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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2019   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle at home. Black - small offwhite head, mostly just edges. Roasted, roasted, roasted. Some berries, red berries and sweetness. Light smoked. I do sense some hop, at least some bitterness. Nice roasted and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2006
On tap at the Saloon, Washington, DC. Poured black, with a brown, rocky head. Nose is very malty. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, smoke, and caramel. Mouthfeel is chewy. Finish has a nice hop note to it. Listed on the menu as Eggenberg, but the tap handle shows Kostritzer, and Eggenberg doesn’t list a Schwartzbier that I know of.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
From the 1500’th. Appearances is dark mahogany colour. Very good beer for food I think. Aroma Slightly bitter and very spicy notes. The taste is surprisingly thin when considering the appearance and aroma. Some notes of roasted malt and smokiness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
500 mL can. Almost black. Not much head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and smoke. Taste is surprisingly thin. Sweet roasted malt. Little finish. I want to rate this higher, but I can’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quillaraymi (89) - USA - OCT 1, 2006
Very nice creamy head, very dark color with a good sweet taste. Nice beer. I could drink one more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2006
A Mes rate: 50cl bottle at St. Albans Beer Festival 2006. Not bad until you swallow and then you get a none too great hit of yeast and malt. Very yeasty nose and slightly smokey. To be honest the nose is the thing I like most about it. Black body with a swiftly diminishing tan head. Just all wheat and malt in the mouth and lacking in finesse. Palate is a little thin and just about made a 3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - SEP 29, 2006
From a can. My newest favorite beer that you can find in Panama. Pours a deep translucent black with exceptional flavor, of toasted malts and caramel. Not too sweet and certainly not cloying. The moderately light mouthfeel was a blessing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2006
On tap pours a dark brown with some deep amber when held to the light. Head was creamy, lacing and light tan. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, grainy maltiness and roast. Flavor of toasty malts, caramel and light molasses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Bottle 48F. Tulip Glass. some sweet malt notes, with some royal hops notes as well, maybe a touch of corn, nice dark roasted malts. Pours very darks with a deep brown head that lasts moderately. Very dark and quite opaqe. Sweet light malt tastes of hay, balanced against a curtain of rich roasted malts, and nice semi bitter hops. Flavor appears rich but still remains drinkable and not at all cloying. Palate is medium with a nice amount of carbonation. A good drinkable beer, worthy of cold winter nights near a fire, or cold rainy days of fall. Nice dark lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Pours ruby-black into the glass with a thinly retentive tan head, leaving mild suds lace. Roasts, caramel and toffee to the nose... faint at first, growing as it warms. Roasted malt upfront on the tongue, with a growing caramel sweetness that leads to the finish. Finish is a bit drier than I would’ve originally thought, but malty hues predominate over a dry, coffee-esque hop. Mouthfeel is bold, yet doesn’t make it past "round". Truly, this is a "better than average" schwarzbier; if it wasn’t quite as dry as it is, I would definitely be singing its praises!

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