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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: 100
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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safhundos

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-15-2013 20:38:46 | More by safhundos
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kconradx5

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-15-2013 20:54:53 | More by kconradx5
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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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Dief88

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

07-11-2014 21:53:43 | More by Dief88
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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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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-06-2012 21:00:03 | More by RBorsato
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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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Cjameson50


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-15-2012 13:38:10 | More by Cjameson50
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-14-2011 17:57:49 | More by Jspriest
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wroberts42

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-23-2014 23:19:35 | More by wroberts42
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johnnieoz

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Beautiful 22 oz brown bomber with a clean simple label and a golden waxed top. (I'll try to submit a new photo).

A: Near black, the dark brown hue barely shows through when held to a light. A minimal head quickly fades.

S: Roasted malts with coffee and chocolate notes. Very pleasing.

T: While it smelled a bit like a doppelbock, it definitely tastes like a schwarzbier. A very good schwarzbier no less. Balancing out the rich, roasted maltiness, the hop character makes this lager absolutely delicious.

M: Crisp. Dry. Refreshing. Solid. A lingering malty bitterness.

D: At 6% abv, this is a session beer. And if you like darker lagers, chances are that you'll be downing more than one of these bombers.

A great beer that ranks up there with Köstritzer, the East German classic that rules the roost.

08-25-2008 03:19:17 | More by johnnieoz
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dmilewsk

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-06-2012 20:09:49 | More by dmilewsk
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dongolata

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-30-2014 19:43:12 | More by dongolata
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.72/5  rDev +16%

Cheers to PackerFan for this one! Looks great in my Kostrizer glass! Zero head retention or lacing

Pours an effervescent-reddish mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head.

S: Roasted grain & some coffee

T: Big roasted malt & some molasses & chicory up front. Rich chocolate shows up as this warms. Finishes roasty with a little caramel & more chocolate

MF: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, a pretty damn good schwartz, the equal of anything I had in Germany! Shame about the visual, might adjust this if I see better results next time

06-20-2007 03:22:10 | More by russpowell
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +15%

Nice and black with some ruby highlights. The pillowy head lasts for the duration. Strong aromas of dark fruit and malt sweetness.
The taste starts out quite sweet, with definate carmel notes. Almost sugary. This all rides on top of a delectable roasted malt. After the sip, as the sweetness begins to fade, the mouth is jolted with a bitter charcoal roasted blast. Intially, I found this to be somewhat jarring and unpleasant, but as I became acclimated to it, I began to enjoy this taste. It seemed to tie a ribbon around the excellent mix of flavors in this brew. A very nice closure to the experience.
A supreme example of what is quickly becoming one of my favorite beer-styles. I wish more breweries would take a stab at this.
As a footnote, those of us in Southern Central Wis. should count our blessings, as we have two great schwarzbier offerings to enjoy. The other being Tyranena's Rocky's Revenge (sadly, only a late-winter seasonal). You can't go wrong with either.

03-06-2002 00:45:12 | More by cokes
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Big rocky head on top, then microbubbles. Black body with ruby highlights. Chocolate, coffee, and hops in the nose. Wonderful smooth across the tongue. Great malts, but with perfect balance between sweet and bitter. Could be drunk as a session beer, except it could spoil you. This might be the best dark lager I've ever had. What can their Imperial Stout do as an encore?

04-26-2002 22:11:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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burns1066

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

This is an amazing beer! It drinks like a sweet, malty dessert. Tons of caramel and chocolate, malty without being cloying... in general, a fantastic late winter brew. It's mouth filling, but finishes wonderfully. The somewhat high alcohol content is not obtrusive because the beer invites slow savoring. As the temperature of the beer warms, the flavor profile becomes more pronounced and encourages even more measured drinking.

11-11-2012 04:43:28 | More by burns1066
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

A: At first glance this beer is black and opaque but when held up to the light, a redish brown hue shines through from the edges. Very fine bubbles in the off-white/brown head just over the top of the pint.

S: Spicy, chocolatey and a hint of roast

T: Chocolate and roasty flavors are the focal point of your taste buds but not the main attraction. The spicy, earthy noble hops are what I love about this beer. They don't dominate the palate but enhance all the other flavors while artfully and tastefully giving Black Bavarian a drinkability factor of 10.

M: A nice clearn crisp mouth feelfeel with no astringancy.

O: Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles and until I get a chance to visit Germany, Black Bavarian will be my benchmark to what all other schwarzbiers are compared (and even then I might) so far non have come close. Find this beer, drink it, buy some more. You won't be disappointed.

01-08-2013 01:53:43 | More by guityler83
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

This is an awesome schwartzbier. They must have really "used the schwartz" when they brewed up this one. A dark black beer with brown edges and a small chestnut coloured head of foam. The aromas are spicy and nutty with roasted malts in the mix as well. This smells just like a schwartzbier should to me. The taste is spicy up front with a nice roasted nuttiness. The middle is sweeter, and more full with a distinct roasted maltyness. Finally, the finish is dry, refreshing, spicy, and faintly hoppy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect, as is the drinkability. A first class lager brewed in the good ole' USA.

09-14-2004 22:40:35 | More by francisweizen
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Edgarallenpoor

Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +13%

08-13-2014 23:57:16 | More by Edgarallenpoor
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

08-13-2014 04:11:34 | More by JamieDuncan
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 16oz bottle into a mug glass. This was one of the first beers that I added upon realizing that BA had a “wants list” so I’ve been waiting a while with a great deal of anticipation to try this beer.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of German malts, roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is smoky, malty and sweet with creamy flavors of coffee & chocolate. There’s a mild hops presence, but it’s enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for a style that normally leaves a stickiness.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style. To quote respected fellow BA IntriqKen, “Now THIS is a Schwarzbier!” This is definitely a beer that I could for a very long period of time and was certainly worth the wait. The only thing that I don’t like about this beer is that I haven’t been able to find it in my area.

10-21-2007 04:36:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours very dark, brown-red at the edges, good initial head.

Smell very malty and bready with roasted notes, caramel and chocolate.

Delicious roasted malt, fresh bread, chocolate, caramel, toffee, nuts, and a bit of floral hop towards the finish that finishes it off with a flourish. Very flavorful.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This was fantastic!

02-14-2010 04:58:00 | More by Strix
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tapman

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Black in the middle and brown around the edges, a very small 1/4 finger head sets a sturdy brown lacing.

Caramel, toffee, toast, noble hops. Smells like a dark chocolate milkshake.

Tastes like a dark chocolate milkshake if they made it with malted barley sugar instead of regular sugar. Also the nice, strong taste of earthy, minty hops. All the flavors in the nose plus pretty sweet. I like the malt flavor in a kostriker a little better, but I would have to try them side by side. Either way a good effort on Sprecher.

Full bodied, slightly chewy, and silken as it glides down your throat.

Everything is great about this beer. My only qualm is that there was no head to speak of and in a black beer there really isn't much to rate it on besides the head. Regardless, just enough roast barley to give that roasty toasty taste without becoming astringent. Great balance between specialty grains and the hops. And it doesn't taste like 6% either.

10-17-2010 03:12:06 | More by tapman
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.