Description

Sometimes called black lagers, they may remind some of German-style dunkels, but schwarzbiers are drier, darker and more roastoriented.These very dark brown to black beers have a surprisingly pale-colored foam head (not excessively brown) with good cling quality. They have a mild roasted malt character without the associated bitterness. Malt flavor and aroma is at low to medium levels of sweetness.

Quantitative
  • SRM Color Scale
    25 - 30
  • International Bitterness Units (IBUs)
    22 - 30
  • Alcohol by Volume (ABV)
    3.8% - 4.9%
Flavor
  • Alcohol
    Not Detectable to Mild
  • Hop Aroma/Flavor
    Hop aroma and flavor are very low to low, deriving from noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is low to medium
  • Malt Aroma/Flavor
    Reminiscent of bitter chocolate or coffee. Malt sweetness is low to medium, and incorporates mild roasted malt character without the associated bitterness
  • Yeast Esters
    Not common to style
  • Yeast Phenols
    Not common to style
Palate
  • Body
    Soft
  • Carbonation
    Medium to High
  • Finish Length
    Medium
  • Attenuation
    69 - 77
Ingredients
  • Hops
    German Noble
  • Malt
    Pilsner, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Black Roasted Barley, Carafa Special II
  • Water
    Varies
  • Yeast
    Lager
Food Pairings
  • Cheese
    Munster-Style Cheese
  • Entrée
    Mushroom Strudel
  • Dessert
    Fruit Tart
Appearance
  • Carbonation
    Medium to Fast Rising Bubbles
  • Clarity
    Clear
  • Color
    Very Dark Brown to Black
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