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    Beer Styles # 34 – Dark Lager


    Dark Lager

    -2 Subcategories:

    A.Subcategory: American-Style Dark Lager

    -Color – Light Brown to Very Dark

    -Clarity: Appearance should be bright; chill haze should not be present

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Low malt aroma and flavor may include low levels of caramel

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Very low to low

    -Perceived Bitterness: Very low to low, and dissipates quickly.

    -Body: Low

    -ABV: 4.1%-5.6%

    B.Subcategory: German-Style Schwarzbier
    (Description courtesy of Beer Advocate)
    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.

    -Color – Very dark brown to black, with a pale-colored head.

    -Clarity: Beer color may be too dark to perceive. When clarity is perceivable, chill haze should not be present

    -Perceived Malt Aroma & Flavor: Medium malt aroma displays a mild roasted malt character. Malt sweetness is low to medium, and displays a mild roasted malt character without bitterness.

    -Perceived Hop Aroma & Flavor: Very low to low, derived from noble-type hops.

    -Perceived Bitterness: Low to Medium

    -Body: Low to Medium-Low

    -ABV: 3.8%-4.9%

    -Glassware: Pilsener Glass – Typically a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass

    -Examples (courtesy of Beer Advocate)

    Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

    Brewed by:
    Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

    Style: German Schwarzbier

    Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

    Notes / Commercial Description:

    First-class, refined ingredients, the unique recipe and a passionate brewing tradition that you can taste: Köstritzer Schwarzbier stands for pleasure in perfection. It is the unique roasting of malting barley to the finest roasted malt, which gives Köstritzer Schwarzbier its unique malt aroma and unmatched character.

    The market leader in the segment of bottom-fermented, dark beers presents itself in an elegant, bubbly and elegant manner, and promises a special kind of beer experience at first sight with its strong color and pronounced foam crown.

    Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

    Brewed by:
    Uinta Brewing Company
    Utah, United States

    Style: German Schwarzbier

    Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

    Notes / Commercial Description:

    Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

    This black lager has flavors of dark coffee, chocolate, and subtle wood smoke. Our black sheep’s color stands out and leads the herd in drinkability.

    32 IBU

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