Herold Bohemian Black Lager - Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
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4.28/5 rDev +7%
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.
02-16-2006 01:19:52 | More by zjungleist
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.
12-30-2005 00:28:46 | More by ncbrewerbun
United Kingdom (Scotland)
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.
06-24-2007 20:41:57 | More by Stephen63
4.53/5 rDev +13.3%
This is a very malty brew, four different malts are used in the brewing, but this is balanced by a generous helping of Saaz hops. As befits a proper lager, it is stored (lagered) for 70 days in the cellars of the brewery before bottling.
A gold medal was awarded at the Czech Beer Competition in 2000.
Deep ruby color with a creamy brown head with lace till the end. A smooth, refreshing and malty-hoppy aroma, with yeasty notes. The initial palate is full-on bitter chocolate, with good malt character and some vanilla creaminess, complimented by peachy notes on the swallow: the overall smoothness speaks of conscientious lagering. Then the Saaz shows itself with a marked, bracing hop kick in the finish. A lingering bitter chocolate aftertaste.
This is an exceptional beer when drunken ice cold. Very drinkable, I reached the bottom of each glass before I knew it.
12-01-2001 01:01:10 | More by ThreePistols
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.
08-23-2005 02:28:29 | More by WMBierguy
4.18/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
12-04-2005 12:12:53 | More by anders36
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.
04-10-2007 08:45:58 | More by dmbfrat420beers
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..
10-27-2009 00:58:23 | More by thesyko56
4.28/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-10-2002 21:45:40 | More by comat0se
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.
09-24-2003 04:13:04 | More by BenConnery
United Kingdom (England)
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.
04-24-2008 20:01:12 | More by cyanidesid
4.45/5 rDev +11.3%
I was fortunate enough to find this beer at a local gourmet supermarket called Harry's, just down the street from me. A dark brown-to-blackish hue when poured, this lager offers a generous head at first, settling quickly. I must have sat there for a minute just smelling the beer. Nothing quite like Saaz hops to get the mouth watering. The sweet, dark malts come through, with a bitter aftertaste that's enjoyable.
If I were to single out a beer I would buy perpetually, this would be it. Unfortunately, finding enough to buy perpetually is the more difficult task. I haven't found another place that carries it here, and Harry's carries it in small quantities.
06-21-2006 16:32:16 | More by PitPivo
Herold Bohemian Black Lager from Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.