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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1904   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2003
Can. Pours dark brown body with a very large head that fades to a big head! Bit roasty, some dry bitterness. Was expecting more from this. Would have preferred a heavier body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Thin chocolate aroma, first taste licorice and mocha, with a subtle chocolate working itself in.Thin and spritzy mouthfeel

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Draft. Faint bready aroma. Rapidly faded head over dark brown body. Some bready flavors, but tinged with a bit of an acidic bite that was somehow out of place. The beer was similar to the Leikeim, but tasted through a veil.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2006 A humid, tinny aroma is thankfully overcome by dry roastiness and pumpernickel bread...Berries and ashes, surprised by a furtive lactic passage, characterize its light but pleasant body...A healthy metabolism led by a stagnant craftsmanship...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2003
Black in colour with big head when poured. malty aroma with nice bitter chocolate tatse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
Very dark brown, some red shine and a tannish head. The nose is fresh with fruit and a light touch of smoke. Good malt in the nose too, dark fruit, brown sugar - lightly sweet. The body showcases a fine maltiness but is rather spritzy. Saving it a bit is the touch of smoke. Not a bad schwarzbier, there are better though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3603) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2004 Dark, rich color but not to heavy on the tounge. Very smoky,woody, chocolate flavor. Very different for those looking for a different style to sample. The little market up the street from me sells this in a mini keg for $14.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2003
(bottled). Dark, brilliant deep mahogany. Rich, roasted malt nose. Medium bodied with deep roasted character and light, lasting bitterness that lets the malt dominate. Creamy carbonation and a great clean finish. Very palatable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2003
Dark brown color with a small roasted malted coffee smell.Light on the chocolate flavors but is rather sweet. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2003
Deep dark brown with a fluffy light tan head. Dark roasted malt and coffee in the aroma. Light dark chocolate flavors with hints of heavy fruits. Dry finish with tastes of bitter malt and chocolate. Somewhat thin, but refreshing for style.

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