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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,536 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,536
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 70
Gots: 97 | 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 RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it's readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn't treated poorly on it's way here.

Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that's left behind is thin and spotty.

Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There's a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on.

Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these.

I've had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I've had. I'm not sure why there are two entries for this. According to my bottle this is still made by Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown with a tinge of coppery, ruby color when held to light. Produced an off white pillow of head, about 2fingers thick, with very good retention. Lacing was spotty but very good as well.

S - What I got was very very mild, faint grass upfront with soft roasted malt notes, but more grainy smelling. Hints of a buttery/nut thing going on but that was about all I could pull out.

T - Soft & clean flavors here expected by what the smell put out. Clean grass & nut upfront, touch of buttery flavor fading into finishing flavors, soft roasted malts & subtle toffee. A touch of bitterness from malts & hops are present but very subdued, balancing though.

M - Very very smooth & moderately crisp, around lite bodied. Refreshing feel, I thought it complimented the flavor profile perfectly.

D - This was an extremely quafable brew! I could sit around all evening drinking a 6pack of this beer, I have to say this my first Schwarzbier, so I really don't have a true feel for the style yet, but I really did enjoy this one. I definitely recommend it, I could see myself buying this one again in the future sometime, maybe not worth seeking out in my opinion though.

Photo of Barraclou
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's the new guy I found when I returned my empties to the grocery store. At CAD 2.49 per 500ml can, it is also budget priced.

Appearance: It makes no doubt: it is a schwarzbier. It is dark brown / black with some white lace on top.

Smell: Its aromas are very inviting. It is like a mix of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The first thing you discover is a taste of roasted grain, then it is like a average black beer with that very interesting flavour of chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel: It is not that not that bad, but it is too carbonated when the beer warms up.

Drinkability: It is a very nice surprise. I am glad to recycle since it brought me to the grocery store and made me discover this beer. It is one of the most intriguing reviews I done. I don't know if this beer is good only once in a while or also good for drinking more than one in a night. I need to check it. :)

Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from mini keg.

A: pours deep black, some light passage through the edges, creamy tan head

S: roasted malts, subtle smoke, chocolate, coffee

T: chocolate, coffee, lager yeast, smoke, well balanced, slight bitterness at the end

Mf: thin body, mellow carbonation

O: nice and flavorful, well balanced

Photo of Kijimuna
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go into the chocolate, burnt, cherries, kittens and butterflies stuff. Drinking this is fun and it tastes good. It goes down smooth, isn't overly effervescent and I love the aftertaste. It would taste good after mowing the lawn or shoveling snow off the driveway. Say it out loud ... Schwarzbier.

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear very dark brown with a one-finger khaki colored head, which dissipated quickly. Patches of lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of roasted grains, black coffee, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hops. Smells amazing.

T - Rich, dark roasted grains forward, without hardly any of the sweeter elements indicated in the nose. Earthy hops make themselves known in the finish. Not at all complex, but the flavor that is there is excellent.

M - Light bodied, with slightly spritzy carbonation. Somewhat grainy. Finishes extremely crisp.

O - I found myself wishing it was just a tiny bit creamier and just a tiny bit sweeter. But overall, one of the better examples of the style. Would gladly drink again.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a pretty good brew. Pours a solid black with fair head. Malt flavor dominates without overpowering. I was surprised at how thin it was even compared to others of the style. Faint chocolate, but nothing really stands out. Good beer in large quantities, you won't get tired or burnt out on. Not the best of type, but worth a try.

Photo of TripelJ
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Köstritzer Schwarzbier

This beer was a pleasant change of pace from my recent belgian binge. Pours almost black with a very active off-white head that fills the glass. Aroma is a non-specific sweetness and is very subtle. Pretty light-bodied for a good dark beer and this adds to its drinkability. Taste is sweet with some grains and definite roasted notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp lager finish, and unlike some other lighter lagers, this one is pretty good at warmer temperatures. I'll be buying this one again.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, almost black. A medium-sized head is creamy and light brown. Aroma is of rich dark breads with an edge of cocoa sweetness. Taste is a rich, dark bready malt with plenty of mildly roasted malt flavor. Sweetness is moderate and suits this beer perfectly. All in all, this is a very tasty schwarzbier that I highly recommend.

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

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.

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.

Photo of SuperHop18
3.96/5  rDev +1%

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.