Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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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538
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pDev:
14.78%
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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

Photo of IsaacCraft
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrewh995
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color with a small head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of chocolate and very light coffee with some malt. Tastes is coffee, mildly sweet malt, and a little chocolate. Medium light in body and medium light in carbonation. This is a pretty good beer for its style, and while it's not incredible, I believe it deserves better reviews than it's getting.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daisyjay
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark, nearly black. Very little foam on the edges, with almost no head. It smells a little smoky, with dark chocolate and molasses. The taste isn't as complex as the smell, but contains malty and mocha notes without overpowering sweetness. Feels a little thin on the tongue, with medium carbonation. Low alcohol so it's not gonna kill your afternoon. Very enjoyable beer for what I paid for it.

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

Photo of Hackattack
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Great sweet smell. The taste is mellow/malty sweet. Hoppy it is not. However I am a big fan of these type of brews as I have stated in previous ratings. I bought a past- dated 12- variety pack of Shiner beers. It's still good even after a normal 6-month shelf life has past. I'm surprised Shiner Brewery's stuff rates so medium.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.49/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz bottle to a Weizen glass. I've had this beer a number of times, I just haven't reviewed it yet; this being said this is a very consistent brew, every one has been the same since I had my first 3 years ago.
Look: pours a black-brown color, brown-tan head with a good amount of retention.
Smell: first I smell toasted malt, followe by bitter hops. Smells like a Schwarzbier.
Taste: Hot damn there's a lot going on in this beer. Beginning-middle-end: sweet/toasty malt-bitter- clean hop finish. Best way to describe all of the tastes. You have to try this beer a couple times.
Feel: medium light body, medium carbonation, exactly what you should expect for a black lager.
Overall: one of my favorites from Shiner. A quality, good tasting, drinkable beer that is a good representation of the black lager (Schwarzbier) family of beers. I had my wife pour one of these and a Kostritzer Schwarzbier side by side and give them to me. After a few tastes of each I started reaching for whichever one I wanted, and once one was gone, there was a third of the other left. The Shiner was gone first, it has a little something extra, more flavors to sift through. Good job Shiner, you won in my blind taste test.

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Photo of Ashmothma
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 1,485 ratings