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


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RATINGS: 2006   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ohknaks (44) - USA - SEP 11, 2004
12oz bottle: Pours an actual black in the bottle. A bit scary at frist, but it is called Schwarzbier for a reason. Has a thick red head. Overtone of malt with an almost coffee like aftertaste. Good beer, I’ll have to get it again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2794) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Large light brown head, fair retention and lace. Dark brown, red hued brew.. Lightly malty, smokey nose. Light/medium body, thinnish. Light malty flavors, somewhat phenolic, light woodiness. Dry finish, light oxydative notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2004
Very deep, rich, mahogany colour. Almost opaque. The aroma is restrained malt - not very assertive. The flavours are a lot more interesting with burnt malt, chocolate, prunes and caramel. Mellow, yet with some bitterness to provide an edge. Rather nice. Bottled from beersofeurope.co.uk. BBE 31 August 2004.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Bottle. Dark body that is blood red when held up to the light. Taste is very mild. Lots of malts and ceral flavors. Almost creamy. Reminds me of the way milk tastes in a bowl of ceral after you have eaten the cereal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 My first schwarzbier... I like it. Probably the darkest lager I’ve ever tasted. Light brown head sits on top. Aroma is mostly of roasted malt but there is still that sweet hay lagery aroma beneath. Flavor is of roasted malt, pretty one dimensional. I really like the smooth texture of this one. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2988) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
Pours a pretty dark color, with a foamy dingy head. Smells a little malty. Flavor is roasty, a little chocolate as well. Aftertaste is of weak coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2004
I detected notes of molasses and prunes in the aroma but found these qualities lacking in the flavor, which I found fairly bland. All I can say about the flavor is that it is slightly tart, slightly malty, and very watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 re-rate: Pours black which ever so slight a translucency. It was intimidating at first, but opened up to a surprisingly light tasting, crisp malt. A little sour aftertaste but delicious palate with coffee tones.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
snook761 (1) - Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2004 does not count
If it was good enough for Goethe, it’s good enough for me! Best beer in the world! (In my humble opinion!)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (13084) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2004
Bottled, pasteurised. Black with white head. Smooth with low carbonation and a thinnish body. A tone of Prune juice in the flavour with a roasted malt giving off some coffee chaff notes. Good beer.

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