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


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RATINGS: 2010   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2007
[Bottle from Little Germany] Deep brown/black colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, black chocolate and some hop presence. Light body, more roast on the palate with a dry finish. Solid beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
You can almost call this a stout. All the characteristics; aroma of roasted malts, caramel and fruits. Similar taste. Somewhat hoppy, medium-bodied with a pleasant mouthfeel. Overall an interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
Aroma is roasty toasty malts, a touch of toast, some wet kind of animal. Taste is similar touch of honey sweetness, more complex than other schwarzbiers iv had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluesman42@gmailcom (43) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Fluffy, off-white head. Nice malty aroma and taste, as well as some fruit on the body. Very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3445) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown pour, small tan head and very little lacing. Nose is malty and dark fruits. Taste is lots of malt, caramels, and a hint of fruitiness. Some light hop notes in the tail. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Aroma of sharp dark malts, milk chocolate, continental European hops. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with large amount of grayish light brown, thick and fluffy head. Sparkling liquid. Looks great. Understated flavor contains roasted malts, Saaz or Saaz-like hops tartness, chocolatey sweetness, slight lemon sourness. Light and watery body. Smooth and not as crisp as most lagers in the palate; a bit dull. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a world classic in an appetizing style and worth a try, but it has been surpassed by superior schwarz beers. Sam Adams Black Lager in particular is an excellent and widely available example. Memo to brewers: Consider adding a black lager to your line. It’s a potentially delicious style, but it can be hard to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it’s readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn’t treated poorly on it’s way here. Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that’s left behind is thin and spotty. Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There’s a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on. Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these. I’ve had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I’ve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
Dark brown with a beige head. Faint malt aroma with a little leathery yeastiness. Pleasant and undemanding taste: ash, cocoa and malt, a little dryness and plenty of carbonation. Went down well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle; nose of roasty malt and a little cocoa; clear dark brown with a small beige head; flavor is roasted malt and some hop bitterness. Body medium and the finish is bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
A good schwarzbier from Germany. The pour was a deep brown almost black with a 2 finger tan/offwhite head. The taste was a complicated mix of roast malt/caramel/chocolate. My only problem with this beer is the flat finish. I was expecting to be tasting this well after the finish, but alas I was wrong.

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