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BJCP 2015 Guideline

Dark European Lager Schwarzbier

BJCP 8B

BJCP 2015 8B Schwarzbier example
8B - Schwarzbier

 

Overall Impression

A dark German lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavors with moderate hop bitterness. The lighter body, dryness, and lack of a harsh, burnt, or heavy aftertaste helps make this beer quite drinkable.

Comments

Literally means "black beer" in German. While sometimes called a "black Pils," the beer is rarely as dark as black or as bitter as a Pils; don't expect strongly roasted, porter-like flavors.

Commercial Examples

Devils Backbone Schwartz Bier, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Eisenbahn Dunkel, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Mönchshof Schwarzbier, Nuezeller Original Badebier

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VITAL

  • OG:  1046 - 1052
  • FG:  1010 - 1016
  • ABV: 4.4 - 5.4
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • SRM: 17 - 30
BJCP 2015 8B - Schwarzbier Commercial Example
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