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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

751 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
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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Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with no light showing through except a ruby glow at the very bottom of the glass. Medium size tan head with good retention. Wispy patterns of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is outstanding. Stout like smells of chocolate and caramel malt. Big aroma for a lager, a lot more than a little roasted malt.

Taste is strong and delicious as well. The chocolate malt starats out strong, but eventually is absorbed into sweeter caramel malt. A touch of hoppiness in the taste but just for a little balance.

Mouthfell is rich and creamy. Does not seem like a typical Schwarzbier/Lager. It is crisp and refreshing but the rich malty profile is more like a Stout than a lager,

This is a tasty beer, fully deserving of the high rating it gets on BA.

JayQue, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

WI-Beer-Man, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

green_plastic, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Hrodebert
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Hrodebert, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of fuzzbalz
4/5  rDev -1.7%

fuzzbalz, Jul 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Troy_P, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

freewill35, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

rudabegga9, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Black, deep chocolate brown in color. No light passes through. Pours a 1/2 finger dense taupe foam cap.

Aroma of sweet malts.toffee,caramel, chocolate, coffee.

Sips sweetness on the front of the tongue. Toffee, raisins,coffee, chocolate.

Smooth , low carbonation . Whisper of bitterness at the end that quickly fades.

Highest rated beer in found in the cooler of an out of town beer dispensary. Good choice, repeatable. Good beer

WunderLlama, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

slayernation, Jul 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Dief88, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 7/10/14. Comes in a nice 16 ounce bottle. Contains right at 6% ABV as written on the side of the label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 16 ounce 'Texas Boot' glass.

Pours very dark reddish-brown, almost black really, with about a 1-finger beige head that lasts a long time with some spotty lacing seen around the glass. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt for the most part. The taste has more going on with toffee, caramel, molasses with light coffee. Lots of flavors going on but not overwhelming like some others. Smooth taste with just a very slight bitterness at the end that didn't linger. Overall very pleasing. I like this one.

BeerWithMike, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

WwLoganxX, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

michaelsmith11, Jul 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12ozfan, Jul 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ffshore545, Jul 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ThaHealer, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

ParkbrauFan, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

hansenm72, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Skelton, Jul 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

dongolata, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BoilerUpNavy, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown body with good head and minor lace retention. Aroma is roasted malts and grainy lager like with touches of caramel and dark chocolate. The beer is smooth and easy to drink with balance of roasted malts and chocolate/caramel sweetness and finishes dry. This would've received a higher score but for some reason at times I get this weird oily aftertaste which I assume must be something only I have encountered b/c it doesn't make sense.

clayrock81, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Gotti311, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dreadnaught33, Jun 21, 2014
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.