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

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RATINGS: 2070   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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".

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Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Can 50cl: Dark amber brown with off white head. . Malty nutty sweet aroma. Thin body low carbonation. Malts & dried fruits. Metallic/can flavor - not very pleaant. Drinkable. Rerating: Dronning Louise 09. Phat sweet caramel with a little roastiness. Med bodied. Fine.

3.1
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a decent almond color frothy head. Aroma of, well, very dark roasted malts (like overdone toast). Flavor of roasty, almost charred, but subtly sweet dark malt, but which is light and clean tasting. Fairly light bodied, almost thin tasting. Not quite a trip, but a nice "change of pace" import from the paler German lagers.

3.3
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
On tap at Speisekammer in Alameda. Nice foamy head that dissipates quickly. Served not too cold, and with a nice low carbonation (2.5-3 volumes, I’d say). No burnt flavors from any super acrid highly kilned malts, just smooth rich dark grain flavor with low hop bitterness. Hops tasted a little more spicy than some German brews, perhaps Perle in bittering and some Saaz on the finishing side? I have a feeling that in the bottle this wouldn’t taste very special, but on tap if stored and served properly, it’s very good.

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drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Nearly opaque black, with the translucent edges showing a dark, dark copper. Flavor is roasty malt with nothing underneath. So its roasty, bitter, and dry. I think exactly what it’s trying to be.

3.2
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2007
500 ml bottle. Black and with a ruby red hue. Clear. Small grayish head. Weak fruity aroma with a raspberry note. Distant hop aroma. Lightly roasted malt flavours with a crisp bitterness in the beginning. Clearly a lager with a typical clean fruity aroma. Just in the middle between a crisp pilsener and a lightly roasted stout.

3.3
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUN 20, 2007
a black brown with a medium tan head. has a grape resiny aroma. medium to thin body with med carbonation. tastes of toasted malt with resin and some raisins

3.3
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown, almost black color. This beer smells awesome, with lots of roasty malts noticeable. Flavor, unfortunately does not match the aroma. Typical Scwarzbier flavors are present, but ultimately this beer suffers from being to light and watery. Still, pretty good.

3
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2007
50 cl bottle - Pours a clear brown color with a big two finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and faint esters. Flavor is watered down toasted malt. Wow! This is one of the most watery beers I’ve had. What a drag. A little too bitter too. This beer was a disappointment.

2.5
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2007 Black pour, with light, creamy tan head that lasted a couple minutes. A dark, roasty malt smell, and as beer warmed, some subtle lagerish yeasty smells. Light bodied beer, with more burnt than roasty malt tastes, and a very quick finish and thin taste. Watery overall, with a slight bit too much carbonation for a darker beer, I thought. At times tasted lightly of biting on foil, and a bit metallic. On the palate it was such that I couldn’t seem to taste this with my whole tongue, but it seemed to only strike flavor sharply on the sides of my tongue. As a result, somewhat bland and not full flavored. Not terrible, but nothing I’d seek out again.

3.6
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2007
dark brown, mahogany edges, huge off white head. Aroma is dominated by roasted grain, toast and slight fruit background. Flavor much the same. Really roasty, nutty, fruit comes through near the finish. Very clean and dry. Pleasantly suprised by this.


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