Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager
1,472 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,472 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent head that fades way too quickly. Has a dark brown color.

Smell is of faint faint faint malts. I detect little roasted character at all and little chocolate malt. What happened to the smell?

Taste is pretty lackluster. The malts are sweet with the chocolate, but the roasted characteristic is really masked. This beer is easy to drink, but it lacks on any real complexity and is pretty uninteresting.

Not a bad mouthfeel. A little dry and a little too carbonated.

Easy to drink, but very uninteresting.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of indiapaleale
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let the Spoetzl fest continue...

Pours a deep, dark brown to mahogany in color with a half inch of bubbly head.

Aroma reminds me of soggy cereal, brown bread, caramel and coffee grounds.

Flavor is rich, roasty and definitely a fair share of dark roasted malt. Lots of bready flavors mixed with dark roast coffee, burnt toast and brown sugar.

Decent brew. Spoetzl kind of confuses me. Are they going for utmost quality or do they just sort of wing. Some of their stuff reminds me of Saranac when it comes to quality.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
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 abex44
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of scootercrabb
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of younger35
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass at about 40 degrees. This is my first experience with this type of beer and was pretty excited to try it.

Appearance- Poored a lightish brown/very darkish amber. Has a very nice dark amber outline. Can still still light through the beer. Very little lacing.
Smell- Has a nice sour malty smell. Lightly roasted malts show nicely with maybe a slight hop backround.
Taste- A lot lighter than expected. A very light roasted malt flavor is the first thing that hits me. Slightly smokey and dry with very slight hop bitterness. Finishes quite dry and a almost sour (pleasent) on the back of the tongue. No noticable alcohol undertones.
Mouthfeel- Light carbonation and a very watery feel. Very little body.
Drinkability- Overall a pretty decent change of pace. I really like the very slight smokey flavor. Pretty nice.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out like a cola, dark some what see thru body with a big bubbly head that settles real quick. leaves some lacing. smell consists of grains and a slight roasted scent. taste is a little more exciting. roasted malts come thru leaving a weak coffee flavor in the background. mouthfeel is real thin and watery. lots of carbonation. overall this was a decent attempt at the style but could use bolder flavors to grab your attention.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap. Possibly a "06 2014" bottled on date? Poured into a Stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, Dark brown with 1 finger of head. This beer looks stunning in the sunlight with vibrant maroon tones at the bottom of the glass

Smell: Light toasted malts and slight floral note

Taste: The toasted malt note from the aroma comes up front with roast flavor building until the finish which is semi dry with some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with the finish preventing it from being too creamy

Overall: Its been a while since I last enjoyed this beer and it still is as enjoyable as I remember. This is a great beer when you want a dark beer with roasted notes without being too heavy. This is also a great alternative to those not wanting a nitro Guinness since it offers a similar dryness. As long as you don't go in expecting a full-bodied porter or stout, this is a great beer that I would love to pair with some oysters or smoked cheese.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 2/2/2008 (Draft at Boondoggle's, Seabrook, TX):

Pours a black, dark brown colored body, with a big creamy, cream colored head, that is somewhat diminishing. Has a malty nutty taste, not very strong. Watery dusty taste, some malts. More bocky taste than stout. Nutty. Somewhat fruity taste, like cherries. Tasty.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Lemke10
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a dark brown color with a beige colored head. The aroma has some sweet malts to it, but that’s about it. The taste is simple and perhaps weaker than expected. There is a taste of chocolate and roasted malts but it is weak. Overall this is a very sweet, easy drinking taste that is smooth refreshing. Could use a little more boldness, but that’s just me.

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Photo of NYR_Rob
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of rowew
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: This has been repackaged and released again - it appears to be a part of their normal lineup now. Label looks great - old school design with black and silver, but there is no date information on it.

Appearance: Pours as advertised - black, with just a thin head.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt, no roasted aromas though. There is just a bit of diacetyl in there that takes away from it.

Taste: The butterscotch comes through in the flavor too, unfortunately. Medium to light in body, leaves a dry finish. A bit of caramel and malt sweetness.

Overall impression: Not bad - drinkable, but not nearly my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
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 mmilyko
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. It looks black inside, but out on my covered porch it's more of a deep mahogany shade. A thick skim of foam lingers impressively, but doesn't leave a whole lot in the way of lacing.

Clean roasty nose with a light dusting of cocoa. A crisp drinker with very light chocolate sweetness and a bit of lingering raisin. It's mainly dry, grainy, roasty and quite quaffable. Nice dry finish. A simple, but enjoyable beer that goes down with ease.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 1,472 ratings
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