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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2677) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle. Pour is a dark brown and just as the dense head (about one finger high) finishes forming I’m hit with a roasted malt aroma that has a touch of a chocolate feel to it. A couple of seconds later the aroma seems lighter, maybe a caramel air with a touch of a sour promise in the background... possibly a touch of peat or smoke, too. Flavor picks up on these peat/smoke notes nicely and they mingle nicely in the background while a slighly toasted malt takes the main stage. It isn’t a burnt flavor to the malt, but it is dark and toasty. Anyhow, there is nothing earthshattering about this beer, but I would definitely have a second. It is really well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (10741) - Albertslund, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour wtih a nice beige head. Aroma and flavour of chocolate, raosted coffee and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
This beer pours beutifully, nice head at the pour, laces pretty well...taste has a pleasing ALMOST smoke bitterness...Pleasing but it was like it was missing something, but i’m really not used to black lagers and more used to stouts and things, a nice simple brew though!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2006
Bottlle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Light roasted aroma of caramel, malts and brewmash. Flavour of malts and caramel with roasted notes and notes of coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 One of my favorits to danish mealtimes. Nice lightsmoky and malty aroma with dry additional in the flavor. Deep and ingrediently. Aftertaste is roasty and round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2006
Drak brown colour with a brown head than lasts moderately. Great aroma of sweet roasted malt and yeast. Intense flavor of sweet roasted malt, coffee and some notes of chocolate, smoke and caramel. Medium body. Thin palate and some yeasty and malty aftertaste. Great example of a scharzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (5290) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle at On the Waterfront Cafe, Venice, Calif. Very black, Guinness-like. It’s malty with hints of berries but almost devoid of taste. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2006
This beer seems to totally define schwarzbier, but I’m not entirely sure what the fuss is about. If Sprecher Bavaria Black is a schwarzbier (I’m not sure it is), that would be my preference. Yet this one is pretty good. Color is dark, virtually black. Head is nearly white, and had pretty good staying power. Flavor was fairly malty, but lacked the roasted ("burned pizza crust") flavor I’ve come to associate with a lot of darker beers (and come to enjoy). It was quite a bit lighter than I expected (or hoped for). Still, if you have curiousity about schwartbier, this is a must-try.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LadySusan (756) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
Dark brown color, with long lasting head. Roasted aroma with some fruity berry taste. It did not leave much after taste, I was disapointed over all by this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9471) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2012 First rating
(50 cl bottle from a kiosk in Köln)
Clear dark brown color, huge brown head. Very sweet scent. Rather thin body. Malty and sweet taste.

Second rating
(Draught at The Rover, Göteborg)
Dark borwn color, thick lasting brown head. Sweet roasted scent. Roasted metallic malty and dry chocolate taste. Fresh aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel and medium bitterness.

Draught at Ölrepubliken on January 5, 2012
Dark red to black color, tan head. Malty and sweet scent and taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Very nice dark lager indeed!

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