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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2050   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 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Deep ruby brown pour with a quickly-receding layer of beige head. Rather subdued aroma with sweet roasted malt and a hint of berries... rather odd for the style. Flavors consisted of a nice chocolate malt with some coffee. Medium-bodied with light bitterness and some spices toward the back. Very smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2005
served on tap at barley Johns in MN. Pours a dark black color w/ a very thick tan head. Good lacing. Wheat & barley dominate the armoma along w/ some other points I couldn’t pick out. Palate is light almost water. Flavor is wheat & barley with hints of other grain and a tiny bit of malt showing through in the finish. Very grainy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 A smooth mild stout like thing. Very metalic in taste...some coffe. Strange for such a dark beer to work well as a second beer, moving from light, to heavy, which is what im doing tonight. Not much nose..looks good though.........re:rate_Jan_5_2006...Had in Germany. Was much better than I remember. Dark fruits(plum.raisin) molasses, roasted nuts and toffee. pretty tasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Bottle, 33cl. Very dark brown with a relatively small beige head. Aroma is moderately malty with notes of coffee. I must say i expected a little more of this beer, even though schwarzbiers aren’t my cup of tea... But the body is fairly light, even watery. A liitle bitter at the end, with notes of malt, caramel and roast. Just nice!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1929) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Bottle: A black beauty when held up to light has rich maroon hues. It had a light brown head that fell away quickly. The aroma is not that powerful, but the taste is one mainly of good roasted malts. It is loaded with lots of carbonation and doesn’t seem to have a huge amount of flavors. It was still good though. The feel is thin and was a great drink. Anything good enough for Goethe is good enough for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6471) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
Can (500ml). Poured clear dark ruby-black, decent off-white head. Aroma of sweet roast malt and some woodsmoke and vanilla. Flavour sweetish dark roast malt, but watery - some chocolate and spiciness, smoke bitterness comes out with warming. A bit metallic, I assume from the can. Mouthfeel a little watery - I always feel a bit let down by the schwarzbiers even though I know the dark pour does not translate to real body or heft roast maltiness. A good quencher and more than decent, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savad (58) - Den Bosch, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2005
Large off-white head. Black body. Feels dry, a bit dusty. Char coal / ash, coffee, fruits and pepper in the aroma. Has a refreshing maltyness. Prunes, coffee powder and a bit of black currant in the flavor. Leaves a burnt, ash-wise mouthfeel. Very pleasant. Very well done!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2005
Nice black colour. Roasted malt and some smoke in aroma. Malty taste. I had this one in Berlin in some old nice pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ingevara (910) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2005
Very dark with a thick brownish head, slowly shirinking. The aroma is light smoky, roasted, but discrete. There isn’t really much toit.The flavor is stays in the background. I quickly finshed the beer without really having that much of an experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10340) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Pours blackish burgundy. Aroma of roasted dark patent malt, fruit (prunes, figs), brown sugar, molasses. Tastes sweet, with a lot of fruity and molasses/brown sugar hints. The palate is on the light side. A decent schwarz.

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