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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,405 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 64 | 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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fattyre

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. The smell is very sweet roasted malt. The taste is roasty/toasty malt sweetness with almost no hoppiness with a moderate mouthfeel. Overall a very sweet(but not overly so) tasty and slightly smokey black lager that I would drink more of if I could get it more readily.

08-07-2003 03:48:02 | More by fattyre
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Boilermaker88

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

The first time I had a Köstritzer was at a restaurant in Ginowan City, Okinawa back in 1998. I even bought a Köstritzer glass, my first piece of glassware that wasn't a pint glass, to commemorate the occasion. Now, nearly six years later, I decided it was time to reacquainte myself with this schwarzbier.
Poured from a 12oz bottle, it had a color of dark chocolate with some ruby highlights, a lumpy brownish-tan head, and nice streaky lacing. It had a nice roasted malt aroma tinged with coffee and cocoa and hints of caramel and nuts. The taste had a mild chocolatey flavor and some caramel sweetness up front. A more earthy grain flavor came across mid-range before a lightly spicy hops note finished things up. The feel was medium/light, clean and dry.
Drinkability was really pretty good. It's got a nice balance and no one flavor seems badly out of place. Worth giving a try if you see it.

02-03-2004 17:37:46 | More by Boilermaker88
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Lexluthor33

New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Dark black with a nice sized head and lace.
The aroma of malts,light caramel and dates.

The taste of caramel,biscuit and bread with a good dose of malts.

The feel was medium carbonation,light body and some light grains in the finish.

Notes: A really good beer at Peter luger's. A really good session beer with excellent drinkability.

08-15-2009 17:47:58 | More by Lexluthor33
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

This is a style I don't get enough of. The beer arrived looking as black as can be with a barely noticeble caramel colored head. To me this is a very drinkable lager, with nice roasted malts that are not overpowering. The aroma was mellow, sporting some roasted malt with some sweetness. The malt gently lingered and disappeared rather quickly. Overall a pleasantly good beer that satisfies the need for a flavorful beer that doesn't fill you up.

09-19-2003 19:56:50 | More by Gavage
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Extremely dark ruby with a large tan head and great retention and good lacing.

S: Germans hop dominate with a bit of mint as well.

T: Full of malts and a very slight smokiness. wtih chocolate and caramel and some raisin and date notes.

M: Nice carbination and a long malty finish.

D: This a great dark session. More flavorful than most schwarz and dunkels.

04-17-2008 02:07:49 | More by Biscuit033
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Riggo

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Very opaque, dark, dark brown. Creamy tan head that falls to a thin cap. Head retention and lacing are minimal to medium.

Smell is earthy and rustic. Some almost citrus or herbal notes from the hops along with dusty cocoa powder notes. Roasty, light espresso elements. Some fruit--red grapes, apples.

In the mouth, it's fruity, balanced by light hop bitterness and some coffeeish notes. Perhaps some faint chocolate is there. Hints of lactic as well as an almost Belgian funky/musty quality. Finish is dry and fruity, herbal. Very nicely balanced all around.

Mouthfeel is light but that is appropriate to the style. You get deeper, darker notes without the heaviness of a dubbel or a stout. Carbonation is light. Right on--refreshing while still laid back.

Drinkability is quite high--as is appropriate to the style.

08-21-2010 18:29:44 | More by Riggo
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tkarsies

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

11-03-2006 23:45:41 | More by tkarsies
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rowew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Description of the beer on the neck, no freshness date. Claims to be "The Best Kept Micro Beer Secret."

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a little bit of red arond the edges. Medium sized head that fades slowly.

Smell: Clean, sweet malty aroma with slight roasted notes.

Taste: Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Tastes are well balanced with lots of malts and a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable style, and a great example of it. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I would highly recommend some brauts to go along with it!

04-07-2005 22:00:24 | More by rowew
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from 12oz brown/black bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black with a sticky tan average-sized head typical for the style.

S: Dark fruit and bready yeasty aroma cut with slight sourness.

T: Yeasty, bready flavors dominate with some dark fruit tones and mild noble hops to give a slightly dry finish

M: Even feel with low carbonation and medium-to-full body

D: For a beer with a lot going on, this is pretty drinkable. A nice interpretation of the schwarzbier style.

04-16-2008 03:53:15 | More by argock
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

I had this with dinner at Lederhosen in New York.

Pours a deep black with a thick brown head that clings to the side of the glass. The aroma is surprisingly light: biscuity malt, a hint of fruit and light roastiness.

Malty throughout, bready, toasty and lightly sweet. The finish has a nice mild roasty bitterness. Mild, but impressive. High carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

Incredibly drinkable. Mild but still flavorful.

06-20-2008 19:17:59 | More by EPICAC
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T100Mark

California

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

A bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Almost black (dark amber around the edge of the glass). One finger head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing on the inside of the glass. A Nice looking beer.

Smell - Black liquorice.

Taste - Again, black liquorice. Toast. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter.

Mouth - Light. Pleasant.

Overall - A very nice lager. Sweet yet balanced. Very drinkable (don't be intimidated by the color).

09-06-2012 02:36:11 | More by T100Mark
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Had this one on-tap at Lager's in New Orleans. This beer poured a very dark color that was just a tad lighter than pitch black with a nice off-white head that lasted a little while. The smell is not strong at all, but roasted malt and a bit of coffee come through. The taste is roasted malt with hints of choclate and coffee. The mouthfeel has a creamy character to it, but it is not heavy by any means and makes a great session beer. Recommended.

02-01-2009 02:25:07 | More by biggmike
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

(Served in an Imperial Pokal)

A- This beer has an opaque dense black body with a sandy tan head of cream that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are a few random tiny bubbles seen gliding to the surface.

S- The dry fresh roasted grain note has a dry caramel note and a dry chocolate grain note it.

T- The smooth clean roasted malt flavor has some dry pale malt flavors with just a bit of sweetness. There is a soft earthy note to the roasted bitterness finish that also has a light cream and tang qualities to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with crisp fizz finish the blends the slight sweetness of the malt.

D- This beer has a nice roasted malt flavor which has a good depth but still remains smoothly lagered.

06-09-2009 20:51:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Dark but translucent, almost black but not quite, chestnut brown color, with red hues reflecting light. Thin, persistent brown head. Strong lager smell, with notes of a dark fruit (figs?) and bitter chocolate, both of which are lightly reflected in the taste as well. Very drinkable, and an excellent change of pace from my normal consumption patterns.

I first enjoyed this beer on tap in Eisenach, close to Bad Kostritz in Thuringia, and I never thought I'd see it after leaving that small East German town. I was thrilled to find it, and immediately bought two six packs.

10-08-2003 02:02:22 | More by RockyTopHeel
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

This is a really great looking lager, it is very dark an looks black in the glass with a bit of dark red-brown at the edges. Head is a contrasting white which laced well. Smell was dark chocolate and bread. Taste was very good will some roasted malts and more hops than a typical stout, and a biscuity flavour and a nice bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light, and very smooth. It may look like a stout because of its blackness, but it is a lager through and through. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. In short "Das Bier für Sie!"

10-30-2004 16:23:16 | More by tatterdash
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surfmeister

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: Coca Cola brown almost black, rich head with cascading liquid falling between ascending bubbles. Beautiful.
Smell: pumpernickel bread, molasses, anise, cloves, sweet smelling
Taste: malty, bready, little hop, not as sweet as the smell, no bitterness, very full flavored but finishes clean without cloying sweetness or smoke, great finish, full flavored beer with little aftertaste
Mouthfeel: much more "refreshing" than one might think, high carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel, not chewy or heavy like a stout
Comment: great brew, unique in many ways, highly recommended

12-06-2003 05:21:03 | More by surfmeister
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured a black as coal colour with a single finger tan crown that quickly disapated leaving a very tiny center lace and glass ring. Carbonation is subtle.
The body is full and the aroma has a fragrant flowery odour initially but do not hesitate or you will miss it.
The taste starts with a slight bitterness and finishes the same, also
a nut like presence.
Very nice.

09-21-2003 01:36:24 | More by Shiloh
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 20 2013. It has been a seriously long time since I have had a schwarzbier, but I really liked the last (and only) one I tried - so picking this up was a bit of a no-brainer.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, with ruby red highlights under the light. Two fingers of tan-coloured head surge forth from the surface, dissipating gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, creamy cap and some lacing stuck to the sides. Very subtle aroma with slight hints of caramel, roasted malts and a vague dark fruit aspect. There's also a distinct lager yeast note. Decent aroma, but too weak to be impressive.

Though the aroma left a bit to be desired, this is some tasty, full-flavoured stuff for a 4.8% brew. Roasted, grainy dark malts are prominent, providing a flavour that is somewhere halfway between baker's chocolate and coffee grounds. There are also suggestions of prunes and perhaps dark cherries, which lead into the earthy, hoppy finish. Dry aftertaste with a bit of dark chocolate. On the light side of medium-bodied, some slight oilyness with a modest bite from the carbonation. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to warrant some savouring.

This style has always interested me - I enjoy sessionable lagers, and I'm also a fan of lighter porter/stout type beers, so the natural conclusion is that I would like schwarzbiers as well. Unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of accessible examples around here. This one has convinced me to look a bit harder for more, because they really do make for a great pint.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A minus. The Germans are, simply put, the masters of lagerdom. Though they seem to be more famous for their pilseners, weisses and bocks, they also make some damn fine 'sessionable' dark beers. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a ridiculously drinkable testament to their national expertise that no beer geek should neglect to try. I really wish this was available locally, because I'd be buying bottles by the handful.

07-19-2012 04:48:51 | More by thehyperduck
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable.

11-19-2003 01:34:20 | More by pezoids
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

The colour is deep brown-black; the liquid is clear. The high head is airy, pale brown and firm. A good amount of lacing occurs.

The smell is mild with some hoppy bitter flavours, some dough and porridge and dark chocolate.

The taste is very malty and a bit roasted, almost toasted. But it is not heavy; it is still very drinkable and balanced. There are notes of rye bread, toasted white bread, porridge and some mild cocoa. The aftertaste is a bit dry with flavours of roasted malt, hoppy notes of dried fruits and some butter. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to mild. The liquid is very creamy, almost thick.

This is one of the most sold schwartzbiers in Germany, and it is not hard to see why: It is a very drinkable and generous beer that is almost a meal in itself.

08-19-2007 17:56:02 | More by bark
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a very dark brown-black, with no lacing or discernable head.
The nose consisted of chocolate malt, maple and brown sugar, mild spice.
The taste was very malty, with mild chocolate and otehr sweet malt hints, but not very complex.
The mouthfeel was surprisingly middle-to-light bodied and extrememly smooth for such a dark beer.
Overall very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

04-01-2008 19:42:46 | More by sinistrsam
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Had this on tap at the local pub. Got some nice stemmed Kostritzer glasses to drink it out of as well. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate, off-white head that has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass (and pitcher). The aroma was roasted malts and a low level of hops were detected. The flavor was silky smooth. Caramel and roasted malts with a silght bitter profile from the hops. Full-bodied and easy to drink.

11-29-2004 19:16:30 | More by clvand0
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Yimosan

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

12oz Bottle/Dimpled Mug

A - Dark like a Tootsie Roll with a bubbly tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Faint Smell of sweet caramel malt, and a bit of Ovaltine.

T - Definitely Roasted, Malty and delicious. Didn't taste the hops at all.

M - Very clean, front and back! Nice carbonation.

D - I can drink a boatload of this guys; The low ABV makes this tasty treat a Memorial Day BBQ must have!

Salud!

09-03-2010 22:00:04 | More by Yimosan
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allengarvin

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Half-liter bottle, in a nonik glass.

Appearance: Deep rich dark color, tinted slightly red. Good head retention, with a crown of tan foam, and nice lacing.

Aroma: Very rich bread-like aroma, touch of caramel. Almost coffee-like.

Flavor: Clean bready dark malt, almost but-not-quite burnt. Bitterness is fairly low but comes in a touch at the end. Coffee-like flavors again, slightly chocolately. A good, clean finish.

Body: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Very good schwarz, one of the best of the few imported to the US.

12-09-2004 02:33:49 | More by allengarvin
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a clear black with an off white, fizzy head that dies down to a circle of foam that retains to the end. Tiny specks of lacing linger.

The aroma is barely there for me, but I get a bit of roast and just a hint of dark chocolate and caramel.

The taste is roasted malt, chocolate (almost like an unsweetened bitter baking chocolate), just a modicum of caramel, with a drying, almost metallic like bitter dry finish, very clean taste, very balanced, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium, with not a ton of carbonation. It's surprisingly refreshing.

It's a really good drinker. Not really a deeply contemplative fireside beer mind you. But it's a lighter beer that holds enough character to keep you interested over the course of an evening.

This beer dispels the misconception that dark beers are heavy, because this is anything but. And it also proves that a beer doesn't have to be a big bold high octane highly hopped tastebud bruiser to be good. This one is elegant in its simplicity.

10-02-2009 01:29:52 | More by MeisterBurger
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.