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Heinrich-Schütz-Straße 16
D-07586 Bad Köstritz
Telephone: +49 (0)36605 / 83-0
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Opened: 1542

Annual Production: 400,000 hl

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Goar Wieden

Michael Jackson tells the stories of Köstritz and Schwarzbier in his Beer Companion.

Updated: July 23, 2020

Beer List

  • 4.80% abv.

  • 5.40% abv.

  • 5.00% abv.

    • Date: August 6, 2003 (#5000)
      Package: draught
      Place: Essen Haus, Madison WI
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Deep golden. Moderate head. Fresh malt aroma, slightly fruity, with a hint of alcohol. Medium-big body. Lots of sweetish malt flavor. Some fruity esters. Warming alcohol.

    • Date: August 16, 2003 (#5142)
      Package: draught
      Place: Port of Hamburg, Milwaukee WI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep bright golden. Big thick head. Sweet malty aroma. Medium body. Hugely malty and fairly sweet.

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.40% abv.

  • Specialty Beer
    3.00% abv.

  • Vienna-Style Lager
    5.00% abv.

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    German-Style Schwarzbier
    4.80% abv.
    • Date: July 28, 2003 (#4978)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 18 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Huge tan head on top of a nearly-black beer. Roasty, licorice aromas. Medium-light body. Nicely roasty, mildly sweet and malty, with hints of licorice and just a bit of hop bitterness.
    • Date: March 31, 2003 (#4795)
      Package: draught
      Place: Limoncello Ristorante, Wilster
      Score: 20 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep dark black-red. Big fluffy tan head. Chocolatey, roasty aroma. Medium-light body. Very nice smooth chocolatey flavor balanced with a fine roastiness and a good fresh malt flavor. Best Schwarzbier we've had so far.
    • Date: April 7, 1998 (#2696)
      Package: bottled
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Almost black, thick head. Smells like licorice. Pretty sweet, black licorice, maybe some almond. Light body.
    • Date: May 3, 1996 (#1434)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very dark brown, big head. Some black malt aroma, and just a hint of hops, but not much of either. Smooth, fairly roasty, and kinda sweet, with the hops showing up in the finish. Tastes almost-but-not-quite fresh.
    • Date: February 1, 1994 (#304)
      Package: draught
      Place: Lyon's Brewery, Dublin CA
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Very dark red, nice head. Very nice chocolate aroma. Smells like a brownie. Big chocolate taste! Good sweetness, but not overdone. Finishes fairly quickly. Light carbonation. Not much hop aroma. I like this a lot.

  • Specialty Beer
    5.50% abv.

  • Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat
    5.40% abv.