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


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RATINGS: 1877   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 July, 2003 Bottle. This rich and tasty black lager has coffee and chocolate and vanilla with a touch of red berry with a cherry skin and tree bark finish. The sweet yeasty nose in interesting - a blend of Belgian Blonde and white chocolate. A complex, rewarding yet refreshing and easy to drink ruby diamond. [4.1]
Jan, 2012 Bottle at Tapping the Admiral, Kentish Town. Fruity, dark beer - served very cold, but some flavour comes through. I didn’t get anything like the rich flavours I experienced back in 2003 - most likely because the beer was too cold. [2.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Color is mostly blackish brown but has an amber glow at the bottom and edges. Has tight tan head with good staying power that was about 2 inches high, nice, large, and frothy. Smells of sweet choclate and spice, kinda toasty and deep roastyness, and dry. Taste is echoing the smells, quite alot of roasted malt with chocolatey sweetness, even a bit on the bitter side. Has a bit of fruit and spice notes. The flavors are very complex, smooth though, leaving lingering notes and a bit dry. Good, strong medium and bold body, smooth, but dry feel. some of the notes can be a bit perplexing. The fruit note is like a dry raisin of fig. The spice note is also a dry peppery twinge in the back of the mouth. One heck of a good complex beer, can be very drinkable if you like the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Dark ruby body, with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty sweet. Flavor is likewise sweet malts, with light dark fruity notes and some roasted malt character. Unfortunately, the body and flavor are light and less than forthright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
An unfortunately disappointing Schwarzbier. I guess I was expecting too much. Still, it has a good aroma and very nice German beer taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2003 In heaven there is no beer That's why we drink it here And when we're gone from here Our friends will be drinking all the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PeterHollander (20) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2003
Draught. Truly a black beer in colour. The head started out tancoloured and paled out after some time. The aroma was one of dark roasted malt. The palate was mildly bitter and surprisingly thin, like a weak lager. The roasted malt bitter taste made me order another one just to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6445) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Nearly opaque with some reddish hint. Average tan head with good lacing, Medium-bodied. A Roasted malt, smokey, mild coffee aroma with additional hints of orange, vanilla, herbs and leather. Moderate sweet and bitter taste, balanced and smooth. Fizzy and smokey palate. Dry finish. Slighty chalky feel. Very quaffable, easy drinking. I liked it a lot, recommended for those seeking something slightly different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 26, 2003
The best part of this brew was the aroma. Chocolate and Dr.Pepper mixed together. Was much better, believe me, than it sounds. Palate was almost non-existent, body was thin and watery. Light mocha flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2003
Deep brown/ruby colour with a fully diminishing tan head. Roasted, nutty, caramel aroma. Smoky and coffe flavours, with a slight smoky bitter finish. Thin bodied with a dry, almost astringent finish. A bit stale, perhaps.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsniclas (6126) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2003
Dark with a large rocky head. Some smoke and tar but too weak and too little of everything, almost watery.

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