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Herold Bohemian Black Lager - Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.

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89
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2001)
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Photo of BenConnery
1.4/5  rDev -65%

Tasted as part of a Weatherspoons beer festival.
Pours a lovely looking black colour, the head did not last.

This was a pretty awful beer. I was expecting so much more but perhaps the keg had problems I don't know. It was flat and warm without the flavours and aromas that should a room temperature beer should have.
Some chocolate hints I suppose but to be honest I could barely finish half my pint of this one.
I've seen some reviews here that say this was a very nice beer so perhaps it was storage or transport problems but I hated it.

BenConnery, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3/5  rDev -25%

The beer poured crystal clear black with a ruby highlight. The head was tan, moussy, and fell slowly to both coat and lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate, coffee and caramel. Actually a very well done aroma for a Schwarzbier.

The flavor was not anything like the aroma. The chocolate flavors were masked by a harsh molasses and coffee flavor. The harshness was on the verge of becoming astringent. No sweetness existed in the flavor, only harsh dark grain bitterness.

The finish was dry with lasting harsh coffee and bitter dark grain harshness. The body was medium light and a bit watery.

16.9 ounce bottle. Says Schwarzbier on the label. Says Schwarzbier in the aroma. Says skip it in the flavor.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -18%

Like burnt raisin toast, failry sweet raisiny start, with a burnt, but not roasty finish, some mollasses i there and a slight bitterness. Somehow, i expected a lot more, but in saying that, theres nothing wrong with this, a little sweet if anything..

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of thesyko56
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%

A: Dark black color. With a one finger brown head.

S: Smell of roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Toasted malt with some coffee undertones. Slightly sweet.

M: Medium body and nice carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Good representation of the style..

thesyko56, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of WMBierguy
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%

Pours a dark brown - almost black. Had a tan colored head that lasted a minute or two. The taste is very mellow, with very little evidence of hops and no bitterness. The aftertaste is reminscent of coffee. Would make a good dessert beer, and I think that it would go nicel with a piece of dark chocolate. It would be a poor choice for a heavy drinking session, as it has a somewhat cloying effect. An interesting beer, though not one that I'm likely to get again any time soon.

WMBierguy, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -13%

Served on draught into a Staropramen pint glass at the Czech Inn, Dublin.

A: One finger head of fair cream but poor retention. Hazy dark copper cola.

Sm: Very light nut-hoppy scent.

T: Nutty hops, vanilla, slight caramel body. Finish complements the body, which is well-balanced.

Mf: Adequately coarse and nicely wet.

Dr: Not badly priced for Dublin, and worthy for fans of the style.

kojevergas, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

The beer is black, black and slightly red, a tan head leaving some lacing.

The smell is sweet, dried fruits, syrup, nuts and soy sauce.

Tasting of nut fudge, syrup with vanilla, waffles and red dried fruits.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, a medium small body and a dry finish.

A light, fruity and sweet black beer.

rarbring, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of Chadbrew
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

I am pretty new to this style doesn't seem to be many examples available. The pour is OK, dark beer but not so dark you can't see light through it. There is a creamy tan head and adequate amount of very fine bubbles of carbonation. The smell is malty and caramel, there does seem to be a hint of roast. Tastes the way it smells. Malty and caramel and enough hops bitterness to almost balance it out. I do like the mouthfeel of this; it is rich and full, kind of chewy.
Overall the drinkability is pretty good.

Chadbrew, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance: dark brown, good clarity despite opaqueness, thinnish layer of tan foam that collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: Danish rye bread (rugbrod), molasses, coffee, a touch smokey

Flavor: dry malt backbone with a surprisingly firm roast bitterness; hints of licorice and chicoree root, molasses, coffee; finishes dry with a lingering alkaloidal bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, a bit astringent

Other comments: I was surprised at how roasty-bitter this beer is. It's good, but I was expecting it to be a bit sweeter for some reason.

GreenCard, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

Dark color, with dark red edges. Beige head, one finger, quite compact.
Lightsmell, a lightly toasted malt, chicory, some burnt note.
At the taste again toasted, burnt, burnt coffee, chicory. Good, intense and pleasant.
In the aftertaste again toasted and burnt notes, and then a long bitterness of chicory and bitter herbs.

stcules, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Stephen63
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%

A - Well it's certainly black, almost stoutish. Head fizzled away quite quickly.

S - Served a bottle that was very cold so had difficulty getting too much from this, sweetness was noticeable.

T - Perhaps the stout appearance placed this in my mind but coffee/tobacco like flavour was prominent.

M - Quite a high level of carbonation.

D - Suprisingly pleasant and easy to drink.

Worth trying as, like most people, the "black lager" just got me too curious.

Stephen63, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev -8%

A - Pours black with a mahogany hue. An inch of light tan head takes a couple of minutes to fall and leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, caramel, a little dark fruit.

T - Initial mouthful of chocolate and roast malts. Coffee comes through and leads towards a dry/slightly bitter finish.

M - Light-medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - Solid beer. Recommended.

haz77, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of RocketWidget
3.68/5  rDev -8%

A very dark lager, with a small, short-lived, dark white/green head. Smell is very potent, butterscotch and sweet. Color is red /brown, hint of gold. Taste is sweet, malty and slightly bitter, with a chocolate aftertaste. Very refreshing dark lager overall.

RocketWidget, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of soulgrowl
3.68/5  rDev -8%

Lovely big head on this ebony-brown beer, pearly beige and very tall - unfortunately it doesn't last very long. Nose is a bit mild and mannered, but full of good nut and chocolate aromas, plus toasted grainy bread, caramel, and coffee. Hops cast a faint evergreen shadow over an otherwise completely malty nose. Like the aroma, the taste is mild yet lush - notes of cocoa and coffee mingle with buttery caramel, honey, and biscuit flavors. There is a surprisingly forward element of spice from noble hops and a bit of spirited alcohol, mostly to add a bit of balance and robustness. Pleasantly chewy and thick, but also well-attenuated and dry. Not my favorite schwarz, but one I would happily have again.

soulgrowl, May 29, 2009
Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

The colour is pitch-dark. The finger thick head is yellowish. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is creamy and fruity. Some roasted notes and chemical hints of paraffin and diacetyl.

The taste is Creamy with mild roasted flavours. Fruity flavours of apples, cherry jam and fruit drops. Chemical hints of candlegrease. The creamy aftertaste is rather mild with mild neutral bitter flavours and just a touch of smoke.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles are very fresh. The liquid is smooth.

A very pleasant and smooth schwarzbier, although I could live without the candlegrease flavours. It might go well with mild delicatessen like Italian mortadella. Or perhaps a Brie?

bark, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into dimpled stein. Taken from notes. Reviewed in 18 - 05 - 2010.

Appearance: Pours a jetblack brew with a one finger tan head with a creamy light brown rim that slowly recedes. Head retention is acceptable and lacing is minimal.

Aroma: Intense aroma of sweet chocolate with assertive notes of cacao and coffee with underlying notes of hop greeness.

Taste: Cacao upfront, with roasty and smoky undertones. On the back there is cedar and hops. There seems to be a metallic off-taste aswell.

Palate: Herold is a bit heavy on the palate, with spritzy light carbonation and low to medium bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability: Surprisingly unremarkable. Very drinkable but uninteresting. As far as style guidelines go, i wouldn't call it a straight forward Schwarzbier.

endovelico, May 19, 2010
Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Dark-brown to black with tan, tight head of small bubbles. Grassy, whole wheat bread aroma. Medium to full-bodied, nice carbonation. Earthy, dark, crusty, sourdough bread taste. Slightly nutty, roasted malts and grassy hops. Ends with slighly sweet malts and chocolatey notes. Nice and pretty drinkable for a somewhat heavy and bready beer.

dmbfrat420beers, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of cyanidesid
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

That was a surprise. My first ever review on here for what was a completely randon pick from my local Tesco. Drank a few of these style beers when in Prague and it reminded a little of the bottles of Guiness you got years ago before the draught one caught on. Quite a bitter, dry finish which makes you keep sipping or is it gulping. It gets better the more you try it. Only £ 1.40 for a 500ml bottle.... Get in there.

cyanidesid, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a brown 500 ml bottle. No expiration date.

This beer is a clear very dark mahogany with ruby hightlights. It has a tan head and lasts well into the beer, but not for the time to drink all 500 ml. A very good looking pint.

Nutty, toasty, malty aroma....Initially a very nice smell; but as the beer warms, some slightly undesireable vegetal components come out. (I let this one sit around longer than usual, or I likely would not have picked up on this.)

A well done schwarzbeer. Nice malt -- chocolate, a hint of molasses, good complexity. Sweetness of the malts comes through making a nice "schwarzbeer" statement.

I'd recommend this one.

ncbrewerbun, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.8/5  rDev -5%

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. A nice, one finger sized head forms on the beer. Dissolves at a fairly slow pace and leaves a white sheet of lace on top. Nice lacing as well. Almost opaque but a purple/brown hue is visible in the bottom of the glass.

Smell is ordinary. Doesnt hint toward anything. Caramel malts is about all.

Taste is quite hearty. Toasty and bready flavor. Not a whole lot of chocolate or coffee which seems odd. Tastes nice alltogether.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry. Clean on the palate as well. Medium bodied I would say. A decent all around beer.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of mzwolinski
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%

This was an interesting beer. The pour was black, with a very thin light tan head. The aroma, which was really the high point of this beer, was quite terrific -- roasty malt with hints of chocolate and black cherries. The taste, however, was a bit hard to rate. The first sip was utterly disappointing -- seemed watery in feel and in flavor. After the beer had warmed, however, or after my taste buds adjusted and became better able to pick up subtleties, the chocolate and roasty character of the beer really came out, as did a nicely bitter finish. Even still, though, the aftertaste seemed to fade rather quickly, and left me with a rather watery feeling/flavor in my mouth. Not a bad beer, but overall I think a bit too mild to really impress me.

mzwolinski, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of BeerIsland
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer pours av ery deep brown with a thick, bubbly head. Rich, sweet, malty smells abound and are carried through to similar flavors with chocolatey fruity notes. It's a little toasty on the finsh. Very smooth and drinkable. It would make a very good winter beer but isn't a load for all the flavor you get. I like it!

BeerIsland, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%

Cola black body with light penetrating, but not all that easily. There’s a moderate khaki head that lingers for a bit then fades completely. The aroma is cake-like with a bit of chocolate and a bit of roast. The flavor is nice with more chocolate and more roast. There’s a little more body there than some schwarzbiers, but that’s a good thing. This is a really enjoyable lager.

aracauna, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.88/5  rDev -3%

Pours a coal black with a light khaki head. Aroma is rich with a malty chocolate nose with a hint of bitterness. Taste is deep and malty with chocolate, coffee and a bit of burnt sugar. Taste is very full and porter like. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation. Drinkability is OK a bit heavy for what I thought it should be. Overall a very robust lager. The label says Schwartzbier, but it seems a bit heavy for that

TinusTime, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of dcmchew
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours almost pitch black, a few dark brown tinges, one finger tan head and then a rich sticky lacing.
Smell of dark malts, low cocoa, some raisin and other dry fruit, burnt sugar, faint nuts.
Taste starts with rich roasted malts (faintly smoked) and some dark chocolate, livened by some juicy raisin and plum, sweetened with rich caramel. Gets a bit darker, with light coffee (some cream in there too), faint charcoal and dark bread crust. Decent Saaz hop presence in the finish, with a nice bitterness that separates itself from the roast.
Medium body, mildly carbonated, smooth, on the easier to drink side of dark lagers.
Lots of local tradition involved here, great ingredients, a very good beer.

dcmchew, Jun 27, 2014
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Herold Bohemian Black Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
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