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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 65
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like how they call thier brewing company a "schwarzbierbrauerei". It looks like the only large scale prodcut they make too, so i guess they have a point. On to the beer:

You know what this beer reminded me of? One of those Irish nitro-stouts, without the creamy feel. The flavors are light, mellow, and interesting. They intensify as it warms, releasing molasses and burnt sugar, ended in a slight roasted finish. Pretty good beer at a pretty good price, cost me $6.99 for a sixer at the Wine Exchange.

DoubleJ, Aug 14, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

Popsinc, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of Marty
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is DARK! The only other Schwarzbier I've had was Saranac's Black Forest. This beer is at least as dark, if not darker, than BF. The head is a soft, light beige, with average-sized bubbles; not sticky, but slow to dissipate.

Smell is malty, and not overtly hoppy. I can tell this beer is going to be sweet.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer. It is deeper than Saranac's, with some chocolatey undertones. Deep, but refreshing. Light with a nice hoppy finish.

I could drink lots of this beer.

Marty, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Schwarz as night with a lively head.

Smell – Burnt bread dough provides the unique signature of this aroma. There’s a deep molasses scent in here as well.

Taste – This is a well-balanced bier. The extra-dry flavors mix well with the molasses sweetness and a slight tarty tang.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was a good schwarzbier that went down well.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of steve86
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bottle at the Fred Meyer's in Issaquah.
Deep Black with ruby highlights. Thin tan head dissipated quickly.
Aroma was very subdued. Some malt backbone, No hop aroma. No DMS or Diacetyl. No fruity esters.
Flavor - touch of chocolately malt flavor without the in-your-face roastiness of a stout. Smooth mild hop bitterness, nicely balanced against the malt. No hop flavor. No fruity esters. Finish is very smooth and somewhat dry. Medium-thin body & mouth feel makes this a thirst quencher.
Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice & malty without the astringent tendencies so often found in the other dark beers.

steve86, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Up North in Madison, WI.

Dark purple-black, chestnut hewed body with a sticky tan head. Nose is overwhelmingly made up of roasted black malts. Taste is no different. Sweetness is average for style. Little to no hops to speak of. Watery. Thin body with high level of carbonation makes this feel like a black American macro is some respects. Not a good example of the style.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown beer with garnet highlights and excellent clarity. The rocky light tan head doesn't persist but never goes away entirely and settles to a thin ring after a minute.

S: A light malt and very light hop aroma otherwise pretty clean with no DMS, no fruity esters and no diacetyl.

T: A light roast malt flavor ahead of a balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. No discernible hop flavor. The finish is dry with a light roast flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a little creaminess as well.

O: This beer is dry, crisp and refreshing like a pilsner with the hop flavor traded for a dry roast flavor and a touch more malt.

MadScientist, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, molasses colored beer with a spongey, thin, brown-colored head. I don't get much oder here. The taste is good but simple. Not much going on here just light and sweet caramel malt, metalic notes, and fruity hops. Light fuzzy mouthfeel. Refreshing to be sure, but I'd rather a good 'ol dark lager any day.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: balck pour with a short tight head with
little retention.

S: sweet malts with hints of tobacco and smoki-
ness.

T: Sweet malts with a fermented grape at the sip
with the slightest bit of hop.

M/D: A little thin lacking good carbonation but
the overall experience is above par for
the style.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Dmann
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Schwartz ever and I don't quite know what to think about it. The beer looked great, with a dark brown color and great fluffy brown head that stayed thick till the end and left great lace down the glass. The smell was big on earthy scents and grass, with a bit of maltiness thrown in for good measure. The taste was unique, reminded me of a cross between a brown ale and a weak Doppelbock. It had a very earthy flavor to it and I could imagine it being enjoyed much more with a traditional hearty German meal. But on it's own, it did not do too much for me. I will revisit this one for sure next time I cook up some brats!

Dmann, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Hyperdrive6
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Hyperdrive6, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5l serving in a custom branded glass -- basically weissebier style, but with a handle. A pitch black beer with a clumpy tan cream head -- plenty of stick and good retention. Aroma was more or less clean, with a touch of buttery diacetyl poking through.

Fairly malty, earthy, with hints of caramel and a background char flavour. Light on the malt sweetness. Hops lend a touch of sour to the mix and aid in creating a semi-astringent flavour.

Had this at "Conmux" in East Berlin, but also throughout Berlin at various bars and cafes. It's without a doubt one of the more popular Schwarzbiers available in Berlin, and one of the most tasty. It was so nice to see this hard to find and underrated style. Highly drinkable. Highly recommened.

Todd, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of grynder33
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, head lasted a little longer than most beers this color, aroma was chocolately but thin,first taste was licorice and mochabut also very thin, little bit of chocolate comes in the middle, to spritzy of a tongue feel, and just not a bold enough taste, more of a thirst quencher.

grynder33, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of generallee
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has very little info. No abv, no freshness date and no description.

Appearance: It has a dark reddish black body with deep crimson highlights. Over this stands a tall tan head which hangs on well and makes some nice lacing on the glass.


Smell: There is a dark roasted malt character with toasted and caramel notes in the nose.

Taste/Palate: The medium body has tasty toasty malt notes with hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness. In the finish the caramel like sweetness runs into a mildly spicy and leafy herbal hop flavor with moderate bitterness. I also pick up the slightest hint of minerals. This fades quickly and cleanly.

Notes: Over all this is a very well made and enjoyable beer. One of the best Schwarzbiers I have tried.

generallee, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, no freshness date but there is a description of the beer at the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: A bit rocky in the head department with a lovely lacing effect down the glass. A couple of shades lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, smells of creamed coffee in a faintly sweet way. Quite clean also.

Taste: High smoothness with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread like a pumpernickel or whole grain is layered thick on the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild with a bitterness that holds its own for balancing the beer. Mild roasted malt character with hints of carob, chicory and bread crust. Malt sweetness is there but stay to a minimum and does not go to a cloying level at all. Alcohol is meek and barely noticeable, slightly dry finish is doused with a clean graininess and hints of spicy hop.

Notes: I like this beer a lot, not just because this is one of my favourite style but because it keeps it real with flavours that are a bit complex yet not to the point of taking away from actually putting one down if not a few. A damn good pick for the style.

Jason, Jul 19, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar in Lexington, Ky. In a Spaten pint glass, the body is a deep and dark mahogany, with some light shining through when held to some light. Gorgeous three finger tan head is rocky, retaining well before fading into some immense, sticky, patch lace.

Aroma is not as robust as expected, but is dark malty sweet, with a nice floral hops balance.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and has a mild, herbal hops bite.

Taste is intriguing, and has malty notes of chocolate and toffee that are balanced by lavender floral hops and a note of anise. Finishes slightly dry, with a crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Very well crafted, and highly drinkable.

merlin48, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: nut and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grains, minerals, and small nut, hops are present at the end and in the aftertatse

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a small bitter aftertaste, smooth

Drinkability: One of the better in the style I have had. This is a nice change of pace beer for me. Two in a row would be the most I desire, but I love the lightness of this beer.

tigg924, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well as some grain. The flavor is nice, with some lightly roasted malts and cocoa notes. There is also some sweetness from the malt, as well as some grass and earth notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass. Near-black with just a touch of russet around the edges when held to the light. A good inch of head that settles nicely to a thin ringed layer. Patches and sheets of lacing.

Nose is great: roasted malts, a hint of nuts and caramel, and a breadiness that, combined with the roasted character of the nose, almost feels like rye or pumpernickel. How German can you get?

The taste is superb. Similar flavour notes as in the nose, but with an added touch of dark fruit - plum or prune. Finishes dry and slightly watery.

Medium carbonation. Body is a bit on the lighter side, but the whole experience is that of a drinkable, refreshing brew.

Every time I've had Kostritzer I've liked it more and more. For such a dark brew, it's very sessionable. A prime example of the style.

JohnnyBarman, May 12, 2010
Photo of GarrettB714
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GarrettB714, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into half-liter mug.

Appearance: Looks black but is actually exceedingly dark brown, with thin sustained head.

Smell: Mostly malts - dark fruits, caramel, cherry and roasted malts.

Taste: Nice balance of slightly sweet fruit, light roasted malts, chocolate and some noble hops.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, relatively light body. Much smoother than expected for such a light body.

Drinkability: Easily the most drinkable beer I have had that focuses on roasted malt. Very impressed.

bsp77, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

innominat, Jul 23, 2014
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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