Schwarzbier (Black Beer)

I love making beers that are hard to get in Las Vegas. This Schwarzbier recipe (Black Beer), falls into category 4C of the BJCP. This Schwarzbier recipe is an awesome example of this style. Plenty of roasted malt aroma, beautiful ruby highlights and a nice dry finish. It also has good hints of unsweetened chocolate, a subtle hint of noble hop flavor from the Hallertauer hops and of course the clean palette of a German Lager.

Schwarzbier comes from Thuringia which borders on the German states of Lower SaxonySaxony-AnhaltSaxonyBavaria and Hesse.

This Schwarzbier recipe uses the special Zurich Lager platinum strain from White Labs which is available only in November and December.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 90 min 27.8 IBUs 25.2 SRM 1.048 SG 1.013 SG 4.6 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Schwarzbier (Black Beer) 4 C 1.046 - 1.052 1.01 - 1.016 22 - 32 17 - 45 2.2 - 2.7 4.4 - 5.4 %


Name Amount %
Munich Malt (France) 9 lbs 85.71
Pilsner (2 Row) France 1 lbs 9.52
Chocolate Malt 8 oz 4.76


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Hallertauer Hersbrucker 0.5 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 8
Hallertauer 0.5 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 8
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