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


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RATINGS: 1800   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a moderate, cream-colored head. The nose had a light sulfur smell with a faint hint of chocolate malt. The flavor was malty and well rounded with dark roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. The hops were at a moderate level, keeping the malt from becoming too overpowering. The mouthfeel was very creamy. This is a fine, well crafted Schwarzbier that is as simple as it is complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 25, 2005
A dark malty lager ,beige head that has some staying power. Roast malt,slight coffee in the nose,thin body but effervescent ,the balance of flavors tilts to the malt slightly but the hops are present in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2599) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2005
[on tap at Berlin] Opaque jet black with a beige, concave and patchy head that coats the glass. Noble hops aroma with some minor roasty notes and malt--slightly chalky. Perfectly balanced flavour of creamy malt, noble hops, and bitterness that finishes more or less cleanly. Smooth light to medium body with medium carbonation. A little coating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Pours a deep brown, almost black with a 1/2 inch white head. Aroma is malty and smells faintly of molasses(?) Flavor is roasted malt, sweet with a mildly hop finish ... very mild, in fact. A bit thin and watery on the palate. A great beer on the front end, but I’d like a bit more going on afterwards. Still, an excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordwunjo (46) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 A great schwarzbier. Good taste, and somewhat thin bodied. Good overall, very enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbothy (1123) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2005 A good Schwarzbier - heavy, filling but with a hoppy bite. A good deal of coffee in the aroma and, as the beer warms, increasingly also in the flavour. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pintbypint (2723) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2005
500ml can. A deep chestnut brown beer, full head of thick tan foam that slowly disolves. Roasted malt, raisin and sugar aroma. No hop bitterness. Iron notes, black malts, more raisin. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2005
Aroma: Light, malty. ... Appearance: Black with diminishing head. ... Flavor: Dry, woody, with a slightly watery mouthfeel. ... Palate: Dry, malty....slightly watery though. ... Overall Impression: A nice, dry brew, but the watery quality takes away from what could be a great bottle of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HermanW (1042) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2005
Kostritzer has a good taste and a perfect drink for "oudjaarsavond".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Possibly the thinnest beer I’ve had. After promising initial taste it simply disappears with no middle or aftertaste. I wasn’t aware of a beer that could do that even if it wanted to (but why would it?). Nice dark color though with an initial taste evident of this style.

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