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


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RATINGS: 1726   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5007) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2002
(Sampled 0,5 liter can.) ’Das Schwarze mit der Blonden Seele’. Fairly weak but decent aroma, smells like German Schwarzbrot. Roasted malt flavour with coffee and burnt toast. A bit watery mouthfeel. (Is that what the brewers refer to as the ’blonde soul’?) By all means, this is a very drinkable Schwarzbier, but the style unfortunately seems to lack the rich velvety mouthfeel of a stout or a Baltic porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2002
A subtle wheaty grain mixed with a bit of sweet fruit greet the nose. A beautiful pour, consisting of a deep black-brown lake of tar and a lingering lazily laced foam, foreshadows a wonderful experience. Deep sweet blueberry tones mingle with a bittersweet chocolate flair, ending with just a hint of hops. This is a good example of a finely balanced beer. Give this to your friends that say dark beers are too heavy for everyday drinking. While I appreciate big bold dark beers, this is a fine dark session beer that I could drink all day. I think it’s a bit overlooked and underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2002
Black, almost reddish purple around the edges. Nose and body of toasted coffee/choclate flavors. Smooth, I like it as a session beer. Doesn’t fill you up but is satisfying. Finish is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 i used to really like this stuff but now i find it a bit underwhelming, thin and industrial. Clear dark red with fizzling head. Lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue. I poured a second bottle with the violent first pour, wait, then top-up German sort of approach and that did help a lot with the mouthfeel. Faint smells of chocolate, fresh baked bread (what motelpogo calls "dogfood") and grassy hops. Taste is pretty acidic and flat, lightbodied, but with elements of good stuff - nutty malt, coffee, licorice, but a tangy, metallic hop-extract bitterness reminds you this is made in an enormous factory with huge stainless steel things and control panels and people in whitecoats being told what to do by fat corporate arseholes round a board table.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
Very dark brown color, large head. A medium bodied lager. Roasted malts, subtle sweetness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Dry finish is refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29207) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2002
A red almost black beer with a beutiful head. It has a slightly sweet aroma and a sweet malty and only slightly bitter taste. All in all a good beer that I’ll have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
David (34) - Charlottenlund, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2002
Great beer with a good flavor and appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Nice roasted, caramel flavor yet fairley light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2002
A nice back beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solocup (49) - sandy, Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2002
great color and smooth taste. Small tastes of coffee and chocolate//unhappy with no carbonation

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