Sprecher Brewing Company - Black Bavarian

Sprecher Brewing Company - Black Bavarian

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United States

Alcohol by Volume:

5.86%

Sprecher Brewing Company - Black Bavarian

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.86%
  • Bottle Size: No
  • Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 32
  • Serving Temperature: 47-55°F
  • Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Mug
  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate
  • Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Mt. Hood, Tettnanger
Sprecher’s Black Bavarian is brewed in the German Schwarzbier, or “Black Beer,” style, and is one of the more robust and hearty versions we’ve seen. On the pour, expect a very, very dark brown color with reddish flashes and a fluffy head. In the aroma department, notes of brown bread and chocolate come to the fore, with some nice toasty notes and an impression of moderate sweetness. We also were intrigued by a certain subtle underlying dimension reminiscent of red grape skins and prunes. In the mouth, Black Bavarian offers up a deeply toasty malt profile. Black patent malts provide some char-like notes that refrain from becoming too bitter, and remain well-integrated into the overall flavor tapestry along with dark chocolate, scorched caramel, and smoke. There are some definite flashes of dark, plum-like fruitiness that peak through the big roasty notes on the mid-palate. Hop bitterness is moderate to firm, and the body is a satisfying medium-full. This boldly-crafted schwarzbier gets our nod with any good cut of steak cooked over charcoal. Prost!
Sprecher Brewing Company has been impressing us for quite some time now. With more than 20 different beers in their brewing portfolio, including seasonal and limited release brews, we’ve pretty much liked everything we’ve been able to get our hands on. Likely the first thing you’ll notice is that the bottles look foreign; the German name implies German origins, and with the typeface and the griffin on their logo, one definitely gets the impression of an old German brewery (an impression that will be bolstered after trying the beer!). But, a little more examination reveals “Est. Milwaukee 1985.” Randal (Randy) Sprecher, a former Pabst Brewing Company brewing supervisor, founded Sprecher Brewing Company in Milwaukee, WI in 1985 with an emphasis on German-style beers. After about a decade, the company had grown to the point where they needed a larger facility, and in 1994 the brewery was moved to its current location a few miles to the north in Glendale, WI. The new, bigger brewery offered the company the room to keep growing, and they have established themselves as significant contributors to the city of Milwaukee’s impressive brewing tradition which reaches far beyond the presence of the current mega-brewery that’s based in the city. In the late 19th century, Milwaukee boasted over 80 breweries, until Prohibition led to the demise of most of them in 1919. Nevertheless, the city can be spoken of historically as a craft brewing haven, and the success of the Sprecher beers there in recent years shows that the enthusiasm for great beer is still alive and well. If you’re ever in the Milwaukee area, check out the Sprecher brewery and buy as many brews as you can bring home with you (you might need an extra suitcase!). For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, visit their website at www.sprecherbrewery.com or call them at call (414) 964-2739.
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