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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,565 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | FT: 1
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 UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some dark fruits (especially grapes). Taste is of dark malt, grape-like fruits, and some mild roast flavors. A fleeting shot of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier that is easy drinking.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a black color with red undertones. A good sized tan head develops with good lacing as well.

S: Some light roasted malt with a touch of hops.

T: A dark bready malt flavor dominates the palate. It's finished off with a very nice hop presense. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Active carbonation, very smooth and very well balanced.

D: An extremely drinkable beer. It's clean and even light and refreshing for such a flavorful and dark beer.

Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
A- Very dark, nearly black. Small creamy heads.

S- Mellow sweat cocoa. Nutty with roasted coffee beans.

T- Good malt character. Soft and smooth, very creamy. Light chocolat and coffee notes. Not big but subtle and complex. Breaks down as it warms and becomes thin.

D- This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Goes perfect with brats. There maybe more robust beers in this style but the drinkability isn't what this one is. Very smooth and drinkable. Light enough for summer drinking and a good alternative to heavy winter beers.

Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, with some mahogany reflexes. Brown head, not too much, but good.
In the smell malt and roasted caramel, but even candy sugar, and the aroma of fresh hop.
In the taste the sweetness permeates the palate, in an uniform manner, but it is well balanced by the bitterness.
Medium-medium-low in body.
In the aftertaste, after an initial hit of sweetness, it comes out sharp the bitterness. Even liquorice and cocoa powder.
Well balanced.

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey (KingG) for this bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut color with very active foam, about half my glass was quickly filled with foam but it does settle rather quickly. There is a nice thick quarter inch of foam that retains very well the whole time.

Subtle aromas of toasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, mint chocolate chip, toasted bread, and earthy yeast. There's also some dark fruits in there like raisins and just a bit of fig. I'm also picking up a hint of caramelized fruits. Subtle aromas but well blended together.

Tastes of toasted bread with some raisins and a tad of smoked malts. Lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Drinks pretty easy, one could say sessionable.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nearly black with some milk chocolate highlights on the edges,a thin tan head dissapates quickly leaving behind some thin spotty lacing

S-dark roasted malts and a nuttieness along with some bitter sweet chocolates

T-rather suprising considering the first impression which is black beer black flavor,it starts very light on the tounge with a soft nutty backbone that fades to some hoppy dryness that is very casual and blends well with a light slightly burnt coffee after taste

M-not as creamy or as thick as it appears,light body combined with a dry ashy finish is very enjoyable

D-you really can't judge a book by it's cover,nor can you judge this brew by it's color!

Photo of beerman207
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black color with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- roasted malt along with some mild fruit coming to the nose

T - Tastes of malt and perhaps some raisin. There's a coffee presence that comes in for the finish - nice.

M- Decent carbonation - smooth

D- Good brew that is very close the stout style. It's definately the darkest lager I have ever tried.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a thick rich humucky top.

S - Subtle coffee and cocolate aromas witha slight accent of anise.

T - The flavor is mainly of black licorise but there are coffee and chocolate present. The long roasted grains are tasty and well balanced.

M - The feel is slightly coarse on the sidesyet smooth and soft in the middle.

~ For a darker brew this goes down very well. I'm a big fan and will recommend this to friends.

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is dense black. Small ring of head holds on to the side of the glass for sometime.
The nose has dark almost burnt coffe aroma. The taste has a cola and coffee twang with some dark fruit like plums and elderberry. The mouthfeel is sort of dry for such a malty brew? I like this beer don't get me wrong. The low abv. makes this real drinkable brew.

Photo of TongoRad
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine looking beer- translucent brown with rusty orange highlights and a kick-ass tan head.

Aroma is more gentle than one would expect. Roast malt leads the way but ther are some black bread and raisins in there as well. Swirling brings out a breath of fresh spicy hops.

The palate is a straightforward blend of the dark bready character, roasty malt, the raisins and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is clean, quenching and more than adequate.

A fine brew that gets better with each successive glass.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep near black brown. Tan head rises two fingers and leaves abundant lacing.

Aroma is very lager-esque. Clean with slight roasted malts.

Taste is pretty clean as well, very roasted malty with hints of chocolate sweetness. A bit leathery. Finishes fairly roasted.

Pretty neutral mouthfeel, a little carb tingle and fairly light bodied.

No problem having another, easy drinker.

Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, pilsener, "Best before: 13.10.10" in the bottom right of the back label.

Very active deep nutty red beer with excellent clarity and a poofy cola head. About two inches became a half in a minute. The lacing is made up of thin bubbles and has clumps with spidery arms.

Super clean lager yeast smell surrounded by some faint bitter chocolate, nutty graininess, toffee, and metallic hop aroma.

Biting carbonation makes discerning many flavors difficult. Tidy, cracker like lager yeast, dark pumpernickel, and moderate hop bitterness. The chocolate from the aroma seems to have become more coffee like roastiness. The finish is dry in a satisfying way. I'm missing any herbal or spicy hops.

The carbonation is at a very high level and I believe that is appropriate. In the mouth it would feel caramel-like were it not for the bubbles. Lagers are the only beer I can really abide such bubbliness in and this is one refreshing product.

For me a black lager such as this would definitely make a great pick-me-up during the summer or after physical labor rather than a macro.

Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle. Black color that can be seen through when held up to light. A light tan head forms and slowly gives way to a thin cap. Just a light amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is weak. Right after the pour I picked up some bready malt and grassy and floral hops but after it settled a few minutes all I could pick up was a touch of diacetyl.

The beer picks up again in the flavor. Has a bready and earthy flavor. Mild spice hop flavors as well. A touch of sweetness develops in the finish. Not big flavors but it is very balanced.

Feels thin even for a Schwarzbier. Mildly carbonated. Just feels insubstantial.

A beer that I would session. Not the biggest or boldest of black beers. Somewhat expensive as well.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew at RFD in Washington DC. The beer came chilled in a pint glass. The brew is very dark brown almost black in color. Some deep ruby tints when the glass is held to the light. Only a fine edge layer of tan head is left when the pint arrives. Aroma is mild but roasted malt and faint smoky scents are present. First sip reveals a slightly bitey carbonation that is more than I expected and a thicker than average body. Flavor is malt and malt with some roasted hints and also a mild coffee hit. Finish is some toffee and a little grainy. Overall a tasty brew but the finish is a little lighter than I would have thought.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly sweet with a great warm taste of dark caramel. A nice brownish black with fine off-white head. Decent carbonation. Tang of hops with a nice touch of bitterness, more that some other Schwarzbiers. A very modest biergarten kind of brew, but an excellent example of the style. Just the thing for meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Enjoyed at the Kasierhof restaurant in OB, San Diego, which BTW has a good selection of draft German beers.

Photo of ChanChan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard english beer mug
Appearance: coca-cola red with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal head. The lacing is ok in this beer.

Aroma: Burnt malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied well carbonated
Taste: Fresh malty with caramel notes.

Overall: This beer was a treat to drink, it did not taste like its aroma. In appearance and aroma this is very close to a standard milk stout or porter. The taste is refreshing with a lot of carbonation. Yes it tastes like a lager, a good one! This would be a good alternative to a standard session beer!

Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Near black with near white full head, leaves to disk with lots of lace.

S - Earthy, base malty, nice.

T - Very straight forward malt, gravelly mineral finish, end very clean.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, good balance.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

9/27/13 Just tried it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. Delicious!

Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-liter tankard at Ludwigs here in Philly.

Black, as the name suggests, in color. Thin, fine tan head on top, which dissipated to a patch in the middle of the glass. Some light lacing throughout, but not much.

Aroma is light, but is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor is also light, but not missing - roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of charcoal. The flavors become more pronounced as you drink more, and as the beer warms.

Light bodied, smooth, and clean. Very drinkable and makes for a great session beer. A very good example of the style and highly recommended. Also makes a good warm weather beer and thirst quencher.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. plastic cup (classy, I know) at Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront.

A-Big tan head receded relatively quickly. Dark brown beer looked deep and luscious, though clarity was difficult to discern in the clouded-white class. From my evaluation, though, I'd say it looked pretty clear, considering its darkness.

S-Herbal hoppy aromas give way quickly to a pleasant, light choco-malt. An overall clean, minimal aroma.

T-Slightly spicy hoppiness mixes nicely with a slight roastiness, overplayed by a bit of chocolate. Very crisp, finishes slightly bitter-roasty, but clean.

M-Medium, almost medium-ight body with an appropriately springy carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. This may have been artificially propped up with the ambiance of the Oktoberfest and the interesting polka contest that was going on while I sipped this brew.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Very dark, some tan head that retains very well. Good lacing. S: Light roasted malts, some earthy hops. Light coffee. T: Pretty much the same as the nose; roasted malts, light hops, coffee. Bitter, dry finish. M: Moderate carbonation, creamy. D: Simple but well-balanced and very, very drinkable. A great session beer. Nice and light, refreshing.

Photo of anon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black save for the light hitting it just right, showing the true deep dark brown colour.

Head comes through nearly an inch on the right pour, dissipating quickly leaving a thin layer throughout with very light lacing.

Aroma is nice but quite faint compared to other schwarzbiers that I have tried. Dominantly malty with a slight caramel hint and a trace of coffee.

Taste and mouth feel are where this one shines.
Lots of malt and caramel flavour, with some cocoa showing through, slight coffee and some dark fruit in the backbone. Drinks nice and smooth. Great.

Overall, ive had better schwarzbiers, but this one is still excellent and i'd definitely have a few more.

Photo of yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a deep black beer with a puffy, light tan-grey head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is light in quality, dark in tone and of light roasted malt. It is medium bodied-- smooth but acidic. The flavor is charred, burnt and solid. Deep malt and wooden hops mix with a smokey flavor. The after taste is of Lapsang Souchong. I didn't know it would be so smokey!
(rated May 2, 2007)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.