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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

785 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 785
Hads: 1,676
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 96
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with garnet highlights in corners of glass, tan head with light lacing, good clarity.

S - Musty maltiness with leather and grain. Some noble hops and roastyness.

T - A subtle roasted character follows the initial upfront malt. Clean fermentation character with a little carbonation acidity. Alcohol presence is light.

M - Light and zingy.

O - A very refreshing favorite for the warmer months. Good example of this highly drinkable and sessionable style. (468 characters)

Photo of LeftyEtc
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-The label lends a regal quality before you even open this beer. Thick black body darkens under a half inch tan head.

S-A slight spicy pop comes out over the surgery malty aroma.

T-Burnt brown sugar and sticky toasted malts over power this beer in a hugely positive way.

M-A thick foamy head with a deep rich body makes this a filling beer that i could have several in a quite few hours of relaxing in an old pub. (419 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Near jet black with a rich tan head and sticky icebergs of lacing.

S – Very mild German maltiness, perhaps light caramel, roasted coffee and a clean bitter noble hop.

T – Perhaps compares to something like Thai iced coffee in the roastiness and smokiness department, at any rate just delicious and creamy and refreshing.

M – Light and creamy and extra refreshing; the mouthfeel is a microcosm of the taste.

D – Thirst-quenching and poundable. (480 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma was mostly of dark malt, but not too rich, with a slight bready quality. At times the aroma can have a quality of soy sauce, but not over powering. Big full tannish head, that becomes rocky in appearance. Dark brown to black with reddish tints if held to the light,and clear. Smooth dark malt flavor with lager qualities. Not overpowering, it has a lighter and refreshing quality. Nice flavor throughtout the drink with a shorter finish. Nicely balanced with enough bitterness. Becomes richer as it warms and smoother too, but with increasing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation that helps add to the pleasure. Very good overall beer. A beer that's good for starters and experienced drinkers. (714 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark nice and opaque. On top is a beige head only finger thick.

Aroma: Lots of roasted dark malts with notes of dark fruits. Pumpernickel, faint plum, black licorice in the tail end.

Taste: A crisp mouthfeel to start. Dark fruits, plum, black licorice, malts and hops are roasted rather dark. Rye, light spice, light notes of grape and a dry but crisp finish.

Notes: Dam tasty such a remarkable and traditional German style a very find and I will pick this one up again. Cheers. (498 characters)

Photo of schrist275
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served just a few degrees below cellar temp, just the way I like them. The color so red brown that in the dark corners of the glass, it looks black. (Humor). The head that develops slowly dissipates into a fine rim hugging off-white lace. As you move the glass to your face you notice that you are not getting hit with carbonation, a good sign if you ask me. As the glass rests on your upper lip and you breath deep the aroma of this nectar, a slight hint of ???? with a very little touch of chocolate. As the beer goes into your mouth, you are overcome by a nice light on the tongue feel that is not normal with a beer so dark. The flavor is that of a nicely browned/lightly burnt chocolate (first flavor) and then develops into a nuttier flavor that hangs around your mouth. Absolutely worth having during Fest times, Great with any sour style german foods. Love it.

Alcoholic Content by the way is 4.8% (908 characters)

Photo of beakerboy
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Tall tan head with large bubbles. Very dark brown beer. It's still translucent though.

S: The aroma of roasted malt dominate.

T: Flavor is also dominated by roasted malt with slight bitterness.

M: It's a very smooth, light bodied beer with low carbonation

D: Very drinkable. I was worried about this one as I don't care for stouts and porters very much.
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Photo of meday
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at August Restaurant on Blecker St. in Manhattan from bottle to wine glass.

Translucent dark brown with a quickly disappearing off-white head.

Mild, slightly sweet aroma, but overall a very mild aroma.

Beautiful, full taste, with prune overtones. The beer reminded me of the earthy refreshing quality of drinking mountain cold spring water after a long hike.

Despite the dry nature, it had a creamy, yet active mouthfeel.

Very drinkable; I had to be weary of drinking it all before my wonderful dinner was served. (526 characters)

Photo of Bajasith
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour with exceptional two finger head. Dark appearance with a very attractive aroma of medium roasted coffee and caramel... Had this beer once before and really enjoyed it. Bought it again just recently just to remind me how smooth this beer is... I could de-finitely have this beer stocked up in the fridge. (318 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great mid-sized black lager. Pours like a porter with a tan head and lots o'lacing. Smell is malty with a faint wiff of roasted malt and clean yeast. Taste and mouthfeel are in harmony here with a possible perfect feel, but if only there was a little more to the dark flavor of this blakc lager. Terrific stuff and at $2 a bottle a steal. (340 characters)

Photo of darkbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local supermarket starting stocking this beer recently and i always make it a duty to try new stuff and was pleasantly suprised.

A: When I picked this up at my local supermarket. I had never had a schwarzbier before and from dark lager i was expecting it to be like a heavy double bock but the amber tones impressed me. The head gets quite tall if not poured very slowly on the edge of the glass and has a slight caramel tint. It's quite thick and bitter but dissipates after about a minute and halfway down the glass is non-existent.

S: Upon pouring the beer into a pint glass I instantly smelt faint aromas of smoke, caramel and coffee. As i approached closer the the smoke and coffee took on a stronger presence with a hint of sweetness.

T: It tastes just as impressive as its smell with very little bitterness until the end. the flavors from the malts remain constant throughout which is quite enjoyable. A lingering, and quite pleasant taste of coffee remains after a few minutes.

M: It is quite an easy drink and utterly enjoyable. Like many lagers which get tiresome after a few sips this one keeps it drinkability throughout. It's ABV allows it to not be too strong of a beer to only have 1 or 2 in a night.

D: If you are looking for a beer with subtle aromas of coffee and smoke but do not like the heaviness of irish stouts then this is a perfect beer to try. I will definitely be keeping a stock of this in my beer fridge. (1,443 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit this is one of my favorite styles. Honestly I have yet to run across a craft-beer Schwarzbier that I did not like. So my review is honest and I loved this beer. For the rest of you who enjoy a good Black Beer, try this, its a good one.
Here' the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours looking thick and almost black with a very thick creamy light brown 3 finger head. Magnificent lacing down the glass.

Smell: The typical black aroma of burntness. I love it. Charred malts, chocolate, caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Taste: Black charred espresso, cooked molasses toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and everything marvelous about this style of beer. A bit of campfire air. It does come back with a slightly bitter hop finish to balance the malty beginning. Very pleasant, and easy!

Mouthfeel: Light body, just right for a drinkable black beer. Very little carbonation and lip smackingly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night for months on end! Low ABV, light body sits easy in the stomach, no cloying flavors just plain easy drinking good black beer. mmm. I'm a fan!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,143 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a beer trade with my manager.
Bestbydate is 09/12/2010. Hoping it won't affect much.
12oz->Spaten Octoberfest Glass (Rastal)
A ~ Pours the color of dark chocolate with a crimson hue next to the light. A hilly, light-tan head that fades into a thin layer that lasts. Semi opaque. Looks great.

S ~ Clean malty aromas, crackers, potting soil. A wisp of European hops.

T ~ Nose follows through with the lovely Roasted malts...notes of dark bread, weak black coffee, & leafy hops with a touch of bark. Simple is good.

M ~ Medium carbonation with a slightly creamy feel. A finish that is crisp & earthy.

D ~ Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles & this one did not disappoint. Pleased to try one of the oldest in the style.
Great beer. Try if you love Black Lager. (774 characters)

Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. I totally agree with Jason's (The Bros) review.

Mine had punches on both side edges of the rear label designating A-7 bottling.

A= total black, but if you hold it to strong light you can see some dark mahogany at the edges (assuming it's poured in glass). Mild tan head (1 finger in my 1/2L glass stein), nice lacing down the glass for a while.

S= nice robust traditional hops, roasty whiffs of malts and some nutty hints. No carbonation-burning in the nose. Catch a good whiff after it's poured and before you start to drink, because it's a lot harder to find afterwards.

T= if someone blindfolded you and you drank this, you might not know it was a dark beer except for the slight lingering tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, black molasses and possibly some rye. On the other hand it's definitely a quality and traditional black beer, an old standard for many which followed. Every now and then I'd catch a nice bold bready taste and nose when I took a gulp. Toasted caramel sweetness, or maybe it's buckwheat honey. Hints of black cherry as it sits for a while. Balanced carbonation. I'd go on but the beer just ended, darn. Dark-bread scents lingering up from my stomach afterwards, but no hefty bloated belching.

M= very nice, a light bitters and toasted taste on the tongue with some black molasses and light caramel sweetness or buckwheat honey, whichever-- causing mild salivation.

D= I suspect that anyone who likes good beer, even light ale fans, would enjoy this, whether one bottle or session. We had a 6-pack at a tailgate party where the guys next to us were drinking St Pauli Girl and they really enjoyed the bottles we gave to them in pity. (1,671 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blew my mind when I first had it - still does today.

The feat here, is in how light & balanced it is for how dark it is. Just the right amount of malty sweetness, the right amount of roasted malts, the right amount of hops edging out the malts.

& unlike say, a doppelbock, it's got a surprisingly clean finish for as dark & as German as it is. It's a gem. (357 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love when a brewer totally nails a style and I must say that this is the best Schwarzbier I have had yet. The burnt malt notes are surrounded with a luscious mouthfeel that I have not found in most black beers. The beer is so well balanced that you want another as soon as finish the first. (290 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice thick head. Head as a slight brown colour to it (Irish cream). Head keeps and there is a good lacing on the glass as you drink. Colour is dark ruby / dark plum.

S: Hints of coffee, low plum, low liquorish (sweet liquorish or North American liquorish),none to low molasses but in a pleasant way.

T: None to low bread, pumpernickel, dark toffee, short metallic taste (very short), bitterness follows and then some roastiness.

M: Well carbonated, silky smooth in the mouth, makes you want to take an other sip. Oddly refreshing for a dark lager.

O: I've now had this beer about 6 times and every time I do I enjoy it more. It's is very well balance for a dark lager, everything is smooth. (706 characters)

Photo of MrMegaton09
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Original Bottle

Appearance: Dark Lager with very low transparency. Minimal Lacing.

Smell: Maltly aroma, notes of chocolate/toffee, hop aroma non apparent.

Taste: Very good flavor and extremely balanced. As with aroma notes of chocolate and toffee come aparent. Slight to no hop bitterness. This may very well be one of the most balanced and cleanest finishing brews I have had yet.

Overall: A very good choice no matter your particular preferences. A very drinkable beer with a great rich flavor. A special thanks to my friend who gifted me this bottle. (571 characters)

Photo of bob3701
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Starts off with a really big head but quickly disolves into nothing. So-so lacing and at least for me no real aroma detected. However this beer tasted great and I am at a loss on how to describe the taste. This beer was the smoothest beer I have ever had, it was like drinking pure silk. All malt taste hardly any bitterness at all. I guess this is the black lager I now compare all others with. (422 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a most excellent dark bronze color, with an appealing ruby tint and a nice almost beige head. There are faint malt aromas on the nose. The flavors consisted of malt, toasted dark bread, grains, lightly hopped, herbs…all balanced well for a moderately sweet / clean taste on the palate. Mouth feel and body are slightly thin/watery but smooth. Overall a very enjoyable black lager. (390 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite Styles of Beer. Although hard to find a large variety.

Pours a dark, near black but clear up to a light with a thick head. Smell is a slight toasted malt with noble hops.

Taste is wonderfull. Crisp. Crisp as heck. A bready almost maltiness takes over and melds into a sweet hoppy finish with a lingering pepper and slight molases. But think at all, but i'd say a medium/light body with a wondeful german maltiness to it.

A fantastic beer that should be tried. (487 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty roasty chocolaty black beer. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. This is one of the best Shwarzbiers out there not that there are many. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, smooth low ABV and just a well made black beer. (259 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears a dark black with red hues when looking carefully. The head is retained for a moment. This beer smelled of stinky cereal when it was first poured, but once it settled, I get some smoky, nutty, and some spiciness to it. For all my apprehensiveness, this beer hits it out of the park. The malty flavor takes over the palate. The hop character is downplayed, but I enjoyed the malty backbone on top of the unmistakable Germain crispness that their lagers tend to have. The body is light, and very lager-like. Overall, I'd definitely drink it again. I'd say this is a perfect Fall beer for all you porter and stout fans. A great buy. (646 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

The malty sweetness comes through readily in the aroma, along with a touch of molasses, brown sugar, prune. The body is a very dark brown with faint garnet highlights; the head is light tan; lots of lacing sticks around. The flavor initially gives off roasted malt with malty sweetness in support; there is also some light coffee and prune-like fruitiness. The body is rather light with just a little carbonation, but it's smooth and mildly crisp.

The body is a bit light and minimally carbonated, but the aroma and flavor are very solid and thoroughly enjoyable. (565 characters)

Photo of chriscolby
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark -- almost as dark as as a stout -- with a moderate, cream-colored head. The beer looks beautiful. The aroma shows a lightly sulfury lager nose with a faint hint of chocolate malt. The flavor is malty and rounded, with only a slight hint of debittered dark malt character. (You would never guess the beer was this color if you tasted it blindfolded.) Hopped only to the level to keep the malt from getting chewy or cloying. Very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer shows an enormous amount of brewing finesse -- from getting that much color into a beer without introducing any bitter dark malt character to the delicate and well-integrated balance of all the ingredients in the beer. Proof that a beer doesn't need to be hugely alcoholic or over-the-top hoppy to be great, in my opinion. (802 characters)

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.