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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

715 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 447
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 97
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.86% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bronze Medal Winner in the European Darks category at the 1988 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-23-1998)
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yankees27

Iowa

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-27-2011 00:05:28 | More by yankees27
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Joe_Beer


5/5  rDev +22.9%

06-10-2012 21:49:58 | More by Joe_Beer
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-24-2011 14:22:22 | More by deapokid
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-23-2013 23:27:16 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Mscarpen

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-04-2011 22:09:32 | More by Mscarpen
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scootercrabb

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-01-2011 18:14:14 | More by scootercrabb
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours out of the big, fat, twist off pint size bottle a nearly opaque midnight black colour. ruby hues and crimson tints around the edges. smallish tan head appears and dies off quite quickly, only leaving slight rings of lace. killer nose on this one...dark chocolate and cocoa puffs, with a dark malty sweet aroma mixing in with an ever so subtle flowery hop nose. absolutely love the smell. the taste is a delicate but bold mix of dry, unsweetened chocolate, slight sherry fruitiness, toffee and coffee...with some hints of molasses and slight notes of caramel. hopping for show and balance only; slightly bitter but blooming in flavour also...grassy, herbal and flowery. the malt profile comes across as deeply complex; a bit acidic and somewhat chalky at times...but wow does this one taste fabulous! the lager body is full and rich with a mouthfeel that is dry and puckering. a wonderful compliment to each other. finishes dry, then a bit bitter, then with a lingering sweetness. this is one damn layered, complex, and amazing brew!

drinkability is off the charts...one could drink their fill of this and not get sick of it.

a fantastic schwarzbier. lives up to the hype and most definitely worth seeking out.

i wish i had more access to this as i would drink it on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 23:47:37 | More by budgood1
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inebrius

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whoa...wait a second. Is this for real? Wow!! Poured a sticky, thick and chunky khaki head. Wonderful nose of sweet malt and toasty bear claws. Mildly tart, but full and clean and little astringency to get in the way. Profoundly balanced and a drinker for sure. Top notch!

Cheers to Jon for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 00:43:35 | More by inebrius
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher stemmed pokal.
6% ABV,

A - Schwarzbier means "black beer" in German and Black Bavarian's dark chocolate color demonstrates that perfectly. While pouring, light through the brown highlights shows it's clarity while a lasting ivory cap of foam rests on the beer and leaves lace down the glass.

S - Crisp dark malt releases dried cocoa sprinkled on warmed chocolate-and-caramel bar with a fantastic lager cleanliness. The juxtaposition of robust malt complexity with the sheer perception of easy drinkability is beautiful.

T - Caramel sweetness underscores the chocolate malt's dark chocolate flavor and lightly roasted coffee bean with a Twix-like taste and faint earthy hop finish for balance; the taste is exceptionally smooth.

M - Just enough carbonation dances on the tongue, keeping this medium-bodied lager feeling a bit lighter than it appears. The chocolate malts provide minimal acrid bitterness letting the otherwise transparent hops do the bulk of the work.

O - There's a good reason Sprecher's Black Bavarian continues to command medal after medal in world-renown competitions; it's that good. This is a dark beer that's a great training-wheel beer for people who "don't like dark beer". It's also a great dark beer for people thirsting after a dark beer without the hefty body or higher alcohol. Black Bavarian has the perfect malt combination to balance sweetness with chocolaty, lightly roasted notes for exceptional smoothness and drinkability. May the Schwarz be with you.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 00:23:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Sprecher Brewery giftshop in Glendale, WI. Pours a pitch black body with a thick tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and roasted peat. Medium bodied this beer is a blast of roasted malt in your mouth with a touch of smokiness. Mild carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel. Pleasant sweetness in the finish. This is what a dark lager should be. Terrific beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:11:10 | More by blackearth
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IntriqKen

California

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now THIS is a Schwarzbier!

Pours almost black with just a touch of mahogany red and a nice full finger head that takes it's time melting leaving a sticky map in it's wake.

Aromas of roasted dark malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate, and just a breath of citrus hops. As it warms more, I notice a little tobacco as well.

Flavor is rich and full-bodied. Dark roasted malt for sweetness, rich coffee with just a little chocolate and then the nice hop citrus finish.

Aftertaste is totally clean with nothing cloying at all.

An extremely flavorful Schwarzbier...almost with porter like characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 02:58:09 | More by IntriqKen
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer seems black and has a small tan head that is gone within seconds. This is a beer that you can seemingly smell the thickness. Great malty, toasty, roasty bitter aromas. What a creamy mouthfeel. Feels like velvet as it rolls across the tongue. Great complexity to this brew. There aren't any overbearing tastes, but many underlying ones that mesh well together: coffee, roast malt, biscuit, mocha and toffee to name a few. I just love the taste of this beer. It has been one of my reliables ever since I tried it about 5 years ago. There aren't too many Schwarzbiers available these days, but I'd guess it'd be hard to improve much on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2002 21:25:27 | More by Bighuge
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fbinla

California

4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours the darkest brown you can get before black. Light brown head, med carbonation. A dark roasted maltiness, a hint of dark chocolate, that are pretty strong but somehow the beer manages to be light on the palate. A nice bitterness compliments the sweetness with a perfect balance.

This is one of my favorite beers, dark and roasty yet it still manages to be dangerously easy to drink. Just fantastic.

Thanks to my in laws from bringing me cases from WI every time they visit.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 07:02:19 | More by fbinla
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark brown/black with a 3/4 inch tan creamy head lacing from top to bottom. Smells of dark Malts, Molasses and Licorice/Anise.
The Taste says the minute you taste it better have another later. It is so creamy smooth malty lots of tastes of deep dark Malts chocolates and endless flavor. Not supper strong just right I can't say enough about the taste of this beer
In your Mouth this is one of the most Creamy wonderful beers I have ever drank!
Overall I have To Give this Beer a 4.75 it is World class in its flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 22:07:21 | More by Schmidts
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safhundos

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-15-2013 20:38:46 | More by safhundos
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kconradx5

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-15-2013 20:54:53 | More by kconradx5
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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-02-2014 20:10:46 | More by Sturgeon
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Hoolie5

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-12-2012 13:50:02 | More by Hoolie5
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-06-2012 21:00:03 | More by RBorsato
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Yankeejw

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-12-2014 02:26:48 | More by Yankeejw
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-15-2012 13:38:10 | More by Cjameson50
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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-14-2011 17:57:49 | More by Jspriest
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wroberts42

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-23-2014 23:19:35 | More by wroberts42
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful 22 oz brown bomber with a clean simple label and a golden waxed top. (I'll try to submit a new photo).

A: Near black, the dark brown hue barely shows through when held to a light. A minimal head quickly fades.

S: Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate notes. Very pleasing.

T: While it smelled a bit like a doppelbock, it definitely tastes like a schwarzbier. A very good schwarzbier no less. Balancing out the rich, roasted maltiness, the hop character makes this lager absolutely delicious.

M: Crisp. Dry. Refreshing. Solid. A lingering malty bitterness.

D: At 6% abv, this is a session beer. And if you like darker lagers, chances are that you'll be downing more than one of these bombers.

A great beer that ranks up there with Köstritzer, the East German classic that rules the roost.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:19:17 | More by johnnieoz
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dmilewsk

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-06-2012 20:09:49 | More by dmilewsk
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.