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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 61
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of GClarkage


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/30/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with a date notch on the side of the label. Poured into my Kostritzer glass.

Appearance- Dark malty colored. Not quite black, but deeper than brown. About a one inch head that subsides over a few minutes. Light watery lace remains.

Smell- Deep roasted malts, a touch of burnt caramel. Kind of earthy and bready.

Taste- Different than most per style I have had. Not as sweet, but very dark and malty. Beyond caramel flavor. A slight hoppy and definite bready flavor.

Mouthfeel- A touch too much carbonation and not as creamy or smooth as others I have had.

Drinkability- Good beer overall. Have had others that are better, but they were also a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:01:16 | More by GClarkage
Photo of beertaster13


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with waves of brown, a nice warm mocha head will rise, then settle to about an inch thick. The smell is of fruit and molasses malts. A perfect combo, light but still smooth, with a full flavor, dark malt taste. Very drinkable. Great for those summer evenings watching the sunset.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 05:15:51 | More by beertaster13
Photo of Andy


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick tan creamy head. Black with ruby hints. Sweet complex alcohol nose. Blackberry currant. Initially sweet then smoky, chocolatey and coffee like. At once dark and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 19:12:02 | More by Andy
Photo of LittleDon


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

30 cL at the Pinte Bar in the Marriott Heidelberg on 6/18/11. Served in a goblet.

Dark with some visible light. Fluffy big head and nice lace. Big caramel candy aroma, like the soft chewy candies you find. Soft mouth feel, some carbonation, but very subtle. The flavor is a scaled back version of the aroma. There is a bit of acidity and very light earthy hops. Medium-heavy body.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 11:50:29 | More by LittleDon
Photo of endovelico


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured into Nonic. Reviewed under medium low natural light. Best before date 05/09.

Appearance: Pours a voluptuous creme head brew that quickly fizzles into thick cap. Color is deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. Leaves some spots of "lacing".

Aroma: May have compromised condition, slight metallic smell. Nice bready, roasty, chocolate and caramel upfront. Strong muffy whiff of black patent malt. Some chocolate on the back. No hop smell.

Taste: Strong roastiness upfront with chocolate. Slightly unbalanced in my opinion: Roastiness from the black malt overwhelms the caramel and biscuity potential. Having said that this is the first Köstritzer i taste with this problem. Might have been a bad batch.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Nice round texture on the mouth. Medium to medium low carbonation. Slight black malt astringency. Medium to medium high bitterness. Bitterness perceived seems a mix between the dark malts bitterness and hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall, THE prototype for Köstritzer . Having said that definitely not THE best. Highly drinkable beer: complex enough, "digestible", good representation of the style and fair price/quality ratio. Very versatile beer to pair with food.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 15:24:46 | More by endovelico
Photo of rgrholmes168


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice deep black, which since it says it is a black lager beer that is good. I got a one finger head with a little bit of lace.

S- Roasted malts and barley come through. A little bit of chocolate

T- The roasts really come out in the taste of this beer. Slightly nutty taste in the beer.

M- Not as heavy as I would think for the color. The beer advertises itself as having a "blonde soul" and it comes through.

D- This is a drinkable beer. I think because it holds appeal due to the black color and the light mouthfeel it transcends what a person initially thinks.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 18:24:44 | More by rgrholmes168
Photo of yeagerbm


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Appears to be black but upon closer examination is actually a very deep mahogany color.
Smell is malty and lightly roasted.
Taste is very light bodied mouthfeel and depth of flavor compared to the appearance, with only a hint of roasted malt and hops. Similar in style to AB Amber Bock, but better. Easily drinkable. It may be the style of beer but it left me wanting more complexity to the flavor of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 20:22:25 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first schwarzbier. Schwarzbier I guess - it was a pitch black colour with a tan head and lace that clung all the way to the end. Nose of malt with the slight hint of coffee. Not too over powering, but very tasty. A little thin in the mouthfeel. I expected more really. A good aftertaste of roasted hops and even malt. I could have stood a slightly stronger taste but this was a good beer. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 00:44:46 | More by PiratePete
Photo of KYGunner


3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called a black lager for a reason because it's...black. Poured a nice thick and creamy head but it disappeared like it had committed a crime.

Subtle smoke over a creamy malt aroma the scent is very appealing. Maybe roasted pecan as well the scent is very subtle, which is somewhat detrimental.

Kind of Smokey, kind of ashey there is some charred malt flavor. Very clean but somewhat palate drying, this beer is certainly easy on the system. Holds some taste principles of a Rauchbier but the feel of a lager, it's a good mix.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:08:24 | More by KYGunner
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

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
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Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with red tints throughout, and one finger of soapy beige head, which renders thin bands of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mildly sweet fruity malt, and very faint earthy hops. The taste is light roasted malt, some mild indeterminate fruitiness, and more pronounced earthy hops. The carbonation on the low side, the body medium weight, smooth, and tad creamy, and it finishes with a soft, sweet roasted maltiness.

A good lighter bodied dark beer, which retains the roundness of flavour the appearance suggests.

Serving type: can

02-19-2010 20:07:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of jlervine


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptively dark black color. Hold it to the light, and you can see right through it. Wonderful coffee and ruby hues, fantastic light brown head that takes a long time to settle. Smell is crisp, perhaps a hint of Saaz hops. Toasted and roasted malts are very distant in the background. The taste is very smooth. Bready malt character is supplanted by a very light hop bite, and then a faint hint of roasted malt in the finish. Hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit of nuttiness? Mouthfeel is light and balanced, carbonation is very prickly on the tip of the tongue. Drinkability is very good, but I really wish it had a bit more toasted malt character to it. Fantastic session beer, and a good example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 01:37:05 | More by jlervine
Photo of dbalsock


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in a glass mug. Black, like expected with about a finger of off-white head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Smell: A tad smokey, some subtle chocolate malt character and some roasted malt character, but nothing intense.

Taste: Much like the smell, except the roasted malt character is intensified, and the smokiness is very noticeable.

Moutheel: Again smokey, but nothing very bitter about the beer. Very smooth, and very light bodied.

Drinkability: I could easily session this. It's not my favorite shwarzbier, but it is notable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2006 22:37:57 | More by dbalsock
Photo of flagmantho


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz botte into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with hints of red when held up to the light. Three-finger tan head which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nose is a bit grainy with some aromas of roasted grains as well. There is also the faintest smell of wild berries; subtle, but it really adds something to the overall effect.

Taste: quite nice, actually. Malt is slightly sweet with some caramel, those faint berries and some roasty quality. The roast has a subtle bitterness but isn't the traditional coffee or chocolate flavor. I find the flavor to be very soothing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rather silky texture. Carbonation is extremely low; a touch more would have been nice. The near-flat effect isn't necessarily bad for this beer, but it was a little off-putting for me.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty tasty and, while I will not be drinking a six pack of it anytime soon, is indeed pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:12:49 | More by flagmantho
Photo of WJVII


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark brown color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nicely into a quarter inch head leaving lacing all down the glass. The aroma is quite faint. There is some hints of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt caramel but those come only after let to stand a while. The taste is a little course which was nice to allow the flavors to come out. A nice malty start with some mild coffee and burnt grains and the finish was a decent hop balance that was left in the after taste. This was a solid brew, but for the price there are many micro's from the states that are better.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 00:08:56 | More by WJVII
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink this beer all the time and have never seemed to review it. Kostritzer is considered and labeled on the bottle as "Germany's black beer with the blonde soul." In a way I agree with this.

When poured out, as advertised, it is black black black. Reddish / dark caramel colored at the very bottom and a tanner head. (Something I love seeing!) When poured it doesn't produce much head for me and the head it does create leaves a minimal spotted lacing.

The smell lacks for me in this bottle. Slight roasted figs and malts, caramel, and chocolate. Very light. No chances taken here, always a slight disappointment.

The taste is another story. There's something I can't quite pinpoint here. When drank it comes on light (almost, blondish!) and then fills your mouth with flavor before smoothly fading away. Dry fruits, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate or cocoa, caramel is all here for me. There's even a strong smokey flavor on my tongue! But there's a catch, it's a very well balanced beer and it is taking me a minute to pull out all these different flavors. This is a very interesting brew to me, it's drinkability is very high but I feel as if the beer is teasing me with flavor then pulling it away just to make me drink more of it.

Well, it's working!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 20:01:54 | More by BleedBlueUSAF
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the basement of the local Kaufhof in Wiesbaden, they have a beer booth in their grocery store. Pour was a dark rootbeer color with a thick creamy tan head made up of fine bubbles. Rich malty dark bread aroma. Taste is light but full, slightly malty. There's a bit of hop astringency in the finish. Aftertaste is of slightly bitter hops. This beer had a great flavor but a thin to medium mouthfeel. Would make a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2004 12:58:52 | More by PatandDavid
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nicely balanced schwarzbier that would be nice to drink with friends outside in warm weather.

aroma: sweetish/spicy malt

Taste: Malty with spice and slight sweetness with some nice hop bitterness to balance it out

Nice beer, well balanced and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 07:43:37 | More by admiral
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark brown with red highlights and a rocky tan head that fades but never completely disapates. the aroma brings a lot of sweet malt character with a bit of the roasty stuff in the back. the taste isn't overpowering, a bit of sweet malt flavor and not a lot else. the light carbonation and medium body make it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 06:04:19 | More by almychristopher
Photo of Dmann


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 10:13:39 | More by Dmann
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle dated 7 Nov. 2012 -- purchased in Bavaria and consumed a few days later in Innsbruck in a wine glass.

Pours a near black mahogany, clear, with a sudsy tan head. The head has rather weak retention but leaves nice lacing.

S&T: excellent sweet/bitter balance; nice dark roasted malt flavor without any burnt qualities. Hops are a little more evident in the aroma than the taste. Fine aftertaste featuring dark roasted malt.

O: no flaws to speak of, and nicely smooth and balanced, but the nose and flavor could be a little bit stronger.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:02:36 | More by chinchill
Photo of Dave128


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap into the kostritzer signature glass.

A - This beer certainly is a beauty. Black in color with ruby highlights. Brown head lasts quite a while even though it is a little fizzy and Lacing is excellent.

S - Smells faintly of dark malts. I pick up a little of the grassy lager yeast and smokiness from the malts. Basic but clean.

T - A lot like the smell. It is a mild beer but very clean and well executed. Starts a little caramely and sweet and finishes dry and a tad bitter with a smokey character.

M - light bodied but not watery. Carbonation is right. Head is a little fizzy. I would like to see it a little more creamy for a dark beer.

O - A clean easy drinking dark lager. Looks beautiful in the glass, but pretty mild on flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 00:27:02 | More by Dave128
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An honour to review first. I do not buy beers in cans, but it was graciously given to me to review by Michael Meinardus, the brewery's North American rep. Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It's very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee. Stands by itself and certainly works with food. Had it on tap in May 2005, didn't stand up as good, maybe the way they had it on at Ludwig's.

Serving type: can

01-23-2004 00:57:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of dbaker61


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black, with a small amount of light tan head that dissipated quickly. Left just a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, roasty, chocolate notes in that order of predominance. Quite inviting.

Taste: The malts dominate here, as they should in this style. There is a little spicey hops bitterness, but just to balance some of the sweetness. More roast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, with enough carbonation. Finishes with more of the malt sweetness.

Drinkability: A very easy beer to drink. A nice first beer for a winter's evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 13:38:19 | More by dbaker61
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United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: jet black. huge white billowy off white head. medium lacing

smell: lacking. no malt, hop, or roast aromas present

taste: Smooth, sweet, lightly roased flavor. minimal noble hops gently balance the sweet roastiness.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.

drinkability: very drinkable nice schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:02:05 | More by Squelch
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,346 ratings.