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


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RATINGS: 1743   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2004
On tap at Der Steinkeller who has recently abandoned the more authentic elements of their menu in trade for pizza and hamburgers. What a scam. The Kostritzer, however, is still cold and dark. Whenever I drink this I am amazed at how little flavor can come out of such a dark beer. There is a ruby blackness to the color and a light tawny head. The flavors are very subdued with hints of washed out malts. A subtle sweetness last for a moment, then disipates. Though light in flavor, there is an genuine quality to this beer that makes it quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Very dark pour with better than average head. Good malt grain aroma. Clean sharp finish. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Already when I'm holding the bottle I feel that exciting feeling creeping over me and a stinging sensation of something wonderful about to happen. Pouring it up it gives hints of good times to come. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. One of my all time favourites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Can. Pours clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. Kind of thin. Metallic and astringent. Lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. ’Twas good times.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A rather bland and uninspired beer. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a pleasant and mellow seeming label this beer pours a clear dark brown with a huge tan head. Light malty aroma. The texture is very creamy and smooth. There is a light malt flavor and almost no detectable hops. There is a slight tang on the aftertaste. Very mild in flavor - completely inoffensive but rather uninspiring as well. As it warmed up a bit of nut an bitterness came out. The additional nut flavor was nice, but the bitterness ruined any benefit that was gained by letting it get warm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
Dark with red highlights, medium tan head soon disappeared. Aroma is metallic, but some berries are hidden behind there. The flavour is slightly sweet and roasted, while it finishes with breadiness. Not really bad, but by no means great. Bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFGrind (1844) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Draft - I found this dark lager had a thin, metallic mouthfeel. Poured dark, thin head, nothing out of the ordinary here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Surprisingly fresh from the can. Reminds me of Hosten Festbock, but 5% alc.Tastes like nuts and veggies, with a nice hop bite that hits after a few seconds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Black body, thin to medium mouthfeel. Weak flavor overall. Chocolately notes with coffee bitterness, bit of musty peat in the finish. I drank a bunch of this stuff out of a 2L boot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Black glass liquid color. Eggshell head Picture perfect. Smells chocolately, tastes chocolately and smooth. nice flavor. Nothing overpowers. Not bad but nothing really captures your tastebuds and gives it a little goose. Really good but not great.

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