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Shiner Bohemian Black Lager


I've mentioned before how schwarzbiers, or black lagers, seem to have really become trendy over the past year or two, and how I'm a fan of the trend given that they make for great session beers.  So, when the folks at Spoetzl Brewery reached out and offered to send me a review sample of their Shiner Bohemian Black Lager I graciously accepted.  Little did they know that I've been enjoying Shiner Black ever since they first debuted it as a limited release beer to celebrate the brewery's 97 anniversary.
The beer pours a nice rich black color with an average head for this style of beer.  While there's no heavy aromas to speak of, the flavor profile features sweet toasted malts with a slight hint of coffee and smoke notes.  This isn't a beer you want when you're looking for something big, exceedingly complex, and heavy though.  As you'd want with this style, this is a rather thin and highly refreshing beer that you could enjoy all night.  Plus at only 4.9% abv you could easily do so.  One thing I've noticed while drinking this beer over the years is that it pairs amazingly well with anything smoky, ranging from good Texas BBQ to a nice smoky scotch like Lagavulin.  
Spoetzl Brewery has always had a special place in my heart since I grew up in Texas, but their Bohemian Black Lager really stands out to me as a quality product that hits the mark that it aims for.  I guess that's why this brew won the German-Style Schwarzbier group at the Great American Beer Fest, as well as its category at the European Beer Star Awards.  It's a great value at the price, and deserves a look by those who would normally overlook a Spoetzl beer.  Not to mention it's always nice to support one of the last American breweries that have been in business for over 100 years without being acquired by Inbev Anheuser-Busch.



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