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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,374 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 54 | 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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Misterefe

Spain

2/5  rDev -49%

09-06-2013 18:52:09 | More by Misterefe
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 03:13:25 | More by B967ierhunter177
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Dave1999

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -49%

06-21-2013 21:02:05 | More by Dave1999
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s4s

California

2/5  rDev -49%

10-09-2013 13:37:28 | More by s4s
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

05-29-2013 15:59:56 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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Paracatu

Brazil

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

03-08-2012 17:07:16 | More by Paracatu
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

11-06-2012 03:31:55 | More by tripledbrew
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JDV

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:35:29 | More by JDV
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

03-06-2014 21:13:02 | More by bulldogg915
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

02-25-2013 00:26:11 | More by cclark67789
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

01-23-2012 01:05:03 | More by ygtbsm94
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:40:04 | More by corby112
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jenbys2001

Japan

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 14:08:57 | More by jenbys2001
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 22:28:07 | More by Bighuge
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2003 19:49:42 | More by TerryW
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 12:02:30 | More by CrazyDavros
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:00:22 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: can

08-27-2003 20:09:44 | More by Popsinc
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

07-04-2012 01:51:06 | More by djcreepshow
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

05-13-2014 00:08:31 | More by RichardMNixon
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rangr514

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

10-25-2012 23:30:35 | More by rangr514
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CVC

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 06:48:53 | More by CVC
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

03-22-2013 03:13:31 | More by soonerlight
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kiya

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.

Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.

It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.

The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 20:45:02 | More by kiya
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown almost black color with crimson edges. The dark tan head is huge, almost three inches and super thic. It just sits there staring at me. However after receding it leaves just a trace of slick lace.

The aroma is roast malt with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and maybe a twinge of dark fruit.

The flavor is very weak. What is there is bitter roast malt with a metallic undertone. Some black coffee in the finish but not pleasant at all.

Medium to light body. Rather thin. moderate carbonation,

Overall a huge dissapointment. I figured a schwarzbier from the motherland would be bolder then this. Aparently america has stolen this style away as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:14:09 | More by beerwolf77
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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