German Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier ("shvahrts-beer"), is simply German for black beer. It doesn'’t mean that it'’s necessarily heavy or light in body, although most examples tend to be lighter. Unlike Porters or Stouts and other dark beers, they are not overly bitter with the burnt and heavily roasted malt characteristics that these styles tend to depend on. Instead, hops are used to achieve a good portion of the bitterness. Smooth on the palate, soul lifting, and refreshing with a dry finish, Schwartzbiers make a great alternative for the winter months, especially when you're looking for a lighter beer, but one with depth of color and a bittersweet taste that might bring to mind coffee, cocoa, or licorice.

ABV: 3.8–5.2% | IBU: 20–30 | Glassware: Pilsener Glass (or Pokal)

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Samuel Adams Black LagerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)4.902,7043.7
SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.4.802,0133.91
Bohemian Black LagerSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner4.901,4993.45
Xingu Black BeerCervejaria Kaiser4.701,3873.48
Baba Black LagerUinta Brewing Company4.001,2733.77
Saranac Black Forest Black BeerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.501,1553.73
HowlMagic Hat Brewing Company4.609813.66
Black Bavarian Style LagerSprecher Brewing Company6.009474.04
Session Black LagerFull Sail Brewing Company5.409223.67
KCCO Black LagerResignation Brewery5.107073.37
Mönchshof SchwarzbierKulmbacher Brauerei AG4.907044.04
Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black LagerRogue Ales6.006344.01
Ugly Pug Black LagerRahr & Sons Brewing Company4.505243.63
Krušovice CerneKrálovský Pivovar Krušovice a.s.3.803633.57
Black LagerDevils Backbone Brewing Company5.103593.82
McSorley's Irish Black LagerPabst Brewing Company5.503533.5
SchwarzbierThe Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery5.803403.99
Death & Taxes Black BeerMoonlight Brewing Company5.003134.17
Insulated Dark LagerBrooklyn Brewery5.603103.84
Dark HelmetWestbrook Brewing Co.6.002903.84
Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Brauhaus AG4.902673.76
Krombacher DarkKrombacher Brauerei4.702513.45
S1nist0r Black Ale10 Barrel Brewing Co.5.702333.65
Gordon Biersch SchwarzbierGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant4.202303.69
Black ThunderAustin Beerworks5.202203.73
BREWtality - Espresso Black BierMidnight Sun Brewing Co.9.702104.14
Sustenance Black Beer - Bourbon Barrel-AgedShort's Brewing Company6.502074.03
Sustenance Black BierShort's Brewing Company6.001743.77
Dark Helmet Imperial SchwarzbierThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works8.001543.77
Reasonably CorruptGreat Raft Brewing5.501533.88
ZeitgeistBrewDog4.901453.65
LA-31 Bière NoireBayou Teche Brewery5.251373.6
Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn3 Floyds Brewing Co.5.501363.94
Blackwing LagerUnion Craft Brewing Company4.901343.83
Perrin BlackPerrin Brewery5.801323.72
Black Radish Dark LagerWeeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery5.301293.39
Samuel Adams Coffee Black LagerBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)4.901233.74
5 O'clock Shadow Double Black LagerGrand Teton Brewing Co.7.601214.06
MagnetronMetropolitan Brewing5.501204.02
Das SchwarzeDinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG4.901193.71
B3K Black LagerWynkoop Brewing Company5.501193.5
Monteith's BlackMonteith's Brewing Co.5.201183.59
Miner MishapChoc Beer Co. / Pete's Place5.301133.56
StargrazerBauhaus Brew Labs5.001133.85
Rail Dog Smoked Black LagerThirsty Dog Brewing Company6.701133.99
Schlafly Sessions Black Lager SchwarzbierThe Schlafly Tap Room5.001093.64
Saranac Black LagerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.501043.35
Herold Bohemian Black LagerPivovar Herold Březnice A.s.5.201023.97
Short's Black DiamondShort's Brewing Company5.101003.73
8th Sin Black LagerHop City Brewing Co.5.00913.6
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