An almost extinct German beer style, the Kottbusser originated in the town of Cottbus which was located on a major trade route between Poland and Germany. When Germany united, the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law) was put into effect and outlawed many local styles of beer. Traditionally brewed with Oats, Honey, and Molasses, the Kottbusser was one of the many beers outlawed. Some smaller rural breweries continued to secretly produce this brew under the radar. The addition of Molasses and Honey gives this beer a bit more body and sweetness than its cousin, the Kolsch.