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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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758 Ratings

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Ratings: 758
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 104
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, oily brown with cola-amber edges that barely let the light pass. Light creamy tan head.

Charred, toasted, roasted malt/barley. Soda-like sweetness rises above somehow. Molasses, a little smoke, and coffee bitterness.

Balanced sweetness and toasted bitterness up front. Scorched brown sugar perhaps? Roasted, smoky bitterness pervades. Very nice. Light warming alcohol in the finish with lingering malt and roasted bitterness.

Medium plus body with an oily feel.

Muy bien!

alexgash, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of bubseymour
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

bubseymour, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of dbell23
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean at Libation Station for the recommendation. Poured into a tulip. Black with a huge beige head that never completely goes away. Looks like a stout with a big head. Great lacing. Nice looking beer.

I've never smelled a beer like this one. Malty, maybe a chocolate undertone,charcoal maybe. Again, very different.

Taste is really good. Starts malty, slightly stout with a slight bitter sweet middle but not hoppy. Super clean finish with a slight smokey stout like undertone. It's like a stout/porter/lager combination. The roasted malt seems to be the dominate flavor but it almost tastes hoppy from the roasted bitterness. I don't know,what it is but it tastes good.

The mouthfeel is the star. I don't recall a beer more smooth than this one. Really good session beer.

Overall, this is a must try if you like to try different beers and I do. This would be a great beer with German food. It's a great beer to just enjoy too. The low abv makes it sessionable.

dbell23, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tyleeis, Nov 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Rowsdower, Aug 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cdm1313, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

adriel, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

donquixote, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Bluegrass49, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of bigbeers84
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

bigbeers84, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a big, fluffy, khaki head that recedes very slowly, and then persists in the form of a generous layer throughout the experience. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Though the beer is dark, the malt presence on the nose is somewhat subdued, as expected. At first I notice overripe bananas and banana bread, with some light caramel and milk chocolate notes in the background. The hop aroma is moderate. Smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the medium range, and very smooth. The body is medium, and very smooth and creamy.

taste: Delicious, subtle notes of milk chocolate and caramel on the tongue. Also subdued notes of roasted malt. Hop flavor is light, and the bitterness is just right...lingering into the finish with some roasted flavors.

drinkability: Definately easy drinking.

Picked up a single at Riley's while visiting Madison, WI. The characters 30108 FL 92701210 are printed on the neck of the bottle. Damn good beer.

blackie, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice head that doesn't dissapate easily and leaves a little lacing behind. It's black and beautiful. The smell is coffee roasted malts that are great. The taste is a bit bitter, but not overly bitter with coffee taste. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Overall this is my favorite lager to date, so I will be having more.

Erdinger2003, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

djcira, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of AmberMan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near black with ruby highlights, Head is a frothy khaki/tan that disappears a little too quickly. Lacing is nice and pretty.

The smell is a robust, toasty and smoky chocolate malt notes are readily present.

The taste really is wonderful. A smoky heaven of dark roasted malt that leaves a little lingering bitterness.

The carbonation is maybe a little too strong for my liking, but it doesn't ruin overall mouthfeel, which is medium+ bodied, and feels warm and comforting on a chilling evening.

I do love this beer, and it makes for a perfect winter sipper. Glad I'm back in WI where they have this on tap at a bunch of places. Gotta be one of my favorite beers.

AmberMan22, Jan 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

crowsnest, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

rayj212, Apr 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

pathman, Apr 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Hopmarc, Feb 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Punkrckr281, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

blairb366, Aug 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

PearlyGates, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

lenbert, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

songoose, Jan 31, 2012
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 758 ratings.