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


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RATINGS: 1814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10570) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2003
Vary dark in the colour. Almost black. Has a medium lasting light brown head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and malts. In the flavour there is some spices and hints of roastyness. Not much going on in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 The first black lager I drank in my life and definetely one of the best. Big and pretty light brown head. Malt and roasty dark bread flavours, medium body, dry finish with a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Roasty and slightly sweet aftertaste. Quite drinkable. More body when enjoyed from tap.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obxdude10 (2093) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Just about black in color, thin white head, very little in the nose, just a little bit of malty sweetness in the aroma, very bland flavors, not a whole lot going on with this beer, this beer really disappointed me, very little body, watery, very bland

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Very dark, with just a hint of red around the edges. Small bubbly head that disipates quickly. Aroma has some chocolate tones although the flavor dosn’t follow along the same lines. Mostly a char flavor throughout. Not overpowering or in a bad way but lacking complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8461) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
A light, almost mild like beer. Quite thin with a hint of chocolate. Not a very dry or long finish, either. But - the whole is better than the sum of it’s parts. Somehow, I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5830) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2002
New to the style - not ovrly impressed - too watery considering the appearance. Nice black as night appearance - aroma - that of sweet pipe tobacco -in a good way. Bit of a bitter aftertaste - and too watery overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 dirty red gleam..thin off-white head..aroma was very weak but hinted slightly at a mixture of berries..flavor of burnt berries..tad of a watery feel..light..but there is flavor behind all this..mellow, but in existence at least..strong roasted malt finish..Not bad..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Very deep, red-brown colour. Light toasted cocoa aroma. Crisper and not quite as sweet as many schwarzbiers. Bitter and slightly burnt flavour at first with a sweeter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Nice impressive black pour. Surprisingly little flavor ... only thing that saved it was a pronounced aftertaste. No palate at all ... mouthfeel of tap water, not even good mineral water. Best part of the beer was the label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 14, 2002
very crisp aroma, big head with a dark marroon color. Early roast with good carbs and bitternes, but the finish is far, far to thin.

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