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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
Surprisingly fresh from the can. Reminds me of Hosten Festbock, but 5% alc.Tastes like nuts and veggies, with a nice hop bite that hits after a few seconds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Black body, thin to medium mouthfeel. Weak flavor overall. Chocolately notes with coffee bitterness, bit of musty peat in the finish. I drank a bunch of this stuff out of a 2L boot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Black glass liquid color. Eggshell head Picture perfect. Smells chocolately, tastes chocolately and smooth. nice flavor. Nothing overpowers. Not bad but nothing really captures your tastebuds and gives it a little goose. Really good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Toasty like a dunkel but slightly more burnt. This had a light enough mouthfeel and carbonation to keep it refreshing. Dry. Simple malt profile. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Very effervescent and tingly on the tongue. Smell is slightly roasted. Flavor profile has hints of raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 7, 2004
bottle. nice caramel aroma, very little head. good overall taste. i really liked this, wish i could find it on tap. leaves a really good chocaolate taste. but does leave the palate a little dry. but i will drink this again

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
This beer had less dark malt bitterness and roasted character than I was expecting, but it went down very easy. Aromas of grassy base malt came through (good ol’ decoction mash), some of this came through in the flavor as well, but it seemed to be subdued over all.

   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 (15158) - 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 (5283) - 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.

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