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


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RATINGS: 2046   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2447) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with amber hues and an inch of grey/tannish head. Very aromatic; strong burnt and roasted malt, like a cup of Black Patent Malt with a little honey. An initial light flavor: mildly malty, leading to a dominating burnt malt taste and a nibble of hops. Light lager body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Excellent schwarzbier. It has a great balance of maltiness and light body with a solid flavor profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grima (2370) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2017
Bottle from a local EDEKA market!
Pours deep black with a beige creamy head. Aroma has roadted malts and burnt coffee. Taste is sweet and bitter roasty with some burnt malts. Dry bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rodbod (280) - SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle from the Good Spirits Co Wine & Beer. Pours a dense black, with a generous tan head. Not much aroma, and smells like lager, no sign of roasted malt. Palate is a bit on the sheet side, low bitterness, no burnt or roasty character evident, a little metallic hop bitterness towards the finish. Palate is light, fairly clean, medium length. I was expecting some roasted malt character here, but it’s as if they’re saving money by just using caramel instead. If you think of it as a lager and just ignore the colour, you’ll enjoy this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jh773 (283) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Opaque brown/black, thin fluffy head. Smell is hops, a little dark fruit. A bit of roasted caramel flavor and then gone. Very light body, some charred aftertaste. Cheap and inoffensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (8436) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Deep dark brown hue with a thin light beige head. Dark roasty toasty smooth dark lagerish aroma. Crisp light flavor that’s gently roasty and gently sweet, a little bit dark, smooth and well rounded but just a bit too light.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
shanoknowsfood (95) - Hawaii, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle @ Whole Foods - Beautiful black color. Not bad aroma. But it was like drinking a weak, thin & watery Porter. Nothing to get excited about, and not only will i never waste $2- bucks on one again, i will never recommend it to anyone...unless they like dark, thin, watery beers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mindwarp (229) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Pours a dark black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faint malts, just not getting anything same with the taste. I’m disappointed after what I’ve read. Another beer that taste ok but is just lacking substance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aphasialiu (33) - TAIWAN - JAN 31, 2017

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (1503) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2017
Bottle. A caramel and malt induced schwarz with notes of coffee, wheat and a smell of hop. Slight bite and a little sweetness finishing oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (2680) - 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.

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