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

Burleigh Brewing Co. Japan Black Beer
93 points
Walnut color. Aromas of smoked chocolate soufflé, cured meats, toasted matzoh, and egg drop soup with a slightly chewy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length black raisin bread and toasted nuts finish. An unabashedly complex black lager with an easy drinking appeal.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Black Beer