Source of Style #9 – Schwarzbier

Source of Style #9 – Schwarzbier

The ninth in our series of “Source of Styles” – as voted on by the Patrons – is schwarzbier, which translates to black beer, a style of beer that is synonymous with the early days of craft beer in Japan. Schwarzbiers are dark lagers that first originated in Germany in the middle ages and were one of the first styles …

Doppo Black Beer for Unagi by Miyashita Brewery

Doppo Black Beer for Unagi・独歩ビールウナギに合う黒ビール

Doppo Black Beer for Unagi is a 5% Schwarzbier by Miyashita Brewery, based in Okayama, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan. Doppo Black Beer for Unagi, as the name suggests, has been brewed to be consumed with Unagi – not the karate skill from Friends – …

Doppo Schwarz by Miyashita Shuzo

Doppo Schwarz 独歩シュバルツ

Doppo Schwarz is a 5% schwarz beer from Miyashita Shuzo, based in Okayama, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap across Japan. It’s also won a couple of awards – back in 1996 and in 2000 when noone really knew about craft beer in Japan it seems. …

Myoko Dark Lager by Myoko Kogen Beer

Myoko Dark Lager 妙高ダークラガー

Myoko Dark Lager is a 5% schwarzbier from Myoko Kogen Beer, based in Niigata, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round range of beers and can be found in both bottles and on tap. Myoko Dark Lager is brewed with four different kinds of malts being Pilsner, Caramel, Munchen, and Black. Myoko Dark Lager Aroma and Taste Myoko Dark Lager poured …

Meguro Black Lager by Meisterbrau

Meguro Black Lager 目黒ブラックラガー

Meguro Black Lager is a 5% schwarzbier from Meisterbrau, based in Tokyo, Japan. It’s part of their all-year round bottle range and that’s all we could find out about it. Meguro Black Lager Aroma and Taste Meguro Black Lager poured out a pitch black colour with a large frothy white head on top that lingered throughout drinking. There was a …

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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 …