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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,369 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,369
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | 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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chaz01

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 02:14:38 | More by chaz01
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-11-2013 06:45:15 | More by twelveinches
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black (of course) with a thin, creamy brown head with good lacing. Almost no nose to speak of, just a whiff of roasted malt. The beer itself tasted pretty good though, a roasted smoky malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and a bit of sweet hop flavor. A little thin for me but goes down smooth, a good drinkable beer.

I had never seen nor heard of this stuff before (had it on tap at the Silver Swan in Manhattan,) had to scour the net for info and it looks like Bitburger bought this brewery in Bad Kostritz awhile back, apparently because the mother of one of the principal owners of Bitburger drank this while nursing him. Gotta love those Germans.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 00:51:02 | More by PopeJonPaul
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-09-2014 00:35:51 | More by psoriasaurus
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-13-2012 23:55:59 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-03-2012 00:28:41 | More by Odri
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-28-2012 19:09:41 | More by ridgeline23
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fitz284

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2012 05:27:20 | More by fitz284
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whatsgoody

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-16-2012 23:22:30 | More by whatsgoody
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this bottle at the Cloverleaf Tavern, and it was served with a pint glass.

Kostritzer Schwarzbier doesn't quite live up to its name, pouring more of a dark brown than actual black. There are a generous amount of mahogany highlights, and about a finger of khaki colored highlights. Head retention is brief, and there's not realy any lacing to speak of. The nose is lightly roasty, with a suggestion of milk chocolate. There's also an earthy quality there. The flavor takes that roasty, chocolaty base and adds a subtle nuttiness as a second background note along with the earthiness. The body is pleasantly full for a relatively low alcohol beer. The carbonation starts off fairly bubbly, but mostly dies off by mid palate. Schwarzbier isn't a style I find myself ordering all too often, but Kostritzer's renditionof it is fairly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:59:25 | More by axeman9182
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Richie71

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-08-2013 19:06:46 | More by Richie71
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear near black, very dark brown, forming a solid tall soapy tan head with very good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is not full of dark malt as I was expecting, but instead is mostly grassy and skunky like a traditional Euro-Pils but with a slight hint of caramel in the background. The mouthfeel is stinging with carbonation and hop acids at first and is thin bodied. The taste starts with herbal and lightly skunky herbal hops, followed by an odd acidity with a touch of metals. The finish is of tobacco and dirt with some scant darkly roasted grains in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate and charcoal combine to form a mild aftertaste that seems to linger forever. Relatively easy to drink, although I wouldn't want to have many of these. Bitterness is moderate and chalky. Roasted grains contribute a distant sense of mineral smoke.

This is a decent beer but definitely not the best schwarzbier I've had. The middle kills it's enjoyability and tends to wear on the palate the more I get into the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 03:27:51 | More by Mitchster
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Wedcat

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-24-2013 01:40:33 | More by Wedcat
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-29-2013 22:48:31 | More by fredmugs
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ViragS

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-23-2014 02:19:31 | More by ViragS
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dcmchew

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-05-2013 16:57:43 | More by dcmchew
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2014 17:30:39 | More by DLS168
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FreshZ

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-22-2014 19:35:14 | More by FreshZ
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-31-2014 03:31:37 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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Bookseeb

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 03:41:19 | More by Bookseeb
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bcsbeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-11-2012 04:09:51 | More by bcsbeer
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2GOOFY

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-16-2013 23:11:22 | More by 2GOOFY
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-24-2014 04:56:05 | More by Tafyob41
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-08-2014 23:31:39 | More by muskiesman
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-30-2013 20:03:18 | More by GraduatedCashew
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,369 ratings.