Brewed by Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei (Bitburger)
Style: Schwarzbier
Bad Köstritz, Germany


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RATINGS: 1803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Speziell veredelte Gerstenmalze verleihen der Köstritzer Bierspezialität ihr einzigartig feines Malzaroma.
Mit dem spritzig-eleganten Charakter entsteht ein unverwechselbares Geschmackserlebnis.
Genießen Sie Deutschlands beliebtestes Schwarzbier. 11.4°

Since April 1991, the Köstritzer black beer brewery, a subsidiary of the Bitburger brewery, has emerged as of one of the most modern breweries in Thuringia. In September 1993, it was with great pride we (re-) introduced the "original Köstritzer black beer".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3629) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Clear brown/black pour with a puffy tan head. Nice aroma of malt and sweetness with a roasty and burnt note as well. The taste is rather dry and crisp with a malty sweetness and a slight fruity flavor somewhere in the middle. I’m still not a big fan of schwarzbiers, but this one was better than most ones I’ve had recently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2005
This is a really good style. Poured black with creamy white head. Aroma had good maltiness, white wine, licorice and caramel malts. Taste had a very pleasant sweetness. This was spectacular for such a low alcohol beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
From A Bottle.Black in colour with a dark red hue,medium head, aroma is of malt and light smoke, taste is of dark roasted malt and some sweetness with a light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fordest (2014) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Draft at Yardhouse. Black with a decent head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas of hops and malt. Hints of caramel. Flavors of caramel and notes of espresso on the finish. Didn’t taste nearly as dark as it looked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
On tap. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Mild aroma of dark roasted malts and some molasses. Flavor is malty sweet, but not cloyingly so. A trace of dark fruits in the finish. A bit thin bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours truly black with an ebullient dark tan head which lasts quite well, fading to light lace. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee grounds, stones and wet concrete, with lesser notes of citrus, caramel, yeast and cola. Flavor is hit-over-the-head dark roasted malt, cola, tea, hops, toast, and espresso. Most complex and interested. Mouth feel starts off thick and chewy, feels briefly, and finishes with a nice fullness. I always liked porters but I think Schwartze is a step up -- more body, less sweet, more effervescent an with a more substantial kick of hoppy earthiness. Definitely recommend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
Poured a black, left a good head and lacing all the way through, in appearence it was similiar to a Fullers porter. Aroma was good taste was good, I’ll have another, but unfortunitly I heard LCBO is going to stop carrying this good schwarbier?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2005
Bottle. Almost black colour with a big baige head. Light roasted malty light spicy aroma and a light sweet roasted malty sugar taste. Medium body and a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2005
Maybe I had a bad bottle recently, as I seemed to like this more in Deutschland. The color is great, and Kostritzer has some of the world’s best glassware. But the flavor doesn’t live up to the color--it just tasted a bit dead, with no distinctive notes to speak of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (6094) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2005
Bouteille de 355 ml. Arôme: Odeur de chololat, de figues et de café torréfié. Apparence: Couleur noire presque opaque avec des reflets rouges. Col moyen beige crèmeux qui disparaît tranquillement. Faible carbonisation. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café torréfié et de chocolat. Durée de l’arrière goût moyen. Palette: Corps plein avec une texture huileuse. Carbonisation moyenne. Légère amertume et sensation de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #112)

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