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

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.
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.