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


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RATINGS: 1851   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2005
Bottle. Deep dark black in color with a nice tan fluffy head. Malty and hoppy. Roasty. Caramel, chocolate notes. Toasted malt. Malty flavor. Full bodied. Creamy. Smooth. Sweet tasting. Well balanced. Nice beer. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4789) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Original rater 3.9: Dont exactly know what a schwarzbier is, but this is pretty good. Reminds you somewhat of a lager, except its black and has more flavor. Nice. Re-rate: Well, I was pretty accurate a long time ago. I nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby, with a light, lacy offwhite head. Smells of toasted malt. Tastes like a lightly burnt malt and nicely toasted malt. An easy beer to drink. A good beer to give to your "light" colored beer friends!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
On tap... Aroma:Light rosted malt and cooked vegtable...... Appearance:dark small head... Flavor:Chocolate,cooked vegetable and light rosted malt...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1548) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2009 Mercy, is this unpasteurized because it’s really smooth for all the grainy flavors I perceive. First sip is ever so slightly medicinal with a nod of sour grain malt. Follows with swirls of rye and barleymalt - Roggenbrot and rye cracker, the satisfying sourness & sweet roastiness of new bread. May not be what you expect, but for lovers of good German bread, a classic that would positively marry with Brie and Schinken-ham at bread-sitting (Ambrot). Comfortably assertive hops presence sparkles in the good, soft carbonation like tiny stars against the liquid dark night sky of this smoothly rich Schwarz. Come stargazing in the mind’s eye of your beery senses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Pours clear black with ruby edges and a medium beige head. Aroma of grassy hops and roastiness. Flavor has notes of roasted/toasted malt, caramel, chocolate and green hops. Moderately sweet and bitter, slightly burnt. Medium body and carbonation. Not much lacing, pretty decent head retention. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) "The black in the blonde soul" the back-label claims. Perhaps a quote by Goethe who supposedly was a great lover of this beer. Pitch black it is with a full, dense light-brown head. Nice body with full throttle on the hops. Very dry and immensely pretty. 291099

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2005
on tap at BierStube in Moline, IL pour was a dark brown with a foamy tan head. mild, yet complex in all of its subtle flavors. caramel & chocolate malts, some wheat , banana & clove. the relative low abv makes this a brew I could drink all night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
on tap and in a dimpled .5L at Loreley, NYC. blackish brown body, brownish fade to gold at the edges. dark tan cramy & foamy head. aroma is doused burnt hay. high carbonation. dry malty lager flavor, dried hop too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
Black body with a big beige head. roasted malty aroma with some sweetness. Flavor is mostly roasted malts with a dry finish.

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