Bohemian Black Lager | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.44/5
1,471 Ratings
Bohemian Black LagerBohemian Black Lager
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-02-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,664
Reviews:
535
Ratings:
1,471
pDev:
14.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
235
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,471 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of joegallows
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 singletary
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DavidRolle
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
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 +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of s4s
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

schwarzbier

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

Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lifit
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jakeonaplane
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 duckhunter
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of forshamegetit
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful black color, just slightly lighter than a porter. The smell is malt with some caramel overtones. The flavor is pretty non-offensive, with malt, light hops, and a slightly Belgian-y aftertaste. Good but not great.

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Photo of Squire123
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with gold highlights, khaki light tan cap.

Aroma of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is smooth, almost mild, roasted malt up front. Mid palate chocolate notes appear with a bit of coffee at the finish. I believe these flavors were present from the beginning but build and become more noticeable by the finish. Just a bit of roast malt bitterness in the aftertaste. I don't really find hops at any point but Shiner beers are not highly hopped generally so their absence here is no surprise.

Texture is on the thin side of medium with just enough carbonation to notice.

A dark beer relying on roasted malt for flavor and that's pretty much the deal. Not a bad deal though, I can play these cards. These heavier flavors are easy to overplay but Shiner neatly keeps this one within the chalk boundary lines. I can say it works as a food brew, specifically with smoked kippers.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer with more taste than the bock offering by Shiner. Has a subtle coffee flavor but no aftertaste.

Was part of a variety pack, but I would buy a six-pack...give it a try

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Photo of plumberman63
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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 Whiskeydeez
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CratesRus
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bluesyasian
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bohemian Black Lager from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 1,471 ratings
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