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Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei (Bitburger)
Bad Köstritz, Thüringen, Germany
Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
ABV: 4.8%
IBU: 26
RATING
94 Köstritzer is one of only a few breweries in the world that has crafted this
beer style for more than 450 years. It pours a very dark shade of brown with
ruby highlights and a massive, stunningly frothy head. The aroma is a knockout,
with rich, caramelized malt sweetness and gentle alcohol presence. Köstritzer’s
flavor grabs the tongue with strong caramel sweetness and lightly toasted
grains. Hops hum in the background adding quiet pepper flavor and bitterness.
This medium-bodied brew has soft carbonation and a dry finish, which allows the
slightly roasted malts to stick around well after the last swallow.
Einbeck, Germany Beer
RATING 94
From the home of the bock brewing tradition, we expected this beer to
represent the Maibock style well. Rest assured: It does. With a truly malt-
forward aroma and almost no hop presence, it shows off moderate, somewhat
buttery caramel scents reminiscent of soft caramel squares. It’s gold, very
clear, and shows off a tan, frothy head. The first sip emotes holiday desserts;
caramely sweet with spice and caramelized plum. Magnificent overall, the body
is rich and full, assertively carbonated, and not overpowering; plus, there’s
just a touch of alcohol warmth. Mai-Ur-Bock finishes sweet and provides a
gentle persistent bitterness on the sides of the tongue