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RATINGS: 809   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Strong coffee flavor and aroma with a nice balance of bitterness and dark chocolate. Very creamy and roasty - a nice brew. Leaves a nice pleasant cocoa essence in the mouth. Very dark reddish brown with a little, but lasting head. My only complaint is that the flavor is not quite as robust as it could be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Poured out of bottle, bought at Sam's Wine & Spirits in Chicago, 6/3/03. Light tan, tight head dissipates quickly. Very dark reddish-brown color-- almost totally opaque, but nice-looking. Nose is of a dark roasted malt, with some scent of springy berries-- almost like a sweet or even an imperial stout. First taste is a dark roast, again malty with some tingly fruitiness. Pleasant undertaste of caramel too, with all of the chocolate and dark coffee of, again, a fine imperial stout. Medium-light body, surprisingly thin for as strong as the nose and flavor are, but surprisingly long finish (roast all the way, almost burnt flavor, with some nice nuttiness that creeps through) for as thin as it feels in the mouth. This stuff goes down extremely smooth, but somehow lingers for a very long time. Alcohol flavor is there a bit, but is not off-putting. Flavor brightens up strongly as you work through a bottle (and as it warms up a bit). Very welcome addition to the lager canon.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5802) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2003
I would have guessed this to be a stout or a porter, but a dark lager? Never. The head is tan and frothy, and the aroma is roasty and chocolately. The flavor is quite malty and complex, with intense roasted/smoke flavors, caramel, coffee, licorice, and some others I can't quite identify. If all schwarzbeirs were like this, I'd be trying them a lot more often.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Nice coffee/caramel aroma and flavor. Very dark, definitely a schwarzbier yet smoooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Very dark beer with great Malty flavor. Nice thick tan head. I like Sprecher beers because they are served in 16 oz bottles. A very smooth Schwarzbier.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2003
Nice and malty, fair carbonation, very coffee-like. I like, but not a "must have".

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Smooth silky mouth feel. Oh and its black in color - looks like a stout and taste like stout, with much coffee favor. Good Beer

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Sampled at Peoria International Beer Festival. Very dark in color with flecks of red. Head is large with nice lacing. Medium bitterness in the flavor, some roasted malt. Somewhat syrupy, yet light on the palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2003 Deep dark ruby color with a big frothy head. A very unusual aroma of earthy toasted hay with coffee suggestions. There is and initial bitterness that is quite forceful, more of an ESB bitter than an overhopped bitter as this retains its creaminess throughout. Very seductive, the aroma keeps begging you to identify it by giving you a different scent with each sip. Stout like flavors but not as heavy. The micros in Wisconsin make excellent lagers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
This beer had nice aroma and color. The flavor was fairly complex and delicious, though not QUITE as much depth of body as I had hoped for. A fine beer, nevertheless.


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