
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark brown colour. Almost black, but some ruby highlights on the edges. Nice tan head fades quick though.

S - Lots of roast in the nose, good malty smell.

T - Very roasty. Dark chocolate, a bit of nuttiness. Finish is good on this too, no sweetness. Quite nice.

M - Excellent really. Gives enough body without being overwhelming. Creamy and smooth.

D - Good drinkability. Quite tasty and when the taste starts to fade, you want another.

Sample was bottled: 03-2010

IllNate, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Shadman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found a six of this @ the local COOP beer store.

Well is swartz is black then this is swartz. Some light will bring out a slight dark orange/brown hue, but over all black as night. Decent head & lacing, but not upper echelon.

Nice balanced aroma. Dqark roast coffee nearly perfect in balance with the hop & malt.

Wee bit thin & the front end. But more than makes up for it in the middle and finale.Very nice balance between hop bitterness and a combo of chocolate/coffee malts. Finish is slightly bitter & dry.

Other than the thin beginning, this is avery smooth and given the description of Swartsbier, right within acceptable standards.

Another offering from Okanagan that Sleeman/Sapporo hasn't ruined ...yet.

Shadman, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, dark, black colour with a brown disappearing head. A thin layer of surface foam after the activity subsides.

Smell - strong aromas of liquorice, caramel and dark roasted malt. Subtle scents of creamy butterscotch on subsequent nosings.

Taste - very flavourful malt taste with a full helping of roasted nuts, almost a woody presence. Very clean finish with some decent hoppiness in the end.

Mouthfeel - definitely a smooth, interesting effect with a softness that underlies the flavour.

Drinkability - probably the most drinkable of any beer this dark I've enjoyed. I could easily and willingly offer to put 6 of these away as a pleasure. Very good.

DoctorStrangiato, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a sleeve. Dark, dark, dark beer that is oily black and has a nice mocha head sitting atop it that leaves nice lacing through the entire drinking session. The nose of the beer has a strong molasses component along with a light hops and maltiness.

The beer is not overly complex, but is quite delicious. The malt and molasses are the overriding flavours within in. The beer finishes crisply and is not overly carbonated which translates to a lighter feeling dark that is entirely sessionable. I would look for it again.

kjyost, Jan 22, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap recently at a pub in Golden, BC
A - deep amber, nice creamy head retained at a solid covering
S - malty with sweet caramel and nutty, with a little rich chocolate
T - very roasty with sweet molasses, healthy nuttiness with a light grassy hop note
M - solid carbonation with a light creaminess and just a little bitter
D - solid brew, malty richness but light enough to be regularly drinkable, glad i stopped in for a pint

joemcgrath27, Jan 20, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

kuckles1, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

jcubz, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Vandelayindustri, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BigBry, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

napetry, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by this brew... I like schwarzbier and this one recently won a 2010 Canadian Brewing Award:

Strong Porter (Baltic)
Silver: Brewmaster's Black Lager, Okanagan Spring Brewing Co. (BC)

Strange categorization indeed... but that's up to the brewer.

A: Black with a tan head, ring of retention leaves a hint of lace.

S: Bready, slightly sulfury lager aroma, hints of roast and licorice. Slightly floral, nobel hopping, but I like some more hopping in a Schwarz.

T: Bready, light roast, light licorice, hint of floral & peppery spice, balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body is impressive for its strength; off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

It would be neat if they amped this up to 7% or so and made a Baltic porter!

Derek, Oct 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, I really like this beer and for some reason have avoided buying it. I picked it up in the mixed 12 case which also gets you the very nice hopped lager.

The beer is very dark with a tan head. The nose is dark malts and a nice hop aroma. Drinks very well with good mouthfeel and a fair amount of complexity on the finish. I think I like this better than Hermanns Dark Lager from Vancouver Island. Tastes a lot like Session Dark from Full Sail. I will certainly buy the six packs of this in future and hope that OK Springs does not discontinue it

canucklehead, Mar 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

CRObighit2, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Niceroad77, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice thumb of head, which dissipated leaving little to no lacing. Pours a dark dark brown with visible carbonation.

S - Strong chocolate scent on the nose. Quite surprising how strong it actually is! Really appealing!

T - Dark cocoa chocolate. A bit of a nutty toffee comes through as well, with a slight bitter coffee finish. Absolutely delicious malts on this one.

M - Thicker than I would have expected for a lager, has a full mouthfeel which fills nicely on the swallow.

D - A very drinkable dark beer. The flavours are nicely balanced, and it's feel is light enough that it's thirst quenching on a hot day, one where you might typically choose a light lager to refresh. Was quite surprised by this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for a yummy dark treat!

andrenaline, May 13, 2010
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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.