About the Schwarzbier

The Schwarzbier style originated in Germany and gained popularity following Reunification. Its name translates to “black beer” in German, and indeed, its appearance is a very dark brown but not quite black. The lager is smooth with a medium-light to medium body and moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Light to moderate malt flavor can be neutral or bready with a bitter chocolate taste. Its dark malt character shouldn’t seem roasted like an American Porter or Stout. Its hops presence is low to moderate with flavors that are floral, spicy or herbal. Comparatively, the Schwarzbier style is darker, drier, and lighter than the Munich Dunkel. It’s drier with less malt and hops than the Czech Dark Lager.

Samuel Adams Coffee Black Lager is a German-style Schwarzbier by the Boston Beer Company that blends subtle floral hops and coffee with bready malt and dark chocolate.

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Brooklyn Winter Lager is a German-style Schwarzbier by Brooklyn Brewery that nicely blends roast malt and spicy noble hops.

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Baba Black Lager is a German-style Schwarzbier by Uinta Brewing Co. that balances roast malt and herbal hops with dark chocolate.

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