Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +2%
Purchased in a Sprecher variety pack.
Pours a clear dark red, almost black, hard to see through, big thick tan head forms, drops down leaving lots of lace, solid layer. Smell is sweet and fruity, some anise, caramel, touch of chocolate, iron, cherries, bit of maple, not bad. Taste is nice, iron, caramel, light roast, fruits, rich chocolate in the finish, some licorice and solid roasty bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth. Solid Shwarzbier, best Sprecher I've had.
11-25-2007 04:26:03 | More by Viggo
4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
22 oz. bomber, listed as 6% on the label,
A: Pours a very dark brown, black-looking from afar into a mug, with a medium dark-tan head which slowly fades, light lacing as well.
S: Smells of light coffee and dark chocolate, as the beer warms, a distinct roast and smoke scent comes out.
T: This is a truly exceptionally tasting black lager. Sweet dark cocoa and bitter coffee combine to form a rich, tasty brew, that is almost like drinking a liquid dessert, very reminiscent of an RIS. There are a wealth of flavours hidden in this beer, delicious dark roast and chocolate. Just the perfect amount of sweetness balances the roast bitterness.
M: Smooth and soft, easy drinking, just makes you want to take another gulp.
D: Smooth and a pleasure going down, by far the best schwarzbier I have ever had, Sprecher has truly made a classic. Highly recommended.
11-24-2007 03:54:06 | More by Halcyondays
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
This brew pours a opaque black color. The head in one inch in height, light tan in color, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. The taste is like the aroma, but with a little more caramel and a little less chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is one of the most authentic German style beer I have had in America. It brings back found memories of some of the great beers I had while I lived in Germany. I will certainly drink this again.
11-11-2007 22:38:40 | More by KarlHungus
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a solid black with a creamy two fingered head that slowly builds and lasts quit awhile leaving some sticky lacing as it disipates.
The aroma is malty with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Like an Imperial Stout but more subdued.
The malt is definately on display here. Hints of bitter chocolate and espresso add to the complexity. I don't sense much for hops in aroma or taste which I think would add to the beer as it is very sweet. It feels heavy for a Schwarzbier (Sprecher calls it Kulmbacher) but has a excellant creamy, smooth feel. Just mild carbonation tickles the tongue. Feels a little heavy as I think it could be confused for a stout so it doesn't have the consumption rate of other black lagers and their drinking appeal.
11-03-2007 19:48:30 | More by morimech
4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz bottle into a mug glass. This was one of the first beers that I added upon realizing that BA had a “wants list” so I’ve been waiting a while with a great deal of anticipation to try this beer.
A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of German malts, roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with a little bit of hops.
T: The taste is smoky, malty and sweet with creamy flavors of coffee & chocolate. There’s a mild hops presence, but it’s enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for a style that normally leaves a stickiness.
D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style. To quote respected fellow BA IntriqKen, “Now THIS is a Schwarzbier!” This is definitely a beer that I could for a very long period of time and was certainly worth the wait. The only thing that I don’t like about this beer is that I haven’t been able to find it in my area.
10-21-2007 04:36:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to genog for this one.
16 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.
Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head that quickly dies down to a thin layer that seems to stick around for a bit. Stickiness could use some help, but there is some. Smell is a sweet molasses with some caramel malt and leather. Some roasted barley as well as a tiny bitterness in the nose. Taste has some toasted malt and a sweet brown sugar. I detect a hint of coffee/espresso as well, but not overpowering at all. Aftertaste has a bit of a hop tingle to it as well as a hit of tobacco. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full with a good amount of carbonation. This is a damn good beer, I was quite surprised. Nice to have a beer like this every now and then to take me away from my everyday IPA lifestyle.
10-11-2007 00:24:39 | More by BeerTruth
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
A- poured a black, but without particulates, with a brown head that faded relatively quickly, but it was a gentle pour.
S- smells of roasted malts, a little malty sweetness, but more bitter
D- roasted maltiness throughout, a solid flavor, a well balanced bitterness,fades off the tongue really well
M- medium/light body, a fine carbonation, and smoothness on the tongue
D- a solid lager.
09-16-2007 23:32:22 | More by Atron67
4.8/5 rDev +17.9%
Now THIS is a Schwarzbier!
Pours almost black with just a touch of mahogany red and a nice full finger head that takes it's time melting leaving a sticky map in it's wake.
Aromas of roasted dark malts, coffee, a hint of chocolate, and just a breath of citrus hops. As it warms more, I notice a little tobacco as well.
Flavor is rich and full-bodied. Dark roasted malt for sweetness, rich coffee with just a little chocolate and then the nice hop citrus finish.
Aftertaste is totally clean with nothing cloying at all.
An extremely flavorful Schwarzbier...almost with porter like characteristics.
09-15-2007 02:58:09 | More by IntriqKen
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Almost completely opaque black body, slight brown hues when held to the light. Small brown head tops it off. Big chocholate malt scent, some slight roast to it. The main gist of this one is chocolate malts, good amount of roast to them. A touch of bitter hops in the backround. Big, creamy mouth. Not a bad drink.
09-12-2007 01:06:18 | More by Tballz420
3.58/5 rDev -12%
A-pours as black as a dark night with a cream coloured creamy top. Lacing coats the sides of the glass.
S-Slight charred malt, not very strong
T-Sweetness is the first thing that hits you followed by the slightly charred malt. Slight hints of hops can be detected but most of the bitterness here is from the malt.
M-Light bodied with moderate carbonation
D-This is a good Swartzbier but not on par with some of the European classics. Is a bit sweet for my taste but this is a good one to have on hand.
09-04-2007 14:48:16 | More by sleazo
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
Much appreciation to the old boss again for this gem received in the beer of the month club, the first of many Dark Lagers for me.
Appearance - Beautiful dark almost opaque color with a pinch of rub and a brown head that was just a bit thin.
Smell - Very nice caramel/ coffee odors come through.
Taste - Amazing, has a lovely roasted flavor which is balanced superbly with a sweet caramelized malt and just a hint of bite from hops.
Mouthfeel - The roasted flavor just leaves an amazing aftertaste and the consistency is practically perfect.
Drinkability - Big pimping brew here folks, this is a must-try and a gem from the midwest. It's definetly turned me on to more dark lagers and I look forward to more like this bad boy (though sadly, I only have one more of him).
08-31-2007 00:01:05 | More by jdg204
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
The local beer guy brought in a ton of Sprecher brews and this one seemed to be the most highly acclaimed of the lot so I grabbed it.
A: Pours black as the as of spades (drinking while playing online poker) with a nice thick two finger head made up of the tiniest of bubbles. There is some lacing left behind I must say tt looks rather beautiful in my Maudite Tulip.
S: Nice malty aroma. Definite notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a floral quality about it as well. Can't pick out the flower, but its in there and the sweetness is very nice.
T: Very good brew, the best I have ever had from Sprecher. Very malty with a wonderful taste of charred malts that brings out a dark roasted coffee taste with chipped milk chocolate. It finishes with a chary bite. Not sure if its hops, or just deeply charred malts. What ever it is I like it.
M: Medium bodied and pretty flat.
D: I really like it. Goes down smooth and tastes good. What more could ya want.
Overall: I really liked this brew. I still prefer my stouts and porters but that is not to slight this one in any way. It drinks like a porter or stout but is lighter in body. The taste is in the same ball park, but this one is a little more flat than most. All that being said you have to remember this beer is a Lager... Impressive, I don't generally like Lagers. Sprecher made a great beer here there is no doubt about it. I am not real familiar with the style, but I plan to go in search of others.
08-10-2007 23:06:26 | More by tpd975
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
16oz pint twist off bottle (boohoo) poured into pint glass.
A: Pitch black, even when held up to the light I cannot see through this beer. They weren't kidding when they daid Black Bavarian Style. The 1.5 inch brown bubbly head fades into a ring with minimal lacing down the glass.
S: Woo this is a tasty smelling beercarmalized sugar in a cafe mocha is what this beer reminds me. It doesn't even smell like a beer, but I suppose that is a subjective statement. Just a nice and sweet malted smeel. Good, good good.
T/MF: Feels initally slick and smooth on the tongue then the bitterness, not unlike coffee, opens up soon after and bites the tongue through the finish leaving a prickly feeling all over. Initially tastes of candied plums then the chocolate and coffee characters come in and form a nice balance of sweet and bitter.
D: Was a little bitter on the back end but maybe that's because I was eating pickels before trying this beer. Very tasty and drinkable dark beer, fits well any time of year.
08-05-2007 01:10:59 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
This was a fantastic beer. It was the last of my sampler pack and I couldn't be more excited to have my second.
Appearnce is the only flaw here, black like coffee, like night black, but little head or lacing.
Smell and taste are delicious with slightly sweet malt mixed with coffee, and burnt chocolate.
This beer is medium-heavy.
Drinkability is excellent.
07-27-2007 03:56:07 | More by supercolter
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Apeparance: pours a dark black color with a 2" tan colored head that lasts for a long while.
Smell: chocolates, caramel, and malt sweetness are easy to detect by the nose well outside the glass.
Taste: soft roasted malt profile with some chocolate, caramel, molassess, and a hint of plum sweetness makes up most of the flavor profile. Some soft bitterness balances it out.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smooth towards the finish. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: bold flavors make up a nicely drinkable beer. This bottle was consumed quite quickly and too bad there wasn't another one around.
07-25-2007 12:51:57 | More by Gavage
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
16 ounce bottle served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch and half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells very malty, like coffee, chocolate and molasses. It's very tasty, it tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee and also a bit of a smoky taste. For the most part it's a sweet tasting beer, with some bitterness too. Mouthfeel is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. It's smooth and a bit creamy and slick with a dry finish. Drinkability is good, it goes down very easy and it's hard to stop drinking this. I think this is a good beer, I like it a lot and I'd definitely recommend it.
07-15-2007 01:24:56 | More by bluejacket74
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Not quite opaque, clear at edges. Deep dark brown/mahogany when held up to light. Medium sized, light brown, creamy head. Not much lacing or legs.
Malt bomb - sweet overall. Chocolate & coffee. Roasted notes.
Initially, more bitter than sweet, stays that way, but nicely balanced overall. Roast & coffee notes. Grassy/herbal hops compliment roast & coffee. Touch of smoke.
Medium + body. Medium + carbonation. Not very dry.
Very nicely done. Enjoyed it tremendously!
07-13-2007 15:16:30 | More by
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Received in late June as part of the MicroBeerClub shipment.
Beer pours a jet clack with an OK tan head. Nose is of roasted malts. Taste initially was a blast of those roasted malts. Later sips produce notes of chocolate and a bit of molasses. Mouthfeel is medium bodied as this glides very nicely across my palate. Drinkability is near perfect. This is one solid beer that I wish I could put into my rotation!
07-12-2007 02:32:21 | More by arizcards
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
Pours black (duh) with a dark tan, 2" high head. Great retention, tight little bubbles.
Smell is roasted malt, smoke, peat, vanilla, toffee.
Taste is roasted malts, peat, smoke, very light hops, vanilla and toffee.
A medium/full body with a nice smooth aftertaste that just slowly fades away. I could find nothing wrong with this beer at all. Extremely good, great even. Try two or three.
06-22-2007 02:21:15 | More by PorterLambic
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Cheers to PackerFan for this one! Looks great in my Kostrizer glass! Zero head retention or lacing
Pours an effervescent-reddish mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head.
S: Roasted grain & some coffee
T: Big roasted malt & some molasses & chicory up front. Rich chocolate shows up as this warms. Finishes roasty with a little caramel & more chocolate
MF: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation & great balance
Drinks very easy, a pretty damn good schwartz, the equal of anything I had in Germany! Shame about the visual, might adjust this if I see better results next time
06-20-2007 03:22:10 | More by russpowell
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
Sprecher Black Bavarian Style Lager pours a lovely stiff
brown head over a black brew. The nose is molasses with
a hint of mocha. Carbonation is really hard to guage- this
stuff is black as a stout. The flavor is coffee, molasses, and
a bit of bitter chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel is light
and crisp- a dark beer that is perfectly refreshing in June.
It's like a bad ass iced coffee, with alcohol! Goddamn-
Sprecher has some master brewers working for them- I've
yet to taste a loser. Tasty.
06-08-2007 07:15:50 | More by shadow1961
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
My 100th review very tasty
a: dark black very difficult to see through half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: roared malt aroma with slight hp presence
t: very very nice, roasted malts kinda like a nice porter. slight hop presence extremely enjoyable
m: medium bodied with average carbonation
overall deffinatly one of the better beers ive had
06-07-2007 00:34:51 | More by happygnome
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Got this as part of Sprecher's Beers of Old Bavaria - very tasty. It reminds me more of a baltic porter and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (when it's mellow). The aroma is a bit weak, and the taste is bland at first, but then it explodes with rich chocolate. There's a roasted edge to it that's more barley than coffee, but quite nice. There's a decent bitterness and I wouldn't call this a schwarzbier by taste, but it's quite good regardless. Worth finding.
06-05-2007 04:38:48 | More by tempest
4.15/5 rDev +2%
pours black without much weight for its color. small, light brown head that dissipates quickly. good looking brew.
smell is roasty with hints of chocolate and caramel. embodies just what a good schwarzbier should be.
taste is little different from the smell. good balance of roastiness and chocolate. the alcohol is very well masked, only slightly coming through as the beer warms a bit.
mouthfeel is light for a beer this dark, true to a good schwarzbier. goes down very smooth with a good aftertaste of the same roastiness and a bit of caramel.
drinkability is good. i could see myself drinking a few of these in a night. it is not too filling, and leaves a good aftertaste behind.
overall this is a great schwarzbier. definitely one of Sprechers better brews. try it in a snifter, the scent of this one is wonderful!
06-01-2007 02:46:32 | More by botham
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Decent head and chocolate malt smell.
taste is of chocolate malting with a faint alcohol back and low hop presence. A little bit acidic.
Decent mouthfeel, but a little astringent. Not bad though. I like it.
This beer is a decent beer to make a session out of, but there are better schwarzbiers out there. I'm glad I tried it though. I would definetly order it at a bar.
05-26-2007 07:19:22 | More by jasonjlewis
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.