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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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1,374 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 ineedafirkin:
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4/5  rDev +2%

01-09-2012 18:20:45 | More by ineedafirkin
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3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is black with dark brown edges; head is light tan, starting as a 1/2 inch thick top then dissipating to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is smooth roasted and some chocolate malts, hint of bread, but no wheat, enticing; hop notes are simple, earthy, grassy.

Taste is very clean, roasted malt with with some bready undertones (pumpernickel?), lighter sweetness, then transitions to a dry bitterness, not cloying but clean, hops are helping the bitter roasted malt to dry the flavor out in a good way.

Mouthfeel starts out pleasant, slightly sweet and crisp, but the carbonation seems to catch up and bite at the tongue too harshly

Overall, a very, very good tasting beer with enticing qualities. mouthfeel seems to detract some, but good presentation and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2014 02:09:40 | More by mvanaskie13
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-28-2014 23:36:34 | More by gabriemw
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4/5  rDev +2%

07-28-2014 01:31:00 | More by josh__mason
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-26-2014 00:45:42 | More by 22Blue
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-24-2014 17:52:51 | More by sclitch
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-23-2014 19:22:10 | More by innominat
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

07-22-2014 23:30:55 | More by Dylanjf
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a pilsner hourglass. Looks like it was canned on 09/13/2013 and best by 09/13/2014...hmm.

A- Pours what would appear to be black until you hold it up to the light and a small amount of light comes through revealing a deep deep walnut. A small light brown head that sticks around.

S- Light notes of raisin bran, like a doppelbock lite. Some fresh hay in there.

T- Again some very light raisin bran flavor. Not really getting anything in the way of hops. A bit watery.

M- Light, easy drinking.

O- I think this is like the first or one of the first beers of this style ever brewed, so I guess it is a bench mark for the style. Very much like a light German pilsner but with a bit of a doppelbock aspect to it. It refreshing and something you could call sessionable. If I saw it on tap and wanted something light I wouldn't hesitate to order one. I've had a few American examples of the style and they weren't quite as good as this one.

Serving type: can

07-22-2014 02:37:21 | More by PaulyB83
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-22-2014 02:24:33 | More by tom10101
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-21-2014 21:34:07 | More by Dg767
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-21-2014 13:16:50 | More by John_Beeryman
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-20-2014 22:26:45 | More by Rocketman2013
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-20-2014 06:27:54 | More by Hyperdrive6
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-19-2014 23:03:27 | More by Dan_Metcalf
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New York

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost completely black but when held to the light does present a dark brown with a flash of crimson hue. That underscores the idea of clarity in this beer. I tried to capture in photographs that when held to the light the beer seems to shine inexplicably. The head fell reasonably fast and left a bit of lace and a thin ring. The nose is malty and breaddy. A sweet caramel and no fruit. Taste is clean and clear, crisp yet creamy. Some lovely malty sweetness that has breadth in the glass. It has caramel but that is not over the top of the original malty sweetness from the roast. It has a thinnish body so it drinks easily and although the carbonation is ample it does not bite. Drinks clearly and decisively. Soft dark bread with a bit of crust but nothing burnt. No char or ash. A becoming sweetness and a smooth body. The hops are quiet and serene. This dries out slowly with a touch of the roast and bread to linger amidst a subtle and gentle bitter. It is as though those hops are merely breath on the beer.

Excellent and drinks without too much sweetness. A good black lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 19:19:49 | More by utopiajane
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Best by 01.09.2015.

A: Opaque, essentially black body with the suggestion of reddish brown at well-illuminated margins. The least head I've seen on beer in a long time. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt with a robust nuttiness. Lighter coffee & chocolate notes. Molasses. Faint smoke. Some fruit - raisin, cherry.

T: Roasted malts open with a subtle smokiness. Delicious over-done pretzel. A mild tang develops before lightly bitter hops wrap things up fairly dryly. No notable alcohol. Nutty, lightly chocolate notes linger in the aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation with a light body. Awfully watery feel, but the flavors are still conveyed nicely.

O: I certainly enjoyed the quality malt notes in this one, but more carbonation and a tad more hop might fill it out even more. I suspect this one lost a bit of fizz on its journey across the pond. Definitely smooth, though.


Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 06:20:08 | More by fourstringer
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-19-2014 01:04:07 | More by Akerfeldt
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co's Kostritzer Schwarzbier last week for $2.09 at Boyne Country Provisions. I've never had anything from this brewery before and since I was in a Schwarzbier mood I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks nice, it had a clean and classy look to it, I thought it was just a little eye catching. It poured a deep dark brown color that was a little a little close to being black and it took some some ruby highlights when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some grainy, light roasted malt, and light chocolate like aromas with a slight nutty aroma showing up in the background. Up next comes a light lager yeast like aroma and there were no hop aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes that same light nutty aspect that I got in the aroma and it's followed by a light lager yeast like flavor. On the finish there's still no hop presence with no bitterness and a grainy, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer that was true to style just like the aroma was.

M- Smooth, clean, not too crisp, a little silky, dry finish, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of a Schwarzbier, it had everything that I would expect from a classic German example of the style. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not too crisp, a little silky, dry finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but after that the lack of carbonation might start to wear on me and I think this would make for a nice late summer and fall time beer. What I like the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had just about everything that I look for in the style. What I like the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was bad, but it needed a little more carbonation. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for a Schwarzbier and I would recommend it to just about anyone who's a fan of the style. All in all I liked this beer and I was pretty happy with it, it's nice to have a nice canned Schwarzbier that's readily available. This made for a nice first impression of this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. It's one of the better German made Schwarzbier's I've had. Nice job guys, keep up the good work.

Serving type: can

07-15-2014 20:58:25 | More by StoutHunter
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-15-2014 01:33:40 | More by rabiddawg
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-14-2014 18:58:56 | More by atlbravsrno1
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3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Wurstküche in Los Angeles.

A: Pours thin and almost black, with a deep ruby tinge, with some light penetration. Presents with a one-finger that head quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S: There's caramel and malty sweetness on the nose, with a nuttiness in the backdrop.

T: Tastes very much like Malta, a non-fermented, Latin American malt beverage. Very low and bitterness. There's some toffee notes underneath the maltiness.

M: Very light and thin, with very little carbonation. The feel of this beer betrays its dark appearance.

O: Overall, this was very refreshing, light and non-offensive. The extreme maltiness of this was a change of pace. Very unique.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2014 02:43:02 | More by Antnego
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-14-2014 00:58:42 | More by randylangford
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-13-2014 19:40:37 | More by Bruce0920
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

07-11-2014 17:57:24 | More by ChaseCromwell
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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