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 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 3/12/13. 11.2 oz bottle poured into the PROPER glass (ie. a Kostritzer pilsner glass). A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is a two finger mocha shade that fades rather quickly, befitting a lager. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass. S: I notice some roasted nuts, chocolate, roasted barley, lager yeast, and coffee. It does a good job of T: Drier than the aroma suggested. The initial flavor is mainly roasted barley and coffee. Some lager fruitiness enters the palate in the middle, and the finish is more roasted barley, imparting a very dry feel devoid of significant sweetness. Not complex or exciting, but pleasant. M: Most pilsners wish they had this level of crisp dryness. Nothing really stays on the palate flavor-wise; I could see the argument for this being ’watery’ in terms of feel. Also thin, airy, and well carbonated. O: While it is a bit meh flavor-wise, the drinkability factor is superb, as it should be in a good lager. I won’t rush out to the store to buy more, but this really does hit the spot for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (1419) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
Keg Half Pint at Waterloo Tap, London in May 2016 - Very Dark Brown, almost Black, in colour. Good tan head. Good lacing. Very Malty; roast malts, slightly burnt, some chocolate, caramel, hint of coffee. Light hops. Very smooth. Sweetish with slightly bitter edge. Subtle roast malty & chocolate flavour throughout. Dry finish. Easy drinking. Sessionable. Nice beer! (2016-05-21)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
michalsk (4) - Brandenburg, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2017 does not count
Butelka 500ml. Pite schłodzone. Barwa wzorowa, czarna, piękna lekko brązowa piana i pełny oraz palony smak. Co ważne nie jest w smaku słodowy jak wiele Schwarzbierów niemieckich. Najlepszy Schwarzbier jakiego w życiu piłem. Genialne, będę wracał regularnie.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrGrigg182 (369) - Tambov, RUSSIA - JAN 1, 2017
bOTTLE 0.5 Древес послевк& Много пены.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rusos (690) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle. Black colour, no head. Aroma roasted and caramel. Malty sweet. Taste quite same. A bit watery. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmargarucci (328) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is filled with roasted nuts dark chocolate and candy. Taste is light with slight bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Nothing specia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngunity (157) - - DEC 23, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2016 From bottle in Germany. Pours a deep browny black with hints of dark amber. Modest head and retention. Smells like a stock schwarzbier. Drinks with a bit of burn and a hint of roast.... nothing too offensive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sumo234 (73) - Postojna, SLOVENIA - DEC 19, 2016
0,33l bottle. Dark brown color with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste of light burnt roasted malt and creamy caramel. Really smooth and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
venom666 (950) - Elche, Alicante, SPAIN - DEC 12, 2016
Pours a black color with reddish notes and a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, malts, coffee and herbs. Taste follows the nose, coffee and caramel, some chocolate and sugar. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PlutonowyMan (592) - POLAND - DEC 9, 2016
Barwa brązowo rubinowa, klarowna. Piana beżowa, wysoka i średnio trwała, drobno i średnio ziarnista. Aromat mało wyraźny, delikatnie palony, lekko orzechowy, trochę ubogo i mało intensywnie. Smak to delikatna paloność, ponownie nuty orzechowe i nieco spieczonej skórki od ciemnego pieczywa. Po ogrzaniu pojawiają się ciemne owoce w ilości mocno umiarkowanej. Goryczka delikatna, spalona. Piwo pozbawione ciała, pije się trochę jak wodę, zbyt gładko. Wysycenie średnie w kierunku do wysokiego.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumpelmies (162) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle. Black with a nice brownish head. Smells of roasted malts and a tiny touch of coffee. Taste is malts, coffee and a decent dose of hops. Medium carbonation. A little bit watery but very süffig. Nothing special but a good everyday beer.

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