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


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RATINGS: 1866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 My friend and I tried 3 imports and this was the best of the three. On the label you can read about how Goethe drank it regularly and envision him doing so. If that's him on the label then he looks cool getting his drink on. The taste of the beer is somewhat complex which seems to have tastes that actually float around in your mouth a little bit, tasting of coffee and dark smoothness. I was pleased with this beer after drinking the other two imports. Thumbs up, though I probably won't get it again anytime soon. Later note: I haven't been able to locate this beer. I miss it. = (

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3534) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2003
Black, with lasting tan head.Light roasty nose. Lightly roasted profile with dry malt finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2003
Large light brown head, diminishes. "Schwarz", medium body. Aroma; little sweet, vegetables (celery?), coffee. Taste is a little sweet, vegemite/marmite (or whatever it is...)?, long coffe-bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Very deep, dark crimson hue. Nice, large, creamy, tanned head with no lacing. Nice nose. Yeast, rich molasses, maple syrup, dark raisins, light smoke and dates. Very well-balanced flavor. A bit on the thin side, but enjoyable nonetheless. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, dry, slightly bitter finish. My first Schwarzbier, I believe. A good experience... and probably a very good session beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2003
A pretty average Scharzbier. A little thin. The little watery taste does'nt quite live up to the dark appearance. However, not a bad beer at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Very deep red color,nice tan head,light to no carbonation.Malty,coffee aroma with something else,but i just can't describe it.Nice flavor very dark and malty with the coffee showing up but mostly it's the roasted malt that hits you hard.Same in the after taste.It's pretty much malt all the way.Over all a very nice brew and well worth having a few around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2003
This a very smooth beer.Not so bitter and very pleasant on the palate.I have learned from the Germans to drink this mixed with Cola, which is called a Diesel.It mixes well and makes it a bit sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2003
Deep dark colour. Head similar to a typical lager. Malty burnt / roasted scent. Very enjoyable and flavourful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Deep purple color. Light tan head. Crisp malty flavor and was probably great when it was fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Dark brown with a small tan head. Smells like sweet chocolate. Taste malt, chocolate and coffee. More like a porter with a lighter body. Lost it's flavor as sit instead of more flavor coming out.

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