Examples: Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Samuel Adams Black Lager
Serving Temp: 40°- 45°
Glassware: Pilsner, Pint, Seidel or Stein
Aroma: Hints of roasted malt that can be coffee like (but never burnt) are present.
Appearance: Pours dark brown with garnet highlights around the edges and a long lasting tan head.
Flavor: A light biscuity malt sweetness balanced by a light bitter-chocolate layer, noble hops (herbal/spicy) and a clean lager finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and smooth.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: German, Mexican or other hearty and/or spicy foods. Meat: smoked or grilled.
HopHeadSaid: This subcategory is my favorite of the Dark Lagers. Schwarzbiers are a perfect mix of sweet malt, smooth bitter chocolate and just a touch of roastiness. The beer also has a crisp and refreshing lager quality. This is great beer to pair with other foods because its moderation (flavor, alcohol and body) keep the beer from dominating any pairing. Also, its light roastiness resonates with many grilled or lightly smoked meats.