When we began our grand “Month of Lagers,” I mentioned that the Lager family was largely pale in color. In beer, as in all important things, exceptions are the delicious rule! The most notable exceptions are a small group of beers called Black Lagers, or Schwarzbiers.
Black Lagers occupy a unique space in the beer continuum. True to their Lager family roots, they tend to be light-bodied, lower in alcohol, and of more moderate flavor impact. Unlike nearly all of their relatives, they're quite dark in color — from deep garnet to jet-black. With the smoothness of a Lager, and the roasted complexity of a Stout, Black Lager is an amazingly versatile beer. Try pairing it with spicy, caramelized foods like fajitas, or jerk chicken. The roasted malt in the Black Lager loves the blackened beef in fajitas, the crispy bits of jerk chicken, or the blackened skin of Cajun fish dishes. It's a Lager, so it can take the heat, and with it's relatively low level of hop bitterness, it's supremely refreshing.
- Published in Beer Reviews