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

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RATINGS: 1783   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".


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9549) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Very deep, dark crimson hue. Nice, large, creamy, tanned head with no lacing. Nice nose. Yeast, rich molasses, maple syrup, dark raisins, light smoke and dates. Very well-balanced flavor. A bit on the thin side, but enjoyable nonetheless. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, dry, slightly bitter finish. My first Schwarzbier, I believe. A good experience... and probably a very good session beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2003
A pretty average Scharzbier. A little thin. The little watery taste does'nt quite live up to the dark appearance. However, not a bad beer at all.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Very deep red color,nice tan head,light to no carbonation.Malty,coffee aroma with something else,but i just can't describe it.Nice flavor very dark and malty with the coffee showing up but mostly it's the roasted malt that hits you hard.Same in the after taste.It's pretty much malt all the way.Over all a very nice brew and well worth having a few around.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
This a very smooth beer.Not so bitter and very pleasant on the palate.I have learned from the Germans to drink this mixed with Cola, which is called a Diesel.It mixes well and makes it a bit sweeter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Deep dark colour. Head similar to a typical lager. Malty burnt / roasted scent. Very enjoyable and flavourful.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Deep purple color. Light tan head. Crisp malty flavor and was probably great when it was fresh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Dark brown with a small tan head. Smells like sweet chocolate. Taste malt, chocolate and coffee. More like a porter with a lighter body. Lost it's flavor as sit instead of more flavor coming out.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
A very deep brown/black with a tan and fluffy head. A roasted malt aroma that is bready. Some hints at chocolate and sweet toffee as well. The flavor is a little bready also with some chocolate and slight coffee. The flavor didn't really last as well as I would have liked. It seemed to die down as it warmed instead of increase. A light palate that I wasn't expecting for such a dark brew. This was actually my first Schwarzbier and it was pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2003
Only the faintest ruby light passes through the body coated with a blooming tan head that leaves a thin lace as it subsides. Typical German malt aroma with some light hoppy notes. Body is a little thin with a roasted caramel maltiness. Finish is a little sticky and dry with some bitterness. A respectable schwarzbier, but not quite what I was looking for.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2003
Malty, coffee aroma, some hops. Stouty appearance, creamy, but disappearing head. Black coloured. Taste is watery, roasted malts in it. Weak. Moderate bitter finish.


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