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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,275 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1275
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


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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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Guinness-style tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with translucent dark red-brown when put up to light. Small light tan head.

Smell: Sweet, deep caramel malt and some hop spice. Blackberries and plums.

Taste: Mild and calm -- maybe a little bland? Some dark toast and a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Finishes clean with a bit of dryness in the back. Medium-bodied, average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 03:45:45 | More by fountainofyouth
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Bryanscott141

Washington

4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to bier. Everyone assumes it is heavy like a porter or a stout. It is a perfectly balanced light bier, it is just dark in color. I love surprising people with its great flavor year round. Everyone should try it just once....it may just become your favorite bier.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 04:59:06 | More by Bryanscott141
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 03:10:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt, no hops
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to an incomplete layer
Lacing sketchy
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor slightly sweet, malty, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A very nice looking, sessionable beer, one I’ve enjoyed on tap and in bottles, in both the US and Germany

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 13:15:41 | More by Ozzylizard
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a deep brown/black. There is a nice three finger off white head that seems to last a while before breaking and leaving behind some lacing but little else.

S: malts and a very subtle smokiness.

T: the malts are there again, but the finish is a bit roast/toast.

M: smooth and creamy with a lower than expected carbonation.

O: I really didn't know what to expect with this beer, having never had a schwarzbier before. I was really surprised by sessionability/drinkability of this beer. I could have easily had a few more, if they were available. While I would not say that this is the most spectacular beer I have ever had, I would happily have more, and would gladly share it with friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 20:37:09 | More by polloenfuego
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two fingers of head, check, good amount of lace check, head retention, well two out of three ain't bad as the head vanished at the half way mark. The body is a deep, nearly black brown that reveals not the carbonation in it's body.

Smell: Dark roasted malts dominate the nose, with touches of coffee in the background. There are also some creamy and yeast notes I'm picking up as well. Warming helped it's case somewhat but wasn't overt.

Taste: It starts with a semi-sweet malt taste that reminds me of chocolate chips, it then turns to a slightly burnt toast taste with a hint of dry espresso and ending with a grainy almost hay-like lager snap with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is certainly the strength of this one, as it seems to bring the beer in waves, which coincidentally make the beer taste almost, disjointed in some ways, but it also adds a certain crispness to it all. The big complaint on this one though is there is an underlying bitter burnt taste that permeates the beer and extends into the aftertaste. It doesn't build upon itself because of the crispness but, it's there.

Drinkability: There is a great lager crispness to the beer, but I'm to understand that the style, despite it's dark appearance is supposed to be lighter. In this case, I'd say this beer is a slightly towards heavy medium. It settles down nicely and has a nice smoothness though.

Final Thoughts: All in all a positive experience with the pros outweighing the cons. I kinda get the feeling I'm not being quite as charitable with this review as I should, this being my first Schwarzbier, but I've had other dark lagers and Dunkels before which seemed lighter and more flavourful. Either way, I'd recommend it, there is certainly nothing wrong with this offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:19:28 | More by TheHammer
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Dark brown to black with a thumb sized, foamy head that holds very well and is a light, tan brown colour with some lacing on the sides.

Subtle roasted malts and a smoky smell with some liquorice and a touch of sweetness helped on with some vanilla. A nice aroma but not the strongest and this was a disappointment.

Stronger than the nose and the roasted malts and hints of coffee a lot more noticeable straight off the bat with a fair helping of sweetness hitting you about the same time with some vanilla and caramel lingering in the background as well along with the odd hint of smokiness.

Sweet, a medium body & moderate carbonation. Smooth feel to this one for the most part and the flavours are all pretty well balanced before being rounded off with a clean, dry finish that is a moderately bitter one as well.

A nice tasting beer throughout and one that whilst I enjoyed could have used being a lot stronger.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 09:15:26 | More by flyingpig
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Kanger

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:45:55 | More by Kanger
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

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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Lowseph

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

one of my favorite German beers.

very smooth with a delicious flavor that does not
stick to your palate.

great for football games and goes great with Chinese food,
just nothing too salty.

best of all it tastes a lot more expensive than actually is.

and of course serve it ice cold in a pint glass if possible.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:08:30 | More by Lowseph
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admiral

Australia

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nicely balanced schwarzbier that would be nice to drink with friends outside in warm weather.

aroma: sweetish/spicy malt

Taste: Malty with spice and slight sweetness with some nice hop bitterness to balance it out

Nice beer, well balanced and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 07:43:37 | More by admiral
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a pilsener:

A: three finger off white foamy head that gently dies into the body within thirty seconds, black colored body, spider web lacing

S: roasted malt, molasses, vanilla and just a bit of yeast

T: sweet through basically the same characteristics of the smell, molasses aftertaste, dry sweet finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation is smooth and good for the style, I'd say the carbonation is good for me as well

O: I'd say this is a pretty good Schwarzbier that I would have again

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 04:56:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. embossed bottle dated 11-14-2013. Sampled on July 12, 2013.

It pours nearly black but it is really a deep mahogany brown when held to the light with a long-lasting, soft tan head.

The nose is mostly sweet with characteristics of roasted malts, molasses, yeast, and a hint of vanilla even.

The body falls into the medium range although the accompanying creamy texture is a nice touch.
The taste is much like the aroma with a forward malty sweetness but a low bitterness that just tickles the palate at the end and fades. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:11:53 | More by puboflyons
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from LCB0 for $2.80 CDN into a pint glass.

Appearance - Nearly black as night, however just less than a finger of head was yielded despite a fairly aggressive pour. Nonetheless the beer looks promising and imposing at the same time. The 3/4 finger of off tan head leaves significant lacing around the glass.

Smell- Dark roasted malts, specifically coffee and biscuity goodness is picked up.

Taste - Similar to the smell, dark roasted malts are again the hero, maybe some lighter malts touches like caramel or toffee in the background. A bit sweeter than expected given the ominous black pour.

Mouthfeel - Smooth again much lighter than one would expect from a beer that shade of black. Carbonation is moderate and would harmoniously with the beer to an even greater extent than would be expected.

Overall - This is one of those beers that is enjoyable, not too pretentious in what it is trying to be, and is just a really solid, delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 20:52:19 | More by DenisKolkin
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Called a black lager for a reason because it's...black. Poured a nice thick and creamy head but it disappeared like it had committed a crime.

Subtle smoke over a creamy malt aroma the scent is very appealing. Maybe roasted pecan as well the scent is very subtle, which is somewhat detrimental.

Kind of Smokey, kind of ashey there is some charred malt flavor. Very clean but somewhat palate drying, this beer is certainly easy on the system. Holds some taste principles of a Rauchbier but the feel of a lager, it's a good mix.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:08:24 | More by KYGunner
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, coffee-like body; medium-sized head

Aroma: Sweet malts; lingering coffee notes

Taste: Sweet malt on the start; quickly followed by bitter grain flavors; creamy throughout; not bad overall.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 15:19:19 | More by IchLiebeBier
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dwren89

Virginia

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: can't see because in bottle (sadly had to drink from the bottle because on a train and didn't have a glass

Aroma: malty sweetness, slight roasty quality to it

Taste: lager like crispness, roasty flavor, very little noticeable noble hopping

Mouthfeel: definitely the biggest thing that screams lager about this beer and not stout or black ale style, clean, attenuated, and crisp

Overall Impression: Nice change of pace from standard Munich helles or dunkel, the roasty flavor shines in this distinctive German lager style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 21:41:43 | More by dwren89
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steveh

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found covered six-packs of this old import favorite at a local grocer. Six-pack box (and bottle label) says I have 12 days to drink these (06.18.2013) -- let's get at it!

An old favorite import from the pre Microboom® days -- haven't sampled it in a while.

A -- Inky black in color with a dense tan head that holds up well, slowly settling to a firm cap. A flash shined thru my .33L Willi Becker shows ruby highlights, but very opaque.

S -- Aroma is fresh DMS and mild roasted malt with a vague hint of caramel. Pretty light in this category.

T -- Roasted malt character with dark, baking chocolate undertones. Some mild bready notes try to balance the roasted malts with some very light hop spiciness. The finish is all roasted malt, though the bitterness in the finish and aftertaste isn't easy to dissect between hops and highly kilned malts.

M -- Smooth, soft mouthfeel with a dry finish. Light medium body.

O -- This is the king of Schwarzbier. A lager to present to the naysayers who think lagers have no character -- and at such a mild ABV too. As roasty as some Porters and Stouts, but with the clean finish that can only be the result of bottom fermentation and long, cool storage.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 21:03:18 | More by steveh
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IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours black ad night. When held up to the light light the edges of the beer show that it is in fact a dark, dark brown colour. Despite my best efforts to get a good pour, the beer poured with less than a finger of thin caramel coloured head.

Smell - Very faint smelling. What is there smells of roasted malts and some light grains. Pretty underwhelming.

Taste - Chocolate right away, followed by toasted malts and very light coffee. There are also some light grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium to high carbonation. Body is on the lighter side, making for a surprisingly crisp finish.

Overall - 3.5/5 First beer of this style, and not quite use to beers this dark being so 'light' on the palate

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 04:46:17 | More by IdeaSpeeder
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 3/6/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity esters. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, light floral, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around nice balance and complexity of flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:58:51 | More by superspak
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours clear black with a nice one finger head that fades to a nice full ring and a cap in the center with delicate lacing. Very attractive!

The aroma comes across to me as straightforwardly caramel malty and some fruity notes like raisins and some light floral hops. Gorgeous!

The beer tastes pretty much the same. It starts off lightly caramel malty sweet and stays that way through the sip with some very mild raisin or prune notes along for the ride and finally it finishes with only the tiniest of hop bitterness, dryness and black pepperiness. LOL It's well balanced. A little roastiness comes through just as you are about to take another sip. WOW!

The mouthfeel is creamy and smoothly sweet with light body and moderate to light carbonation making this beer very easy to drink! It has a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I am going to have to concur with the BA guys and conclude that this is world class. It was a pleasure to drink and I really can't find any fault with it at all! It's light enough that the sweetness is not annoying and it serves to balance it also. 5 out of 5! Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 02:09:01 | More by WissBrauSean
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark like cola dark with a thin off white head.
Aroma is very light and sutle with a mild roastedness
Taste is very good mildly roasted and perhaps a suggestion of fruits.
Drinks smooth baby
One of the better black lagers in my opinion. Probably would be much better on tap as the age of this bottle is unknown and probably quite old.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 12:49:58 | More by micromaniac129
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the PROPER glass (ie. a Kostritzer pilsner glass).

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is a two finger mocha shade that fades rather quickly, befitting a lager. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I notice some roasted nuts, chocolate, roasted barley, lager yeast, and coffee. It does a good job of

T: Drier than the aroma suggested. The initial flavor is mainly roasted barley and coffee. Some lager fruitiness enters the palate in the middle, and the finish is more roasted barley, imparting a very dry feel devoid of significant sweetness. Not complex or exciting, but pleasant.

M: Most pilsners wish they had this level of crisp dryness. Nothing really stays on the palate flavor-wise; I could see the argument for this being 'watery' in terms of feel. Also thin, airy, and well carbonated.

O: While it is a bit meh flavor-wise, the drinkability factor is superb, as it should be in a good lager. I won't rush out to the store to buy more, but this really does hit the spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:43:52 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DerAtomsmasher

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 05:00:28 | More by DerAtomsmasher
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karait95

Mexico

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark beer with rich carbonation, head is not very large but is well formed for a creamy consistency and slow dissipation, retention on the glass is good, a lot of traces still on the glass after time, permanent layer is always on top and it is a little thinker than usual.

S: Toasted malts are clearly noticed strong malty backbone forms the aroma of this beer.

T: Intense flavor with lots of toasted malts, barley is totally present and also hops can be detected.

M: Sensation is well balanced starting neutral and ending with little bitterness, sensation also lasts on the mouth after ending.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:00:13 | More by karait95
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.