Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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1,471
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535
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
14.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,471 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: half finger head with poor retention on a very dark brwon body with some light getting through.

S: roasted malts, earthy hops, dark chocolate and toffee.

T: roasted malts and burnt toast up front. finish is mild coffee but not at all dry as I would expect. Fairly simple.

M: lighter body than expected. highly carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable but too carbonated. Flavor is simple and not at all memorable. Too bland for my tastes.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the metallic aroma I am getting is not too pleasant.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not as dark and roasty and complex as the more authentic beers in this style, but a plenty sessionable dark lager that is still at least a step better than say the chive beer that just came out. more red than black in color, especially in the light, with a short lived inch of tan foam. nose is lager yeast and sweeter amber malts, i dont get much bitter roasted barley on this at all. there is a little more in the flavor, but this is still an extremely light beer for a dark lager. that and the low abv make it drinkable enough, but it finishes a bit sweet and a bit metallic, a real tun off. passable but not special.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was givent to me by a co-worker who did a trade with someone from Texas. I poured it out into a Sam Adams pint glass. The color was very dark brown with a light tan color head on top. The head had a good retentions which was impressive to me. The smell of the beer gives of a pretty typical roasted aroma with some lager yeast aromas. The taste is a little chocolaty and with the lager bitterness in the aftettaste. The flavors are better as the beer warms up a little. The mouthfeel is a little creamy, no bite to this one at all. Overall I found it to be a pretty nice Black Lager.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of the Shiner variety pack. A rare style, but one of my personal favorites. Pours a nice dark red, almost black. Off-white head to it. Smell is nice and roasty. Taste is medium bodied, great mouthfeel and nice balance going down. Finishes clean and smooth with a bit of spiciness. Pretty impressed by this one, compared to others of this style it's definitely better than average. A nice drinker, this Shiner mixed pack is starting to look like a solid mix!

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: When viewed from afar, the beer appears black in color but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light it is clear very dark red and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan colored head and a large collar that rises up near the edges of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose with notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste very much follows the smell but also has some hints of cola-like sweetness and very faint amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied and thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily but seems to be too thin and a bit watery. It's not a bad choice if you are looking for something you can drink a lot of but has some roasty flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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 kojevergas
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average; I'm not confident Spoetzl is the brewery to pull off an amazing (or even average) black lager. Reviewed as a black lager because it identifies as such.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger head of khaki colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Fluffy complexion. No real lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes.

Body colour is a dark amber-black. No yeast particles are visible. Understated and rich, but I wouldn't call it vibrant given its darkness.

Overall, it's to style.

Sm: Dark malts, vague roast, syrupy caramel, sticky blackstrap molasses, raisin, fennel, and a bit of a vinous and/or herbal note. Not particularly appealing, but it's inoffensive. Definitely comes across as sticky and syrupy, though. Surprisingly, it does have a slight floral hop undertone.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. This one's almost all malts.

Not particularly looking forward to it; it's not alive or inviting. Certainly not a unique or special aroma.

T/Mf: Caramel heavy with plenty of molasses. Sticky and syrupy as a result. A buried hint of musty roast does little to satisfy my craving for roast. I do get a vague sense of licorice/fennel, accompanied by an unpleasant sugary sticky sweetness. There's also some of that nebulous vine/herb note I mentioned above. A highlight is its brief foray into mildly dark fruit notes, which yields a hint of grape and maybe dates. Some cola-esque sarsaparilla/sassafrass. A bit of chocolate malt is a nice addition here, but it gets buried by the other less interesting dark malts; we don't get any fine cocoa dust or rich dark chocolate at all. Any hopping is floral in character but generic, and minimal in its presence.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet, with a bit too much body for the lack of depth and diversity of flavour. Flaovur duration and intensity is average for the style. It's not carefully balanced, nor is it gestalt, but there's some cohesion here. It's got a focus and direction. Constructively, it really needs more roast, and I'd like to see the mouthfeel less syrupy and sticky. Overcarbonated in classic Spoetzl fashion; they're almost function like a glorified macrobrewery at this point. A bit too thick; it's got too heavy a presence on the palate. The texture is by no means custom-tailored to the taste, but it does a decent job I guess.

At least it's not harsh, biting, oily, gushed, or hot. But I can't emphasize enough that the stickiness and syrupy quality have got to go.

Dr: A generally drinkable black lager from Spoetzl, but it's not worth getting again - even at its modest price point. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I'll kill off the two bottles that came in the box without resentment. It's a tough style to really execute right, and Spoetzl's crowd-pleasing ambitions don't allow for a more refined attempt at a black lager. Overall, it's below average for the style, and I think we can anticipate seeing Spoetzl phase this one out over the next five years.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cola color with a moderate head that leaves a bit of lace around the glass

Smell: Rather sweet, with a modest aroma of chocolate and caramel

Taste: Like the aroma, this one is rather sweet, kind of on the milk chocolatey side; not much flavor development after the swallow; becomes watery on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What happened to the hops? Just to sweet and lacks complexity; easy to drink, however

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with hints of ruby. It had a two-finger, tan head that was fairly bubbly and left behind some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and a mossy/earthy quality.

T - The first sip had a coffee-like taste with a malty kick. It was rather bittersweet.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew. The coffee taste is unique.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, herbal, light pepper, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very good schwarzbier style. All around good robustness and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jsh420 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep brown with a light head and not much retention or lacing. Nose is crisp roasted malt with some light caramel and chocolate. Taste is roast with coffee and chocolate and some light earthy hops. Fairly light win good carbonation. Just like others I have had from them, this drinks well but doesn't pack much flavor.

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

A - One finger of very light brown foam on top of a brown-black body with amber highlights showing through. The foam fades away quickly and leaves behind some spotty lace.

S - Brown, malty aromas of caramel and toffee. Some light hops in the background.

T - Toffee and caramel malt flavors dominate the beer initially with a hint of herbal hops that grown in the middle. Notes of brown sugar and licorice with some light roasted notes. The beer finishes with dominant flavors of sweet caramel and light hop bitterness for balance.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a decent beer, but it is lacking in comparison to classic examples of this style. The roast character is a bit subdued with sweet caramel dominating the beer in a way that almost makes it seem more like a bock than a black schwarzbier. The sweet finish only serves to intensify this impression. Drinkable, but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle.

Poured a very dark brown color; clear; near black in the glass (snifter); moderately vigorous pour only produced a meager and short-lived head. A thin ring endures quite a bit longer.

The scent was of spicy hops and medium-dark roasted malts

Taste: a bit more sweet than bitter, until the aftertaste where the hops are more dominant and a hint of coffee appears. Rather limited toasted grains flavor. Overall, lighter on the dark malt component and higher on the hops than usual for style ... not that this is a "hoppy beer". 3.75

M: Medium-light bodied; crisp feel from moderate+ carbonation; light dryness in finish.

Overall: a decent beer; one of the best I've had from this brewer, although that's faint praise. Improves with some warming.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,471 ratings.
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