Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-02-2006

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#40,038
Reviews:
541
Ratings:
1,495
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into wide-mouthed stick

L: clear brown as it pours, dark brown in glass, shows very little amber; beige head off pour is an inch tall and super thick looking, dissipates quickly; no major sticking or lacing but keeps a full collar and thick skin

S: chocolate, espresso, dusty grain, cocoa powder, something lightly floral, prune

T: cocoa powder or baker's chocolate, hint of coffee, woody aftertaste that starts almost midswallow; dark chocolate; prune

F: light but full of carbonation; simple and easy to handle

O: very solid representation of the style; the aroma and flavor is relatively tame, about a 6-7 out of 10 in terms of intensity, and there's not a ton of malt sweetness some schwarzbiers have, but there is a lot of malt flavor with the wood note being a highlight

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Photo of fizzydeathrattle
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of monk2021
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark blackish brown color. Thin fizzy tan head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head. This beer looks like a coke - if you didn't know better you would probably think it was one.

Aroma is malt forward - nots of toasted bread, a slight nuttiness and a hint of cocoa come through. No hops on the nose.

Taste is actually really well done - light toasted bread notes come through with hints of cocoa, a light nuttiness and a light earthy bitterness on the finish. The hops don't provide much in the way of the flavor profile other than a light bitterness on the finish.

Feel is light and drinkable, with moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Have to say, I was really surprised by this in the best way possible. It sticks to style and does it very well with a nice flavor profile. I could drink this every night especially as the weather turns cooler. I will definitely have to grab this again especially now that I've seen this popping up in stand alone 6-packs.

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Photo of rnj37jac
4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite Shiner.

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Photo of Schlitz74
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an almost black color with little to no head. The beer is easy drinking, but there is nothing remarkable about it. There is a little lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Andyman22
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bhawk1
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aglassdarkley
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A really good dark beer.

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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The dark brown, almost black beer with reddish tinges pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” tan head that soon recedes to leave some large patches and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates several small patches of lacing, many of which slide back down the sides of the glass. Most of the foam on the surface is gone well before mid-way through the beer.

The aromas are all about the dark roasted malts that have both some chocolate and some dark caramel. There don’t seem to be any hops noticeable.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malts providing some chocolate and some caramel sweetness. The very light bitterness in the background which seems more from the dark roasted malt than from the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the chocolate and malt sweetness begin to recede leaving some light dark roast bitterness to close the semi-dry ending.

While the flavors/aromas are not particularly complex, this is a reasonably tasty Schwartzbier that touches some of the right bases and I’d have it again if offered. That said I’ve had other Schwarzbiers I’d prefer over this one.

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Photo of CodyMyre97
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid schwarzbier. It pours nearly pitch black with very little head or lacing. The mouthfeel is prickly and it has a strong bitter/roasted/coffee flavor from the malt without becoming astringent.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BoozerBrad
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tom_Hoover
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bigdog2218
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeeBreezy
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Edani95
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gsquared12
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CobraDC23
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of roadcrew
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Miles_Nilges
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,495 ratings