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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,470
Reviews:
535
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
234
For Trade:
2
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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

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

Photo of Harrison8
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki-colored head. Certainly a light stout look to it. Lacing is totally absent. Aroma is malty, with specific notes of toasted, and bread malts. Oatmeal shows up as well. Flavor is a blend of flavors, or more so, a mashing of various flavors making it difficult to sift through. It certainly has a "dark" taste, with notes of toasted malts, oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. Mouth feel is thin, and watery. It does have some carbonation harshness to it. Overall, it's a fine beer. It always feels goofy drinking something that looks so hearty, but feels and tastes so light. Still, it's an easy drinker.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of singletary
4.39/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a nice dark brown with a good head that really hangs around. Smell is of roasted malts and the taste is of roasted malts with a bit of coffee at the end. mouthful is full and refreshing and not heavy for a dark beer. Overall a awesome beer. I had it in a Shiner family pack but would buy this on it's own.

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Photo of crow
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavidRolle
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first time I had this black lager I wasn't too hot with it but had it a second time a couple weeks ago and I think this beer requires a couple times of drinking it to actually like it. I paired it with smoked sausage and actually pairs really well. Love the roasty and dark flavor in this beer.

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

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

schwarzbier

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Photo of aprabhu
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with some ruby at the edges. Three fingers of five minute tan head. Some minor fine bubble lace.
Smell is roasted malts with a hint of coffee.
Taste is roasted or dark malts with a good balance of malts and hops. Slight coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly drying with minor bitter ending.
Overall a well made beer. First time I've tried it. From a Shiner family reunion six pack.

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Photo of Zylod
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Photo of Jakeonaplane
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3/5  rDev -13%
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 duckhunter
4.47/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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