Black Bavarian
Sprecher Brewing Company

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Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #5
Ranked #8,852
4.04 | pDev: 10.64%
Apr 26, 2022
Apr 23, 1998
Black BavarianBlack Bavarian
Notes: Bronze Medal Winner in the European Darks category at the 1988 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).
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1.51/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
by TheOccasionalBeer from Wisconsin

The last time I had this was decades ago, and I liked it then. So....

Pouring, the scent is of sour metal and only slightly more noticeable than the ether emanating directly from the bottle. One finger (barely) of beige foam quickly returned to its mother almost opaque black-cat brown liquid (not nearly as dark as I remember, but there weren't as many dark beers then due to everyone worrying about their waistline. Sour metal hits the tongue first, then a truly burnt toast aftertaste. Along the way it feels a bit like astringent sandpaper. The more I drink of this, the more dominant sour metal becomes and the less sure I am that I'll finish it. Sprecher is not doing very well with me these days (save for their root beer) and I have to question my younger self's sense of taste (I liked IPAs back then as well... no at all now). A couple more sips now, and I know I won't be finishing this.

Apr 26, 2022
4.07 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 08, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by akaizer from Virginia

A bottle poured into a pint glass. Pour had a 1/4" light-khaki foam head with a dark, dark brown body and hints of red on the edges. Scent is lightly sweet (chocolate?) with some toasted notes. On the mouth is an intense (awesome) dark lager profile: toasted notes, char, bitterness, smoke, and notes of the sweeter scents peeking through. Feel is on the medium bodied side with a strong backbone and mild (char-like) bitterness in the aftertaste. Highly recommend for fans of the darker lagers or smoke ale family that enjoy that delightful char.

Mar 03, 2022
4.03 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 27, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

The best schwarzbier I've had.

Jun 04, 2021
4.08 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Apr 15, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottle reads '000027054 2029 0957'; consumed on 3/4/21

Pours a clean black body with some muddied mahogany accents and is capped with a finger of creamy, dark beige foam; decent head retention leaves a paper-thin, spotty veil of cap, slight, frothy collar, and some sparse, stringy lacing holding firmly to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with milk chocolate meeting ashy roast while a tinge of supportive hop character lends nuance and a deepening robustness; bakers chocolate and toasted black bread texture the middle with refined bittersweetness as a hint of caramel and lingering, bittersweet coffee close the bouquet.

Taste brings bakers and dark chocolate evened with charry malt upfront as distant caramel and slight minerality meet grassy hops through the mid-palate; ashy roast and resurgent milk chocolate sweetness build on the back end and through the finish while nutty tones of coffee linger.

Mouthfeel brings a full body, semi-creamy in texture and lifted gently with a rounded, low-lying carbonation; fluffy, just short of fully creamy textures wash over a soft char through the mid-palate, tingling yet resonant into the back end with a dry, robust finish.

With a layered, malty nuance developing beyond an impressive initial roast, this beautifully structured Schwarzbier is able to maximize both richness and earthy depth for a bittersweet overall attenuation with a plush delivery.

Mar 05, 2021
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2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by matt-evans2 from Wisconsin

nothing memorable about this beer.

Jan 26, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fluffy light brown head. Smells of dark roasted grain with slight coffee notes. Tastes of dark roasted grain with coffee and chocolate. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Dec 19, 2020
4.06 by schoon from Iowa on Dec 11, 2020
4.19 by BD3 from Wisconsin on Nov 08, 2020
3.97 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 01, 2020
4 by Archfiend from Illinois on Sep 28, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Murky, mostly dark appearance with a small, fast fading, beige head and little lacing. Aroma of tobacco, coffee and roasted malts. Earthy, roasted malt flavors up front, gently hopped, with a touch of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting finish. Very enjoyable.

Aug 29, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by HopHippie from Wisconsin

L: Black with big tan head
S: roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, spicy hops.
T: Creamy spicy hops with coffee and a bit of cocoa.
F: Medium body, refreshing, a little sticky.
O: Could have fooled me for a porter. It takes the good flavor from a porter and makes it very creamy, drinkable and smooth.

Jul 21, 2020
4.12 by stucat from Illinois on Jul 01, 2020
4 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on May 07, 2020
4.41 by Hend from Wisconsin on May 07, 2020
4.28 by Vylo from New Jersey on May 01, 2020
3.74 by Sayb from Arizona on Apr 10, 2020
4 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio on Jan 26, 2020
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 04, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured jet black incolor with an off white head.

Smell - The nose was largely roasted malts with bitterness evident.

Taste - The maltiness really comes through in the taste. Bitter coffee notes come more towards the back. The smooth now feel gives a sense of creaminess.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and soft bubbles typify the feel.

Overall - It is not an en vogue style, but this is a solid version of it

Sep 22, 2019
4.04 by JDoHo from Michigan on Jul 28, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by scaliasux from Wisconsin

L - Dark brown. Appears clear. Tall, light brown head. Fairly persistent.

S - Sweet dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee.

T - Dark malts dominate. Sweet, rich and creamy, but with some coffee bitterness. A little spicy hops.

F - Medium. Smooth.

O - Rich and flavorful dark beer.

Jun 25, 2019
4.24 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on Mar 03, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by German-Helles from Wisconsin

The look is right on for the style, dark brown almost black. Starts with about a half inch of tan foam that recedes to a thin tan layer, then a perfect tan ring of foam along the glass.
The smell is roasted malts and a nice chocolate aroma.
The taste is the roasted malt, chocolate, a bit of coffee, then the slight bite of bitter hops.Very good!
The feel is just short of creamy, I can feel the carbonation.
I tend to like cold beer, but with this, the aroma and taste was enhanced as I neared the end of the glass.

Feb 23, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a 12oz bottle. Dark brown-black color with a lacing of bubbles. Smells of roasted malts. Lighter feel. Tastes of roasted malt and chocolate with some lingering bitterness. Very nice!

Feb 18, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by MercInc from Wisconsin

Very dark. Almost porter like, though not as malty. Nice mouth feel. Smooth, very drinkable and much more flavor than a typical lager. The dark malts are well balanced by the hop finish. I'm sure this will go well with strong flavors of German cuisine.

Feb 05, 2019
4.14 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 24, 2018
3.91 by McHenry from Wisconsin on Dec 22, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

From notes 4/18/13: Pours a deep brown-black producing 1.5 fingers of tan, variously bubbled, moderately lasting head that leaves thin rings and webs of lacing. Aroma is dark roast and burnt malt; dark chocolate, sweet toffee and caramel. Taste is similar dark malt with a more intense sweet caramel, toffee, milk and dark chocolate with a hint of smoke. Bitter from mid-sip into the aftertaste is has a lively finish and a peppery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, silky with a moderate to heavy carbonation.

Dec 21, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Michelleroo from Michigan

So good! Extremely smooth and drinkable. I love it. I’m sad it’s gone.

Dec 16, 2018
3.75 by cryptichead from Illinois on Dec 09, 2018
4.25 by bucrogers26th from Illinois on Dec 09, 2018
4.1 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin on Nov 01, 2018
4.02 by dsippel from Illinois on Sep 27, 2018
4 by shelby415 from Oregon on Sep 23, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: rich, deep dark roasted malts, nutty, sweet, slight oily finish but still pretty clean. Malty toasted malt. Brown/black hue, semi clear, soft foam head and lace. Full but not heavy body.

Sep 18, 2018
4 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Sep 17, 2018
Black Bavarian from Sprecher Brewing Company
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