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


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RATINGS: 2046   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Bottled. Dark brown beer with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, with some caramel and hops. Flavor is mostly roasted malt, but there’s some hops lurking in the background. Medium to thin mouthfeel, and a dry, roasted finish. (060201)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Draught, sampled whilst enjoying a fine meal at The Kaiserhof in Bradford, Il. Deep brown, with a finely laced head. Lightly hopped in nose, with a palate rich with roasted malt and dried fruit. Finishes dry with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16618) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2006
Dark ruby red, small tanned head. Burnt malty aroma. Roasted, chocolaty, dry flavor. A bit thin of course, but good balanced tasty and clean Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (8148) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2009 Bottled. Almost black, with a dark brown/reddish tinge. Rather light body, with a nice roasted taste of dark bread and chocolate. A dash of bitterness at the end. Nice taste, but a bit short and light bodied. 5/3/4/3/13=2.8 (Rerate: draught at Man in the Moon, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with ruby hints. Frothy, pale brown head. Malty, slightly roasted nose with dark bread and raisins. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark rye bread, raisins, chocolate and a dry, roasted finish with a moderate, spicy bitterness. Medium body, mainly dry. Nice and tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2991) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Légčre mais savoureuse, elle a un goůt que ne tombe pas sur le coeur. Pour ceux et celles qui croivent que la bičres noirs, surtout ce style lŕ, sont loudres, oubliez ça!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosovar (48) - repentigny, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2006
L’eau ŕ la bouche, je l’ai bu jusqu’ŕ la derničre goutte! Sa couleur donne un avant gout trčs fidčle du petit plaisir caramélisé qu’elle procure. Si cette bičre était une femme, elle serait surement vierge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
After travelling a bit to get the famed "Black Beer" of Germany, I was not dissapointed in the least as the beer definitely lived up to its reputation as a great beer. As I poured the beer, a nice thick head tan colored head greeted me and it dissapated fairly quickly. The first aroma that hit me was that of pipe tobacco (I know, pretty weird). Then I could smell a black licorice scent as well. I had a hard time believing this was not a stout, because it showed all the signs of being just that. The first taste did not leave me dissapointed, as I could taste a faint roasted chocolate flavor that was not overly sweet at all and it had a nice bite to it. If I didn’t have to drive 2 hours to get this beer, I’d have it stocked all the time. I consider it to be the "little brother" to my favorite stouts. All the characteristics of a stout, just not quite as grown up. Excellent choice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (3118) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
I wish my bottle poured out the nice head the picture had. Mine was flat as a pancake. Color was the same as the photo at least. The beer is fine with coffee aroma, Caramel and roasted grainy palate, with some sweetness, and a dry finish. Palate and all is a bit thin, but I think designed to be delicate, not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2006
Tasted 15/01/2006. 330ml bottle brom Regional Wines and Spirits. Pours a dark, dark brown, with with garnet hues. Tan head that disappears and laces, just slightly. Coffee, caramel and some wood on the nose - mild but appealing. Chocolate and a dry caramel flavour, with hardly any bitterness but a roasty astringency. Hop flavour is just a little spicey. Medium weight, low carbonation and clean finish give this a superb presence in the mouth. Extremely good session beer that I’d love to taste fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark, rich brownish black with some tinges of red and a thick dark tan head that had some staying power. The aroma is strong coffee and roasted malt with a whiff of molasses. The flavor is quite malty initially with some hints of bitter chocolate and coffee and a crisp bitter hops finish. Slightly thin on the palate, but quite smooth. Delicious beer overall.

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