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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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Photo of Kanger
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark Black. Slight dark amber halo when held in front of light. Head disappeared quickly. Thin soapy head with bubbles of various size.

Smell - Slight chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Roasted malt undertones.

Taste - malty chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Though tones of sweetness do poke through.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Light on the palate. A little dry.

Overall - Great representation of the style. I'm not a big fan of dark beers but this is palatable for sure.

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle

Kanger, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
4.8% abv

I tried this beer on December 21, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish black with a thin tan-coloured head. The aroma was strongly roasted malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The flavour is malty with some chocolate and toffee hints.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep brown near black, one finger creamy tan head, sticky with some lace. Charred and roasted, almost smoke like notes, nutty, burnt malt, toffee and caramel like. Nutty and roasty, lightly astringent but it works, mildly bitter, malty, burnt charcoal like flavours. Nice creamy mouthfeel, med weight, perfect medium carbonation. Really solid stuff, tasty but not filling, great beer for fall/winter and for less than 3 bucks a pint I will pick up more of these.

peensteen, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of SuperHop18
3.96/5  rDev +1%

SuperHop18, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black but you can still see through it when held up to the light - about a 1/2 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of roasted malts and grassy hops

taste/mouthfeel very ight body with good carbonation taste is grassy hops upfront followed by roasted malts

drinkability is good if you are looking for a darker little more robust german lager

overall out of the 2 beers i have had from this style i enjoyed this one a little more then the sam adams

jsh420, May 17, 2009
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into pint glass
A - A not quite pure black beer, moderate carbonation on pour did not amount to nearly any head, just a small ring around glass 3.5
S - Coffee and toasted malts take the lead 3.5
T - Strong toasted malts and breads upon the taste to a mildly bitter hop and coffee finish, well balanced. I really enjoyed the big malts with the equalizing bitter and dry finish 4
M - Don't think I did a good pour, as the mouthfeel/carbonation makes me believe the head should have been more than the wimper it was. A thin dark beer, it was quite refreshing. 4
D - Cannot make out the alcohol level at all, probably the lightest dark beer I've tried, definitely will have another 4.5
Drank well before the "Best before" date on bottle of 12/13/2011.

rsdaugherty, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown/light black with dark reddish highlights under a one-inch thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Mildly roasted malts, grainy, nutty, earthy, faint char.

T: Dark grains of bready malts, some light roasty notes, faint caramel, mildly sweet.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean and malty finish.

O: Easy drinking and not too heavy. Pass the pretzels and sausages, please.

wethorseblanket, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black brown in color with a 2 finger creamy tan head that faded fast and left decent spotty lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of sweet roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, burnt wood, light lemon and citrus hops; rich and malty, this nose is nice and roasted.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee, toast, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, light vanilla, charcoal or burnt wood, light lemon and citrus hops; really nice malty beer with nice complex flavor, and just enough non malt flavors to add balance and variety.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with basically no carbonation, a light body and a watery feel. A really nice beer overall that went down easy.

CHickman, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Doner pub in Leesburg, VA.

Big creamy head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, super dark black hint of light.

Nose dark creamy malts, hint of dark malt, nice crisp lager, hint of coffee like dark,

Taste starts with toasty malts, brown light biscuit and caramel, some creaminess and slightest touch of a cocoa, then the fruity lager, crisp and a little soft, mild gassy bitterness. Finish is dry and crisp, more of the grassy bitterness, slight sticky sweet caramel malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little creamy.

Overall fairly nice, very drinkable tasty schwarzbier but missing something.

jlindros, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is a little malty with hints of toasted grains. The taste neither is a decent texture that isn’t too thin nor thin the delivers a bold black lager taste. The taste has a lot of roasted and toasted flavors without being as bold or thick as a stout. Pretty decent brew for its style.

Lemke10, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of 99bottles
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass, this truly is a black beer. Body is opaque black, with a fizzy white head of an inch that fades into a persistent lace. The beer is obviously less viscous than a stout. Cool. Black lager.

Smell: A sweet scent of malted barley is reminiscent of dried fruit and some soft alcohol.

Taste: More dilute than one might expect, this really is an easy going lager with a different color. Smooth malts lend a flavor of dark fruits, light brandy. In many ways similar to a Belgian Dark Ale, only less intense, easier to consume. In the finish exists a light grassy taste of German Hallertau or perhaps Sazz. Very easy to drink. Very nice flavor, not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Thin. American Macro thin, but it seems to work with this beer. Not one to sip and ponder over, this really is more of an everyday drinker.

Drinkability: Very good. It looks like it might be too much to have over and over, but the mild flavor and light mouthfeel make this easily drank and quite satisfying. I can see what Goethe found these so tasty. It’s like a crazy German Schlitz or something. Quite interesting.

99bottles, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of elniko
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella glass

A: Dark of course, finger of head that dissipated. Exactly what I would expect schwarzbier to look like.

S: Strong smell, nice malty chocolate on the nose.

T & M: I am very impressed with the taste of this schwarzbier. Strong malty taste with caramel and chocolate traces. Slightly watery on the tongue with after taste. Nice mouthfeel, very refreshing.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is now my favorite schwarzbier although there are still many others I would like to try.

elniko, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of tubaguy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a tall can which reads "Germany's #1 Black lager beer" and "seit (since) 1543". I'm skeptical: how many beers claim to be #1 or the oldest? Don't be intimidated by the jet-black appearance because this is very drinkable. Pours with a half inch of head which mostly dissipates. Smells a hint of spices and something sweet. Tastes great: hints of caramel, coffee, malty, with a bite in the aftertaste. Tastes dry the more you sip. Good lacing. Perfect level of carbonation. This is very refreshing. Great for a hot day. I would consider this a "session beer". I'm glad I picked up a case. You can knock these back like an American lager but they taste so much better.

tubaguy, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better German Schwarzbier i had untill now. Drank it in my Dutch beerglass. Poured in the glass the beer itself is enourmous darkbrown/black. The head is lightbrown and very bubbly. With a bright light behind the glass you can see lovely carbonation. The beer looks fabulous, almost like a Westvleteren 8 (which i drank after this one).

The smelle is good, burned malt and hints of coffee.

The first taste is not as good, it looks like your taste has to get used to this kind of beer. After that: good!

The mouthfeel is better than normal and with a good drinkability this is beer to try out.

Brabander, May 16, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark blackish color with hints of ruby light coming through. Not much head, but what is rimming is an off-white.

It definitely has that lager smell of slightly funky European hops but this one is combined with a roasty character and a bit of fruit - figs and raisins.

Taste is much of the smell and then some. It has that pilsener hop smack at the end which is preceded by roasts, dark fruit, chocolate, and espresso/coffee bitterness. It's very interesting and would go exceptionally well with red meat or BBQ.

Mouthfeel is great. Not heavy at all even with the dark color and flavor. It's very spritzy.

I like this beer a lot. This could easily be a go-to sessionable lager for the colder months.

tchenery, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of scott451
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle BB 12.08.12. Poured into a glass mug. One finger tan head on a very dark (almost black) ruby. Moderate lacing. The head soon diminished to a thin layer which stuck around.

Mild malty smells. A very smooth taste. Very mild caramel. More complexity in the middle. Minimal hop in the finish. Pretty dry. Basically the malt profile carries it.

Medium light body with a fairly light carbonation. Overall a top shelf dark beer. Smooth and balanced, complex but well melded flavours. Unusually low ABV for such a big flavoured beer makes this eminently Sessionable.

scott451, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of IceAce
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep-brown body with a deep tan collar of foam. Clarity is outstanding and lacing is huge with seemingly 80% of the glass sporting Brussels finest.

The nose is timid, with roasted malt faintly coaxed from the brew as it warms. Entry is restrained, leading to a rich, roasted coffee & caramel midtaste. the finish culminates in a nicely balanced hop/malt struggle a'la ying & yang.

This brew is reminiscent of those which Germany used in response to England's successful porters of a century ago. Match this with a nicely rubbed tri-tip...

IceAce, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of snpub540
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355mL bottle with the A and the 1 notched on the back label.

Pours an almost opaque black but when held to light you can see some ruby clarity peaking through. Not hazy at all. There were some carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the bottom of the glass. The head was thin but it left some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smelled just like a blonde German lager. Malty with some floral hop aromas floating around in there.

Taste was crsip and refreshing. A nice sweet maltiness blanced by some spicy hop flavor with a dry hop bitterness to balance everything out at the end.

The mouthfeel was creamy and it nice texture that seemed to coat my whole palate. It goes down smooth and refreshing. A great session beer. It looks as if it will be a heavy beer during the pour , but it is actually very light.

snpub540, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty good beer here with a sweet name.. sounds like a position in soccer. Has the typical jet black with tan head swarzbier appearance which is just beautiful. Tastes medium bodied with a nice touch of caramel in the taste. I thought it could use a little more of this flavor as it was a little mroe bland than others I've had this style but very well balanced overall.

oriolesfan4, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ample, light brown head with decent retention and a bit of lace. Opaque, brown-black body.

S - Nutty malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a slight molasses note.

T - Malty with a mild roasty flavor. Slightly nutty with minimal hop character, fairly mild overall.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

D - Enjoyable, mild malt character with nice nutty notes. Overall an accurate and drinkable example of the style.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Otterburn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black color, with some red/brown reflection throught, 1 finger head, laces

Smell: torrefication, caramel,malt

Taste: light burned malt, very smooth, not aggressive at all, nice malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin , low carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, this brew is black but clear and thin like a blond

Otterburn, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of fourstringer
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Moderate hand. Best by 01.09.2015.

A: Opaque, essentially black body with the suggestion of reddish brown at well-illuminated margins. The least head I've seen on beer in a long time. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt with a robust nuttiness. Lighter coffee & chocolate notes. Molasses. Faint smoke. Some fruit - raisin, cherry.

T: Roasted malts open with a subtle smokiness. Delicious over-done pretzel. A mild tang develops before lightly bitter hops wrap things up fairly dryly. No notable alcohol. Nutty, lightly chocolate notes linger in the aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation with a light body. Awfully watery feel, but the flavors are still conveyed nicely.

O: I certainly enjoyed the quality malt notes in this one, but more carbonation and a tad more hop might fill it out even more. I suspect this one lost a bit of fizz on its journey across the pond. Definitely smooth, though.

Prost!

fourstringer, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like cola dark with a thin off white head.
Aroma is very light and sutle with a mild roastedness
Taste is very good mildly roasted and perhaps a suggestion of fruits.
Drinks smooth baby
One of the better black lagers in my opinion. Probably would be much better on tap as the age of this bottle is unknown and probably quite old.

micromaniac129, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well as some grain. The flavor is nice, with some lightly roasted malts and cocoa notes. There is also some sweetness from the malt, as well as some grass and earth notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ebony with a nice thick head which receded leaving lots of lacing. Held up to the light you can notice some ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Scent was modest and staightforward, VERY subtle coffee notes, basically just hints of malt and not much else. Taste was straightforward as well with light coffee and chocolate suggestions, not overly complex but refreshing and clean despite being a dark beer. Mouthfeel was nice and silky smooth yet thin, making this very easy to drink. Overall I like this style and will try more, a bit like drinking a watered down porter but that isn't totally a bad thing.

masikon, Dec 08, 2005
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.