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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2060   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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".

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle, Berlin. A very dark color, fading to brown in direct light, with a rapidly fading 2-finger tan head. Aroma is slight roast, chocolate, coffee, a small perceived grassy, noble-hop note but certainly malt-dominated. Taste is much the same: the usual suspects in a black lager, with a nice slightly bitter, coffee aftertaste that is redeeming. Very average in almost every perceivable fashion - no flaws, nothing special, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (3138) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Deep mahogany with a thin off white head. Aroma is very interesting. Sweet malts, some roasted, ginger bread cookie dough, dark fruit, and molasses. Sorta thin body. Roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness, raisin, molasses, and maybe a hint of smoke. Finishes with plenty of molasses. Surprising and impressive. A good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Nice looking deep red color. Palate is spot on, this is the way a lager should be. Flavor is complex, with raisins, malt sugar, a hint of chocolate, a bit of toast. Very smooth and creamy. A decent beer that even a pale lager drinker could enjoy. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Dark, fruity aroma with raisins and a touch of chocolate. Fairly faint, not super aromatic. Dark, dark black with an inch tall head. Fairly light flavors of roast, a touch of coffee and some dark fruit in the finish. I really like the raisin flavor that comes out as it warms. Thin body, almost creamy. Pretty good! Thanks to Brigadier for the bonus bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
Draught at Die Kleine Bierstube, Århus in original glass (as the photo). Deep black colour with beige head. Very rich malty aroma and again rich taste of malts, some hops and liqourice. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is a GREAT beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This is a deep black beer with a puffy, light tan-grey head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is light in quality, dark in tone and of light roasted malt. It is medium bodied-- smooth but acidic. The flavor is charred, burnt and solid. Deep malt and wooden hops mix with a smokey flavor. The after taste is of Lapsang Souchong. I didn’t know it would be so smokey!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a dark black, impenetrable by light. Head is whitish and long lasting. Smells of watery chocolate, carmel. Taste is thin, chocolate, water. Not a big fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13341) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Black with a disappearing off-white head. Caramel and toffee aromas. Sweetish flavour with just a hint of roast malt. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2007
Bottle: The aroma has some light roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Pours a reddish-brown with some transparency and a medium beige head that lasts a minute or so and leaves behind a thin sheet of webbing. The flavor is light roasted malt with a hint of fruit. The finish has a light nuttiness to it with a hint of chocolate. Light bodied with mild carbonation. Not bad, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 19, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and sweet malt. Flavor was the same, with decent mouthfeel. Good to drink on a daily basis. Alexanderj thinks that it goes well with Schweinflesh.

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