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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 107 | 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 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.

Photo of JEdmund
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in bottle at a mini grocery store in Guatemala City for a buck and some change per bottle

Appearance
One-finger light tan head; pillowy and subsides normally; nearly black, but the edges of the glass show a deep molasses color; head levels to a quarter inch and sits around, leaving little lacing

Aroma
Some toasty grain, slight metallic, and a bit of hops; something familiar and I think it must be a German or European malt I've had previously

Taste & Mouth Feel
Somewhat bitter at the front, followed by a pleasant bready/toasty flavor; fairly thin body and mild carbonation; more and better flavor comes out as it warms, as well as little to no metallic flavoring; the texture also becomes a bit creamier

Comparisons
I've never tried this style before, so there's really nothing to directly compare. I'd place it between a brown ale and a porter in the dark beer realm. It does seem familiar.

Overall
I was initially more impressed the first time I drank this, which coincidentally was out of the bottle (and not in a glass). It seemed to retain the carbonation better in the bottle and I didn't pick up as much on the faint metallic flavor. This is the first Schwarzbier I've ever had, and I like it a lot. It's not as heavy as a stout or porter in the roasted flavors and malts, but it has a nice subtlety to it and I really like the toasty malt flavor in it. It's by far the best beer I've tasted in Guatemala. Thank you, Germany!

Photo of chaz01
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a goblet type glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque with a tan colored head.

S: Notes of milk chocolate and cola in the aroma.

T: Creamy milk chocolate taste with light toasted grains and just a bit of hops. Chocolate malt notes in the finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Not what you expect from a dark beer, but this is a classic for this relatively unknown style in the states. The beer drinks like a lager, yet has tons of flavor. Nice session beer or something new to try if you can find it.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown having a light tan head with the aroma of honey, dried prunes and sweet malt. Has a muted sweet roasted malt flavor that goes down leaving a dry light bitter aftertaste, with a light - med mouthfeel. Overall not a bad beer one could enjoy.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Decent head that does not stay around for long. It ends up nice on the sides though thin across the top. It looks black with a brown hue at the very bottom. When held to the light it, mahogany hues take over.

S: Roasted malt, slight smoke and coffee.

T: Sweet malt, a little coffee, the smoke is not present in the taste.

M: Medium-bodies, with a cream at the finish.

D: It is not as heavy as other darker beers and its alcohol is not as strong.

Overall: Great beer, though its smell is not very strong, its taste is great. It is not that heavier, yet, it delivers that sweet malt and a bit of coffee like stouts or ports, but, without the heavy-body or strong finish. Yet, there is still flavor.

Photo of Bierschenker
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a « Stein »
This beer genre is new to me.
A nice head grew while pouring. It has a grey brown colour. It collapsed very quick. There is some circular lacing.
There isn't any real scent noticeable: slightly burned sensation.
Taste is faint as well. I don't really know how to rate this as it's my first within the genre. Tastes like burned toast, soaked in cool water. In the back some fresh wet grain.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy.
The aftertaste is still creamy but becomes drier over time. Overall the burned taste is dominant.
I tend to be positive about this brew as it's refreshing and it's resemblance to the Rauchbier genre which I find quite enjoyable. Although a richer pallet might have made it even better.

Photo of jdw275
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaCreep
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black. Nose of light coffee and a little sweet, so macchiato with some hints of caramel but this is quite subtle. Mouth still watery but with an aftertaste of dark chocolate cake rather scored. Small lack of bitterness, however, despite a significant easy to drink.

Photo of rfgetz
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with kahki head. Nice thickness to the body and head.

S- Toasted cereal grains with hints of caramel and molasses

T- Toasted cereal grains with a trailing bit of sweetnes and finishing with a little bitter zing

M- Light bodied, ample carbonation but also a light mouth coating texture

D- Smooth yet flavorful... nice balance

Photo of ckollias
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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