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


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RATINGS: 1782   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle. Dark appearance, with small off-white head. Has a nice, dry and burnt flavor that adds to the bitterness. Flavor is also chocolatey and roasty. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
A dark appearance. It smells like smoke and chocolate. Hmmmm. The flavor is fairly watery and dry with a hint of dark chocolate and grapes. The aftertaste is a bit dry. Nothing fantastic but a nice brew anyway.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2004
A big fully black beer with a smallish head. Flavours were mostly sweet toasted malt, chalk and burnt toast. Aroma was a bit one D and dominated by toasted malt. Had quite a few of these in a 500ml stein (enought to end up doing the chicken dance).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands. Appearance: nearly black in color, though transparent in spots, and reddish brown at bottom, with a fat, fuzzy, creamy tan head. Aroma: soft, sweet, cocoa-y, hints of gentle spices, nutty, earthy, with further notes of espresso & chocolate. Taste: thick malt dominates the profile here, with a soft texture, after some initial play on the palate. Very creamy, nice taste. But alas, the good bits don’t last terribly long. It thins out, becomes tinny, metallic, feels altogether too light. A very nice schwarzbier, very smooth mellow, but I’ve had better. Or more to the point, "bigger." Good for what it is, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours out a very dark shade of brown, with a nice frothy head. It has a malty.roasty aroma. The taste is nice and malty with some chocolate and roasty flavors on the finish...not a bad brew of an often forgotten style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
From the bottle, this poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy brown head. The aroma was of roasted chocolate and burnt coffee. Some sweet malt flavors, both chocolate and coffee. Quite a dry finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 23, 2004
Can from the LCBO. Pours incredibly dark, very nearly opaque, but with very little head. The aroma is roasty with only a hint of sweetness. There is an initial hit of roastiness on the first sip, but this is quickle taken over by malty sweetness and some chocolate. Pleasing aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours black! Aroma is some chocolate and mostly malt/oatmeal. Slightly oily mouthfeel, flavor is coffee like, sweet. The butteryness is distracting and right after that you get hit with this tongue numbing dryiness.. Sorta chalky. It’s different..but I enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5891) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled(330ml). -dark brown, frothy head, aroma of roasted malt and light fruit, soft carbonation, dry and moderatley bitter finish, nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown with cream head that lasts. Roast malt chocolate flavour fairly sweet and full bodied. I enjoyed this and will try again.

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