Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a 4.8 percent alcohol, black lager from Germany.
It pours a dark black with mahogany highlights on a lit edge. A white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is clean with no hops but a nice roasted malt profile that finishes clean leaving a trace of vanilla.
This beer is brewed according to the German Reinheitsgebot meaning only water, barley, hops and yeast are used.
Pair with weinerschnitzel or seafood.
Kostritzer’s black lager has a good flavor and is easy to drink. Though the experience wasn’t revolutionary, it was a reminder once again of how much German beers benefit from the purity of their brewing.
My sense of smell isn’t very keen — and frankly it’s often just flat wrong — but the aroma was light and pleasant with just a hint of a sweet, dark fruit such as a raisin. The black lager has a nice lingering bitterness to it. It shares some similarities with Beck’s Dark but without that beer’s more metallic overtones.
Brewing since 1543, Kostritzer was bought by another German brewery I enjoy from time to time — Bitburger — in 1991. Although I don’t recommend trying this, apparently Kostritizer Schwarzbier has enough substance it can be served as a substitute “meal.” The German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe — author of “Faust” — is reported to have sustained himself on the black lager when he was too sick to eat anything.
Paired with reading one of Goethe’s works or maybe just watching a collection of “Sprockets” skits from “Saturday Night Live.”