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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1905   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Snoro (302) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Bonne bière noir, pas trop forte au goût. Mais, bon, c’est une noir et je trip pas sur les bières noir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Deep, dark brown. Sweet roast nose. Thinnish body with moderate carbonation; smooth body. Quite a few things going on, such as roasted coffee with cream, black licorice, and a little bitter chocolate. Finish is curiously drying. Nice sweet & bitter interplay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1415) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Schwarzbiers always kind of surprise me. This one was no different. Very nice smoky malt flavour right away. I let it warm to get some more depth. It has a great nose, dark toasty and strong heavy grain. The weird part about these beers are their similarity to lagers. You can also smell some corn present, and you get a macro lager smooth finish when you drink it. Don’t get me wrong, you would never call it a pale lager, but it does have something to it that reminds me. The head was gone before I knew it, which gave me a big look at its dark black complexion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
calivania (62) - USA - SEP 2, 2005
good german beer hiding in nice beer shops. real nutty and grainy and artisan bread-like. a beer that is equally good at being studied or quaffed backed with impunity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
dark brown body with a big brown head.aroma was of smoke.flavor was ashy smoke and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7408) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Deep ruby brown pour with a quickly-receding layer of beige head. Rather subdued aroma with sweet roasted malt and a hint of berries... rather odd for the style. Flavors consisted of a nice chocolate malt with some coffee. Medium-bodied with light bitterness and some spices toward the back. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
served on tap at barley Johns in MN. Pours a dark black color w/ a very thick tan head. Good lacing. Wheat & barley dominate the armoma along w/ some other points I couldn’t pick out. Palate is light almost water. Flavor is wheat & barley with hints of other grain and a tiny bit of malt showing through in the finish. Very grainy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 A smooth mild stout like thing. Very metalic in taste...some coffe. Strange for such a dark beer to work well as a second beer, moving from light, to heavy, which is what im doing tonight. Not much nose..looks good though.........re:rate_Jan_5_2006...Had in Germany. Was much better than I remember. Dark fruits(plum.raisin) molasses, roasted nuts and toffee. pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Bottle, 33cl. Very dark brown with a relatively small beige head. Aroma is moderately malty with notes of coffee. I must say i expected a little more of this beer, even though schwarzbiers aren’t my cup of tea... But the body is fairly light, even watery. A liitle bitter at the end, with notes of malt, caramel and roast. Just nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1720) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle: A black beauty when held up to light has rich maroon hues. It had a light brown head that fell away quickly. The aroma is not that powerful, but the taste is one mainly of good roasted malts. It is loaded with lots of carbonation and doesn’t seem to have a huge amount of flavors. It was still good though. The feel is thin and was a great drink. Anything good enough for Goethe is good enough for me.

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