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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | 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 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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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark brown colored brew. A vigorous pour produces a 1.5 inch thick light brown head and some pretty bubbles rising upwards in the brew.
S: Deep chocolate malts and some crisp hops.
T: The hops are more noticeable up front, but not too bitter. The maltiness comes in towards the end and finishes quite smoothly. Overall, a nice blend of hops and malts, although a bit light on each.
M: Light-bodied, not too bitter or malty. Good.
D: Very good. Easy to drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 02:52:33 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of Walken


4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kostritzer: Shwarzbier
12 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Black, just barely bordering on brown. Not quite opaque, but damned close. A small, puffy white head forms quickly then drops away into a ring around the edge of the glass, retention isn't overly impressive.
Odor: Burnt raisins, sugar and sourdough bread with sharp roasted malt aromas and the subtle scent of sweet floral hops in the background, hiding with some diacetyl.
Consistency: On the full side of medium bodied, smoother than a young Elvis with a comfortable buzz on. Despite being moderately chewy, this beer could not be described as heavy, the carbonation is ample enough to keep things in line.
Flavor: The aroma was very telling as the flavor of this beer is somewhat reminiscent of over-toasted sourdough bread with some hints of baker's chocolate. Hop flavor is mild and slightly spicy with a firm but clean bitterness. Hints of caramel flash in and out into the finish, dry and clean, leaving some residual roasted malt flavor and the desire to take another sip.

I'm a sucker for a flavorful session beer, what can I say?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:05:59 | More by Walken
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very sessionable beer. Appearance is good, very thick tan head and a deep black color. Smell is decent but not very apparent. Some nice roasted malt the at is a bit like coffee and nuts. Taste is the same with just a touch of hops coming through. Mouthfeel is great, nice light and fizzy. Drinkability is good considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 02:13:17 | More by supercolter
Photo of flexabull


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a really dark brown cola color with a nice off white head.

Aromas of smoke, dark sweet sugars, oak, and heavily roasted malts.

Taste is surprisingly light, with a smokey and semi sweet roasted malt flavor. There is a underlying creamy quality, some nuts and bready notes as well. Finish is dry, with a very slightly mineral hop bite.

Mouthfeel is ok, but feels a little thin. Not bad though.

Drinkability is quite good. I have passed this beer by many times at the local beer store, and now I wonder why. A very tasty and very sessionable lager. I'll have to grab this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 22:49:34 | More by flexabull
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 500ml brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A= This beer poured a deep dark black with caramel highlights around the edges. The head was 2" of pillowy light tan goodness, eventually dropping to a 1/8" skim.

S= Very muted, clean aromas of sweet maltiness and roasted grains. Call me crazy, but this beer smelled like an English pale ale or ESB.

T= For a lager this beer had a very grainy flavor coupled with malty sweetness. Hop bitterness was barely there, but enough to balance the malts.

MF= Low/mediuim carbonation, clean mouthfeel.

D= This beer is low on flavor, but clean, refreshing, and dead on for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 05:41:50 | More by spointon
Photo of schanker21


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

A- Pours black with a tan one finger head. When held up to the light, one can see a ruby color seeping through at the edges. Head fizzles out fairly quickly and leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Quite different from other Schwarzbiers that I've tried. Smells more like the Spaten premium lager I drank yesterday, but with a little more of a roasted character. Vegetables and roasted malts stand out.

T- Also quite different from anything else I've had in the style, at least at first. While it's still cold, the overwhelming taste is of some sort of vegetable soup. As it warms, more of the traditional Schwarzbier roastiness starts to pull through. Ah yes, this one keeps getting better as it goes on and so does my rating. Very well-balanced and an excellent representation of the style. So from now on, I'll remember to drink this a little warmer than I would most other lagers.

M- Very smooth like a Schwarzbier should be. I love this style because it's pretty light, but still packs so much flavor.

D- This is getting added to my list of all-night session beers. Easy to drink, not too filling. My only regret is that I don't have a Bratwurst, some Sauerkraut and some Spätzle to go with this. That would be prefect.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 01:53:25 | More by schanker21
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yep, it's totally schwarz. Can't see a thing through this lager, and the inch-thick head is super-creamy. Sticks around a long while too.

Has the mineral and boiled corn elements I often smell in lagers, but this was clearly not made with corn, and I don't mean to insult the brewer. There's a sweetness here that's hard to pin down, not really chocolate, not really milky...maybe more toffee-like than anything. A roasted element appears, but not in the way of a porter or stout or rauchbier...it's super clean.

There's plenty of roasty toasty flavor, although these are offset with the musty flavor of boiled veggies, and also a slight bit of milky sweetness, buttered toast flavor, and a dollop of chocolate and toffee. And then the juicy dark fruits come in and dominate, especially fig and plum. Gets a bit nutty in the finish. Very clean/dry finish.

Texture is soft and smooth despite generous carbonation. Thin, and a bit crackly if whirled around in the mouth...I prefer to just let it hang there, getting more butter out of it and less sizzle.

The label reads "the black beer with the blonde soul" and that about sums it up. Not my first pick for German beer style, but this one delivers well. After having had a couple in the past few days, I recommend drinking it on the warmer side--even if it is a lager--the beer's subtleties emerge nicely that way.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 21:55:18 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first schwarzbier, so I'm a little unsure of what to expect. Very dark brown body, with a huge creamy textured tan head that laces very well. In fact the appearance is sublime, and coupled with the taste would easily puncture the myth that dark beers = heavy beers. Chocolate and caramel malts in the lightly sweet aroma. Strong caramel and cocoa notes in the flavour, which is refreshingly light, and has a pleasing bitterness at the edges. The body is on the light side, and carbonation is medium. This would make a good session beer, as no one flavour overwhelms, and the lightness of the body sits well. I could definitely have a few more of these!

Serving type: can

08-11-2008 13:49:47 | More by bobsy
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, medium size tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a little smoke.

taste is of grain, sour malt, toastiness, bakers chocolate, slight bitterness, and a slightly dry ending.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 22:42:18 | More by froghop
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a tall can which reads "Germany's #1 Black lager beer" and "seit (since) 1543". I'm skeptical: how many beers claim to be #1 or the oldest? Don't be intimidated by the jet-black appearance because this is very drinkable. Pours with a half inch of head which mostly dissipates. Smells a hint of spices and something sweet. Tastes great: hints of caramel, coffee, malty, with a bite in the aftertaste. Tastes dry the more you sip. Good lacing. Perfect level of carbonation. This is very refreshing. Great for a hot day. I would consider this a "session beer". I'm glad I picked up a case. You can knock these back like an American lager but they taste so much better.

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 18:33:05 | More by tubaguy
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is dense black. Small ring of head holds on to the side of the glass for sometime.
The nose has dark almost burnt coffe aroma. The taste has a cola and coffee twang with some dark fruit like plums and elderberry. The mouthfeel is sort of dry for such a malty brew? I like this beer don't get me wrong. The low abv. makes this real drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 07:38:05 | More by athensbeermaster
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this might be my first of this style but what a way to start! Pours jet black at first but when held to light it shows deep ruby color. Thick, rocky head with good retention and very little lacing. Smell is great of toasted grain. A real smokey/burnt sensation to it. A bit of dark chocolate and some grassy notes as well. Taste is amazing as well. Some toasted grain, chocolate (dark and bitter), a bit of grass/straw and a slight bitterness, very slight, on the back of the tounge. High carbonation leads to a very thin, crisp mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, I dont think I really have a complaint about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 22:44:39 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of Bierschenker


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

Served in a « Stein »
This beer genre is new to me.
A nice head grew while pouring. It has a grey brown colour. It collapsed very quick. There is some circular lacing.
There isn't any real scent noticeable: slightly burned sensation.
Taste is faint as well. I don't really know how to rate this as it's my first within the genre. Tastes like burned toast, soaked in cool water. In the back some fresh wet grain.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy.
The aftertaste is still creamy but becomes drier over time. Overall the burned taste is dominant.
I tend to be positive about this brew as it's refreshing and it's resemblance to the Rauchbier genre which I find quite enjoyable. Although a richer pallet might have made it even better.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 11:42:26 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Another goodies that my mother brought back from Germany for me. I was thrilled to get to try this one as it really is one of my favorite styles. I opened this one yesterday afternoon before I got the grill going to sip on while I cleaned. Poured into a tall pilsner glass right out of the fridge. The pour was beautiful Rich dark chocolate color, with only a touch of light peaking through on the sides and bottom. A huge, towering, three inch layer of off white froth came up over the top and dropped layer upon layer of thick side glass lace. Kept at least an inch worth of froth on top throughout the entire session.

The aroma was rich and smoky. Loaded down with peat and earthy malts, it was simple and yet defined with a great balance to it and just enough of a hop nose to push its way up front. The flavor followed suit as well. Great balance here as it started out with some nice notes of caramel and smoky peat, and this quickly transformed into an earthen malt show. Nice grains and bready flavor, with a crisp, quick, and very clean cutoff, which had just the right amount of hop bite to it. Great finish left a long lingering hop driven profile that gradually turned over to your classic German lager finish. Really nice medium bodied ale, the carbonation profile on this one was brilliant. Virtually no alcohol made this a beer that could be sessioned even in the hottest of weather. It is a rare day when I can stomach a smoked lager on a 100 degree day, and that is a testament to just how good this one was.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and something that I would never turn away. A classic representation, I would have to say that anyone who is a fan should try this and it dare I say might even be a nice gateway to someone who is not well initiated. Top notch beer here.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 10:06:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with just a hint of light fighting its way through to reaveal a dark amber translucence. HUGE foamy cake-like head that has good staying power and leaves a thick ring of sticky lace.
Simple aroma of dark malts and a hint of caramel.
Very earthy (but not dirty) malts, and a hearty bread crust-like characteristic make this beer very interesting and different. Hops are there just enough to maintain a delicate balance that's almost perfect.
Smooth and creamy feel; carbonation is a little low, but I think that's due to a slightly over-aggressive pour. Medium-light body.
This is a highly drinkable Schwarzbier. Sessionable without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 17:43:46 | More by Hoagie1973
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a one finger tan creamy head which didn't stay long and left nary any lacing.

Smelled of toffee and maybe even a bit of vinegar. Not really impressive.

Tasted better than it smelled. Some toffee along with chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel was just average. Smooth yet on the thin side.

This was is a somewhat drinkable beer, although I probably won't be reaching for it again anytime soon. Worth a try if you like this style, but it's not anything particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:51:01 | More by JBogan
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6'er of this over the weekend, good stuff.

Poured a slighty opaque black with almost an inch of fluffy light tan head.

Smells of roasted malt, coffee.

Taste is unique, not as smooth as some other Schwarzbiers I've had though. Tastes of roasted malt, carmel, coffee, and the finish has a bit of an odd, sweet, chewey almost bubbble gum flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice, very balanced and nice weight, fairly smooth. To anyone else whos had this and wondered if it's just them, I also thought this beer was a bit "unsmooth" on the finish, at least in comparison to others in the same style.

Drinkability is high. This is a very nice Schwarz and being that this is my favorite style, I'll be stocking up on quite a few more.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 21:55:22 | More by LumpyGuitar
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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