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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

725 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 98
Gots: 26 | 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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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-20-2013 03:07:29 | More by coz
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GhostMtnAbbey

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong notes of plums, milk chocolate and raisins.

Pours with an amber head that doesn't last long. Lacing could be better.

A pleasant bitterness mixed with deep roasted malts and dark fruits. The blend tends to hold together great in mouth for a round sipping experience.

The best of Sprecher I've had so far.

I'd buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 02:05:27 | More by GhostMtnAbbey
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Brewsed

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-10-2012 22:32:33 | More by Brewsed
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mixnslam

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-19-2012 09:40:17 | More by mixnslam
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-30-2012 23:37:43 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-05-2012 01:24:25 | More by lackenhauser
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DersOne

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-25-2013 17:12:55 | More by DersOne
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StefanosG

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-28-2012 02:10:38 | More by StefanosG
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-16-2011 18:35:48 | More by DoctorB2B
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a slowly rising to three finger head tha makes a slow recession to nothingness on the surface of my 16oz's of beer. Color is a deep, deep brown with some brownie/blood highlights.

Smell- Your are hit with complex malt aromas of smokey beech wood, toasty and roasty breads. With a lager like pop in the nostrils for the finish.

Taste- Strta out with mostly roost, but then you catch resurging waffs of smoke intermitant with a middle of toasty malts and a little burnt lager like grass flavors in the end.

Mouthfeel- The malts were awesome moving over my mouth. They mixed well with my garlic enveloped pizza. A little cloying...maybe. The malts I mean.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 03:24:24 | More by scruffwhor
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-14-2012 04:56:23 | More by ssjkyle
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moester13

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Great looking pour, pitch black with a finger of tan head. Good retention and nice looking lacing.

S: Dark and toasty malts with hints of nutty caramel.

T: Delicious dark roasted malt sweetness upfront, with an excellent lingering chocolate bitterness and hints of toasty caramel.

M: Full bodied, very smooth.

D: A nice alternative for porter fans. Very smooth and not as filling

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 00:16:40 | More by moester13
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-05-2014 20:29:50 | More by ParkbrauFan
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jak

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-01-2012 20:09:41 | More by jak
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-22-2014 01:11:54 | More by afsdan
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EddieJoe

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-03-2012 19:13:41 | More by EddieJoe
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, well, well. What a fine beer we have here. The dark malts really shine through, giving this beer a deep roasted chocolate flavour as velvety as its mouthfeel. Wow. It looks nice too, with a pitch black body and nice brown head that collapses into a fine lace. Mmmm.
Very drinkable. Very delicious. It's smell is forgettable, but this beer isn't!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 22:11:07 | More by shbobdb
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is another of tone77's big box o' beer that he dropped off recently in another local, in-person trade.

From the bottle: "This intensely dark Kulmbacher-style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavor and aromas of caramelized and chocolate malts. A renonowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it a world champion."

I poured a couple of times, due to its desire to jump up to the top of the glass. Once it finished, I had a finger of dense, deep-brown head that sat atop the beer like a petulant child who refuses to go to their room when directed. I was going to spank it before i realized that it had the power to spank me tonight, Color was a deep, dark-brown that allowed just enough light to penetrate to show off its ruby highlights. Showoff! Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Hey, is this a lager or a milkshake?!? The taste reminded me of Spike's request for dark chocolate-enrobed coconut eggs for Easter. Spike is NOT The Old Lady, but instead both a departmental colleague and my Lunch Duty partner. She helps me with the curriculum and I ply her with chocolate. In the meantime, this was a great pre-Easter beer. Dark chocolate, coconut, smoke and perhaps some wood all interacted to create a phenomenal lager. Finish was semi-sweet and I felt satiated on chocolate for the foreseeable future. Man, thanks to tone77 for a really memorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:56:40 | More by woodychandler
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yesyouam

New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher Black Bavarian is a solid black lager with a fluffy brown head. Wooden spice, sweet malt and roast are in the aroma. It's medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth with a slightly astringent finish. Big, chewy roasted malt is the flavor here. It's balanced, bold and simple. The wooden spice is in the taste too. It's almost a touch tart. This is very enjoyable-- a supreme lager!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 22:19:37 | More by yesyouam
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Offa

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wodnerful schwarziber, complex, full of flaovur, yet very drinkable and smooth.

It's black, almost devoid of carbonation, and has a small, dense, light brown head that steadily thins to a foamy ring.

The aroma is rich, mostly roasted, chocolate, coffee, earth with elements of licorice and molasses.

The taste is similar to the aroma, but lighter. It has toasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, other elements of flowers and spice, a tad like a little good root beer. It has a nice sweet-bitter balance. The flavour is strong and lasting, but incredibly smooth. Despite appearances, it is actually lightly carbonated and has a lively yet creamy feel, and is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 18:32:01 | More by Offa
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is gorgeous! The color is a very dark brown as it should be with a beautiful darkly tanned head. I just couldn’t stop looking at this beauty shop.

Smell – The darkly-roasted malts are subdued but rich and complimented well with some doughy yeast. The sweets are small but mate well to the roasty malts.

Taste – This opens up nicely at the taste. The malts are roasty and bold and the sweets are lightly sugared and manage to avoid that offensive tangy flavor that so many pretenders of the style seem to have.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied and expertly balanced. This is traditional German balancing at its best.

Drinkability – This is one of the best Schwartzbiers that I’ve ever had, to include the six years that I lived in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 01:49:50 | More by RoyalT
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher Black Bavarian has a very thick, creamy, beige head, a dark brown (ruby, under light) appearance, and lots of thick, cream-like lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of dark-roasted, almost burnt, barley malt, sweetness, and brown bread crust, and the flavor is of creamy, dark-roasted malt, charcoal, dark coffee, chocolate powder, black cherries, slight licorice, underlying, soft bitterness, and brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Sprecher Black Bavarian finishes fairly crisp, rich, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is most excellent, and I highly recommend it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 17:34:34 | More by RonaldTheriot
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bowersdm

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle (I think) poured into a German pilsner glass

A - Dark, almost like an Imperial Stout. The head was very small (<1cm)

S - roasted barley, other malts, and a hint of chocolate

T - roasted barley and chocolate followed by a dry roasted barley bitterness (like the tail end of the taste of Guinness), followed by a slight chocolate taste, and some vanilla and coffee, but not as much as the chocolate or roasted barley.

M - nice, it had a surprisingly good level of carbonation considering the weak head.

D - I would definitely have another one of these. It's pretty filling for what I consider to be a pretty low ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:07:50 | More by bowersdm
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revolt914

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I drank this beer with nothing holding me back... this is by far one of my top 5 beers to date. I can't think of anything bad about this beer being the style it is. I started with craft beers knowing I loved Black Beers and being a schwarzbier is just that. If you haven't had this beer take some time and get to know it, I really do think this beer deserves no explanation other than a strong push in the, "Go get this beer" category!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 06:36:23 | More by revolt914
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle courtesy of hu5om. Thanks Ryan!

Not first encounter with Black Bavarian. It was one of the first beers that really impressed me at my first GABF.

It pours the blackest of pitch blacks with about an inch of tannish foam. Despite having an average head of foam, the lacing is good.

The smell is of chocolate and roasted malt. Some sweet notes, some bitter ones.

The taste is superb! Notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, a touch of fruitiness when I swish it in my mouth, and a nice balancing light bitterness. Delicious!

Medium body, light to medium carbonation, this is an easy drinking and super good example of the style. Maybe the best US sample that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 19:45:30 | More by Bitterbill
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.