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Black Bavarian - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black BavarianBlack Bavarian

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

725 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 725
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 98
Gots: 26 | 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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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-30-2014 15:10:26 | More by thebigredone
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-23-2014 03:45:33 | More by jaydoc
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Rilesmiles

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-22-2014 02:25:51 | More by Rilesmiles
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-17-2014 01:59:24 | More by mattmarka1
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is the highest rated of all of Sprecher's. It is possible that German Beer is just not my thing but I was underwhelmed. It was sweet, but not in the way of hop lacking. It might just not be what I am used to. I have never been to Bavaria, but from the taste of this beer, I'm not going there anytime soon either.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2014 11:50:16 | More by DerekQXQX
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-13-2014 03:18:01 | More by bump8628
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Dark, shoe polish brown with a tan half-finger head that settles quickly to a bubble ring. Light lacing.

S: Charred coffee, dark chocolate. Malts.

T: Follows nose with sweetness and caramel. A smooth finish.

M: Medium with medium to heavy carbonation.

O: One of the better Schwarzbiers I've tried. A great sipper. Even better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 22:49:44 | More by brewskifan55
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sprecher Black Bavarian

Poured from a 16 oz bottle into an English style dimpled pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Dark brown, nearly black, with a finger of light tan head. This quickly settled to a collar. No lacing...

S) Dark roasted malt, a bit charred, a little cocoa powder, and light coffee. Actually quite milky, and just a whiff of licorice there too.

T) Pretty close to the nose. I noted a little more sweetness in the flavor, kind of an underlying caramel. The finish was bitter earthy hops.

M) Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. This is a smooth brew, right up to a pretty dry finish. The aftertaste is an earthy roasty combo.

O) Still plowing through the Christmas leftovers. This is one of Sprecher's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 19:53:28 | More by RoamingGnome
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gory4d

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-07-2014 22:04:38 | More by gory4d
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Crowesaddict

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-06-2014 05:37:41 | More by Crowesaddict
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-01-2014 19:26:38 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-29-2013 00:00:34 | More by Eaglefan344
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Motozappa

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-28-2013 23:34:00 | More by Motozappa
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown approaching black. The flavors of the roasted malt, the sweetness, the coffee tones, the tang from the acid... I feel as though all of these are more pronounced in a schwarzbier than in a porter or stout. The lager yeast just doesn't impart as many flavors as an ale yeast. Not a negative or a positive just an observation. I don't know how traditional this beer is as it's very well hopped. There is a firm bitterness throughout. Personally I feel like this is a good thing because many of the German beer which include a lot of dark roasted malts are overly sweet. All in all highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 06:52:28 | More by Theheroguy
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2013 00:58:18 | More by OregonGrown7
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wac9

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a wonderful beer i frist smelled malty and i was was worried but the taste is wonder full tastey wow just a great beer i want to drink all night just a renowned smoothness and a creamy tan head that i lovve enjoy people its a winner for a winter night it warms the soul on a summer night it continues life love this drink smile enjoy

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:14:16 | More by wac9
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TequilaTom

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-21-2013 02:31:11 | More by TequilaTom
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-15-2013 16:54:49 | More by BillRoth
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-15-2013 12:00:30 | More by tjsmith910
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mte1972

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-08-2013 22:08:19 | More by mte1972
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-04-2013 04:26:24 | More by RochefortChris
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BrewClint

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

12-03-2013 02:55:30 | More by BrewClint
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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-01-2013 15:29:03 | More by Buggies
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bcgill

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2013 18:41:35 | More by bcgill
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joeysmac

Georgia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-29-2013 02:38:57 | More by joeysmac
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.