Black Bavarian Style Lager | Sprecher Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
920
Reviews:
483
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
141
Gots:
98
For Trade:
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Photo of berkeleymaw
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biteme398
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbone2131
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark brown that shows light. Sizeable tannish head. Mild nose. Flavor is bringing a lot of flavor. Nice malts, noticeable cooked (but not roasted) grain tones. The malts really seem to thicken up to me as time goes on. Mildly sweet as a compliment to everything else. Feel has a nipping carbonation. Liquid is slightly thick. It's a shame that Sprecher isn't more widely distributed here (as far as variety goes). I'd be very open to trying anything they brewed.

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Photo of hu5om
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split in new belgium goblets with e11a627
a-black but not impenetrable. ring of khaki foam, light lacing

s-dark malts, chocolate, slight hoppy freshness and licorice

t-biscuit, dark malts, german chocolate, licorice

m-med. carbonation. very smooth for a beer that packs these tastes. decently clean and light.

d-my kind of lager! friggin great. i'd say better than their amber and pub brown. very happy. schwarzbier's: who knew? i might start buying these more often!

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of Sprechers brews I haven't tried let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of molasses and black licorice. Pours to a deep deep brown with a tan head. Taste is very rich and deep, molasses and licorice with a nice roasted and lightly bitter aftertaste. I am drinking this after a good porter and it is blowing it away. Highly recommend this brew for the imbiber of dark beer.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the breweries I miss most not living in the midwest anymore,all of Sprcher beers I have had I really enjoyed.This one is one of the few I like in this style,and I really like it.Black with some ruby highlights with great creamy head,very malty fruity aroma very appetizing.Sweet but not overly sweet tasting with roasted malt the biggest flavor component,but also chocolata and a very appetizing caramel background.For how rich it looks its very easy to drink.Loved it and will be enjoying again soon.

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Photo of sponberg
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fat little 16 oz. bottle. Pours a deep garnet brown with an tannish head that recedes rather quickly to lace. Aroma of freshly ground roasted malts, almost espresso-like.

My family historically is from the Bad Kostritz area of Germany. There's a damned good chance there's Kostritzer Schwarzbier in my genetic code. So there's a predisposition towards this style. This one doesn't have quite the round Munichy maltiness of the Kostritzer, but it's close - starts with a clean maltiness, decoction sweet with a slightly roasty, cocoa powder like bite, then rounds out into a fine combo of dry cocoa, toffelike malt, roasted barley, hints of espresso... niiiice. I detect similarities to the late, lamented Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer in this one. Finishes with a lingering roasty/cocoa powder vapor. Just chewy enough. Could drink a few of these before sinking into a recliner for the night.

Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!

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Photo of zjungleist
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly dark, basically black (just like the label suggests), with a lively tan head. The smell is nice and malty, with some coffee, chocolate, and a hint of herbal hops. I was shocked at the first sip, quite bold. Lots and lots of burnt malts and a fair amount of hop, with a lager-yeast taste as well. In truth, the taste is a lot like an American double stout, but the mouthfeel is thinner and more carbonated. It lacks the alcohol punch of a stout, but the flavor is nearly as complex as a sipper. It's hard to call this one refreshing, but it is satisfying for sure.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark black body with a heavy tan head.

S-Smell of hops and caramel and chocolate malts with a sweet smell in the background.

T-Taste of hops and caramel and chocolate malts with sweet bitter taste from the caramel malts.

M- Very creamy and smooth slightly chewy with a velvety texture to the pallet.

D- Very good Bavarian dark lager coming from Wisconsin. This beer has great taste and aroma and not to be taking lightly. This beer can hang with the worlds best.

Cheers..

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prohibition Tap Room

A - Dark and stout-like. Minimal head and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, slight hint of bitter cocoa.

T - Dark roasted malts, slight notes of roasted nuts, bitter cocoa and burnt popcorn. Earthy flavors.

M - Medium bodied. Earthy feel and finish. Ample carbonation.

D - Pretty full and filling... great malt flavors and low ABVs make this a drinker

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Photo of jreitman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich dark cherry in color with a rather good sized dark brown head. Roasted malts dominate the nose. Flavors range from a subtle chocolate to a moderate roastedness. Observed a light-moderate nuttiness that seemed to fade as it warmed. Smokey flavors underscore everything and hurt the drinkability for me. A fine brew that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to try if it weren't for cokes.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with dertbert.

16 oz brown bottle with no freshness info.

a: Jet black with dark tan head that fades fast.

s: Sweet chocolate and caramel notes.

t: Very malty, sweet, and roasty with a nice chocolate flavor.

m: Light body, average carbonation.

d: Drinkability is very high, I could drink this all night.
Its very smooth and light, but has a great chocolate flavor that keeps you interested.
I have only had a couple of schwarzbiers, but this is without a doubt my favorite.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice dark black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice tones of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is malty, big on toffee/chocolate/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Schwarzbier.

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Photo of wmardis
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, served in a pint glass

A deep brown, nearly black, body with a thin tan cap. Dots and lines of lace scattered about.

Aroma is of deep roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. This is all malt in the nose, not a hop to be found.

A lot of dark malt flavor. Grainy, roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate seem to dash to the front of the line, but toffee, caramel and molasses have the last laugh. The hops add a nice layer among all these malts. An earthy, slightly bitter undertow.

A very smooth beer that covers a lot of bases. Body is medium, but can feel thicker and thinner at times. Weird. I guess that's the beauty of a schwarzbier, big bold malt flavor packed into a lager. An excellent take on the style.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck!

16oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - dark brown/black color with a tan head that left a trail of lacing behind.

S - roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

T - roasted malt taste upfront leads to a bittersweet chocolate flavor finishing slightly dry making me want another sip.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - I did enjoy this beer and would seek it out again.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark in the glass with a full head that sticks around.
Full aromatics, if you like well-blended dark malt (and I do.)
On the palate, I get sweet at first (I like sweet), but then black malt kicks in along with the appearance of 32 IBU.
In the mouth, smooth and intense as the style needs to be when good.
Should you try it? Ask the experts.

Michael Jackson's 1999 "Guide" gave Black Bavarian 3 of 4 stars.
Roger Probst selected Black Bavarian to review in "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die" (published by CAMRA.)
Listed in the "1001" and reviewed by the venerable Randy Mosher, I have had this schwarzbier more than any other... and hope to again.

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Photo of vande
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - if one didn't no better, I have a Pepsi sitting next to me. I nice, deep dark brown pour with very little head retention...just enough along the the rim of the glass to let one know its carbonated a bit...

s - sweet, slightly nutty w/ hints of carmel...faint coffee

t - one of my favorite sprecher brews actually... a nice smoky taste to it..dark, somewhat rich..mixture of milk-bitter dark chocolates engrained with black, roasted malts.. tasty combo

m - medium bodied, somewhat creamy...

o - like I said, one of my favorite Sprecher offerings. Not an overpowering Schwarzbier, but one that's quite palatable...

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to genog for this one.

16 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark black with a one finger tan head that quickly dies down to a thin layer that seems to stick around for a bit. Stickiness could use some help, but there is some. Smell is a sweet molasses with some caramel malt and leather. Some roasted barley as well as a tiny bitterness in the nose. Taste has some toasted malt and a sweet brown sugar. I detect a hint of coffee/espresso as well, but not overpowering at all. Aftertaste has a bit of a hop tingle to it as well as a hit of tobacco. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and full with a good amount of carbonation. This is a damn good beer, I was quite surprised. Nice to have a beer like this every now and then to take me away from my everyday IPA lifestyle.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a one finger light tan head that has good retention.

Smell has notes of medium creamy roasted malt with warm toffee notes, a bery light hop presence and clean smelling yeast.

Taste has a nice light roasted coffee like flavor with creamy roasted malt, slight hop prescence and a really clean tasting yeast. There are also some light toffee flavors.

Mouthfeel is awesome, feels creamy, light, clean crisp and very refreshing. This is one of the smoothest beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with a one finger tan-off white head. Not much head retention and very little lacing.

S: smells of coffee and chocolate with hints of toffee and cream.

T: Starts of sweet and malty up-front with a small amount of chocolate/coffee bitterness in the finish. Towards the end of the drink the coffee comes out more and so does the bitterness.

Overall It was very drinkable and and great tasting, if I find this in store I'll pick up a pack for sure.

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Photo of hardy008
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a black color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Gave a tan, foamy, three finger head. Left a nice lace.

Smell - Gives a very malty aroma. Coffee also present.

Taste - Malt and coffee. Goes good with pizza,

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, and creamy.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Very good overall.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured into the glass a very dark brown color w/ some reddish bricking. It was translucent. The head was a tightly bubbled tan color that started out quite large and diminished slowly. The nose had some heavy, sweet, malty tones in it. The flavor has a touchy of smokiness along w/ some hoppy notes. Very enjoyable, very drinkable.

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Black Bavarian Style Lager from Sprecher Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 920 ratings.
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