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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,368 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,368
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 yesyouam

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a deep black beer with a puffy, light tan-grey head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is light in quality, dark in tone and of light roasted malt. It is medium bodied-- smooth but acidic. The flavor is charred, burnt and solid. Deep malt and wooden hops mix with a smokey flavor. The after taste is of Lapsang Souchong. I didn't know it would be so smokey!
(rated May 2, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 16:17:38 | More by yesyouam
Photo of CVC


2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Came in an olive green 500ml glass bottle.

This beer pours a really dark, opaque ruby/brown color with a foamy, tan head. It took a few minutes for it to dissipate. There is a faint malt smell present, and maybe some roasted nut, but it's hard to tell. The smell is not very distinct or pungent.

Wow, this beer is surprisingly sweet for a schwarzbier. Judging by it's presentation, color, and smell, you would think it would be a burnt, nutty flavor. Nope! It's like coffee. Sweet, smooth, hardly any carbonation, and does not taste alcoholic. It's as drinkable as coffee, too.

To be honest though, the appearance is probably the best thing about this beer. The smell is weak and it feels almost like water going down. So, to look at the bright-side, it does go down easy. I really wish the taste had more kick because it has some nice flavors, but they're just way too subtle.

Maybe that Mongolian barbecue dinner I ate just a few hours prior to drinking this beer had a serious effect on my senses... It's certainly possible, but either way--I probably won't be buying this beer again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 06:48:53 | More by CVC
Photo of TommyW


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with a half-inch tannish-brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S- Smell of sweet, roasted malts and notes of coffee.

T- Taste is very complex. Sweet roasted malts and flavors of a dark, thick bread stand out the most. Slight taste of coffee as well.

M- Pretty smooth with medium carbonation.

D- I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting; definitely not a session beer for me. But, that one does go down ok.

Overall- This is the frist schwarzbier I've tried, so I cant compare it to any others. But, it is a very complex beer; worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:46:54 | More by TommyW
Photo of likethetaste


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. Now this was one of the better ones in the pack. It poured a black color witj a long lasting head. I like Schwarzbier and this one was very good but I have had better. If I could find this again I would buy a few!.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 20:05:54 | More by likethetaste
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a black color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of long=lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: There was a strong smell of malt - as you expect from the style - and also a little note of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee. A decently complex taste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of the schwarzbier style, but this is an easy to drink example of one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:46:26 | More by avalon07
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 20, 2008

Readily available shwarzbier at my local liquor store for those who are curious as to where to find this one. Lovely looking black cherry with a foamy beige head. Aroma is alright. Tastes good, burnt chestnut type taste to it. Malty. Not my style but a good beer and surprisingly easy to drink. I had a couple more after I finished the first.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:01:18 | More by Vendetta
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: jet black. huge white billowy off white head. medium lacing

smell: lacking. no malt, hop, or roast aromas present

taste: Smooth, sweet, lightly roased flavor. minimal noble hops gently balance the sweet roastiness.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.

drinkability: very drinkable nice schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:02:05 | More by Squelch
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4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with reddish hints around the edges when held up to light. Has a thick, creamy, brownish head that leaves a good lace.

Smell: Roasty, sweet malts- caramel and coffee. Touch of grassiness that doesn't seem like it should be there.

Taste: Roasted and sweet, tastes a lot like a slightly sweetened coffee. Just a touch of hops are present, enough to help the balance and add some spice. Also leaves a slightly bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, medium-bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability: I love schwarzbiers and this is the best of the style that I have had. I will be sad when I have finished the sixer of this and won't be able to wait until I get some more!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 21:42:23 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of corby112


2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with touches of amber at the edges and a thin foamy beige head. Bland aroma and flavor. Malty with a slightly hopped dry finish. Nothing to exciting. I find that a lot of these German styles are watered down and bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:40:04 | More by corby112
Photo of illidurit


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a seidel. Dark chestnut brown with a thick, light-tan head. Aroma is very nutty with some roast and milk chocolate. Flavor is lightly roasted with that nuttiness and some earthy hops. Pretty watery, a letdown considering the nice aroma. Body is thinnish, almost pilsenerlike. After having some excellent and robust American takes on the style, this pales in comparison. Moonlight Death and Taxes is far more flavorful and substantial, despite being lower in alcohol! Good drinkability here, just not a lot of substance.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 07:13:43 | More by illidurit
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black with a big two-finger tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is toasted malts with maybe breadiness. The taste starts off with some slightly sweet bready toasted malt that is intermingled with a pleasant amount of balancing hops. The mouthfeel is of medium thickness with some fine carbonation. This is a surprisingly light and drinkable beer, I think most people would be surprised that a beer this dark would be this easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 04:29:12 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of tronester


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black with ruby highlights that show when you hold the glass up to the light. Smell is slightly toasted grain. Taste is chocolaty, hints of coffee and molasses. A hint of earthy hops in the finish. Light, but good flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation levels medium also. Quite drinkable, it would be easy to have a few. A nice example of a hard to find style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 23:54:51 | More by tronester
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 OtherShoe2


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a foamy tan head and excellent lacing. When held up to the light, nice deep ruby hues.

Smells of toffee and dark bread. Not strong scented though.

Nice flavors here. A dark bready sweetness, toasted grain, some light chocolate, a little bitterness fighting through. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this assists in the drinkability. This is a soft beer. Nothing hitting you hard, just great balance and the right amount of each flavor. Bought a single, and wish I bought the six-pack. Try this if you can find it. Have had this style in a domestic version -- just not the same. These guys have been doing this right for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 13:37:16 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first German schwarzbier and only second or third from the one I had at Gordon Bierch in Virginia Beach. Tried this on out at Halo Berlin. I knew it was a schwarz when I it described on the menu as "black beer".

A: Poured into a flute glass to show a jet black with browna and red accents creamy brown paper bag finger and half head with excellent retention.

S: The nose gave off is of sweet chocolate and nutty aroma, fruit and hops pulling up the rear.

T: Roasted malts of sweet nature but no cloying, followed by candy of caramel or toffee turning into slight bitterness and dark brick bread. Nice texture and very enjoyable.

M: Started off medium but dipped to thin sooner than I expected.

D: A nice change of pace and not heavy on the ABV level. More complex than the mouthfeel and something I will pull for again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 21:21:58 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of etherashe


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
Photo of kingothewoods


3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2008 21:35:43 | More by kingothewoods
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kostritzer- Schwarzbier

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Dark black with a small but tight bubbly head. Good light lacing.
S- Sweet sugary dried fruits like raisin and plum. Light touch of toasted grains and chocolate.
T- Sweet sugary malt with hints of chocolate, raisins, prunes, cherries, and caramel malt.
M- Sweet and chewy with a sweet malty finish.

Overall- nice and sweet. Easy to drink a 2 pinter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 00:14:33 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of MP72


4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Was almost black like a good porter or stout with a great off white head.

Smell- was mild I didnt get too much in the way of smell except some graininess and malt.

Taste - very nice hop presence and lightly refreshing without the heaviness of its ALE counterparts.

Mouthfeel- was light and pilsner like , very smooth. refreshing is a word that keeps coming to mind.

Drinkability was very high i really enjoyed the smoothness and low ABV. Kostritzer could be a great session beer.I am really beginning to appreciate this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 18:02:39 | More by MP72
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark cherry red color, wiht a slight fizzy tan head.

S: Liqour, and licorice on nose along with some rum raisin, dried cherries, and dark caramel.

T: Very smooth flavor, dark maltiness but light on tongue with some earthy dry bittering hop presence. Theres some chocolate notes as well that really stand out. Good per style.

M: oily texture on tongue, dry bitterness with a light mouthful and dry finish.

D: decent drinkability. overall average going down.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 23:06:29 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of nrpellegrini


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

Decent beer, just another black lager to me. Nothing special.

Poured a black color with a decent tan head. Smelled of malts with a slight smokey aroma. Tasted a little bit roasted with some good dark malts. Mouthfeel was ok, and it went down well. A little less flavor towards the end, felt like something was missing.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 04:08:52 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of umtox


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crisp and dark and the lightness of the body is apparent in the head. Smell of charred malts. Taste is fairly simple-a bit of charred malts. It is very light on the palate--both in body and taste. Would be a great with smoked meats I would especially like to wash down a brat with his beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 15:04:02 | More by umtox
Photo of dedrinker


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with thin edges of dark brown and a dense - almost rocky light tan head. Very light aroma of chicory and coffee. Flavors of dry, roasted malt - coffee-like, with a hint of smokiness to boot. Medium body and very well balanced - the darker malts have a dry and rounded edge to it that leads to a slightly acidic and roasty finish.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2008 03:52:01 | More by dedrinker
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pretty good beer here with a sweet name.. sounds like a position in soccer. Has the typical jet black with tan head swarzbier appearance which is just beautiful. Tastes medium bodied with a nice touch of caramel in the taste. I thought it could use a little more of this flavor as it was a little mroe bland than others I've had this style but very well balanced overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 23:56:00 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another of my recent purchases from ALDI stores, Dublin (special offer €1.99 per 0.5L bottle). I tasted a few of these on 04.10.2008 (Best by 08.09).

It poured like a thinnish porter; very dark brown (almost black) body with a generous tan head. The head diminished, but easily returned with a swirl of the glass. Lacing remained.

The smell was somewhat medicinal at first; hard to pin down, maybe damson fruit?

The taste was at first intense rusty maltiness with a metallic finish, but as it warmed up and aerated, tha taste greatly improved to give a very enjoyable and drinkable dark beer. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 15:20:32 | More by JohnfromDublin
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