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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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Photo of IPAdams
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.

IPAdams, May 31, 2014
Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Carb-Overlord, May 30, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
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!

deadonhisfeet, May 29, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 15, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of gestyr
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.

gestyr, May 12, 2014
Photo of aubzachsyd
4/5  rDev -1.7%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -26.3%

davidwhatshisnam, May 10, 2014
Photo of dav2080
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

dav2080, May 09, 2014
Photo of wisegreensoul
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%

wisegreensoul, May 01, 2014
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Apr 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Petey_the_Quiet, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Zdrummer15, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

crowsnest, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

athegreatest83, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

stealth, Apr 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

adriel, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

wroberts42, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

bacher468, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Beerlover, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.