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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2045   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 17/20
stoutloveril (21) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Rich, dark color. Decent tan head. Pleasant roasted malt aroma. Rich, full malt flavor. Clean finish without bitterness. I would have another...and another!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 9, 2006
A Thuringian classic and the yardstick by which all others in this class should be measured by. I was pleased to see that its journey to the other side of the world hadn’t spoilt the beer at all and to ensure this I shall buy as much as possible to keep fresh supplies coming in. Such a pretty beer, a love affair has begun.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dj (580) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle, 500ml. A dark brown colour with a large head. Aroma of toffee, malt, and plum/citrus/dark fruits. The taste is sweet and very malty with caramel, a little hoppiness, treacle and dark fruit. A strong bitter, somewhat sweet, finish. Light carbonation. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8378) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2006
On tap, in bottle and in mini/micro keg from Germany and US. Pours rich dark color with frothy light brown head. Nice roasted and sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is similar with roasted and caramel malt along with a slight dark fruitiness and some chocolate malts around the edges. Not much in the way of hops. Great tasting everyday type beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DJC (238) - USA - DEC 2, 2006
Deep brown, with ruby accents. Minimal head, but did leave a thin lace. Mild, roasted malt aroma. Flavor is mostly of roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of smoke. Relatively clean finish. For some reason -- maybe due to the price -- I was expecting more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2006
A good one. A bit heavy but nicely flavored. It is very rich and hearty and went well with a large hamburger. Not very complex just a rich slightly smokey brew. I wouldn’t buy it in a six pack but nice at a bar if you’re in the right mood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3615) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2006
12 oz. bottle. At first glance, this beer pours a dark brown with a moderate off-white head. When the glass is held up to sunlight, a beautiful, clear ruby red glows from within the glass. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt. The flavor is all about the malt. It took me a while to put my finger on it, but as the beer warmed a bit and the flavor grew, it hit me...Ovaltine. The malt character of this beer very much reminded me of Ovaltine. Smooth finish with a virtual absence of bitterness. Interesting brew and worth having a glass from time to time

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2007 Very dark and nice look to it. Good roasted taste and enough carbonation. Begs for a sip after sip until it’s gone. Really good, recommended to anyone who likes this style of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluekuma (94) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown with big tan head. Coffee in the aroma and clean, bitter roast malts on the tongue. Good dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2769) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Bottle. Pour is a dark brown and just as the dense head (about one finger high) finishes forming I’m hit with a roasted malt aroma that has a touch of a chocolate feel to it. A couple of seconds later the aroma seems lighter, maybe a caramel air with a touch of a sour promise in the background... possibly a touch of peat or smoke, too. Flavor picks up on these peat/smoke notes nicely and they mingle nicely in the background while a slighly toasted malt takes the main stage. It isn’t a burnt flavor to the malt, but it is dark and toasty. Anyhow, there is nothing earthshattering about this beer, but I would definitely have a second. It is really well balanced.

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