Schwarzbier

Recipes:
2,096
BJCP 2021:
08B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇪🇺 Central Europe
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Schwarzbier, which translates to "black beer" in German, is a dark lager that combines the refreshing crispness of a lager with the flavors typically associated with darker malts. With roots tracing back to medieval Germany, this style represents one of the oldest continuously brewed beer types in the world. The modern version of Schwarzbier showcases refined brewing techniques and maintains a deep connection to its historical origins. In relation to other styles, Schwarzbiers offer an alternative for those seeking something darker than typical lagers yet lighter and more approachable than heavier ales.

Appearance-wise, a Schwarzbier presents a range from dark brown to black with clarity ranging from clear to slightly opaque. A creamy tan head is common, often persistent after pouring due to moderate carbonation levels ensuring good head retention. Despite its dark coloration, it is lighter in body than it appears and should not be overly thick or heavy on the palate. The flavor profile of Schwarzbier features mild roasted malt tones without bitterness associated with stouts or Robust Porters; think subtle notes reminiscent of chocolate or coffee rather than intense burnt characteristics. Hops are generally understated but provide enough presence for balance; bitterness is moderate but clean. Gentle malt sweetness can harmonize beautifully with light caramel accents, while the finish remains dry and clean, inviting another sip. Aromas align closely with its flavor characteristics, displaying those same gently roasted qualities paired with low hop aroma.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.4 – 5.4 %

In Database
4.0 < 4.8 < 5.8 %

Bitterness

Specification
20 – 35 IBU

In Database
17 < 27 < 39 IBU

Color

Specification
37 – 59 EBC
19 – 30 SRM

In Database
34 < 51 < 65 EBC
17 < 26 < 33 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
11.4 – 12.8 °P
1.046 – 1.052 OG

In Database
10.2 < 12.3 < 14.4 °P
1.041 < 1.050 < 1.059 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 4.1 °P
1.010 – 1.016 FG

In Database
1.7 < 3.1 < 4.6 °P
1.007 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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