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Best Schwarzbier - Top 10 Ranked by the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship

This Top Ten Schwarzbier List is from America's Best and from the results of the 2011 U.S. Open Beer Championship.
1. New Belgium 1544 - New Belgium Brewing
2. Saranac Black Forrest - F.X. Matt Brewing Company
3. Black Bavarian – Sprecher Brewing
4. Death And Taxes - Moonlight Brewing
5. Black Lager – Boston Beer Company - Massachusetts 
6. Kidd Lager - Fort Collins Brewing - Colorado 
7. Moonlit Sessions Lager - Port Brewing - USA
8. Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing
9. Xingu Black Beer- Cervejaria Sul Brasileira - Brasil
10. Bohemian Black Lager - Spoetzl Brewery - Texas
New Belgium 1554 Black Ale  Saranac Black Forrest   Sprecher Black Bavarian
These very dark brown to black beers have a mild roasted malt character without the associated bitterness. This is not a full-bodied beer, but rather a moderate body gently enhances malt flavor and aroma with low to moderate levels of sweetness. Hop bitterness is low to medium in character. Noble-type hop flavor and aroma should be low but perceptible. There should be no fruity esters. Diacetyl should not be perceived.
OG: 1.044-1.052
FG: 1.010-1.016
Alcohol by Weight: 3-3.9%
IBU: 22-30
Color SRM: 25-30


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