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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1980   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - AUG 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Poured a lovely brown-red black with a lasting medium-sized smooth and creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet of chocolate malts and vanilla. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with plenty of malt character. Light to medium bodied and somewhat dry. Smooth and satisfying, pleasantly quaffable. Not a pretentious beer, but one whose company is easily entreated and around whom you can comfortably unwind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 10, 2006
Almost pitch black with brown head. Roasted malt, coffee, herbal flavours mix in this one, very smooth, drinks i ncredibly well for a schwarz. Great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Aroma: rich, musty, stale malt, old hops, some old fig, vague mineral.
Appearance: dark red brown black, clear w/ beige, fluffy head.
Flavor: thin, burnt, watery, ok bitterness, pretty interesting.
Palate: ok really but not my thing, slimy, thing, fizzy.
Good beer, but thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2273) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
Canned sample. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of pilsner-like sulfur, toffee, and both pale and dark roast malts. Flavors are mild, yet crystal clear: more toffee and dark roasted malt, dry powdery bread, and a bit of coffee. Light bodied and quaffable. Very classy indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sooner (4) - GERMANY - JUL 27, 2006 does not count
Germany’s best beer. And I think one of the greatest beer on earth ;) By the way I lived near Bad Köstritz :D

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JUL 25, 2006
A miidy malty aroma a mix of sweet caramel and yeast notes. flavor was sweet and had some burnt notes to it. Smooth but boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2006
500ml bottle at Kent BF 2006. 2000th beer. My 1000th beer was Ayinger Celebrator (thanks maeib) so I guessed that I should have another German to do my 2000th. This is a black beer with ruby edges and a lasting beige head. Some dark toffee, bit thin in mouth, powdery charcoal on end. Interesting beer. Good charcoal on the finish. It was about the best beer I could find towards the end of the Kent Beer Festival in order to celebrate with. Cheers to SilkTork too for being there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PLundsgaard (446) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Aroma/Malty-toasted, Appearance Head/Initia-huge, Head/Color light brown, Body/Hue-murky, Initial Flavor-bitter light Finish Flavor-bitter light Palate/Body-medium to full, good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4463) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 In Weimar, Germany and again in Wittenberg. Poured a very dark brown that was nearly black. Big fat tan head that looked like you needed a spoon to eat. Big nose of roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, and carmel. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel,. It finished as good as it started. This is one of the better beers I tried during my three week beer tasting odyssey across eastern Germany.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Black brown in color with a light brown head. Rich sour coffee smell. Rich chalk coffee malt flavor.

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