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Baeren Schwarz by Baeren Beer

Baeren Schwarz

Baeren Schwarz is a 5.5% schwarz beer from Baeren Beer, based in Iwate,  Japan. It’s part of their all-year round line up and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s brewed to a traditional south German style with plenty of black malt – and that’s all we could find out about this beer. We don’t …

Tazawako Dark Lager by Tazawako Beer Brewery Pub

Tazawako Dark Lager 田沢湖ダークラガー

Tazawako Dark Lager is a 5% schwarzbier style beer from Tazawako Beer Brewery Pub that is available all year round. It also won a medal at an international beer competition at some time during the past. Yeah, that’s about all the information I could dig up from Japanese sources about Tazawako Dark Lager. Tazawako Dark Lager Aroma and Taste Yes, pouring Tazawako …

August Black by August Beer

August Black

August Black is a winter seasonal 5.5% schwarz beer from August Beer based in Tokyo. During a recent trip to their Roppongi branch, the owner mentioned that the seasonal was a new one worth trying and gave us a quick sample – that’s how you get customers hooked. It’s not brewed by August Beer but rather it seems in Okayama as …

Fujizakura Heights Dark Lager By Fuji Kanko Kaihaitsu

Fujizakura Heights Dark Lager

Fujizakura Heights Dark Lager is a seasonal schwarzbier from Fuji Kanko Kaihaitsu that is avaiable from around the middle of February until stocks last. It has an abv of 5.5% but unlike typical schwarzbiers, Fujizakura Heights Dark Lager is a bottom fermented beer that has had, in the words of the brewery “an abundant amount of caramel malt and roasted malt thrown …

Romantic Village Kuro Beer by Romantic Village Beer

Romantic Village Kuro Beer

Romantic Village Kuro Beer, sometimes called Romantic Village Kuro (Black) Beer is a schwarzbier style beer from Romantic Village Beer, also known as Utsunomiya Craft Beer. Confusing or what? Just pick a name and have done with it. It’s a 5% summer seasonal that is supposedly best served with the Romantic Village Pilsner as a black and tan, or half and half …

Kinshachi Black by Morita Kinshachi Brewery

Kinshachi Black

Kinshachi Black is a schwarzbier produced by Morita Kinshachi Brewery. We first came across it at World Gourmet in Yokohama during a tasting session a while back and picked up a couple of bottles for “testing” purposes. The trouble is, there is no mention of it on the Kinshachi Beer website so it’s unknown whether Kinshachi Black is a limited …

Niigata Black by Niigata Beer

Niigata Black

Niigata Black is an English style sout out of snow country, aka Niigata, and is brewed by Niigata Beer. It is also 100% bottle conditioned so there can be sediment or stuff at the bottom if you are worried about that. Niigata Black is brewed from malt imported from New Zealand and weighs in at 4.5%. Niigata Black Aroma and Taste Niigata …

Shonan Beer Schwarz by Kumazawa Brewing

Shonan Beer Schwarz

The beer of buddha, if the label is to be believed. Or a beer supplied by Buddha through his personal supply perhaps. Shonan Beer Schwarz is sponsored by the Big B himself and comes packaged with his mug on your bottle. During the winter months though, it’s a bit cold for the Big B and Father Christmas / Santa Claus adorns the …

Coedo Shikkoku by Coedo Brewery

Coedo Shikoku

Coedo Shikkoku is named after the island just south of Honshu…who am I trying to kid? Coedo Shikkoku is named after a Japanese hue, this time being the jet-black lacquer work that can be seen across Japan. It is also a schwarzbier brewed using a traditional German recipe. Coedo Shikkoku Aroma and Taste Coedo Shikkoku poured out darker than my deepest, …

Harvestmoon Schwarz by Harvestmoon Brewery

Harvest Moon Schwarz

Harvestmoon Schwarz is brewed in Maihama, Chiba. If that sounds familiar well that’s because a certain big eared mouse lives in the near vicinity. Enough to drive anyone to drink. It is brewed in the traditional south German style of schwarz beers. At the time of writing, Harvestmoon Schwarz was only available in bottle form only. Harvestmoon Schwarz Aroma and Taste …