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


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RATINGS: 2078   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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DuffMan (10278) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 RERATE: Much better this time around-- a fresher bottle to be sure. Chestnut brown with a light brown head displaying decent retention. Delicious aromas of chocolate and coffee and faintly prunes. Very nice choclatey body, some faintly fruity essence, moderately dry finish. Drunk in a courtyard in Vieux Montreal. Beautiful! (prev rating 3.0)

Finn (7516) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2005
Bottled. Black with a head with some brown colour. Malt and roastedness in the taste. A subtle aftertaste with some coffee?.

JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
Black with a massive creamy off-white head, aroma is treacley and malty. Taste was roasty but a little weak, was expecting a little more but still good.

GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2005
This black larger pours with an interesting deep brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass as it subsides. True to it’s name, the color is a deep brown-black. The aroma seemed smoky, with malt and grape undertones. The flavor is sweet with lots of fruits. The body is nice and thin but in a nice filling way. Overall, a very good larger.

maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours black with a thick frothy tan head that quickly dissipated. A light roasted malt aroma. Has a roast coffee flavor.

frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2005
A deep brown/mahogany with a small-yet-staunch, creamy tan head. Aroma was smoked (but not "smoky") with roasted malts, raisin & prune. Flavor is bittersweet dark fruits within mineral water. Metallic notes ebb and flow. Ends almost as a coffee with roasty, dry bitterness.

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destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2005
355 ml bottle. The liquid was very dark. the head was nice then disapeared completely after a minute. The carbonation was soft. The taste was very light (black lager). It was looking like a black but tasting as a lager. Not bad, but don’t expect big flavors.

collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
I think my pint can has been on the shelf too long. Aroma is dominated by tin, with a sour roasted barley nose. Looks great. A thin very dark beer, toped with just a ring of off white head, small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. mouth feel is thin and a little chewy with a fizzy end. Taste is smoth sweet roasted malt, with a tangy note. Undertones of green plumb, yeast traces, sweet grass and a light nutty touch. Aftertaste is sweet molasas with a touch of burnt toffie, a slight bitter splash, and a lingering sour apple trace. I would but it again, but perferably from a bottle, I think it would age better in a bottle. Cheers.

MoritzF (9851) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2005
(bottle) Very dark almost black colour with a big but diminishing foamy brown head. Faint malty nose with a touch of toffee. Medium bitter flavour, medium to light bodied, medium carbonation. Slightly roasty malty taste, hints of dark chocolate, dry and moderate bitter finish. I think it´s not that spectacular, but okay though. All in all an average but still very drinkable Schwarzbier.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue) Oct 05. Despite the rich dark appearance this actually has very little character. A hint of smoky roast and a watery body.

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