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Black Bavarian Style Lager | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Black Bavarian Style LagerBlack Bavarian Style Lager
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4.04/5
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926 Ratings
Black Bavarian Style LagerBlack Bavarian Style Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.86%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by xlperro on 04-23-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,042
Reviews:
484
Ratings:
926
pDev:
10.64%
Bros Score:
4.03
 
 
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look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tasted like the ashes from a cigar

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

IDK. Years ago I loved this beer, 4 paks 16oz stubbys ran like $7, great buy and a great beer to take to a poker game. Roasted, with notes of chocolate and coffee, nicely bitter. That beer would easily rate a 4 - 4.25, best in class. This beer? Lousy. Smell almost non existent and taste was like a mild, sweet, little hoppy black ale. So did the recipe change? Or is this just a case of old beer? I'm going to guess old beer, and no one will ever tell me about aging beer. Changes yes. Improves? No. Waste of time, and my $4 for the single.

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2.7/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not impressed at all.This beer had an overpowering bitter coffee taste. I wouldn't purchase again

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2.86/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The pour is a clear dark brown color but in the glass the it's too dark to see through. This one has a shallow wispy tan head that fades quickly without leaving much Belgian lacing. Warning, I'm not a big fan that this is a twist off cap...i don't trust'em. The smell is unique. The aroma isn't completely 'roasted', but it's earthy and malt-like with a musty sort of character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied. There is a tangy hop to it but i'm a little distracted that the earthy musty thing has carried into the flavor. Full flavored, the taste isn't chaulky but it's quite earthy. There's some chocolate malt and something that i'd loosely characterize as caramelized. This one is not getting it for me. Feel free. Pour...a person has to know there limitations.

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2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With characteristics that span dark fruit, light roast, and slight vinous notes, Sprecher shows that the timid black beer can be much, much more.

Black Bavarian pours with a very clear, albeit dark brown with garnet highlights. Well headed with a terse off-white froth, the low lying head retains as a sheet with minimal lace.

Light roasted malts and well attenuated starch note start the aromatic journey while thin caramel, grape, and red wine notes add interest and intrigue to the otherwise roast and char of dark grain.

The dry taste of coffee-like roast with walnut backdrop, light starchy malt, and slight campfire smoke seem to exceed the slight scorched taste of caramel, but introduces characterful elements of cherries, grapes, red wine, and cider with low bitterness outside that of roasted grain.

Medium-light bodied, the mouth wants to think heavier because of the roast taste, but the weight of the beer is remarkably light and refreshing; approaching thinness as the tart fruit notes and the slight roast astringency play out over the highly attenuated malt character.

Black Bavarian schwarzbier is a subtle, drinakble, and surprisingly variable beer that shows more flexibility than is normal for the narrowly focused style.

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Black Bavarian Style Lager from Sprecher Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 926 ratings
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