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


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RATINGS: 1980   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2006
(Bottle via trade from <!-- A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1 target=blank -->Degarth<!-- /A -->, thanks Joe!) Pours very dark mahogany, birch-beer brown with a big tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hint of sour, also bready prior to head receding. Some sloppy lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, soft, pleasant, a bit thin. Flavor of light roasted malt with some very light chocolate in finish. A bit of bitterness. A little tingly in finish. Pretty good but SA Black Lager is better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2006
From the bottle it pours with a creamy head that dissipates in a couple of minutes. The aroma is lacking, but the taste isn’t. Kostritzer is a very sweet, caramely beer, that goes down easy. It’s not as big as it looks, but it’s very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
Pitch black pour with a tan head that fades quickly. Flavour of slightly bitter chocolates and hops with a dry finish. As with most schwarzbiers it dark in colour, but not heavy like a stout. A winning combination in my books.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2006
500ml Can: Pours pitch black with a dull tint of red; bubbly, light tan head that was gone quickly. Aroma of sour caramel, caught a small amount of hops, odd for a dark beer. Flavour comes through with a heavy roast and bright chocolate, an excellent blend of sweet and malty bitter. The hops come through in the taste as well, with a dry mouthfeel immediately after. Only my second schwarzbier, but quickly this is my favourite style - I only wish this was available by the case near here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Draft as a dark pour with tan lasting head. Nose is lageryeast and chocolate. Coffee and sweetmalts com eout. Flavour is umami, bread, and somewhat enigmatic. possibly willamette hopping. Mouth is quite chewy with a watery clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Ruby-black body with dirty tan head. Sampled on the recommendation of my 85yr old grandmother- a native Thuringian- on recent ancestral pilgrimage. This beer’s balancing chocolate bittersweetness earns it deserved comparisons with Guinness. Wish I’d brought a few more specimens home. (Re-rate) Good to see this now getting some UK distribution. Shrubby Noble hop, black pepper, slight wood and iron aroma. Would not be able to guess the colour of this beer blind. Smells like a proper Czech pils. Sweetish grainy flavour again with herbal Saaz notes to the fore. Late chocolate powderiness, the merest hint of roasted malt bitterness. Chocolate, nut and shrub afters. Elegant, and with much more of a delicate hop presence than I realised 2 years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
50 cl bottle. No yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour allmost black with a nice head. Very light aroma of sweetness, caramel and hints of roastedness. Light fizzy flavour with notes of malt and some roastedness too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a cocoa colored head. Sweet caramel aroma with light roast. Chocolate, caramel malts with some backing fruity/grassy hops. Refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ron (3422) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2006
One bottle from BOTW. Poured a large tan head that was almost chewy and part of it hung around for awhile. Aroma of rosted chocolate. Slightly sweet flavor and light amount of hops. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
500ml bottle... Black, some ruby hints when held to light. Quick tan head. .. .. Roasty aroma, lots of malt. . .. . Malty w/ a nice roasty flavor. Nice balance w/ mild hoppiness. .. . Medium body, smooth. … Very tasty. Medium body w/ loads of malt and roast.

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