Just my opinion.....if someone hands you a Schwarzbier and you are blind folded and when you taste it you think " that's a great pils" then you don't have a true to style Schwarzbier . There should be subtle coffee and chocolate roast. It's smooth and not bitter or harsh. You pick it up ever so slightly in the nose. as you sip, it presents itself but doesn't linger or bite in the finish. While there are different varieties out there, I also prefer the ones with a noticeable Munich contribution vs just pils.
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I agree, which is exactly what I get by adding the Carafa at the initial vorlauf. Munich is a nice add, but you need restraint with that to avoid stepping into Dunkel territory. I have also heard that Danish Lager yeast gets the right yeast profile for this style. I will be brewing it again as soon as I kill off the 10 gallon batch I am drinking now. Enjoy! It's a great style.