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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2059   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2007
bottle - Pours dark brown with a moderate head that has some staying power. The aroma is mild roast malts. It has a good roast malt flavor with maybe mild coffee presence. Medium bodied and smooth, this one leaves some lingering roast in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2007 Dry, roasty ,bitter and a decent schwarzbier. Page 266 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 347 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 pour very very dark, lots of malt in the nose, with some caramel. flavour is much the same, sweet, and hearty, nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark dark brown, tan head. Aroma is toffee, molasses, caramel, pine, malt. Flavor is caramel, malt, vanilla, grass, pine, slightly bitter burnt coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown body with plenty of tan head. Surpriseingly sour aroma with very pronounced fruit notes. In the mouth, this beer starts out sweet with a building coffee-like acidity and roasted bitterness. Notes of sourness and fruity sweetness (black cherry) mix at differing points in the palate. The finish just died, however, with a very mild lingering chocolate-like flavor... Still a great, interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - FEB 19, 2007
Amazing beer! Rich dark brown color, slightly lighter than a porter. Aroma and flavor rich of malt, molasses with a hint of chocolate thrown in for good measure. About as smooth a finish as I ever had for a dark beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (12596) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
This brew pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium thick tan head that has fair retention. Thin spotty lacing. The aroma consists of dark fruits and malt. Medium-bodied with a somewhat roasty aspect. Medium body but thin at times. Malt, coffee and prune flavors are present, along with a touch of hops. The finish is roasty and sweet, with a mild coffee aftertaste. Average overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Pours jet black and then turns slightly brown with a small white head. The aroma is kind of lacking but has trace smokey notes of roasted coffee. Taste is what the aroma lacks, with a nice bitterness and some smokiness. Overall not a bad beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Poured from a can. The beer looks pretty decent. A very dark, almost solid black/brown, when you hold it up to the light it’s almost a dark dark blood red colour. A foamy beige head that stuck around for the first little while and left good lacing. An aroma i’m having a hard time pinning, but definitly some nuts and oats in their. The flavor was enjoyable, a light sweetness, malts, a really mild hint of chocolate, a good beer, I enjoyed it but over all found the beer to be a little lack luster, the flavors seemed held back somehow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Aroma yields touches of almond butter, toasted croissant, light oats and wheat fields. Toasty and rich. Pour deep black-brown, with mahogany-orange edge. Flavor shows a lightly sweet, slightly metallic rounded malt, with lots of Munich, some wet oats and lots of sea salt. Light edge of cocoa roast and charred lamb. Nutty and somehow drinkable. Body is a touch thin, but not detracting. In the smack, a rising dryness from nut skins and light hop resins. A run of the mill, clean Schwarz, with a nip of character

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