Headbangerz Brown Ale | Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company

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Headbangerz Brown AleHeadbangerz Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Deuane on 02-26-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bobbybou
4.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delightfully fresh with a sinfully smooth mouthfeel. The color was a rustic brown with a subtle tint of henna when tilted toward the sunlight,luxurious and inviting . The rich malty characters matured to a velvety chestnut, perfectly balanced by the complex sweetness that disappeared quickly after doing it's amazing balancing act.The creamy tanning head complimented the beers flavor outfit. Beer flavor fashion at it's truest form to style.This brown ale entertained my senses and left me wanting more. This was smoooth drinking baby,smoooth drinking!

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Photo of sjohansen
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brown ale pours a very dark amber somewhere in between maroon and brown. A very little amount of light, and many quick rising bubbles can be seen through the clear yet dark body. A two finger fluffy tan head dissipates, but leaves a nice coat and some sticky and spotty lacing through the session.

Sweet milk chocolate is the first characteristic I pick up in the nose. As the ale warms I get a hint of graham cracker. Some light smoke, like burnt sugar.

Semi-sweet chocolate cake up front. Lots of active carbonation bounces around. Very slight hop bite that balances the malts nicely. Nutty and roasty characters. Hints of honey.

The mouthfeel is a combination of a medium body that dances from the carbonation. Smooth and slick, but not watery.

This is a solid American Brown Ale. Definitely something that I would recommend to a buddy of mine that swears by Avery's Ellie's Brown. Definitely something that I'd go out of my way to get again when in the Billy's Port area.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whilst looking at my profile, I noticed this would be my 100th review. Slow learner !

I ran into my first "Barbarian" at Otto's up on 611, a venerable establishment keeping all things german for the past 80 years. Out of all those wonderful german beers, the double axe tap handle really stood out. I asked the barmaid for a taste and really liked it, so ordered a whole glass. I think browns in general don't get much cred on this site but I find them very drinkable and full flavored. The 'bangerz was no exception. It showed up nice and dark brown although the head dissapated pretty quickly. It did lace its way down the "Otto's" mug very well, though. There's a very nice malty nose advertising the rich malty flavor to come. Rounded out by a light hops touch, this was a well balanced, incredibly quaffable beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finishing off one of my last bottles from a trip north, bottles were picked up by my bro at the brewery.

Poured into glass, presented with very feint head, but I'm giving this one up to the fact it is a bit too cold. Otherwise, nice light tan head ring, main body is deep amber, brown, somewhat translucent.

Smell presented weakly, so I spun it around to warm it up a bit and got some more out of it, with hints of spicy sweetness, moloasses a hint of chocalate. Surprised by the spiciness of it, but I like it.

Taste is a smooth sweetness, with the hints of spiciness presenting as herbal mixed with the roasted flavor of molasses and hint of toffee. Not overpowering flavors but well done.

Mouthfeel is well balanced, flavors hit the tongue and cheek nicely.

Its been a while since I have had this, but the more taste it the more I like it, looking forward to having it on draft here in Philly sometime soon.

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Photo of joepais
3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jason for sending this one my way. Bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass produced a two finger tan head that stuck around for a while. The body of the brew was a cloudy reddish brown in color.

I got some nice malts and nut aromas coming from the glass. It was a god brown ale sweet malts with a light nutty rost to balance it off.it had a solid meduim feel to it in my mouth with good carbonation.

A rather nice brown ale, very drinkable. It was easy to finish my bomber and was left wanting for more

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Barbarians are invading the 'burbs. A pint at the Farmer's Daughter in Blue Bell.

A: The brown ale is appropriately tagged, a murky caramel brown that verges on opaque. Atop the morass, an off-white head, nearly a finger in size, hangs out through most of the glass.

S: The nose has plenty of caramel and toffee, both syrupy sweet. The malty base stands out, yielding only to balancing earthy hops.

T: More caramel and toffee, this time smoothed out by nutty flavors as well. The triple threat of malt flavors works well, creating a near-cloying taste that never manages to go too far. Darker flavors are also evident, pushing back the brown ale territory, with a sweeter molasses presence leading the charge. Hops are a little more assertive in the taste, peaking through before the malts can get too strong.

M: The sweet base of the ale greatly aids the mouthfeel, keeping it smooth and low in bitterness. Very sweet though, with the caramel and toffee never resting.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a translucent brown with a thin head that fades quickly. the aroma brings a nice bit of chocolate with the roasted malt sweetness. the taste brings a nice amount of the promised f dark malt, the sweetness leads to a nice crisp finish. good co2 and medium mouth feel make this a nice light drinkable brown.

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Photo of tim9887
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours deep reddish-brown with not a whole lot of off-white head. Copious caramel notes in the nose, less so in the flavor which was good - the aroma seemed way too sweet for me but the flavor wasn't as bad. Caramel/chocolate sweet malt character. Bit of roasty character, a nice ale altogether. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish-brown with a medium light tan head. Subtle notes of sweet malt and nuttiness. Subtly sweet with a puncuation of roasty, nutty flavors. Hops are mearly supportive and simply complement the malt character. Mouthfeel is decent and well rounded. A bit to sweet for me to drink a lot of but a nice, simple, well-rounded English brown.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: While there is not really any Wow! factor to Bavarian Barbarian's ale, you get the sense that there is a real attention to detail. Quality, relatively clean and simple beer w/out pretense.

Served cool in a pilsner glass at the brewery.

A - Medium chestnut brown w/ a light tan head measuring 1 inch w/ copper highlights at the base. Sporadic lace forms and cling well- nice head retention.

S - Malty toffee and caramel aroma w/ a hint of bready yeast esters and slightly toasty grain.

M - Smooth slightly sweet feel w/ a clean finish. Nutty yet hints of caramel w/ moderate carbonation.

T - A smooth brown that has toasty, sweet and gentle cereal grainy flavors and caramel sweetness that doesn't overpower other flavors like mild hopped bitterness..

D - Very quaffable a nice session worthy beer. I like a good brown, which is an easy pleaser. I can't wait to try more in the future from B.B. This is something I could share w/ friends by the pitcher.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bavarian Barbarian Brewery on 3/22/08.

A - Clear chestnut-colored body with amber highlights and one finger of creamy off-white head that disappeared quickly. Excellent body clarity!

S - Nice sweet caramel malt nose with toffee notes and a bit of an earthy hop presence. Some mild chocolate notes also come out in the aroma.

T - Very malty, of course, with lots of caramel sweetness and some toffee flavor as well with just the slightest hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Pretty full bodied with a syrupy texture and medium carbonation. Very mild hop finish on the tongue. This one is quite sweet on the palate.

D - Solid brown ale that's well balanced. If you like sweet malty browns, then you'll love this one!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bavarian Barbarian- Brown

A- Deep cloudy reddish brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet vinegar, caramel, buttery shortbread, and vanilla.
T- Big sweet butter and caramel. Good shortbread malts appear with a slight oaky wood chip flavor.
M- Buttery, creamy, and a slight vinegary tart bitter finish.

Overall- A tad sweet and tart but worthy of trying.

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Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bavarian Barbarian Brewery.

Poured a deeper brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, and some chocolate. Tastes of toffee, nuts, roast, and caramel. Not too bad for a Brown Ale!

Notes from 10/26/08

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep mahogany, very deep garnet when backlit. Quite clear, despite dark color. Small to decent size light tan head fades pretty fast and doesn’t leave much for lace.

S: Nut brown smell. Toasty grains, nutty malts, caramel & toffee sweetness, a bit of chocolate and soft hints at roast. Nice malt spectrum and decent strength. No hops.

T: Similar to nose, but even more nutty character. Nutty and toasty are front and center. Caramel and toffee are less sweet than in the nose. Chocolate fades a bit and roast comes out more – especially at the end and into the finish. Just a faint hint of herbal / grassy balancing hops middle and into the finish. A pretty darn nice brown overall.

M: Less than medium body. Leaning toward british (low) carbonation level. Soft and smooth, but also a tad thin for all that is going on flavor-wise. Roast malts take the finish a tad drying.

D: An easy drinking, flavorfull, nut brown rounded out by some nice roast notes. It could use a bit more body to carry all the flavor. Not more sweetness though, keep the focus on the nutty, toasty, and roasty. Good beer, but rather tame for its name.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with a gigantic, off-white head that slowly fades into a floating cap of suds that sit atop the beer. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, roasted nuts, caramel, red grapes, citrus, and a touch of cocoa...there also seems to be a trace of black cherries, and plums, though I'm not sure they're supposed to be there.
Taste is of the aromas with the same results. Pretty decent but to me, it seems like there is a mild sweet/sour flavor coming through in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, sweet, with a gentle tartness found in the swallow.

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Photo of Soonami
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bavarian Barbarian's Headbangerz Brown Ale suffers from unrealized expectations the name gives that the beer could not deliver. I was expecting a roasty, hoppy, flavorful Brown Ale, but instead got a mild, smooth brown that did not make my head bang. I think that my expectations definitely changed my perception of the beer. It's like calling a beer Hopzilla, but having it taste like an American Light Lager.

The beer was a light brown with little foam or lacing. The smell was of stale pretzels, toffee and slightly herbal. The beer did not have the depth of roasted character I was expecting, no chocolate or rich malt, and the under-bittered for my taste. The beer was carbonated well and smooth on the palate and on the way down.

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Photo of corby112
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark chestnut brown color with golden amber notes when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that has good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic splotches of lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with hints of nut, slightly roasted malt and slight earthy hops.

Crisp medium body with a nutty caramel maltiness as well as some hazelnut, sweet light fruit and a nice hoppy presence that provides a nice balance and a dry finish.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This 22oz bomber was 2.99 at the WF... are you kidding me? how could I NOT get one?

Poured with a full 3F of tan, effervescent head over an orange/brown body - just a touch of lacing.

Aromas were difficult to pick up until it warmed a bit, but present were toffee, roasted malts, and a strange whiff of cauliflower.

This had a bit of a tangy mouthfeel. Flavor profile included walnts, ripe navel oranges, and plenty of red bell pepper. Little too overcarbonated, and a slightly metallic aftertaste.

I found the drinkability to be on par with most Brown/English Brown Ales. Mouthfeel creates the unique quality of this ale.

p.s. can't believe this review included the words 'cauliflower' and 'red bell pepper' in the description. what's wrong with me.

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Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a huge sand colored head that had excellant retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Smells like a nice brown ale. A lot of malt with slight hints of nuts and toffee. Just a faint hint of hops gives some floral, minty elements. Wow, what happened to the flavor. There is hardly anything there. Just a little toasted bread flavor and that is about it. Nothing off with the flavor, there is almost a complete lack of flavor. The body is too thin and watery. Just because the ABV is low does not mean the flavor and body need to suffer. Carbonation is nice but it cannot do much with this body. It goes down like water and not much harm from the ABV, but that is not really a good thing. It is one of those "why bother" type of beers. Needs a lot more flavor and body.

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Photo of Sammy
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Another brown ale, served a bot too cold. Drinkable, licorice, mollasses,a little toast, a bit nutty.Some chocolate malts, not enough, also needs more roast. Middle brown colour with some lace dots. Drying, though odd bitterness to it.Average mouthfeel

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Photo of Atricapilla
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass. Beer was a dark brown color with some light reddish overtones. Had a one finger dirty white head and fairly active carbonation. Smelled of roasted nuts and malt. Taste was a hodge podge of malt, roasted nuts, earth, and oak. Rather sweet. Left an aftertaste of old oak and syrup in my mouth, not terribly pleasant.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, received as an extra from Beerman777, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A moderately vigorous pour yields a towering 3-finger head of soft tan foam that beautifully fills the top half of the tulip and contrasts nicely with the deep reddish-brown body beneath. The voluminous head recedes at a measured pace, leaving lumps of creamy foam throughout and lots of frothy lace. Phenomenal-looking brown ale.

S: Not much to it, unfortunately. Nothing but thin, sweet, nutty malt, with some caramel character as well. Pretty bland and boring.

T: Starts out with the nutty character from the nose, then gets metallic and a little sour (ala Newcastle), and finishes with more generic thin sweetness. Definitely in the English tradition, but not even as good as Newcastle.

M: Way too thin, but balanced with ample carbonation.

D: Despite being a bit watery, this has just enough of a sour tang to it (and not in a good way) to make it less than pleasant to quaff.

Notes: At times this beer seems to have a glimmer of something interesting going on, but it always seems to fade away into thinness. That said, it's an absolutely gorgeous example of the style, and with a bit more body and some hops it could become a really tasty brew. Thanks, Steve, for the chance to try it.


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Photo of kiddynamite920
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After a frightening experience of looking down in my beer and seeing a large spider, thinking the beer had been sitting with a spider in it since bottling, the spider moved and I realized the spider must have been in my glass without even noticing. Whoa. Luckily I only poured about 1-2 ounces before seeing the black monster floating in my beer. Bomber poured into an 11.2 Sam Smith nonic.

A: A fairly transparent reddish, brown with very minimal head. A bit light for a brown ale.

S: Smells of caramel malts and a bit of a gingerbread type spice. Malt forward beer, but nothing that stands out. Smells quite plain.

T: Very light caramel, a wheaty/grainy flavor and a bit of fruitiness. Light all around. A bit bready.

M: Thin and undercarbonated, was hoping for a bigger body and more caramel malts and some roastiness. Everything was lacking for a brown ale. Figured Headbangerz would be a larger brown ale, but it seems more like a brown ales younger brother.

D: Easy to drink, but the body is horribly lacking and so is the flavor department. Would say the best aspect of this beer is its aroma, which was average at best. I suppose it could be a good beginner brown ale.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with Anthonylalota. Poured into a tumbler. The beer pours a murky hazelnut brown with a pretty big light tan head. Kind of a bitter aroma kind of dirty and a bit musty. Nutty flavor on this, must. I feel like this is lacking some of the malt character that are assosiated with brown ales. Kind of a sharp carbonation on this but the body is kind of light. Average beer here. It's not the worst but I'd take a lot of other browns before this one.

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