Brewmaster's Black Lager | Okanagan Spring Brewery

Brewmaster's Black LagerBrewmaster's Black Lager
BA SCORE
64.4%
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3.83 w/ 73 ratings
Brewmaster's Black LagerBrewmaster's Black Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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.

Added by BDTyre on 10-05-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,479
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
73
Liked:
47
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
10.7%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Howlader
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Rutager
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Deep brown, almost black with a small tan head that doesn't last long or leave much lacing.

Smell. Grainy with just a little roast. Hints of coffee and licorice.

Taste. Lightly roasted grains, a little herby, floral hops. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with smooth, medium carbonation. This beer's stronger point imo.

Overall. Easy drinker. Pretty subtle flavours with nothing offensive.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 papat444
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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 bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kmat10
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ZachT
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap recently at a pub in Golden, BC
A - deep amber, nice creamy head retained at a solid covering
S - malty with sweet caramel and nutty, with a little rich chocolate
T - very roasty with sweet molasses, healthy nuttiness with a light grassy hop note
M - solid carbonation with a light creaminess and just a little bitter
D - solid brew, malty richness but light enough to be regularly drinkable, glad i stopped in for a pint

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 BigBry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LampertLand
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK Springs 'Brewmaster Black Lager' @ 5.0% , from a 6pack of 330 ml bottles ,
(originally had on tap @ GCBF 4.5 rating)
A-pour is dark brown/black with a fine tight tan head , leaving spotty lacing along the stein
S-roasted dark chocolate malt
T-smooth taste , not as crisp as I remember it tasting on tap ,
MF-mild/medium carbonation , medium/full body
Ov-tasted better on tap @ GCBF (won my Bronze Medal) , but still a good beer in the bottle form

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
Beer rating: 64.4% out of 100 with 73 ratings
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