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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

725 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 725
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 98
Gots: 26 | 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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-20-2014 18:22:56 | More by Ncpogs
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-18-2014 20:36:31 | More by Bluegrass49
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Yankeejw

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-12-2014 02:26:48 | More by Yankeejw
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-11-2014 04:57:08 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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jwerner23

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-07-2014 02:13:23 | More by jwerner23
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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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IPAdams

Illinois

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

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown with some red highlights. Small creamy tan head that recedes quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell- I get a sugary sweet caramel smell mixed with Pepsi. A bit of roasted malt in the background. What I get is a very nice smell but very subdued.

Taste- Very clean and balanced. Slight bitterness from roasted malts, flavors of Cola, light coffee and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel- Moderate body with good visible carbonation. Not overly drying or cloying.

Overall- Very nice beer, easy drinking. Flavors are balanced and go well with a cold winter night or hot summers day.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 03:02:17 | More by IPAdams
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Carb-Overlord

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 01:26:26 | More by Carb-Overlord
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a stein. The pour looks phenomenal. It is extremely dark, not quite black, and sports some ruby and mahogany highlights. The head is big, tan, and creamy, and fairly persistent. On the nose I get some toasted malt and fresh bread.

The beer has a medium body and a slightly thin feel, but a really nice flavor of clean malt offset by medium roast. I get lots of toasted notes, sweet malt, and toffee up front and at mid-palte just the right amount of espresso-like roast, which keeps the sweetness from getting too sharp. I don't pick up much in the way of hops, but there is a faint peppery note that joins with the roast on the back of the palate so I'm assuming that's them. Some of the roastiness lingers on the finish, drying out the palate.

Not the first Schwarzbier I've had, but it seems to be the first one I've reviewed. I enjoyed this one while cooking up a huge pot of pasta sauce and planning a lecture on the nine point circle for a Geometry course I'm teaching next academic year. My mom is from Germany and she told me once that Schwarzbier is what German women drink when they're pregnant. Perhaps that explains a lot about my own personal love of beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 20:03:47 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-26-2014 22:38:26 | More by Latarnik
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-22-2014 01:11:54 | More by afsdan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

16 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher stemmed pokal.
6% ABV,

A - Schwarzbier means "black beer" in German and Black Bavarian's dark chocolate color demonstrates that perfectly. While pouring, light through the brown highlights shows it's clarity while a lasting ivory cap of foam rests on the beer and leaves lace down the glass.

S - Crisp dark malt releases dried cocoa sprinkled on warmed chocolate-and-caramel bar with a fantastic lager cleanliness. The juxtaposition of robust malt complexity with the sheer perception of easy drinkability is beautiful.

T - Caramel sweetness underscores the chocolate malt's dark chocolate flavor and lightly roasted coffee bean with a Twix-like taste and faint earthy hop finish for balance; the taste is exceptionally smooth.

M - Just enough carbonation dances on the tongue, keeping this medium-bodied lager feeling a bit lighter than it appears. The chocolate malts provide minimal acrid bitterness letting the otherwise transparent hops do the bulk of the work.

O - There's a good reason Sprecher's Black Bavarian continues to command medal after medal in world-renown competitions; it's that good. This is a dark beer that's a great training-wheel beer for people who "don't like dark beer". It's also a great dark beer for people thirsting after a dark beer without the hefty body or higher alcohol. Black Bavarian has the perfect malt combination to balance sweetness with chocolaty, lightly roasted notes for exceptional smoothness and drinkability. May the Schwarz be with you.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2014 00:23:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-12-2014 03:49:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz bottle poured into a pub glass.

A: Pours a deep brown/black with ruby/garnet tone when held to the light. The tan head is long lasting and made of compact bubbles.

S: Malty with caramel and a slightly smokey overtone. Also has a slightly fruity aspect.

T: Nice rich malt flavor with caramel and coffee flavors and a slightly fruity aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and satisfying

O: A very good beer. The flavor and mouthfeel make it a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2014 00:14:42 | More by gestyr
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Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-10-2014 21:20:11 | More by aubzachsyd
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New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

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dav2080

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-09-2014 22:20:24 | More by dav2080
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wisegreensoul

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-01-2014 15:04:06 | More by wisegreensoul
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barczar

Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep brown with a frothy, lingering tan head that leaves sticky lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Roast malt, char, a touch of acrid/metallic character, chocolate, and toasted nuts form the aroma.

Flavor reveals a toasted, nutty malt backbone that becomes roasty and a little acrid mid palate, finishing with bitter coffee grounds. Chocolate surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is on the thick side, with moderate carbonation. There's a fairly chalky mouthfeel that lingers.

Wish the acrid/metallic character weren't evident. Good combination of roast and toasted malt. The acrid/metallic character goes away eventually, so my score is reflective of that.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 05:05:51 | More by barczar
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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-24-2014 03:40:44 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-18-2014 17:10:40 | More by Zdrummer15
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-18-2014 01:11:35 | More by crowsnest
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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-14-2014 18:31:57 | More by athegreatest83
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Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-14-2014 02:09:41 | More by bismarksays
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stealth

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-09-2014 02:42:15 | More by stealth
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.