Kraftbierwerkstatt Black Forest

Review Date 7/7/2024 By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (she’s the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since it’s comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. My one criticism of the calendar is there are not enough bocks and doppelbocks (not fair!), but otherwise it’s just an amazing way to sample 24 German beers I’ve never seen before. I get mine at Costco here in Georgia and pay on average $59.95 for the box. That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.50 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way.

First week of September 2023 arrived, and that means I am out there at Costco weekly looking for my beloved Kalea Advent calendars. I didn't see them (and of course buy one) until September 24th, but I gleefully placed one in my shopping cart when I did. The price this year was stable from last year at $69.99 and I think that is a bargain honestly. $2.92 per can is still a bargain for beers from small German brewers I might never otherwise get to enjoy, that includes new beers and one I have had before and get to enjoy again.

December 22nd arrived, and only three more beers left in the calendar! I opened the Day 22 door to find a treat: Kraftbierwerkstatt Black Forest, the first ever Schwarzbier I have received in 9 years of buying these calendars. Surprising that it took so long to get one, but we will not complain and will rather just enjoy it. This is the second different beer from Kraftbierwerkstatt out of Böblingen, though they do claim to be a gypsy brewery as far as production goes.

You can see the breakdown below of all the beers I have received in each calendar, going back to 2015 and counting all beers from the 2023 edition.

Dortmunder 8 4%
Munich Helles 52 25%
Oktoberfest 35 17%
Munich Dunkles 11 6%
Hefeweizen 12 6%
Dunkelweizen 13 7%
Zwickl/Kellerbier 12 6%
Kristalweizen 3 1%
Pilsner 21 10%
Bock 2 1%
IPA 5 3%
Doppelbock 5 2%
Maibock 3 1%
Pale Ale 7 3%
Weizenbock 5 2%
Vienna Lager 3 1%
Imperial Pilsner 3 1%
Steinbier 1 1%
Stout 3 1%

Schwarzbier 1 1%
Rauchbier 4 2%

Kraftbierwerkstatt Black Forest has an alcohol content of 5.7% by volume according to my can. Ingredients on the can are listed as water, barley malt, and hops. My can is stamped P2023/03/30 E 2024/09/30. I drank it on December 24th of 2023. Merry Christmas!

Kraftbierwerkstatt Black Forest pours to a jet black color with a thick creamy tan head of foam and a delightfully roasty spicy coffeeish nose. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body with notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and licorice. It finishes gently dry with roast and invites another sip. Delightful!

I’m greatly enjoying my 9th annual Beer Advent Calendar with the day 22 beer. Here’s looking forward to the remaining 2 beers, and another assortment of 24 in 2024. We’ll be on the lookout next year at Costco, and following the beers on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2023 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Falter Export Hell

Day 2 Kauzle Helles Lager

Day 3 Kurpfalz Brau Kellerbier

Day 4 Graminger Kirta Dunkles Weissbier

Day 5 Erl Brau Erlkönig Hell

Day 6 Hösl Märzenbier

Day 7 Bambule Pilsner

Day 8 Landgang Helle Aufregnung

Day 9 Propeller Bier Turbo Prop Pilsner

Day 10 Gmoastier Weisser Bock

Day 11 Flötzinger Hell

Day 12 Fürst Carl Kellerbier

Day 13 Grandauer Weißbier

Day 14 Schnitzlbaumer Lagerbier Hell

Day 15 Schloßbräu Rheder Husaren-Trunk

Day 16 Klosterbräu Bamberger Rauchbier

Day 17 Schwarze Tinte Collab Stout

Day 18 Kuchlbauer Alte Liebe Dunkle Weisse

Day 19 Memminger Hell

Day 20 Herrnbrau Tradition Festbier

Day 21 Herrngiersdorf Hallertauer Hopfen Cuvee

Day 22 Kraftbierwerks Black Forest

Day 23 Aldersbacher Urhell

Day 24 Teisnacher 1543


Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned