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Brewmaster's Black Lager | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Okanagan Spring Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
okspring.com

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique style of beer was introduced for all those who love their beer a little darker and a little bolder. Rich in colour & flavour, our Brewmaster’s Black Lager finishes crisp and clean.

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#21,746
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
74
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the 4 beer variety pack...

A- Black as night in color, but I can tell that it is very clear by looking towards the top of the brew. The head is decent, but nothing to write home about, being about a finger thick of tan colored foam, before settling rather quickly into a creamy layer over the brew. The lacing is decent, with a nice patchwork of shapes clinging to my glass, but do eventually slip back into the beer...overall nothing exciting to look at, but I've seen much worse too!

S- Very nice aromas happening here...lots of almost burnt toasty malt to smell up, along with pure unsweetened cocoa powder, and dare I say even some woodiness?!....there is a meaty character noted as well...that's the best thing I can come up with to describe it...mild beefy aroma I guess. There are hints of graininess and burnt earth noted as well. There is some mild hop bitterness contained as well, but nothing major.

T- There is some definite coffee flavor going on here, as well as bakers' chocolate, and some bittersweet molasses. Other than this, the flavors are made up of roasted, even slightly burnt barley malt, and there's just a tinge of herbal hop bitterness right at the end...not a bad tasting beer at all to be honest, but I don't think it could outdo other Schwarbiers.

M- This is clean and crisp, yet has some chewiness mixed in there as well, due to the more intense flavoring noted. The carbonation is refreshing I find, and really helps to let the burnt/toasty character explode on the palate. Lite/medium bodied would best describe this brew.

O- Overall I think this is a fairly decent brew, and I think the best one that I've tried from this brewery. This would make a fine meal beer, and would do well as an ingredient in a beef stew. I do recommend giving this a try and while its very good, I think with a little more tweaking, it could be great!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, I really like this beer and for some reason have avoided buying it. I picked it up in the mixed 12 case which also gets you the very nice hopped lager.

The beer is very dark with a tan head. The nose is dark malts and a nice hop aroma. Drinks very well with good mouthfeel and a fair amount of complexity on the finish. I think I like this better than Hermanns Dark Lager from Vancouver Island. Tastes a lot like Session Dark from Full Sail. I will certainly buy the six packs of this in future and hope that OK Springs does not discontinue it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear black color ale with a large light brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with nice caramel touch. Taste is also a good mix between light bitter roasted malt with some good notes of caramel. Body is a bit thin with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer out there but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a 6-pak. Black with carb bubbles, soapy light brown head, lace. Aroma of mollasses and malt. Above average carbonation. Some creaminess. A cross between an ordinary brown ale and a shwartz beer, not hitting the style, and the carbonation of a macro.OK drinkability.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BDTyre
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly decent offering from OK Spring, a brewery I usually don't pay much attention to.

Black-ruby colour with a coffee-and-cream head. The scent is metal and overly bitter hops. Taste is far better: traces of chocolate and coffee, and combined with sweet malts. The hops are done just right, and provide a decent, low-lever bitterness.

Smooth carbonation, and very enjoyable. One of my favourite OK Spring beers.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by this brew... I like schwarzbier and this one recently won a 2010 Canadian Brewing Award:

Strong Porter (Baltic)
Silver: Brewmaster's Black Lager, Okanagan Spring Brewing Co. (BC)

Strange categorization indeed... but that's up to the brewer.

A: Black with a tan head, ring of retention leaves a hint of lace.

S: Bready, slightly sulfury lager aroma, hints of roast and licorice. Slightly floral, nobel hopping, but I like some more hopping in a Schwarz.

T: Bready, light roast, light licorice, hint of floral & peppery spice, balanced bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate body is impressive for its strength; off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

It would be neat if they amped this up to 7% or so and made a Baltic porter!

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's not bitter, but it's also not overtly sweet. It's quite interesting in that sense--soft, hints of chocolate, coffee, lightly fruity, marshmallow. I expected to dislike it, but it's genuinely quite nice. Credit to Sleeman/Sapporo for not interfering with the various Canadian micros they own.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341 ml brown twist-off bottle poured in a pint glass. From a sampler 12-pack.

Very little head on the pour. Leaves a dark tan ring around the edge. Very dark with brown highlights when you hold it to the light. Tiny carbonation bubbles. Almost looks like a cola.

Aroma is malty and a little sweet with a touch of caramel and burnt.

Dark malts and burnt malt off the start. Moderate sweetness balances it out in the middle then fades away. Burnt, wet finish.

Thin body with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. A little on the harsh side when it comes to mouthfeel.

A reasonably good offering that is missing a little in mouthfeel and drinkability. A decent Schwarzbier, but not the best available in this area.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting-looking one; I have never reviewed a Schwarzbier, or any dark non-bock lager for that matter. Pours an opaque cola color with a thick, creamy beige head that fades to a cap over the next few minutes. Lots of lacing on the sides. Smell has notes of roasted coffee and chocolate malts; some hops underlying this but the aforementioned notes are the main ones.

Roasted malts are again the most noticeable traits in the taste; mostly coffee with some chocolate and toffee/caramel character as well. Slight nuttiness and bittersweet, like dark chocolate. Finish is very clean with a balanced but firm hoppy/coffee bitterness that doesn't linger long. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel; carbonation level is fairly low and contributes to this feel. Well-crafted and very drinkable, but this is the kind of thing that you might get sick of if you have more than two during a sitting.

I don't know much about this style but I'm now inclined to try more Schwarzbiers, because OSB's Black was a tasty introduction that comes highly recommended. This is the most thirst-quenching "dark" beer I have had in quite a long time.

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Photo of Shadman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found a six of this @ the local COOP beer store.

Well is swartz is black then this is swartz. Some light will bring out a slight dark orange/brown hue, but over all black as night. Decent head & lacing, but not upper echelon.

Nice balanced aroma. Dqark roast coffee nearly perfect in balance with the hop & malt.

Wee bit thin & the front end. But more than makes up for it in the middle and finale.Very nice balance between hop bitterness and a combo of chocolate/coffee malts. Finish is slightly bitter & dry.

Other than the thin beginning, this is avery smooth and given the description of Swartsbier, right within acceptable standards.

Another offering from Okanagan that Sleeman/Sapporo hasn't ruined ...yet.

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Photo of papat444
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Le Mondial

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A cola brown body with a fat finger of dark brown foam.

Smell: A certain nuttiness mixed with some grainy coffee.

Taste: A mix of light charcoal, dark Munich malt and light molasses in the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp yet strong bodied for the style and carbonation is spot on.

Overall: An enjoyable take on a style that isn't readily available.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz "Heli-Pint" at the Chopper's Landing resto in the Panorama Mountain Resort.

This beer appears a clear, very dark chestnut brown hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, bubbly, and somewhat frothy beige head, which leaves a decent paint job of splattered lace around the glass as things slowly drop away.

It smells of lightly roasted, and kind of meaty caramel malt, a soft oily nuttiness, some weak dry cocoa notes, ethereal hints of day-old coffee, and tame ashy, earthy, and leafy hops. The taste is bitter roasted bready caramel malt, weak black coffee, a muddled gritty nuttiness, and mildly acrid leafy and weedy hops.

The carbonation is average, and mostly just straight-up frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit on the thin side, but basically smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the toasty, and still meaty caramel malt persisting.

Overall, this is a generally agreeable schwarzbier, the toasted character is well rendered, and it's quite drinkable, especially with my sore legs and slowly thawing disposition.

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Photo of kjyost
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a sleeve. Dark, dark, dark beer that is oily black and has a nice mocha head sitting atop it that leaves nice lacing through the entire drinking session. The nose of the beer has a strong molasses component along with a light hops and maltiness.

The beer is not overly complex, but is quite delicious. The malt and molasses are the overriding flavours within in. The beer finishes crisply and is not overly carbonated which translates to a lighter feeling dark that is entirely sessionable. I would look for it again.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, dark, black colour with a brown disappearing head. A thin layer of surface foam after the activity subsides.

Smell - strong aromas of liquorice, caramel and dark roasted malt. Subtle scents of creamy butterscotch on subsequent nosings.

Taste - very flavourful malt taste with a full helping of roasted nuts, almost a woody presence. Very clean finish with some decent hoppiness in the end.

Mouthfeel - definitely a smooth, interesting effect with a softness that underlies the flavour.

Drinkability - probably the most drinkable of any beer this dark I've enjoyed. I could easily and willingly offer to put 6 of these away as a pleasure. Very good.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New to OK Spring, but I bought a sampler pack that has 3 others in it as well. I prefer dark beers so I felt compelled to grab this one first.

A: Good, nice and dark, not see through but when the glass is held up to the light you can see some nice dark red/brown hues coming out from a very dark brown, nearly black overall appearance. the fluffy tan head was nice at the pour, but within a couple of minutes it was down to a rim that remained throughout the entire glass.

S: roasted coffee and choclate malts are the most pronouced, there is a slight berry smell alongside with a bit of hops.

T: good, it's dark and malty with very slight bitterness. the roast is quite enjoyable and there are choclate undertones with hops also being noticable.

M: honestly a little thin and a little too 'fizzy' for my liking, but it did thicken up some, but initially was very thin and the carbonation is strong.

D: not bad, i enjoyed it and would purchase again.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into OK Springs pint glass on sept5 2009

A Pours a near black with a nice thick mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves lace for the first few sips

S espresso and dark chocolate come through in a big way.

T dark roasted coffee grind mellowed out a bit with the dark chocolate, as it smells but not as strong.

M light and crisp very strange for a beer this dark, I will admit I was confused and pleased.

D black session beer is a good thing

I hope OK Springs keeps trying new recipes because this and their newly release hefe are the best I've seen from them

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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grunewald
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The color is an opaque dark brown/black with a dissipating beige head.

S - strong coffee and some dark chocolate

T - coffee, with a finish that mixes coffee bean and dark chocolate

M - medium carbonation and liquid lager feel. The finish is sticky at first then becomes dry.

D - This is a very interesting beer. It feels like a lager when you sip, yet it has stout flavors and some stout mouthfeel (escpecially in the finish). Very refreshing.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice thumb of head, which dissipated leaving little to no lacing. Pours a dark dark brown with visible carbonation.

S - Strong chocolate scent on the nose. Quite surprising how strong it actually is! Really appealing!

T - Dark cocoa chocolate. A bit of a nutty toffee comes through as well, with a slight bitter coffee finish. Absolutely delicious malts on this one.

M - Thicker than I would have expected for a lager, has a full mouthfeel which fills nicely on the swallow.

D - A very drinkable dark beer. The flavours are nicely balanced, and it's feel is light enough that it's thirst quenching on a hot day, one where you might typically choose a light lager to refresh. Was quite surprised by this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for a yummy dark treat!

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 74 ratings