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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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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Photo of galante27


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other black lagers that I have had are medeocre but this offers a wonderful taste that doesn't have a bitter aftertast

A:A dark brown almost black look with a very good head thats lasts for a while

S: A wonderful dark malty smell, smells like
when wort is brewing

T: Again good rosted malt taste with hints of coffee. The tastes lasts and keeps the same flavor as it diminishes. Black Lagers have a tendency to have a bitter aftertaste but this is smooth.

M: Very smooth, and not to overpowering, (which German dark beers can have a tendency to do such as maxamators).Little carbonation and good feel

D: Dark german beers are my favorite and this is one to add to my revolving on hands.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:02:21 | More by galante27
Photo of Pauly2X


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black solid two finger frothy head.

S- Choclate malts dominate the aroma with noble hops hiding in the background.

T- Wonderfully malty without the bitterness coming from the roasted malts you can appreciate the bitterness from the hops. Balance is superb.

M- Rich and smooth without being too much.

D- Perfect for a cold day, not a lawnmower beer by any means.

A fantastic example of an often overlooked style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 19:05:42 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of kmpitz2


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color with ruby tons at the edges. One finger of head falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is nice. Some light chocolate nad hints of dark fruit come through. A nice offering. The flavor is also nice. Good chocolate covered fig makes it hard to know I'm drinking a lager beer. The flavor is a touch thin, but its not too bad. Feel is a bit thin, as I would like a thicker beer for the style. Overall, drinkability is really good on this one. I had a pitcher plus of this tonight and was able to go home and have a couple more on top of it, so how can I complain. Good lager beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2004 04:11:27 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours dark-ruby-brown bordering on black with a nice, rich two-finger khaki head. Unfortunately, the head quickly recedes to a wispy smattering of bubbles and some nice lacing.

Nose is nice - lightly roasty, more burnt caramel than coffee, lightly sweet. Light acidity and just a bit of red stone fruit.

Taste is sharp up front, a nice blend of roasted malt and caramel, even some light chocolate, and a sharp, light acidity with a crisp hop bite towards the finish. There's a lightness that is unusual among beers this dark. Fantastic traditional example of the style, lighter and not as rich as some American versions, which in my experience often tend to be closer to a lagered stout or porter (though still delicious). Fantastic beer drinkable in any weather.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body, crisp, a bit dry, sharp but sparse carbonation.

Excellent drinkability - refreshing, perfectly balanced, and a fantastic example of style that lends itself to being universally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 20:12:52 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of monorailred


4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting in a restaurant in Hamburg Germany...I guess they must think Americans are beer ignorant. I could not get the waiter to tell me details on the beers available. Only could get "pilsner or dark." Maybe it was just a combination of non - existent Germany and good (but not great english!). Knowing the pilsner was Bitburger, I chose the "dark" in the hopes it was a good and new beer to me.

I was rewarded.

This is a very good beer. Very dark with pretty good head retention. A great smell and very pleasant on the palate.

A nice "accidental" discovery that paired quite well with the weiner schnitzel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 17:11:05 | More by monorailred
Photo of hopsputin


4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: its a deep murky brown/black color with some ruby red notes at teh side of the glass 3 finger tan white frothy head

s: toasted biscuits, caramel malt, sweet generic berries, more malt

t: follows the nose very close. lightly toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fresh dough, a faint bitterness from the toasted malts, clean berries. a real nice doughy malt character in here that is also light enough to be refreshing. balanced well with the toasted notes

m: lighter side of medium with just enough carbonation to pop some of the sweeter malt in here

o: its not complex, but is definitely well made and tastes as such. its refreshing, yet provides some darker and toastier malt characteristics. the sweet berries are nice at the end of the mouth

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 23:31:24 | More by hopsputin
Photo of steve86


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bottle at the Fred Meyer's in Issaquah.
Deep Black with ruby highlights. Thin tan head dissipated quickly.
Aroma was very subdued. Some malt backbone, No hop aroma. No DMS or Diacetyl. No fruity esters.
Flavor - touch of chocolately malt flavor without the in-your-face roastiness of a stout. Smooth mild hop bitterness, nicely balanced against the malt. No hop flavor. No fruity esters. Finish is very smooth and somewhat dry. Medium-thin body & mouth feel makes this a thirst quencher.
Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice & malty without the astringent tendencies so often found in the other dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 22:17:14 | More by steve86
Photo of pbrian


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was good, clean fun. Looks good in glass, black with ruby edges, rocky tan head, nice lacing. I liked the interplay of slightly roasted malts, noble hops, and a clean lagered feeling. Classic example of style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 06:57:54 | More by pbrian
Photo of livingregret


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500ml bottle

Appearance: Slighty lighter than black colour w/ a white foamy head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a lovely ring around the beer. Plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight roasted malt....slight sweet malt. Maybe dark chocolate. Very clean smell

Taste: Very malty...slighty bitter at the start and ends w/ a smooth sweet taste. It's a very nice balance. No way overly sweet but still very crisp and smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is mild, very creamy and a touch thick. Very good

Drinkability: This is a great Schwartzbiers(not enough of these styles of beer) that is complex yet not overly so. Fantastic taste...very good drink and easily drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:13:11 | More by livingregret
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Second review) I had out of a mini-keg.
It's still black and the head and lace are still small with a little nut scent.
This was SO MUCH better than the last time. I will blame the tap at Harefield (which is a shame, b/c it's normally a good bar for taps.)
Very well-balanced tart black beer, not too tart. Good nuttyness and a nice caramel sweetness. Smooth and refreshing, not too dry. Total win (as compared to the C+ that I gave it the first time).

I had a harefield road in brooklyn.
A- Basically black (it was somewhat dark in the bar, so not sure if it was completely black). Limited head and lace.
S-No real scent at all.
T-Slight woodish taste, smooth, but lacks any real definitive style to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 19:41:52 | More by Amalak
Photo of Blueye80


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the beer very much. It was very dark

but did not tast like you traditional dark beer.

It had a semi sweet carmel flavor with very

minimal bitterness. I would recommend this beer

for those who do not normally drink dark beer.


Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 17:11:48 | More by Blueye80
Photo of shand


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This one holds up to it's name until you hold it up to the light revealing a very deep brown. The head is large at first, but quickly drops down to a cap of bone-white. Aroma is lightly roasty, with milk chocolate and caramel malts. First sip reveals an excellent schwarzbier, it maintains a nice lagery flavor along with the caramel malts and chocolate. A touch of roastiness stops the finish from being cloying. The mouthfeel is smooth and very easy-drinking. Overall, a very nice Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:40:21 | More by shand
Photo of bundy462


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A few shades lighter than pitch black, does allow some slight light through. Fizzy tan head that lacks in the retention department.

S: Sweet and earthy. Dark malts, slight caramel. Very crisp and clean.

T: Nice burnt malt with a bready hint. Great balance of sweet dark malts and hops.

M: Extremely smooth. Slightly dry finish like a junior Irish dry stout. Very easy to drink.

O: Very nice brew, saved Germany on my beer list as I've had a few different brews lately from there that I didn't quite care for.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:39:14 | More by bundy462
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep brown, almost black. Two fingers of foamy head rose and dissipated to a nice lacing.

Smell: Warm chestnuts. Don't ask me where that came from. At first it was hard for me to place, but caramel malts and a hint of barnyard grassiness developed as it warmed.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts that were mildly roastly. The barnyard malts were also present when it warmed. There is very little hop presence.

Drinkability: Very even and smooth. Classic German. Now I know why Goethe drank it for sustenance. May the schwarz be with you!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 06:50:08 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with dark mahogany highlights. Mild to moderate sized head, brown and bubbly.

Sweet fruit, grape/apple, and soft caramel. Tart/bitter edge with roasted/toasted vibe.

Smooth and thick delivery of ripe fruity bready malt and then flowery hop. Toasty light caramel body. Rounds out with a little tart pucker, giving it a nice grape vibe. Deeper are dry chocolate and roasted flavors. Finishes bitter and fairly dry.

Deep and complex brew. Nicely balanced. Exemplifies the style nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 05:39:21 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a black color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of long=lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: There was a strong smell of malt - as you expect from the style - and also a little note of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee. A decently complex taste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of the schwarzbier style, but this is an easy to drink example of one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:46:26 | More by avalon07
Photo of cichief


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours almost black with a good brown head.

S- Smells of coffee and licorice, somewhat sweet.

T- Not as sweet as one would expect, rich, like strong dark coffee, bittered well for a dry finish.

M- A bit more carbonated than I prefer, but on the mark for the style, thin to medium body.

D- Very quaffable for a dark beer, this is a dark beer for warmer months.

Probably the epitome for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 02:19:20 | More by cichief
Photo of pburland23


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours a deep, dark brown almost black. Gives off a one finger head that does not provide much lacing.

The smell is of grassy malts but you can also smell the toasted malt as well. Taste is fantastic. Very malty with a little dry hops tasted. The carbonation is pervasive through the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable drink.

This is a wonderful example of the schwarzbier style. I could see myself drinking this again and again. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:35:45 | More by pburland23
Photo of Madigan


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a true German classic. I've tried the bottled version a few times but had my first draught experience recently in Berlin (in a Vietnamese restaurant of all places!) and was very impressed. It's pitch black, much darker than a dunkel, and even though it wasn't nitro-tapped it had a remarkably thick and creamy head. It left serious lacing and the taste is just great - a nice roasted chocolate-malt sweetness but not at all syrupy. It reminded me a little of Murphy's Irish Stout (in a good way) and it went down extremely well - I could have drank this stuff all night!

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2009 22:39:54 | More by Madigan
Photo of thierrynantes


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : black color, with tan foam head.
Smell : spicy aroma
Taste & Mouthfeel : hints of pepper, figs and bitter chocolate, found in a flexible mouth, long and complex.
Drinkability : the most famous black beer brewed in Bad Kostritz, in Thuringia . A good beer in the style schwarzbier.

Review translated from french 6-19-2008.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 19:43:41 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of BeerLover99


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/black body, finger beige/tan head, solid lacing

S: roasted nuts, malt, light dark chocolate, vanilla,

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, nice smooth bitter finish

M: med body, lightly chewy + smooth

O: Very nice schwarzbier! Glad I tried this,
well worth the time. Could be a great Fall + Winter
beer or after dinner/dessert offering.
I will seek this out again.


Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 20:33:02 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of nebula1999


4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small gathering of friends and offered a variety of beers, including a 5L draught can of this beauty. No one bit, so that left the whole thing for me! I finished the can over a long weekend no problem, and the vessel retained the brew’s carbonation and flavor through 4 days opened in the fridge (provided I laid a piece of duct tape across the vent opening at the top of the can after each use).

Pours nearly pitch black from draught can with a medium rocky tan head, large bubbles. Settles easily in the 0.5L mug with some nice lacing.

Aroma is of malt sweetness with some breadiness and char (not smoke). Hint of cocoa. No hops to speak of. You instantly know it is of Germanic origin.

Taste/mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some light chocolate flavors and roastiness from the malt. Mild bitterness dries things out nicely. Not heavy. In fact the low abv lends itself for quaffing many in one sitting, and is barely detectable. Flavors are retained from top to bottom, pour after pour, leaving no palate fatigue for such a dark beer.

Highly recommend trying this one in the 5L draught can, if you can find it. I have had this beer in a bottle also, and it is just as good. Something fun about the draught can though. Try it with grilled chicken wings…buffalo, bbq, or otherwise.

Serving type: can

07-24-2012 16:27:48 | More by nebula1999
Photo of dar482

New York

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first schwarzbier since having Krusovice Cerne, one of my favorite beers from years back.

It comes in a dark, dark brown color with a tan head.

The aroma has a sweet roasted malt and some dark fruits.

The taste has caramel sweet roasted malt and a clean wonderful finish. There's a good hop bitterness in there as well and makes it really exceptional. I compare it to the Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel and obviously Krusovice Cerne.

Wonderful flavor, drinkability, and finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 20:26:28 | More by dar482
Photo of Everydayoff


4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Almost pitch-black opaque color with thick foamy tan head with great retention, it slowly sinks to silky layer atop and leaves some sticky lacings here and there.

Very malty aroma comprising of dark Munich malt and roasted malt, there is also a note of cocoa, creamy and dark chocolate, butter and bread.

Predominating by charring character of roasted malt but not too over as there is some slight sweetness from caramel, dark bread, cocoa and creamy chocolate as leverage, the bitterness is so delicate and refined by roasted malt as a main actor while hop and dark chocolate make a plus.

The body is light to medium with smooth mouthfeel from fine crispness and carbonation, dry and quite refreshing finish.

Great, rich, deep, very easy drinkable and so worthy, it is an ideal session beer or a beer for every household.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 16:11:29 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of Todd


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5l serving in a custom branded glass -- basically weissebier style, but with a handle. A pitch black beer with a clumpy tan cream head -- plenty of stick and good retention. Aroma was more or less clean, with a touch of buttery diacetyl poking through.

Fairly malty, earthy, with hints of caramel and a background char flavour. Light on the malt sweetness. Hops lend a touch of sour to the mix and aid in creating a semi-astringent flavour.

Had this at "Conmux" in East Berlin, but also throughout Berlin at various bars and cafes. It's without a doubt one of the more popular Schwarzbiers available in Berlin, and one of the most tasty. It was so nice to see this hard to find and underrated style. Highly drinkable. Highly recommened.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2002 06:50:13 | More by Todd
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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