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


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RATINGS: 2058   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thellgren (957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2017
0,5 l bottle from Rossia Supermarkt, Berlin. Appearance is black, cloudy, bubbly and with a head between white and tan. Aroma has dark chocolate. Taste has dark chocolate and/or espersso with sugar. Quite smooth, not dry. Nice for a dessert.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
SinH4 (4384) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 15, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color with white head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, a bit earthy. Taste is watery, molasses, sweet chocolaty malts, a bit watery as well. Medium carbonation. Not excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stupre (274) - Nanterre, FRANCE - APR 9, 2017
50cl bottle purchased @ Tante Emma Laden.Robe sombre à la fine mousse crémeuse. Petite note maltée qui se termine par une légère amertume. C’est un peu trop aqueux et ça manque de profondeur en bouche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzy70 (1050) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 8, 2017
Draft at Krug Park. Pour was black with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, coffee. Taste was bittersweet, roasted malt, dark malt, nutty, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
martpez (171) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Fizzy with subtle malt tastes and dry hops. It’s decent but nothing to write home about

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (6005) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2017
Draft pour. The beer is a clear brown with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has notes of nuts, Coffee, and roast. Dry and earthy taste. Medium body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5460) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2017
Draft at Epcot. Pours dark cola brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like dark fruits, nutty malt, toffee, and earthy. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dark fruits, toffee, nutty malt, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumore (375) - Rimini, ITALY - MAR 31, 2017
From 33cl bottle at Metropolis HBF, Mannheim, Germany. Pours Coca Cola black, with limited whitish foam. Aroma is toasted cereal, not really roasted. Body is light, kind of watery, with medium-high carbonation. Taste is moderately sweet, with a focal hint of bitterness, probably from the toasted malts. Finish is short, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hamilton_w (258) - - MAR 26, 2017
Light roasted aroma. Black color, medium tanned head. Medium bitterness, very light sweetness. A bit thin. Porter-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PanMarek (401) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2017
Opaque black pour with moderate beige foam. Rich roasted caramel malt in the nose with a touch of anise. Medium / light body with little fizziness. The malts dominate but the hop bitterness emerges as it warms. Lighter than I expected, but a good experience. Sampled at Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2017.

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