Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,614 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 85
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,614 | Reviews: 783
Photo of KevinRut
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, and did not give me a headache.

Photo of Marraybay
1.46/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looked decent in the glass, but definitely not for me. Managed only about one-half of the pour; Bitter....not nice.

Photo of MikefromNYC
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this based off the rec. of my local "beer guy". $2.75 for a 16 fl oz can in NYC. Very light, full taste, easy to drink.

I'm getting another one... tomorrow.

Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first sample of the style so I'll reserve giving it higher than a 4 until I try some other examples, but if all of them are this good, I will really like the style. The generic style description claims that the bitterness in Schwarzbier comes from hops, but in all honesty I'm not a huge hops fan and I don't taste a whole lot of hops in this. The bitterness is definitely a malt bitterness, but it's not in the least bit heavy or filling.

Photo of Modish
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While dark this lager has a lighter body and is very smooth. This is my go to German lager when available.

Photo of muller25
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It doesn't get much better for a schwarzbier

Photo of Harvest06
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Prost in Ptown OR.

Photo of Forestsprites
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my most favorite dark, non-stout beers. It's quite light but has a nice dark taste to it. Especially for its cheap price for a 16oz 4-pack, there's not much else comparable.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real tasty dark beer from this german brewer

Photo of drunkenmess
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love black beer, especially real German style black bier or Schwarzbier. I was surprised at how light this really was. Not heavy like I was expecting. Don't get me wrong it still has that awesome black beer taste. But it goes down very smooth. Definitely a must if u can find it.

Photo of uncletoby
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, well-balanced black lager. Not heady, or sugary, or syrupy, or black strappy, or high octane. Little bit sweet. Little bit of caramel. Effervescent. I like it. Very companionable beer.

Photo of CubbyBear511
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't do it for me. Wanted to like it. Just didn't.

Photo of jason_nwx
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Flavor starts off nice with cocoa, dark fruit and a little smoke, but really falls off quick.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saigon (bottle/can)

I like this beer and look forward to my next drink.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Keg of kostritzer black lager drank

Photo of TruePerception
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kostritzer Schwarzbier, black lager. 4.8% ABV.

A: Black is right, except that it has a a deep plum red glow when held up to the light. About a quarter of a finger of brownish head. Very slight sheeting. Lacing starts good, but slides down after a second, leaving only traces behind.

S: Has a dark bread smell. Pumpernickel? I don't think I've ever had it, but that's what the smell brings to mind. Faint sweet anise and char notes.

T/MF: Slightly crisp on the palate. More pumpernickel, with a touch of graphite.

Not a bad beer, but not a style I'm in a hurry to return to. I liked the Lev Black Lion a good deal more.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of Mann0101
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, it's a European LAGER, not an ale, so it's more mellow and easy to drink. At the same time, it packs a whole lot of flavor. You can drink this one all day, all the time.

Photo of beerfinder
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very drinkable with an outstanding malty taste. A great session beer.

Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Best Before 07.08.2015.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Rich dark roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

T- Nutty, moderately roasty and slightly sweet. Clean lager finish.

M- Kind of thin but is standard for the style. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the fuller side.

O- Nice aroma on this, but the rest of the beer is pretty middle-of-the-road. Glad I got to try an authentic version of the style though.

Photo of avwrite
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good import. Nice dark color and strong taste. Definitely has some sweetness with that molasses taste.

Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is a touch more fleeting than expected.

Aroma is nutty and toffee-like, with a touch of diacetyl and light roast malt. Metallic notes surface late.

Flavor is roasty and lightly chocolatey, with an underlying nutty, slightly sweet, toasted malt character throughout. The finish is slightly acrid and dry.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep brown - lighter at the edges, but no ruby - just a lighter brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded quickly to a thin collar;

S: molasses with deeply roasted grain; slightly sweet;

T: follows the nose up front; by mid-palate, it's like bittersweet chocolate; that stays through the finish, which is slightly bitter;

M: thin; light to moderate carbonation; if you give it a minute, the finish dries out nicely;

O: I was hoping for a little hop presence; the best by date is 7/15, so it can't be too old; other than that, I thought it was true to the style;

Photo of walkaboutjack
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

very approachable and drinkable Schwarzbier. Malts and molasses, some coffee, but finishes clean with little lingering flavors. With low abv, can see myself drinking quite a few of these.

Photo of BKBusch
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Loved it.

Photo of Chris_Burton
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on keg at a London Wetherspoons.

It has a rich black body with hints of brown around the edges, and a thin, bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly. There are some roasted coffee aromas but they're rather faint. The flavour is a little underwhelming - the coffee and chocolate flavours that one might expect from a darker beer are there, but only faintly in the background.

It's an easy enough beer to drink, with enough flavour to keep you interested throughout the whole pint. If you want a crisp, refreshing yet dark beer to have a few of in one sitting it will do the job, but don't expect strong flavours that you would hope from a stout, porter or even other dark lagers.

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