I’ve had several good examples of European Dark Lagers - for example the fine Tmavy at U Fleku – but so, so many many more of them haven’t been so good. It took me a while to accept the Tmavy style of beer is in fact a dark lager and not a porter, with a few porters thrown labelled as a Tmavy because no one in the east would have bought a porter if it had been labeled as one. Which is strange really considering how fabulous the two recent Polish porters have been especially when proudly having porter stamped all over the bottle. When it comes to Black Lager I am still out considering my verdict.
|The Beer||Kostritzer – Schwarzbier; 4.8%|
A little fruity at first (google for Vimto and you get the idea), some malts, and some fresh brown bread aromas. Black in colour with a foamy tan head. Mild bitterness, some darker roasted (burnt toast) flavours, watery and light overall feel, and far too fizzy.
Not a great fan of this beer. Aroma and colour is pleasing but not much else.