Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

779 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 779
Hads: 1,657
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 89
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of KMcG
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a tan head about 2 fingers thick

S: malty, slightly nutty, overall mild

T: Roasted malts that give a nutty taste, light on the hops, slight bitterness at the end

M: Thin, light and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is nice sessionable beer. (280 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a favorite dark lager for me. I taste tonight side by side with Crystal Diplomat Dark Beer - A czech Lager.

Pours very dark brown with a big fluffy head that is tan. Provides very nice lace. The nose is lacking. Rather musty with charcoal. Smell of a dying campfire.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry and chalky. Almost grainy. Compared to the tasting companion, it falls short. I'm quite surprised. In most cases, I've had on tap. That may be the reason it's not quite as I remember.

Fairly light on the palate in midmouth. The finish is quite chalky and dry. The flavors never develop to the extent I remember from past tastes. Quite an astringency here.

It is still quite drinkable and would go well with pork and kraut. (757 characters)

Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to an almost black color though some light does make its way through giving off some deep red highlights. Nice sized tan colored head that seems to have fair retention, fair retention. The aroma comes across as roasted malt with a slight astringency. Some chocolate aromas and a slight alcoholic aroma which is surprising based on the %4.8 ABV. The flavors are nice roasted malts, slight nuttiness, Slight bitterness at the back end. I do have a few knocks against this brew, first it seems a little watery and second it seems to be missing something as the flavor starts nice then breaks to a hollowness where it almost feels that something is missing though I can't figure out what. The alcohol aroma does not translate to the flavor at all. The aroma was much better than the flavor. Goes down easy though I still can't get past the feeling that something is missing. (882 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light mocha tan colored head. Fades fast. Clear black with brown and amber high lights.
S- Roasted malts. Some European hops also. Nuts and maybe a hint of carmel also come through.
T- Has the kind of tang that is found in a Heineken but a lot lighter. Some roasted notes along with some grassy hops that come through more. The taste of nuts also comes out. A couple other flavors I can't put my finger on.
M- Thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a refreshing beer. Nothing great though. Reminds me of a golden lager from Germany like Lowenbrau or something of the shorts just with a some notes changed. Not a bad beer but nothing great. Probably will not buy it again. (684 characters)

Photo of barrelman
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark with reddish hues.

Smell is soft and scarce. Malty.

Taste: Chocolate malt nuttiness with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, full and appropriate.

Drinkability: A decent session beer that will not surprise you or change your persective on beer.

Review is a-bit rushed to beat the girlfriend's arrival. I apologize. (360 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to totally define schwarzbier, but I'm not entirely sure what the fuss is about. If Sprecher Bavaria Black is a schwarzbier (I'm not sure it is), that would be my preference.

Yet this one is pretty good. Color is dark, virtually black. Head is nearly white, and had pretty good staying power. Flavor was fairly malty, but lacked the roasted ("burned pizza crust") flavor I've come to associate with a lot of darker beers (and come to enjoy). It was quite a bit lighter than I expected (or hoped for). Still, if you have curiousity about schwartbier, this is a must-try. (588 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours very dark, but is actually a blackish-red translucent when held up to light. A one-finger smooth, tan head shrinks down to a bare covering.

Aroma - very faint malt sweetness. I don't know if my nose if off-duty tonight or what, but I'm picking up next to nothing here. Some light roasted malts and coffee bean smells manage to work through, but weakly at best.

Taste - highly malted and highly carbonated. The malt component is fairly average but tasty. The bubbles burn away the malts and replace them with a sourish soda water taste. As that subsides, a mellow roasty aftertaste shows up and ends things nicely.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin given what you might expect from the color, but that's par for the style. Very bubbly, maybe a bit less would loosen up the soda water sourness. Pretty crisp for a dark beer, but again, right on for the lager style.

Drinkability - it's a reasonably good beer, one to be aware of if you see it on tap somewhere that maybe has little else in the way of selection. Easy enough to drink all night if circumstances arrange themselves as such, but not one I'd necessarily seek out. (1,144 characters)

Photo of soper2000
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Chumley's in Lafayette. Pours a pitch black with a miniscule tan head that quickly disappears. Smell is syrupy sweet with some hints of roasted malt. Taste backs up that sweetness. Very sweet malty taste, this would definately be a dessert beer for me. Mouthfeel is very light and thin for me. I don't know how much of this I could have without that flavor overwhelming me. Worth the try, i just won't be coming back that often. (442 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big rocky head, black yet very clear. The aroma that is present is malt, and some chocolate notes. The flavor is slightly sour malt and chocolate that fades into a dry aftertaste of licorice that really stays with you. The body is thin and that licorice flavor in the aftertaste leads to a lower drinkability. (309 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected translucent black with over an inch of tan head that had good retention but minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with some slight roasted notes. the roasted notes were more upfront on the tongue, with the grain fading to the back.

The body was good, but perhaps a bit thin for the style (which is fairly light to begin with). Drinkability was very good, having a couple of these in row would be easy. Overall, a nice little beer, worth a shot if you see it. (509 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. This beer has a not quite black color with a light brown head. Roasty malt aroma with some cocoa and hops. The flavor is surprisingly light considered how dark the beer looks. The malt is slightly sour. There is a little cocoa flavor, which is nice, but it could use some more. Not as roasty as I would like either. Mouthfeel is a little watery. This is an average example of the style. (439 characters)

Photo of MBPChead
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured from a pint sized bottle into a becker style imperial pint glass.

Look: Nearly black in color as the style would suggest with deep amber and orange hues with a frothy creamy coffee colored head. Very lovely appearance.

Aroma: Roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, molasses, hints of brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt with oak and coffee, presence of dark chocolate but not overpowering, minor hop characteristics but relatively no hop flavor with very slight hints of licorice. Ok flavor overall but nothing to brag about.

Feel: It honestly feels like a light fizzy water with a bit of prickly sensation, not all that enjoyable really.

Drinkability: Not all that great the texture really kills my desire to drink it. It has a nice flavor, but it doesn't work well with the thickness or the level of carbonation and it really makes it almost undrinkable. I can easily say that unless I get the chance to try it on tap or on cask I probably won't having this one again.

To sum up, Looks great, Smells great Tastes ok, but the feel and the taste don't really work so its hard to swallow. (1,105 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.

A: Very dark. A touch of light comes through making deep deep red highlights. Big three finger tan head, with great retention and lacing.

S: Burnt caramel. Dark fruits. Light chocolate, coffee and nuttiness.

T: Not a huge taste on this. Very light roastiness. Dark fruits. Some caramel. A touch of coffee and chocolate.

M: Watery. Very light bodied. No creaminess. Medium carbonation.

O: An alright beer. Nothing special, nothing bad. Was much to watery but still a decent beer. (525 characters)

Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.05.2014L. AROMA: soft sweet malty background with coffe-like notes. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color with ruby highlights. opaque. thin tanned head with below average retention. TASTE: light sweet malty flavour with light roasted notes that linger into the finish. low bitterness. almost absent hop flavours. clean lager profile. PALATE: low body. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a schwarzbier a bit on the watery side but with ok balance between sweet and roasted malts. (572 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

regal looking bottle. label is slightly different to the one show. basically just the removal of the person from across the bottom, and the rest of the design stretched downwards. best before 10/05 oops.

mahogany tones at the edges of this mainly black beer. almost soda like carbonation. 2cm tan head froms on pouring which then subsides to light lacing.

interesting aroma. i cant pick any hops there at all. more like just a touch of sweet maltiness. possible its just on the old side.

taste is light with a sweetness from the darker malts. little bitterness and no hop flavor to speak of.

well, it is what it is. a dark lager. though not a bad one. i suppose you're not really looking for serious complexity from a schwarzbier. would be intersted in seeing how this would compare to a fresh sample. (814 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date 11/05 on the bottom of the can.

A: Black. Pours with a huge, off-white, almost tan head. There's only a little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Slightly sour, acidic smell? Mocha, molases, dark bread, hint of floral hops. Metallic (I'm not sure if this is from the hops or the can?).

T: A little closer to a dry stout than some schwarzbiers. Malty (lots of mocha, a little bread), molases, and a pleasant peppery hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is quite dry & a little chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: I find it a little dry & chalky, kind of like German's answer to the industrialized, dry stout. Certainly drinkable, but it doesn't do it for me.

Readily available, but I don't consider it the 'gold standard'. (742 characters)

Photo of cnally
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very black color in the body, but light peeks around the edges. Beige head has no stick to it.

Aroma is a barely detectable mix of smoky peat and burnt malt.

The flavor is a smoky concoction of dark malt, burnt and woodsy, very full of charcoal.

Creamy feel and very balanced.

I wouldn't necessarily think this a good beer, but I have had many worse. (356 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it. (350 characters)

Photo of kjc51478
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is dark brown to black with foamy, beige head.

S: Aroma is roasted sweetness, bread, with some slight coffee and vanilla notes.

T: Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, and toast. Very little discernible bitterness.

M: Palate is light- to medium-bodied, thin texture, foamy carbonation, and a sweet finish.

O: Overall a decent beer and a classic of the German Schwarzbier. (393 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat sweet smell on this beer, as well some coffee. Fairly pungeant nose.

This beer certainly doesn't suffer from lack of taste. I'd expect this kind of taste out of a stout over a lager, but I don't believe that to be a bad thing. A sharp upfront hoppiness is usurped by a fairly heavy coffee taste. Unlike some others, I don't get much of anything else other than coffee. While I like coffee as a drink, I would have liked to see a little more complexity in the flavor. Pretty good hoppiness on the finish here.

I would say that while I can appreciate the style, I'd like more drinkability. To me, it's rather harsh and one-sided. (638 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the PROPER glass (ie. a Kostritzer pilsner glass).

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is a two finger mocha shade that fades rather quickly, befitting a lager. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I notice some roasted nuts, chocolate, roasted barley, lager yeast, and coffee. It does a good job of

T: Drier than the aroma suggested. The initial flavor is mainly roasted barley and coffee. Some lager fruitiness enters the palate in the middle, and the finish is more roasted barley, imparting a very dry feel devoid of significant sweetness. Not complex or exciting, but pleasant.

M: Most pilsners wish they had this level of crisp dryness. Nothing really stays on the palate flavor-wise; I could see the argument for this being 'watery' in terms of feel. Also thin, airy, and well carbonated.

O: While it is a bit meh flavor-wise, the drinkability factor is superb, as it should be in a good lager. I won't rush out to the store to buy more, but this really does hit the spot for me. (1,037 characters)

Photo of kingothewoods
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer. (532 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with a fluffy coffee colored head that left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is rather faint, some roasted grainy notes. The taste is similar to the smell, slightly roasted malt flavor, a bit grainy. The feel is light almost watery, crisp, finishes a bit bitter. An easy to drink lager for those who want a roasted malt but light lager. (377 characters)

Photo of biergeniesser
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wonderful example of a Schwarzbier poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A thick light brown/beige head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolve slowly from the sides of the glass, likely from the bottom as well, however it is impossible to tell through the rich blackness.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier has a wonderfully clean aroma of malt, chocolate and roasted malt. Hop aromas are not noticeable.

This beer has a malty, roasty flavor with slight hints of coffee. There seems to be a relatively low degree of hop bitterness… it is difficult to pick it out from the lingering bitterness likely caused by the dark portion of the grist, which masks it.

This beer has a medium body with a noticeable, but light mouthcoat. It finishes with a moderate, but pleasant astringency and a light carbon dioxide bite.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier is an enjoyable and refreshingly light black lager with a bit of a bite. It is my personal benchmark for the style. It is truly a wonderful beer, which I would recommend for anyone to try. (1,129 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 07-05. Poors in very fine with nice brown head and black color. Nose is malty and clean but all together quiet empty. Same way for taste; malty, no body and probably lots of farbebier used. Mouthfeel is ok but misses body. Aftertaste is almost like aftertaste for miniral water. Hardly any bitterness& litle salty. No off tastes though so quiet decent. Drinkability is good but do I want to drink more? (414 characters)

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