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Brewmaster's Black Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 6-pak. Black with carb bubbles, soapy light brown head, lace. Aroma of mollasses and malt. Above average carbonation. Some creaminess. A cross between an ordinary brown ale and a shwartz beer, not hitting the style, and the carbonation of a macro.OK drinkability.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear black color ale with a large light brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with nice caramel touch. Taste is also a good mix between light bitter roasted malt with some good notes of caramel. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there but interesting nonetheless.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz "Heli-Pint" at the Chopper's Landing resto in the Panorama Mountain Resort.

This beer appears a clear, very dark chestnut brown hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and somewhat frothy beige head, which leaves a decent paint job of splattered lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of lightly roasted, and kind of meaty caramel malt, a soft oily nuttiness, some weak dry cocoa notes, ethereal hints of day-old coffee, and tame ashy, earthy, and leafy hops. The taste is bitter roasted bready caramel malt, weak black coffee, a muddled gritty nuttiness, and mildly acrid leafy and weedy hops.

The carbonation is average, and mostly just straight-up frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit on the thin side, but basically smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the toasty, and still meaty caramel malt persisting.

Overall, this is a generally agreeable schwarzbier, the toasted character is well rendered, and it's quite drinkable, especially with my sore legs and slowly thawing disposition.

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!

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into OK Springs pint glass on sept5 2009

A Pours a near black with a nice thick mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves lace for the first few sips

S espresso and dark chocolate come through in a big way.

T dark roasted coffee grind mellowed out a bit with the dark chocolate, as it smells but not as strong.

M light and crisp very strange for a beer this dark, I will admit I was confused and pleased.

D black session beer is a good thing

I hope OK Springs keeps trying new recipes because this and their newly release hefe are the best I've seen from them

Photo of canucklehead
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

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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!

Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Deep brown, almost black with a small tan head that doesn't last long or leave much lacing.

Smell. Grainy with just a little roast. Hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste. Lightly roasted grains, a little herby, floral hops. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with smooth, medium carbonation. This beer's stronger point imo.

Overall. Easy drinker. Pretty subtle flavours with nothing offensive.

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
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

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Le Mondial

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A cola brown body with a fat finger of dark brown foam.

Smell: A certain nuttiness mixed with some grainy coffee.

Taste: A mix of light charcoal, dark Munich malt and light molasses in the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet strong bodied for the style and carbonation is spot on.

Overall: An enjoyable take on a style that isn't readily available.

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BDTyre
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly decent offering from OK Spring, a brewery I usually don't pay much attention to.

Black-ruby colour with a coffee-and-cream head. The scent is metal and overly bitter hops. Taste is far better: traces of chocolate and coffee, and combined with sweet malts. The hops are done just right, and provide a decent, low-lever bitterness.

Smooth carbonation, and very enjoyable. One of my favourite OK Spring beers.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

Photo of ZachT
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting-looking one; I have never reviewed a Schwarzbier, or any dark non-bock lager for that matter. Pours an opaque cola color with a thick, creamy beige head that fades to a cap over the next few minutes. Lots of lacing on the sides. Smell has notes of roasted coffee and chocolate malts; some hops underlying this but the aforementioned notes are the main ones.

Roasted malts are again the most noticeable traits in the taste; mostly coffee with some chocolate and toffee/caramel character as well. Slight nuttiness and bittersweet, like dark chocolate. Finish is very clean with a balanced but firm hoppy/coffee bitterness that doesn't linger long. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel; carbonation level is fairly low and contributes to this feel. Well-crafted and very drinkable, but this is the kind of thing that you might get sick of if you have more than two during a sitting.

I don't know much about this style but I'm now inclined to try more Schwarzbiers, because OSB's Black was a tasty introduction that comes highly recommended. This is the most thirst-quenching "dark" beer I have had in quite a long time.

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.

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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