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 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 Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ShucksBruh
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of bubseymour
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very lackluster appearance. Looks like a coke.

smells like burnt metallic water with some bready notes

Taste - Pretty good taste to it. Flavorful, some sweet notes with tad of hop crispness and well balanced. Very sessionable

Mouthfeel - full bodied for a beer under 5%

Overall - looks and smells weak but taste matters most and this beer tastes pretty darn good for a lager.

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Photo of khargro2
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of zildjian2800
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of schoun
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of fvoegtlin
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of SirPlunkett
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Daniel9913
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of rangerred
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear very dark brown with a small fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma is toasted malt and old coffee. No hops are present.

Taste is toasted malt with a tiny bit of a burnt acrid flavor. Really not much in the way of bitterness and there is a sweetness throughout. Some coffee flavors present.

Overall this is an ok brew from shiner but is pretty lackluster. There are better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of jaredseaman77
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of WastingFreetime
1.95/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Continuing my tasting of the Shiner variety six-pack...

A. Deep semi-opaque brown and one finger khaki head that lasts for about one minute, no lacing left behind.

S. Gentle sweet caramel malt and....that's it. Can't find any roasted or toasted malt aromas and that is a problem for this kind of beer. Hops are also missing from the picture.

T. Almost imperceptible amount of hop bittering on top of the flavor of weak roasted malts and some watered down coffee tones form the flavor profile of this brew. I'm not very impressed with this one, I've had much better than this.

M. An unpleasant sort of greasy oiliness rears its ugly head inside my mouth after each sip. Other than that, texture is on the thin side, but doesn't 'feel' quite as watery as the thinness of the flavor would have you expect.

I'll be avoiding this one in the future, I might as well have had a glass of coffee carafe rinsewater for the same effect.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

C: 3.5 - Filtered clear. Black. Very little light penetrates the glass. Under direct sunlight, it appears to be a very dark chocolate brown. Pours with about an inch of cream colored head, which dissipates over a few minutes.

S: 3.0 - Smoky malts. Lager hops.

T: 2.0 - Tastes very much like a light watered down stout. Starts flat and turns in the middle into strong roasted/coffee flavor and finishes with a strong hoppy bitterness, which lingers for a bit.

M: 2.0 - Watery. Medium Carbonation.

D: 1.0 - Not a very enjoyable beer. Lacks flavor, texture, body. Very poorly constructed.


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Photo of IdrinkGas
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of klmcmachen
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Jamstone714
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of y2jrock60
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark ruby red with a small off white head that leaves behind little lacing.

S- Mild roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate.

T- Bittersweet upfront with a highly roasted flavor on the finish. There is a mild bitterness that fades with the malt into a burnt and slightly smokey flavor at the end.

M- Light bodied with average carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable and refreshing.

This beer is pretty straight forward. A mild bittersweetness upfront and a roasted smokey finish. It's definitely not the best black lager or beer that Spoetzl makes, but it's not bad.

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Photo of LDemarais
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of danielisawinner
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of mattgreger
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bernardo06
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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