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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1973   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Toasty like a dunkel but slightly more burnt. This had a light enough mouthfeel and carbonation to keep it refreshing. Dry. Simple malt profile. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Very effervescent and tingly on the tongue. Smell is slightly roasted. Flavor profile has hints of raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2004
bottle. nice caramel aroma, very little head. good overall taste. i really liked this, wish i could find it on tap. leaves a really good chocaolate taste. but does leave the palate a little dry. but i will drink this again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This beer had less dark malt bitterness and roasted character than I was expecting, but it went down very easy. Aromas of grassy base malt came through (good ol’ decoction mash), some of this came through in the flavor as well, but it seemed to be subdued over all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Canned- I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. First of all, the body was a dark black, but when held up in the light, I could almost see a sort of dark amber tinge as well. Aroma was roasted malt, and caramel. Taste was a little weak, but still decent. A good balance of malt and a slight candy taste to start off with. Then, as I drank a little more, I got some sour notes in the background. Smooth beer with the alcohol well hidden. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (14738) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Bottle. Light malty aroma. Black with white head. Nice roasted flavour. Hint of toffee. Liquorice aftertaste. Not excactly watery, but not very powerful either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Had a large long-lasting tan head. Almost black with red highlights. Aroma of sweaty socks, mushrooms and some fresh green beans. The taste is a wheat, deep malt and some pecans. Overall, slightly sour like others in the style. Overall, a solid beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (10565) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It’s very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Such a smooth and drinkable brew so nicely balanced, with a subtle roasted, caramel, and chocolate flavor. Bitter and sweet, light and flavorful: This brew turned me on to the style. A brew that can be consumed in massive quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
Reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Light roasted malt aroma. Slightly roasted malt taste.Somewhat dry finish. Really liked this gift.

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