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

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RATINGS: 2071   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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3.2
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2005
sweet yeasty aroma. coffee, chocolate, and a bit of licorice taste. finish is bitter and a little sweet. nicely balanced beer.

3.6
Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Draft. Poured dark brown with medium light brown head. Complex aroma of roasted coffee and a sweet tone. Flavor and body was medium to full of coffee, chocolate and had a medium silky finish.

3.5
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Very dark brown with a thin creamy head. Rich aroma of dark caramel with some coffee and fruit. Nice silky body with a slightly(pleasant) acrid finish. Mild, smooth flavors of chocolate and toffee. Nohing bad here but nothing too memorable.

3
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle - 12 oz] Clear brown/black pour with a puffy tan head. Nice aroma of malt and sweetness with a roasty and burnt note as well. The taste is rather dry and crisp with a malty sweetness and a slight fruity flavor somewhere in the middle. I’m still not a big fan of schwarzbiers, but this one was better than most ones I’ve had recently.

3.9
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2005
This is a really good style. Poured black with creamy white head. Aroma had good maltiness, white wine, licorice and caramel malts. Taste had a very pleasant sweetness. This was spectacular for such a low alcohol beer.

4
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
From A Bottle.Black in colour with a dark red hue,medium head, aroma is of malt and light smoke, taste is of dark roasted malt and some sweetness with a light dry finish.

3.6
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Draft at Yardhouse. Black with a decent head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas of hops and malt. Hints of caramel. Flavors of caramel and notes of espresso on the finish. Didn’t taste nearly as dark as it looked.

3.2
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
On tap. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Mild aroma of dark roasted malts and some molasses. Flavor is malty sweet, but not cloyingly so. A trace of dark fruits in the finish. A bit thin bodied.

4.6
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours truly black with an ebullient dark tan head which lasts quite well, fading to light lace. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee grounds, stones and wet concrete, with lesser notes of citrus, caramel, yeast and cola. Flavor is hit-over-the-head dark roasted malt, cola, tea, hops, toast, and espresso. Most complex and interested. Mouth feel starts off thick and chewy, feels briefly, and finishes with a nice fullness. I always liked porters but I think Schwartze is a step up -- more body, less sweet, more effervescent an with a more substantial kick of hoppy earthiness. Definitely recommend.

4.1
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2005
Poured a black, left a good head and lacing all the way through, in appearence it was similiar to a Fullers porter. Aroma was good taste was good, I’ll have another, but unfortunitly I heard LCBO is going to stop carrying this good schwarbier?


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