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


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RATINGS: 1837   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2538) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2005
Tasted this one from the bottle and poured it into a weiss-bier glass, late into a wintry Perth night. A big, inch thick and quite dense, tannish-beige head formed straight from the pour atop a deep ruby brown body. Head managed to stick firmly to the sides and left an abundance of intermittent rings down the glass. Soft molasses, burnt grain, caramel and dark chocolate aroma with an underlying hint of soy sauce that made it interesting. Quite rich in flavour, yet discernibly dry, and smooth across the tongue. Lovely, clean balanced malt flavours, toffee and caramel upfront, loose roasted grain and bready yeast mid-palate before a nice lingering roasted grain swallow that added a bitter touch. Medium-light bodied and lively in carbonation, this went down with considerable ease and after a week of tasting bland macro-lagers it was a welcome change. Not complex at all, just a smooth, balanced and well crafted thirst quencher. Lovely!!! (500ml, BBE 02/05)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Coca cola appearance with some popping bubbles for the head. Aroma is mild chocolate and light roasted coffee, leading into a flavor profile that’s dry and accentuated with cocoa, coffee and caramel. Tiramisu airiness. Light-to-medium bodied. Cold, milky coffee finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Goethe certainly looks relaxed and deep in thought on the bottle. Light brown head on a black body. Aromas of some dark bread and sweetness. Had a kind of sour roasty flavor and a sweetness in the finish, which is a bit metallic. Aint bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2005
Brown/black, nice offwhite head. Cassis aroma with cream and chocolate. Malty flavor with licorice, chocolate and cherry. Mild finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottled. Poured a chocolate brown. Aroma of slightly sweet malts; flavor of a disappointingly bland roasty nuts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2005
Poured a pretty smallish head, which disappeared fairly quickly and left very minimal lacing. The liquid is deep black, although I could see how in a narrower glass it could appear more red. Roasted malts in the aroma, with lashings of vegemite and some caramel. Somewhat sweet on the tongue, and possessing a fairly full bodied, lasting flavour. A nice smoky aftertaste that leaves you wanting more. A solid schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Body was dark brown with glints of amber...not the blackness that I was expecting from a schwarzbier. Not really all that good for a dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 28, 2005
Bottle: Pours a deep dark brown that could have fooled me for an opaque black liquid. Head is a tanned colored pillow of film and leaves behind lace. Nice greeting of sweet malt and caramel is found in the aroma but not much else is detected. In the drink some light roast malt is noticed and coffee like flavors. Overall its rather bland and quite boring of a schwarzbier in my opinion.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Pours black with ruby hues. Forms a large voluptous head that settles to produce a thin tan head of protection. Aroma of dark breads and caramel malt. Taste is rather mild of roasted malt. Nice carbonation that lasts for quite a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2005
Almost "schwarz" coloured; medium sized off-white head; quickly diminishing; shy, light malty nose: traces of molasses, roasted malts and caramel; light, more dry than sweetish beginning, light chocolatey-bitter taste; not very strong bitter-sweet finish; quite light bodied, a bit bland, unbalanced with some metallic notes in the aftertaste.....Drinkable, but no highlight !

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