The LIG - Köstritzer: Schwarzbier

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  • Ospero
    The image on the label is actually not shopped, although I agree it looks like it. That's Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, probably the most famous German author of the 19th century, as painted by Tischbein (the image is on Goethe's English Wikipedia page).

    Speaking of which: the "ö" in the name is pronounced like an English short "e", but with rounded lips. KESS-tri-tza is probably the closest approximation to how the name is pronounced in German.
  • Arenlor  - Dark FTW
    How did you not go directly into a head joke? Also, if you can't chew your beer, it's not. I may be biased by being from PA, but lagers are awesome.
    Also, more Fantasy from SciFiGuy, or at least an opinion on the same director doing the Star Trek AND Star Wars movies.
  • Fantasgasmic
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    I get the impression Paul and Bennet aren't really beer aficionados. I really get the impression Paul goes for whatever is on tap that is better than a Bud/Miller/Coors, but nothing too crazy as far as crafts or imports, although I bet he's had his share of Natty Boh. Ben seemed to be kinda brain-farty like he knew what he wanted to say, but couldn't place the words. Dunno how much of that was editing though.

    Kinda disappointed nobody mentioned what "black lager" MEANS style-wise. The whole roasted malts, like a porter or stout, low malt aroma, maybe some noble hop aroma, medium body, clean flavor no esters, with chocolate, or coffee maltiness, with some residual sweetness.
  • PaladinDemo
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    I'm gonna try Guiness's Black Lager as soon as I get the funds.
  • Hallmackenreuter
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    it costs 0,75€ the bottle in Berlin (0,5 liter)
  • Huginn  - Head contest
    Why would Paw win the head contest? Because the head on his beer is the smallest? Then I would have to disappoint you. Since it is a german beer, I would apply the german rules for a good head: the glass is supposed to be full (if you order a 0,5 liter beer, the glass has to contain 0,5 liters of beer), but the head is not supposed to be flat but rather high and foamy. The head should even form a little "mountain" but is not supposed to drip down on the side of the glass.
    So by these standards Ben wins.
    @Hallmackenreuter Yes, it only costs about 0,75€ here in germany, but it is produced here. And you have to admit that it still is a little more expensive than others.
  • Drakonis
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    Oh, you silly americans, hearing you pronounce Köstritzer makes it sound Swiss.
    The German 'i' sounds a lot more like the English 'e'.
  • Skred42
    Funny, just yesterday I went to the shop and bought a sixpack of Köstrizer Schwarzbier
  • TheXell  - Wha?
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    12 bucks?! Shiiiieeeeet.
  • The_Awesometeer
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    I feel like its watching people who dont know much about beer drink beer
  • Aural Aurum
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    This show needs to happen more often. There's really nothing else like it on this site. And I'd love to see you guys try a horizontal tasting sometime--really get into what makes a certain style of beer unique.

    Also, let's see some of the more kooky and out-there styles represented. Oyster stout, rauchbier, the different kinds of sour beer, ANYTHING from Mikkeler--make it happen, Gentlemen!
  • Lockenlord
    Well, they DID photoshop a glass of beer into his hand but apart from that it is maybe the most famous painting of Goethe. I can't blame you guys for the pronunciation though. You got "Köstritzer" about as good as I'd expect somebody who is only remotely familiar with the German language to pronounce it and "Schwarzbier" was actually pretty close.
  • Rue_Ryuzaki2
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    Hmm I'll give it a try if I see around here in NC.
  • Pulcher
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    You are trying to pour as little head as possible? :D

    Would send each one of those straight back to the bar if they looked like that.
    There you go:

    http://www.bierspot.de/ pictures/news/org/ Schwarzbierpokal_1.jpg
  • Lasius
    Work on your German, Sage! ^^

    The sound you made would be an U-umlaut (Ü) (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Close_front_rounded_vowel ).

    O-umlaut (Ö) instead denotes an Œ sound (http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Open- mid_front_rounded_vowel)
  • FrankN.Stein
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    The more you said it, the worse the pronunciation got... Sage had it pretty much nailed in his first attempts.....
  • TardisHQ
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    Funny how many Germans comment on this one. Well, we're the number one beer brewing nation. You should try more german beers, they're the best.

    Bad Köstritz where the beer is brewed is a little town near Jena, where Goethe lived and worked for some time, thats why he is pictured on the label.
  • Zachrid
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    If you only klicked on this, because you are german/austrian/swiss and recognized the name of the beer, then like thi... oh, wait. Darn it!
  • Ginkaze
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    Cognition of the day: when the most famous German author gets drunk, he becomes George Washington o.O

    btw: when not knowing how to spell a foreign product-name, try to find a commercial for it on u-toob ;)
  • Groundhog  - Achievement unlocked:
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    You just made the video with the highest percentage of german viewers on this site :D

    It is very interesting to hear what you think about german beer (because beer and cars are our pride^^), especially because the reputation of american beer is very bad over here ;)
  • smeghead4269
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    The reputation of American beer isn't very good in America either, at least not for the mainstream, mass-produced varieties. Most people who drink Bud Light, for example, have no delusions about its quality. They drink it because it's everywhere and it's cheap.
  • Heretic  - Hell yeah!
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    Great video, yet a little surreal to see Americans drink German black beer/port/stout(?).
  • Sewblon
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    How is it surreal to see Americans drink German beer? Is the concept of importing and consuming products from a different country somehow irrational or fantastic?
  • colourcodedchaos
    I'm kinda lucky, because one of my favourite pubs in Canterbury (The New Inn) has this on draught pretty much all year round. Black lagers and black IPAs are a passion of mine, and I hope that Leon gets to try some of the other ones. Buxton Imperial Black is an amazing beer, so if anyone can find any (broke Limey is broke) and ship it to him, please do. =]
  • Misroi
    I'm with SciFi Guy on this one - I like me a good strong stout. Those smoky, chocolatey, coffee flavors are both figuratively and literally intoxicating!

    Also, I had no idea TGWTG had a beer review show. MUST...SEARCH...ARCHIVES. ..!
  • Jakuro  - Awesome
    Its good to see you finally got a German beer SciFi Guy. I made an account just to comment on it. and the fact that it was the first non-american brand and it has 2 of the other TGWTG members that i enjoy oh so much makes all the more a treat for me to watch. I thank you with the bottom of my beer chugging heart, for putting a smile on this face of mine.
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