WHAT: Köstritzer Schwarzbier Rating: NNNN
WHERE: Bad Köstritz, Germany
WHY: To illustrate how different German beer culture is, Köstritzer uses Goethe as its celebrity endorser: "?‘All theory, dear friend, is grey, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.' Köstritzer! The philosopher king of beers." With its virtual opacity, chocolatey bouquet and powerful earthy/fruity palate, KS dispenses with the notion that all lagers are light and bright.
PRICE: 500 ml/$2.35
AVAILABILITY: At selected liquor stores (product #696971)