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


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RATINGS: 1815   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardbeerman (201) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Dense pour of medium-high opacity with a creamy hazel head which shows a good retention at first with its thick body but eventually shrinks to a fine layer. Lacing is quite good and the structure of the head reminds one of a stout, only more roughly crafted. The nose is fresh, sweet and even to some extent fruity with a noticeable apricot aroma. The taste is light and balanced with the barley at the center stage. The mouthfeel is creamy, very lightly sharp and offers a little aftertaste. I thought this lager was overall more interesting than the average pale american diluted lager holding usually no surprise for the palate. Only bad part is that being a lager, this beer won’t give that meaty, hearty side offered from a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuszek (188) - Gdynia, POLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with nice off-white head. Delicate aroma of caramel, malt and a bit of roasty notes. Medium sweet, low bitterness, drinkable. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shark_Pants (330) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2014
Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a small beige head. Aromas of vegemite, soy and grains. The taste is exactly the same but in reverse order with a sweet malt backbone and a little charcoal. Not at all bad but doesn’t reach any great heights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (499) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Vanzelfsprekend zwart, met schuim. Smaak is licht zoet en rokerig met mout en bittere chokolade. Favoriet schwarzbier van mij, erg goed.Blijft redelijk lang hange erg goed wanneer het warm is

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ctiry (116) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 7, 2014
Dark colour with stable off-white head. Rosted malts in the nose and taste. Lighter body. Nice beer but not special

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (38) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
A descent German Black beer with a nice aroma and roasted caramel taste that isn’t too sweet or harsh. Pitch black in color and drinks smooth with a refreshing aftertaste. I found it served at some local establishments and at a local beer distributor. It isn’t the best dark beer I have tasted but it is very enjoyable and better than several others I have tried. I like this better than Sam Adam’s Black beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (1541) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2014
Mørk brun med lys brunt høyt skum. Brunt sukker og maltlukt. Sukkersøt smak med noe krydderier. Lite kullsyre

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dr.dod (356) - Szeged, HUNGARY - DEC 5, 2014
33cl bottle. Dark brown beer with almost no foam. Absolutely cocoa dominated with some caramel and nut, but no coffee. :) Light Co2. It is OK, but not a very big score for a high price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1061) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Keg at the Fountain, Ely. Not quite black, rather dark brown and somewhat translucent if you hold the glass at the right angle. Not a lot of head but that’s ok. Light scent of malt, acorns, caramel. Sweet nutty malty taste: a uniform profile with a short finish. Slight bittersweet aftertaste. Light but carbonated palette. Pleasant but I would not drink it all night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
47574xeCD (408) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2014
500ml bottle in Germany. Dark brown to black with tanish fizzy head. Malt/Roast/Chocolate and nice and smooth. Good stuff.

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