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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

737 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 99
Gots: 31 | 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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ng1013


5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-19-2014 00:20:10 | More by ng1013
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-14-2014 04:29:38 | More by Cramerican
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

08-13-2014 23:57:31 | More by bubseymour
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Edgarallenpoor

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +13%

08-13-2014 23:57:16 | More by Edgarallenpoor
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%

Picked up this little beauty after my beer guru clued me in on Sprecher. Gould it at Super Subs and Six Packs in DuBois. Outstanding looking beer with plenty of malt and smoke for the nose. Very tasty beer that is very easy to drink. A very tasty beer that I hope to have again in the future and I hope to try other of the Sprecher beers.

08-13-2014 04:11:34 | More by JamieDuncan
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cdm1313

West Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

08-13-2014 01:12:49 | More by cdm1313
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Deep, dark red - so dark it's black until held up to the light - yet clear. Head is 2+ fingers of golden-brown foam that lingers a long time, leaving a delicate lacing behind.

S: Burnt sugar, tart grapes, and some light hops notes.

T: Maltiness is mildly sweet, but more bready. There are mild flavors of acrid, burnt grain, but they are faint enough that they add to, rather than detract from, the taste. There's enough tart fruitiness in the middle for balance, before spicy, bitter hops take over in the finish.

M: Moist, with medium carbonation. Much lighter mouthfeel than I expected based on the color.

O: A tasty, very drinkable beer. This American-brewed Schwartzbier gives any German-brewed example a run for its money.

08-12-2014 02:54:54 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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blairb366

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-11-2014 01:12:00 | More by blairb366
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-06-2014 00:31:43 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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Beric

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

Serving: Bottle into pilsner
Served: 2 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep brown-red color- almost black but you can definitely see the hints of deep copper red color at the bottom of the glass and around the edges. Pours with a two finger light-brown head that sticks around. Magnificent lacing.

Smell: Fresh and clean, crisp like you'd expect, with a soft assertion of roasted notes.

Taste: Really a great beer. Soft notes of dark chocolate and French-roast coffee on a medium-light body that softens the roasted notes. I really like the softening here- it maintains a lot of the roasted malt flavors without sacrificing body or flavor too much, unlike many common light, Irish dry stouts.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation makes this one somewhat silky on the tongue, but still with a nice hit of carbonation overall.

Overall: A marvelous beer- light in body and soft in flavor, but still immensely flavorful. Paired excellently with my slow-smoked ribs. A great beer and one that I would highly recommend. Could be a great beer as a soft introduction to roasted malt beers.

08-04-2014 00:25:14 | More by Beric
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Big_Dave

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-02-2014 07:52:18 | More by Big_Dave
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JayQue

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -2%

Pours a dark brown with no light showing through except a ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass. Medium size tan head with good retention. Wispy patterns of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is outstanding. Stout like smells of chocolate and caramel malt. Big aroma for a lager, a lot more than a little roasted malt.

Taste is strong and delicious as well. The chocolate malt starats out strong, but eventually is absorbed into sweeter caramel malt. A touch of hoppiness in the taste but just for a little balance.

Mouthfell is rich and creamy. Does not seem like a typical Schwarzbier/Lager. It is crisp and refreshing but the rich malty profile is more like a Stout than a lager,

This is a tasty beer, fully deserving of the high rating it gets on BA.

07-30-2014 01:37:53 | More by JayQue
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WI-Beer-Man

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-23-2014 23:09:36 | More by WI-Beer-Man
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green_plastic

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-22-2014 20:57:57 | More by green_plastic
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Hrodebert

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -14%

07-22-2014 02:40:16 | More by Hrodebert
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fuzzbalz

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-21-2014 18:45:28 | More by fuzzbalz
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Troy_P

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-20-2014 01:42:14 | More by Troy_P
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freewill35

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-19-2014 00:05:31 | More by freewill35
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-17-2014 01:42:24 | More by rudabegga9
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Black, deep chocolate brown in color. No light passes through. Pours a 1/2 finger dense taupe foam cap.

Aroma of sweet malts.toffee,caramel, chocolate, coffee.

Sips sweetness on the front of the tongue. Toffee, raisins,coffee, chocolate.

Smooth , low carbonation . Whisper of bitterness at the end that quickly fades.

Highest rated beer in found in the cooler of an out of town beer dispensary. Good choice, repeatable. Good beer

07-17-2014 01:35:49 | More by WunderLlama
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slayernation

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-15-2014 00:36:55 | More by slayernation
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Dief88

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

07-11-2014 21:53:43 | More by Dief88
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Sampling right now on 7/10/14. Comes in a nice 16 ounce bottle. Contains right at 6% ABV as written on the side of the label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce 'Texas Boot' glass.

Pours very dark reddish-brown, almost black really, with about a 1-finger beige head that lasts a long time with some spotty lacing seen around the glass. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt for the most part. The taste has more going on with toffee, caramel, molasses with light coffee. Lots of flavors going on but not overwhelming like some others. Smooth taste with just a very slight bitterness at the end that didn't linger. Overall very pleasing. I like this one.

07-10-2014 23:08:27 | More by BeerWithMike
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WwLoganxX

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-08-2014 19:57:26 | More by WwLoganxX
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michaelsmith11

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-07-2014 23:13:31 | More by michaelsmith11
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Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.