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Also Known As:   Schwarzpils, Schwarzes Pils

Translated, it means "Black Beer," the Schwarzbier is a dark beer with a long tradition throughout Germany, but especially in Thuringia (Thüringen) and Saxony (Sachsen).

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Classification:  Vollbier

Type of Beer:  Lager

Alcohol Content:  4.8-5%

Extract Value:  11%

IBU:  25-30

Region:  Throughout Germany

Well Known Brands
Kloster Mönchshof, Köstritzer

Beer Characteristics
Malt-accented dark brew. Rich, mild, medium-bodied. Firm, creamy foam. Clean, lager taste with hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Very dark brown in color; opaque.

Serving Suggestions
Optimal serving temperature is 46° F (8° C). Best served in a tall, fluted or tulip-shaped glass.

Food Pairings
Goes especially well with steak and game.

Schwarzbier dates back to 1543 and was first produced in Thuringia (Thüringen) and Saxony (Sachsen). 

Additional Information
A popular mixed drink in Germany, known as Greifswalder or Dunkles Radler, is a combination of Schwarzbier and cola.


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