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


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RATINGS: 1917   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 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Draft. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven’t had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don’t totally grab me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Just a hint of raostiness in the aroma. SLightly sweet roated body throughtout. Leaves you thinking something is missing...just kind of ends. A decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
Can - Pourred a black brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Sweet beginning with roastiness and dry finish. I found some similarities with some english stout. Overall, a very decent brew from a style that is more or less known in North America. Will be looking for other product from this brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2003
Jet black, sweet malty aroma, high carbonation. Very sweet beginning, roasty malt middle, extremely dry finish. The flavour was not burnt like some schwarzbiers or dark lagers and fairly complex. I liked it a lot and think its reputation is deserved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
Black in color with red tones. Nutbrown creamy head. Notes of coffee or mocca in the aroma. Nice clean flavor, some bitterness. Carbonation low. Mild dry finish and palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tessic (983) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2003
First pour brought scents of coffee nice tan colour to head although it didn't last for long. The initial taste brought a nice roasted flavour with more hints of coffee and caramel. Very good, hope to have again soon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2003
I really liked this one alot. Pours dark like a porter, with a nice tan head. A very nice roasted malty flavor with a somewhat bitter aftertaste at times. Extremely drinkable and very easy on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2011 (draught) black with tan head. Roast malt with coffee flavors. Still with lager malt flavors as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2003
Black. Grayish, beige head. Toasty, bready, chocolaty aroma w/ hints of pit fruit & licorice. Soft, somewhat chalky feel. Toasty, chocolaty flavour w/ some fruitiness. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Nice dark flavor. Much lighter in malt that I would have figured. Slight coffee flavor. Very drinkable for such a dark beer.

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