Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Company in Köstritz/Thüringen, Germany pours an extremely dark burgundy-brown colour with a thick, creamy and frothy head that laces your glass and settles as a thin layer. The aroma, which develops more as the beer warms, smells of fresh grains and freshwater. There is also a roasted chocolate tone, hints of dark fruit and a slight smokiness.
This beer carries a satisfying body and a creamy mouthfeel that helps it slide down your throat. I find Köstritzer Schwarzbier dangerously drinkable thanks in part to a crisp and clean finish. The taste is a bit on the sweet side and malt forward. Like the aroma, I get a roasted chocolate body primarily. There’s a nice, grassy, slightly spicy hop bitterness to keep things balanced and I get a distinct mineral flavour just before the finish takes over.
The packaging of Köstritzer Schwarzbier is traditional for a European beer and printed using black, white, gold and red. In addition to a classically-styled logo, the can features an ornate crest and an ingredients list.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier is worthy of praise and the distinction of “Germany’s #1 Black Lager Beer”. It makes an excellent “light” fall and winter beer and would be very accessible to even a casual beer drinker despite its dark colouring. The beer is distributed globally and can be found in single cans and bottles at LCBO locations here in Ontario.
Brewery: Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Company
Format Purchased: 500 mL
Alcohol Content: 4.8%