Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 Blitzen15
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Jet black even when held up to a light, a thin caramel colored head graces the rim of the glass.

S - Strong for a lager with hints of dark chocolate

T - Very rich and strong. Dark chocolate is certainly there. The beer tastes like a stout but the bottle says lager. I prefer stouts over all others and this actually fits in.

M - Thick on the tongue but thin when swallowed. This unique feature makes it less overbearing to friends who are not fans of thicker beers

D - An instant favorite as far as lagers go. The perfect drink before bed.

Purchased at: Ladd's & Co.

served on: 6JUL2010

Photo of feedsasquatch
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first German beer. I'm glad I tried it. I now know why one of my co-workers downed 12 of them in 2 days...

A - Black. Almost no head.

S - I have a really hard time describing this one. It doesn't smell anything like American stouts. Sweat bread with an unknown (to me) spice. It's a rather weak aroma overall.

T - It's smooth and rich without exploding in your mouth all at once. Roasted malts are present, as well as mild coffee and toffee.

M - Light to medium bodied. Much thinner than it looks, which makes drinking multiple Schwarzbier's much easier. Very little carbonation.

D - This is probably the most drinkable dark beer that I've tried so far. It doesn't just taste good, it goes down easy and leaves you wanting more without filling you up.

I like this a lot. I'm definitely going to expand my horizons and start trying more German beers now.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger cream head that vanishes without a trace of lace (in 9/2006 it left a good lace). Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt and hints of caramel (no metallic aftertaste this time). $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of samie85
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 7/4/11. Reviewed from notes; originally 6/24/10.

A- Pours a dark black with a 2 finger, glistening brown head.

S- Smells doughy and bready with some roast malt with some spicy oktoberfest like hop notes.

T- Bready and doughy much like the nose with just a hint of roast malt, spicy hop , and dry chocolate finish... a very understated taste.

M- Very carbonated, almost too much, it negatively affects hwo you taste this beer. I would say it's thin bodied.

D- The level of carbonation hurts the drinkability. Overall a bland take on the style. I expected much more from this one.

* Aggressive swirling makes the carbonation recede and brings to the forefront the flavor profile that was hidden by the carb. Not a bad brew once you get by the pesky carbonation.

Photo of honestdave
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Germanfest 2010

A: Poured from Germanfest pitcher into my 12oz dixie cup. Pours dark black with creamy rich looking tan head. Very inviting brew. Head stays for quite a while.

S: Roasty malt, sweet smelling, fresh bread. Nice
aroma.

T: The roasty taste is smooth and rich. Very smooth and balanced Schwarzbier. Decent dry aftertaste for such a dark, sweet smelling beer.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

D: This is the one beer that brings me down to Germanfest each year. Refreshing beer, even on one of the hottest, humid days of the year. Easy to drink many of this delicious German beers.

Summary: Black beer is a treat that I particularly enjoy with my family and friends - ZICKE, ZACKE, ZICKE, ZACKE, HOI, HOI, HOI

Photo of tykees88
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nearly pitch black with a head that is dark tan to brown and thick foam. Little lacing throughout the drink. It's a very attractive brew.

S- This is the only thing holding it back for me. I can smell the malts and some coffee but that's about it and it does seem weaker than one would expect.

T- I love the taste. It's malty and I get toffee and coffee in here. The flavor doesn't explode in your mouth, but it introduces itself casually. On the finish you get a hop finish that is complemented by a bit of chocolate.

M- Thinner bodied than appearance leads on, but I think that helps the drinkability out. It has some creaminess to it too.

D- I rate it as a 5 simply because it's low abv, it tastes very good, and you don't get full on it after a few. It has all the characteristics you would want in a beer you can sit and drink more than a few of over a night.

Really enjoyed this one and will be seeking it out from now on.

Photo of WJVII
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark brown color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nicely into a quarter inch head leaving lacing all down the glass. The aroma is quite faint. There is some hints of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt caramel but those come only after let to stand a while. The taste is a little course which was nice to allow the flavors to come out. A nice malty start with some mild coffee and burnt grains and the finish was a decent hop balance that was left in the after taste. This was a solid brew, but for the price there are many micro's from the states that are better.

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Near black with near white full head, leaves to disk with lots of lace.

S - Earthy, base malty, nice.

T - Very straight forward malt, gravelly mineral finish, end very clean.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, good balance.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

9/27/13 Just tried it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. Delicious!

Photo of Richardberg
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - served into a 0.5L Koestritzer glass at Blaue Gans in NYC. Dark opaque brown, even at fringes; tiny head (expert pour), not much fizzing either, but moderate lacing once you begin to consume.

S - caramel malt, brown sugar, hint of spicy cocoa

T - very lightly flavored. What's there is somewhat interesting: slightly sweet malt (nowhere near as sweet as you might expect from the schwartzbier label, or even its own smell), a little grassiness, hint of spice

M - light body, not much carbonation (served rather warm, granted), nicely sticky for something <5%

D - super drinkable, and decent enjoyment to go with it. Low carbonation helps too (at least for me). Not my fave by a long shot but much preferable to the average "session beer"

Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml into a tulip. Dark brown just shy of black. Puffy three finger foamy head recedes fairly quickly, looks nice. Slightly burnt malt aroma.

Looking at it you'd expect a stout, smelling it you'd expect it to be sweet - it's neither - and it feels thinner than expected as well!

The malt is not too sweet and just a touch of hop bitterness balances the experience, very smooth - this is a good session beer. Most brews this dark are fine at room temp but this doesn't improve with increased temps in fact I think it is best in a relatively narrow (cool cellar) range.

I just re-read the BA description of a Schwarzbier, I think they were drinking this one when they wrote it !

cheers
jd

Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- some nice slowly cascading bubbles trickle down from the very attractive tan head. body is a deep dark clear maroonish-brown with bright shiny orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. foam retention and lace are both fantastic as the head almost refuses to settle and the lace is sticky and chunky. i guess that poet dude coulda dropped a few lines about this look.

S- clean with floral and grassy hops and a bit of caramel malty sweetness. subtle cocoa aromas come out as the beer warms a few degrees. also a bit woodsy and metallic.

T- not a huge flavor machine, but not meant to be either. complex and subtle flavors abound, starting off as a balance between vinous hop flavor and chocolate milk. nicely toasty, slightly roasty, cocoa, and some very faint coffee. let's say mocha. hints of wood and tobacco are present, as are old dried out dates and figs whose sweetness has been replaced by a leqafy tea like hop bitterness. finishes somewhat nutty like a walnut chocolate skins n' all.

MF- so light for such a dark beer but that's not to say the brew has no substance. it's soft and rolly and suitably carbonated but it's not heavy. it feels so me (aside from the powdery roasted grain feel) to be about as hefty as a helles or a lighter end oktoberfest. bubbles are tight and carressing, not too aggressive, and compliment to roastiness perfectly. leaves some tannin dryness on the cheeks.

D- easily a session beer. low abv, great flavor, and a not-so-heavy body are the reasons why i could put away a sixer no problemo. so glad this one fell into my lap.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a thick rich humucky top.

S - Subtle coffee and cocolate aromas witha slight accent of anise.

T - The flavor is mainly of black licorise but there are coffee and chocolate present. The long roasted grains are tasty and well balanced.

M - The feel is slightly coarse on the sidesyet smooth and soft in the middle.

~ For a darker brew this goes down very well. I'm a big fan and will recommend this to friends.

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

Deep, dark brown in color with a tan head that gives way to a splotchy film on top and sticky foam on the edges that follow the beer down the sides.

The nose contains roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and smoke...maybe peat. I agitated the surface by blowing into it and got a release of dried fruit esters, maybe prune.

A little bit of sweetness on the tip of the tongue and bitterness further back. The malt is assertive and if not for the bitterness the hops would not be apparent at all. It tastes a little like burnt bread and I could not taste any of the dried fruit esters I got from the scent.

It has a real nice finish to it, no aftertaste. A medium body, lighter than most people would expect from such a dark beer, and light in taste too.

This has the lowest ABV of any beer I've drank in the past couple of months, so tossing a few back would be easy. It's not an overly complicated beer or just extremely sublte, so nothing to really perplex your taste buds. Would go well with a bacon cheeseburger.

Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected translucent black with over an inch of tan head that had good retention but minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with some slight roasted notes. the roasted notes were more upfront on the tongue, with the grain fading to the back.

The body was good, but perhaps a bit thin for the style (which is fairly light to begin with). Drinkability was very good, having a couple of these in row would be easy. Overall, a nice little beer, worth a shot if you see it.

Photo of Brabander
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better German Schwarzbier i had untill now. Drank it in my Dutch beerglass. Poured in the glass the beer itself is enourmous darkbrown/black. The head is lightbrown and very bubbly. With a bright light behind the glass you can see lovely carbonation. The beer looks fabulous, almost like a Westvleteren 8 (which i drank after this one).

The smelle is good, burned malt and hints of coffee.

The first taste is not as good, it looks like your taste has to get used to this kind of beer. After that: good!

The mouthfeel is better than normal and with a good drinkability this is beer to try out.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass. Near-black with just a touch of russet around the edges when held to the light. A good inch of head that settles nicely to a thin ringed layer. Patches and sheets of lacing.

Nose is great: roasted malts, a hint of nuts and caramel, and a breadiness that, combined with the roasted character of the nose, almost feels like rye or pumpernickel. How German can you get?

The taste is superb. Similar flavour notes as in the nose, but with an added touch of dark fruit - plum or prune. Finishes dry and slightly watery.

Medium carbonation. Body is a bit on the lighter side, but the whole experience is that of a drinkable, refreshing brew.

Every time I've had Kostritzer I've liked it more and more. For such a dark brew, it's very sessionable. A prime example of the style.

Photo of crnipeter
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml, BBE 21. July 2010. The beer pours dark brown to black, almost opaque body overlain by tan head that gradually dies to a bubbly sheet. Nice lacing on the walls.
The nose reveals aroma of rich Munich type malt with melanoidin qualities, sweet caramel like aromatics and slightly acidic roasted character reminiscent of bitter chocolate.
The flavors follow the aromas and although the Munich malt character is noticeable the beer has a clean lager characteristics. Almost medium bodied with moderate carbonation and very quaffable.

Photo of BDJake
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours the darkest shade of brown before turning black, with a creamy beige kopf

S- dark, smoky German malt, hints of caramel, but not much else

T- roasted malts, caramel, and a bit of smokiness dance around on the palate

M- light/medium body, with good carbonation

D- very sessionable

Photo of darkbrewer
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local supermarket starting stocking this beer recently and i always make it a duty to try new stuff and was pleasantly suprised.

A: When I picked this up at my local supermarket. I had never had a schwarzbier before and from dark lager i was expecting it to be like a heavy double bock but the amber tones impressed me. The head gets quite tall if not poured very slowly on the edge of the glass and has a slight caramel tint. It's quite thick and bitter but dissipates after about a minute and halfway down the glass is non-existent.

S: Upon pouring the beer into a pint glass I instantly smelt faint aromas of smoke, caramel and coffee. As i approached closer the the smoke and coffee took on a stronger presence with a hint of sweetness.

T: It tastes just as impressive as its smell with very little bitterness until the end. the flavors from the malts remain constant throughout which is quite enjoyable. A lingering, and quite pleasant taste of coffee remains after a few minutes.

M: It is quite an easy drink and utterly enjoyable. Like many lagers which get tiresome after a few sips this one keeps it drinkability throughout. It's ABV allows it to not be too strong of a beer to only have 1 or 2 in a night.

D: If you are looking for a beer with subtle aromas of coffee and smoke but do not like the heaviness of irish stouts then this is a perfect beer to try. I will definitely be keeping a stock of this in my beer fridge.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best before date of 12.08.10. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours dark, nearly opaque. Almost a little bit of a ruby hue to it. Somewhat aggressive carbonation produces a short-lived one-finger-wide head. Smell seems to predominantly consist of a roasted malt aroma. Roasty/coffee quality to the smell.

This schwarzbier features a roasted flavor with a mild burnt twinge. Also some bitterness towards the end from the hops. Also has some mild coffee and vanilla notes, though pretty subdued.

Mouthfeel is overall pleasant, with a pretty smooth character, bit a bit more watered than I would like.

Drinkability is quite good. Goes down easily and refreshing for a dark beer.

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a sheen of black made up of heavy dark oranges, brown, and a dusting of red. The head is most impressive with its light and foamy mocha cream appearance. Lacing is well above average with sticky sheets and rings hanging on

S: malty roasted goodness with a mild mineral quality in the nose. A soft sweetness permeates of chocolate and nuttiness

T: palate is a near match to the nose. Plenty of malty sweetness and roasted notes. A pinch of coffee surfaces amongst the mild and sweet dark flavors. Some toasted and chocolate notes are unmistakable.
For overall drinkability this is a pleasant beer. Nothing very complex about this one and its simplicity works

M: soft and fuzzy carbonation with a mild body

D: a tasty beer

Photo of cgmees
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, with a large bubly tan head. The head dissipates quickly but a thin ring of lacing stays behind.

S - Had some faint hop smell with chocolate and smoke overtones.

T - Toasted malt with earthy coffee tone. Has burnt barley and hops aftertaste

M - mild carbonation, medium body with a chewy texture.

D - Nice to drink, tasty with light smooth feeling. nice Schwarzbier.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.33L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours cola black with ruby highlights diffused through the light. Fluffy 3-finger tan head receeds to a thin ring. Thick lacing throughout.

S: Sweet, toasted malt. Faint hops. Dark chocolate, mild coffee.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Toasted sweet malt accompanied by earthy hop tones. Coffee and light caramel. Slightly oily. Dry finish, nicely hopped aftertaste which lingers.

D: This is a really approachable example of the style. The taste is just complex enough to keep the drinker interested and just smooth enough to go down quickly.

Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head. It smelled like light roasted barley with faint lemon hops and chocolate and smoke. It tasted like copper hops and burnt barley, with some bready yeast and lemon and a bit of dark chocolate. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't very clean or tasty, with a weak scent and mediocre body. That all adds up to a disappointing beer that I wouldn't recommend unless you're desperate to try another schwarzbier.

Photo of Otterburn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black color, with some red/brown reflection throught, 1 finger head, laces

Smell: torrefication, caramel,malt

Taste: light burned malt, very smooth, not aggressive at all, nice malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin , low carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, this brew is black but clear and thin like a blond

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.