23 – Schwarzbier/Black Lager

Dating back to at least 800BC, Schwarzbier (otherwise known as Black Lager) is the oldest known style of European beer. Black in colour, but with the crisp refreshing body of a lager, this beer gets its popularity from its intricate balance mixed with delicious drinkability! As usual, we brew one ourselves and talk about it, then try these commercial examples:


Köstritzer – Schwarzbier https://www.koestritzer.de/
Würzburger Hofbräu – Schwarzbier https://www.wuerzburger-hofbraeu.de/de/whb/
And Union – Neu Black Lager http://www.andunion.com/en/

If you’re interested in brewing this beer you can find the recipe at http://www.themaltmiller.co.uk