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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 65
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours dark-ruby-brown bordering on black with a nice, rich two-finger khaki head. Unfortunately, the head quickly recedes to a wispy smattering of bubbles and some nice lacing.

Nose is nice - lightly roasty, more burnt caramel than coffee, lightly sweet. Light acidity and just a bit of red stone fruit.

Taste is sharp up front, a nice blend of roasted malt and caramel, even some light chocolate, and a sharp, light acidity with a crisp hop bite towards the finish. There's a lightness that is unusual among beers this dark. Fantastic traditional example of the style, lighter and not as rich as some American versions, which in my experience often tend to be closer to a lagered stout or porter (though still delicious). Fantastic beer drinkable in any weather.

Mouthfeel is medium light in body, crisp, a bit dry, sharp but sparse carbonation.

Excellent drinkability - refreshing, perfectly balanced, and a fantastic example of style that lends itself to being universally drinkable.

JohnQVegas, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of berkey
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours very dark brown; essenstially black. A sturdy pour creates a large, dense, persistent, light mocha colored, head. Leaves some uneven strings of lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas start with herbal and grassy hops, very mild chocolate notes, and an extremely faint roasted character. Very light and clean overall.

Flavor brings on many of the same components from the nose but in slightly different proportions and in different sequence. Subtle chocolate notes come through first and the grassy, leafy, hop character is mostly confined to the aftertaste until it warms. At room temperature, however, hops seem to be the primary flavor. Feel is light, clean, and smooth. Very easy drinking.

This is a style I took years coming back around to. I notice American brewers seem to have a hard time time duplicating traditional versions of this style. Although there are great American beers categorized as Swarzbiers they really have nothing in common with beers like this other than color and bottom fermentation. Overall an enjoyable beer and a very good example of the style.

berkey, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola colour with a modest cream-coloured head of very small bubbles. Leaves some gorgeous sticky dense lace behind as it sinks slowly. Love that lace, otherwise pretty good too.

Smell is quite chocolatey with some vanilla hints. Slight cashew nut edge and some raisin characters. No burnt or roasty characters, actually smells overly sweet, to the point where I'm craving more burnt character. But my personal taste aside, for a Schwarzbier smell, pretty good.

Taste is similar, very light flavour with a lot of cocoa character and a nutty edge, quite sweet with a bit of a yeasty edge, actually.Slight roasted character with mild meatiness around the edges. Pretty smooth flavour, doesn't have a lot in the way of palate complexity or richness. Quite creamy and sweet, again can't say I'm a big fan but it's not bad.

Quite fair bodied, medium full, bit of a sharp edge that I don't like. Overall not bad, just needs to iron out that kink to make it more slick.

Drinkable? Yeah, 'salright.

laituegonflable, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tall glass at Brauhaus Schmitz, Phil

A - Almost black with a smaller beige head.

S - This beer smell ssweet and roasted. Scents of coffea and sugar come through.

T - The taste is sweet as well. Roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet earthy malt, and honey are detected. Reminds me of having honey on a toasted piece of dark bread.

M - This beer is super smooth. Lightly carbonated and light-medium bodied, it is very easy to drink this one. I can see myself getting a six pack of this beer.

Notes - I love schwarzbier and this is one of my favorites. It has a great pairing of flavors and is very smooth and drinkable.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Bajasith
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour with exceptional two finger head. Dark appearance with a very attractive aroma of medium roasted coffee and caramel... Had this beer once before and really enjoyed it. Bought it again just recently just to remind me how smooth this beer is... I could de-finitely have this beer stocked up in the fridge.

Bajasith, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great beer IMO. This was recommended by a friend. I saw some decent reviews and decided to try it. Really, really watery side to it. Samuel Adams Black Lager was really so, so much better. This one had some roasted and smoke flavors behind the burnt malt flavor but the whole beer was really thin and felt as if everything needed to be amplified (without increasing the abv.)

natelocc787, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black with an off white, fizzy head that dies down to a circle of foam that retains to the end. Tiny specks of lacing linger.

The aroma is barely there for me, but I get a bit of roast and just a hint of dark chocolate and caramel.

The taste is roasted malt, chocolate (almost like an unsweetened bitter baking chocolate), just a modicum of caramel, with a drying, almost metallic like bitter dry finish, very clean taste, very balanced, very interesting.

Mouthfeel is medium, with not a ton of carbonation. It's surprisingly refreshing.

It's a really good drinker. Not really a deeply contemplative fireside beer mind you. But it's a lighter beer that holds enough character to keep you interested over the course of an evening.

This beer dispels the misconception that dark beers are heavy, because this is anything but. And it also proves that a beer doesn't have to be a big bold high octane highly hopped tastebud bruiser to be good. This one is elegant in its simplicity.

MeisterBurger, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of Duttonic
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, light tan head of about a cm. Shiny like molasses. Small bubbles.

S- Reminded me of a bock. Mild roasty notes.

T- I was expecting it to be very heavy, but it is surprisingly light. It was not watery at all though. Rich.

M- Great mouthfeel. Rich, without being heavy.

D- Great drinkability. I wanted another after I had the first.

I would love to pair this with BBQ or a burger. Dark beer goes well with them, but it is hard to find ones that aren't overly filling. Great beer all-around.

Duttonic, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours past one finger head of frothy brown, the larger size of the bubbles makes it dissolve down swiftly, good lacing but lacking in stickiness. Pure black liquid, albeit an amber glow appears around the rims and glass bottom, the liquid seems clear but hard to tell given the blackness. Soft malts and toffee scents stiffen from the pumpernickel, rye bread element, raisin, date and fresher cherry scents blend in nicely and are sweetened by cinnamon spice, only the slightest roasted qualities and with minimal hops presence. Medium-bodied, fine carbonation dances across the palate and keeps things lively. Coffee roast tightens up the malts, dark chocolate powder and focuses the clove, cinnamon spice as well. Pumpernickel persists but less bready here. Stronger mineral water component. Clean finish with weight downwards on the palate left intact. Sessionable, likely a good food beer.

farrago, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a reddish hue, small, fizzy light brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is a bunch of malts, roasted and a touch of coffee. Flavor has roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter hoppy kick at the end. Medium mouthfeel, dry, and a touch of bitterness at the end. Delicious swarzbier, the style example as far as I'm concerned.

mtstatebeer, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. plastic cup (classy, I know) at Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront.

A-Big tan head receded relatively quickly. Dark brown beer looked deep and luscious, though clarity was difficult to discern in the clouded-white class. From my evaluation, though, I'd say it looked pretty clear, considering its darkness.

S-Herbal hoppy aromas give way quickly to a pleasant, light choco-malt. An overall clean, minimal aroma.

T-Slightly spicy hoppiness mixes nicely with a slight roastiness, overplayed by a bit of chocolate. Very crisp, finishes slightly bitter-roasty, but clean.

M-Medium, almost medium-ight body with an appropriately springy carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. This may have been artificially propped up with the ambiance of the Oktoberfest and the interesting polka contest that was going on while I sipped this brew.

CHSLBrew, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City.

A - Darkest brown in color with a substantial off-white head.

S - Aroma is roast and anise, maybe a hint of bitter coffee.

T - Roasted malt, grain, licorice, and a little coffee. Overall decent but nothing too special.

M - Palate fairly light with medium-high carbonation.

D - Fairly high due to the somewhat light palate.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with an old-fashioned, kinda creepy looking guy on the label...no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark brown/black beer with a creamy ivory cap with good retention

Smell: Mild, toasty malts with a touch of roasted grains...this is smooth and simple, not a lot going on, but pleasant

Taste: Nice toasty and very light roasted grains, a light minerality on the clean finish...again, very simple, but nice

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Tasty, drinkable black lager...this is a bit simple, but a nice dark German quaffable beer.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint of this while visiting the Flying Saucer in Houston. It was served in a standard pint and the beer is jet black with a brown head.

The aroma could go up a notch, but I like the brown sugar and oats backed by a whiff of wood smoke.

The beer is a delightful mix of slightly charred malts, sweet molasses and a bit of back end caramel. Note that reading my description the beer sounds moderately heavy, but it is not. It is flavorful but possesses lightness in the mouthfeel.

Very easy to session and easy to pair with anything except spicy food.

Well done!

Redrover, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown body, with a ruby glow at the edges. The brown head can get quite rich and frothy. Carbonation is moderate. While head retention is rather weak, lacing is quite impressive.

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a slight floral hoppiness in the aroma.

T - From the first moment, you should be able to taste that roastiness. It begins sweet and finishes bitter, with nice lingering malty roastiness. Other notes you might notice include dark fruits.

M - Light-to-medium bodied, closer to being light. Quite pleasant overall, thanks to the very moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable in moderation. This is the best and the original schwarzbier!

NightINgale, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of beerorRIP
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

beerorRIP, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lexluthor33, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

donteatpoop, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Drew966, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of sporkeh
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

sporkeh, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

JayQue, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Stonepot
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stonepot, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Durge, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

bsp77, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

sweemzander, Jul 22, 2009
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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