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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

751 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 453
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 103
Gots: 33 | 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%

weonfire, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a dark cola like color with an average tan head that settles into a light cap. The aroma is sweet; chocolate malt, caramel with some vinous characteristics. The taste is of stale coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, light caramel sweetness, and a hint of burnt wood. Some nice flavors for a lager. The brew has a moderate to chewy body yet retains the crisp lager trait, prickly carbonation, the finish is sweet. An enjoyable schwarzbier, very good in all aspects.

Gmann, Jan 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Chrixsus, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mscudder, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kunstman, Jun 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Hendrick24, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Black in color with light mocha head that quickly dissipates. Roasted malts on the nose. Clean attack that gives way to a heavy flavor of lightly roasted malts (if that isn't contradictory). Sweet towards the finish but still finishes as clean as it starts. There is a mild smokiness to the aftertaste and it leaves just a little bit of sweetness on the tongue. I must say that this is for sure my favorite of the Sprecher beers that I have tried.

Ragingbull, Jun 16, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

The color a deep incarnadine with a resplendent head that is a winsome light tan, the texture that of whipped cream and as it disintegrates a glutinous sheet of lace welds itself to the glass. Nose is deeply malt with hints of toasted grain, somewhat sweet a real treat to the senses. The start is malt-laden and ambrosial with the top intermediate in its feel to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops purposeful in their spiciness, quite dry and lingering aftertaste. A real treat for me as its been years since I’ve had a beer from this magnificent brewery, my thanks go to tavernjef for this bottle “gracias tanto mi amigo”.

Gusler, Aug 24, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

allstar255, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours like the bottle says, "intensely dark". Big brown head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Big, sweet roasted malt nose.

Big caramel malt flavor. Hints of chocolate. Bitter burnt aftertaste.

Medium bodied in the mouth, smooth with a slight bite.

Decent brew, I like it.

dstc, Sep 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a black by looking at it held to light can see ruby thru the glass nice coco colored head that falls not much lace.
Aroma is creamy roasted chocolate malt liquid smoke earthy smells like burnt wet wood mix strange and enticing.
Taste is good chocolate malt creamy and dryish smokey flavors, light coffee notes mix with some herbal hops lightly bitter with smokey aftertastes. My first try at a Schwarzbier after reading about them today on BA have to find that Sam Adams but doubt its as good. Want to thank merlin48 for this sample.
Mouthfeel is nice mediumish but is smooth and creamy almost very nice feeling.
Drinkability is good very tastey lager will be adding this to the short list of the other two lagers I actually enjoy. Hope I can find this down south.

mntlover, Feb 08, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

WI-Beer-Man, Jul 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bill69, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Decent head and chocolate malt smell.

taste is of chocolate malting with a faint alcohol back and low hop presence. A little bit acidic.

Decent mouthfeel, but a little astringent. Not bad though. I like it.

This beer is a decent beer to make a session out of, but there are better schwarzbiers out there. I'm glad I tried it though. I would definetly order it at a bar.

jasonjlewis, May 26, 2007
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

cosmonick, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Trexter103, Apr 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

morrowd3, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tjvan2, Apr 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a mediocre head. Smells malty, though there's a bit of cream and sugar scent to it as well. The malt appears to be more roasted in the flavor, the roastiness creating sort of a burnt bitter crunch at the end, backed up by a small amount of hops. I'm getting some molases flavor, as well as some milky creamy notes and a nice dusty character that I'm always happy to see in this style. Really a lot of dark flavors in there with out the thickness and heaviness of a stout or a porter, a great alternative. Full of flavor with a medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. If I didn't know it was from Wisconsin you could probably fool me into thinking this was an authentic German brew.

twelvsies, Apr 28, 2005
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Rilesmiles, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.