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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,455 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 67
Gots: 76 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.5%

Aldemir_lachapelle, Aug 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49%

Misterefe, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear, brown like Coke with no head. The aroma has hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke. The flavor is balanced between coffee and molasses which fades and honey mixes with coffee in the finish. It's got a thin mouthfeel and may pair well with chocolates as an after dinner drink. Slightly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Apr 23, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49%

Dave1999, Jun 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -49%

s4s, Oct 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, May 29, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Paracatu, Mar 08, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

tripledbrew, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of JDV
2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black pour, with light, creamy tan head that lasted a couple minutes. A dark, roasty malt smell, and as beer warmed, some subtle lagerish yeasty smells. Light bodied beer, with more burnt than roasty malt tastes, and a very quick finish and thin taste. Watery overall, with a slight bit too much carbonation for a darker beer, I thought. At times tasted lightly of biting on foil, and a bit metallic. On the palate it was such that I couldn’t seem to taste this with my whole tongue, but it seemed to only strike flavor sharply on the sides of my tongue. As a result, somewhat bland and not full flavored. Not terrible, but nothing I’d seek out again.

JDV, Jan 15, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

cclark67789, Feb 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with touches of amber at the edges and a thin foamy beige head. Bland aroma and flavor. Malty with a slightly hopped dry finish. Nothing to exciting. I find that a lot of these German styles are watered down and bland.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, nearly impenetrable amber color and smells exactly like a gingersnap cookie. However, in spite of its dark appearance this beer has a very light, thin taste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and the beer is quite bitter. However, there really just isn't a lot of flavor to this beer. I couldn't discern much past the bitterness.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
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2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Even though this is a "black beer", the beer isn't black. Rather dark ruby. A full rocky beige head. Some slight caramel tones and milk chocolate on the nose. There's a soapy taste in this beer. It has a light to medium body. I perceive some bitterness, albeit not a pleasurable one. There are some very slight roasted and chocolate tones. Very uniteresting beer. Compared to one of the only other Schwarzbiers I've had, Sprecher Black Bavarian, this beer is not even in the same universe.

Bighuge, May 16, 2002
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2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very mild, very gentle beer. You'll need to close your eyes to be able to work on properly smelling and tasting it.

Pours dark cola brown with a moderate caramel coloured head that gives up just a bit of lace.

Pleasant smell of malt, licorice and molasses. However it doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. Very plain, one dimensional. Sweet and malt, some sharpness on the tongue initially, but then just dead flat. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

You need to drink this one warm – slightly below room temperature – to get the most out of it.

Unremarkable, not something I'd go looking for.

TerryW, Sep 03, 2003
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2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lasting off-white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, chocolate, soft roasted malt and hints of cooked vegetables. Somewhat faint.
More roasted malt as a flavour, but still on the gentle side. Some chocolate and nutty hints, but that's pushing it, it's pretty restrained. Some of the cooked vegetable character comes through.

CrazyDavros, Nov 11, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a translucent shade of heavy brown and settles opaque with a tan head and tight bubbles; it looks a lot like a stout.

S: Smell is of roasted malts and some dark plums, maybe even a bit smoky, but not a whole lot else.

T/M: Tastes slightly bitter up front with a medium amount of carbonation, dark malts and very light hoppiness. In the end, it's actually quite bland.

I had hoped for something much more full flavored, but this isn't bad. It's definitely not "bitter, gross crap." It has to have a flavor before it can taste bad.

TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 04, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

Popsinc, Aug 27, 2003
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

djcreepshow, Jul 04, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

RichardMNixon, May 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

rangr514, Oct 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Came in an olive green 500ml glass bottle.

This beer pours a really dark, opaque ruby/brown color with a foamy, tan head. It took a few minutes for it to dissipate. There is a faint malt smell present, and maybe some roasted nut, but it's hard to tell. The smell is not very distinct or pungent.

Wow, this beer is surprisingly sweet for a schwarzbier. Judging by it's presentation, color, and smell, you would think it would be a burnt, nutty flavor. Nope! It's like coffee. Sweet, smooth, hardly any carbonation, and does not taste alcoholic. It's as drinkable as coffee, too.

To be honest though, the appearance is probably the best thing about this beer. The smell is weak and it feels almost like water going down. So, to look at the bright-side, it does go down easy. I really wish the taste had more kick because it has some nice flavors, but they're just way too subtle.

Maybe that Mongolian barbecue dinner I ate just a few hours prior to drinking this beer had a serious effect on my senses... It's certainly possible, but either way--I probably won't be buying this beer again in the near future.

CVC, Dec 13, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

soonerlight, Mar 22, 2013
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.