Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company
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4.8/5 rDev +17.9%
Purchased from the Sprecher Brewery giftshop in Glendale, WI. Pours a pitch black body with a thick tan head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate and roasted peat. Medium bodied this beer is a blast of roasted malt in your mouth with a touch of smokiness. Mild carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel. Pleasant sweetness in the finish. This is what a dark lager should be. Terrific beer.
09-02-2009 02:11:10 | More by blackearth
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
3.4/5 rDev -16.5%
not much on the nose.
taste is roasty malts and a dominant fig character, with that typical sprecher sourness from the yeast(which I really don't care for).
This does have some of the same good qualities as say a sammy smith beer... the mouthfeel is fantastic and the look is ominous with lace.... a very english caskness to this for sure.... but taste-wise it's just not my cup'o'tea despite it being one of the better offerings.
May revisit, but when it comes to swarzbier I like a lighter bodied, LESS FUNKY(sour) version....
call me crazy, but if given the choice I'd take a Sam Adam's black lager over this - despite this having that 'exceptional' look and mouthfeel.
02-01-2011 19:54:21 | More by witster18
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
Thanks to Sean at Libation Station for the recommendation. Poured into a tulip. Black with a huge beige head that never completely goes away. Looks like a stout with a big head. Great lacing. Nice looking beer.
I've never smelled a beer like this one. Malty, maybe a chocolate undertone,charcoal maybe. Again, very different.
Taste is really good. Starts malty, slightly stout with a slight bitter sweet middle but not hoppy. Super clean finish with a slight smokey stout like undertone. It's like a stout/porter/lager combination. The roasted malt seems to be the dominate flavor but it almost tastes hoppy from the roasted bitterness. I don't know,what it is but it tastes good.
The mouthfeel is the star. I don't recall a beer more smooth than this one. Really good session beer.
Overall, this is a must try if you like to try different beers and I do. This would be a great beer with German food. It's a great beer to just enjoy too. The low abv makes it sessionable.
11-09-2013 22:26:49 | More by dbell23
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
A- Pours a dark black body with a heavy tan head.
S-Smell of hops and caramel and chocolate malts with a sweet smell in the background.
T-Taste of hops and caramel and chocolate malts with sweet bitter taste from the caramel malts.
M- Very creamy and smooth slightly chewy with a velvety texture to the pallet.
D- Very good Bavarian dark lager coming from Wisconsin. This beer has great taste and aroma and not to be taking lightly. This beer can hang with the worlds best.
11-05-2010 07:15:38 | More by SamuelJackson45
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance 16 oz bottle from Julio's. Pours black as any stout, with faint red highlights when held up to the light. On top is an extra creamy tan two finger head that last for a few minutes.
Smell Light coffee notes with a toasted malt backbone. A bit too roasty for a traditional shwarzbier, but it still smells good to me. No esters or alcohol that I can detect.
Taste Smooth with mild roast and a slight noble hop twang. Slight dry charcoal bitterness in the finish. Definitely an in-your-face American interpretation of the German original, but its tasty. I would say this beer is a lager cousin to a Dry Irish Stout.
Mouthfeel Smooth medium body with medium carbonation. A bit heavy for the style, but it fits this particular flavor profile well.
Drinkability & Notes A tasty lager and my second favorite shwarzbier behind only the fabulous offering from Moonlight. Not exactly to style, but I'm not complaining too much.
12-28-2005 02:13:52 | More by OldSock
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
beer pours black with a beige head.
aroma is pruny malt
taste is a nice combination of roasty malt with a nice acidity to balance it out and just the right touch of hops.
mouthfeel is very very smooth.
drinkability is huge, great session beer.
overall, this is a very easy-drinking and enjoyable take on the style, i love the 16 oz bottle as well. this one is a staple for me.
03-10-2007 22:35:15 | More by evanackerman
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
This is a classic Milwaukee microbrew when there were not that many to choose from.I've enjoyed this beer since the late 1980's and this fresh sample brought back many memories.
A beautiful black color with red highlights, it's topped off with a creamy tan head that hangs for a while. Malt, this style features malt and it begins with the aroma, rich malt,slightly smokey, and a hint of earthy hops. The complex malt flavor is chewy caramel, with a nutty,smokey,toasty finish to dry off the malt and keep the beer close to my lips.It has a nice medium body and a very creamy texture with maybe a hint of roast malt thrown in to complete the malt maze. A classic rare style, a little larger than a dunkel but very inviting as a session brew. Yum!
04-24-2003 12:59:19 | More by jeffboo
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.
01-31-2010 00:37:46 | More by AmberMan22
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
There aren't enough domestic craft breweries doing lager-style beers, yet alone dark lager-style beers; so this brew has been much anticipated for me. This 16 ounce twist-off bottle was purchased at Repete's in Holland, MI. It was bottled May 13, 2011. I twisted off the cap and poured into a pint tumbler.
A standard pour (horizontal bottle, 45-degree glass) manifests a finger of mocha-tinted head atop this cola-colored lager. Head retention is not impressive but lacing coats the glass where once was beer.
The aroma displays some nice roasty chocolate malt. My nose could easily mistake it for porter.
The flavor is also very porter-like. Earthy malts lead the charge with chocolate being the obvious reference point. There is a bit of cooked veggie presence. Alcohol is very well hidden and there is no hop bitterness to speak of. The lagering gives this a nice crisp bite that I haven't experienced in any porter. Therein lies the key difference, and it is a nice touch.
In the mouth this is a deceptively full bodied beer. The carbonation level is moderate. The modest 32 IBUs pass below the radar, making Black Bavarian pretty easy drinking, even despite the full flavor. At 6% ABV the alcohol level is moderate. I like that the bottle contains a full pint but doesn't carry a premium price (it works out to about $1.50 per 12 ounce serving). Although this is a year-round release for Sprecher, it feels like a particularly appropriate choice for fall-season drinking. This is a nice change of pace from the barrage of ale-style beers that I'm drinking all year.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I do give two Schlitz for Sprecher Black Bavarian. If you're fortunate to be in an area that distributes Sprecher products, this is worth tracking down.
10-15-2011 03:17:02 | More by weizenbob
3.53/5 rDev -13.3%
Pours a light dark black. Yes, a strange appearance, though I would guess on style. Little to no carbonation.
Slight malt. Almost smells burt. Light overall
Burnt malt, and yet very refreshing, light. Not much in the palatte, very subtle. For a 5%+ ABV, this beers tastes good.
Refreshing. Doesnt feel like the color. Macro feel, craft subtle.
Very nice. I could drink a few of these pounders. If the price was right, a case seems nice for a warm afternoon with friends.
07-26-2008 21:16:02 | More by JasonA
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Sprecher calls this brew a Kulmbacher-style dark lager. Certainly a very dark lager, definitely assisted by considerable roasted grain, not just the Munich malt of a traditional dunkel. Other than in mouthfeel conforms fairly well to the BJCP schwarzbier definition.
Poured at near-room temperature from a 16 oz twist-off bottle barely fitting into a pint glass. Puts a thin tan fine-bubbled head on top of a brown-black body that is impervious to light. Head fades quickly to a thin persistent ring that leaves occasional specks of lacing on the glass.
First whiff immediately suggests fresh warm slab of pumpernickel bread, full of malt with roasty, coffeeish grain. Flavor comes through with a malt sweetness that is counterbalanced to a degree by the dark malts and hop bitterness unaccompanied by any noticeable flavor or aroma. Carbonation is on the light end of the range for this style.
A little bit on the heavy side for a schwarzbier, with the heaviness offset by stronger than usual roasted grains that begin to trespass on the astringency which schwarzbiers are supposed to avoid. Just pushing equally both the body and the bitterness a bit beyond the envelope. The bitterness leaves that palate clear enough for the next sip, but the heaviness and sweetness while the beer is between the teeth is a bit tiring. A little more carbonation would help the cause here.
Overall a well-crafted beer that pushes the schwarzbier flavor envelope without shredding it.
02-01-2009 20:17:28 | More by MillRat
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
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance: Jet black, with low/medium viscosity. Good 1/2 inch head thins to filmy suds cover.
Aroma: Nice metallic lager nose - acidic, with some black pepper and a little espresso.
Taste: Mmmm...a solid, tasty, schwarzbier. Roasted espresso finish complements a smooth and understated front palate. Peppery, rich, a little acidic, but not at all sweet. Some occasional plums, but for the most part a fairly clean brew.
Mouthfeel: Rich without being too heavy. Nice clean malt finish.
Drinkability: Sessionable and pleasant. This was the perfect complement to the baseball game I was watching at the time, and definitely a beer I'll return to. Does a good job avoiding sweetness and remaining true to the style.
07-22-2006 03:43:14 | More by expatsteve
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.