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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1866   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".


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Roasty aroma and flavor, without being overly so. Smooth and refreshing with a slight smoky finish. Overall very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Gorgeous black lager with a strong "German beer" flavor. Had this on tap (in Nebraska!) and liked it. Not a heavy beer. No smoke flavor at all, unlike many entries in this style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Beautiful beer, dark, but not opaque, nicely formed light tan head with great lacing. Lager aroma, intersting nutty and roasted flavor, sharply bitter aftertaste. Thin body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Visually appealing with a deep dark body showing red highlights and an ample tan head. Aroma had hints of roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor hinted of coffee and chocolate and was very refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2004
on tap munich and berlin: deep mahogony hue, with tan fluffy head. toffe, coffe aromas with a medium bodied palate, malty dry character. good black beer. not alot of thesea out there that ive tasted. reminded me of a dunkel.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JustinBathurst (134) - Corner Brook, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 6, 2004
Poured a dark black with dark tan head. Smells malty and sweet, grains and cut grass. Thick mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Dense carbonation without being overdone. Somewhat bitter chocolate taste. Subdued roasted malt sweet with a hint of molasses. This seems like a beer that could grow on you, but it hasn't really been able to present anything 'defining' to me. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Decent schwarzbier, just not amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 2, 2004
This is an overrated beer. "The Black beer with the gold heart" it says on the bottle, but that is just more hype. Deep dark pour; tan head. Subtle, burnt malt and biscuity aroma. Weak mouthfeel, somewhat astingent with roasted coffee and burnt grain notes. Finishes dry.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Pleasant suprise. Very smooth finish, somewhat dry. Hints of roasted malt and brown sugar. a very good black beer, something you could drink a few of.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Pours dark with a creamy tan head. Head stuck around, too. Smells of sweet malt, no hop aroma. Sweet crystal malt flavor that turns into a small roasted flavor. Hop flavors not evident. Looks like a big beer but drinks quite smooth. Nice

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Pours a deep reddish brown to almost....black. TALL foamy tan head. Nose is dominated by roasted malt. The taste is an enhanced version of the aroma. Roasted malt but I can taste very light hops. Very smooth and pleasant tasting beer. Good stuff!


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