Köstritzer Schwarzbier…international flavor time

Who doesn’t love some international travel?  It’s always big in this house, that’s for damn sure.  Let’s take a trip to Germany, because rumor has it they make one or two beers in that country.

I don’t know what that says.  Anyway, my wife and I decided to do a little “German Night” one evening, complete with schnitzel and German beer.  This beer was included in my “1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die” bible, so how could it steer us astray?

BeerAdvocate.com lists the definition of a Schwarzbier as follows:  Schwarzbier (“shvahrts-beer”), is simply German for black beer. It doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily heavy or light in body, although they tend to lean towards light.  Unlike other dark beers, like porters or stouts, they are not overly bitter with burnt and roasted malt characteristics that the others tend to depend on.  Instead, hops are used for a good portion of the bitterness.  Very refreshing and soul lifting beers, they also make a great alternative for the Winter.  Especially when you are looking for a lighter beer, but one with depth of colour and taste. (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/31)

Poured from a bottle into a stein, as to play the part of our “German Night,” the beer is opaque black, with a thin, filmy, yellowish head.  The aroma is light, with only hints of barley/malt, and a light toasting.  The beer has a complex balance of malts and barley in the flavor, with a light hopping to dry the flavors, and it is very well-balanced overall.  A nice, smooth feel in mouth, with a clean, crisp finish.  Extremely easy to drink, with minimal aftertaste.  Goes great with almost any food, especially German fare.  Go figure! 

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