About Black Beer

About Black Beer
Black beers, or schwartzbiers, are dark brown to black in color and range in alcohol from 4-5%. These beers feature a bitter chocolate, roasted malt note and a rounded character. Hop accents are generally low. Black beers originated in eastern Germany, but are brewed in markets ranging from Japan to the US today. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Samuel Adams Black Lager, Guinness Black Lager and Rogue Chateau Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager.

Top Picks for Black Beer

Samuel Adams Black Lager
94 points
Brilliant brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chestnuts and buttered dark toast with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, long finish that exhibits notes of pumpernickel stuffing, chocolate orange peel, and kale finish. A delicious chewy black lager for fans of stouts.
Awards: 2017 Best Black Beer
Stevens Point Brewery Onyx Black Ale
93 points
Dark brown color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled panettone and orange marmalade on raisin toast with a velvety, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of black forest cake, latte, and nuts finish. A fruity, easy-drinking black lager crowd pleaser.
Argus Brewery Cygnus X1 Black Lager
90 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of char roasted espresso beans, bacon, and juniper with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length barley tea and B.L.T. finish. A malty, smoky beer that will be great with pub grub and friends.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Hatchery Black Lager
88 points
Brilliant brown color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of smoked turkey bacon, denver omelet, burnt toast, and hint of campfire with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long finish displaying notes of smoked nuts, grilled carrots and sweet potatoes, and radicchio finish. A fun, slightly smoky black lager that borders on rauchbier and will pair brilliantly with ’cue.
ABK Schwarz Black Lager
87 points
Pale mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate covered dried cassis with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity thin body and a smooth, relaxed carob cookie and glazed sweet potato finish. An easy-drinking black beer with a light-on-its-feet style.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Angler Black Lager
84 points
Bright dark brown color. Savory aromas of butter-roasted brussels sprouts, corn and carrots, chocolate graham cracker, dried fruits and meats, and salami sandwich with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length rye cracker, charred nuts, hint of ink and ash, and bitter greens finish. An interesting, layered, meaty black lager that will shine at the table.