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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,276 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1276
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


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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Bryanscott141

Washington

4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to bier. Everyone assumes it is heavy like a porter or a stout. It is a perfectly balanced light bier, it is just dark in color. I love surprising people with its great flavor year round. Everyone should try it just once....it may just become your favorite bier.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 04:59:06 | More by Bryanscott141
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Drank this eastern German classic often while staying in Dresden last summer. Lovely looking beer, with the typically German huge blooming, long lasting head--which leaves lacing on the glass as you drink. Has a very deep brown color, fully black unless you hold it up to the light.

S-Has a nice VERY DARK chocolate malty nose, with no apparent hops in the aroma

T-Lovely dry smooth taste--if you closed your eyes you would not know it was black, you may guess it was a light amber. They call this a "black pils" and that is about as good a description as any. The dark malt just makes this lager more interesting than just about any other lager. VERY well balanced between the gently roasted (and completely un-bitter) malt, and the noble hops. Leaves a clean, typically German hop aftertaste. Made just outside of Leipzig, and supposedly the poet Goethe's favorite beer. What a classic Türinger style!

M-Has the mouthfeel of a lighter beer, like a pils or Munich Helles. Crisp, and light--very unlike say a stout or porter.

D-Like most German lagers this is very drinkable--a nice session beer--you can sit all night having them with your friends (at the right bar...). Not filling--the only thing super dark is the color.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 20:25:16 | More by AnalogReigns
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours clear black with a nice one finger head that fades to a nice full ring and a cap in the center with delicate lacing. Very attractive!

The aroma comes across to me as straightforwardly caramel malty and some fruity notes like raisins and some light floral hops. Gorgeous!

The beer tastes pretty much the same. It starts off lightly caramel malty sweet and stays that way through the sip with some very mild raisin or prune notes along for the ride and finally it finishes with only the tiniest of hop bitterness, dryness and black pepperiness. LOL It's well balanced. A little roastiness comes through just as you are about to take another sip. WOW!

The mouthfeel is creamy and smoothly sweet with light body and moderate to light carbonation making this beer very easy to drink! It has a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I am going to have to concur with the BA guys and conclude that this is world class. It was a pleasure to drink and I really can't find any fault with it at all! It's light enough that the sweetness is not annoying and it serves to balance it also. 5 out of 5! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:09:01 | More by WissBrauSean
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sporkeh

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark except for a amber red color surrounding the edges

S - Smells clean, slight coffee/roasted

T - Roasted malt, with a slight hops taste in the end

M - Doesn't overwhelm your mouth

D - i could drink this almost anytime

Much better then i was expecting

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 21:04:21 | More by sporkeh
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

050712 dated.
poured in chimay goblet.
black beer one finger mocha head.
alcohol dark fruits in the nose. dates raisins. sweetness. roasty qualities.

tasty bitterness mixed with roasty sweetness with a sweet savory finish.
smoky chewy beer. very yummy. flavor goes on and on long after sip.
gamey, roast bbq meat. very flavorful beer.

love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 09:20:30 | More by paxkey
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sgwagner

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When it comes to German Schwarzbier, Koestritzer sets the standard. The color is a deep black, with a dark brown, thick head. The body is lighter than the color would suggest, with light caramel and smokey flavors, well balanced by just the right amount of hop bitterness.

This is often my go-to lager when I'm in the mood for something dark.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2013 17:33:05 | More by sgwagner
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: pours dark brown. sits very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: very full but very clean malt profile. rich melanoidins with just a hint of very light roast and caramel. low, spicy noble hop aroma. there is an impression of dark fruit

Taste: flavor is dominated by Munich malt melanoidins followed by a light roast component which isnt burnt or coffee-like. hop flavor and bitterness is low. finish is somewhat dry with a lingering, light, balanced Munich and roasted malt presence with a little more bitterness shining through

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body with medium carbonation

Notes: very smooth, light yet flavorful lager

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 20:43:10 | More by Frosty80
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Mosstrooper

California

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with reddish hints around the edges when held up to light. Has a thick, creamy, brownish head that leaves a good lace.

Smell: Roasty, sweet malts- caramel and coffee. Touch of grassiness that doesn't seem like it should be there.

Taste: Roasted and sweet, tastes a lot like a slightly sweetened coffee. Just a touch of hops are present, enough to help the balance and add some spice. Also leaves a slightly bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, medium-bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability: I love schwarzbiers and this is the best of the style that I have had. I will be sad when I have finished the sixer of this and won't be able to wait until I get some more!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:42:23 | More by Mosstrooper
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Rennpferd

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured very dark; it was black with brown towards the edge of the glass. It had a one finger head, it disappeared quickly. An occasional bubble of active carbonation could be seen bursting on the surface. The carbonation was displacing the lite lacing left behind after the head disappeared.

It had a well-balanced scent of malt, and hops.

It had a perfectly balanced flavor of malt and hops. It had a slight aftertaste that was pleasing. It was medium bodied.

It is very drinkable. it is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 02:10:45 | More by Rennpferd
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828beagle

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. An immense 2 finger fluffy beige head which melts down to a nice 1/4 inch. Deep dark amber brown. Substantial lacing around the sides of the glass. Nice marble effect like a beautiful abstract work of art. A little bubbly cloud remains at the top of the beer until the last drop, though it does not taste overly carbonated. It is surprisingly light and not as filling as it looks but packs a pretty nice buzz. A slight bitterness of mild licorice with a near perfect mixture of fig sweetness. Very pleasant and refreshing. You could easily and happily drink a sixer of this brew. This is a year-round beer for every occasion and is one of my favorites though it is quite expensive and not for the economic beer connoisseur.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:56:13 | More by 828beagle
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generallee

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 18:11:36 | More by generallee
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep brown bordering on black with reddish highlights and a tan head that leaves almost no lace behind

S - A nutty, malty almost creamy espresso and bittersweet chocolate odor that floats lightly over a yeast and herbal mushroom like odor.

M - Prickly carbonation followed by dry dark slightly chalky textures that relax into a mix of salty and sweet with milky smoothness.

T - A dark brown maltiness and crisp nutty dry toasty malt flavor with lightly spiced woody hops and hazelnut. Gentle date notes in the middle adds to the complexity. Salty overtakes sweet subtly and leads to a clean crisp finish.

D - A wonderful session bier, full of flavor and quaffable. A delightful blend of dark malt and lager smoothnes. Worth a taste for almost any occasion - malty, sweet and smooth. Excellent in the drinkability category

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 02:05:23 | More by Slatetank
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not quite a black beer, but a black beer. Looks a bit lighter than most stouts. Big, clumpy head that left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smells a bit of roasted barley, coffee(not black coffee, but coffee with cream and sugar) and butter. Wow. Delicious taste. Not complex, but with enough flavours to keep your palate interested. Light sweet malt taste, some butter and caramel, dark bread, hickory sticks, a bit of potato and some sourness to balance it all. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. An excellent beer. One that can be drunk all night, without getting bored of the flavours and smells.

Serving type: can

09-10-2006 15:51:15 | More by slitherySOB
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkest black with a tan creamy 1/4 inch head with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts present faint bouquet of nut and caramel. Distant but detectable traces of vanilla, coffee. The hops are truly German with grassy fineness and light fruit flavors.

Taste: Like a chocolate malt milkshake. More milk than chocolate. Creamy caramel malt mouth with refreshing hop backing. Faint alcohol (odd for a beer this light)

Mouthfeel: Slight dryness. On the malt side but hops come through
with a spicy and floral touch.

Overall: Delicious and extremely refreshing. A classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 07:05:42 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles; and one that's hard to explain if you haven't tried a Schwarzbier. Deep rich color with a tan head that lasts through the first few sips and then laces the glass nicely. Exceptionally smooth with a nice, rich flavor that is both complex (with roasted malt flavor) and extremly drinkable. Thinner mouthful than, say, the Sam Adams Black Lager, but there's nothing like the real, authentic Thüringian original. Well worth trying, as it is an exceptional example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 13:39:35 | More by tugdriver7
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky tan head subsides moderately then sits atop a deep dark brew with a hint of garnet when light is shown through. Rich chocolatey malt aroma melds with a bread crust dry malt aroma to give this brew a rich scent. The taste is exceptional as this beer is light in body yet manages to deliver a depth of flavor that provides a wonderful contrast. Rich dark carmel malt flavors blend with chocolate and a slight bit of spicy hops. This is my first schwarzbier and after trying this i would definetly like to try others of this style as this one was very smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 05:46:14 | More by RenoZymurgist
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... my first taste of a scharwzbier and what incredible beer to choose. A near pitch black color with a tannish colored head. belgian lace that clung all the way to the bottom of my glass. Aroma of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee. A perfect balance of malts and hops, nothing was too over powering to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 08:13:40 | More by Reverand
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nbree00

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appearance is fantastic with a creamy tan head and a black body thats a couple shades lighter, highlighting its red and brown hues. I'd also say it has a pretty decent level of carbonation for a beer this dark.

S: A beautiful blackberry-chocolate aroma is evident , very light and crisp.

T: Taste is very interesting. Caramelized malt flavors come through a lot stronger than charred ones, giving this beer a delicate balance of fruit over espresso, coupled with a wonderful hoppiness that adds a bitter dry finish.

M: Feel is very light, clean and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable dark beers I have ever come across. Truly gives meaning to the statement that "less is more". It is not over poweringly malty, hoppy or charred, but rather combines all 3 in an amazingly thirst quenching beer, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 11:35:26 | More by nbree00
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights, also it pours pretty thick (at least for the style) and looks quite hearty as it sits in the glass, topped with a creamy one inch sandy white head that fades into a cap in a couple of minutes

S: Really strong toasted malt character, really off the charts toasted, wow! Chocolate but without the sweetness that turns me off to that aroma, fruity (like plum and cherry) this fades a bit as you start drinking the beer but I suppose that is because I am tasting the beer on my tongue and might be clouding my sense of smell. Still though...

T/MF: The first thing that I notice about this beer is the mouthfeel, I honestly don't think it can be improved upon, especially considering that I noticed it before the actual taste of the beer. The beer just snaps on the tongue, carbonation works flavor into all corners of the pallet, tingles the tongue along with a good biting hop bitterness. This beer is alive. Toasted malts, super toasty and bitter chocolate along with subtle buttery fruit undertones. Delicious.

D: This is a beer I've been looking for forever, a beer that does not have to be 7-8% ABV or over to be full of flavor. Highly sessionable, I want another but I only but I only have one. Easy drinking, not gut bustingly filling and tastes great to boot.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:07:22 | More by bluemoonswoon
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodies that my mother brought back from Germany for me. I was thrilled to get to try this one as it really is one of my favorite styles. I opened this one yesterday afternoon before I got the grill going to sip on while I cleaned. Poured into a tall pilsner glass right out of the fridge. The pour was beautiful Rich dark chocolate color, with only a touch of light peaking through on the sides and bottom. A huge, towering, three inch layer of off white froth came up over the top and dropped layer upon layer of thick side glass lace. Kept at least an inch worth of froth on top throughout the entire session.

The aroma was rich and smoky. Loaded down with peat and earthy malts, it was simple and yet defined with a great balance to it and just enough of a hop nose to push its way up front. The flavor followed suit as well. Great balance here as it started out with some nice notes of caramel and smoky peat, and this quickly transformed into an earthen malt show. Nice grains and bready flavor, with a crisp, quick, and very clean cutoff, which had just the right amount of hop bite to it. Great finish left a long lingering hop driven profile that gradually turned over to your classic German lager finish. Really nice medium bodied ale, the carbonation profile on this one was brilliant. Virtually no alcohol made this a beer that could be sessioned even in the hottest of weather. It is a rare day when I can stomach a smoked lager on a 100 degree day, and that is a testament to just how good this one was.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and something that I would never turn away. A classic representation, I would have to say that anyone who is a fan should try this and it dare I say might even be a nice gateway to someone who is not well initiated. Top notch beer here.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 10:06:00 | More by mikesgroove
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MP72

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Was almost black like a good porter or stout with a great off white head.

Smell- was mild I didnt get too much in the way of smell except some graininess and malt.

Taste - very nice hop presence and lightly refreshing without the heaviness of its ALE counterparts.

Mouthfeel- was light and pilsner like , very smooth. refreshing is a word that keeps coming to mind.

Drinkability was very high i really enjoyed the smoothness and low ABV. Kostritzer could be a great session beer.I am really beginning to appreciate this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 18:02:39 | More by MP72
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is very dark, black. Tan, very creamy, large,y beautiful head dissipates slowly, leaving rich lacings.

S: Dry heavy roasted malt, with some sweetness. Bitterness, coffee, dark dried fruits - not that sweet. Complex.

T: Dry taste. Roasted malt with some sweetness. Strong coffee-vibe. Notes of dark dried fruits. There's also dark bitter chocolate.

M: Full bodied brew with only moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very long and holds a chocolaty bitterness.

D: This is a very nice beer. Well balanced. Lucky me that picked up a whole case when I visited Germany the other week!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 18:42:32 | More by Sunnanek
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; beautiful black color with an attractive tan head.

smell; slight malty smell with hints of coffee roast.

taste; 2 part, first tasting like a Helles and finishing roasted and malty, somewhat like a stout but not as strong or thick.

mouthfeel; from the bottle nearly the same as any other lager, slightly heavier, much creamier on tap, foam somewhat rich and creamy.

drinkability; really a delicious and distinct beer, not too strong or heavy but kind of advanced flavors. After 2 liter or so, I would switch to a less complex beer as the tongue gets less sensitive. Yes could be a session beer but why get drunken and numb to what this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 17:58:37 | More by Sachsenfreude
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the German purity law (translated)"; "Germany's No. 1 Black Lager Beer"; "Bier, Beer, Biere, Birra, Cerveza, Cerveja" Man, this CAN caters to nearly the whole EU!

The loud Crack was music to mine ears and the Glug was a pleasant accompaniment. I achieved a finger of dense, foamy, mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. The visual is why one should always deCANt from the CAN into a glass. I had to hold it to the light to get the full effect. Nose was filled with grassy hops, just like in the Bros.' description on this site. I was ready to swoon. I CAN honestly say that I had no appreciation for lagers until I embarked on The CANQuest (TM) and found out that not all lagers are created equal. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, but not quite achieving it. The taste married the grassiness of the hops with the bitterness of anise and molasses, undoubtedly from the malt. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. The low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for the cooler and I would recommend it to those who say, "I don't like dark beers." Sheesh. Get off of your high Lovibond horse and join the party!

Serving type: can

10-14-2012 16:21:10 | More by woodychandler
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marburg

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 16:40:54 | More by marburg
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