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


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RATINGS: 1782   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1760) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel. Taste is medium sweet, roasted malt, lightly bitter, caramel, plums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1138) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark body, tall pillowy head. Aroma has smooth roast. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a pleasant warm roast and some nuttiness. This is a very good example of the style - even after the first sip I would say it’s one of the best Schwarzbiers that I’ve had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaVillum (503) - Valby, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2014
330 ml, flaske, 4,8 % ABV, købt i Netto i Valby, 16. oktober 2014. Helsort, men klar tysk Schwarzbier med 4-5 cm tyk moccafarvet skumtop. Svinder til overflade og gardiner efter en halv snes minutter. Aroma: brændt/ristet malt. Kælder. Læder. Svag mørk chokolade. Smagen er bitter og tør. En anelse sur. En smule sødme. Ganske udmærket uden at være prangende. Konsistensen er perlende og tynd i væsken. Karboneringen er medium, og eftersmagen tør og kort. Er ikke Schwarzbier-ekspert, ej heller -fan, og antager derfor, at dette bryg er et fint et på et middel niveau.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
VamboladeTolly (226) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle @ City alko Tartu. Pours dark brown with small head. Weak aroma of malts. Taste is watery, malts and more water. Taste does not last long. Did I get bad batch or bottle. Anyway something is wrong here. I preffer water to this because its only cplored water (lager).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (938) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass. A: Pours a beautiful dark amber to brown color forming a a big, thin bubbled beige head. Good retention. Forms a lot of small and spotty lacings in the glass S: Sweet in the nose. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, crystal malts, roasted malts. brown bread, earthy yeasts. Flowery hops. A bit metallic end T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted, caramel, caramel malts and crystal malts. Toffee. Very bready and crispy. Notes of grassy and flowery hops in the end. Slightly metallic M: Medium to low body. Medium carbonation and a delicious brown bread aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Great German Schwarzbiers even for the not big fans of this style, like me [ BA Review @ 6/18/2014 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MarkoNm (747) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours a very dark brown color, topped with a decent tan colored head. Roasted malts in the nose, some caramel and coffee. Sweet start, roasty body, coffee notes and some bitterness in the end. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
camoes (206) - PORTUGAL - OCT 8, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.05.2014L. AROMA: soft sweet malty background with coffe-like notes. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color with ruby highlights. opaque. thin tanned head with below average retention. TASTE: light sweet malty flavour with light roasted notes that linger into the finish. low bitterness. almost absent hop flavours. clean lager profile. PALATE: low body. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a schwarzbier a bit on the watery side but with ok balance between sweet and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Swiezy (21) - POLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Aromat: ciemnego chleba, karmelowy, deliaktnie palony, lekko czekoladowy, aromat suszonych sliwek. Aromat jak się wwąchać bardzo złożony aczkolwiek trzeba trochę tego wszystkiego poszukać. Wygląd: czarne, pod swiatło rubinowe refleksy, piana obfita drobnopęcherzykowa, szybko opada do cienkiej warstwy Smak: na pierwszym planie monety i gwoździe, trochę palone takie jakby popiołowe, dosc wodniste, wytrawne, goryczka niska, dosc pijalne, nasycenie srednie, czu w smaku lekką kawowosc i czekoladowosc ale zdecydowanie za niską moim zdaniem jak na styl. Piwo całkiem całkiem, ale raczej nie wrócę do niego.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3624) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draft at Trio in Kitty Hawk. Pours a clear cola brown with athick off white head. Aroma of toast. Flavors of toasted nuts. Medium to light bodied. Smooth clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
agent_persik (437) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 2, 2014
Deep brown almost black color, medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, grain, hints of coffee, ash and hopes. Dry taste has similar notes, light bitterness in finish. Thin body and average carbonation. Quite drinkable dark lager.

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