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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Dark pour with a nice fluffy head. Flavor was not as strong as I would have expected. Bit of a bitterness to it, but smooth swallow.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2003
Dark beer with a hint of light around the edges. Nice medium brown head. Nice lacing. Bitter fruit and bread flavour. Coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2003
really nice black beer. had some current and date sort of flavours with a classy head. I really like this one. Hints of bacon or perhaps smoked malt. Thanks for the tip off motelpogy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Not blowing me away, but I think it's more of a stylistic issue than the quality of this particular specimen. Good flavors, but not much body to back it up.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2844) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Draft. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven’t had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don’t totally grab me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Just a hint of raostiness in the aroma. SLightly sweet roated body throughtout. Leaves you thinking something is missing...just kind of ends. A decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4917) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
Can - Pourred a black brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Sweet beginning with roastiness and dry finish. I found some similarities with some english stout. Overall, a very decent brew from a style that is more or less known in North America. Will be looking for other product from this brewery

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2003
Jet black, sweet malty aroma, high carbonation. Very sweet beginning, roasty malt middle, extremely dry finish. The flavour was not burnt like some schwarzbiers or dark lagers and fairly complex. I liked it a lot and think its reputation is deserved.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Black in color with red tones. Nutbrown creamy head. Notes of coffee or mocca in the aroma. Nice clean flavor, some bitterness. Carbonation low. Mild dry finish and palate. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tessic (913) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2003
First pour brought scents of coffee nice tan colour to head although it didn't last for long. The initial taste brought a nice roasted flavour with more hints of coffee and caramel. Very good, hope to have again soon!


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