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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2003
very dark brown, nicely retained beige head. roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses and anise. nice chocolatey malt flavour with some raw coffee beans and a roasted and mildly bitter finish. one of the better canned beers I've tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobBestwick (676) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2003
spicey and roasted aroma, pours with a dark almost black hue and small head, flavours hint at figs and bitter chocolate, the palate is quite smooth and dry, this is a decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head, shows beautiful red highlights when held up to light. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, honey bran muffins and hops. Flavor of rich roasted malts, bitter coffee, and some floral hops. Medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. Nice, drinkable dark.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6691) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 26, 2003
Aroma was faint, slightly sweet roasted malt. Decent black, it has that little bite and roastiness, the texture is fine as well but all of that could be made at least one lever better. Finish could be more confident.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2003
I didn't know what to expect with this beer, but it looked interesting. I didn't smell much with this beer (as opposed to many of the other raters). Because it's a lager, but is dark, it kind of looked like cola, but with a bit of a head. The flavor is decent, reminicant of a typical lager, but with a bit of a sweet, molassas taste and a bit of "dark beer" flavor. If you're not a big fan of dark beers, this is a good one to try, and if you are a fan of them, it's a interesting change of pace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 20, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 (5ooml can) Large, frothy, beige head and a near opaque body. Lovely aroma of sweet malt. Slight tin flavour transferred from the can and coupled with the velvety malt. Nice texture, Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4348) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Bottle. Awesome dark brown to black color. Lots of nice bright white head. Decent malt aroma, with some rooty/licorice notes. Opens up fairly flat, which is nice, was worried it would be too carbonated. Had a warm and smooth texture with a little bit of chewy malt throughout. Had a strong black licorice flavor mixed with some mildly sweet malt. No alcohol presence. I suppose it could have a bit more hearty malt and hops, but it keeps with the style very well. Body is medium and the flavor gets a bit dull after a while, with no deep complexities, but did not get watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TravelByBob (15) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Had this beer in Berlin, where it was the only darker beer on tap. Great flavor, smooth going down, and not too heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 29, 2003
This beer pours a very dark color - comparable to Guinness with a medium foamy head and just a little lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me of roasted malts. The flavor is slightly thin/watered down, but still very smooth and tasty. There was a hint of coffee in the taste, but just barely. The malts were the main thing noticeable in the flavor. Easy brew to drink and fairly enjoyable - would be a little better if it were more full tasting and not so thin, but still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2003
A nice easily drinakable schwarzbier. Soft texture, light chocolate, caramel and roast, really soft and smooth, i liked it, innoffensive.

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