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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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769 Ratings

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 106
Gots: 35 | 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%

mhaugo, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

spoonhawk, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of JensVoigt
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went into this beer thinking I would have an experience similar to a German Schwarzbier I have had in the past (dark, but not terribly much body, with a reasonable amount of hops). However, I was pleasantly surprised by a relatively full bodied, caramel-like, and almost Imperial Stout sort of taste. It had lots of roasted malt flavor, and it seemed to get better as I drank it.

Overall: I would recommend it.

JensVoigt, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Hex92
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whenever I go to Wisconsin I pick up some of this beer. I don't ever see it here in Virginia.

A- black with thin creamy head
S- toffee and roasted malt
T- roasted malts is the biggest flavor...with a nice muted hop balance
M- a bit thin when compared to the big taste

Hex92, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark black with only a slight touch of red hues at the base. My pour produced only a slight lace of ring of mocha colored head but a quick swirl gets it nice and sticky.

S - Smells some slight roasted notes, anise, coffee, and toffee. Smells strong.

T - Has a very nice nutty taste, then toffee, then a smooth roast of mild coffee. Finish has a nice bit of hops too.

M - Medium bodied and very creamy. Nice!

Overall I had to take the overall score down since I can't find this around my area but it was a very good black lager. Smooth and drinkable!

DrDemento456, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

ineedafirkin, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

martyl1000, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of vande
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - if one didn't no better, I have a Pepsi sitting next to me. I nice, deep dark brown pour with very little head retention...just enough along the the rim of the glass to let one know its carbonated a bit...

s - sweet, slightly nutty w/ hints of carmel...faint coffee

t - one of my favorite sprecher brews actually... a nice smoky taste to it..dark, somewhat rich..mixture of milk-bitter dark chocolates engrained with black, roasted malts.. tasty combo

m - medium bodied, somewhat creamy...

o - like I said, one of my favorite Sprecher offerings. Not an overpowering Schwarzbier, but one that's quite palatable...

vande, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Mscarpen, Dec 04, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

scootercrabb, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black, with a thin foamy off-white head. Retention is excellent.
S: Licorice, cocoa and a bright, almost fruity sweetness.
T: Licorice flavor is also heavy, along with an equal split of chocolate and berry flavors. Shows a flash of sweetness promptly followed by a light bitterness. Smoked malt becomes very discernable on the back end as the beer warms. Finishes with a dry hit of black malt.
M: Feel is medium bodied with full carbonation. Personally, I’d like just a bit less bubblay, but it’s well within style guidelines.

Always nice to come across this beer. One of the bigger examples of the style out there and one of the better in my opinion.

GeezLynn, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

touchmeimsac, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

yankees27, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Jammies
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a watery black with a thin layer of foam that immediately disappears.

S - sweet with a slightly nutty coffee odor

T - well balanced. A deep toasty lager with no overbearing flavors.

M - Light and smooth. Slightly malty on the finish as expected

O - Surpisingly well-balanced. Really enjoyed this one.

Jammies, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

mdillon86, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of RThomas436
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle - pours dark but not too heavy.

Slight carmelized malty taste with a creamy head with minimal lacing

Rich and malty but was expecting more hops.

Light mouth and is balanced

Easy drinking not a palate killer with the heavy malts.

RThomas436, Nov 24, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Troy for this tick :)
Who would have thought this would be readily available in Florida.
Pours a dark dark brown. Almost black. Some light white head. Smells roasty but mostly non-aromatic. Tastes sweet and malty. Definitely a lager. Well carbonated. Good mouthfeel. Overall very refreshing.

Urbancaver, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

deapokid, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Pellinore1, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

wallrock, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

bluntedboywonder, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

KC9LDB, Nov 22, 2011
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.