Brewmaster's Black Lager | Okanagan Spring Brewery

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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
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.73%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Mack
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my "go to" beers. I love the taste and feel of Black Lager - it pours like coca cola, smells a bit like hot chocolate with marshmallows, and tastes so good. There is a bit of coffee and a roasted malt smoothness that is incredibly enjoyable. I rarely buy six of the same beer at one time, but when I do, it is usually this beer.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 DaftCaskBC
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/3" inch mocha coloured head which dissipated over 2 minutes over top of extremely dark brown / black liquid.

S: Malt, coffee, chocolate, and yeast.

T: Bitter at first, then coffee and mocha, then toasted malt which leaves with a refreshing and pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium thickness, medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very tasty and refreshing beer. Dark but can easily be enjoyed in the summer due to its viscosity and how refreshing and crisp it is.

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Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of BCborn
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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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Photo of Niceroad77
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jcubz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 BigGruntyThirst
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wajohnst
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of napetry
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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Brewmaster's Black Lager from Okanagan Spring Brewery
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