Shiner Bohemian Black Lager
Spoetzl Brewery

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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #181
Ranked #45,303
3.47 | pDev: 14.99%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shaker pint glass.

Ah, inexpensive bottles for my mixed-sixer. Love it. This one pours a lovely translucent garnet-brown topped by nearly a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light coffee, cocoa powder, and a twinge o' flowers. The taste holds notes of cocoa, light roasted malts, thick and toasted caramel, and a swig o' roasty toffee. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a somewhat surprisingly nice schwarz, nothing too exciting but pretty tasty and highly drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One finger of dark head sits on this dark, molasses colored beer. It leaves a fractured lace and pushes up aromas of fruity hops, light roasted chocolate, and molasses. Shiner 97 has a killer schwarz taste. Light berry notes play over dark but smooth malt base. Very light chocolate and molasses tones with no roasted or otherwise harsh flavors at all. Very simple and delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Shiner is 2 for 2 with these special releases.

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Photo of steveh
4.39/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't tried this, but Spoetzl continues to surprise me with their specialty brews and I had a taste for something dark and smooth.

Since Spoetzl is calling this a "Bohemian" Black Lager, I thought I'd review with a lean more toward Ron Pattinson's description of a Bohemian rather than just following the Schwarzbier definition.

From Ron:
11-12º dark - Tmavý Ležák (Lagerbier). 4.5-5% ABV. Vary quite widely in flavour from very sweet beers similar to Austrian Doppelmalz to dry, roasty beers more akin to a Schwarzbier. Mostly only have a quite subdued hop character.

A -- Deep, dark black -- but clear enough to see vague ruby highlights. Tan head that settles rather quickly, but revives well.

S -- Smooth, roasted malts -- coffee-like in character. Some mild breadiness sneaking through - also some vague DMS with warming.

T -- Roasted character up front with some vague graininess. Roasted characters blend into a lightly sweet breadiness that quickly gives way to a bitter finish. Aftertaste is a good blend of roasted malts and mildly sweet bread crust.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth with a light-medium body. Maybe the lightest astringency from the roasted malts. Finishes dry.

O -- Not a Munich Dunkel by any means, but a smooth beer with roasted character. This is a great textbook of style in the Schwarzbier category -- whether German or Bohemian. Big flavor at 4.9% Spoetzl surprises yet again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't really expect much out of the Shiner camp, but they dealt a nice surprise with this Schwarzbier. The typical black look with dark mohogany highlights and nearly opaque. Though head retention was timid, the lacing proved excellent. Obvious aromas of charcoal-like black malts backed with solid notes of caramel malts and nuttiness. The flavors were dominated with a simple and dry black malt that left a chalk-like, powdery feel in the mouth. The flavors weakened as the beer went down, but never became water or characterless. The beer is a very good representation of the style, though the caramel character caught me a bit by surprise. Quite dry and fleeting in the finish. Very clean and flavorful without getting heavy or over-sweetened. The best of the Shiner beers so far.

Bottle: 10-28-09. Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of williamt
2.27/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark mahagony. Nice tan thick head that laces glass.

First sniff of the opened bottle had some dark roasty notes to it, but that was it. After the pour couldn't find anything.

Weak, next to no flavor. Maybe a little malt but you really have to look for it.

Some what thin.

Drinkable about like water, I think I'd rather have water.

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Photo of againes
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner black has a dark brown color followed by a very light roasted aroma. The smell really seems to be lacking in complexity. Taste is a clean, dry finishing lager with roasted flavors added in. Although the complexity is lacking, its roasted finish makes up for this. It's a lager so, it fits the clean taste well. Mouthfeel is solid and I could easily drink this as a session beer. This is better, in my opinion, than the Shiner Bock brewed by Spoetzl.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark brown color with a beige colored head. The aroma has some sweet malts to it, but that’s about it. The taste is simple and perhaps weaker than expected. There is a taste of chocolate and roasted malts but it is weak. Overall this is a very sweet, easy drinking taste that is smooth refreshing. Could use a little more boldness, but that’s just me.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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2.64/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of aggiearcher13
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a few weeks ago...

A: Black. Some white head to it, but not much, and not much lacing.

S: Roasty. Not much else really, but it seems pretty good. A little bit of caramel malts to back it up.

T: I like this. It is dry and roasty, unmistakeably shiner. Not overpowering in any one direction but it seems well balanced for the style.

M: Probably a little light, but that's about my only knock. Was expecting it to be over carbonated but it wasn't in any way.

D: Pretty solid beer, I haven't had a lot for the style but this is one of the better ones I've ahd.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got a thick bumpy head out of the pour that took a good while to settle. On top is a pitch-black color that gives off a ruby tint when held up to the light. So not entirely opaque, but darn close.

Aroma is a light chocolate with espresso notes in the background. A bit faint all around, but what's there is nice.

Flavor is cocoa and overripe dark fruits, a nice chocolately taste laying itself over the tongue in the finish. Hops are detected but are light, making way for the more robust, sweet elements of the malt. Decent toasty feel to this beer. Would be so much better if the beer had some weight. The mouthfeel is very thin, nearly watery, failing to fully deliver the heartiness brought on by the flavors.

Certainly drinkable and likeable, but a tad timid for a style considered especially desirable in the colder months.

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3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kellypodz
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally released as the limited edition Shiner 97 as part of the brewery's countdown to its 100th anniversary, the dark lager was reintroduced as a permanent part of Shiner's line-up only a short time later due to popular demand.

I love its hoppy undertones, creamy head, and roasted malts.

It's not as desirable as it's older brother, Shiner Bock. But it's wonderful occasionally, especially with spicy cuisine. Being darker than most beers, it may also be better appreciated in the not so hot months of the year. While not my usual my go-to beer, I still must buy a six-pack every once in a while.

You can read my full review on my blog:

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some information on the label boasts that the 97 is celebrating the 97 years of brewing history of Spoetzl Brewery. That is an accomplishment. The label claims The beer is third darkest and it uses Saaz hops.

I am a real fan of roasty Schwarzbiers so I had high hopes. this is just OK. a bit of a let down but in all fairness a very decent beer. Still there is a market for just OK cheap beer, and as it warmed even more and I got further down the glass the beer did grow on me.

Appearance: Pours dark almost black with read highlights. The small head lacks luster but the lacing is very attractive.

Smell: The aroma is very small but present; there are hints of burnt caramel, black malts and licorice. A small element of butter in a frying pan. I had to burry my nose in the beer to dig out these aromas but with enough effort they were there.

Taste: Burnt malt and grains, coffee, bitter chocolate and coffee. Simple, quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Many of the Schwarzbiers I have had, are similarly thin lagers with the roastedness to compensate. This beer is light in the mouth but not quite intense enough to cover the light body.

Drinkability: It is very approachable and a decent drinking beer though it lack pizzazz!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, dark mahogany brown, beautifully ruby when backlit. Clear, but it is hard to tell with dark color. Medium size creamy light tan head that settles slowly & retains well. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: Bits of bread crust & dark toffee with a hint of roast on a slightly toasty & grainy malt base. Barest impression of slightly spicy hops.

T: More base malt & sweetness than nose implied with just a tad less darkness. Lots of grainy bread crust, malty sweetness leaning to dark toffee & a hint of raisin. Edge or powdery roast. Background hops seem mostly for bittering.

M: A tad under medium body with CO2 matched or slightly above. Wet & creamy with just hints of texture. Roasty dry finish.

D: A very approachable & quite toasty dark beer. An excellent option at a price point hardly above macro swill.

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Shiner Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1524 ratings