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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2003   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Dark thick brown/ruby color with average head/lacing. The aroma is sweet and sharp like peppers with some light fruit and dark malt caramel/maple. The flavor is sweet with cherries and pie crusted malts, lots of malt complexity. Finishes with some dry malt and a light note of hops. Very tasty schwarz bier with some nice fig and sweet malt tails.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUL 29, 2004
(on bottle) I so want "Schwarzbier" to such tough beers, but actually are pretty nice and sweet. Having this both on tap and bottle before, it still is the best I´ve had so far. Red-to-black in color, it´s great to bring to people that thinks thst black beer, is strong beer. This is very roasted and very sweet, lots of rasins. In the finish hter´s are hints of smoke, witch brings it a notch up on the scale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Clean aroma, faint roastiness, some caramel as it warms. Nearly black, decent light tan head. Not much going on in the flavor, somewhat roasty, a little caramel. Kind of thin, slightly dry finish. Nothing offensive, but nothing really interesting either. Dull and flavorless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4578) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Bottled. Nearly opaque molasses, hints of blood, creamy light tan head. Interesting chocolate and grassy bits in the aroma, but it’s fairly weak...sweet. Generally malty and sweet front, milk chocolate and cola with a light herbal dusting, decent body, fairly dry finish. This is pretty good for what it is, I guess, but schwarzbiers aren’t my cup of tea at this point.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2004
I’ve never understood this Schwarzbier stuff. How can something so dark be so thin? Still, this is decent. Unfortunately it was canned so it had those metallic notes. Big fizzy head, rich dark colour and some coffee/cola flavours. Bitter aftertaste. A bit light on the palate for my tastes and too carbonated. Put this one to simmer for a couple hours!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2004
Good size tan coloured head on a dark ruby red body. Burnt, roasted and slight chocolate and cocoa aromas. Dry taste then finishing slightly sweet, low to medium body, chalky, cola, soft pepper. Nothing that really stood out and grabbed you but easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2004
Very dark almost balck color with a off white head. The taste is sweet and roasted malts. It seems a little thin and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rauchbier (3786) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle, from Fabeers in York. A red so deep its black, thin but lasting cream coloured head and delicate condition. Sweet and toasted aroma with some butteriness and a touch of melanoidin maltiness. Quite dry and peppery in the mouth with some roast barley notes and some fruity cola notes. Finish is thin and dry with a touch of bitterness and a lingering touch of coffee beans.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2004 I like this style of beer so I had to try this one as it’s touted as the standard for schwarzbier. The pour revealed a very dark but clear cola color beer with a great fluffy tan head that reduced to a 1CM cap that rode out the drink..left remarkable lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted caramel- malt with an earthy tone. The start is sharp put then the palate fills with a smooth mild roasty sweetness balanced with an understated hop dryness that prevents any cloying effect…hints of charred rye bread, dry but not overly so…the hops come in the dry roasty finish. A nice beer…very smooth and drinkable…its availability has made it my standard session drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Nice black color, decent head, with nutty and toasted grain aroma and flavors. Very enjoyable. On tap @ the Essen Haus, Madison, WI.

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