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Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

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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Photo of 59rockabilly
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of skriv
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cameraready
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours nice and dark. Very little head and what there is fades fast.

Smell: Has a slight malty smell.

Taste: Mild and smooth.

Drinkability: Minor carbonation but very drinkable.

Would have another. Not sure about age of bottle so issues may have been related to freshness.

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Photo of RichardARoss
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AustinRT
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdunman
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with a thick tan head and good linger.

S: Sweet malt, twist of lemon and barely noticeable hops

T: Understated roasted malt up front, a little bit of dark chocolate and a good complementary dryness at the end.

M: Full body, decent carbonation.

Enjoyable beer overall, not the greatest by any means but still quite good. Shiner, once again, the best value for money in its class.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA (forgot who sent this extra, sorry!) for this beer. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a dark brown/black into a tulip glass with about a finger of tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt, smoky oak, slight cocoa and chocolate.

Taste – Some nice mellow flavors. Roasted grains and malts, a bread, toffee, caramel, and coffee. A nice oak and smoke flavor hits midway through the warming up of the beer. More flavorful than expected.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, crisp carbonation.

Overall – A pretty damn quaffable beer. Better than I was expecting. Would grab with a meal at a restaurant.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

June 12, 2015

12 oz bottle, pint glass

A – Light black with some brown. Off white foam of less than an inch, with moderate retention.

S – Black malt and roasted malt, but not bitter at all. Very clean. Some light noble hops, herbal and floral. Chocolate becomes present as the beer warms.

T – Chocolate and roasty malt, like black bread. Very low herbal hop flavor, very low hop bitterness.

M – Moderate carbonation and a medium-thin body. Mostly dry throughout, with very little sweetness or bitterness. Finishes clean.

O – A very drinkable, sessionable beer.

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Photo of Kromes
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Head died down rather quick and disappeared. Smells are of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, and a crisp sweet yeasty aroma. The initial taste is roasted coffee malt and a little bit of bitter chocolate, there is some sweetness followed by a floral hop flavor. Pretty good flavors. The mouthfeel was a little bit watery. It's not that bad though. I could definitely have a few of these. This beer is way better than the bock and in my opinion their best beer (from what I've tried so far).

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Photo of cdub70085
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schmidtn
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 6 pack purchased today that Spoetzl sends out.

Poured into a wine glass. Dark. Creamy head that dissipates into a light lacing on the glass.

Smells of chocolate malt, and a dash of smokiness.

Carbonated nicely for the style Flavor is that of a lighter homebrew stout (I mean this as a complement) Nice use of bittering hops. Almost gives that dark chocolate taste/aftertaste.

A nice beer and not as heavy as it looks.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. freshness date (i think) laser etched into the bottle .

color is dark brown with ruby highlights. forms a pinky of foamy tan colored head that calms quickly to a film. not getting much lace with this one, only a few spots.

smell is grainy with notes of dark fruit and sugar. has a syrupy, cola like quality. taste is more nutty than anything else, and has a bit of a sugary sweetness to it that is followed up with mild hop bitterness.

mouthfeel is light with a prickly co2 profile.

drinkability is high. this goes down easy and is a great session beer for people who want a lighter beer with richer flavor than a typical lager.

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Photo of Shawn_Money
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is actually a reasonably good beer. The aroma is roasty and malty. Earthy taste, balance, grain, and coffee. There is a moderate bitterness and some sweetness in the mid taste. Medium in body.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, looks opaque when finished pouring. A very small white head that recedes without lacing.

S: Roasted malt, hops, smokey chocolate smell.

T: The roasted malt and sweetness prevail at first. The smokey flavor comes through and leaves you with a nice bitter hop finish. Some sweetness remains on the palate.

M: This had the taste of a stout/porter without the bulky body of one. It was well carbonated and crisp. Lighter body than expected. Good aftertaste.

O: I think Shiner has provided a great example of a schwarzbier, an interesting brew that I would def. have again.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as hell with no head. head disappears into a thin film on top of the beer. kind of oily looking. smell is really strong of caramel and ripe dark fruits. taste is caramel up front, with a cherry after taste. a hint of butterscotch also. mouthfeel is slightly sticky. pretty well carbonated. drinkability is high on this beer. overall average beer, but will be a staple in my new home.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black color with a short-lived tan head.

Smells of grapes and raisens right off the bat with a calming cocoa malt.

Tastes of raisen and plumb and a good sense of malt. There is also a stead taste of coffee. The flavors are fairly faded and not overly present, however they are also well blended.

Medium body with a low carbonation. Pretty smooth and clean.

The dark lager provides a little bit thicker keeping it from being a session beer, yet more flavorful than most session beers.

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Photo of alexgash
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Dark cola brown body. Small, tight, dirty khaki head. Decent lacing. Nose is nice and roasty. Some dark fruit sweetness there as well. A dash of licorice, tobacco, and faint hop spice round it out.

Mild roasted malt presence up front. Hint of cardboard. A bit earthy with a mineral edge. Some chocolate mid-palate. Roasted coffee bitterness takes over into a creamy finish. Not bad. Moderate body with a lively feel up front. Maybe a little thin for my liking, but it sure goes down easy.

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Photo of jakea
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoshuaMabry
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pheggeseth
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark blackish brown, two finger tan head
S: faint roasted malt mixed with glue, weird
T: nice roasted malt that continues to the end, very chocolaty middle, everything not very pronounced, but tastey
M: pretty smooth, but a little thin, clean taste
D: minus weird smell, pretty tasty, still the bast effort I've tasted from Shiner

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Photo of MicTar
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devinoconnor
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a Shiner sampler pack. Although Shiner beers on BA don't get much respect, I''ve always thought their beers are enjoyable.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a little head.

Smells is smooth, rich with malts and coffee and toffee flavors. Taste is much like the smell. A tad bitter on the end.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with dark brown hues around the edges. A fizzy thin head tops it off. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with a hint of coffee roast. Mild, earthy hops are in there.

The taste is of sweet chocolate and anise with mild coffee-like roast. A touch of hops is enough to balance thesweetness in the finish. The initial taste is very good; unfortunately it seems to die off, but holds up there enough to give it the higher of two scores I had in mind.

The carbonation makes this somewhat fizzy. The fizz calms down, but not much flavor lingers. It's not too thin. Easy enough to drink if you can get past the initial soda-like fizz.

This is a black lager with a good taste (that ends pretty abruptly). This is a "nice enough to enjoy" lager with nice "black" notes.

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Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Coffee-colored, pours like a Coke, quick 2 finger head with exits with a thin foam on top of the lager. When held to the light it is far from black, I can see all the way through it.

S - Smells like a coffee lager, a bit like a Yuengling Black and Tan. No hop smell present.

T - Really good. The best thing about this beer. A lot of roasty malts up front. As it warms some sweeter caramel maybe fake cherry tones.

M - Light, not a bad light. This beer had such a nice strong flavor to it I had to be careful not to rate it comparing it to stouts. It is a black lager. I initially thought it felt watery, but I believe that was just because the amount of flavor I tasted Is more often found in stouts.

O - I really like it. It is a bit undercarbonated for a black lager, it tastes a bit like a watered-down stout which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's delicious and I like it better than most. a Solid B+.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 1,474 ratings
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