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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours black with a thick frothy tan head that quickly dissipated. A light roasted malt aroma. Has a roast coffee flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
A deep brown/mahogany with a small-yet-staunch, creamy tan head. Aroma was smoked (but not "smoky") with roasted malts, raisin & prune. Flavor is bittersweet dark fruits within mineral water. Metallic notes ebb and flow. Ends almost as a coffee with roasty, dry bitterness.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
355 ml bottle. The liquid was very dark. the head was nice then disapeared completely after a minute. The carbonation was soft. The taste was very light (black lager). It was looking like a black but tasting as a lager. Not bad, but don’t expect big flavors.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
I think my pint can has been on the shelf too long. Aroma is dominated by tin, with a sour roasted barley nose. Looks great. A thin very dark beer, toped with just a ring of off white head, small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. mouth feel is thin and a little chewy with a fizzy end. Taste is smoth sweet roasted malt, with a tangy note. Undertones of green plumb, yeast traces, sweet grass and a light nutty touch. Aftertaste is sweet molasas with a touch of burnt toffie, a slight bitter splash, and a lingering sour apple trace. I would but it again, but perferably from a bottle, I think it would age better in a bottle. Cheers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2005
(bottle) Very dark almost black colour with a big but diminishing foamy brown head. Faint malty nose with a touch of toffee. Medium bitter flavour, medium to light bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly roasty malty taste, hints of dark chocolate, dry and moderate bitter finish. I think it´s not that spectacular, but okay though. All in all an average but still very drinkable Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue) Oct 05. Despite the rich dark appearance this actually has very little character. A hint of smoky roast and a watery body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
Very smoooooooooth! I really like this one, I would have thought the overall rating to be higher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
500ml bottle. Served in a 22oz lager glass. 15-20 minutes out of the fridge. Color is near black with a red tint. Smallish oatmeal colored head. Nose is roasty and crisp, with a touch of hoppiness. The initial flavor is moderate to full roasted malt followed by a almost a cafe au lait flavor, some anise, a touch of cocoa, then a mildly bitter and moderately astringent finish. The mouthfeel is average. A good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 Lightly sweet doughy malt nose with a touch of raisins. Lightly sweet taste, lightly bitter with raisin, caramel and very light herbal hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Pours a dark brown almost black color with small off white head. aroma is malty with some hops. However aroma is very weak. Flavor is malty however it seems to be missing something the overall mouthfeel is watery. not bad but for 2 dollars a bottle I don’t think I’ll be getting it again.

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