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


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RATINGS: 2020   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2005
(bottle) Very dark almost black colour with a big but diminishing foamy brown head. Faint malty nose with a touch of toffee. Medium bitter flavour, medium to light bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly roasty malty taste, hints of dark chocolate, dry and moderate bitter finish. I think it´s not that spectacular, but okay though. All in all an average but still very drinkable Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue) Oct 05. Despite the rich dark appearance this actually has very little character. A hint of smoky roast and a watery body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
Very smoooooooooth! I really like this one, I would have thought the overall rating to be higher.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
500ml bottle. Served in a 22oz lager glass. 15-20 minutes out of the fridge. Color is near black with a red tint. Smallish oatmeal colored head. Nose is roasty and crisp, with a touch of hoppiness. The initial flavor is moderate to full roasted malt followed by a almost a cafe au lait flavor, some anise, a touch of cocoa, then a mildly bitter and moderately astringent finish. The mouthfeel is average. A good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 Lightly sweet doughy malt nose with a touch of raisins. Lightly sweet taste, lightly bitter with raisin, caramel and very light herbal hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Pours a dark brown almost black color with small off white head. aroma is malty with some hops. However aroma is very weak. Flavor is malty however it seems to be missing something the overall mouthfeel is watery. not bad but for 2 dollars a bottle I don’t think I’ll be getting it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Dark mahogany color. Light but nice roasted malt aroma. Medium strength, pretty good caramel and bitterness. Balanced Schwarz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 9, 2005
Bottle Murky, deep brown body. Brown, lightly frothy head. It has a nose of sweet malts with liquor. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Long finish. Nice, but neither tempting neither extra-ordinary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The most perfect beer? Not quite. But that doesn’t keep it from being my favorite. I believe that legend has it Goethe drank this brew for sustenance during times of illness. Works for me. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy, light tan head. I think of the aroma and taste as having some herbal qualities, like Ricola, but certainly not overwhelming. The body is very light and not overly carbonated causing it to be very palatable and refreshing. An excellent beer for just drinking or for enjoying as an accompaniment to a good meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Really interesting and complex brew...licorice/coffee/roasted maltiness/bitter chocolate/burnt sugar...but surprisingly refreshing and light bodied. Not overwhelming and dour. I like these very much...

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