The most common aromas that men find tempting are burgers, chocolate, charcoal, cinnamon, coffee, and coconut.
Köstritzer Schwarzbier. Black Lager. Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei, Bad Köstritz, Germany. 4.8% ABV. Poured from a 500ml. can.
This is by far Germany’s most famous Schwarzbier, and being bought by the Bitburger Group hasn’t hurt business..
Before I really got into beer in a big way, I lived in several countries in Europe, Germany included. I mean, I liked and drank beer, but not as knowledgeably or critically as now. Many were the nights after working late, we’d stumble into a Kneipe, and I’d have several of these.. Used to really enjoy it; let’s see how it’s stood the test of time..
Pours a deep mahogany, with a rich coffee head which lingers. The nose is roasted malts and noble-hops. Light but pleasant. The taste is… thin. More of the roasted malts, some noble hops round things off, but this remains, like most German beers, malt-driven. Not bad, of course, but not really very good either. All that now remains is the question: Has my palate changed that much, or does this light beer suffer through transport, like so many German beers I love? Or has the recipe been changed? Well, I doubt the recipe change.. I think my beer knowledge and palate have changed the most; this comes in a can, which withstands the rigors of travel quite well. Another old favorite to push way down the list… Will have it on tap in Germany next time I’m there, for comparison. Grade: Medium 0. PS: I cannot now off the top of my head remember what I gave Guinness Draught, but if it was a higher grade, I was wrong..
Lisa, Red Ale. J Well’s Brewery, Boulder, CO. 6% ABV.
J Wells is the smallest Nano Brewery in Boulder (currently at 1.5 bbls of beer) Operational since 2012, Jamie has a great list of brews: An Imperial IPA, a Chocolate Milk Stout, as well as an extensive list of British style ales, and this red ale; Lisa.
On the website, this beer is only explained as: “Hoppy malty read (sic) ale featuring Citra hops.”
Pours mahogany red, with a quickly dissipating off-white head. On the nose it is full of citrus, and some toasty malts. The color leads one to expect a big body, which isn’t quite true: It is sweetly malty and roasty, but not very big and fades somewhat fast. The hops stay controlled and keep the malts at arms length, making this a somewhat dry albeit at the same time sweet red ale. If that sounds like a dichotomy, it is to me as well and yet I fail to explain it differently. The malts and hops both leave their mark never to achieve the all-enveloping feel I optimally want from a red ale. It doesn’t linger, but fades quite fast, to leave one curiously unsure of what kind of beer one has just drunk. After half a pint, I keep wishing it was richer, with a fuller body, and maybe more hops to compensate. Every mouthful fades and dies too fast! Having said that, it is tasty, and I can see this being a hit exactly because it isn’t G”knight (Oscar Blues) or Colorojo (Wynkoop). As it warms it does grow longer, somewhat.. A very easily drinkable red, which will work well in the coming summer as well as now! Looking again at the brewery’s list of brews, I begin to think that this could easily be a very British style of beer, with an American extra handful of hops. As such, it works really well! Ultimately I would love more of everything, especially a longer finish, but this is a great easy, roasty, hoppy red! Did I say easy? Grade: Medium 3.