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


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RATINGS: 1892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The most perfect beer? Not quite. But that doesn’t keep it from being my favorite. I believe that legend has it Goethe drank this brew for sustenance during times of illness. Works for me. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy, light tan head. I think of the aroma and taste as having some herbal qualities, like Ricola, but certainly not overwhelming. The body is very light and not overly carbonated causing it to be very palatable and refreshing. An excellent beer for just drinking or for enjoying as an accompaniment to a good meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Really interesting and complex brew...licorice/coffee/roasted maltiness/bitter chocolate/burnt sugar...but surprisingly refreshing and light bodied. Not overwhelming and dour. I like these very much...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
A very dark brown bodied beer, topped by a beige head, moderately services from within with large bubbles. The sharp effervescent aroma lifts swiftly from the glass. The actual flavour delivered to the palate is slightly down on what the image was inferring. I didn’t get any chocolate and in fact think that the comment is actually a desperate one, searching in vein for a descriptive syllable. The beer just doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vidbellegueule (30) - CANADA - SEP 24, 2005
Black lager beer!! beginner’s black beer, light taste nice brown head, oily body. Little caramel aroma. Finally, a thirst black beer. ( the glass is incredibly nice)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2005
I really continue to like this style immensely as a whole. Beer poured a nice dark brown with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is a nice caramel milk chocolate with a bit of grain smell thrown in to denote is lighter mouthfeel. Flavor is very nice and drinkable, light caramel malt flavor and a plain, yet crisp refreshing finish. Overall, I was a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 23, 2005
Very dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Dryish coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate. Somewhat soft mouthfeel. Not bad, in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3213) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
500ml can, black brown color, with a frothy tan-colored head, with good lacing, grainy malty character, hint of chocolate aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, soft roasted malt, maybe chocolate malt, light coffee, bitter chocolatey note, leading to a light hops finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Snoro (301) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bonne bière noir, pas trop forte au goût. Mais, bon, c’est une noir et je trip pas sur les bières noir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3491) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Deep, dark brown. Sweet roast nose. Thinnish body with moderate carbonation; smooth body. Quite a few things going on, such as roasted coffee with cream, black licorice, and a little bitter chocolate. Finish is curiously drying. Nice sweet & bitter interplay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Schwarzbiers always kind of surprise me. This one was no different. Very nice smoky malt flavour right away. I let it warm to get some more depth. It has a great nose, dark toasty and strong heavy grain. The weird part about these beers are their similarity to lagers. You can also smell some corn present, and you get a macro lager smooth finish when you drink it. Don’t get me wrong, you would never call it a pale lager, but it does have something to it that reminds me. The head was gone before I knew it, which gave me a big look at its dark black complexion.

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