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Brewmaster's Black Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Okanagan Spring Brewery visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 10-05-2008

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.
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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 27
Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK Springs 'Brewmaster Black Lager' @ 5.0% , from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles ,
(originally had on tap @ GCBF 4.5 rating)
A-pour is dark brown/black with a fine tight tan head , leaving spotty lacing along the stein
S-roasted dark chocolate malt
T-smooth taste , not as crisp as I remember it tasting on tap ,
MF-mild/medium carbonation , medium/full body
Ov-tasted better on tap @ GCBF (won my Bronze Medal) , but still a good beer in the bottle form

cheers LampertLand

Photo of Shadman
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Noxious26
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my "go to" beers. I love the taste and feel of Black Lager - it pours like coca cola, smells a bit like hot chocolate with marshmallows, and tastes so good. There is a bit of coffee and a roasted malt smoothness that is incredibly enjoyable. I rarely buy six of the same beer at one time, but when I do, it is usually this beer.

Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of napetry
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jcubz
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of evlu1441
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of IllNate
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Photo of Olek4374
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of papawu76
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of BasementBer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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