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Brewmaster's Black Lager - Okanagan Spring Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
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 joefinnigan15
3/5  rDev -21.9%

joefinnigan15, May 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

bumchilly25, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Vandelayindustri, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of aceparadis
5/5  rDev +30.2%

aceparadis, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of slimspady
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking dark black. Lets some light through. Can smell the roastiness right away. A little coffee too. Good malt flavor, hop bitterness comes through late. Carbonation is a little high, but still very smooth. Not heavy at all. Pretty good overall

slimspady, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of tonyf55
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

tonyf55, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +4.2%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of papawu76
5/5  rDev +30.2%

papawu76, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +4.2%

EskimoDave, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

chickenm, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of ChrisCage
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

ChrisCage, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

evlu1441, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Rutager, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

thehyperduck, May 25, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

BasementBer, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
Photo of IllNate
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Noxious26
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Noxious26, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.