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


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RATINGS: 1670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Aroma of old and musty grains, along with some milk and some wet cardboard. Flavor isn't much better... sour and rancid vegetables. Not pleasent at all.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Aroma: smells awful! sort of like rotting vegetables, grass, and sweat. smells kind of like the inside of a refridgerator (rotten milk mixed with chemicals)
Appearance: black with tan head.
Flavor: very watery; slight chocolate flavors, along side the refridgerator taste! (like eating old ice cubes that have picked up the "refridgerator" flavors). Palate: very watery, not much there
Overall: this beer is awful--tasted it along side Blackened Voodoo Lager, and it definitely admitted defeat! There is no way I can drink any more of this beer; I'm very glad I'm sharing it with others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Dark brown colour but without a significant or impressive head topping it off. Seemed like lots of molasses hiding a slightly roasted malt aroma. Flavour was some coffee, some chocolate, some molasses, some butter but all mild and quite smooth. Very dry finish with a slight but quickly disappearing bitterness. Overall too thin and middle-of-the-road to really make me sit up and take notice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
Dark brown in colour. Aroma was slightly roasty, with some chocolate. Flavour was slightly sweet, roasty, very mild coffee and chocolate. Quite dry. Finishes with a medium bitterness. A bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Roasty aroma and flavor, without being overly so. Smooth and refreshing with a slight smoky finish. Overall very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Gorgeous black lager with a strong "German beer" flavor. Had this on tap (in Nebraska!) and liked it. Not a heavy beer. No smoke flavor at all, unlike many entries in this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Beautiful beer, dark, but not opaque, nicely formed light tan head with great lacing. Lager aroma, intersting nutty and roasted flavor, sharply bitter aftertaste. Thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Visually appealing with a deep dark body showing red highlights and an ample tan head. Aroma had hints of roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor hinted of coffee and chocolate and was very refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2004
on tap munich and berlin: deep mahogony hue, with tan fluffy head. toffe, coffe aromas with a medium bodied palate, malty dry character. good black beer. not alot of thesea out there that ive tasted. reminded me of a dunkel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
Poured a dark black with dark tan head. Smells malty and sweet, grains and cut grass. Thick mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Dense carbonation without being overdone. Somewhat bitter chocolate taste. Subdued roasted malt sweet with a hint of molasses. This seems like a beer that could grow on you, but it hasn't really been able to present anything 'defining' to me. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Decent schwarzbier, just not amazing.

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