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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2004
I’ve never understood this Schwarzbier stuff. How can something so dark be so thin? Still, this is decent. Unfortunately it was canned so it had those metallic notes. Big fizzy head, rich dark colour and some coffee/cola flavours. Bitter aftertaste. A bit light on the palate for my tastes and too carbonated. Put this one to simmer for a couple hours!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2004
Good size tan coloured head on a dark ruby red body. Burnt, roasted and slight chocolate and cocoa aromas. Dry taste then finishing slightly sweet, low to medium body, chalky, cola, soft pepper. Nothing that really stood out and grabbed you but easy to drink.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2004
Very dark almost balck color with a off white head. The taste is sweet and roasted malts. It seems a little thin and watery.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle, from Fabeers in York. A red so deep its black, thin but lasting cream coloured head and delicate condition. Sweet and toasted aroma with some butteriness and a touch of melanoidin maltiness. Quite dry and peppery in the mouth with some roast barley notes and some fruity cola notes. Finish is thin and dry with a touch of bitterness and a lingering touch of coffee beans.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 I like this style of beer so I had to try this one as it’s touted as the standard for schwarzbier. The pour revealed a very dark but clear cola color beer with a great fluffy tan head that reduced to a 1CM cap that rode out the drink..left remarkable lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted caramel- malt with an earthy tone. The start is sharp put then the palate fills with a smooth mild roasty sweetness balanced with an understated hop dryness that prevents any cloying effect…hints of charred rye bread, dry but not overly so…the hops come in the dry roasty finish. A nice beer…very smooth and drinkable…its availability has made it my standard session drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Nice black color, decent head, with nutty and toasted grain aroma and flavors. Very enjoyable. On tap @ the Essen Haus, Madison, WI.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2004
On tap at Der Steinkeller who has recently abandoned the more authentic elements of their menu in trade for pizza and hamburgers. What a scam. The Kostritzer, however, is still cold and dark. Whenever I drink this I am amazed at how little flavor can come out of such a dark beer. There is a ruby blackness to the color and a light tawny head. The flavors are very subdued with hints of washed out malts. A subtle sweetness last for a moment, then disipates. Though light in flavor, there is an genuine quality to this beer that makes it quite enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Very dark pour with better than average head. Good malt grain aroma. Clean sharp finish. Better than I expected.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Already when I'm holding the bottle I feel that exciting feeling creeping over me and a stinging sensation of something wonderful about to happen. Pouring it up it gives hints of good times to come. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. One of my all time favourites.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Can. Pours clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. Kind of thin. Metallic and astringent. Lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. ’Twas good times.


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