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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2060   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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3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 Rerate: “The black beer with the blonde soul", indeed. Very smooth stuff. I’ve read that in the olden days people put a pinch of sugar in this stuff. I’ve tried it and it even makes the finish nicer. Dark black with nice head. Not very tastefull, with roasted malts smoothly blending in with a little carmel. While, I am lowering my old score just a tad on the taste end, this beer is still as smooth as I remember.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2005
I just don’t get it?
Whenever I talk about Schwazbier with someone, 9 out of 10 times the person tells me that the greatest Schwarz in the World is Kostritzer?

Poured a brilliant brown / crimson body with a full khaki head. The aroma and flavor express a nice hint of smoked malt, watered down coffee, maple syrup, sweet and toasty. Reminds me of an old fireplace, and strangely, something reminds me of crispy browned cornbread. The palate seems a bit thin in comparison… and there is a bittersweet hint of coco in the finish. I do like this Bier… I just wish I were a bit more energized by this one. I wanted to like it more.
Let the Schwarz be with you!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12841) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Pours jet black with a huge light brown frothy head that diminishes only slightly leaving a thin falling lacing. Fragrant hop aroma with some caramel malt notes and perhaps black licorice. Buttery malt flavor that finishes thin and hoppy. Palate is dark and silky smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HerrBier (14) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2005
A very drinkable brew, one of my favorites. Also, it is a very consistant drink as it tastes the same coming from a bottle as it does the 15 litre cask it is also available in. The dry initial flavors give way to a smooth aftertaste full of dark roasted notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2005
Black with a very tight, slightly offwhite head. Smokey, roasty aroma. Dry roasty smokey flavours with a light body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2005
Bottled. Pours a black colour with no head to speak of. The aroma is full of roasted and chocolate malts. The taste also has chocolate notes, some coal, some smokiness and there is an oily taste and consistence. A good tasty schwarzbier.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a red, darn near black with a small tan head. Nose has a slightly sweet tinge and a sweet maltand lightly bitter taste. Body is too light and watery for me. I needed this to warm a bit before I tasted anything worth writing about. Maybe some sweet caramel malts, cherries? before the finish. Not all that great.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 Black, beige head. Malty aroma. Mild malty flavour. Roasted malts. Faintly metallic? Sugarsticky yet watery palate. Dry medium lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pours a beautiful deep brown with a light brown head. The beer shines garnet around the edges of the glass. A malty aroma of toasted bread and light roast then a little floral hop. The flavor is clean, not overly bitter and no astringency. The malt flavor is roasted but still sweet. The beer is surprisingly refreshing on the palate. This is a well made beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
droomyster (14) - USA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours a one finger head of light brown froth that recedes after a few minutes. Sits blackly in the glass, brown edges are only betrayed with backlighting. Malty aroma of prunes and toast. Hints of dark chocolate, brown sugar. Medium bodied mouth filler, lightly carbonated, creamy texture. Surprisingly not very bitter. Long, slippery finish of roasted plums. Becomes breadier as it warms. Wish it was heavier. Overall pretty good, a pleasant drinker.


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