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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1918   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2006
Tasted 15/01/2006. 330ml bottle brom Regional Wines and Spirits. Pours a dark, dark brown, with with garnet hues. Tan head that disappears and laces, just slightly. Coffee, caramel and some wood on the nose - mild but appealing. Chocolate and a dry caramel flavour, with hardly any bitterness but a roasty astringency. Hop flavour is just a little spicey. Medium weight, low carbonation and clean finish give this a superb presence in the mouth. Extremely good session beer that I’d love to taste fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark, rich brownish black with some tinges of red and a thick dark tan head that had some staying power. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt with a whiff of molasses. The flavor is quite malty initially with some hints of bitter chocolate and coffee and a crisp bitter hops finish. Slightly thin on the palate, but quite smooth. Delicious beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3376) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours a dark reddish brown color. Aromas of roasted malts, bits of chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a nice bitter roast taste and a touch of hops on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
"pours a dark ruby color. Aroma was of roasted malts and chocolate can carmel. A little thin but tasted of chocolate and carmel, has a little bit of a bitter finish to it."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2006
I was very impressed by this beer. Pours black with a tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves pretty lacing as it settles. Aroma is malty and dry, clean and crisp. Flavor is smooth and understated with notes of toasted malt and crisp hops throughout the palate. Overall, I was particularly interested in trying this beer because I wasn’t a huge fan of Sam Adams Black Lager and I wanted to try a different black lager to see if it was the beer or the style. I guess it’s the beer because I thought this one was crazy damned good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5901) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Bold and malty and delicious. Some roasted maltiness was evident as was some nice bitterenss. A fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
(500 ml bottle: $1.79 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This is easily one of my favorite German beers. It’s sweet and malty, fairly roasty, slight chocolate, mildly hoppy and bitter, and shows a bit of smokiness toward the finish. Sweet, roasty and malty nose practically begs the drinker to take another sip, and it succeeds in prodding me forward. Medium body could stand a bit more heft, but it’s acceptable as is and very easy to drink. Carbonation is fairly light as well. Beautiful, light tan head occupies the top inch and a half and shows solid retention, gradually settling to a quarter inch, but it settled faster than it would have because I got impatient and sucked down some of that head so that I could taste the beer. Significant lacing in the shape of squiggly lines decorates the glass. There’s almost no such thing as a session beer for me since I rarely just drink a beer for the hell of it, but this would be a perfect session beer for me. It’s a dark, flavorful, easy to drink, and totally delicious beer with not a lot of alcohol. Although maybe it’s a little too easy to drink because I just can’t control myself, taking one sip after another with little pause in between. And it costs less than two dollars, what a deal!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Served too cold on tap. Rich deep brown with tan head, not as much flavor as I expected, a little watery but notes of molasses, raisin, and a faint echo of roastiness. I wish this was bolder.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5308) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Bottled. Ruby-black pour with a brown/creamy tan, lasting head. Has some legs. The aroma is sweet and roasty, a good predictor of the taste: dominated by the sweet roasted malt flavor, little or no bitterness. Smooth finish, and the mild burnt aftertaste is desirable. [3.0]

Re-rate, Jan. 26, 2006: This really is a fantastic example of its style. Picking up less roast this time and instead a hint of molasses. I’m reminded of raisin, too, though I don’t taste it outright ... must be the molasses. It’s just so darn mild, I keep expecting more because of the color - this is certainly a quaffer, though, and a pleasant one at that. [3.3]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at Ludwig’s Garten, Philadelphia, PA. Black hued having long-lasting large white head with good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Sweet malt aroma. Medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt, caramel, and honey flavors. Finishes with light malt aftertaste. No discernable bitterness. This is a good malty beer that goes well with roasted pig knuckles.

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