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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1986   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005
Black with a very tight, slightly offwhite head. Smokey, roasty aroma. Dry roasty smokey flavours with a light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2005
Bottled. Pours a black colour with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste also has chocolate notes, some coal, some smokiness and there is an oily taste and consistence. A good tasty schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a red, darn near black with a small tan head. Nose has a slightly sweet tinge and a sweet maltand lightly bitter taste. Body is too light and watery for me. I needed this to warm a bit before I tasted anything worth writing about. Maybe some sweet caramel malts, cherries? before the finish. Not all that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Black, beige head. Malty aroma. Mild malty flavour. Roasted malts. Faintly metallic? Sugarsticky yet watery palate. Dry medium lasting finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours a beautiful deep brown with a light brown head. The beer shines garnet around the edges of the glass. A malty aroma of toasted bread and light roast then a little floral hop. The flavor is clean, not overly bitter and no astringency. The malt flavor is roasted but still sweet. The beer is surprisingly refreshing on the palate. This is a well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
droomyster (14) - USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours a one finger head of light brown froth that recedes after a few minutes. Sits blackly in the glass, brown edges are only betrayed with backlighting. Malty aroma of prunes and toast. Hints of dark chocolate, brown sugar. Medium bodied mouth filler, lightly carbonated, creamy texture. Surprisingly not very bitter. Long, slippery finish of roasted plums. Becomes breadier as it warms. Wish it was heavier. Overall pretty good, a pleasant drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1629) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2013 black pour out of the bottle, very very interesting aroma and it gets even better when it warms up. Burnt flavor, malt, hops, toast, meat and all kinds of meats on the palate. I sence some coffee, maybe peppers ... this is VERY interesting and complex considering the style ... worldclass!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2005
Very, very black – no translucence. Ephemeral head. Fairly laid-back aroma offers hints of malt and cherry strudel, but nothing that earth-shattering. The creamy palate and burnt flavours towards the middle and finish make this lager feel like a light stout, but it’s really not as obnoxious as it looks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Blackish cola pour w/ red highlites and a thick tan head. Some toffey and dark fruits in the aroma along with roasted malt. Much less aggressive flavor than I expected. Nice balance of chocolate tinged sweetness with deep roasted malt with a nutty element weaving its way throughout. Mouthfeel was maybe a little thin - but, then again, it is a lager. Finish was dry and pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1464) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2005
Smooth, complex German schwarzbier. Poured the colour of molasses, with a big fluffy head. The nose is dry and spicy, with dark chocolate notes. Medium-bodied and chocolatey, with a smooth, dry finish. The bitterness is restrained but satisfying. Some sweet malt. (Bottle)

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