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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1843   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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".


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Nice smooth dark lager, with malty taste and smooth finish. No roasted malt flavor evident.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2003
Spicy aroma. Dark stout like appearance with off white head. Flavour has a red pepper and chocolate complex. This is a dry beer with porter like chacteristics. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2003
A very drinkable beer, albeit someone thin. Pours out to a nice, porter/stout-like black in the glass. Taste has hints of molasses and licorice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Very dark and BARELY able to permit a little light through. A nice, generous head also. Aroma is nice, though a little weak, in my opinion. Flavor is full and somewhat rich, though it doesn't last long enough on the tongue. It's good...but we need that lingering mouth presence to be really great. Nevertheless, a good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Pours a rich,dark,reddish brown liquid,with a frothy,tan,lacey head. Aroma is predominantly malty with just little floral hop hints. Mouthfeel is slightly watery which detracts from the great flavors(toast,dark bread,roastiness,and just slightly bitter).Body is fairly big and full of flavor. Bought out of a cooler and drank bout hour later.Aroma and flavors intensified as it warmed.Good beer!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbrock81 (311) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Excellent beer. I have no experience with the style, but this is definitely one of the better beers I've had. It was pleasantly malty and very well balanced. I strongly recommend getting some right away.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - FEB 10, 2003
Nice dark lager beer: good appereance with a ruby-red colour and a good head. Roasted malt flavour with light traces of chocolat and a good hoppy finish. Anyway, the taste is really well balanced and the beer very pleasant to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Overall a nice beer. Color and lacing were good, as was the aroma. Nice taste with a bit of a roasty finish. Found at my local German bar, which in the Milwaukee area is quite a feat considering the huge Miller influnce.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2003
This was totally a two tailed lager. On one end the roasted malts dominate and make for a very pleasant Schwarzbier. On the other some not so terribly fresh hops skunkify what was a good experience. The pour was a dark dark ruby to a light black with a frothy and somewhat creamy very light tan head (which i like a lot!!). The aroma is pretty bad...stale hops, something malty, but really an astringent hop nastiness. I like to describe it best as the smell of a school bus..specifically school bus nylon. The flavor is a 180 however as the roasted malts dominate. Thoroughly enjoyable array of roasted malt and nice dryness attack the palate and finish fairly smooth given the high carbonation level. Palate feel is mildly rich, but not overly so...some chocolate notes, very pleasing aftertaste. Now if they could only master using fresh hops we'd be good. Worth another try though.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
k2 (146) - USA - JAN 31, 2003
Good dark German larger. Smooth finish with a great off white head. Not overpowering but very malty.


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