Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Blueye80
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was o.k. but nothing to write home about. at first it poured great but the head was completely gone before I could even get to my first drink. The light flavor definitely did not match the very dark color. In fact it had a slightly watered-down taste.

It is a dark beer that is easy to drink similar to that of a light beer.

I probably would not buy this beer again because I am not a big fan of light tasting beers.

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Photo of charlzm
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 07/20/08.

Pours from the bottle a clear dark brown. Appearance in the glass is almost soda-like, with both a thin tan head of medium sized bubbles and many bubbles clinging to the insides of the glass. Also like a soda, lots of bubbles rising to the surface of this brew.

Aroma is slightly metallic with notes of sweet dark malts. Not very pleasing to the nose.

Mouthfeel is a little thick. Flavor is simple maltiness: sourdough bread. Some nuts as well. Slightly sweet and dry. No bitterness or other hop flavors I could detect. Slightest hint of the metallic odor present in flavor as well. Metallic transforms to sour as time passes. Despite all the bubbles visible, the mouthfeel is a bit on the still side.

Overall, a drinkable brew, but not a go-to.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light black (if possible) body with minimal head and a little lacing. Some roasted and sweet malt smells are very minor and not much hops at all. Light bodied with little sweet or roasted malt presence and very little hops but has a little bit of dry crispness in the backend. Goes down easy and is a very simple, rather not much taste at all, but still easy to drink beer and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of jubnat
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this in a sample pack at my local wine cellar. Hadn't seen it before so I thought I'd give it a try.
Pours dark brown with I slight ruby tint. Not much aroma.
Has the typical "dark" taste of its color, but I can't seem to discern much else about it. Sort of toasty with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Feels thinner than it looks like it should, which is not bad, but it has too much carbonation. Too much tingle on the tongue. Not impressed with this. Though I do enjoy their hefeweizen.
Not a bad beer, but I've got too many other good beers to try out to bother with this one again.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Situation: Another week, another pipe burst in thee house...literally...
Glassware: pilsner...
Appearance: wnderfully dense purple-black body; brown head cools to a generous half-finger height....
Aroma: lager yeasts are undeniable with a fresh breath of mellow malts--appealing....
Palate: mellow, stoutlike body that flies through the teeth and dips down the throat--evasive, and subtle, if not a bit oily...
Taste: the least hint of smoke ushers in a flattened soda...
Overall: A conflicting experience--the beer is an easy drinker but leaves an unimpressive profile; presents well, but can best be filed under mediocre...

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Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden brown rather than black in the glass. The head comes up a dark beige but does not last too well. The body is best described as watery.

A slight sweetness on the lips. A hint of walnuts but not much malty taste. Some scorched oatmeal and flax seed flavors. Rather dry and dirty after some sipping. Inoffensive but it could certainly use a touch of crispness. Kind of a drier version of the Shiner Bock.

This just seems to be barely more interesting than any flabby lager. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Pinkie's in San Angelo.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours ½ finger of light tan head. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Roasted malts, smoke, bacon, and grassy hops.

Taste: More bacon flavors up front with some roasted malts following. Has some chocolate, grassy hips, caramel, and smoke as well.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and dry. Light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, I like the smoke flavors. Good for a lager, but way too much carbonation really throwing this beer off. Somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good head on the pour with sticky lace, almost totally black. Good start. Smelled appetizing. Sweet malt with a porter note and even a coffee component. Mouth seemed a little off, like a hole, it finished like weak porter but the back end made up for weaknesses. *shrug* Taste was, like a weak porter. Caramel and coffee were not too strong and there was a slight winey note with hops attached, but otherwise, I was thinking Yuengling Black and Tan when I had this. Okay.

Well, not for me, but a good starter to darker beers. I think the SA Dark Lager would be a better, more rounded choice, but this one was okay.

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Photo of cokes
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours to a black-imitating garnet-brown with a modest stained ivory head that whittles to a thin collar relatively quickly.
Roasted grain nose with sweeter nuances of raisins. There is an overriding talc-like astringency which renders everything else basically moot.
It rolls into the mouth with grains, both toasted and burnt. A week coffee impression develops in the wake. Sweetness seeps out, with tiny nods towards chocolate and grape. Then it flatlines, as the meager flavors dissipate even further.
Lightish in feel, especially initially. Once the carbonation dies, it seems to thicken some.
It's not outright terrible, as the basis of the schwazbier style can be recognized, but it's too frail and flawed to recommend.

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Photo of tmm313
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearanace: Black with a slight red tint. Poured a nice two finger head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: Faint caramel, dark fruits and chocolate.

Taste: Flavors are really light. Malty. Some dark fruits with just a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation. Maybe a hint of dark chocolate bitterness on the finish.

Overall: I tried this again because I loved it when I first got into craft.... I don't anymore. Its ok, don't get me wrong, and I could drink it all day long if it were the only thing available. But now as a fan of bigger beers, this just doesn't cut it anymore. Everything is just too light. On a more positive note, I still think its one of the best looking bottles in the business.

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Photo of bboven
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Jet black with absolutely no head or lacing. Looks like flat cola.

Lots of roasted barley in the aroma. Not a lot of complexity, but what is supposed to be there is, and very strongly.

Again, huge roasted barley, almost like you're chewing on a mouthful of the stuff. Seems like they really want to showcase it, but it's a little too strong.

Thin, and surprisingly much too highly carbonated.

A bit too one-dimensional and strong in roasted flavor, not the best example of the style in the world. The price is nice though, being about $3 CHEAPER THAN THE Sam Adams equivalent. If you want to know without a doubt what roasted barley tastes like, buy this beer.

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Photo of gandres
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: black, tan head that disappears quickly
A: Nose: slight malty nutty aroma,
Taste: light bitterness
MF: medium body, fizzy
OA: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 28, 2016

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Continuing on in the Shiner variety six-pack is the Black Lager which I poured into a Guinness pint glass. It was a nice dark bottle brown with garnet highlights topped by a vanishing 1 finger beige head that did not produce any lacing. By the time the glass was near empty, not a single bubble could be found.

The smell was very light of burnt sugar and roasted grains. Very faint nose and really had to work to get at the smell.

Flavors were again very light of mild roasted malts and maybe some burnt pan drippings.

The mouthfeel was light and very drinkable with a bit of a hoppy toasted bite.

The color is deceiving, I see this attractive dark beer and expect so much more flavor. I'm not sure I can call it a defect. If this were marketed as a dark 'light beer' I'd probably consider it awesome when compared to MGD or BL in the same class. But expecting a bigger beer makes me underwhelmed.

It is very drinkable with a quick finish. In many ways I find the Shiner lineup to be the same. All I've tried are light, drinkable, and quick finishing. Great for warm Texas weather. So, disregard the numbers I assign because it is all about reference points.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: translucent black/brown body; headless

s: some light coffee; sweeter syrupy malts; hay; little bit of chocolate

t: light chocolate; coffee; very mild

m: watery with high carbonation

i love the aesthetic but this beer was a bit of a dissapointment

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Photo of Gmann
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cola like brown color with a moderate sized bubble khaki head that settles into a solid ring.

The aroma is sweet mostly from a grainy scent. There is some steely caramel notes; fairly strong metallic aroma. No real roast aroma.

The taste is quite grainy and seems to have an adjunct type flavor. There is a slight chalky roast flavor in the finish but other than that you would think that this is a macro lager. Some caramel sweetness. On par with the Guinness black lager.

The beer has a light body with fizzy carbonation. It drinks very easy and the slight roast bitterness doesn't impede the drinkability. Nice balance on the palate for a brew that you can pound back.

The beer doesn't taste bad but really not much of a schwarzbier. An introduction to what roasted malt tastes like.

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Photo of illidurit
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Dark clear umber with mahogany highlights. Decent sized tan head that fizzles a little too quickly. Aroma is quite solid actually, lightly roasted malts and some chocolate and cream notes. Not very robust but a nice nose. Flavor is watered down coffee with a mineral finish. Like when you're at a tasting and you just had a stout in your glass and you pour some water in there to wash the residue away and when you drink the water you're drinking Shiner Black Lager. Pass on this one.

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Photo of claspada
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Typical black body and dark cream/light tan head.

The nose expressed deeply caramelish and dark roasted malts with a hint of molasses and some burnt sugar.

The tastes begin with mild dark caramelish maltiness wrapped around a bit of roasty bittersweet chocolate. It's moderately bitter, and dry in the finish with a flicker of dark malt acidity. Hops are relegated to far, far background status.

In the mouth it was medium-light, and fairly bubbly - not exactly what I'd expect of a schwarzbier, but at the same time not off by too much.

Overall, it's a fairly well-balanced and rounded dark lager that's okay but not memorable or revisitiable by any means.

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Photo of ordybill
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a decent hop aroma.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a small tannish head.
Taste- Has a nice coffee, malt and oat flavor.
Palate- Alight bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a fairly dry finish.
Overall- An average Schwarzbier, I really love Spoetzl Brewing but this one didn't drive me crazy.

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Photo of KYGunner
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose holds many of the the qualities of a bock beer with a smoky, caramel malt, grain, barley and carbonative aroma. The flavor is a bit sweet with a toffee maltiness, barley, grain and light chocolate malt. It just tastes cheap and detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-Looks black but when held up to the light looks kinda amberish. One inch off brown head. Minimal lacing.

Smell-Grain and Grass with some light malts. A light coffee note creeping through.

Taste-Similar to aroma. Light malts, fairly sweet with a light bitter sweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with not too much carbonation. Nice and creamy texture with a clean finish.

Overall-Another Spoetzl beer another just generic tasting beer, nothing crazy here. Next beer please.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad for the style. This is not a style I drink very often, but this was surprisingly light bodied and easy to drink on a hot afternoon. Still not great, but good.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average beer. I am a fan of the easy drinkability of Shiner Boch and I love dark beers so I figured this would be a perfect fit.

I found it to be pretty average across the board, nothing stood out to me as exceptional for the category. It had a nice aroma of toffee and liquorish and delivered an expected taste and mouthfeel.

There are only a handful of beers I think taste better from the bottle and this is one of them. Try pouring in a glass first and then try straight from the bottle and see if you think the flavor is better.

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Photo of AmberMan22
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I enjoy a good black lager, so despite previously disappointing run-ins with Shiner, I was looking forward to this 'Bohemian Black Lager' from my variety six-pack. (Kudos to Shiner for putting their own mix-a-six on the shelves).

The very first impression is not good. The bubbles come out big and fizzy, and despite a mid-pour effort of stimulate some retained head, the entire crown is gone in 20 seconds. What is left appears to the eye to be black tea. Clearly darker than a brown ale, yet still with all-around opacity.

The nose is the highlight of this brew. While unorthodox, Shiner steps out on a limb and comes up with something interesting. The smell is lightly of molasses, a rich syrup and a bit of milk-chocolatey sweetness. It looks and smells like I would enjoy this on a waffle, but that leads me to mouthfeel (we'll get back to taste once it warms up more).

It is far from syrupy. It is far from full, even medium-bodied. This carries the weight of a Euro Dark Lager. Given the Bohemian title, I might accept it, but it's not what I look for in a dark beer. The dearth of carbonation and heft leave me unimpressed.

The taste remains interesting due to the almost maple-y caramel malt, and an ever-so-faint smokiness. Realistically I want a bit more darker, roasty chocolate malt out of a schwarzbier. I could do for a skosh more smoky flavor as well.

Overall Shiner produces something slightly different. A Bohemian take on a dark beer seems to be an appropriate label for this beer. It's worth a try, but I'm not sure it's worth another with other so many other great schwarzbiers available.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Decently carbonated black with nice head. Maybe I'm a little blocked up right now but no smell at all. Almost tastes like a malt soda lol. Tons of carbonation but smooth and tasty.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a tall, firm khaki head. Aroma is mild dark malts, faint roast or black patent. There's a faint soapy element that I'm not pleased with.

Taste is a mild roast malt, fairly bitter. Maybe some black patent or chocolate malts, not a lot of discernable hops. Flavor is a lot like cold coffee without milk, nothing exotic or premium, just average joe. More mild malty sweetness, mild caramel elements and chocolate malt emerge as it warms slightly.

Mouthfeel is thin but clean. A good effort but rather lacking in depth. I liked this better toward the end of the glass than I did at the start.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.44 out of 5 based on 1,453 ratings.
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