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

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RATINGS: 2037   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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4.2
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Pours black with a decent light head. Aroma of dark roasted malts. Flavor is the same but with a distinct prune flavor. Finish is balanced and palate is a bit thick for large quantity drinking. Still, a unique brew for me.

2.9
sunevdj (4100) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2007
Pours almost black with a nice, foamy, beige head. Some lacings. Smells of malts and metals. Quite sweet with aromas of caramel and malts. Very light bodied with a bitter finish. Soft carbonation. Bit too sweet.

3.6
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 outstanding schwarbier, much better than anything else ive tried in berlin so far

3.4
Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2007
Bottle. Nice schwarzbier, sweet aroma some coffe and flavor like sweet bitterness, thin beige head. Cerveja escura, com uma espuma fina e bege, sabor doce com um toque amargo no final, aroma adocicado.

3.2
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark opaque rosey black with a dense tan head. Malt and coffee tones fill the noise with a hint of sweetness. Medium body with a rich array of malt, toffee and caramel flavors. Clean sweet finish that lingers.

3
TaxiDriver (1776) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2007
Bottle. The aroma is malty, a little bit sweet and bitter. The body is nearly black, the head is dark. The taste is rather dry, no initial sweetness. The duration is medium and dry. A good Schwarzbier, in my opinion not as good as the Störtebeker Schwarzbier but it comes close.

2.7
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.

3.4
Capa (3330) - 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.

3.4
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.

3.5
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.


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