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German-Style Schwarzbier

German-Style Schwarzbiers are very dark brown to black, with a surprisingly pale colored head (not excessively brown) with good cling quality. Medium malt aroma includes a mild roasted malt character. Fruity-ester and diacetyl aromas should not be perceived. Hop aroma is very low to low, deriving from noble-type hops. Malt sweetness is low to medium, and incorporates mild roasted malt character without the associated bitterness. Hop flavor is very low to low, deriving from noble-type hops. Hop bitterness is low to medium. Fruity-ester flavors and diacetyl should not be perceived. Body is medium-low to medium, not full bodied.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.044 - 1.052 (11 - 12.9)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.010 - 1.016 (2.6 - 4.1)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 3.00% - 3.90% (3.80% - 4.90%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (22 - 30)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 25 - 30 (50 - 60)