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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of Walken


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kostritzer: Shwarzbier
12 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Black, just barely bordering on brown. Not quite opaque, but damned close. A small, puffy white head forms quickly then drops away into a ring around the edge of the glass, retention isn't overly impressive.
Odor: Burnt raisins, sugar and sourdough bread with sharp roasted malt aromas and the subtle scent of sweet floral hops in the background, hiding with some diacetyl.
Consistency: On the full side of medium bodied, smoother than a young Elvis with a comfortable buzz on. Despite being moderately chewy, this beer could not be described as heavy, the carbonation is ample enough to keep things in line.
Flavor: The aroma was very telling as the flavor of this beer is somewhat reminiscent of over-toasted sourdough bread with some hints of baker's chocolate. Hop flavor is mild and slightly spicy with a firm but clean bitterness. Hints of caramel flash in and out into the finish, dry and clean, leaving some residual roasted malt flavor and the desire to take another sip.

I'm a sucker for a flavorful session beer, what can I say?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:05:59 | More by Walken
Photo of mynie


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God damn I was not expecting a beer this black. It's darker than a dark, dark stout, and its head is perfect white.

Smells hardy, almost like a beery V8 or, as was mentioned before, Tomato soup. Seriously. This is gonna be healthy, I'll bet. More importantly, this is like nothing else I've ever smelled in a beer. Fruits and veggies mixed with roasted malt.

Tastes like Raisins. That's just about it. Raisisn upfront, malt and more dull fruit in the back, and a hint of something smoked. A little bit of juicy aftertaste. Nice. Very different.

This is my first Schwarzbier. I was seriously expecting something akin to Heinekin Dark. What a nice surprise.

To be fair, now that I think about it, this actually tastes like a dark, more complex Bitburger.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 07:18:02 | More by mynie
Photo of guityler83


4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black and opaque with edges of brown where the light shines through. grey/off-white head disipates quickly when poured quickly into a pint glass.

S: Slightly sweet aroma, mild spicyness, german lager yeast charector I can only describe as mineraly

T: Crisp, clean and easy drinking. Spicy, earthy hop bitterness is there but so mild an pleasant you might miss it if you weren't looking for it. The smallest bit of roast charector is present, but dominated heavily by the mineral charector of the lager yeast.

M: Moderate body with a crisp dry finish. moderate carbination

O: I've been sort of fatigued with the APA/IPA/Stout beers that dominate the shelves at my local bottle shops and have been exploring german lagers more extensively. This was a breath of fresh air, crisp clean but still full of charecter and flavor. My exploration of german imports is off to a good start!

Serving type: can

01-20-2013 02:34:23 | More by guityler83
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Dark as night. Frothy head that quickly dissipates, but surprisingly leaves a ring of lace.

3.5 S: Very fresh smelling. I'm picking up roasted barley. Some coffee and caramel malts. Only problem is the aroma is weaker than I'd prefer.

4.5 T: Nice taste. Roasted barley, caramel and chocolate malt. A bit grainy. Hop character is minimal, but acts to balance out the malts nicely.

3.5 M: Medium bodied (but on the lighter end). Good carbonation level, but I'd like to feel a more creaminess.

4.5 D: No weaknesses other than mouthfeel (which still isn't terrible). Good unique flavor from a good unique style.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 00:22:50 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a. 12 oz bottle into a mug. Dark blackish brown brew pours with a small off white head.

s. Smell is of roasted malt and peat, some cracker like yeast.

t. Taste is quite solid and follows the nose. Roasted malted barley plays a dominant role, with some smoke and bready notes on the back end and just a slight bitterness.

m. Medium bodied and semi-smooth.

D. Dangerously drinkable, and a really fine beverage indeed. Reccommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 19:03:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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North Carolina

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

Jet black in appearance. Will scare most "macro-brew" drinkers away...Good...It leaves more of it for the rest of us.

Very good example of the style. Light in body, well balanced and eminently quaffable. An excellent session beer that's good with food (I had mine with steak). I usually run to the porters and stouts, but I'll grab this one again the next time I want something different that's not a weissbier...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2003 07:26:23 | More by euskera
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New Jersey

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

Deep, dark brown in color with a tan head that gives way to a splotchy film on top and sticky foam on the edges that follow the beer down the sides.

The nose contains roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and smoke...maybe peat. I agitated the surface by blowing into it and got a release of dried fruit esters, maybe prune.

A little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue and bitterness further back. The malt is assertive and if not for the bitterness the hops would not be apparent at all. It tastes a little like burnt bread and I could not taste any of the dried fruit esters I got from the scent.

It has a real nice finish to it, no aftertaste. A medium body, lighter than most people would expect from such a dark beer, and light in taste too.

This has the lowest ABV of any beer I've drank in the past couple of months, so tossing a few back would be easy. It's not an overly complicated beer or just extremely sublte, so nothing to really perplex your taste buds. Would go well with a bacon cheeseburger.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:20:57 | More by Naugros
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured black with big soapy khaki colored head that left dense and splashy lace.

S- BIg roasted barley, coffee, vanilla, cracker malt, biscuit malt, cocoa notes.

T- Big grainy notes, roasted barley, cracker malt, roasted coffee, and a hint of vanilla, smokey, floral, and grassy notes.

M- Very smooth and pretty creamy, medium carbonation, and crisp finish.

O- A highly drinkable black lager with a very balanced flavor profile and very nice malt bill.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:25:56 | More by Hoptometrist
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola brown color with a fluffy khaki colored head. Roasty, toasty Munich malt character and suggestions of pumpernickel bread with a slight bit of low-alpha hops nearer the end of the whiff, which can come across as being vegetal at times. Very roasty in flavor without being over-the-top, thin but not too thin. Clean tasting and effervescent, a thoroughly drinkable black lager. It has been years since I had one, now I remember why I used to buy this by the case. A simple beer with a lot of flavor and a delicate balance. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 05:22:59 | More by crookedhalo
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South Carolina

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

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12oz bottle. Appears perfectly black upon pouring, and when held to light there's not much difference. Head reached 2 fingers thick and is offwhite and foamy but it didn't last very long, leaving patchy foam at the top of the brew after only a minute.

Smell: A clean aroma greets the nose upon the first smell. Then it explodes into an array of wonderful malt notes with a sweet berry-like tang hidden deep within. Roasted and caramel malt is most prevalent. The aroma then fades back into a simple clean smell. Nice and subtle.

Taste: Much like the aroma, starting off with a nice clean sensation, then the malts come through in the midpalate. Light, almost sweet malts introduce themselves and fade back into the background - coffee, roasted malt, a subtle sweetness to balance... Then finishes smooth and clean. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost light bodied. I would say almost watery, but there is some substance to it and it is very pleasant. A slick coating sensation assures that every corner of the mouth gets a piece of the great malt taste.

Notes: I love the subtle nature of this beer. Perfect drink to start the night off, and at 4.8% you could almost make a night of this beer. This is a great session, in my opinion. I'll be picking this up again...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 01:20:58 | More by BucBasil
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a .5 liter bottle at a local discount store for .79 euros (hate it for the guy who paid 1.99 at Aldi).

A - Not much head, but I'm not a head-whore. Black as a new moon night. Lovely.

S - Thick, deep and aged as the history it stands on.

T - Roasted wild rice, molasses and the non-abusive hint of licorice (I don't normally like licorice).

M - Thick, surprisingly smooth with slight carbonation.

D - An exceedingly drinkable black beer. Unfathomably sessionable for the depth. Does what New Belgium's 1554 (I'm not hatin') wishes it could do.

Good enough for Goethe? Good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 13:47:03 | More by etherashe
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!


Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 15:12:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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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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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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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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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
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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