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


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RATINGS: 1979   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
Canned- I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. First of all, the body was a dark black, but when held up in the light, I could almost see a sort of dark amber tinge as well. Aroma was roasted malt, and caramel. Taste was a little weak, but still decent. A good balance of malt and a slight candy taste to start off with. Then, as I drank a little more, I got some sour notes in the background. Smooth beer with the alcohol well hidden. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (14903) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2005 Bottle. Light malty aroma. Black with white head. Nice roasted flavour. Hint of toffee. Liquorice aftertaste. Not excactly watery, but not very powerful either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5238) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Had a large long-lasting tan head. Almost black with red highlights. Aroma of sweaty socks, mushrooms and some fresh green beans. The taste is a wheat, deep malt and some pecans. Overall, slightly sour like others in the style. Overall, a solid beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It’s very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2005 Such a smooth and drinkable brew so nicely balanced, with a subtle roasted, caramel, and chocolate flavor. Bitter and sweet, light and flavorful: This brew turned me on to the style. A brew that can be consumed in massive quantities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
Reddish brown, with a nice tan head. Light roasted malt aroma. Slightly roasted malt taste.Somewhat dry finish. Really liked this gift.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2004
Would find it difficult overall to find a better beer than this. On tap, which is hard to find, it is a pure mouth orgasim. Bottled it comes across very well. Let me know if you see it on tap!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Can (unfortunately) A really lovely looking beer - opaque brown - with a nice short lived head. Aroma is fruity and sweet malt and the first sip gives a hint of "biting" carbonation. But the impression doesn’t last and it is a well carbonated beer. A smooth but strangely unremarkable taste (could this be because it was from a can?). A bit of lingering bitterness that didn’t leave much of an impression. The strange thing is, I was prepared to be more negative, but I soon realized that this is a really refreshing beer. So the taste was lacking a bit, but somehow the sum was greater than the parts. Would love to have it from a bottle or on tap.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1553) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 26, 2004
Bottle: Black with small head. Faint aroma of smoke, chocolate and coffee. Taste is bitter-sweet with great malt flavour. Great Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4769) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2004
Black with plenty of malt that just roll around the tongue.Its like drinking a deeply flavoured coffee with a complex mix of flavours. Recommended.

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