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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,349 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,349
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 50 cL Kostritzer glass-handled mug at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black with root beer highlights shone through the light beneath a pillowy, two-finger head of tan carbonation which settles to a thin ring of lace pretty quickly.

S: Toasted black malts, bits of caramel, come anise and roasted grains which give off hints of char and smoke. Slight earthy, herbal hop zest rises from the brew.

T: Super clean, smooth, bittersweet roasted malt flavor up front with notes of chocolate, charred grain husk and an earthy, snappy hop resin that leaves the palate refreshed. The finish is bittersweet, dry and hold a lingering, herbal hop aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, clean and very dry in the finish. Hops refresh the palate after a semisweet, bitter malt experience.

O: A damn fine Schwartz and one of the most balanced I've ever had. Kostritzer is probably the benchmark for this style for good reason. At 4.8% ABV, it's got crazy drinkability with a flavor, balance and mouthfeel that just won't quit. Fond memories have me thinking I'll need a 5-liter of this brew for an upcoming camping trip. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 04:50:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Naerhu

Japan

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautifyl red black body with a cola colored smallish head.

Simple toasted malty aroma.

Roasted malt rich with notes of cola. Never had such a chocolate profo;e om a schwarzbier. Absolutely delicious. I am definately comming back to this beer. Light hops and lighter bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 23:18:33 | More by Naerhu
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erz316

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a pony keg (5L) of this stuff. Its in a big can, thus I say a can. Into Spaten 1L Maß

Good dark dark brown body, huge germanlight brown head. you only ge this kind of head on a german beer. what makes it look so damn good is that pseudo-nitro look which beats any other kind of pour. smell is fine, just roasted malts and yeast; not potent though, especially at the cool temp of 7º C that is recommended . great taste, incredibly drinkable and a real pleasure to have a whole keg to myself. quite drinkable, but a bit too carbonated.

Serving type: can

11-21-2009 21:27:31 | More by erz316
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first schwarzbier, so I'm a little unsure of what to expect. Very dark brown body, with a huge creamy textured tan head that laces very well. In fact the appearance is sublime, and coupled with the taste would easily puncture the myth that dark beers = heavy beers. Chocolate and caramel malts in the lightly sweet aroma. Strong caramel and cocoa notes in the flavour, which is refreshingly light, and has a pleasing bitterness at the edges. The body is on the light side, and carbonation is medium. This would make a good session beer, as no one flavour overwhelms, and the lightness of the body sits well. I could definitely have a few more of these!

Serving type: can

08-11-2008 13:49:47 | More by bobsy
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tall glass at Brauhaus Schmitz, Phil

A - Almost black with a smaller beige head.

S - This beer smell ssweet and roasted. Scents of coffea and sugar come through.

T - The taste is sweet as well. Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet earthy malt, and honey are detected. Reminds me of having honey on a toasted piece of dark bread.

M - This beer is super smooth. Lightly carbonated and light-medium bodied, it is very easy to drink this one. I can see myself getting a six pack of this beer.

Notes - I love schwarzbier and this is one of my favorites. It has a great pairing of flavors and is very smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 17:47:07 | More by BeerForMuscle
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glamphetamine

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Almost completely opaque, a deep brown red. Generates a fluffy light tan head that dissipates a bit quickly toward the rim of the glass. Minimal lacing.

S - Hints of ocean water (no, not fishy) and mesquite. As odd as it might sound, there's a hint of old wood or paper in the smell.

T - Malty, slightly smoky, a hint of coffee and bacon.

M - Light to medium body, moderate to mild carbonation. Finish is mostly clean with some frothiness on the outer edges of the tongue.

D - Very drinkable, but I wouldn't drink many in a row as the flavor would be lost on you after two.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 01:14:03 | More by glamphetamine
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Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a sizeable head of pillowy, dense tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a ring of foam and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Sweet Munich and roasty black malts with aromas of pumpernickel, black coffee, molasses, icing sugar, cocoa powder, nuts, and birch smoke. Faint, grassy hops.

T: Rich biscuity, roasty, and bready malts with overtones of slightly sweet rye bread, black coffee, black molasses, and cocoa. Roasted barley and grain, nuts, and faint grassy, earthy hops towards the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is exceptionally dry, balancing the robust roasty flavour cleanly.

D: An excellent, archetypal example of an uncommon style, offering rich, roasty flavour with the usual refreshing lager drinkability. A must-try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 01:43:59 | More by Kartoffeln
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NStLincoln

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a little light sneaking through. Tan head reduces to about a centimeter and stays there.

Some really nice roasted malt balanced with crisp German hops. A woodsy earthy feel to this nose.

Really great tasting beer. I'm no brewer, but I'd imagine it'd be pretty tough to balance a lot of dark roasty malt and keep that light and refreshing. It's like a little bite of pumpernickel bread that's quickly braced by some mild hops.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this style and the Kostritzer is on the nose. Easy drinking and probably not quite medium bodied, it's something that could be enjoyed in the Spring or Winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:15:27 | More by NStLincoln
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beergoot

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, reddish-brown body with a rich, thich, creamy light tan head. Sweet cocoa and marshmallow aroma; sweet chocolate; lightly roasted grains.Taste follows the scent with a counterbalancing hop bitterness bringing up the end at the finish. Light to medium body; slightly fizzy with carbonation at times, but more so a light, velvety smoothness; clean, semi-sweet finish.

A very tasty malt-forward schwarzbier, relatively light in body compared to many dark ale styles yet packed with great taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. I know the BA style description emphasizes hop bitterness for the style, but this one really brings the rich, dark malt sugars and flavors. Smooth, deep, and intriquing with a lager smoothness combined with a delicious roasted grain charm.

Serving type: can

02-16-2014 23:31:40 | More by beergoot
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Oktoberfest (Deutches Haus, Rivertown, Kenner, Louisiana). Kostritzer Schwarzbier has a medium, beige, creamy head and a black, opaque appearance, with some lacing left behind. I was not able to pick up a lot of aroma, sad to say, but one can detect a slight maltiness. The flavor is of dark-roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Kostritzer finishes fairly crisp and refreshing. Drinkablility is superb with this one. For a black beer, this is about as perfect as it gets. I think you should check it out!

RJT

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 15:12:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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MrIncognito

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a stemless wine glass as a black lager with some deep red hues where thin and light comes through. 2-finger tan head with tight bubbles retains for 2 or 3 minutes then subsides to great lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts with very light hints of coffee and milk chocolate powder. Upon warming a bit there are hints of dark fruits.

T&M - Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Just lightly carbonated with a thick body creates a mellow feel that's neither dry nor thick. The roasted malts meld well with the coffee flavors and dark fruits to create a light body but nice complex flavors. This kind of reminds me of a very very light doppelbock in flavor.

D - I could drink this all night. The flavors are smooth and complex and the body maintains a light quality without losing flavor or feeling thin.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 20:02:08 | More by MrIncognito
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leeenglewood

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with a thick head that whittles down into a nice creamy lace that laces the glass. Smells slightly sweet with a grainy bread overtone. Taste is rich and somewhat chocolaty with a pleasing sweetness that is not out of balance. Somewhat dry finish. Mouthful is rich and creamy and makes this beer extremely drinkable given its rather low abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 02:34:33 | More by leeenglewood
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a mug. No bottled date except for "B" and "4" notched onto the rear label.

(A)- Pours a super dark brown. Big tan frothy head formed and slowly dissipated down to a light layer. Lots of lacing.

(S)- Roasted malts followed by a molasses component. Almost coffee-like.

(T)- Rich malts, not necessarily sweet, but rich. Light roasted creamed coffee aspect.

(M)- Smooth stuff! Rich and overall balance between everything. Good carbonation level. Light bodied, despite its deceiving color.

(D)- A great example of the style if there ever was one! An easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Great effort.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 19:53:26 | More by sweemzander
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champ103

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace.
S: Toasted malt and grains up front and center. Big biscuit and bread crust. Light chocolate and toffee as well.
T: Big toasted grains with some dry bread and biscuit flavors. Light chocolate and toffee. Simple but excellent.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Excellent. Fairly simple, but so enjoyable. Overall a wonderful beer that I highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 03:28:51 | More by champ103
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more (appropriately) excellent German black beers.

The fairly dense and creamy/foamy (similar to a root beer float), khaki-colored head catches the eye first - wonderfully slow-depleting atop the deep, dark ruby liquid.

The smell hints at (sweetened) coffee with a sort of unidentifiable floral/herbal quality (hops?!?!) and extra-dark toasty. Actually, as it sits, the floral/herbal thing takes on a burnt-bitter orange peel. The complexity is nice (see: taste), but I think I'd prefer a more straight-forward rich malt aroma. But what do I know?

Liquid near-burnt toast is the dominant flavor. Similar to Malta Goya w/o the sweetness. No sweet or grainy flavors. A small bit of darkened caramel and, curiously (sort of), vague bubblegum that (re-)emerges on the palate long after an isolated sip.

I can certainly see easily knocking back a bunch of these (or a big 2L tankard). Soft-round-mild malty body. Wonderfully dry finish with an rolling off at the end, clean and rinsing like the wash of a small wave on a freshwater pond. Perhaps some yeast-derived fruity (esters?) in the follow through?

A very nice schwarz - but I feel like I've had better...

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 20:04:50 | More by Bouleboubier
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stoutman

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. Fairly thin, and lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. Pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: can

07-05-2004 01:23:32 | More by stoutman
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours night-black with a reasonable amount of tan colored head.

The smell is mostly earthy tones, some carmel; not overly present though, really have to sniff at it to pick up the finer details - slight floral essense, brown sugar, toasted malts...

The taste is superb an excellent blend, light sweetness with a great balance of bitterness. Really impressed with this brew, picked a bottle up at random and glad I did. I'll be buying this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 06:00:29 | More by donteatpoop
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RiekerStarBrew

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the bottle into my sniffer glass and had a black color with ruby highlights. The aroma was subtle and had a slight chocolate aroma and grains. The flavor was what really impressed me. I find it amazing that a beer this dark can have such a smooth, subtle flavor. It had a slight sourness with hints of dark malts and traces of chocolate and coffee. It also had a very slight spiciness, but bittersweet overall. The finish was dry and hoppy. I thought this was a very well balanced beer that was very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 04:10:07 | More by RiekerStarBrew
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Duttonic

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, light tan head of about a cm. Shiny like molasses. Small bubbles.

S- Reminded me of a bock. Mild roasty notes.

T- I was expecting it to be very heavy, but it is surprisingly light. It was not watery at all though. Rich.

M- Great mouthfeel. Rich, without being heavy.

D- Great drinkability. I wanted another after I had the first.

I would love to pair this with BBQ or a burger. Dark beer goes well with them, but it is hard to find ones that aren't overly filling. Great beer all-around.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 21:48:28 | More by Duttonic
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Offa

California

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had previously had this in a bottle and food it very good but not overly impressive. Although I still have had one or two that I think are better, having had it again on tap, I have found it to be better than I previously felt, which is not always the case.

On tap, almost black, it has a large tan head that slowly shrinks to lasting thin foamy top and leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroma is mostly molasses and toasty bread with licorice and a hint of earth.

The taste is toasty with elements of prunes in red wine, licorice, earth, and hint of chocolate. I found it on tap to be less dry and thin of character, only slightly dryish with a light sweetness and light toasty-licrorice bitterness. It is smooth and very easy to drink. On tap, the body was slightly fuller and more satisfying than when I had it in the bottle, when it seemed thinner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 19:40:25 | More by Offa
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar in Lexington, Ky. In a Spaten pint glass, the body is a deep and dark mahogany, with some light shining through when held to some light. Gorgeous three finger tan head is rocky, retaining well before fading into some immense, sticky, patch lace.

Aroma is not as robust as expected, but is dark malty sweet, with a nice floral hops balance.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and has a mild, herbal hops bite.

Taste is intriguing, and has malty notes of chocolate and toffee that are balanced by lavender floral hops and a note of anise. Finishes slightly dry, with a crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Very well crafted, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2004 22:18:53 | More by merlin48
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass. Near-black with just a touch of russet around the edges when held to the light. A good inch of head that settles nicely to a thin ringed layer. Patches and sheets of lacing.

Nose is great: roasted malts, a hint of nuts and caramel, and a breadiness that, combined with the roasted character of the nose, almost feels like rye or pumpernickel. How German can you get?

The taste is superb. Similar flavour notes as in the nose, but with an added touch of dark fruit - plum or prune. Finishes dry and slightly watery.

Medium carbonation. Body is a bit on the lighter side, but the whole experience is that of a drinkable, refreshing brew.

Every time I've had Kostritzer I've liked it more and more. For such a dark brew, it's very sessionable. A prime example of the style.

Serving type: can

05-12-2010 02:47:11 | More by JohnnyBarman
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black brew with chestnut highlights and a tight, compact, and dense on finger brown head. A good deal of chocolate milk lace is left on the glass.

S - Chocolate, smoke, root-beer, and black licorice. Roasted almonds and campfire aromas predominate.

T - Sweet and chocolaty at first, followed by some smoke, then overtaken by a dusty sour flavor that I quite like. A strangely flavored and smoky brew that's really hard to describe....it's just plain good!

M - At first, it seems like it's light bodied, but it becomes foamy, full, and solid when swished around a bit. Moderate carbonation and a sour slightly dry finish make for a very quenching brew.

D - Extremely drinkable and thirst quenching. I think that this is an excellent beer to have with a meal....I'm thinking steak or a BBQ pork sandwich.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 05:25:35 | More by pmcadamis
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scottoale

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall, skinny brown long-neck with three foiled labels and a bottling/freshness code notched (A,5) on the rear label. It pours a nearly black, brown with a finger of greyish-tan froth.

The smell of this brew is what really liked about it...sweetish malt stands out with some earth and a kind of must, along with some wood notes. Just a light malty sweetness that begs too be drunk.

Lightly roasty malt with mild sweetness and oaky flavors prevail. Almost nutty at times with a good carbonation and just enough hoppiness to balance things to a "T". Clean on the finish.

Light-medium in body with the alcohol seeming non-existant, giving this brew extremely good drinkability. Very enjoyable Schwarz, one of the best I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 20:10:42 | More by scottoale
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galante27

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other black lagers that I have had are medeocre but this offers a wonderful taste that doesn't have a bitter aftertast

A:A dark brown almost black look with a very good head thats lasts for a while

S: A wonderful dark malty smell, smells like
when wort is brewing

T: Again good rosted malt taste with hints of coffee. The tastes lasts and keeps the same flavor as it diminishes. Black Lagers have a tendency to have a bitter aftertaste but this is smooth.

M: Very smooth, and not to overpowering, (which German dark beers can have a tendency to do such as maxamators).Little carbonation and good feel

D: Dark german beers are my favorite and this is one to add to my revolving on hands.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:02:21 | More by galante27
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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