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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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".


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 5, 2001
Toasty, chocolatey, lightly roasted flavor. The flavors will make you think its a porter, but you can detect the smell and underlying flavor of lager. Pretty glass makes for a delightful presentation. This style doesn’t get much respect, but I think I’d take this or, even better, Moonlight’s Death and Taxes Black over any but the very best porter. Can German brewers do anything wrong?

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2001
I had the same problem with this beer as I had with Kozel Dark - it was flat, flat, flat; dead on my tongue. Since other raters have commented on the flatness, this seems less like an accident and more like a trend. The flavor is OK and the appearance is better than OK, but the lack of mouthfeel kills the brew.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Osmin99 (120) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2001

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5594) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2001
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2003 Has a bit of everything: Bitterhops and cofffeeground for the nose. Dark brown color and creamy brown head for the eye. And roasted a bit ashen flavors with a dry finish for the palate. It might be a bit overhyped, but it is still a very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drs (16) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2001
Smells like a lager. Looks like a porter. Tastes like a lager. It’s good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1827) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 24, 2001
One of the better beers that I had while in Germany.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2001
First few sips of this beer didnt impress me at all. Then as it warmed, ... well it got much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2012 RERATE Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt and ocean. Solid black, thin tan head. Flavors of toasted malt, lager hops, caramel and a bit of cocoa. Very good drinkability. Still great stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2001
Dark and malty but not as much flavor as I was expecting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 28, 2001
Sweet grape juice-like nose. Semi mettalic at first. Eases the warmer it gets. Malty but not nearly as powerful as it looks.


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