RATINGS: 806   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This intensely dark Kulmbacher style lager has a superb malt complexity with the distinctive flavors and aromas of coffee, caramel and chocolate. A renowned smoothness and a creamy, tan head make it an all-time brewery favorite.

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markas101 (2455) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Tap, restaurant, Wisconsin Dells. Opaque brown. Sweet aroma, molasses and chocolate. Balanced flavour. More chocolate and mild hops. Very drinkable.

ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2015
A pretty solid Schwartz. Dark and superbly roasty. More bitterness than I was expecting but with a smooth mouthfeel.

raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
on tap at Crafty’s Taproom in Northeast Phila - aroma is very sweet. Flavor not as sweet. Nice dark reddish color. Slight chocolate flavor.

climberbob (458) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Black w tan head that does not last. Caramel aroma. Domineering bitter caramel malt taste. Faint anise. Not much else comes through. Caramel is almost syrupy. Lacks balance. A bit disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JDBaker11058 (2206) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2015
appearance: deep dark brown, glowing clear ruby when backlit; creamy light tan head that starts at a finger’s worth then shrinks to a thin cap; tons of persistent lace cling; looks just like it should. aroma: primarily roasty, dry, bittersweet dark chocolate; a bit of chicory, leather, earth, and grass, maybe a whisper of spearmint. taste: roasty coffee and dark chocolate, light molasses, fresh grass, a hint of pepper or smoke. finish: is there a hint of metal in the finish? Maybe, but there seems to be a bit of earthy, mellow hops added to the grassy notes, plus lingering general roasty malts; palate is dry like talc, a bit of smoke too. notes: The two best American schwarzbiers I’ve had are from Uinta and Devil’s Backbone. This isn’t far off. It’s not quite as good as either, but it’s still very, very good. To me, just a tad too dry and there’s that barest hint of metal on the very back end that I can’t seem to shake.

Cybercat (5835) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Comes out of tap warm coffee brown with a fine-bubbled and persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma presents notes of roast malt and coffee, not strong but enough to make you go Pavlov’s Dog. Bold flavor sends roast malt, molasses and mocha tones rolling across the palate; these leave a smoky note in their wake. Firm body, good fizz, and a smoky malt finish round out a great schwarzbier.

MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 28, 2015
It’s not often you get to have an American-made Schwarzbier. It’s even less often you get to have one that’s so good. Black Bavarian looks lovely in any Lager-appropriate glass you pour it into. Near-black body and almost tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and subtle cocoa. Flavor has coffee, cocoa, a hint of smoke, and sweet malts (to me, redolent of corn syrup). This bittersweet brew is quite rich for its 6% ABV and approachable despite its dark color. Easy to see why this Sprecher brew continues to be a favorite.

HuskerTan (2202) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle. A- Smoke, roasty, burnt caramel. A- Black color, black liquid, brown head. T- Smoke, roasty, dry, slightly bitter, cocoa, coffee, malty. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, dry roasty finish. O- Looks nice, but isn’t up there taste wise. Quite bitter and roasty and a dry finish. Didn’t get much of the flavors the label said I would.

arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Draft at Sprechers. Pours black with no head. Nose is chocolate, caramel and a little roast. Taste is nice and creamy with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. Good.

Nsanders (1144) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Tap at Mars’ Cheese Castle. Black with a lasting foamy tan head. Smokey, charred wood, roasted malts, stone and milk. Has a dry sweetness that has a burnt overtone. Body is medium with feel.

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