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

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Photo of moulefrite
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a creamy tan head that fades out quickly while leaving ample, well placed and delicate lacing. Sweet chocolate malts rise up from the glass. In the mouth a sheer delight. Lovely, intense bitter chocolate and a touch of malted milk, followed by creamy mocha. Medium to full bodied yet balanced just right-never over assertive in a sweet cloying way as some Sprecher brews have come off to me. This may be the first Sprecher product that I've wanted to re-visit other than the sodas which are first rate.

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Photo of Bill69
4/5  rDev -1%

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep black with very little light getting through when held to the sun (a slight dark ruby color detected) with a thin tan head that didn't last long and had little lacing.

Smell: Roasted barley, burnt caramel and hops.

Taste: It has a unique rye flavor to it, bready and malty yet surprisingly light for such a dark brew. Was a nice taste that I could see seeking out again in the fall or winter.

Mouth feel: Crisp, well carbonated and slightly thinner than I expected. But in a good way.

Drinkability: I could do a session with this, but probably not now in the summer. More of a fall or winter beer. It's definitely got a unique taste I could see myself craving at some time...I love rye bread and rye flavors, so I will be having this again.

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Photo of Jimboe
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ThaHealer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Yesac
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 16oz bottle

A- Pours solid black, with a small light brown head

S - Chocolate malts, some earthy tones

T - Smooth chocolate and coffee malts

M - Thick bodied and sticky. Medium carbonation.

D - What a great brew to wind down to at night.

Great Schwarzbier!

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Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks pretty black with a tan head that shrinks up slowly to a lace. the aroma lives up to the dark malts the appearance promises... chocolatey roasted goodness. the malts live on in the taste with a good bit of roastedness, it's well attenuated, with a fine crisp mouthfeel... a pretty good beer.

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Photo of dsl72701
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fuzzbalz
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Zdrummer15
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of adamcarlson28
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of gmcfarre
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into Saison Dupont glass

A - Pours a dark, opaque, pitch black color with a thick, frothy one inch latte colored head. Head lasts very well, but lacing is moderate.

S - Strong roasted malt with some toffee and coffee flavors, as well as bitter dark chocolate. Scent is a little underwhelming in power. Caramel sweetness.

T - Starts with good roasted flavors and caramel sweetness. Again, toffee, coffee and dark bitter chocolate are touched upon. Nice and dry at finish with roasted flavor coming on again at aftertaste. Sweet, but refreshingly so.

M - Good carbonation with a medium body and creamy mouthfeel. A bit drying at the finish, but still retains some sweetness.

D - A really nice lager from Sprecher. Perfect with bratwurst I would imagine. Easy drinking despite its dark flavors and appearance.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As black as Akitsa's soleil noir. Forest clearing moon bright notes. Subtle, creeping, lingering. Burnt wood, dying embers, warmth. As good as James Brown's nineteen seventies records, with particular links to "Take a Look at Those Cakes".

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Photo of Thads324
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

given to me by my father, of all people!

A : pours a super dark oil color with a finger and half of solid and thick tan head, little tiny bubbles. german looking label, although it is american.

S : not much to speak of. a little hint of roasted malt. smells dry and has a hint of old chocolate bar.

T : begins with a musty and earthy hop, not bitter, but slightly flavorful. The middle is dominated by a vibrant roasted almost coffee taste. undertones of sweet chocolate bits. Followed up by another hint of flavor hops and a crisp finish. the finish has a hint of caramel in it.

M : clean, crisp and easy to drink. Finishes very nice and easy.

A nicely done beer. Lacking in aroma, but that may be the tulip I used (only clean glass I had today). a good surprise from a brewery I have never heard of and I would pick it up again.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dbell23
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean at Libation Station for the recommendation. Poured into a tulip. Black with a huge beige head that never completely goes away. Looks like a stout with a big head. Great lacing. Nice looking beer.

I've never smelled a beer like this one. Malty, maybe a chocolate undertone,charcoal maybe. Again, very different.

Taste is really good. Starts malty, slightly stout with a slight bitter sweet middle but not hoppy. Super clean finish with a slight smokey stout like undertone. It's like a stout/porter/lager combination. The roasted malt seems to be the dominate flavor but it almost tastes hoppy from the roasted bitterness. I don't know,what it is but it tastes good.

The mouthfeel is the star. I don't recall a beer more smooth than this one. Really good session beer.

Overall, this is a must try if you like to try different beers and I do. This would be a great beer with German food. It's a great beer to just enjoy too. The low abv makes it sessionable.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz bottle into a nonic

A: The beer is a dark brown, almost black with a touch of mahogany around the edge. There is a 3 finger foamy tan head that sticks around for a bit.

S: Smells of roasted malts. There is a bit of smokiness and some wood.

T: Similar roasted malts from the smell. The biggest difference is the addition of a mild fruitness; raisin and grape. The smoky character develops a bit and leaves the finish dry and with a little bit of bitter coffee.

M: Medium carbonation with a smooth, relatively thin body. Easy drinking.

O: A combination of light, drinkable malts and some darker smoke and wood flavors. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of soper2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe that this is my first time having this beer. I always seems to be my "second choice" at many bars if other offerings aren't available, but it always gets past over.

Anyways, it pours a beautiful dark ruby tinged brown with a long lasting 2 finger beige head. Aroma is intially very sweet, maybe overly sweet but nice little roasted notes round out the nose. Taste brings me back to Brazil where Schwarz's are fairly common. There is a nice interplay between the sweetness and slightly bitter roastiness that makes this a very versatile beer; great for sessioning or sipping. Top class beer from Sprecher and a great intro into Schwarz's as a style.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee bean black color in the glass, with a very thin head that dissipates quickly but has decent cling. The nose presents toasted malt at the fore with subtle vinegar, mild nuttiness, and slight molasses, as well. I was a little disappointed that the smell wasn't stronger. It has a very prominent coffee flavor with hints of cocoa and lots of toasted malts. If I didn't know any better, I might've thought this was the latest Starbucks beverage. There is some sourness and acidity to the close that actually serves to balance the flavor quite nicely. A mid- to full-bodied mouthfeel with a slight syrup quality, but it does finish very clean.

A very nice dark German lager, with great toasted malt and coffee notes. Goes down very easy and does not overwhelm, despite its pronounced malt flavor and complexity. Definitely worth repeated pours.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark red - so dark it's black until held up to the light - yet clear. Head is 2+ fingers of golden-brown foam that lingers a long time, leaving a delicate lacing behind.

S: Burnt sugar, tart grapes, and some light hops notes.

T: Maltiness is mildly sweet, but more bready. There are mild flavors of acrid, burnt grain, but they are faint enough that they add to, rather than detract from, the taste. There's enough tart fruitiness in the middle for balance, before spicy, bitter hops take over in the finish.

M: Moist, with medium carbonation. Much lighter mouthfeel than I expected based on the color.

O: A tasty, very drinkable beer. This American-brewed Schwartzbier gives any German-brewed example a run for its money.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Black Bavarian Style Lager from Sprecher Brewing Company
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