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


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RATINGS: 2038   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
Aroma is roasty toasty malts, a touch of toast, some wet kind of animal. Taste is similar touch of honey sweetness, more complex than other schwarzbiers iv had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
[email protected] (43) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Fluffy, off-white head. Nice malty aroma and taste, as well as some fruit on the body. Very smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jake65 (3447) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown pour, small tan head and very little lacing. Nose is malty and dark fruits. Taste is lots of malt, caramels, and a hint of fruitiness. Some light hop notes in the tail. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle. Aroma of sharp dark malts, milk chocolate, continental European hops. Pours a dark chocolate brown color with large amount of grayish light brown, thick and fluffy head. Sparkling liquid. Looks great. Understated flavor contains roasted malts, Saaz or Saaz-like hops tartness, chocolatey sweetness, slight lemon sourness. Light and watery body. Smooth and not as crisp as most lagers in the palate; a bit dull. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a world classic in an appetizing style and worth a try, but it has been surpassed by superior schwarz beers. Sam Adams Black Lager in particular is an excellent and widely available example. Memo to brewers: Consider adding a black lager to your line. It’s a potentially delicious style, but it can be hard to find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it’s readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn’t treated poorly on it’s way here. Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that’s left behind is thin and spotty. Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There’s a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on. Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these. I’ve had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I’ve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
Dark brown with a beige head. Faint malt aroma with a little leathery yeastiness. Pleasant and undemanding taste: ash, cocoa and malt, a little dryness and plenty of carbonation. Went down well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (4142) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottle; nose of roasty malt and a little cocoa; clear dark brown with a small beige head; flavor is roasted malt and some hop bitterness. Body medium and the finish is bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3300) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
A good schwarzbier from Germany. The pour was a deep brown almost black with a 2 finger tan/offwhite head. The taste was a complicated mix of roast malt/caramel/chocolate. My only problem with this beer is the flat finish. I was expecting to be tasting this well after the finish, but alas I was wrong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12oz bottle pours dark brown with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces some. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and some roasted malt. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some light caramel and some german hops at the finish. Smooth and creamy without much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (24478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2006
Draught. Pours a black colour with a longlasting tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with some hints of caramel and chocolate. Sweet roasted malty flavor with hints of chocolate. Dry malty finish with a bitter aftertaste.

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