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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

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

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Reviews: 529 | Ratings: 1,459
Photo of Adamthome1
3/5  rDev -13%
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 lionking
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle to try.

Appearance. Poured a one finger head. Reddish black color in the glass.

Smell. Smell was of cooked grains

Taste. Tasted the dark malt and bitter chocalate.

Mouthfeel. Mouthfeel was crisp. A little lighter in the mouth than a lot of craft porters. I suppose these schwarzbiers are pretty similar to a bottom fermented porter (if that is a true style), a la Yuengling.

Drinability. Drinkability was high for this beer. I would pick it up again.

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Photo of unionturf
1.56/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Picked up a sixer and looked forward to another fine brew from Shiner. This beer poured dark with little head and minimal lacing. Smell was good but but had something I could not put my finger on. Taste was not good at all for me, had a after taste like someone soaked a dirty sock in it or something, had a hard time finishing the glass.

In case my taste buds were having a bad night I tried another a few nights later, no better. I ended up pouring the rest of the bottle down the drain and giving the rest to a friend.

Never could put my finger on what the taste was and maybe I had a bad batch but no thanks on this one.

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Photo of mdunman
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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 MrDonQuixote
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass:

A- Beautiful jet black color with not much of a head, and what head there is, dissipates quickly

S- Smells of chocolate and malt

T- Very mild taste, slightly malty, with a nice coffee finish

M- Smoothish with a bit of carbonation

O- At one point early in my beer education this was one of my favorite beers (as I am from Texas). At this point, it is still enjoyable, but not nearly one of my favorites

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from Shiner sampler.

Nice cola like appearance. Dark, with some clarity.

Smells good. Toasty and malty with hops in there.

Malty, bready. Touch of hops. Taste of brew.

A bit carbonated and stingy. Smooth finish.

This beer taste good and has a nice appearance. Like most things from Shiner, nothing fancy, just a solid beer for those who enjoy a bit of darkness. Not bad at all. Highly recommend the Shiner sampler, as it has some good beers. Was very surprised by the overall goodness and qualtiy. Too bad their staple beer is their shittiest.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
1.98/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alright, new beer at my local store...

Pours dark cola colored with a three finger head that leaves virtually no lacing.

Smells of sour dough. not very good first impression.

Taste is of roasted malts with notes of sour harshness that does not suit any beer.

Mouthfeel is thin, very thin.

Ultimately this beer seriously lacks in flavor and what little it does have does not make me want to fish it out of the drain. This is a big disappointment for me, which is a pity as I usually love the style.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I hated Bock Beer.. funny how age changes one's perspective and taste buds... Shiner Black Lager is quite a decent entry.. not quite as good as Dundee Stout which I reviewed yesterday. Shiners has semi-sweet Chocolate and cocoa overtones,very Dark in colour.. almost Emo Black..
Thank you, Shiner.. Your Black Lager is helping me appreciate a dark beer which I wouldn't have touched in year's past.

~Carry on Citizens!!!~

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Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of NefariousR
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown with some hints of ruby. Light tan head that doesn't stay around too long.

S - Sweet, with a bit of nuttiness and just a hint of roast.

T - Malt, only a little roast in the aftertaste.

M - Fairly thin, just a bit of carbonation.

D - Alright, but certainly nothing special. However, it is drinkable and refreshing enough that it makes a solid session beer or something to have on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of CHL
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is very easy on the eyes. Shiner's black and silver bottles are very cool looking, and the beer's deep color is just right, with red light shining though. Unfortunately, it's not a great Schwarzbier.

The malt falls flat. The first hint of this is in the smell--it doesn't smell much different than any lager.

The taste is similarly weak. Barley, hops, and not much malt to malt to speak of; perhaps a vague roasted nutty/coffee bitterness. If it weren't for the color, I would be surprised that it was a Schwarzbier. It leaves an indeterminate sort of grittiness or metallic feel in the mouth.

With the weak flavor and robust carbonation, it's extremely drinkable. My companion who hates malt taste says she could drink several of these in an evening.

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

Texas aint no nuffin about Ales, but Shiner sure knows its Lagers. This brewery does a lot of creative things with Lagers, and they need to keep it up. Back from retirement, and a new label design, Shiner 97... all the things you despise in a lager, plus all the things you love in an ale. Certainly worth trying. They got this one right.

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Photo of ruleof72
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark red/molasses color with thick head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is of roasted maly, chocolate and a hint of fruit
Taste is a bit burnt to me, with some fruity sweetness and hoppy undertones
Mouthfeel is good, carbonation and body are on the medium side
This a decent drinkable beer, the taste is a bit off for me but overall not bad

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Photo of kevman527
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer from my Shiner mix pack.

Dark black, no light through. A little bit of head, like the rest of the Shiner Beers, quickly dissipated. Smell is of faint roasted coffee beans. The taste is clean with coffee and a little sweetness, perhaps molasses. Very smooth, low carbonation. Drinks like a light stout. Next to the hefeweizen this would be my next favorite Shiner beer.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - pitch black with a 3 inch off-white head which goes away rather quickly. minimal lacing

S - roasted malts, chocolate, slight caramel, slight hops

T - burst of chocolate up front followed by caramel and roasted malts. slight hop note at the end. light on flavor

M - medium bodied, good carb

Overall - not worth your time or money, you could do much better for the same style beer at the same price. this is at least drinkable though.

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Photo of Landfill21
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this boehemian lager and poured into my pint glass. Pours dark black with a finger head and disappears to barely noticeable head as you drink.

Smells nutty, some hints of caramel and trace of chocolate.

Has a smooth taste, can taste notes of chocolate, nuts and some fruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, pretty thick beer. Thus the drinkability is limited.

Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of m_hall
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass yielded a 1-finger tan head that quickly fell to a film at the surface. No lacing to speak of beyond a few specks here and there on the glass. Color is a deep clear cola-brown.

Nose is yeasty and bread-y. Not as much hops as one would expect from a lager.

Flavors were dominated by toasted coffee-like malt, with a trace of bread and some nutty notes. Some subtle hops near the end. Finish is on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, quite carbonated, one of the more traditionally lager-ish aspects of the beer.

Overall, a solid if not spectacular beer, this could be an interesting alternative to traditional lagers, refreshing but more substantial than what many may be used to in the style.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark dark amber with hues of red. It appears almost black until you hold it up to the light and you see the red. Had a 1 finger thick tan head.

S: Light sweet roasted malts with a slight hint of coffee but not much. Quite predominate smokey characteristics play a part throughout the smell.

T: First thing I get is some light, almost watery, roasted malts. Not much hoppiness going on but there is enough to balance out the maltiness. I get some light hints of roasted coffee and some burnt notes.

M: Very much on the lighter side and would seem a little bit watery but that seems to be what they were shooting for with the style. Relatively high carbonation.

D: A light and refreshing beer with average abv make this one pretty drinkable. I could definitely drink this one all night.

Notes: Overall quite refreshing and light. I think it makes a great alternative to heavier stouts/porters and I like it much better than say something like a light lager. It maintains some complexity and depth of flavor while still being quite drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of lawman834
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark with a slight red hue when held to the light. Decent head that stuck around for a bit, but not not as long as it should. not much to smell. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, a little nutty and a hit of cocoa. Its a little thin and light for a black, but it has a little more complexity than most shiner offerings (which we have plenty of around here). Really quite drinkable.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of Shiner's better beers. Malty, roasted wheat, alcohol taste right away and throughout the drink. Dark brown like Coke with a thick, light tan head. Flavors overshadow the hoppiness, but there are some hops there. Good carbonation, average smoothness and thickness. Great beer.

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Photo of TYE
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours mostly black with an off white thick foam head. I got about two fingers worth, but it dissipated to only a covering, quickly. No lace.
S - Aroma is light with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and a hay-like smell.
T - Also light tasting. A slight hint of roasted nut, followed by a slight bittery hop bite. Flavor disappears quickly once swallowed.
M - Medium carbonation. Slight bite at back of tongue, also slightly sour on the sides. Medium body and pretty smooth.
D - It's nice because of the clean taste, but I wish it had more punch. The flavors are good, but hidden. Like a shy but pretty girl, this one could be a knockout if it would come out of the shadows.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice dark color with a go head, a nice nutty chocolate aroma, taste is the same with a hint of coffee, which I don't like or drink. So for me this isn't something I would seek out, but was drinkable. good feel, not watery or to thick

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown-ruby colored body which would appear as black in low lighting with a tan-brown 1.5inch head which dwindles down to a thin layer of foam. Smells of smokey dark chocolate and a toffee-like sweetness. Tastes of dark chocolate, subtle hints of coffee and smoke, then a hoppy kick. Unfortunately the beer finishes with a carbonated-water like taste and feel which really kind of ends up making the beer feel thin. Overall, this is a good beer, but that strange CO2 water feel at the end has to knock back the score.

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Photo of jubnat
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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 dali27
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color of Coke. Head is light tan and dissipates very quickly down to nothing.

S: Aroma is grainy, malty, sweet caramel and slight hops.

T: Taste is pretty balanced between really light malts and really light noble hops. I appreciate the saaz, however slight, in this dark beer. Towards the end of glass, beer became quite flat (points off for this.)

M: Light bodied with good amount of carbonation at first. Later it's light and watery.

O: I thought this to be a pretty good beer to drink. The combination of lightness with characteristics of a dark brew seem to make this one something to enjoy in the heat of the summer.

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Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,459 ratings.
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