Monday, April 19, 2010

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager


Black Lager

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, Texas


4.90% ABV

Commercial Description:
A Bohemian Black Lager is a rare and delicious style of beer, referred to in Germany as "Schwarzbier". Shiner Bohemian Black Lager remains true to this old-world style by using imported Czech Saaz and Styrains Hops and select roasted malts to make it our darkest beer. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants that settled Shiner. Prosit!

General Pricing:

12oz bottle, ~ $6.00 6 Pack, ~$22.00 Case


Bier Cabinet Spring Cleaning Continues. This was an inexpensive 6 pack pickup by my son John, BierVlog (link). He left me one to try and it’s been sitting in the bier cabinet since before Easter. So since I’m in my spring drinking, I mean cleaning, it’s time to give it a whirl.

The beer pours a very dark brown almost opaque with deep amber hues and a fairly rich off white to tan head.

Very inviting nose with toasted almost roasted malt aromas, some notes of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. There is also a nice hop aroma on the nose; subtle but noticeable. This is very inviting I can’t wait to dive into it.

Wow, what was surprising first sip. It is very malty but not too sweet, rich like an English Porter but without the ale esters. This is going to be hard to rap myself around this one. The bottom line on the first impression is that this is a good black lager. It’s funny I keep expecting that malty aftertaste like you get in a robust porter or stout but it’s not there. This beer has a fairly clean dry finish. Ok let’s try the play by play.

Sweet roasted malts up front on the tip of the tongue then a very rich but almost creamy mouthfeel in mid-sip with a building malt robustness. By the time you get to the top of the swallow it starts to turn back to a sweet roasted malt flavors and this is where you start to pick up some drying hop flavors as well. The finish is also a little confusing to me. Just when you expect a rich maltiness you get a hop drying effect and it also seems like an effervescent effect that provides a fairly dry finish. The final aftertaste is of pleasant roasted malt flavors along with that dry hop (not bitterness) flavor and that almost refreshing lager yeast taste, also fairly dry.

This is nice; I am really enjoying this beer. Although I have not reviewed it yet it reminds me of the Saranac Black Forrest. The malty character is also similar to an American Brown but again this is a lager not an ale.

Now at 64 degrees and the malts are even more pronounced than they were when cold. It is not getting unpleasant but it is much more robust.

It’s pretty much at room temperature now at 69 degrees. This is still a drinkable beer at this temperature. It is a little harsher but I still would not call it unpleasant or offensive.

I will have to take a further look into this style. I just looked at my spread sheet (more beer madness now over 520 entries) and I do have several of them on there. This is the first one that I have done a full review on.

This is a very easy drinking rich malty lager. It does have a different malt aspect than a Dunkel or a Bock. This is not a refreshing beer but it is a satisfying beer. I highly recommend this beer to anyone that likes a basic lager but wants to kick it up a notch on the malt scale. This is not a bitter beer and it does not have the robustness of a Porter or Stout Porter. It is your basic lager tasting beer with a lot more rich malt flavors in it.

I’m going to give this a B for now. This rating may change as I review more of this style.

Don’t be afraid of the dark, try a Black Lager/Schwarzbier, its bark is much worse than its bite.

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