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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1838   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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".


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2003
roasty aroma, black with loosely packed head, roasty, woody, crisp yet medium bodied, nearly a german stout

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Panzuriel (1380) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Nice dark liquid with a light tan head. Coffee aroma with some lighter sweeter hints. Full roast flavor with a tartness. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2003 Sweet coffee, liquorice and malt aroma. Black with a large cappuccino head. Malty flavour, thin, watery, expected a lot more.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11898) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2003
(draft) Clear ruby clack body with small tan head. Aroma is light and sweet, cherry. Taste is roasty/smokey, and sour cherry. The body is fairly light, even seems watery at times.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Nice pleasant aroma. Not real strong. A very nice pour with plenty of light brown head made up of small bubbles. It had a very dark brown body that was almost black with some carbonation. Its flavor was mostly just a nice malty taste. It was very smooth with a hint of ... of what I asked myself. Not sure what it was that I was tasting, but it was good. Even though its alcohol content was low, I could still taste it. After a few drinks, an aftertaste did start to build in my mouth. The head never died throughout the entire glass. I don't think I have rated a beer yet here that did this. Beer number 30 and counting! Einemal bier Bitte!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Nice smooth dark lager, with malty taste and smooth finish. No roasted malt flavor evident.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2003
Spicy aroma. Dark stout like appearance with off white head. Flavour has a red pepper and chocolate complex. This is a dry beer with porter like chacteristics. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2003
A very drinkable beer, albeit someone thin. Pours out to a nice, porter/stout-like black in the glass. Taste has hints of molasses and licorice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Very dark and BARELY able to permit a little light through. A nice, generous head also. Aroma is nice, though a little weak, in my opinion. Flavor is full and somewhat rich, though it doesn't last long enough on the tongue. It's good...but we need that lingering mouth presence to be really great. Nevertheless, a good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Pours a rich,dark,reddish brown liquid,with a frothy,tan,lacey head. Aroma is predominantly malty with just little floral hop hints. Mouthfeel is slightly watery which detracts from the great flavors(toast,dark bread,roastiness,and just slightly bitter).Body is fairly big and full of flavor. Bought out of a cooler and drank bout hour later.Aroma and flavors intensified as it warmed.Good beer!


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