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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,437 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 Ozurr
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Ozurr, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L mini Keg to a Pint glass, (I put can as serving type)

A- Pours almost pitch black. Some light gets through the sides and produces a ruby blood red. A large tan head with good retention and lacing on the sides.

S- Lots of burnt notes, some chocolate and roasted gran. A pleasant smelling brew.

T- A rather light taste for a dark beer but its full flavored. A good mix of toasted malts and grain, Chocolate notes, and a little caramel, A light refreshing bitterness.

M- This beer is incredibly silky smooth. It has a light flavor but the beer has a smooth feel which helps make up for it. High carbonation at first from the tap but the container will last a while after its opened.

O- A good dark german lager that I enjoyed with a few friends, I definitely recommend getting one of these if you can but make sure to plan on drinking it all because it will go flat and be a waste.

TwelveOunces, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Blumstein
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Blumstein, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of mikerems
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mikerems, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of bambam2517
4/5  rDev +2%

bambam2517, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

avisong, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev +2%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of canucklehead
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love when a brewer totally nails a style and I must say that this is the best Schwarzbier I have had yet. The burnt malt notes are surrounded with a luscious mouthfeel that I have not found in most black beers. The beer is so well balanced that you want another as soon as finish the first.

canucklehead, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of sigtau200ws
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

sigtau200ws, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of pchalk
5/5  rDev +27.6%

pchalk, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of JackKS
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JackKS, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4/5  rDev +2%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Jonmoore89
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated very quickly.
Smelled Malty, hints of coffee, chocolate, and carmel.
Tasted exactly how it smelled.
Somewhat watered down, low carbonation.
Its a nice lager but I've had a Stout with a very similar taste that seemed to be a notch above.

Jonmoore89, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Beerchaeology
4/5  rDev +2%

Beerchaeology, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -23.5%

StoicBeast, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Demitra
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.

The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.

My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!

Demitra, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of kiya
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.

Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.

It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.

The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.

kiya, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkest black with a tan creamy 1/4 inch head with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts present faint bouquet of nut and caramel. Distant but detectable traces of vanilla, coffee. The hops are truly German with grassy fineness and light fruit flavors.

Taste: Like a chocolate malt milkshake. More milk than chocolate. Creamy caramel malt mouth with refreshing hop backing. Faint alcohol (odd for a beer this light)

Mouthfeel: Slight dryness. On the malt side but hops come through
with a spicy and floral touch.

Overall: Delicious and extremely refreshing. A classic.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange brown amber, one finger light tan head and slight lacing. Dark malts and light suggestion of toasted malts and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is malty, dark, sweet and faint toasted malts. Finish somewhat dry and malty. Pleasant and light to moderate flavored. Quite good for such a low ABV. Worth a revisit.

LiquidAmber, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ouser31
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!

ouser31, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of PierceMyers
4/5  rDev +2%

PierceMyers, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, verging on black, in a pilsner with highlights that range from chocolate brown. A two-inch, light chestnut head is creamy and quickly drops to a quarter of an inch, leaving patchy lace. Carbonation clings to the glass as well.

A strong presence of chocolate syrup followed by malt balls.

Sweet and malty with some molasses. The sweetness settles down with warmth as a roasted character develops. However, this one lacks depth.

The body is light a watery with lots of carbonation and no alcohol.

This is an easy flowing beer though the flavors are less than I had hoped for.

SLeffler27, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Paracatu
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Paracatu, Mar 08, 2012
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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