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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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joshwlt

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Reminded me of a lighter rauchbier more than a schwarzbier... Poured thick dark brown/black out of the bottle with a tan brown head that only reached about 3/4 of an inch high and didnt last long... Smelled great... bread, toffee, and lightly meaty. The taste however integrated some light flavors of rauchbier with a smokiness and some jerky flavors and sliiight coffee but accompanied by some sweeter malt. This is a good beer to bridge the gap to a more flavorful in your face rauchbier or stout... other black beers I've had were a bit sweeter and subtle. This has a bit more taste and is restorative.

07-23-2008 09:03:47 | More by joshwlt
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SteveS1

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

From the bottle to a glass-
Look: Completely dark brown/red, a nice tan head, very bubbly.

Smell: Has a sweet fruity smell, cherries, a bit of hops.

Taste: Bitter woody taste at the tongue, finishes with dark fruits and licorice. Bitter aftertaste, but with perplexing sweet caramely flavors.

Feel: Lots of carbonation, but lighter than it looks.

Drink: This is a tasty black brew, but just a pint will do. Enjoy the rich flavors slowly.

08-24-2009 02:47:22 | More by SteveS1
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yankees27

Iowa

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-27-2011 00:05:28 | More by yankees27
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Cthulhu

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2013 08:00:28 | More by Cthulhu
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donzilake

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-08-2013 18:37:38 | More by donzilake
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songoose

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-31-2012 03:44:31 | More by songoose
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schanker21

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Pours a virtually opaque, very dark brown which looks black when it's not held up to the light. Small tan head doesn't last long. Not a whole lot in the nose. I mean, it smells like beer, but that's about it. I can't detect a whole lot in the smell. The nose is misleading though, because the taste is pretty huge. I taste caramel, as well as a roasted, smoky taste. This is an excellent Schwarzbier. Not quite as smooth as some of the others I've had, but excellent nonetheless.

07-25-2008 20:10:03 | More by schanker21
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BasterdInABasket

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

16 oz. bottle, bottled June 29, 2012 (3.5 months old), poured into Duvel Tulip
A- Deep black in color with very slight ruby highlights up to light, 1.5 finger cream colored head, nice layer of head retention, leaves some lacing
S- Toasted and roasted malts, some sort of nut flavor (not 100% sure what), chocolate, not a huge aroma
T- Similar to the nose with more a more pronounced chocolate flavor, some balancing bitterness
M- Very smooth and drinkable, a little watery, would like the flavors to coat the mouth a little more
O- Some really nice dark flavors yet very drinkable and probably a little too thin. I like this beer every once in a while.

10-16-2012 03:56:22 | More by BasterdInABasket
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runwild99

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-30-2012 21:12:49 | More by runwild99
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nuclearmeg

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-04-2013 22:17:15 | More by nuclearmeg
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cookin420

Maine

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to brdc for this and many others.
Bottle poured into a pubglass.

Very black. What does show through is a yellow and brown tint not much red at all. Small head. Thin with a good coating of thin lace.

Smell is an intense caramel/coffee with bakers chocolate. Many layers involved in this brew. Some sort of sweet, citric aroma that I want to say is a malt aroma but could also be a hop smell as well.a
Abundant dark fruit and again, the heavy coffee, or mocha even, is very prominent.

Mellow and mild, this brew is full of contradictions. It is smooth and sweet but very dry at the same time, woody, with undertones of unsweetened chocolate and what I can only describe as unsweetened toffee and caramel. I am tasting big caramel flavors without the sweetness that usually comes with that. Stout-like in many respects. The yeast is responsible for a pizza dough-like flavor.

A very slick and creamy brew for something so dry. Well carbonated for the style.

Sooo drinkable. Black, yet crisp and refreshing. (the perfect brew?) Very well done.

04-24-2008 02:50:23 | More by cookin420
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DabblinWiscCraft

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A coffee bean black color in the glass, with a very thin head that dissipates quickly but has decent cling. The nose presents toasted malt at the fore with subtle vinegar, mild nuttiness, and slight molasses, as well. I was a little disappointed that the smell wasn't stronger. It has a very prominent coffee flavor with hints of cocoa and lots of toasted malts. If I didn't know any better, I might've thought this was the latest Starbucks beverage. There is some sourness and acidity to the close that actually serves to balance the flavor quite nicely. A mid- to full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight syrup quality, but it does finish very clean.

A very nice dark German lager, with great toasted malt and coffee notes. Goes down very easy and does not overwhelm, despite its pronounced malt flavor and complexity. Definitely worth repeated pours.

07-09-2011 08:49:13 | More by DabblinWiscCraft
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ItsGotaBeUrBull

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2013 15:46:42 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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ineedafirkin

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-15-2011 22:50:03 | More by ineedafirkin
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StefanosG

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-28-2012 02:10:38 | More by StefanosG
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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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nlriehl87

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2012 22:50:01 | More by nlriehl87
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Lukas

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-10-2013 17:09:24 | More by Lukas
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Dammer-licht

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-05-2013 16:44:07 | More by Dammer-licht
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CurtisLoew

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

16 ounce bottle, cool.

Pours extremely dark brown/black color. Can't see anything through the light. Nice cream colored head.

Smells like the inside of a brewery. Very grainy and nice.

Taste is great. Incredibly clean. Nice grainly, malty german taste. A little dark chocolate and coffee undertones present in this beer. Kind of roasty malt, very nice.

Liked this beer a lot. Sprecher has really shot up in my book lately. My last three beers by them have blown me away. Go sprecher!

09-18-2010 07:01:00 | More by CurtisLoew
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Trexter103

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-22-2012 04:36:42 | More by Trexter103
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Hoolie5

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-12-2012 13:50:02 | More by Hoolie5
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White


4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-03-2013 06:05:02 | More by White
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Sturgeon

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-02-2014 20:10:46 | More by Sturgeon
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blairb366

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-11-2014 01:12:00 | More by blairb366
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.