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

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Added by Todd on 09-02-2006

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -5.8%

Photo of hoosier222002
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of browniewithnuts
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma of dark malts that is moderately nutty and mildly chocolatey. Dark malty taste that is watery with a nutty aftertaste at the end. Maybe some coffee. Mild hoppy bitterness. Not a bad beer and definitely drinkable. One of Shiner's better offerings.

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Photo of donspublic
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Tuck_leepulin
4.14/5  rDev +20%

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 Stoffel
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Lemke10
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -5.8%

Photo of rowew
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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 scootercrabb
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of PDXHops
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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 M_C_Hampton
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FrankShirley
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a guinness pint glass

A- Partially see through black with red tints. A one and a half finger of an off white foamy head, poor retention.

S- A good balance of light bitterness and a refreshing roasted malt profile. A good bit of caramel with a touch of dark fruit flavors.

T- A surprisingly light taste. A bit of roasted malts. Some basic grainy tastes. A touch of caramel and a light smokiness. An underwhelming taste but remains refreshing.

M- An easy drinker. Good carbonation, a pleasant aftertaste.

O- This is decent enough, probably one of my preferred Shiner offerings. Far from anything special however.

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Photo of instinct2
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kemoarps
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep (just a bit darker than) coca cola (almost) black. minimal head/lacing.

The nose is almost sweet, with a caramel malt tinge to it, almost smokey, though I wouldn't quite describe it as such.

Has a sweet burnt caramel tinge to it, with the hops coming in at the very finish. They are by no means overwhelming.

small (not light, small as opposed to round robust) carbonation and a smoothe-enough finish, leaves one satisfied, but not necessarily clambering to find another one.

Came in a Shiner family pack; all in all it was decent. Not one that I would ever go out of my way to pick up, but not an UNenjoyable experience.

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Photo of PGVG
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of kkmiller76
3/5  rDev -13%

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.45 out of 5 based on 1,469 ratings.
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