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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,413 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 67 | 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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beerorRIP

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

on draft, from notes a week ago: pours a nice deep dark black with a one finger off-white head. the body is has some ruby highlights in the edges. the head reduces to a small ring of foam and not much lacing it all.

a smell of bready malt is there a touch of caramel and not much else. simple and effective.

tastes really nice. a nice dry malt taste with some hop bitterness in the end. a touch of herbal, spicy hops but just enough to keep the malt from being overwhelming.

the mouthfeel is nicer on draft for certain than a bottle. a slight creaminess to it, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

so easy to drink. it goes down so nice. i'd like to have more of this on draft but not so easy to find it.

08-24-2009 00:54:57 | More by beerorRIP
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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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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours night-black with a reasonable amount of tan colored head.

The smell is mostly earthy tones, some carmel; not overly present though, really have to sniff at it to pick up the finer details - slight floral essense, brown sugar, toasted malts...

The taste is superb an excellent blend, light sweetness with a great balance of bitterness. Really impressed with this brew, picked a bottle up at random and glad I did. I'll be buying this again in the future.

08-13-2009 06:00:29 | More by donteatpoop
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Drew966

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Kostritzer Schwarbier pours very dark brown, almost black, with a tan head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is malty, a touch sweet (one of my friends said "it smells like candy"), some cocoa notes and a bit of earthiness for lack of a better description. The body is light (which is totally appropriate for the style, the reviews that criticize this beer for being too light bodied don't understand the style). The flavor is very good, malt dominates, caramel, a touch of coffee and very little in the way of noticeable hops. Extremely drinkable and quite tasty. Highly recommended.

08-07-2009 21:10:00 | More by Drew966
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sporkeh

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +21.9%

A - Very dark except for a amber red color surrounding the edges

S - Smells clean, slight coffee/roasted

T - Roasted malt, with a slight hops taste in the end

M - Doesn't overwhelm your mouth

D - i could drink this almost anytime

Much better then i was expecting

08-06-2009 21:04:21 | More by sporkeh
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JayQue

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a black color with plenty of light getting through, not just the edges of the glass, but straight through. Plenty of ruby highlights.

Mild aroma of roasted malts.

Taste is roasted malts and some bitterness. There is a slight metallic taste when you first start drinking, but it eases off as you drink more. In all, the taste is not bad.

Mouthfeel is crisp an smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability is good, a nice refreshing fairly light beer. This is worthy of a session.

08-02-2009 19:25:47 | More by JayQue
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Stonepot

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Good enough Stout (Schwarzbier) that pours like a lager and had a hint of chocolate and coffee. Went down very smoothly but didn't finish too well on my palate, and I thought it wasn't as good as the other styles of German beer I had previously in the day. I would give this another whack, though.

07-31-2009 01:52:15 | More by Stonepot
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Durge

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

Another happy find on tap at the Black Forest German restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, this cold mug is full of opaque black-brown brew. It shows a medium tan head and modest, streaky lacing. The aroma is very subtle chocolate apple malt, not bad but elusive. The flavor brings crisp apple wheat with light smokey malt and some tangy orange licorice rolling around at the edges. Very refreshing and highly drinkable. Relatively light bodied despite the appearances. Something a little different and quite enjoyable.

07-29-2009 14:03:39 | More by Durge
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Serving glass: Poured from tap into half-liter mug.

Appearance: Looks black but is actually exceedingly dark brown, with thin sustained head.

Smell: Mostly malts - dark fruits, caramel, cherry and roasted malts.

Taste: Nice balance of slightly sweet fruit, light roasted malts, chocolate and some noble hops.

Feel: Low to moderate carbonation, relatively light body. Much smoother than expected for such a light body.

Drinkability: Easily the most drinkable beer I have had that focuses on roasted malt. Very impressed.

07-23-2009 04:08:12 | More by bsp77
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz. bottle poured into a mug. No bottled date except for "B" and "4" notched onto the rear label.

(A)- Pours a super dark brown. Big tan frothy head formed and slowly dissipated down to a light layer. Lots of lacing.

(S)- Roasted malts followed by a molasses component. Almost coffee-like.

(T)- Rich malts, not necessarily sweet, but rich. Light roasted creamed coffee aspect.

(M)- Smooth stuff! Rich and overall balance between everything. Good carbonation level. Light bodied, despite its deceiving color.

(D)- A great example of the style if there ever was one! An easy drinking and enjoyable beer. Great effort.

07-22-2009 19:53:26 | More by sweemzander
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Black (schwarz) beer is right. Huge head here, and looks like a stout
though it pours like a lager. Hmm. Sweet taste, hint of maybe some
maple syrup overtones. Not an overly challenging beer, but wholly
satisfying, and a terrific jumping-off point to the world of darker
beers. No problem here.

07-20-2009 03:19:27 | More by secondtooth
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

A- Dark brown with kahki head. Nice thickness to the body and head.

S- Toasted cereal grains with hints of caramel and molasses

T- Toasted cereal grains with a trailing bit of sweetnes and finishing with a little bitter zing

M- Light bodied, ample carbonation but also a light mouth coating texture

D- Smooth yet flavorful... nice balance

07-13-2009 14:29:43 | More by rfgetz
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Amalak

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

(Second review) I had out of a mini-keg.
It's still black and the head and lace are still small with a little nut scent.
This was SO MUCH better than the last time. I will blame the tap at Harefield (which is a shame, b/c it's normally a good bar for taps.)
Very well-balanced tart black beer, not too tart. Good nuttyness and a nice caramel sweetness. Smooth and refreshing, not too dry. Total win (as compared to the C+ that I gave it the first time).

I had a harefield road in brooklyn.
A- Basically black (it was somewhat dark in the bar, so not sure if it was completely black). Limited head and lace.
S-No real scent at all.
T-Slight woodish taste, smooth, but lacks any real definitive style to it.

07-12-2009 19:41:52 | More by Amalak
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endovelico

Portugal

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

Live review. Poured into Nonic. Reviewed under medium low natural light. Best before date 05/09.

Appearance: Pours a voluptuous creme head brew that quickly fizzles into thick cap. Color is deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. Leaves some spots of "lacing".

Aroma: May have compromised condition, slight metallic smell. Nice bready, roasty, chocolate and caramel upfront. Strong muffy whiff of black patent malt. Some chocolate on the back. No hop smell.

Taste: Strong roastiness upfront with chocolate. Slightly unbalanced in my opinion: Roastiness from the black malt overwhelms the caramel and biscuity potential. Having said that this is the first Köstritzer i taste with this problem. Might have been a bad batch.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Nice round texture on the mouth. Medium to medium low carbonation. Slight black malt astringency. Medium to medium high bitterness. Bitterness perceived seems a mix between the dark malts bitterness and hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall, THE prototype for Köstritzer . Having said that definitely not THE best. Highly drinkable beer: complex enough, "digestible", good representation of the style and fair price/quality ratio. Very versatile beer to pair with food.

07-11-2009 15:24:46 | More by endovelico
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

An alright schwarzbier which suffers from one major flaw. Nice roasted characteristics which aren't too strong.

I can't pick up much of a smell.

However, the problem is in the taste. There is an alcohol astringency at the end of the sip. It isn't completely horrible, but it is a problem that flows to mouthfeel and drinkability.

07-03-2009 16:20:33 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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RickS95

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Thin tan head that is gone quickly. As the name would suggest, the beer is black.

Hops were subtle in a nose dominated by malt. While there are no strong smells, pleasant caramel scents shine.

Tasted watered down, with maybe a hint of licorice. Gentle roasted flavor, along with the stronger caramel malty tastes.

Not unappealing in the mouth, just not terribly appealing...nothing happening, no great flavors.

No carbonation, though it is slightly crisp in the aftertaste. Sweetness is everywhere, but in a gentle, non-offensive way.

Tastes and feels like a session beer, but I don't know the alcohol. I could drink a few of these and no be disappointed. It's a very easy drinker and with the lowish feeling ABV, something you can tackle all night.

06-29-2009 00:24:25 | More by RickS95
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

A: balck pour with a short tight head with
little retention.

S: sweet malts with hints of tobacco and smoki-
ness.

T: Sweet malts with a fermented grape at the sip
with the slightest bit of hop.

M/D: A little thin lacking good carbonation but
the overall experience is above par for
the style.

06-18-2009 23:11:09 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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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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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

A: A deep reddish mahogany color, with some visible carbonation. The tan head is fairly large, creamy, and chunky, although retention could be better. Some solid lacing.

S: Roasted dark malts, nuttiness, and some earthy aromas. A mineral character as well.

T: A healthy dose of roasted dark malts provides some sweetness. A considerable nutty flavor, with a mild, mineral and earthy bitterness. A touch of sourdough bread crust as well.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. A bit watery and slightly astringent.

D: Nice and drinkable, although not overly exciting. This improves considerably as it warms and as I continue drinking. An interesting style for sure. I'd drink this again.

06-02-2009 03:10:14 | More by Clydesdale
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1%

A nice dark reddish to black color with a huge off-white head. Aroma is more malty than expected,nice roasaty malt with a bit of coffee. Flavor is nice and malty too, nice roast, some toffee,moderately bitter ,medium carbonation with a dry crisp finish. A good sessionable drinker,and a fun try.

06-01-2009 23:56:05 | More by WakeandBake
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MLasoski

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Served: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A very dark brown, almost black, body. Little to no head formed as it was poured into the glass. Looks very syrupy.

S: The aroma sends a smell of sweet, caramelized malts with a fruity overtone.

T: Has a bit of a coffee taste with a hint of cocoa, maybe caramel.

M: Very smoothe. It has a coffee aftertaste.

D: I'm beginning to like schwarzbiers more and more. Seems like it'd be good with a New York strip steak or something else along those lines.

05-31-2009 23:27:46 | More by MLasoski
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jsh420

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

pours black but you can still see through it when held up to the light - about a 1/2 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of roasted malts and grassy hops

taste/mouthfeel very ight body with good carbonation taste is grassy hops upfront followed by roasted malts

drinkability is good if you are looking for a darker little more robust german lager

overall out of the 2 beers i have had from this style i enjoyed this one a little more then the sam adams

05-17-2009 03:21:34 | More by jsh420
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Getinthevan

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Picked up a bottle of this stuff while going on a Tucher kick. Hadn't seen it before so I thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance was black as motor oil and the sky at 3am. One of the darkest beers I've ever seen that wasn't a porter or stout. Little head retention, but good lacing kept its volume together. A nice looking beer from the get go.

Smell was fairly high in roasted malts and chocolate. Maybe a touch of coffee somewhere in its roots? Either way, this smelled delicious and certainly perfected. It's great when crapshoots on beers like this work out, as this was certainly a nice, aromatic brew.

Taste was excellent. I was surprised how light and hearty this beer was. While from its appearance it looked like a thick beer, in its taste its a bit lighter in overall volume, but incredibly full and satisfying. This stuff is truly top notch with all the flavor to spare.

Mouthfeel was great as well. All the flavors remained intact with more chocolate/coffee-like malts coming to the surface.

Drinkability was excellent. By far one of the more eye opening beers I've had in a long time. Definitely worth a second/third/fourth taste to infinity and beyond. Great stuff.

05-16-2009 07:22:56 | More by Getinthevan
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armock

New York

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with chocolate scents touch of hops

T - Follows the nose but not as good I think roasted malt chocolate some hops

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

D - I don't think this is a style that I can get into very much its not a bad beer theres just not much to it that makes me want to have more

05-05-2009 18:21:47 | More by armock
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher Maaskrug. C 6 notched on the label. No idea what that denotes.

A - Black as night with the smallest amber/ruby highlights and an enormous tan, dense, and lumpy head which seemed to refuse to go down. Some sticky lacing on the glass too.

S - Crisp, rich smell. Light coffee with roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. A mineral water smell on the finish.

T - Very light in flavor and body. Roasted malts with little definition. Nothing stands out. Some coffee and cocoa but its very subdued.

M - Light bodied. Sort of watery. Crisp carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable but with much better Schwarzbiers from Sprecher and Sam Adams, why would you want it?
*Maybe it's bad? My roommate commented it was no where near as good as he remembered.

05-05-2009 15:16:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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