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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted, almost slightly burnt malts along with some slight hints of dark chocolate.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has a moderate amount of dark roasted malts with some light hints of almost burnt malts. There are light notes of dark chocolate as well.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink due to the low ABV and lighter body. Enjoyable and sessionable.

Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the German purity law (translated)"; "Germany's No. 1 Black Lager Beer"; "Bier, Beer, Biere, Birra, Cerveza, Cerveja" Man, this CAN caters to nearly the whole EU!

The loud Crack was music to mine ears and the Glug was a pleasant accompaniment. I achieved a finger of dense, foamy, mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. The visual is why one should always deCANt from the CAN into a glass. I had to hold it to the light to get the full effect. Nose was filled with grassy hops, just like in the Bros.' description on this site. I was ready to swoon. I CAN honestly say that I had no appreciation for lagers until I embarked on The CANQuest (TM) and found out that not all lagers are created equal. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, but not quite achieving it. The taste married the grassiness of the hops with the bitterness of anise and molasses, undoubtedly from the malt. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. The low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for the cooler and I would recommend it to those who say, "I don't like dark beers." Sheesh. Get off of your high Lovibond horse and join the party!

Photo of doktorhops
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schwarzbier's are an intriguing brew - dark in colour but light in flavour, picking up the glass one gets a sense of a foreboding Stout or Porter only to be snapped back into Lager territory. As the saying goes "Change is as good as a holiday" and this to me aptly sums up my feelings about Schwarz's.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: The body presents a dark chocolate hue with a 1cm frothy tan head, looks good.

S: There are notes of dark coco, chicory, slight bread yeast and dark fruits. The hops are there (somewhere!) and as typical of a Lager (which is what a Schwarz basically is) there is a malt grain base underlying the whole brew.

T: The chicory hits the palate straight away, then leaves a bitterness in the middle with the dark fruits, bread yeast and grain flavours to finish. There is an off metallic taste, it's small but ever so slightly ruins the flavours a little. Aside from that the flavours are quite good and this is a refreshing beer no doubt about it.

M: Mid to light Lagery body with borderline high carbonation.

D: Good brew, only thing letting it down is the unwanted metallic taste and a hard carbonation (especially for a German beer, who usually mute the carbonation in their Lagers well). If either of these things don't irk you and you want a refreshing dark beer then this is a winner, otherwise it's merely an above average brew.

Food match: It's an odd one to match as it's neither heavy handed like other dark beers, but by the same token it isn't light in flavour as Lagers usually are. Best bet would be a cheese platter (some of the stronger flavoured cheeses as this beer is quite palate cleansing), or if you were going a main course it would pair well with heavy white-meats like duck or turkey.

Photo of JMad
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with just a sliver of brown light shining through the edges, the head was tan, a little thin, and quickly reduced to a filmy layer. The aroma is nice and roasty with some smoky flavor and a hint of coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and a slight metallic taste. The beer is light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry roasty finish. this is an awesome shwarzbier, light but full of flavor.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well as some grain. The flavor is nice, with some lightly roasted malts and cocoa notes. There is also some sweetness from the malt, as well as some grass and earth notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Kremlock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice thick head. Head as a slight brown colour to it (Irish cream). Head keeps and there is a good lacing on the glass as you drink. Colour is dark ruby / dark plum.

S: Hints of coffee, low plum, low liquorish (sweet liquorish or North American liquorish),none to low molasses but in a pleasant way.

T: None to low bread, pumpernickel, dark toffee, short metallic taste (very short), bitterness follows and then some roastiness.

M: Well carbonated, silky smooth in the mouth, makes you want to take an other sip. Oddly refreshing for a dark lager.

O: I've now had this beer about 6 times and every time I do I enjoy it more. It's is very well balance for a dark lager, everything is smooth.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of T100Mark
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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