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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,472
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 83 | FT: 1
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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of tkarsies
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

tkarsies, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Description of the beer on the neck, no freshness date. Claims to be "The Best Kept Micro Beer Secret."

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a little bit of red arond the edges. Medium sized head that fades slowly.

Smell: Clean, sweet malty aroma with slight roasted notes.

Taste: Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Tastes are well balanced with lots of malts and a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable style, and a great example of it. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I would highly recommend some brauts to go along with it!

rowew, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown/black bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black with a sticky tan average-sized head typical for the style.

S: Dark fruit and bready yeasty aroma cut with slight sourness.

T: Yeasty, bready flavors dominate with some dark fruit tones and mild noble hops to give a slightly dry finish

M: Even feel with low carbonation and medium-to-full body

D: For a beer with a lot going on, this is pretty drinkable. A nice interpretation of the schwarzbier style.

argock, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this with dinner at Lederhosen in New York.

Pours a deep black with a thick brown head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is surprisingly light: biscuity malt, a hint of fruit and light roastiness.

Malty throughout, bready, toasty and lightly sweet. The finish has a nice mild roasty bitterness. Mild, but impressive. High carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Incredibly drinkable. Mild but still flavorful.

EPICAC, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Almost black (dark amber around the edge of the glass). One finger head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing on the inside of the glass. A Nice looking beer.

Smell - Black liquorice.

Taste - Again, black liquorice. Toast. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter.

Mouth - Light. Pleasant.

Overall - A very nice lager. Sweet yet balanced. Very drinkable (don't be intimidated by the color).

T100Mark, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of biggmike
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Lager's in New Orleans. This beer poured a very dark color that was just a tad lighter than pitch black with a nice off-white head that lasted a little while. The smell is not strong at all, but roasted malt and a bit of coffee come through. The taste is roasted malt with hints of choclate and coffee. The mouthfeel has a creamy character to it, but it is not heavy by any means and makes a great session beer. Recommended.

biggmike, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of SmashPants
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard embossed light brown 330mL bottle with a decent macro label. Looks the part.

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a light brown highlight around the edges of the glass. A great finger-and-a-half tan head hangs around for a decent time before dropping to a half-finger. Decent lacing.

Aroma: roasted malts - coffee predominantly - with raisins, maraschino cherries and some berries. Some caramels also.

Taste: the flavours in the aroma are all present on the palate, are well combined and come through quite strongly. It is also quite a smooth flavour - this is a good beer!

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through - particularly the caramels and heavy fruits.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation - clean and crisp. Somewhat smooth too, which is nice for a schwarzbier.

Overall: this is a really tasty and easy-drinking German Schwarzbier (quickly becoming one of my favourite styles). If we can get great dark lagers like Monteith's Doppelbock and this imported for around AU$50 a case, why can't we get any Aussie equivalents for less than generally AU$80? Ruddy Aussie government. Rant aside, this one is great value and very sessional.

SmashPants, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Anaxagoris
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%

Anaxagoris, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an Imperial Pokal)

A- This beer has an opaque dense black body with a sandy tan head of cream that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are a few random tiny bubbles seen gliding to the surface.

S- The dry fresh roasted grain note has a dry caramel note and a dry chocolate grain note it.

T- The smooth clean roasted malt flavor has some dry pale malt flavors with just a bit of sweetness. There is a soft earthy note to the roasted bitterness finish that also has a light cream and tang qualities to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with crisp fizz finish the blends the slight sweetness of the malt.

D- This beer has a nice roasted malt flavor which has a good depth but still remains smoothly lagered.

rhoadsrage, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but translucent, almost black but not quite, chestnut brown color, with red hues reflecting light. Thin, persistent brown head. Strong lager smell, with notes of a dark fruit (figs?) and bitter chocolate, both of which are lightly reflected in the taste as well. Very drinkable, and an excellent change of pace from my normal consumption patterns.

I first enjoyed this beer on tap in Eisenach, close to Bad Kostritz in Thuringia, and I never thought I'd see it after leaving that small East German town. I was thrilled to find it, and immediately bought two six packs.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great looking lager, it is very dark an looks black in the glass with a bit of dark red-brown at the edges. Head is a contrasting white which laced well. Smell was dark chocolate and bread. Taste was very good will some roasted malts and more hops than a typical stout, and a biscuity flavour and a nice bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light, and very smooth. It may look like a stout because of its blackness, but it is a lager through and through. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. In short "Das Bier für Sie!"

tatterdash, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of surfmeister
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coca Cola brown almost black, rich head with cascading liquid falling between ascending bubbles. Beautiful.
Smell: pumpernickel bread, molasses, anise, cloves, sweet smelling
Taste: malty, bready, little hop, not as sweet as the smell, no bitterness, very full flavored but finishes clean without cloying sweetness or smoke, great finish, full flavored beer with little aftertaste
Mouthfeel: much more "refreshing" than one might think, high carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel, not chewy or heavy like a stout
Comment: great brew, unique in many ways, highly recommended

surfmeister, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black as coal colour with a single finger tan crown that quickly disapated leaving a very tiny center lace and glass ring. Carbonation is subtle.
The body is full and the aroma has a fragrant flowery odour initially but do not hesitate or you will miss it.
The taste starts with a slight bitterness and finishes the same, also
a nut like presence.
Very nice.

Shiloh, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 20 2013. It has been a seriously long time since I have had a schwarzbier, but I really liked the last (and only) one I tried - so picking this up was a bit of a no-brainer.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, with ruby red highlights under the light. Two fingers of tan-coloured head surge forth from the surface, dissipating gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, creamy cap and some lacing stuck to the sides. Very subtle aroma with slight hints of caramel, roasted malts and a vague dark fruit aspect. There's also a distinct lager yeast note. Decent aroma, but too weak to be impressive.

Though the aroma left a bit to be desired, this is some tasty, full-flavoured stuff for a 4.8% brew. Roasted, grainy dark malts are prominent, providing a flavour that is somewhere halfway between baker's chocolate and coffee grounds. There are also suggestions of prunes and perhaps dark cherries, which lead into the earthy, hoppy finish. Dry aftertaste with a bit of dark chocolate. On the light side of medium-bodied, some slight oilyness with a modest bite from the carbonation. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to warrant some savouring.

This style has always interested me - I enjoy sessionable lagers, and I'm also a fan of lighter porter/stout type beers, so the natural conclusion is that I would like schwarzbiers as well. Unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of accessible examples around here. This one has convinced me to look a bit harder for more, because they really do make for a great pint.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A minus. The Germans are, simply put, the masters of lagerdom. Though they seem to be more famous for their pilseners, weisses and bocks, they also make some damn fine 'sessionable' dark beers. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a ridiculously drinkable testament to their national expertise that no beer geek should neglect to try. I really wish this was available locally, because I'd be buying bottles by the handful.

thehyperduck, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable.

pezoids, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of bark
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep brown-black; the liquid is clear. The high head is airy, pale brown and firm. A good amount of lacing occurs.

The smell is mild with some hoppy bitter flavours, some dough and porridge and dark chocolate.

The taste is very malty and a bit roasted, almost toasted. But it is not heavy; it is still very drinkable and balanced. There are notes of rye bread, toasted white bread, porridge and some mild cocoa. The aftertaste is a bit dry with flavours of roasted malt, hoppy notes of dried fruits and some butter. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to mild. The liquid is very creamy, almost thick.

This is one of the most sold schwartzbiers in Germany, and it is not hard to see why: It is a very drinkable and generous beer that is almost a meal in itself.

bark, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown-black, with no lacing or discernable head.
The nose consisted of chocolate malt, maple and brown sugar, mild spice.
The taste was very malty, with mild chocolate and otehr sweet malt hints, but not very complex.
The mouthfeel was surprisingly middle-to-light bodied and extrememly smooth for such a dark beer.
Overall very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

sinistrsam, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of clvand0
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the local pub. Got some nice stemmed Kostritzer glasses to drink it out of as well. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate, off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass (and pitcher). The aroma was roasted malts and a low level of hops were detected. The flavor was silky smooth. Caramel and roasted malts with a silght bitter profile from the hops. Full-bodied and easy to drink.

clvand0, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of Yimosan
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle/Dimpled Mug

A - Dark like a Tootsie Roll with a bubbly tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Faint Smell of sweet caramel malt, and a bit of Ovaltine.

T - Definitely Roasted, Malty and delicious. Didn't taste the hops at all.

M - Very clean, front and back! Nice carbonation.

D - I can drink a boatload of this guys; The low ABV makes this tasty treat a Memorial Day BBQ must have!


Yimosan, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, in a nonik glass.

Appearance: Deep rich dark color, tinted slightly red. Good head retention, with a crown of tan foam, and nice lacing.

Aroma: Very rich bread-like aroma, touch of caramel. Almost coffee-like.

Flavor: Clean bready dark malt, almost but-not-quite burnt. Bitterness is fairly low but comes in a touch at the end. Coffee-like flavors again, slightly chocolately. A good, clean finish.

Body: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Very good schwarz, one of the best of the few imported to the US.

allengarvin, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black with an off white, fizzy head that dies down to a circle of foam that retains to the end. Tiny specks of lacing linger.

The aroma is barely there for me, but I get a bit of roast and just a hint of dark chocolate and caramel.

The taste is roasted malt, chocolate (almost like an unsweetened bitter baking chocolate), just a modicum of caramel, with a drying, almost metallic like bitter dry finish, very clean taste, very balanced, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium, with not a ton of carbonation. It's surprisingly refreshing.

It's a really good drinker. Not really a deeply contemplative fireside beer mind you. But it's a lighter beer that holds enough character to keep you interested over the course of an evening.

This beer dispels the misconception that dark beers are heavy, because this is anything but. And it also proves that a beer doesn't have to be a big bold high octane highly hopped tastebud bruiser to be good. This one is elegant in its simplicity.

MeisterBurger, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of BillyBrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Schwarzbier. Another nearly-black colorur and enourmous, tan, foamy head, but does not maintain as well as others (but still great). Pleasant, not-overly sweet, toffee sent, big and black malt. Great sweet-malt, but not as roasted as others. Not bitter, but balanced. Lighter body than other Schwarzbeirs, but still smooth. Another great Schwarzbier, but a slighty watery import. Definately drink and enjoy, experience the Schwarzbiers. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark brown colored brew. A vigorous pour produces a 1.5 inch thick light brown head and some pretty bubbles rising upwards in the brew.
S: Deep chocolate malts and some crisp hops.
T: The hops are more noticeable up front, but not too bitter. The maltiness comes in towards the end and finishes quite smoothly. Overall, a nice blend of hops and malts, although a bit light on each.
M: Light-bodied, not too bitter or malty. Good.
D: Very good. Easy to drink a few.

LeftyBWS, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Walken
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kostritzer: Shwarzbier
12 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Black, just barely bordering on brown. Not quite opaque, but damned close. A small, puffy white head forms quickly then drops away into a ring around the edge of the glass, retention isn't overly impressive.
Odor: Burnt raisins, sugar and sourdough bread with sharp roasted malt aromas and the subtle scent of sweet floral hops in the background, hiding with some diacetyl.
Consistency: On the full side of medium bodied, smoother than a young Elvis with a comfortable buzz on. Despite being moderately chewy, this beer could not be described as heavy, the carbonation is ample enough to keep things in line.
Flavor: The aroma was very telling as the flavor of this beer is somewhat reminiscent of over-toasted sourdough bread with some hints of baker's chocolate. Hop flavor is mild and slightly spicy with a firm but clean bitterness. Hints of caramel flash in and out into the finish, dry and clean, leaving some residual roasted malt flavor and the desire to take another sip.

I'm a sucker for a flavorful session beer, what can I say?

Walken, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God damn I was not expecting a beer this black. It's darker than a dark, dark stout, and its head is perfect white.

Smells hardy, almost like a beery V8 or, as was mentioned before, Tomato soup. Seriously. This is gonna be healthy, I'll bet. More importantly, this is like nothing else I've ever smelled in a beer. Fruits and veggies mixed with roasted malt.

Tastes like Raisins. That's just about it. Raisisn upfront, malt and more dull fruit in the back, and a hint of something smoked. A little bit of juicy aftertaste. Nice. Very different.

This is my first Schwarzbier. I was seriously expecting something akin to Heinekin Dark. What a nice surprise.

To be fair, now that I think about it, this actually tastes like a dark, more complex Bitburger.

mynie, Jan 06, 2005
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,472 ratings.