Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale)Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sprecherbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Shakparo Ale is a West African Shakparo-style beer brewed from sorghum & millet. Unfiltered ale. Gluten-free (not wheat or barley).

Added by shbobdb on 01-15-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
103
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
23.78%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Angerhaus
1.14/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Easily one of the worst gluten-free beers on the market, and possibly not completely gluten free. Please be wary of purchasing this if you have a gluten allergy.

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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of notchucknorris
3.29/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wac9
3.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

what a wonderful beer i always try a gluten free beer this one taste like apl a dam good ale a dark golden color great taste a winner enjoy

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2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Weirdly smoky, off putting aromas and flavors of old moldy bread

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3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -59.3%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -43%

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3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of woodychandler
2.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had a colleague who has issues with gluten and she was always curious about beers that were gluten-free. I usually eschew them since I am not gluten-intolerant and prefer to leave them for people who are. In the interim, I am purging my massive backlog of bottles this summer and lo and behold! this one popped up.

From the bottle: "Beer made from Sorghum & Millet".

It had a screw-top cap, so once that was off, I started the pour, getting a brief fizzy finger of bone-white head that quickly became wisps. Color was a pretty sunshine-yellow (SRM = 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled slightly sour, kind of like apple vinegar. In fact, when I initially poured it, I thought that I smelled cider. Mouthfeel was thin, watery, almost flat. Taste was bland, slightly tart, but fairly innocuous. If anything, it really had a tart apple taste, but even that was pretty light. Finish was semi-dry, but it really left me cold. This should be Exhibit "A" as far as why I do not truck with gluten-free beers. I feel like I am ready to drink a beer after this.

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1/5  rDev -67.4%

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled tonight on 5/27/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled glass stein. Top label around the neck says "6.3% Alcohol".

Pours a hazy golden honey in color with a very thin white head with some spotty lacing seen. The aroma is different with a lot going on actually. Some spice, dark fruit and yeast. The taste is well...different. Wasn't really sure if I liked it or not as this one is complex. On the side of the bottle it says: "water, Sorghum, Millet, Hops and Yeast". Yeah, you can taste a little of that for sure with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Lower carbonation also. Overall, not real fond of this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher Pokal glass.
6.3% ABV

A - Sprecher's unfiltered take on a Gluten Free beer pours faintly hazy with a tint of orange appearing in the golden-yellow. The soft stark white head which crowns the top is retained well, leaving

S - Surprisingly aromatic, Shakparo smells like a German hefeweizen with notes of ripe banana and Bubble Tape bubblegum with a slight funk of wet straw to it. Despite the lack of wheat or barley malt, there's a nose reminiscent of grainy pale malt which gives this gluten free beer a certain appeal.

T - Following in the footsteps of the aroma, Shakparo relies heavily on this German hefeweizen style yeast strain that brings offerings of ripe banana and a subtle nod to clove and bubblegum to the table which, for any normal beer drinker, does a good job of distracting from the lack of malt. The sorghum and millet combination certainly isn't awful but, in league with a touch of artificial sweetness, it brings a slightly husky, earthy finish that lingers, transitioning into a green apple-like cider flavor that's not bad at all.

M - Crisp carbonation dances on the tongue while this light-bodied beer finishes dry and with a tiny splash of sweetness, like the flavor, reminiscent of a cider.

O - Some times it's hard as "regular" beer drinkers to take a step back and objectively look at gluten free beer, but I view Shakparo as a huge step in the right direction for beer available to those who normally can't partake. With an overall flavor like a hefeweizen, this gluten free beer manages to pull together essences of beer that tastes like, well, beer; one style in particular. It's not for everyone but it's great for those who have my deepest condolences; people with Celiac's or who live gluten free.

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DerekQXQX
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I loved this beer for the uniqueness of the idea. It was strange and bitter, so the taste wasn't great but I loved the idea of it. I have never had nor heard of an African style ale. I think that is something to be lauded and praised. Good for you Sprecher!

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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Shakparo (Fire-Brewed African Style-Ale) from Sprecher Brewing Company
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