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


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RATINGS: 1837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2006 My favorite beer in one of my favorite styles. I am biased. When my local pub took this one off their tap list, I had to find a new watering hole. Proper glassware, proper temperature, and on tap I have never found a beer that I prefer to Kostritzer. In Germany, a small sprinkle of sugar is often added to aid head retention.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minamizawa (54) - DENMARK - APR 13, 2004
Black beer with a complex taste. The aftertaste is bit metalic. Classic Schwarzbier but with a weak finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3253) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2004
Nice dark brown body with reddish glints topped with a dense but quick-fading brownish head. Good malt and caramel aroma. Its taste is dominated by roasted coffee flavor. Nice long bitter final. This was one of my favorites in East Germany and it is now available in Montréal (Métro Joanette, Verdun).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2004
This beer meets all expectations in regards to schwarzbier. It has a strong lager aroma mixed with malt. The body is dark-brown but not entirely opaque like a stout. Carbonation is good (lager-like) and after taste is subtle but present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Damage (77) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2004
Pours dark red with a mocha head; woody/fruity aroma; sweet, malty flavour with very little bitterness; a bit thin really... not a bad beer though. (500ml can)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2004
Reddish blackish brown, with a nice tan head. Smoky, appley, fruity aroma. Full rich malty flavor, with a blackened toast finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
Dark brown with a disappointing tiny tan head that completely fades off after seconds. Aroma is mild, malty with little coffee and cocoa flavors and a shy fruitiness of plums and red grapes/currant. Mouthfeel is well lagerish, fully carbonated despite the absence of head. Lightly tart palate, roasty and lightly bitter finish with hints at tobacco. I prefer the Escousse over this, but I guess he point has been made already that this may not be worth the fame some beer autorities have put upon it. Nevertheless I assume this to make a fine introduction to low gravity dark beers for neophytes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4030) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2004
Bottle from Metro Wines, Syston, Leicester. delicious raisin aroma, with lagery dryness and deep pockets of sweetness. Sweet, malty and light with some subtle cocoa flavour before the short, metal finish. Slightly richer than lager, but equally monotone. Balanced but unchallenging. My memories of this were better than the reality, or maybe I was just in a bad mood this evening.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Choos (658) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2004
Aroma is cola sweet with maybe just a hint of toasty notes. Poures black with red highlights and a small tan head that dissipated quickly leaving only a small amount of lacing. Roasty and bitter with a small amount of dark malty flavours. Thin mouthfeel which lets this down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 23, 2004
This is a great beer.I could drink this in huge amounts without getting bored.Nice looking dark beer,not heavy which means i drinks alot of this whithout getting a blouted stomach.Nice balanced taste(bitter, sweat).Overall VERY ENJOYABLE!

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