The dark lager beer, this is a beer that if paired well can match with sweet perfection; however, if paired wrong then it very quickly kill your tastebuds in one quick mouthful. The first thing that you should know about dark lager beers is that there are three different types of dark lager beers:
- Dark American Lager
- Munich Dunkel
When you first look at the Dark American Lager beer you find that it will have a appearance from a light to somewhat medium body and that your overall impression of the beer should be a little sweeter than a regular lager beer; however, it will have a little more body and flavor. The color of the Dark American Lager beer should be a deep amber to a dark brown color. Some good examples of this beer are Dixie Blackened Voodoo, Shiner Bock and Saint Pauli Girl Dark.
The next type of dark lager beer is the Munich Dunkel . This beer when you first look at it should be a deep copper to a dark brown in color and its flavor profile should taste like a mild caramel , chocolate to even a nuttiness flavor. You will find that this beer will have a very complex taste and because of that, will be a hard beer to pair a meal with. This beer was founded in Munich, Germany and is very popular through the Bavarian region. In Germany you can even find unfiltered versions of this beer that will taste like liquid bread. Some good examples of this beer are Paulaner Alt Munchner Dunkel and Penn Dark Lager.
The last of these dark lager beers is that of the schwarbier. This beer will have a appearance to medium to very dark brown in color and its flavor profile will be a rich to a sweet taste; however, it might have a bitter chocolate taste as well. Some good examples of this beer are Kostritzer Schwarzbier and Samuel Adams Black Lager.
A good way to start to learn to pair dark lager beers is to pair it with cheese, some cheeses that go well with this beer is a good smoked cheese, aged sheep or a parmigiano . Once you learn what cheeses you know go well this beer you can start to pair other things as well.