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Schwarzbier

Style Snapshot

This dark lager is copper to very dark amber in color, is light to medium-bodied, low to moderate in alcohol content, and is typified by the balance between rich dark malt flavors and hints of bitterness from hops and roasted malts.

The Schwarzbier style is usually darker in color, drier, and with a slightly greater roasted malt note than the Munich Dunkel style, another dark German-style lager.

History

Schwarzbier is a German-style lager whose name means literally 'black beer'. The most famous of this type is made in Kostritz, Germany. In previous centuries, German drinkers of this style would sometimes sweeten this beer with sugar. To address this consumer habit of old, the Kostritzer Brewery had produced two versions, the original and a version with added sucrose. The current Ur-Kostritzer beer is a blended expression of these two options.

Style Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.043 - 1.053

Final Gravity (FG):

1.011 - 1.016

Strength (ABV):

3.8 - 5.1

Bitterness (IBU):

22 - 33

Color (SRM):

23 - 37


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Serving This Style

Suggested serving temperature: 50 - 55 F

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Schwarzbier