Herold Bohemian Black Lager - Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
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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.
06-27-2014 16:32:36 | More by dcmchew
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.
11-29-2004 23:52:21 | More by GCBrewingCo
4/5 rDev 0%
Pours black with a tawny head - identical to stout at a distance. No lacing. Nose is mulch and Marmite. Pine sap, woodsmoke in the middle and spicy Saaz to finish. Lively, oily with a light to medium body.
Dark, wintery flavors. May be too much to have more than a couple, but still close to the perfect example of the style.
Edit: Drinkability to Overall.
11-01-2009 22:43:41 | More by StJamesGate
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a big light-tan head, topping a ruby-tinted nearly-opaque black color. Little trails and spots of lace; head retains throughout.
Aroma features lots of caramel and toffee, and a little something like toasted chocolate (ie. not burnt).
Flavor recalls milk-drowned cold black coffee with fudgy accents...also some dark fruits. All the while the flavor is light and the beer remains surprisingly crisp. The flavors fall away quite a bit in the finish.
Mouthfeel reminds of some English ales, being pretty low in carbonation, having a nearly flat feel, not much presence in the mouth. Though thin, its silkiness is appreciated.
Very likeable; a great example of the style. Comforting flavors, crazy-easy to drink, wish I'd bought a few more bottles.
04-03-2007 13:19:34 | More by Metalmonk
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.
07-04-2011 18:13:24 | More by rarbring
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-16-2006 04:29:50 | More by wedge
United Kingdom (England)
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..
09-09-2003 00:49:01 | More by rastaman
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Very black in color with a nice chestnut hue when held to the light. Small tan head. Decent aroma-malty with some roasted notes. Good malty, bold flavor with a blend of roasted and chocolate notes. Theres a tad hashness I cant place my finger on it almost seems as it might be a freshness issue. Overall the flavor is well done just this one element of it. Good body for style. A very drinkable beer. More roasted flavor then a lot of schwarzbiers I have had. Tends to be a bit more upfront and pronounced overall.
10-13-2005 19:47:19 | More by lackenhauser
4/5 rDev 0%
A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind
S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents
T - Roasted malt and bitter chocolate at first then a slight coffee finish
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - This is a style that I'm starting to like more these days and I think this is one of my favorites so far it has a better stronger taste and is easier to drink then the others I've had its worth a try sometime
09-15-2009 19:19:13 | More by armock
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.2/5 rDev +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...
08-28-2007 13:44:29 | More by mdagnew
4.2/5 rDev +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.
08-22-2002 07:37:08 | More by marc77
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
Thank you, Howie, Dawn, et al., at the Cock & Bull for continually bringing in new brewers. This is my first from this particular brewery and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Pours black, pitch black. No color hanging around the edges, just deep, dark black. A creamy but very small head ensues with no real lacing.
Smell is smoky like kielbasa cooked on a BBQ grill, roasted malt, hops, coffee. Nice complexity and well-balanced too.
Taste is almost as good as the smell with the same smoke (smoked meat?), malt, coffee and hops. The smoke is not anywhere near as heavy as a rauchbier but it is not a shy little hint flirting around the edges either.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a decent hop presence and a medium body.
Drinkability: it's good, quite good in fact, but it is no Kostritzer.
06-20-2005 02:08:07 | More by PorterLambic
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Received in July shipment of my Beer of the Month club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit pint glass.
Appearance: Near black with ruby highlights. Tan foamy head that leaves active lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, roasted and caramel malts, and coffee. Somewhat subdued overall.
Taste: Major chocolate with coffee and roasted malt notes. Somewhat bitter at the end, which seems to be mostly due to the roasted character, but the Saaz hops seem to add a slight spicy bitterness as well.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, somewhat thick full body (not nearly as light as other Schwarzbiers). Finishes dry. Becomes quite creamy as it warms.
Drinkability: Seems slightly off-style for a Schwarzbier; of course Herold never claimed it was one, calling it a Bohemian Black Lager instead. Regardless, great lager overall, but not as refreshing as some due to the heavy character.
08-02-2009 00:40:20 | More by bsp77
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.
04-06-2006 19:53:41 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Cola black body with light penetrating, but not all that easily. Theres 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. Theres a little more body there than some schwarzbiers, but thats a good thing. This is a really enjoyable lager.
12-03-2004 02:12:46 | More by aracauna
4.33/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured a smooth, but thin looking near-black in color. Lots of foamy head that was slightly tinted khaki. Not much light could pierce through the glass. Nose is malty and just a hint of smoke and ash rise to the nostrils. Nice mild beer. Superbly drinkable. No particular sulphuric tones which has been the downfall of many schwarzbiers in my experience. Lots of toasted malts. Thin feeling but appropriately so.
10-15-2006 00:51:16 | More by MuddyFeet
4.4/5 rDev +10%
500 mL bottle with no freshness date - served chilled in a pilsner glass. Pours black - between that of a porter and a stout - with ruby highlights and a 1 finger brown head that leaves some lacing. Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts, figs, apples, and a hint of metal right as I opened the bottle. There is both sweet and bitter chocolate on the palate, along with toasted malts, coffee, figs, a bit of raisins, apples, and green/spicy hops. Kinda like an imperial stout - quite nice. It has a medium to light body that is tingly like a lager yet smooth. A delicious lager that's better than Köstritzer in my opinion.
11-01-2005 05:39:26 | More by mmmbeer
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.
08-30-2007 17:12:22 | More by GreenCard
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-15-2005 06:22:26 | More by neonbrown82
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
Very dark black lager. Looks like a porter. Color is black with a ruby red and purple tint. Close to opaque but also noticeably clear. There's a good amount of aroma, comprised of a burnt fruitiness, some chocolate and coffee roast, a mollases like sweetness, and spicy hop. Taste is smooth with chocolate, some mollases, nuts, and some plum like fruits. Pretty good. Mouthfeel has a nice velvety feel which is additionally smoothed out by calm carbonation. Good fullness to the light lager body. Drinkability is easy.
A very decent schwartzbier, but I haven't had a lot of this style to say for sure.
11-16-2006 04:24:03 | More by tastybeer
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
500 ml bottle, bought at Pivni Galerie, Prague. Label says Herold Bohemian Black Lager, tmavý speciál, 13 degrees plato, Schwarzbier, ABV 5.2%. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black, deep ruby when held to the light. Moderate tan head. Excellent aroma of roasted malts, tar, leather and tobacco. Flavour of roastiness, notes of dark chocolate and liquorice, well balanced with the hops, not particularly sweet. Mouthfeel a bit too thin to deserve a straight "5", still a very good beer. Recommended!
03-31-2005 20:28:38 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (England)
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.
05-29-2009 21:01:22 | More by soulgrowl
Herold Bohemian Black Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.