Black Bavarian Style Lager | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black Bavarian Style LagerBlack Bavarian Style Lager
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Black Bavarian Style LagerBlack Bavarian Style Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bronze Medal Winner in the European Darks category at the 1988 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,683
Reviews:
492
Ratings:
954
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
106
Trade:
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Photo of German-Helles
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of detgfrsh
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of MercInc
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of uncleotis
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McHenry
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mothmanscott
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Michelleroo
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucrogers26th
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SSGCujo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JimboBrews54
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsippel
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of heddar33
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerisgood69
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cwb14
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From teh 12 oz bottle in a snifter (like always!). This solid lager pours
a rich blackish brown with ruby highlights and a nice head of light tan foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and displays some nice light sudsy lacing.
nose of cocoa, dark roasted malts, subtle light coffee, and light herbal hop notes.
Flavors exceed the nose by presentation with subtle coffee and dark roasted
malts with light cocoa and cola notes that finish with a nice herbal hop
note that brings everything into balance. Very nice mouth feel; medium
carbonation is lively and lightly fluffy, medium body, and a rich roast
laden finish.

Overall a SOLID brew from an excellent brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of unclekeith
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown dish tinged black color. Opaque and shiny. Thin tan head has excellent retention, never fully dissipating.

Aroma has some roasted malts, a hint of cocoa, molasses, a touch of wheat, and a slight spicy hop note on the back end.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, cocoa, tobacco, a touch of whole wheat bread , and a nice spicy hop bitterness on the finish. As the beer warms there is a touch of fruitiness in the taste I suspect coming from the hops.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth and very dry throughout and to the finish. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a really well done schwarzbier - one of the top American offerings and a solid beer all around.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bgarmon3178
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cyrano41
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Black Bavarian Style Lager from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 954 ratings