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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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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 22.29%
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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nsmartell

Wisconsin

2.4/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From Sprecher's 16 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a slightly hazy american lager. Very little head with light carbonation.

Smell: Smells like cheap wine with hints of cider.

Taste: Tastes like it smells but with even more tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied.

Drinkability: I have tried samples of this during the brewery tour, but I'm glad I tried it in a pint glass to get more of the aroma. Not a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:28:58 | More by nsmartell
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

1/5  rDev -68.2%

07-20-2014 22:43:45 | More by XmnwildX12
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.84/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2014 02:58:33 | More by BeerWithMike
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 22:29:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

02-10-2014 18:42:52 | More by PaBeerLover
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

01-23-2014 03:47:47 | More by jaydoc
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 11:47:46 | More by DerekQXQX
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-04-2013 05:11:31 | More by RochefortChris
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-28-2013 05:42:27 | More by derkfromwi
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dmfrench

Indiana

2.28/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:50:04 | More by dmfrench
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Abcabc

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 22:53:19 | More by Abcabc
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

08-04-2013 01:15:32 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.5%

07-21-2013 02:47:28 | More by BeerForMuscle
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 13:44:14 | More by tone77
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +27.4%

05-17-2013 15:33:59 | More by eliz108
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dalepryor

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

05-08-2013 03:42:32 | More by dalepryor
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TripelMark

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

04-14-2013 19:12:16 | More by TripelMark
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3/5  rDev -4.5%

03-26-2013 18:22:41 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was loving this 16 oz. bottle until I opened it and found out it was screw top. Booo! It's a cool bottle and a nice label otherwise. It's a pretty affordable beer though, so that is good.

The beer poured a mostly clear light brown/amber in color with a full one finger head that immediately dissipated to non-existant pretty quick. This seems to be the norm for gluten free's.

I immediately smelled sour upon opening, it wasn't strong, but released all of a sudden. As I drink it, that has mellowed but still apparent. Indeed it does have an apple note to it but there is also a faint caramel aroma associated with it.

I don't know what they mean by "Fire Roasted" in the description of the beer, perhaps that pertains to the millet adjunct used to flavor the beer. The beer starts off mildly cider-like and as it moves across your tongue it moves into caramel apple with, indeed, a very mildly apparent fire roasted flavor and then a slightly dry mega mild hoppy finish with black pepper notes at the very end. Lots of beers have this in common. There is also a lingering mildly grassy and yeasty taste. It's really good and mildly complex and warming with alcohol when drinking on an empty stomach. It's not easy picking out these flavours, but they are there. It's just a little thin. The roasted flavor is quite noticeable between sips. It's F@CKING GOOD!

Mouthfeel and Body are kind of like those difficult terms to describe like "Ethereal" or even "Surreal" and it takes a while to really discern them. When people mention them don't get discouraged and just try and see what they mean by trying that beer as well. You can think of it as sweet and syrupy or thin like lemonade in one respect, but it encompasses a wide range of how it makes your mouth feel. Sometimes it is as simple as that. This beer is thin for a beer like an ale like bass ale, but more full than say a coors light. So I call it thin to moderate. Something syrupy might be like a Belgian Tripel or something like a La Fin Du Monde (if you haven't tried that, you are missing out). Mouthfeel also describes how the carbonation of the beer feels on your tongue or whether or not the carbonation carries flavors and smells along with it as the bubbles burst. This beer is only mildly carbonated which is nice. Sometimes higher carbonated Gluten Free beers will taste like champagne on the tongue and in your nose.

As Gluten free beers go, this is one of the best that I have had so far. The roasted flavor really tips this beer over the edge and I feel that this is going to be, or has been, an award winning beer. I highly recommend it! It's only downfall is it's lack of head and lightly thin body and I have to give average scores for those. How the "sorghum problem" was handled in this beer is excellent and definitely world class! CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:51:32 | More by WissBrauSean
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Alabama

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-22-2013 22:33:15 | More by boudreaux
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Cthulhu

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev +27.4%

12-17-2012 11:41:13 | More by grahamboudreaux
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.33/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fermented pineapple, and strong alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a funky flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer with some pretty foul aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 21:33:26 | More by UCLABrewN84
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

12-02-2012 12:46:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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m0ntels

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-18-2012 00:47:14 | More by m0ntels
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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.