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

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RATINGS: 2071   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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3.5
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Okay, since initial rate, have had a few times and can definitely appreciate the subtleties better. Nice dark brown with fluffy brown head. Nose is clean, a touch fruity and chocolate. Minimal roast in the flavor. Super drinkable and smooth with a touch of bitterness. Tasty stuff.

2.7
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2007
Aroma was kind of thin and to be honest a bit colliflowerish. Taste was moslty of black malt, although there was some tar and bitterness as well. Looked great though, black with off white to light brown head.

3.5
Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
12 oz bottle

This arrived via a leftover from a party. I’m not sure I would pick it up otherwise. While it’s not bad it reminds me of the type of beer that someone attempting to look beer savvy would pick up based on the ’foreign’ label. It is also a style that I’m not sure I have a handle on. It feels almost like the stepchild of a stout with a trace of smoke.

Aroma / Appearance - The deep brown body was protected by an eggshell colored head. Cocoa, smoke and peat stood out against the smell of fresh vine ripened tomatoes. In some ways it reminded me of a cherry based candy bar (if such a thing exists).

Flavor / Palate - Malty Milky Way fills the mouth before being smoked out. Nutella on slightly burned whole wheat toast comes next. The finish comes fruity and sweet. Overall this was not a bad beer for those times when you want a change of pace from higher gravity alternatives. On the other hand do not go out of your way to try it. It is in the same cost ballpark as better options as true microbrews.

2.6
Skinnyviking (9570) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. Short white and quickly disappearing head. Pitch black body. Hops coffee aroma. Relatively sweet dry malt flavor with sugary coffee notes.

3.4
DarkMagus (538) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Dark brownish reddish color, dense tan head. Sweet malty aroma, a bit salty, smoky, nutty, bitter, and a hint of smoked meats. Flavors were sweet, salty, smoky, and a bit woody. Lightly carbonated with a soft and smooth mouthfeel. Very interesting stuff, I think this may be my first "good" Schwarzbier.

3.1
faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 13, 2007
Very dark red-brown colour. Medium lasting light brownish head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malts, which is also in the flavour along with a bit spiciness. Dry aftertaste. Pretty good brew.

3.1
EHSRanders (2053) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle. 9C. Dark brown colour with medium head. Roasty and bitter flavor. This beer is ok and easy to drink.

3.4
patrick767 (4063) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.7
robinvboyer (4667) - 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.


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