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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

789 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 112
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-23-1998

Bronze Medal Winner in the European Darks category at the 1988 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep, dark brown, with red tinges. 1 1/2 finger head that is fairly persistent with little to no lacing

S- Lovely roasted coffee aroma. Sweetness and mild hops are also present.

T- Bittersweet, roasted malts on the front end. Long, lingering dark chocolate and bitter finish.

M- Smooth, medium light, with medium carbonation

D- The porter fan in me really enjoyed this. Not quite as much roasted malt or mouthfeel as a porter, but enough to trick my mind a bit. Makes me want to explore the style more, especially as Blackened Voodoo was my craft beer gateway drug almost 20 years ago.

May the schwarzbier with you...

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.