Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

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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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on keg at a London Wetherspoons.

It has a rich black body with hints of brown around the edges, and a thin, bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly. There are some roasted coffee aromas but they're rather faint. The flavour is a little underwhelming - the coffee and chocolate flavours that one might expect from a darker beer are there, but only faintly in the background.

It's an easy enough beer to drink, with enough flavour to keep you interested throughout the whole pint. If you want a crisp, refreshing yet dark beer to have a few of in one sitting it will do the job, but don't expect strong flavours that you would hope from a stout, porter or even other dark lagers.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell last night for the first time, not having a Schwarzbier in quite some time. It poured dark but finished clean as a reminder that this was indeed a Lager and served as one of the best examples that one could find. Session beers don't get much more full than this and although I only had one, it was hard not to order another before heading out to watch the end of tonight's World Series game.

Good pour to this, with a dark hue, moderately thick tan head, and just a bit of lacing down the side of the tulip glass that I poured this into. The carbonation was good as this seemed like a soda without the sugar but thicker as this had the consistency and taste of a good dark bread. Lots of yeast in the taste to go with some caramel and molasses but what I loved about this beer was that it finished clean. Just a bit of dark malt stuck around in the aftertaste and this was full enough to savor without being chewy or cloying.

With the alcohol being as low as it was, this almost didn't feel like beer either. Not as full as a Brown Ale or a Porter, this showcased the Lager aspects of it while being similar to a Vienna Lager when it came to the hue, body, and range of flavors. This would make for a decent dessert beer as the flavor profile led itself to that. Enjoy this class while lamenting that more examples of this aren't readily available - this style certainly has a lot of untapped potential.

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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.56/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

just a solid black lager available in 16oz cans for a great price.

big fluffy head and nice lacing.

appealing roasty nose that the taste follows with roasted malt flavors balanced by a smooth hop presence. there is a touch of sweetness to start and drys nicely in the finish making this one dangerously quaffable.

would be a great beer for my keggerator because its full of flavor but very approachable fo most all beer drinkers

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.56/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.05.2014L. AROMA: soft sweet malty background with coffe-like notes. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color with ruby highlights. opaque. thin tanned head with below average retention. TASTE: light sweet malty flavour with light roasted notes that linger into the finish. low bitterness. almost absent hop flavours. clean lager profile. PALATE: low body. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a schwarzbier a bit on the watery side but with ok balance between sweet and roasted malts.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.