Schwarzbier (Black Beer)

A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness.

Low to moderate malt, with low aromatic sweetness and/or hints of roast malt often apparent. The malt can be clean and neutral or rich and Munich-like, and may have a hint of caramel. The roast can be coffee-like but should never be burnt. A low noble hop aroma is optional. Clean lager yeast character (light sulfur possible) with no fruity esters or diacetyl.
Appearance: Medium to very dark brown in color, often with deep ruby to garnet highlights, yet almost never truly black.
Very clear. Large, persistent, tan-colored head.
Flavor: Light to moderate malt flavor, which can have a clean, neutral character to a rich, sweet, Munich-like intensity. Light
to moderate roasted malt flavors can give a bitter-chocolate palate that lasts into the finish, but which are never burnt.
Medium-low to medium bitterness, which can last into the finish. Light to moderate noble hop flavor. Clean lager character
with no fruity esters or diacetyl.

Commercial Examples:

Nothing so far in ZA.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Kulmbacher Mönchshof Premium Schwarzbier, Samuel Adams Black Lager, Krušovice Cerne, Original Badebier, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Gordon Biersch Schwarzbier, Weeping Radish Black Radish Dark Lager, Sprecher Black Bavarian

What The Beersluts have to say:

Sorry buddies, we haven’t done a proper taste test on these beers yet!!

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