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 Odelay3126
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely smooth and easy to drink. Beautiful black color poured out of a very bottle. Perfect for the beer drinker who wants to endugle in a black lager with a nice amount of malt with no bitter aftertaste. A little thin and the aroma could be a bit richer.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black (of course) with a tan head. Well composed of medium bubbles, it degrades to a clumpy, multi-shaded thick film. Odd the inconsistent color. Scattered lace.
Smell is smoky, strong burnt toast and light malt with a hint of floral.
Taste is burnt malt, char, smoke, a wee hint of vanilla maybe. Heavily biased to the burnt.
This is a style I really like though I'm not a big lager drinker. Sadly, the execution here is less than stellar. Medium-light body, light carbonation. Nothing special here.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown colored brew with a two finger cream colored head. The head had a moderate retention, eventually fading to give a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was light overall and consisted mostly of roasted malt and some light notes of coffee. There is some light caramel sweetness as well as some more earthy hoppy aromas the blend with the rest.

Taste – The taste starts out of with roasted malt and a lighter caramel sweetness. These flavors remain relatively constant throughout the taste with some other more subtle flavors coming and going. In the middle some coffee notes enter the taste. The coffee then leaves while some herbal and grassy hop flavor combined with the roasted and malty flavors as well as some lighter chocolate notes to round out the taste.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is average in creaminess and carbonation. More body and a little bit less carbonation would have been nice for the roastier and darker nature of the beer. With this said, the lighter body and medium carbonation did make it more sessionable.

Overall – Like most Shiners it is rather easy to drink and makes a decent session, but it is really nothing to pine for.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Shiner's Family Reunion pack, but available in 6 packs as an alternative. Bohemian Black Lager is brewed in the style of a Schwarzbier. According to the label, "This handcrafted Bohemian black beauty is brewed with select roasted malts and imported hops. This rare and delicious style of beer is referred to in Germany as a "Schwarzbier", or black beer. Here in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070), we've been handcrafting beer since 1909. The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continued to inspire our efforts today. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and select roasted malts make this "scwarzbier" our darkest brew yet. Prosit!"

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Shiner Pint Glass. Served at 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin, light tan head that recedes at an average pace, settling within a minute to a thin surface cover. Body color is a dark brown with deep ruby tones. Light carbonation overall. A decent appearance, although head quality is lacking. 3

(Smell) Aroma consists of heavy dark caramel and light black malt. Mild hoppy characters provide a subtle bitterness. A bit of booze is evident in the medium potency. 3.5

(Taste) Highly drinkable dark beer with a thin, mildly malted profile and a subtle bitterness to round it all out. Mild caramel and light roasted barley makes this one of the lightest Schwarzbiers I have had to date, but not overly so. The body runs a bit watery and thin at points making the beer quite quaffable. Hop profile provides some bitterness, but little flavor otherwise. Despite being one of Shiner's better choices, there's still not a lot fantastic about this beer and its fairly simple, as usual for Spoetzl brews, although the flavor is overall enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Thin, slick profile with faint carbonation and a low bitterness. Body is light for the style amongst Schwarzbiers and light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is light-medium. Pretty good pairing with a fair carbonation level. 4

(Overall) One of the better beers that Shiner has made, and not just because it's a dark beer. This goes for very drinkable with a light, but balanced malt and hop profile and a mild but approachable carbonation to pair makes for several of these in a row without blowing out the palate. I wouldn't mind another of these in the future should the price be right. A pretty good choice should you like Schwarzbiers. 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Bohemian Black Lager

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with dark brown hues around the edges. A fizzy thin head tops it off. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with a hint of coffee roast. Mild, earthy hops are in there.

The taste is of sweet chocolate and anise with mild coffee-like roast. A touch of hops is enough to balance thesweetness in the finish. The initial taste is very good; unfortunately it seems to die off, but holds up there enough to give it the higher of two scores I had in mind.

The carbonation makes this somewhat fizzy. The fizz calms down, but not much flavor lingers. It's not too thin. Easy enough to drink if you can get past the initial soda-like fizz.

This is a black lager with a good taste (that ends pretty abruptly). This is a "nice enough to enjoy" lager with nice "black" notes.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of raznug
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a black color just like the name suggest and is topped with an off white colored head that lingers quite a little bit.
Smell: A slight roasted aroma is the first smell that my nose gets a hold of but there is a slight sweetness in the background that I am curious about.
Taste: The malt backbone in this beer is dominate compared to the rest of the beer. That isn’t the only thing that I taste but there isn’t much else to the beer other than that flavor.
Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side compared to the rest of most black lagers but a good beer none the less.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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