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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review:  Kostrizer Schwarzbier

     
Kostrizter Schwarzbier 
Posted: 28 November 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Germany Kostritzer makes for an interesting story. It's almost 500 years old for one.   And it's located in what was the former East Germany.   Kostritzer is one of Germany's oldest producers of black beer (dark lager), and they wouldn't have made past 400 years if they had no idea what they were doing.      Dark lager isn't really an acquired taste for Europeans.  They love it.  Wouldn't surprise me all that much if they drank it from their mother's teat as a baby. 
Avg price/liter: USD 4.78   ABV %: 4.8  Type: Lager   
       


Kostritzer makes for an interesting story. It's almost 500 years old for one.  That's a lot older than any craft brewery.  And it's located in what was the former East Germany.  During the two Germany days when East Germany was behind the iron curtain, Kostritzer had a twenty year stretch from the 1950's to 1970's when it exported its brews to West Germany.   Once the two Germanies reunited in 1989, Kostritzer was snapped up by Bitburger, which produces 386 million liters of beer per year.        

Schwarzbier is, translated, black beer.  Black lager to be more exact.  Kostritzer is one of Germany's oldest producers of it, and they wouldn't have made past 400 years if they had no idea what they were doing.         

I had picked up a few cans of these.  My wife said to me she was inviting a few Korean colleagues over for dinner.  Could I go ahead and order a box of beer for their enjoyment.  I selected a range of premium Japanese, German, and American brews.  The box was delayed because some of the products needed to be back ordered and didn't arrive until the day after the dinner was hosted.          

German beers are high quality but of a familiar enough style that the inexperienced can quickly embrace them.  I figured Kostritzer Schwarzbier was a sure thing to win over the crowd, different enough yet familiar enough.       

Probably a good thing it never arrived. Dark lager isn't really an acquired taste for Europeans.  They love it.  Wouldn't surprise me all that much if they drank it from their mother's teat as a baby.  Well, their mothers would drink it and the taste would filter though into the milk.  It's only recently that Korean-made dark lagers, emulating a German style supposedly, have hit the Korean marketplace.  Koreans love their beers watery and limp.  Kostritzer would have blown these Korean women away, and they wouldn't have been able to process it. 

I served a range of premium ciders instead, like Aspall Premium Cru and Kerne Organic.  Did anyone care?  Not based on how full their glasses remained.  Not wanting to waste the excess that would have to be poured down the drain, I drank it all! 

Kostritzer Schwarzbier --  for the times you're inviting Western guests over for dinner.  If Koreans show up, add a bottle of soda to dilute it down until it tastes like beer-flavored water.  Your guests will feel like they're back in Korea.

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