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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1943   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yarry (528) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2006
500ml can, 4.8% a/v Pours Guinness black, with a nice brown head. Smells like burnt grains and such, like a true stout. (On that note can someone beermail me the diffrence between a Schwarzbier and stout), tastes like burnt grains and caramel, a very nice sweet hop aftertaste. Goes down well. Definetly a good beer!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11728) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
Great dark bownred colour with a brownish head that stays. Doesn’t fill enough in your mouth and the taste is a bit too sweet - too much maltiness. Taste contains caramel and burnt malt and a faint whiff of liquirice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8915) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2006
Near black beer, but with a burgundy shine; huge, collapsing but persistent greige head. Bready, nutty (hazel-), ink, generally sweet nose; fruity too, like sweet black grapes and strawberries. Dry, very dry malty taste, verging on cardboard. Green leaves and dark malts, potato peel aroma retronasal. Refreshing, despite the dryness. Neither full bodied, neither empty. Light, but not watery MF. Persistent head remains creamy even when swallowing. Still good. Made a classic out of an unloved style that definitely deserves better notes. Big thanks to marcusm

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2006
A very smooth easy drinkin beer, almost too smooth to the point that it lacks flavor. But, still quite good. Nice creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Dark brown coloured beer. Full hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2006
Blackish colour with a brownish mostly lastin head. Aroma of malt, fruits and caramel. Flavour is not too sweet. Nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1549) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 A dark, black beer with a strong creamy head. A clean syrupy nose with hints of fruit, caramel and liquorice. The taste is thick, treacley, fruity and extremely malty, there is a slight dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2007 Øl (50 cl) købt i Tyskand. Øllen er rimelig mild af en schwarzbier, men har eller de sædvanlige karakterer. Mørkebrun, med flot brunt skum. Filtreret. En anelse brændt i smagen, ellers bitter. Let lakridssmag. Duft også af lakrids. Den mangler kulsyre

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6937) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2006
Medium beige head over dark red body that is almost opaque black. Faintly sweetish roasty aroma. Deep sweetish taste with some roastiness and burntness with toffee and hop notes. Kind of like unsweetened licorice. Dry, faintly roasty aftertaste. A nice, uncomplicated, easily drinkable schwarzbier. Could be more exciting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle: Deep brown, nearly black, moderate to large foamy beige head, fairly nice lacing.   Roasted malt nose, grainy, hay and oats round it out.   Soft roasted malt start, fairly grainy when I thought it wouldn’t be, with a touch of wet cardboard.   Body and mouthfeel are average but nearing the thin side.   Touch of sweetness at the finish, slightly dry and chalky, but it just doesn’t seem to be as flavorful or robust compared to others.

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