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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

785 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 785
Hads: 1,674
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 94
Gots: 161 | 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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Photo of Mann0101
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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. (180 characters)

Photo of edificio5
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I came across this beer by accident. I was in the Growler and Grill in NY and they had this on tap and in bottles. I purchased some bottles and the beer was well balance, smooth and tasted good. The tap version of the beer was as smooth virtually identical as the bottle version. For me this was just the perfect beer. Amongst the best I have ever tasted. Personally I am into dark beer and not the hoppy type. I hope this helps. Great beer!! (442 characters)

Photo of jburris64
5/5  rDev +29.2%

My go to Schwarzbier!
Found it in a specialty store in Grand Blanc, Mi. but it after moving to south Georgia I thought it was lost forever.
Found it one day while checking out a new liquer store/ beer cave.
Black in color, plenty of head, highly smooth with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread 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.

My all time favorite! (731 characters)

Photo of Bryanscott141
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of musty_taco
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer on a friend's recommendation. All I can say is wow. This brew takes you by surprise. You would think that the dark colour would translate to a heavy taste but the exact opposite is true. It is both light and refreshing, with a slight coffee aftertaste. One of my favorites (295 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
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! (1,119 characters)

Photo of sporkeh
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
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 (268 characters)

Photo of paxkey
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of sgwagner
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
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 (643 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of 828beagle
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
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 (832 characters)

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of MikefromNYC
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
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. (161 characters)

Photo of nheigelmann
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have a sentimental fondness for this beer. I had it for the first time in Germany on tour with my band and i was hooked. Tons of people i know dont care for it. But i feel like it was made for me. I am part German and maybe, just maybe, this brew just fits my chemical makeup better. I can drink it all night and never get gas, acid reflux, or have a hangover.

The beer looks awesome. Black as night. You think your going to taste something super heavy and thick, but its just not. Its toasty light and flavorful. It might not be everyones cup of tea but i love it.

Its better on tap or out of the can in my opinion. The bottle doesnt seem to store that great especially imported to the US. My buddies in germany send me cans once in a while. They can only send 2 at a time but every time they do it brings me back to a time when there weren't a lot of great beers in my repertoire. (888 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Rennpferd
4.57/5  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. (514 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
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! (774 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant deep dark brown to black under a 1” cream to light tan foam cap that hugs the glass. Dark malts with traces of anise and dark roast on the nose and palate. The hops back the roast to give a moderately bitter finish. Clean and smooth with a medium body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and refreshing. (343 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (1,856 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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!!! (594 characters)

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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