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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale)Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale)

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 23.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Shakparo Ale is a West African Shakparo-style beer brewed from sorghum & millet. Unfiltered ale. Gluten-free (not wheat or barley).

(Beer added by: shbobdb on 01-15-2007)
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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

RavenForBeer, Nov 06, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -59.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11%

Yodo, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

kevbie, Sep 12, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -43.4%

stumac, Sep 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

Tiernan, Aug 19, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up.

From the bottle: "Beer made from Sorghum & Millet".

It had a screw-top cap, so once that was off, I started the pour, getting a brief fizzy finger of bone-white head that quickly became wisps. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled slightly sour, kind of like apple vinegar. In fact, when I initially poured it, I thought that I smelled cider. Mouthfeel was thin, watery, almost flat. Taste was bland, slightly tart, but fairly innocuous. If anything, it really had a tart apple taste, but even that was pretty light. Finish was semi-dry, but it really left me cold. This should be Exhibit "A" as far as why I do not truck with gluten-free beers. I feel like I am ready to drink a beer after this.

woodychandler, Jul 27, 2014
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1/5  rDev -67.6%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
2.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled tonight on 5/27/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein. Top label around the neck says "6.3% Alcohol".

Pours a hazy golden honey in color with a very thin white head with some spotty lacing seen. The aroma is different with a lot going on actually. Some spice, dark fruit and yeast. The taste is well...different. Wasn't really sure if I liked it or not as this one is complex. On the side of the bottle it says: "water, Sorghum, Millet, Hops and Yeast". Yeah, you can taste a little of that for sure with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Lower carbonation also. Overall, not real fond of this one.

BeerWithMike, May 28, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher Pokal glass.
6.3% ABV

A - Sprecher's unfiltered take on a Gluten Free beer pours faintly hazy with a tint of orange appearing in the golden-yellow. The soft stark white head which crowns the top is retained well, leaving

S - Surprisingly aromatic, Shakparo smells like a German hefeweizen with notes of ripe banana and Bubble Tape bubblegum with a slight funk of wet straw to it. Despite the lack of wheat or barley malt, there's a nose reminiscent of grainy pale malt which gives this gluten free beer a certain appeal.

T - Following in the footsteps of the aroma, Shakparo relies heavily on this German hefeweizen style yeast strain that brings offerings of ripe banana and a subtle nod to clove and bubblegum to the table which, for any normal beer drinker, does a good job of distracting from the lack of malt. The sorghum and millet combination certainly isn't awful but, in league with a touch of artificial sweetness, it brings a slightly husky, earthy finish that lingers, transitioning into a green apple-like cider flavor that's not bad at all.

M - Crisp carbonation dances on the tongue while this light-bodied beer finishes dry and with a tiny splash of sweetness, like the flavor, reminiscent of a cider.

O - Some times it's hard as "regular" beer drinkers to take a step back and objectively look at gluten free beer, but I view Shakparo as a huge step in the right direction for beer available to those who normally can't partake. With an overall flavor like a hefeweizen, this gluten free beer manages to pull together essences of beer that tastes like, well, beer; one style in particular. It's not for everyone but it's great for those who have my deepest condolences; people with Celiac's or who live gluten free.

BeerFMAndy, May 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

PaBeerLover, Feb 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved this beer for the uniqueness of the idea. It was strange and bitter, so the taste wasn't great but I loved the idea of it. I have never had nor heard of an African style ale. I think that is something to be lauded and praised. Good for you Sprecher!

DerekQXQX, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

derkfromwi, Nov 28, 2013
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2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Strange tart thing to avoid.
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A: Cigarette stain amber body with a fleeting one finger nicotine white head that I had to hard pour to generate. A few yeast chunks, losing points.

S: Potent, funky. Sharp, bitter and sour apple/pear, some amber-like spice, sugary plum, a bit of butter, not much hops to speak of. Strange and not too reminiscent of beer.

T: I hate to say it, but this is pretty gross. Having a hard time drinking enough to get a fair review in. Tart white grape dominates. Fuck it. I can't take it anymore.

M: Thin with a soda like carbonation.

dmfrench, Nov 21, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - copper; white head; mild retention and long lasting lacing.

S - light sweetness, apples, with hints of orange peel.

T - apples, caramel, spicy with light tartness. No bitterness.

M - light to medium body, smooth, crisp

This is excellent as a gluten-free beer and has far more flavor than the big brand American beers. It has a slight sweet, apple character that makes it an excellant session beer.

I would prefer more body, although most beers need this for my taste.

Abcabc, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -2.9%

BeerForMuscle, Jul 21, 2013
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2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is grains, mild fruits. Taste is like sour cider, and not in a good way. Bitter, an unusual aftertaste that is hard to describe. Yes, this beer is hanging around in the glass for a while. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while unique, is not very good.

tone77, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +29.4%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -27.2%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.