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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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750 Ratings

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 102
Gots: 32 | 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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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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

bigbeers84, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

djcira, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of AmberMan22
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

songoose, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

slayernation, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

doucmehu, Aug 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

coz, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

GhostMtnAbbey, Sep 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Robloc303, Sunday at 01:52 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mixnslam, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Jul 30, 2012
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.