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Location Bad Köstritz, Thuringia, Germany
Opened 1543
Barrels per year 91,000,000 litres (as of 2004)
Owner(s) Bitburger (since 1991)
Active beers
Name Type
Köstritzer Schwarzbier Schwarzbier
Köstritzer Edel-Pils Pilsener
Köstritzer Diät-Pils Pilsener (low carbohydrate)
Köstritzer Schwarzbier

The Köstritzer brewery has been owned by the Bitburger Brauerei since 1991. It is located in Bad Köstritz, which is close to Gera in Thuringia. The brewery was founded in 1543 and it is one of the oldest producers of Schwarzbier (black lager) in Germany. One of the most famous drinkers of Köstritzer Schwarzbier was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who sustained himself on black beer from Köstritz when he was unable to eat during a period of illness.[1] The total output of the brewery increased from 14,500,000 L in 1991 to 91,000,000 L in 2004.

Types of beer produced:

  • Schwarzbier
  • Kranich-Bräu
  • Edel-Pils
  • Diät-Pils
  • Bibop (a mixture of cola and beer)


  1. ^ Jackson, Michael. Ultimate Beer, DK Publishing, Inc., 1998. ISBN 0-7894-3527-6

Schwarzbier ABV: 4.8%

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