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


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RATINGS: 1672   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mephistefales (47) - USA - MAR 3, 2004
A little thin for my taste as far as schwarzbier is concerned. Not bad, but there are quite a few beers I prefer to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Deep crimson/black beer with a nice foamy cream head with nice lacing. Smells quite strong, currents, raisins, burnt marshmallow, malt. Tastes smokey and a little sweet. Finishes a little acidic and has quite a bit of carbonation. This is my first Schwartzbier. Quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
3fourths (7803) - 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.

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