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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,504 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,504
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 67
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black, a little brown light transmission at the bottom. Good 1/2 inch tan head that rises on a hard pour. Sweet malted milk aroma. Caramel and slight nutty flavors, approaches a chocolate milk in mouthfeel -- less than medium-bodied but low carbonation gives a nice impression. Little sense of hops and a slight fade to wateriness at the finish. All-in-all, very drinkable and completely pleasant. Maybe my tongue wanted to be challenged just a little more.

ADR, Oct 07, 2002
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

timontheroad, May 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TheBrk, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JasonSiedman, Sep 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JamesStreet, Sep 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Wezzle, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mdaschaf, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Camallan, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

aztraz, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Bung, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

leprakhan, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

mrcraft, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

gtermi, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Liquoric3, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dasunder, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of santoslhalper
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a nice dark brown, with a creamy, well sustained dark beige head.

Smell: The nose consists of smells I'm used to sniffing in a darker style beer, but they're some how much lighter. An odd earthy smell mixes with some chocolate. Odd.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste starts really smooth and rich, and then finishes rather quickly, only leaving a slight hop bitterness lingering. It's quite thirst quenching. The flavors aren't as balanced as they could be, but still it's doing the trick. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: I like Shwarzbiers (the few I've had anyways), and this one wasn't all that impressive. It's good, but it's not as balanced or fulfilling as it could be. I'd have another, but wouldn't buy a bunch. Try Sprecher's Black Bavarian instead.

santoslhalper, Mar 11, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ChelseaD, Dec 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me a lot of an Irish stout with that smooth mouthfeel And a light thickness. Nothing much present in the flavor or aroma department. Still a decent and drinkable beer. It suffers a bit from the unfortunate looks better than it tastes situation.

lcarlo, May 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier glass.

A: pours solid black, slight red highlights, with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. a "black forest"-like appearance, although from a different part of Germany.

S: sweet malt, liquid bread, slight hint of esters

T: A strong malt backbone is evident, with a toffee-ish maerzen quality underlying the flavor. There is some roastiness that makes its way in at the end, but only a hint. some hop bitterness in the end as well, and finishes clean much like a maerzen.

M: a light and fluffy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: a very interesting beer, drinks a lot like a maerzen but with a hint of roast. somewhat complex for something that is quite sessionable.

joeysmokedporter, Dec 23, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kylefurlong, Jul 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jerefreakinmiah, Aug 10, 2014
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,504 ratings.