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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

714 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 96
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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ABM

Michigan

1/5  rDev -75.4%

05-24-2012 06:04:10 | More by ABM
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StoutPreacher

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -75.4%

03-09-2012 15:11:36 | More by StoutPreacher
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dlin0sbb

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -57%

06-12-2012 22:01:20 | More by dlin0sbb
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BrewClint

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

12-03-2013 02:55:30 | More by BrewClint
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durwood64

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-10-2012 17:24:32 | More by durwood64
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javlin624

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

02-04-2014 04:25:53 | More by javlin624
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bh123

California

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

03-31-2012 08:46:30 | More by bh123
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

02-06-2013 17:02:29 | More by sendbeer
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OtisCampbell007

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

11-27-2013 23:36:41 | More by OtisCampbell007
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jjayjaye

New York

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour is a clear dark brown color but in the glass the it's too dark to see through. This one has a shallow wispy tan head that fades quickly without leaving much Belgian lacing. Warning, I'm not a big fan that this is a twist off cap...i don't trust'em. The smell is unique. The aroma isn't completely 'roasted', but it's earthy and malt-like with a musty sort of character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. There is a tangy hop to it but i'm a little distracted that the earthy musty thing has carried into the flavor. Full flavored, the taste isn't chaulky but it's quite earthy. There's some chocolate malt and something that i'd loosely characterize as caramelized. This one is not getting it for me. Feel free. Pour...a person has to know there limitations.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 01:17:43 | More by jjayjaye
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With characteristics that span dark fruit, light roast, and slight vinous notes, Sprecher shows that the timid black beer can be much, much more.

Black Bavarian pours with a very clear, albeit dark brown with garnet highlights. Well headed with a terse off-white froth, the low lying head retains as a sheet with minimal lace.

Light roasted malts and well attenuated starch note start the aromatic journey while thin caramel, grape, and red wine notes add interest and intrigue to the otherwise roast and char of dark grain.

The dry taste of coffee-like roast with walnut backdrop, light starchy malt, and slight campfire smoke seem to exceed the slight scorched taste of caramel, but introduces characterful elements of cherries, grapes, red wine, and cider with low bitterness outside that of roasted grain.

Medium-light bodied, the mouth wants to think heavier because of the roast taste, but the weight of the beer is remarkably light and refreshing; approaching thinness as the tart fruit notes and the slight roast astringency play out over the highly attenuated malt character.

Black Bavarian schwarzbier is a subtle, drinakble, and surprisingly variable beer that shows more flexibility than is normal for the narrowly focused style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2012 19:38:34 | More by BEERchitect
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CWhite

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-10-2012 17:29:04 | More by CWhite
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-24-2011 02:15:13 | More by spoonhawk
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-25-2012 21:59:21 | More by ejimhof
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FrankSchramm

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

10-04-2012 15:48:40 | More by FrankSchramm
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

05-10-2014 19:41:00 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-30-2012 03:59:03 | More by akttr
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Ncpogs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-20-2014 18:22:56 | More by Ncpogs
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Redbones. Pour appeared almost compelely black, opaque, with some cola colored highlights. No head to speak of. Aroma was slightly syrupy and licorice like. Medium mouthfeel, predominatly malty, I found some roasty and smokey notes in the finish that gave some interest to this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2004 03:21:22 | More by PatandDavid
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 16 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is also mild, light coffee, a bit of roasted malts, easy drinking but just a bit bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:31:17 | More by tone77
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured an opaque brown-black with a huge puff of tan head that retained decently and laced well. Mostly roasty dark malts in the aroma, as would be expected; a touch of cocoa. Again, a big roastiness in the taste, dark malts, notes of cocoa and coffee, pumpernickel. Not nearly as flavorful as some of your better schwarzbiers. Medium body and fairly drinkable, but just lacking the flavor I need to inspire me to order another glass. Decent overall.

Edit: Wait, this is the highest ranked schwarzbier on the site? *facepalm*

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 11:48:56 | More by Rifugium
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap for lunch at the Horse & Plow in Kohler, Wisconsin. Served in a standard pint glass.

Pours dark black, hints of brown, with little evidence of foam or lacing.

Mild roasted coffee smell.

Taste is burnt chocolate/coffee backed by a moderate hop. Lightly carbonated in the mouth.

Average drinkability. I enjoyed the beer, but given another chance, I probably would have ventured elsewhere on the menu.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2009 18:18:11 | More by KTCamm
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klkatz

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My trip to the local pick 6 had me choosing beers in cool bottles this time. Sprecher's bottle is short and stout with "Sprecher" embossed on the bottle... pretty cool.

Color pours a rich, coffee black... there's a hint of red in the pour...

Aroma is minimal... couldn't really pick up anything... very small hint of malt - only because I knew I was smelling for it.

The taste is average... but it is what you'd expect from a dark lager - it's a decent, slow drinking brew. Enjoyable, but nothing to write home about in my opinion.

I'd drink 'em if you got 'em... but wouldn't get 'em to drink 'em.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 03:00:45 | More by klkatz
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-09-2014 22:20:24 | More by dav2080
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Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.