Schlenkerla Erle (Schwarzbier) bottle

Schlenkerla's Erle is the renowned smoke beer brewery's stellar take on a Schwarzbier with a rich roasty palate featuring a light complex smoke imparted by smoking the malt over alder wood. Sessionable at 4.2%, it's a another winner from Bamberg's best brewery.

Roth Schwarzbier

Roth Schwarzbier is a gorgeous looking example of the style with a dry malty/roasty palate and clean, dry, semi-bitter finish.

Spessart Räuberchen Dunkel on tap

Spessart Specht Räuberchen Dunkel is a cross between a Schwarzbier and Czech Tmavy, with some light roast in the dryish palate and a lingering bittersweet finish.

Lippert Schlotfeger

Lippert Schlotfeger is the brewery's latest creation: a dry roasty Schwarzbier with a lingering semi-dry finish.

Zum Löwenbräu Schwarzer Löwe

Zum Löwenbräu Schwarzer Löwe is a good example of the roasty style with a semi-dry finish.

Hausbrauerei Altstadthof Das Schwarze

Haubrauerei Altstadt's Das Schwarze is a textbook Schwarzbier with a roasty nose and palate featuring a hint of coffee before the lingering, semi-dry, bittersweet finish.

Hummel Cowboy Schwarzbier

Hummel Cowboy Schwarzbier isn't typical of the style but it's a tasty enough dark beer worth trying if you don't confine it to a mold.