Style: Dark Smoked Lager
Schwarzbier has been around since at least the 16th century and was once more widespread than it is today. During the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century it was almost replaced by mass-produced lighter beers. Only a few breweries have preserved the beer style, and it has been experiencing a renaissance for around 30 years.We use a very special smoked malt for our Aecht Schlenkerla Erle black beer. This is not dried over a beech wood fire as usual, but over an alder wood fire. The alder smoked malt brings a fine, complex smoky flavour to the beer, which is less strong and spicy than our classic smoked beer. A high proportion of roasted malt ensures a pronounced roasted aroma and the dark, almost black colour. At 4.2%, Aecht Schlenkerla Erle has slightly less alcohol, but has a strong taste.