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Brewmaster's Black Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-29-2012 02:39:20 | More by KalanM
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-21-2011 17:05:42 | More by fizzyted
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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-01-2014 10:02:55 | More by Exeter
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341 ml brown twist-off bottle poured in a pint glass. From a sampler 12-pack.

Very little head on the pour. Leaves a dark tan ring around the edge. Very dark with brown highlights when you hold it to the light. Tiny carbonation bubbles. Almost looks like a cola.

Aroma is malty and a little sweet with a touch of caramel and burnt.

Dark malts and burnt malt off the start. Moderate sweetness balances it out in the middle then fades away. Burnt, wet finish.

Thin body with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. A little on the harsh side when it comes to mouthfeel.

A reasonably good offering that is missing a little in mouthfeel and drinkability. A decent Schwarzbier, but not the best available in this area.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 03:17:16 | More by Noxious26
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-21-2011 03:25:08 | More by EskimoDave
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the 4 beer variety pack...

A- Black as night in color, but I can tell that it is very clear by looking towards the top of the brew. The head is decent, but nothing to write home about, being about a finger thick of tan colored foam, before settling rather quickly into a creamy layer over the brew. The lacing is decent, with a nice patchwork of shapes clinging to my glass, but do eventually slip back into the beer...overall nothing exciting to look at, but I've seen much worse too!

S- Very nice aromas happening here...lots of almost burnt toasty malt to smell up, along with pure unsweetened cocoa powder, and dare I say even some woodiness?!....there is a meaty character noted as well...that's the best thing I can come up with to describe it...mild beefy aroma I guess. There are hints of graininess and burnt earth noted as well. There is some mild hop bitterness contained as well, but nothing major.

T- There is some definite coffee flavor going on here, as well as bakers' chocolate, and some bittersweet molasses. Other than this, the flavors are made up of roasted, even slightly burnt barley malt, and there's just a tinge of herbal hop bitterness right at the end...not a bad tasting beer at all to be honest, but I don't think it could outdo other Schwarbiers.

M- This is clean and crisp, yet has some chewiness mixed in there as well, due to the more intense flavoring noted. The carbonation is refreshing I find, and really helps to let the burnt/toasty character explode on the palate. Lite/medium bodied would best describe this brew.

O- Overall I think this is a fairly decent brew, and I think the best one that I've tried from this brewery. This would make a fine meal beer, and would do well as an ingredient in a beef stew. I do recommend giving this a try and while its very good, I think with a little more tweaking, it could be great!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:06:43 | More by ChrisCage
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rodrigueZflyingf0x

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-11-2012 08:11:44 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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napetry

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-17-2013 00:53:48 | More by napetry
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a mixed 12-pack from Okanagan Spring. I haven't been blown away by their beers yet, hopefully this "Brewmaster's" edition is alright.

It pours a very dark reddish brown colour, and is practically black under ambient light. The head is thin, yet creamy and light tan in colour.

The aroma is quite nice! Toasty malts and molasses come through to start, with a strong chocolate cake backbone. It smells delicious without being too overwhelming.

The flavour is toasty up front, and then the chocolaty notes come through towards the back of the mouth. It finishes on a slightly bittersweet note.It manages to be relatively light and balanced, and has a clean finish. It is a refreshing dark lager that isn't too heavy.

Overall, this is a step above the other Okanagan Spring beers I've tried. I would consider it if I wanted a black lager in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:25:29 | More by evlu1441
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Coastal_Brew

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-15-2012 16:07:07 | More by Coastal_Brew
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joefinnigan15

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-25-2012 05:15:52 | More by joefinnigan15
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:27:19 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

09-17-2013 16:31:36 | More by sdm9465
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 03:25:24 | More by IllNate
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jcubz

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-22-2013 16:52:24 | More by jcubz
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CRObighit2

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2014 00:13:55 | More by CRObighit2
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Olek4374

Alberta (Canada)

3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased from a sampler. Pours a very fizzy black not unlike coca cola with two fingers of beige head. Smells malty with some burnt marshmallow notes, and I'm also making out some coffee here too. Pours very thick, though it doesn't feel that way in the mouth. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but you get some carbonation on the tongue for sure. Taste is not as great as I would have wanted. I'm tasting some coffee, but it's not bitter, just somewhat unpleasant. Aftertaste is sour, although this may be attributed to the bottle being in my fridge for six months. I'll try a fresher bottle when I can, but if the next one is like this, I'm not making a repeat purchase.

Looks and smells great though.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 09:06:44 | More by Olek4374
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papawu76

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-22-2011 00:36:34 | More by papawu76
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Niceroad77

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-18-2014 02:20:03 | More by Niceroad77
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice black when im wanting a touch of class.

A: A nice raisin dark with an satisfactory head with little to no lacing.

S: Nothing that grabs me here, but has roasted overtones.

T: A strong taste of roasted malts that finishes well.

M: Fills the palate with a nice aftertaste.

D: I can have and will continue to go back to back with this dark lager as it is still light enough to be refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2011 21:43:01 | More by BasementBer
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2012 17:14:26 | More by Vandelayindustri
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Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:08:48 | More by Grunewald
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-08-2012 02:47:03 | More by tonyf55
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EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to OK Spring, but I bought a sampler pack that has 3 others in it as well. I prefer dark beers so I felt compelled to grab this one first.

A: Good, nice and dark, not see through but when the glass is held up to the light you can see some nice dark red/brown hues coming out from a very dark brown, nearly black overall appearance. the fluffy tan head was nice at the pour, but within a couple of minutes it was down to a rim that remained throughout the entire glass.

S: roasted coffee and choclate malts are the most pronouced, there is a slight berry smell alongside with a bit of hops.

T: good, it's dark and malty with very slight bitterness. the roast is quite enjoyable and there are choclate undertones with hops also being noticable.

M: honestly a little thin and a little too 'fizzy' for my liking, but it did thicken up some, but initially was very thin and the carbonation is strong.

D: not bad, i enjoyed it and would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:46:51 | More by EsoxLucius
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aceparadis

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +29.9%

04-13-2012 13:49:44 | More by aceparadis
Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.