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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1986   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3764) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle, from Fabeers in York. A red so deep its black, thin but lasting cream coloured head and delicate condition. Sweet and toasted aroma with some butteriness and a touch of melanoidin maltiness. Quite dry and peppery in the mouth with some roast barley notes and some fruity cola notes. Finish is thin and dry with a touch of bitterness and a lingering touch of coffee beans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 I like this style of beer so I had to try this one as it’s touted as the standard for schwarzbier. The pour revealed a very dark but clear cola color beer with a great fluffy tan head that reduced to a 1CM cap that rode out the drink..left remarkable lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted caramel- malt with an earthy tone. The start is sharp put then the palate fills with a smooth mild roasty sweetness balanced with an understated hop dryness that prevents any cloying effect…hints of charred rye bread, dry but not overly so…the hops come in the dry roasty finish. A nice beer…very smooth and drinkable…its availability has made it my standard session drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Nice black color, decent head, with nutty and toasted grain aroma and flavors. Very enjoyable. On tap @ the Essen Haus, Madison, WI.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2004
On tap at Der Steinkeller who has recently abandoned the more authentic elements of their menu in trade for pizza and hamburgers. What a scam. The Kostritzer, however, is still cold and dark. Whenever I drink this I am amazed at how little flavor can come out of such a dark beer. There is a ruby blackness to the color and a light tawny head. The flavors are very subdued with hints of washed out malts. A subtle sweetness last for a moment, then disipates. Though light in flavor, there is an genuine quality to this beer that makes it quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duke (117) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2004 Very dark pour with better than average head. Good malt grain aroma. Clean sharp finish. Better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
foglemark (42) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2004 Already when I'm holding the bottle I feel that exciting feeling creeping over me and a stinging sensation of something wonderful about to happen. Pouring it up it gives hints of good times to come. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. One of my all time favourites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crockett (1071) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
Can. Pours clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. Kind of thin. Metallic and astringent. Lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. ’Twas good times.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6458) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 A rather bland and uninspired beer. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle with a pleasant and mellow seeming label this beer pours a clear dark brown with a huge tan head. Light malty aroma. The texture is very creamy and smooth. There is a light malt flavor and almost no detectable hops. There is a slight tang on the aftertaste. Very mild in flavor - completely inoffensive but rather uninspiring as well. As it warmed up a bit of nut an bitterness came out. The additional nut flavor was nice, but the bitterness ruined any benefit that was gained by letting it get warm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
Dark with red highlights, medium tan head soon disappeared. Aroma is metallic, but some berries are hidden behind there. The flavour is slightly sweet and roasted, while it finishes with breadiness. Not really bad, but by no means great. Bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFGrind (1977) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Draft - I found this dark lager had a thin, metallic mouthfeel. Poured dark, thin head, nothing out of the ordinary here.

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