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:
99
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 920 |  Reviews: 483
Photo of Segelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of monk2021
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of imbibehour
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Twist off cap.

Out of the bottle comes out thick and dark, hitting with big opaque and giant truly black walnut qualities, fine red edges and deep mahogany hues. Head manages a classic tan, creamy all the way and almost nitrous looking, even some capping like retention and island puck whipped up appearances. Excellent looker.

A real unexpected aroma. Rips of grain and dark roast but has a real chewy and fantastic sense of black licorice. Black truly is the theme so far in looks and bouquet. Light bodied and airy, leaving behind lager like crisp qualities in the dust, but also with perhaps a touch of dry coffee in the mix. Great stuff.

Palate is truly exquisite. An absolutely killer mouthfeel holding numerous angles, creamy and thick at first, light and refreshing on the finish, with a full coating and easy drinking quality. The flavors are exquisite and follow this with many surprises. Mid palate has mild roast, but a great nutty quality almost hazelnuts in flavor. The aftertaste is just dynamite, with loads of light coffee, soft chewy molasses and a stunning sense of soft chewy black licorice that builds and builds on the swallow. Mild vanilla and cream like quality sweetness, with brilliant balance of flavors.

What an absolutely killer drinking, flavorful, and fantastic brew. It's large power and big impression on the palate though sort of overwhelms more of classic Schwarz quality, but as a well made beer, this is in a class all its own.

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Photo of Fusebuddy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amhendrick
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of groggycorpse196
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dark. Creamy. Delicious. Dark smoky taste

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

Photo of dmorgan310
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alakazam65
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of twb0392
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant dark brown, light tan head. S: Roast malt, dark sugar sweetness, not much hop, not a lot of esters in the nose, pepper. T: Crisp, darker malts, very clean, light sweet touch not much hop, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, more roast than needed. Finishes dry. The fruit is behind the roast flavors. F: Medium high carbonation, smooth, low medium body O: Very drinkable, could use a little more of something to stand out but well done, little more malt and hops but not much.

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Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of GreggieD
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mlockman
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not the best schwarzbier I've had, but certainly very good. Pitch black in hue, it had a pleasant malt aroma which was mirrored on the palate, and it's moderate carbonation lent a creamy mouthfeel when agitated.

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Photo of sarient
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is brewed old school, with a great look and taste to match. Tones of aged malt and a bit of earthiness, make it great. Black color so it lives up to its name. Smooth finish with a great feel behind it. Way to go!

How many?: give it three to four and you're doing great!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with red hues in the light, atop with fine, fizzy, light brown head of weaker retention. Roasted meat, soil, chocolate aromas. After these dissipate, I notice caramel as well. Naturally, there's a smoky tartness and an earthen quality on the palate, and calls to mind tobacco and especially coffee in the finish, ever so slightly, if at all, influenced by any hops. Caramel sweetness in there as well. Considerably light in body and smooth as well. Plenty of carbonation, but gentle. Mouthfeel just disappoints me. Still, overall, maybe it's mellowed or maybe I've just acquired the "Schwarzy" taste, but it seems better than the last time or two I've had it (purchased a four pack about ten months ago).

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Photo of RStansel
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sabre311
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 03fatboy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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