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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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780 Ratings

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Ratings: 780
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 107
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaredtp, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: draught, nearly black with small white head

S: dark breast malt

T: sweet black malt, slightly coffee, bitter pine hop finish

M: med lower carb

O: bit non traditional but good

M_C_Hampton, Sep 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Benish, Sep 19, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

thelargeone, Sep 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

tylerhw, Sep 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Yodo, Sep 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

BeccaH, Sep 12, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

JeremyP, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

morrowd3, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

aszatk01, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

PassMeAZima, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of emerald27
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

emerald27, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Mouser55
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Very even balanced Schwarzbier. Certainly has the light to light-med. body with the moderate level of roasted malted sweetness. A-very dark brown to black, except when held to the light where it turns a very dark red. A single finger of tan, caramel head that remains throughout, even if very faint near the bottom of the glass. S-very roasty, pretty well burnt, toasty malt aromas. T-really awesome combo of the roasted malty nuttiness with an under abundant very dark chocolate bitter finish. I didnt get a whole bunch in the way of hoppy bitterness or earthiness.O-fantastic, well balanced Scwarzbier, by well balanced I mean not too sweet or over-roasted bitter. A really tasty, lighter bodied "blackbier"

Mouser55, Aug 29, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

DantheMan75, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

harpus, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

little_star, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jimmygord, Aug 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

ng1013, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Cramerican, Aug 14, 2014
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

bubseymour, Aug 14, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

Edgarallenpoor, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this little beauty after my beer guru clued me in on Sprecher. Gould it at Super Subs and Six Packs in DuBois. Outstanding looking beer with plenty of malt and smoke for the nose. Very tasty beer that is very easy to drink. A very tasty beer that I hope to have again in the future and I hope to try other of the Sprecher beers.

JamieDuncan, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

cdm1313, Aug 13, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TappaKeggaBrew, Aug 12, 2014
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 780 ratings.