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

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RATINGS: 1668   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".


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Nice dark flavor. Much lighter in malt that I would have figured. Slight coffee flavor. Very drinkable for such a dark beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Nice black color with a creamy head of foam. Smells and tastes like a typical German dark. Very good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - NOV 14, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Black colour with a red tone. Off-white head. Roasty aroma. Roast-malty, chocolatey taste with a little sweetness. Body a bit too watery. (3.1) Re-rate: I don´t think it´s too watery, just about right for the style. One of my favourites in the last time. Nice coffeish, roastmalty flavours. Not too sweet, rather dry. A good one

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2003
Great aroma - malty, chocolaty, nutty - all the dark malt aromas but in a very smooth way. Beer looks pretty cool in a pils glass but terrible head retention. Flavour was quite a let down after the aroma. Quite lean, light, lacking malt character and with a fairly bitter finish. Middle of the road.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2003
Dark brown appearance with an average size head. Aroma was a bit nutty and a little smoky. Thin, dry, somewhat sour taste. Did not leave a lasting impression.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Pours black with a small tan head and very nice lace. Chocolate malt aroma. A fairly thin carbonated mouthfeel. Very nice toasted chocolate malt flavor with mild sweetness, no fruit, and very littlebitterness. Flavors were very tasty and made up for the thin body. Very nice lager.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Very dark ruby red color with foamy head. Good decent flavor with good aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Dark black color, foamy head and nice lacing. Light malty-roasted aroma. Slightly roasted chocolaty malt character, well balanced by a lighter hoppieness. Simple flavor but quite good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2003
These beers present beautifully when initially poured. The deep dark body with a creamy head, that in my case lasted reasonably well. The nose is all chocolate and low hop which mirrors the taste. Loads of crystal and chocolate malt here with a good (but not really solid) body to match. You definitely think about another one after drinking the first.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garrison (749) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2003
It beckoned well, but was a tad disappointing in its delivery. I expect a true schwarzbier to be thicker, richer...


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