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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

682 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%


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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yankeej13

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed their scottish ale so I wanted to pick up more stuff from Sprecher.

A- Dark as night with a nice mild lace of a chocolate color foam. Mild amount of carbonation.

S- Has a nice sweet smell. Decently bold smell get hints of chocolate or maybe a coffee malts.

T- Was a little disappointed with the taste not as robust as I thought it would be. A nice mild palette. Has a really nice finish to it, I got more of a bold finish than right from the start.

M- Good drinkability, really smooth good flavor at theh finish.

Overall- I did enjoy it alot, was not disappointed overall and would try again to see if it grows on me even more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 01:19:21 | More by yankeej13
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small streaks of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, molasses, and burnt sugar aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, campfire smoke, and some molasses flavors. A very mild roasty bitterness quickly fades after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with some nice roasty qualities. I am glad I picked one of these up.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:24:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher : Black Bavarian

Pours a nice dark blackish brown color, light brown head forms over an inch. Aroma of roasted malts, bready, and alittle floral. In the taste, classic schwarzbier, black malts, dusty cocoa, and a moderate level of bitterness. Very nice roasted malt flavor, mimicking porter and coffee flavors. Easy drinking, dark, roasted brew. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice richness. Overall, this is an impressive schwarzbier. Sprecher does German styles better than most.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 04:17:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Dark black with ruby/mahogany highlights only seen when back-lit. Has a thick tan head that soon settles to a lasting ring and partial coat.

S - Dark baked bread and roasted malts with some earthiness and hints of dark fruits and chocolate.

T - Roasted malts dominate in a flavor that could almost be a porter. Not only considerably less sweet than a typical Schwarzbier, but more bitter than sweet. The bitterness is still mild even though there's a clear coffee note in the finish. In one aged bottle, there was an unusual but not particularly objectionable hint of red wine. Both finish and aftertaste provide rich and dark-roasted grain flavor.

M - very smooth and creamy, with a semi-dry finish and a medium-full body. Very good carbonation level.

O - Overall, this is an exceptional black beer that is notably less sweet a more hoppy than a classic Schwarzbier. Well crafted with plenty of rich roasted malt flavor. Be sure to let this warm up a bit if coming from standard refrigeration.

{some revision done with tastings on May 2012 & Feb. 2013}

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 23:06:14 | More by chinchill
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It is definitely black. The malts used give it a great opaque body with ruby highlights. I am turned off that this thing has NO head whatsoever. Just a light halo of film that has built around the sides of the glass, that is leaving no foam traces. Where is my two finger cap Sprecher? Is the beer bad? I hope not.

Smell: There isn’t really a whole lot on the nose either. I think Guinness original stout had more of a profile than this. I caught just the slightest bit of chocolate and caramel malts in there. But really not even that. Okay, a little roasted and bready malt there too. Not impressive however.

Taste: That’s pretty interesting, a good pretty interesting! You start with a surprising hoppy bitterness. Surprising because you couldn’t get that from the nose in a million tries (yeah yeah olfactory fatigue I get it, but you understand what I mean right?). Then it launches fast and furious into roasted caramel malts and sour coffee notes. It’s a nice transition.

Finally, it finishes with an almost pale ale wheat flavor. The light hops make a comeback in the swallow as well. It’s almost like drinking a nice stout and it tries to morph into a pale ale as it passes through. If nothing else, the flavor profile is doing what Sprecher said it is supposed to, and it’s really good.

Mouth feel: The hops and the bitterness are contributing to a semi-dry and light mouth feel. This is very strange to me, since I am thinking I am drinking a heftier stout that is supposed to have a bigger mouth feel.

It’s not necessarily off putting, because it fits with the lighter hops thrown in. However, it borders precariously close to being too light and watery. It doesn’t quite sink to that though.

Overall: I am really torn by the experience of this beer. It’s all there when you take a drink of the Black Bavarian (sounds like a silver age comic’s villain doesn’t it?). However, the nose and mouth feel don’t do it any justice at all.

Give me that impenetrable foam head you see on porters and stouts. Let me smell the malts when I pop the cap. Heck, there was probably even room to let those pale ale malts shine through the dark depths of the caramel and coffee malts all the brighter. As it is though it is a good beer, that I feel Sprecher could make a great one.

They leave me feeling like they can get the flavor profile they want and deliver, now just follow through on the whole experience and this could be a “HOLY SMOKES THAT’S SOME GOOD BEER!” easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 16:12:24 | More by Pintofbrown
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $1.79 in early 2011.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a long lasting head of light brown foam. Scent is interesting with a mixture of malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. Taste is very robust with roasted and carmel malts, little bit of cocoa, and a little bit of a nutty aftertaste. Has a very nice texture and the taste lasts well after the swallow. Erupts the taste buds very nicely. Makes for a very good slowing drinking beer as it's not something you should consider chugging down.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 05:28:11 | More by Lemke10
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mactrail

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a glint of red. Roasted malt is the big flavor. Dark, almost burned caramel, but no hint of the sourish charcoal flavors of some stouts. Slightly sweet but well balanced with a touch of hops. Toasty aftertaste. Large head in the glass with nice carbonation in the mouthfeel. Light body with lots of flavor.

Good example of the style. Really drinkable and a great beer if you're in the mood for a dark one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 04:30:12 | More by mactrail
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steveh

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably one of the first micro-brewed beers I ever tried, back around 1985. Never reviewed it, had a taste for it, here goes.

A -- Deep, dark black (coincidence?) with ruby highlights only seen with a flashlight, and a thick head that starts with some darker highlights as poured, but settles on tan.

S -- Bready and mildly roasted malts, some light, clay-like earthiness.

T -- Roasted malts right up front. Very Stout/Porter-like in its flavor, but none of the top-fermented esters. Coffee notes and that earthy character, but no sweetness from the malt. All very roasty-bitter with a touch of crisp hop bitterness in the finish and some lightly sweet dark fruit and licorice in the aftertaste.

M -- Smooth, on the verge of syrupy, mouthfeel and a medium to light-heavy body.

O -- Overall, this is a very pleasant dark beer if you're looking for that typical roasted malt hit. But I wish there was just a slight bit more sweetness and smoothness you get from a classic Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 18:25:29 | More by steveh
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Pipmeister

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a small amount of light getting through. It has a 2-3 finger tan head that stays and leaves some decent lacing.
The smell. You get roastiness right off the bat with some dark followed up with a slight caramel. Good smelling brew.
The taste is roastiness and chocolate, it has some caramel and nuttiness to it.
Your mind tricks you A's you taste it because your thinking this is going to be thick based on the flavors. But because it is a lager it has a surprising lightness and creaminess to it.
Overall this is a really good beer that has a high drinkability, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:43:35 | More by Pipmeister
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep black. Thinner consistency than other stout type beers. Thin tan head. Some lacing.

Aroma is nice and roasty. Bit of caramel but with that dry lager aroma which is unique to this beer.

Taste is similar. Mostly roasty but slight bit of caramel. Bit of lager taste. Bitter roast left on your tongue in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste but not bad. Nice carb.

Overall a decent beer. Would have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:36:40 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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matjack85

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 16oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $2.19. A little bit of information about the beer can be found on the neck label, but as far as any freshness date goes, there is only an undecipherable bunch of numbers and letters etched into the glass under the neck label, so no telling how fresh this bottle is unless you can understand that code.

The beer poured out black, as you would expect from a schwarzbier, but this one gave off purple highlights when held to the light. Nice 1½-finger creamy tan head with good retention and a tremendous amount of lacing. A good looking black beer.

Big burnt roasted malt smell along with some caramel and a touch of coffee.

Lots of flavor to this one. Burnt roasted malt leads the way, followed by some coffee flavor, a touch of caramel, and even some bittersweet dark chocolate. Enough mild hop presence to keep it from being too sweet, in fact it leans more to the dry side with even a bit of puckering tartness. A damn good mix.

Creamy, but not heavy. The beer stays on the light to medium side of things with just a medium amount of carbonation. I found the mouthfeel to be absolutely perfect.

Drinkability is great with absolutely no trace of alcohol at all. By far the best Sprecher product I've tasted yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 05:47:14 | More by matjack85
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally a beer from Sprecher that actually impressed me. This beer poured out as a reay nice deep brown color. The head lasts for just about entire time you're drinking the beer. It doesn't leave a lot of lacing but it still survived for a while. The aroma is a really nicely roasted smell was minor hints or chocolate. There wasn't too much of a grassy lager or pilsner aroma which very good. The taste of the beer had a really nice flavor to it. Malty and roasted leaving a dry mouthfeel. Overall I'm very glad to say that I found a brew the I like from Sprecher, finally.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 03:23:30 | More by Knapp85
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Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
a. Black, all black. Solid head and lace.
s. Very nice malt and chocolate.
t. Very intense licorice taste. Malty. A chocolate aftertaste.
M. Smooth taste with a bit of a tart aftertaste.
o. It's a very good stout. Smooth, not too tart, but good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 00:03:29 | More by Amalak
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/24/11
Pours jet black with thin amber highlights on the sides of my pint glass, two finger tan head that recedes to a thin bubbly cap without any lacing left behind at all. When the cap dissipates, it has an odd oily sheen to its top surface that thankfully does not translate at all into an oily mouth feel. In fact, it is remarkably light bodied and "clean" to the palate for such an engine oil appearance. Carbonation is just perfect, tingly and crisp without being distracting.
A word of advice: Let this one warm up a bit in temp or you won't smell much. It really needs to breathe a bit before the nose reveals charred malt odors with floral and spice hop accents. Not a very complex nose, but it smells exactly like how I want it to. Sometimes less is more.
On tasting, a medium bitterness hits first and transforms into a sudden spike of acidic dry charred malt that sweetens up nicely just before the finish of black coffee grounds takes you for a ride through floral hoptown. Now all of this complexity is happening paradoxically without being as "thick" or rich as a stout or porter. I imagine that feat probably takes some real brewing skill to pull off. If you like your porters and stouts, and want to experience a different kind of mouthfeel for the same sort of flavors, try this brew.

Bizarre Food Pairing Note : Coincidentally this beer paired so incredibly well with my french onion soup I was having for lunch, that I really have to recommend snacking on anything with caramelized onions, onion rings, a burger with fried onions on top, etc. Seriously, both the onion soup and the brew got significantly amplified in deliciousness when tasted together.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 19:40:00 | More by WastingFreetime
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

given to me by my father, of all people!

A : pours a super dark oil color with a finger and half of solid and thick tan head, little tiny bubbles. german looking label, although it is american.

S : not much to speak of. a little hint of roasted malt. smells dry and has a hint of old chocolate bar.

T : begins with a musty and earthy hop, not bitter, but slightly flavorful. The middle is dominated by a vibrant roasted almost coffee taste. undertones of sweet chocolate bits. Followed up by another hint of flavor hops and a crisp finish. the finish has a hint of caramel in it.

M : clean, crisp and easy to drink. Finishes very nice and easy.

A nicely done beer. Lacking in aroma, but that may be the tulip I used (only clean glass I had today). a good surprise from a brewery I have never heard of and I would pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 19:58:07 | More by Thads324
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aasher

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It boggles my mind that Sprecher makes such a highly rated beer at all. I've had multiple beers from them and given them too many chances and have been let down every single time.

This beer pours a light bodied true black in color with a light beige lacing around my Aecht Schlenkerla snifter. I really don't get much of anything on the nose. After a couple minutes I think I can finally pick up some dark chocolate but can't get anything other than that. The flavors consist of slight dark chocolate, light roast, and it has this odd milky facet to it. It's somewhere between a porter and dark lager. It's very light in body and isn't an overly noticeable beer. Luckily it gets a little thicker as it warms and eventually turns milky.

Regardless, Sprecher should stick to world class sodas.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 03:53:47 | More by aasher
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SamN

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sprecher Black Barvarian is a very black, lighter bodied lager in the glass. Solid black with crimson and amber highlights to light. Dark mocha brown head is decently thick, doesn't last to long. Handsome and not at all imposing despite it's blackness. Smell is quite aromatic, dominated by roasted grains, coffee, faint molasses, smoke and charcoal/chalk. Dry rich aromas, odorous and mouthwateringly classic Schwarzbier. Taste is dark and light. Mildly bitter burnt malt greets the palette, moving to a very slighty vinegary middle and finishing on coffee, roasty flavors and light flowery hops. Lighter in body, good carbonation levels and it remains a crisper style, despite it's stout-like characteristics. Very drinkable, quite good with grilled meat.

Excellent example of one of my favorite styles of beer. I seriously thought this was from Germany until I reviewed it and saw it's actually from WI. Nice job, cheeseheads!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 21:47:25 | More by SamN
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therica

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let this one warm a bit before drinking. Be patient with this one and you'll be rewarded. I would say maybe 50-55F temp on this one. The warmer it gets, the better it gets.

A= dark black. Modest head, modest tan rimming.

S= not much scent at all when first poured, so I've let it set for a while. Ahhh-- smells like a premium dark Swiss chocolate bar. Dry roasted malts begin to appear. Some light hops florals.

T= rich, very nicely balanced, good dry chocolatey malts, definitely more bold than the classic Kostritzer in flavor. Not at all watery. Modest hops florals in the mix. More dry than bitter.

M= dry chocolate, then very dry dark chocolate. Rich malts lingering. Hints of hops florals.

O= one of the best and robust Schwartz' I've ever had. Don't ruin it with food or worrying about pairings.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:48:30 | More by therica
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tchaos

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown, with red tinges. 1 1/2 finger head that is fairly persistent with little to no lacing

S- Lovely roasted coffee aroma. Sweetness and mild hops are also present.

T- Bittersweet, roasted malts on the front end. Long, lingering dark chocolate and bitter finish.

M- Smooth, medium light, with medium carbonation

D- The porter fan in me really enjoyed this. Not quite as much roasted malt or mouthfeel as a porter, but enough to trick my mind a bit. Makes me want to explore the style more, especially as Blackened Voodoo was my craft beer gateway drug almost 20 years ago.

May the schwarzbier with you...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 10:22:59 | More by tchaos
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black bavarian, by sprecher. code on the bottle says 110830843, which i interpret to mean brewed the 83rd day of 2011. could be wrong but this method of reading the bottles seems to correlate pretty well with perceptions of the age of the stock. anyhow, i was so distracted by the bottling codes i didn't realize this is not a dunkelweisen as i had assumed. damn.

a 3.5-4 it's dark, real dark but translucent around the edges. big whoop. short head falls quickly to a ring. no lace noticed yet. did i mention the foam is creamed coffee colored?

s 3-3.5 definitely the worst nose on a dunkelweisen i've come across. smells like lightly charred dirty lager socks. extra points added since it's not actually supposed to be a dunkelweisen. (grrr)

t 3.5-4 as this is probably like sprecher's best beer or something, i hesitate to rag it too harshly. after resisting the urge to drain pour (due to style orientation displacement) i forced myself to try to enjoy this swill. for starters, it's a tad astringent. touch of charring, spent coffee grounds. hey i bet this would actually be good with some bavarian type food. damnit no pretzels around, no hard cheese, no salami, nothing.
went on a hunt and scared up an everything bagel, homemade pickels, feta, cashews, almonds, low qual dark chocolate, smoked turkey lunchmeat-guess this sh** will have to do. hey there's some bananas, maybe i should mush em up and slip them in to turn it more into what i originally ... nah, i'll resist.

ok, well the beer is drinking a little better now that there's some side nutrition involved, but it really needs dry, sharply flavored dancing partners. the pickles and feta do the best job of standing in for something better. hmm, some good chocolate might go pretty well since this cheap crap works reasonably.

having a full 16oz bottle at hand is mostly a good thing in a situation like this. if it was a 12er i'd have dunkled it by now. i rarely write about pairing food and beer, as i rarely do pair them. most of the time i eat my meal thinking about the beer i want to have afterward, not wanting to waste it on wash-down duty, which despite all the highfallutin talk some do it often turns into. german beers though, a lot of them at least, seem to me to be about eating as much as about drinking. and once accompanied even somewhat correctly, sprecher black bavarian is going down quite nicely--with the food smoothing out just enough of its rough edges yet not silencing it too much. do they leiderhosen (sp?) in xxxl? i might need some.

m 3.5-4 dude, i just wrote like 1000 words already. the mouthfeel is fine! really, it's maybe a touch light but i think that's the style, and the carbonation doesn't have to be buttercream. here it shouldn't be, actually. the slightly abrasive bubbles work with it, helping to keep the snacks happy.

o 4-4.5 by about the 13 oz mark this became a sentimental beer for me. it makes me wander nostalgically through distant memories of my german youth, even though i have never been to germany so far as i know. it's the first sprecher beer i've tried, but probably won't be my only. drinking this stuff is not like drinking most beers, for me at least. if i ever find myself defending it, i'll have to resort to something related to my defense of listening to the grateful dead. it's not about technical virtuosity or brilliant anything, it's about the mood created and the communion with ... now how did that defense go? ah well, peace!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:40:39 | More by brewmudgeon
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma isn't too strong; has definite notes of chocolate along with some roasted character. Light, kind of silky. Not bad.

Love the pint glass bottles! Haven't seen these before from anybody else. The color of the beer is in the name.

Taste is full of dark chocolate and roasted malts but it isn't overally powerful nor rich. A bit thin. Not really sweet in the least. Small but noble bitterness is noticeable on the finish. An espresso taste lingers after the swallow.

A solid, pretty much by the book black lager here. Those who are looking for a sweeter, richer schwarzbier are going to have to look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 00:22:32 | More by NODAK
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle is very reminiscent of the Sprecher's root beer bottle.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a 1" tan head. Has a nutty, malty smell, with a mild grassiness as well.

Has a subdued nutty taste, with sweet malt and mild bitter. Smooth, slightly sweet and creamy, this is a pleasant tasting brew.

Medium bodied, this is smooth and easy drinking beer.

I'll admit that I was skeptical about this brew when I bought it, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and taste of this beer. Smooth, tasty, nutty, I'd definitely have this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:14:37 | More by TheHoppiest
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck!

16oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - dark brown/black color with a tan head that left a trail of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

T - roasted malt taste upfront leads to a bittersweet chocolate flavor finishing slightly dry making me want another sip.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - I did enjoy this beer and would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:36:55 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Franz4

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a 1/2 ltr Paulaner mug

A- pours black with very little light coming through the glass. Head starts off at 3 fingers and then fades to a thin cap within the first 2 minutes of pouring. This is what I would want a schwarzbier to look like.

S- scent is slightly bready, but also has a fresh hop presence that's pleasant, but will surprise you a bit if you're not expecting it.

T- slight caramel notes followed by a nice balance of hoppiness. Slightly bitter but not overly, actually really quite nice.

S- surprisingly light bodied (looks can be deceiving) carbonation is evident and is on the higher end.

O- Very solid brew, 1st time I had it I think I served it too cold, and it wasn't nearly as good. This is a solid, easy drinker that I'm quite impressed with.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:06:01 | More by Franz4
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 16 oz bottle into pilsner glass.
A: Pours a nice dark chocolate brown with 1/2 inch tan head that slowly recedes. Reddish hue with backlighting.
S: Cream, chocolate and caramel malt, licorice, and sweet clove.
T: Sweet caramel malt, clove, bananas, mild dry chocolate, and a hint of wood smoke. Very nice especially for style.
M: Smooth and oily feel. Mildly bitter bite at the finish. Light-medium body.
D: One of my favorite session beers. A subtle beauty. Brings back wonderful memories of discovering craft beer and enjoying this one from a keg on a sunny spring day for a friend's bachelor party. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:40:40 | More by mwilbur
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.