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:
918
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
97
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 918 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee and Carmel. Taste is of the same coffee and carmel. But, with molasses. Mouthfeel is nice and heavy. Overall, another good one from Sprecher.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SPRECHER BLACK BAVARIAN 11/6/16

Last of the four from the newest beer shipment. We don't get this Wisconsin brewery's products in my state.

a: Opaque black with ruby highlights at the bottom. Two inch thick tan head receded to even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Caramel malt.

t; Roasty char with a moderate hop bite. Ashy finish.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A tasty German dark with plenty of smoky roasted malt flavor. A fine cooler weather brew.

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Photo of zotzot
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of I3eer
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nihilistic
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 DeadeyeOTDO
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My brother had this one in his fridge so I thought I'd check it out and glad I did! First schwarzbier and it won't be my last. Nice depth of flavor for under 6%ABV.

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Photo of RacerX5k
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black Bavarian pours - surprise - a black rooty color, with some edges of chocolate and a 2 finger khaki head.

Aroma of licorice, rye bread, dark barley, and some sticky karo syrup.

Flavor is very aggressive in its dark bread crust bitterness, with touches of pumpernickel, rye crouton, sesame, and scorched earth. Tons of dark pumpernickel rye bread bitterness. A touch of malty sweetness on the finish. Very respectable but a touch too burnt in this category for me.

The feel is heavy, creamy, but still flows down the throat easily. Leaves a nice carbonated finish on the palate.

Sprecher's BB is no joke. It's a real beer with real intentions. Unfortunately one of the greatest things about beer is its enjoyability, and this one was just a little too much of a chore to drink without my mind focusing on it.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick Take: With a straight black color, you're basically tasting black coffee that is very slightly sweet with a little molasses and sharp carbonation. Nevertheless, it's still good for the style. Meanwhile, it has a slightly acidic, but creamy mouthfeel and aftertaste.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown/black beer with an off white head. Smells like dark chocolate malts. The taste is on the deeply kilned side like black malts, I like schwarzbier to be a bit less roasted. Medium bodied, its a bit heavier in the mouth than an Oktoberfestbier. Its Sprecher's flagship beer and I can get it from the brewery.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (undated) into pint glass. Pours a very dark but not quite black with a thin tan head. Initial impression is subtle caramel and chocolate malts, with a very balanced profile and a smooth nutty finish. Medium mouthfeel. My first beer of this style, and I must say it's a good place to start!

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Photo of Shippy
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick, tan head. Very nice appearance. Smell is roasty and dark with lots of typical malt characteristics, followed by some spice and a hint of oak. Flavor has a similar profile with chocolatey, roasty flavors and some nuttiness. Feel is medium-light, but creamy. I'm not generally a huge fan of this style, but this particular beer is very good. I wish I had a few more my fridge.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a nice black with a tan head than stays.

Smell: Roasted sugars give this beer a wonderful burnt aroma.

Taste: Sweet with roasted malts for initatal taste. Bits of chocolate and light bitterness. Starts sweets and ends bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light, creamy body with medium carbonation.

A very enjoyable brew. The bitterness is a nice surprise style-wise. One of the better brews from a view good Milwaukee brewery.

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Photo of AGB
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gregcordle
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Hopheadjeffery
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 1 pt bottle. Look is black with a thick tan head and sticky lacing–. Smell is cocoa, spices, burnt caramel and dark roasted malt aromas. Taste is roasted nuts, dark bitter chocolate, spices and smokey roasted malt flavors. Feel is light to medium in body and has a nicely balanced finish. A fine American schwarzbier.

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Photo of Peepskp
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Bavarian Style Lager from Sprecher Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 918 ratings.
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