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


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RATINGS: 2038   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4974) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Black color with a thin head. Sweet malt aroma. Very bitter taste and is overall quite watery. It’s decent enough, but much better Schwarzbiers out there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Medium light brown head that does not hold. Dark brown coffee color. Nice coffee aroma, and tastes with hints of chocolate and coffee. A very nice light dark beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - NOV 22, 2004
355 ml bottle. Average to large light brown head, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Dark brown (but not opaque) body that appear to be of thin density. Light sweetness as well as molasses in the nose as aroma. Light balanced sweetness as both initial and final flavor with barely no persistance. Very refreshing feel, a light bit of astringence (but very light) coming from roasted grains? Very light and thin body, a bit watery and dry. Very soft carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Purplish in color, kind of watery, but pleasant in taste. Best served at room temperature or slightly chilled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Black Coloring. White Head. Good Malt and Barley... A Little Chocolate and Bitter at the End. Better then I was Expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Very tasty smokey chocholaty,and carboardy in a good way.Dark ruby when held to the lite.Good choice if you bought it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Bottle. Dark appearance, with small off-white head. Has a nice, dry and burnt flavor that adds to the bitterness. Flavor is also chocolatey and roasty. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2881) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
A dark appearance. It smells like smoke and chocolate. Hmmmm. The flavor is fairly watery and dry with a hint of dark chocolate and grapes. The aftertaste is a bit dry. Nothing fantastic but a nice brew anyway.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2004
A big fully black beer with a smallish head. Flavours were mostly sweet toasted malt, chalk and burnt toast. Aroma was a bit one D and dominated by toasted malt. Had quite a few of these in a 500ml stein (enought to end up doing the chicken dance).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands. Appearance: nearly black in color, though transparent in spots, and reddish brown at bottom, with a fat, fuzzy, creamy tan head. Aroma: soft, sweet, cocoa-y, hints of gentle spices, nutty, earthy, with further notes of espresso & chocolate. Taste: thick malt dominates the profile here, with a soft texture, after some initial play on the palate. Very creamy, nice taste. But alas, the good bits don’t last terribly long. It thins out, becomes tinny, metallic, feels altogether too light. A very nice schwarzbier, very smooth mellow, but I’ve had better. Or more to the point, "bigger." Good for what it is, though.

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