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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2003   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 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 (4094) - 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 (3223) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces some. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some light caramel and some german hops at the finish. Smooth and creamy without much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (22676) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Draught. Pours a black colour with a longlasting tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with some hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate. Dry malty finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3776) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 50cL bottle in Metterich. Nothing special about this beer but I do prefer it with dinner sometimes compared to Bitburger. Easy to drink but nothing remarkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
There is absolutely nothing special abou that this that I will remeber down the road. It reminds me of a standard black and tan amerian microbrew with a very malty porter style. It resembles a Marzen as well in both smoothness and creaminess. It has very poor lacing and a medium to thin body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 pours black with a nice one finger tan head. aroma is a nice smooth roasted malt with a little chocolate and maybe a little hops. some nice lacing and medium to full body. flavor is a nice smooth roasted malt with some chocolate and a touch of hops. nice creamy mouthfeel to it with a little carbonation. very nice, very smooth, and very well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutloveril (21) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Rich, dark color. Decent tan head. Pleasant roasted malt aroma. Rich, full malt flavor. Clean finish without bitterness. I would have another...and another!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2006
A Thuringian classic and the yardstick by which all others in this class should be measured by. I was pleased to see that its journey to the other side of the world hadn’t spoilt the beer at all and to ensure this I shall buy as much as possible to keep fresh supplies coming in. Such a pretty beer, a love affair has begun.

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