Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.45/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Pours absolutely black, pitch, freaking black. Black as deepest space, as seen through the darkest sunglasses on the planet, with a burlap bag over your head, while sitting inside a photographers' darkroom during a power outage. I love it!!! A big, thick , chewy head that drops slowly to about 1/4 ". Good lacing through most of the glass.
Smell was malty, sweet, a little fruity, with a hint of something I couldn't place and slight hops.
Taste was excellent, roasted malts, some fruit (orange and maybe prune?), some hops, a little grassy then light coffee at the end. Great complexity.
Smooth with a light to medium body for the color but much fuller-bodied than most any other lager you could mention, not thick enough to be creamy (like a porter would be) but I keep trying to think of it that way. Not overly carbonated, just nicely effervescent all over the tongue.
Drinkablity is great! This is "the beer" to give someone that hates dark beer but likes wheats or lager or even pale ales. A mental classification breaker. Much better than any other dark lager I've ever had. Looks and drinks almost like a lighter-weight porter. A fantastic beer.
Serving type: on-tap
08-09-2004 02:35:32 | More by PorterLambic
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4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt, no hops
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to an incomplete layer
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor slightly sweet, malty, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft
A very nice looking, sessionable beer, one I’ve enjoyed on tap and in bottles, in both the US and Germany
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 13:15:41 | More by Ozzylizard
4.19/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had previously had this in a bottle and food it very good but not overly impressive. Although I still have had one or two that I think are better, having had it again on tap, I have found it to be better than I previously felt, which is not always the case.
On tap, almost black, it has a large tan head that slowly shrinks to lasting thin foamy top and leaves a little bit of lace.
The aroma is mostly molasses and toasty bread with licorice and a hint of earth.
The taste is toasty with elements of prunes in red wine, licorice, earth, and hint of chocolate. I found it on tap to be less dry and thin of character, only slightly dryish with a light sweetness and light toasty-licrorice bitterness. It is smooth and very easy to drink. On tap, the body was slightly fuller and more satisfying than when I had it in the bottle, when it seemed thinner.
Serving type: on-tap
03-01-2014 19:40:25 | More by Offa
4.16/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Dark, reddish-brown body with a rich, thich, creamy light tan head. Sweet cocoa and marshmallow aroma; sweet chocolate; lightly roasted grains.Taste follows the scent with a counterbalancing hop bitterness bringing up the end at the finish. Light to medium body; slightly fizzy with carbonation at times, but more so a light, velvety smoothness; clean, semi-sweet finish.
A very tasty malt-forward schwarzbier, relatively light in body compared to many dark ale styles yet packed with great taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. I know the BA style description emphasizes hop bitterness for the style, but this one really brings the rich, dark malt sugars and flavors. Smooth, deep, and intriquing with a lager smoothness combined with a delicious roasted grain charm.
Serving type: can
02-16-2014 23:31:40 | More by beergoot
3.71/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a 500 ml bottle to a pilsner glass.
A: Pours a deep brown/black. There is a nice three finger off white head that seems to last a while before breaking and leaving behind some lacing but little else.
S: malts and a very subtle smokiness.
T: the malts are there again, but the finish is a bit roast/toast.
M: smooth and creamy with a lower than expected carbonation.
O: I really didn't know what to expect with this beer, having never had a schwarzbier before. I was really surprised by sessionability/drinkability of this beer. I could have easily had a few more, if they were available. While I would not say that this is the most spectacular beer I have ever had, I would happily have more, and would gladly share it with friends.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 20:37:09 | More by polloenfuego
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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