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

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RATINGS: 1785   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".


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2002
Black color. Smells like tobacco. Not my favorite style of beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2002
Chocolate, fruit, malt. Very good schwartzbier

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Re-rate: malty with some liquorice. Smooth biterness. Very suitable to drink more in a row.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2002
THIS!: is in my opinion the best schwarzbier ever brewed No other comments neccesary

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2002
Sweet, rich aroma. Roasted malts, molasses. A bit smoky, chocolate. Black beer with off-white head that dissipated quickly but laced. Medium carb but not fizzy. Medium body, maybe slightly oily. A bit sweet to start with bitter, nutty undertones. Some hops but mostly roasted malts. Actually a bit weak when comparing aroma with taste.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Very dark, almost completely opaque. Slightly hoppy smell, very smooth and quite drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2002
This was a pleasant surprise at a lager/pilsener tasting. Nice flavor, not too heavy. This is a good hot weather beer

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
Roasted, somewhat smoky flavour. Excellent schwartzbier!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2002
rembrandt umber with clear orange details under light. good head reflex with each pour. unusual slightly perfumy aroma. in addition to raisins, there’s a fruit rind smell, pumpkin perhaps, and a note of burlap. that doesn’t sound appetizing i realize, but really it’s not at all unpleasant. flavor is decent enough too, mostly malt, some unsweetened bitter cocoa effect, soft palate. but after giving a luke warm rating to last night’s sampling of monchshof’s schwarz, i’m thinking i may not be a big fancier of the style, they both seem a tad limp. i understand kostritzer has been bought out by bitburger; i wish i could have tasted it before german reunification.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2002
Dark ruby-red-brown coloured beer with medium short lasting mid-beige head. Faint malts & yeasty cured meats in the aroma. Medium to thin somewhat raw, yeasty body and medium bitter palate. Middle is faint malty sweet burnt popcorn flavours, with medium bitter finish. OK, but nothing special. (Rated 14/5/02: Mainz, Germany)


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