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

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BA SCORE
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-01-2001)
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4/5  rDev 0%

herrburgess, May 28, 2013
Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a tasty drinkable brew at a decent price.

Pours a dark coffee brown with a thick, tan, creamy head that leaves lots of lacing, Held to the light this brew shows ruby/garnet highlights. A good looking beer.

Smell is smoky, sweetish caramel, biscuit and sweet malt. Faint alcohol in finish.

Taste is malty, doughy sweet, a touch of sour with a short, dry, hop bittering finish. Alcohol is there in the back.

Feels tingly on the tongue, with a slick yet chewy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Citadel82, May 20, 2005
Photo of ipogios
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black colour topped by a tanned head that settled down after a cuple of sips. The aroma was malty and light chocolate hints. Taste is malty and moderately chocolaty. I really liked this beer and it goes down quite easily. If you ever find yourself in Czech Republic try this one

ipogios, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a root beer brown color with ruby highlights and a rocky head that persists well and leaves a dancing pattern of lace

Smell: Tobacco and roasted malt

Taste: From the first, this beer takes on a roasted bitter aspect that builds by mid-palate; there are also undercurrents of caramel and tobacco, underneath; after the swallow, the sweeter elements become a bit more prominent, with a chocolate flavor, in particular, joining the gray; the beer might pair well with a cigar as that tobacco and charcoal flavor persists throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice Schwarzbier with good complexity; it has disappeared from the market and re-appeared in the Chicago area with a new label and a Lake Forest based importer (who may also be new as I had heard rumors that this brewery had lost its US distribution); in any event, its good to see it back

Thanks, brandoman63, for the opportunity

brentk56, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of darklordlager
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Visibility around the edges.

Smell: Malt and Dark Fruits.

Taste: Some smokiness but mostly dark fruits, cherries.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't carry as much weight as you would expect from the colour. Pleasant.

Drinkability: The taste is very in your face. With a moderate ABV, I could put a few of these back, but the taste might become overpowering...

The dark fruits are reminiscent of a Wee Heavy, while the colour and mouthfeel are more along the lines of a dry-er Brown Ale.

Overall, an enjoyable beer.

darklordlager, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque amber color with a thick tan head that settles a bit - great lacing

S - roasted malt

T - rich roasted bitter-sweet malt character with a touch of hops on the finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice Schwarzbier - certainly fits the bill for the style. It might use a touch more hops though.

scoobybrew, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with label that says this was lagered 70 days in the cellars of their 500 year old castle brewery. Nice label. Disembarks from the bottle with a very dark, but clear, pour into the glass, where it sits with a nearly opaque dark body. A small, light brown head retains well enough and leaves some spotty patch on the glass. Body is a radiant red mahogany when held to light.

Aroma is dominated by scorched dark malts, with notes of burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. Some figs and licorice add an interesting dimension to the rather restrained nose. Some spicy Saaz hops are also apparent.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation seems a bit overdone.

Taste is well balanced with a soothing complexity. Dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and some molasses sweetness are immediately noticed. Some toasted rye bread notes add some intrigue. Saaz hops add a spicy and floral bitterness that balances the sweetness very well. Finishes clean and leaves an even aftertaste.

This is a very nice Schwarzbier, one of my favorite lager styles. Complex and well balanced, this one is an excellent example of the style. A must try if you enjoy dark lagers.

merlin48, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with boisterous tan head that lasted throughout the glass. Color appeared more reddish when held to the light. Smell is fantastic, a mixture of roated grains, plums, raisins, cherries. Taste is a nice roasted malt with hops only being detectable in the dry finish. Truly an enjoyable beer.

tgbljb, Jul 22, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense black body with a gentle carbonation sticking to the glass and a nice creamy light brown head. The body is pretty opaque but you can see the bubbles close to the edge.

S- I can smell the aroma even as I pour it out of the bottle. The smell of deep roasted grain and a clean slightly sulfur smell fill the air. There is a note of German hops that is in the background. There is a faint coffee quality to the roast as it warms a little.

T- The taste of roasted grain and a slightly dry cocoa note to it are the first tastes. A bit of coffee and toasted grains come through also. A good complexity to the dark malts but not sweet or astringent. The finish is dry with a faint hop bitterness.

M- This beer has a smooth medium body that is a bit creamy. There is no astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a good solid schwarzbier that has a nice complexity to the dark malts and a smoothness to the finish. It would be nice to see a hint more hops for balance or some alcohol warmth (I know that is not to style).

rhoadsrage, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark garnet hue - clear, with a thick tan head of tight bubbles. Big aroma of dark bread, dark berries, and an underlying layer of sweetness. Tasty roasted malt flavor with a sweetness that brings chocolate to mind. Smoothly melded noble hops and a woody, kind of cedary, hint. The saaz hops are noticeable, but not like in a pilsener, they compliment the roastiness very well. Smooth, medium mouthfeel.

I like it. Very drinkable.

wedge, Nov 16, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head.
S: There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, which has aromas of dark malts and some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark toasted malts and cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is quite sessionable.

metter98, Dec 10, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a BOTM Club...

A - Rich, deeo dark mahogany bordering on black. Rich, thich khaki head wich lasts a few minutes. Good lacing

S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit notes

T - Roasted malts with a decent amount of bitter dark chocolate. Some coffee notes thrown in with a touch of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation (dont let the huge head fool ya). Nice coating of the palate without being sticky or lingering.

D - Very, Very nice dark lager. Drank along with a Sam Adams Black Lager and this blew it away.

rfgetz, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of thepeter
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I get at least one of these each time I go to the supermarket. Poured into a pint glass from the GBBF.

A - Almost black with a slight red tint on the bottom of the glass. The head is perfect tan and lasts well into the beer and leaves a decent lacing.

S - Burnt/roasted malts, dry fruits, chocolate, a whiff of an open field.

T - toasty, malty, cocoa powder, bit of coffee, and a little sweetness.

M&D - great carbonation, easy to drink, very quaffable (not sure if that's a word but you know what I mean). Nice body, could drink it all night.

thepeter, Aug 16, 2009
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, served in a pint glass

Pours with a deep rich dark brown body. Thick puffy light tan head forms about an inch thick. Lots of dirty patchy lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, rich chocolate malt, coffee like bitterness. Little bit of drinking chocolate and turkish delight, some slight caramel and a little bit of dried fruit and molasses.

Taste, little bit of crisp dark malt. Slight hop profile initially on the palette, drinking chocolate and some espresso like coffee bitterness again. Crisp and very very drinkable

A tasty and very sessionable dark lager, well worth a pop

cypressbob, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of anders36
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black colour with a long lasting tan head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma, some some caramel too. Sweet malty flavour some roasted notes too. A little thin in the mouthfeel. But it is very soft and easy drinking. One of the best schwartzbier i have ever tasted.

anders36, Dec 04, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with slight ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma begins with a chocolate and roasted coffee aroma, followed by a currant and spicy saaz hops aroma. Taste begins with a nice chocolate, roasted coffee, currant and smoked meat malt profile, followed by a spicy and earthy hops flavor (i love those saaz hops). Mouthfeel is thin and suits the beer well with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. An excellent and very complex brew, definately a quality schwarzbier.

silver0rlead, Jul 23, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet hue w/ excellent clarity. Beige head settles in to a dense, tight layer that leaves lace. The aroma is comprised of nutty and toasty Munich malt, mellow dark chocolate, & hints of black malt sharpness. Beneath the dark caramel profile lies a lightly herbal Hersbrucker hop nose. Quite appetizing aromawise. Clean roasted grain bitterness upfront fades into a combination of dark caramel sweetness & subtle prune - like fruitiness, while bittersweet dark chocolate is present as a constant from start to finish. Dryish mouthfeel. The light hop bitterness allows black patent bitterness to dominate. Finishes w/ a light brown sugar sweetness fading. Although abounding in malt character, this brew retains a refined, elegant dryness of a well lagered brew. Very enjoyable.

marc77, Aug 22, 2002
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Tescos...

Poured a very deep dark mahogany brown. Dirty mocha head poured thick and meringue like then faded very slowly to good thick, pock marked coating... very light wispy lacing...

Aroma - Very strong toasted bread, lightly roasted milk chocolate maltiness, light smokiness, caramel, leathery and woody notes, coffee notes, treacle sweetness, burnt nuttiness, buttery, some dark fruit notes (dates, some apples)..

Taste – Nice strong roasted caramel malts, peppery hop bitterness, espresso coffee, creamy chocolate, some rich sticky fig and date fruitiness, some light vanilla notes, toasted malty bread, molasses sweetness, light spiciness...

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth with just a little sharpness underneath... medium bodied.. extremely quaffable - i could happily drink this all evening..

Overall - A superb Schwarzbier - the best i've tasted so far... definitely recommended...

mdagnew, Aug 28, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is truly a black lager, opaque with on light, very nice in the glass with a fluffy brown head with small bubbles that fell fairly quickly. The smell is really great, lots of roast and toasted malt, caramel in the nose, but not overwhelming and no hint of coffe. The roast continues in the same vein for the taste, clear, no coffee, very nice roast malt taste, a little chewy but smooth as well. It is a spicy bite as well, but again light from the carbonation and hop that is very balanced with the malt. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, not complex, but very smooth, tasty, and refreshing while not being light.

FightingEntropy, Jan 19, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a opaque black with a rocky light beige head that was moderately lasting.

S: a smooth dark roasted grain aroma, coffee, chocolate, with some rich dark fresh fruit (raisins).

T: The initial flavor was rich, dark roasted grains, like espresso beans, but very smooth and soft around the edges and not at all bitter. There was some dark cherries, licorice and a light smokiness as well adding to the complexity. There was a nice breadiness to the palate with some dark caramelized sugar notes. A noticeable licorice flavor is detected in the finish.

M: medium bodied, with a nice viscosity but very smooth and light from the carbonation letting the rich dark roasted nature coat the tongue with a nice film lacing.

D: Drinkability was very smooth, rich and light on the tongue providing for a good experience.

beerthulhu, Mar 20, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours to a nearly opaque black with ruby highlights. Has a nice fluffy tan head that doesn't leave much of a lacing.

The smell isn't too great, what little there is. When inhaling deeply I manage to smell a lavender soap aroma with some malt and spicy hop.

This is one of the best tasting schwarzbiers I've had. It doesn't seem to make direct contact with the palate. I could chug this beer like water and not know the difference until I stopped drinking and tasted the residual roastiness and smoke in the finish. Has a light caramelized chocolate malt flavor to it, but the hops are more or less completely indetectable.

This beer is very light bodied, like water, but it finishes crisp and smooth. Leaves a very light and pleasant finish.

This is probably the best beer I can think of for converting BMC drinkers who think Guinness is too "dark." It has that full flavored yet light taste, and its more chuggable than BMC could ever dream of being.

neonbrown82, Nov 15, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black in appearance with a light tan head which bubbled high and fell fast. The smell is mainly malt with a fair amount of yeast. Nice black malt flavors with some sugary notes somewhere between chocolate and vanilla. Not to say this beer is very sweet, but there is some residual sweetness countered with plenty of bitterness. Yet, that is not to say this beer is hoppy, because there is not much hop that I noticed, but mainly malty bitterness. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style, with a lager-like crispness and velvety richness. This brew is nice and complex, yet is not overpowering in any one way.

zjungleist, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of comat0se
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first Schwarzbier so I went into it not knowing exactly what to expect. The pour was nice with some "cascading" action going on in the bubbles, creating a nice creamy, smooth, tan head which lasted forever. It was a lovely, almost black, ruby color which you could only make out at the edges. The aroma was malty, chocolates, and some caramel and a hint of roasted malt right before the beer hit my tongue. With the way it looks and smells you expect to find a heavy full-bodied beer like a stout, but this isn't a stout. The taste begins where the aroma left off with the roasted malt flavors, with hints of chocolate and caramel. The beer has a very nice, crisp and clean flavor to it reassuring you that it is indeed, a lager. Near the end, the roasted, coffee bitterness leaves you wanting more. This combined with its clean, roasted flavors, and it's medium-low body make it a very refreshing and easy drinking beer.

comat0se, Nov 10, 2002
Herold Bohemian Black Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.