Various dark lager beers
The style description is followed by information about alcohol and bitterness (EBU) levels and colour. The styles are listed in the order mild to strong.
Dark lager is an easily approachable dark beer style. Dark malts give these lagers deep caramel and chocolate notes as well as delicate sweetness. Dark lager is characterised by a slightly sweet maltiness, complemented by moderate hoppiness.
3.8–6.0% • 18–30 EBU • dark amber–dark copper–light brown–brown
Dunkel is a traditional German-style dark lager. It has a stronger flavour and is often drier overall than dark lagers in general. Dunkel has dark caramel and chocolate aromas and often a delicate toasted flavour.
4.5–5.6% • 14–28 EBU • copper–dark brown
Black beer, or schwarzbier, is a traditional German beer style. Black beer has a softly sweet maltiness, and often delicate toasted and dark chocolate notes. Black beer is darker and drier than dunkel.
4.4–5.9% • 20–35 EBU • brown–dark brown–black