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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,503 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 67
Gots: 89 | 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 mintjellie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A black lager that shows faint traces of garnet under light. A massive tan head leaves very little lace behind but lasts a long time. It has a clean aroma, slightly sweet and malty with grassy hops and a hint of coffee. The flavour is somewhat malty, giving a very vague suggestion of pumpernickel bread. There's also some coffee flavour, but with only a little of the roasted bitterness found in a stout or porter. It's noble hop character will seem very familiar to any drinker of pilseners and other pale lagers. Light and effervescent, this black beer from Germany will restore you in the dead of winter and refresh on the warmest and brightest of summer days.

mintjellie, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Decent head that does not stay around for long. It ends up nice on the sides though thin across the top. It looks black with a brown hue at the very bottom. When held to the light it, mahogany hues take over.

S: Roasted malt, slight smoke and coffee.

T: Sweet malt, a little coffee, the smoke is not present in the taste.

M: Medium-bodies, with a cream at the finish.

D: It is not as heavy as other darker beers and its alcohol is not as strong.

Overall: Great beer, though its smell is not very strong, its taste is great. It is not that heavier, yet, it delivers that sweet malt and a bit of coffee like stouts or ports, but, without the heavy-body or strong finish. Yet, there is still flavor.

ianjsullivan, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Essen Haus last night on-tap.

This "black" bier lives up to its name. Pours just shy of pitch black with some dark garnet hues poking their way through on the edges. A nice khaki colored head adorns the top.

The smell is quite malty, earthy, a little bitter at the end.

It tastes wonderful, with dark smoky malt dominating the scene. It's not completely one dimensional, with a touch of hop bitterness there to keep it all level. It has a rather dry finish that just almost forces you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel was nice and full, and overall this beer was extremely drinkable -- between the surprisingly low ABV, the great taste and the smoothness.

AmberMan22, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thick 1" rocky tan head, which was well-retained throughout the drink, and gave way to decent lacing. The body was a clear (filtered) super-dark garnet color with backlit ruby hues at the edges of the glass.

S- Caramel and roasted malts dominate the nose with no detectable hop aroma... like a sweet dark mild. An nice nose for a 4.8% ABV brew.

T- As anticipated, chocolate and caramel malt flavors dominate the palate. Tastes very much like a good restorative after a hard days' labor. Some very faint hop bitterness emerges midway, but disappears in the finish.

M- A nice firm body... particularly big for a low alcohol beer like this. Impressive. The carbonation is only moderately soft... a bit spritzy, but unoffensive.

D- A wonderful session beer. Goes down very very smooth. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the drinkability department is the slightly bloating nature of the carbonation.

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle best by 10/10.

Have seen this beer on draft at several fine German establishments, but have never tried it. Will admit that part of my hesitation has stemmed from the relatively low abv and high price--seeming juxtapositions--as well as my lack of familiarity with the style. Gave it a shot today, though.

Kostriker Schwarzbier pours a dark color--black really--with a full and retentive tan head.

Smell is dominated by deep malt with hints of biscuit. Buttery diacytl is also noted.

Taste is pretty heavy on the malt with caramel, bread and roasted flavors along for the ride. There is also a bit of charcoal-like harshness at the back of the swallow to go along with a slight hop bitterness.

Pretty high level of carbonation here with a full flavor and a bit of bite.

Overall this is a nice, pleasant, tasty beer. Low abv combined with its high flavor profile makes it quite sessionable as well.

macpapi, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a smooth black color with good carbonaton and a dirty white head. Nose is grains, caramel, and roasted malts. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, low ABV keeps it very drinkable and can't belive the alcohol is low for such full flavor. .

barleywinefiend, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the last can on the shelf at the LCBO. Since this style is so rare around here, I had to pick it up.

Pours a very deep chestnut brown, almost black in colour with 2 fingers of creamy and thick beige head that leaves sticky and stringy patches of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, dry nutty character, grain, caramel, and light citrus in the nose, all of which is quite subtle.

Roasted malts, and caramel are fused with notes of grain and yeast with the dry, nutty character coming in the end.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and well balanced with a quick sting of carbonation coming in towards the end. An easy drinker.

Overall, a solid beer. I don't think this will ever be my favourite style of beer, but considering its light body and low ABV, this stuff has a lot of flavour.

ludachris, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with a nice, foamy head. It retains this to a degree throughout. Dark in color, as you might expect. Very mild roasted scent.

Smooth and remarkably clean, crisp taste. Not unusual for a German beer such as this one. Nothing elaborate or "extreme" here. Drinkable and pleasant.

Nutleybeer, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. First sampling of the style

Appearance: Dark, deep and very beautiful. So much head for what I was expecting. A quickly melting frothy brownish head that lingers on the surface and leaves thick lacing. Opaque unless held up to the light, after which a reddish colour can be seen.

Smell: Absolutely amazing smell. Like a dark oktoberfest lager mixed with a belgian blonde or a strong dark ale. Very unique fusion of what I'd expect from both styles. Has a bit of a belgian dark ale yeast flavour in addition to a slight hoppiness and a strong maltiness. Fruity, like blackberry, and with other dark berries.

Taste: Very dark with a strong lager character. Somewhat bitter with roasted flavours instead of the hoppiness that lagers usually have. Very balanced between its different elements which makes for a fantastic experience. Malty with a little hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Very pleasant amount of carbonation with a creamy head. No trace of the alcohol. Smooth and clear. Nothing much negative could be said about the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh god. I could have so many of these. This is the type of beer I dream of drinking casually. Furthermore its only 4.8% abv. This beer is chil, relaxed, refreshing, easy to drink and yet still full of flavour and complexity. I'm giving this a perfect 5 because this is the first beer that I feel combines great taste/smell and complexity with low abv and an easy to drink character. Everything is in correct proportion and its a delightful experience.

Whiteweasel, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Near jet black with a rich tan head and sticky icebergs of lacing.

S – Very mild German maltiness, perhaps light caramel, roasted coffee and a clean bitter noble hop.

T – Perhaps compares to something like Thai iced coffee in the roastiness and smokiness department, at any rate just delicious and creamy and refreshing.

M – Light and creamy and extra refreshing; the mouthfeel is a microcosm of the taste.

D – Thirst-quenching and poundable.

ktrillionaire, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black, but still somewhat translucent. Served with just a surface coating of head. no lacing.

S: Not very aromatic. Muted. Roasted malts and coffee.

T: A biting malt on the front end with aggressive carbonation and a short finish. Roasted malts.

M: Medium in body. Heavier carbonation.

D: Good. A slightly better than average schwarzbier.

Florida9, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black-brown brew with a dense, cream colored head.

Smell: Smoky malt, minerals, hints of a metallic scent, chestnut.

Taste: Smoky malt, slight hint of citrus. Dry mineral crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very smooth with a slight acidity. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty schwarzbier, easily sessionable and very satisfying.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this very nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was really black as it should be. The beer had a nice big tan head that hung around as it was suppose to. The beer also had nice lacing. The beer was bitter at the finish and had a coffee/toffee taste. It was very good and I would buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The poet doth noet what is good. The label is pretty cool of the poet just chilling with a Schwarz....

Pilsner pour and am met with a black bubble pour with a small beige head. Some nice burgundy streaks and nice lacing also.

Aroma of dome dark fruits, black licorice, earth and some light coffee characteristics.

Easy drinking for a "black lager" and nicely carbonated. No aftertaste whatsoever which is a nice change.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Low alcohol = multiples.

A nice beer for the style and very happy I tried it. Worth the effort to find.

kaseydad, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of bob3701
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Starts off with a really big head but quickly disolves into nothing. So-so lacing and at least for me no real aroma detected. However this beer tasted great and I am at a loss on how to describe the taste. This beer was the smoothest beer I have ever had, it was like drinking pure silk. All malt taste hardly any bitterness at all. I guess this is the black lager I now compare all others with.

bob3701, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: nut and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grains, minerals, and small nut, hops are present at the end and in the aftertatse

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a small bitter aftertaste, smooth

Drinkability: One of the better in the style I have had. This is a nice change of pace beer for me. Two in a row would be the most I desire, but I love the lightness of this beer.

tigg924, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown almost black color with crimson edges. The dark tan head is huge, almost three inches and super thic. It just sits there staring at me. However after receding it leaves just a trace of slick lace.

The aroma is roast malt with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and maybe a twinge of dark fruit.

The flavor is very weak. What is there is bitter roast malt with a metallic undertone. Some black coffee in the finish but not pleasant at all.

Medium to light body. Rather thin. moderate carbonation,

Overall a huge dissapointment. I figured a schwarzbier from the motherland would be bolder then this. Aparently america has stolen this style away as well.

beerwolf77, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Shows a lean, but solid black with a creamy tan froth and little to no lacing. Soft aromas of roasted grains, chocolate, citrus, coffee, & subtle roasted nuts follow through on the palate. The beer is dry with a thin mouthfeel and medium finish. Overall this is a good example of the style, but nothing that absolutely Wows me. Good, not great, but good.

BevMoAndrew, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz botte into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with hints of red when held up to the light. Three-finger tan head which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nose is a bit grainy with some aromas of roasted grains as well. There is also the faintest smell of wild berries; subtle, but it really adds something to the overall effect.

Taste: quite nice, actually. Malt is slightly sweet with some caramel, those faint berries and some roasty quality. The roast has a subtle bitterness but isn't the traditional coffee or chocolate flavor. I find the flavor to be very soothing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rather silky texture. Carbonation is extremely low; a touch more would have been nice. The near-flat effect isn't necessarily bad for this beer, but it was a little off-putting for me.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty tasty and, while I will not be drinking a six pack of it anytime soon, is indeed pretty drinkable.

flagmantho, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer in both the bottle and on draft, this review will be from my notes and most recent encounter, in a bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass (instead of a Kostriker mug?!?! -- Horrible). This is also one of my favorite session beers and for sure my favorite Schwarzbier I've had so far.

Beer is brown and cloudy. Carbonation low to moderate and the head is brown and diffuse.

Beer does not have much of a smell to it. Maybe a mild roast, some malt, not much at all.

Beer is super smooth, beautiful full bodied beer. I don't taste much roast at all, mild malt character no hops or bitterness to speak of. A perfectly balanced, simple tasting good beer. For some reason the first time I ordered it I expected some smoke but was pleasantly surprised by the lack of it. Mouthfeel great, drinkability as high as it gets.

drabmuh, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hoppegarten in Rathaus-Steiglitz, Berlin. I also had this on tap at the Kostritzerhaus in Weimar, but the Hoppegarten was a better pour.

Nice, full tan head over, as it should be, nice black beer. Some ruby notes in the glass, but still quite dark. Significant lacing that survived the entire half liter. And the next half liter, and the next... well, I think you get the picture. My friend had a few also.

Nice rich malts - not too chocolaty. A slight roasty smell comes through, and maybe a touch of spice, but not much. A very Germanic brew.

Well crafted taste - clear why it's the choice of many of the more beer-savvy Germans. Rich and malty, but not too strong. Some coffee, roasted barley, and a touch of cocoa. The hops are well masked, but give a nice clean finish to the malt and makes it easy to drink.

Velvety and rich. Not too heavy though, and has a medium body. Easy to drink, and was my usual brew of choice while in Germany. Went very well with several different traditional German dishes including - Eisbein, Kartoffelkloesse, Zanderfilet, and a fantastic pork roast in a sauce made from Kostrizer.

While not the finest brew, it is high quality and a great benchmark for the schwarzbier style. Not quite as good after the trip across the Atlantic, but still good nonetheless.

BillyBoysPie, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a pony keg (5L) of this stuff. Its in a big can, thus I say a can. Into Spaten 1L Maß

Good dark dark brown body, huge germanlight brown head. you only ge this kind of head on a german beer. what makes it look so damn good is that pseudo-nitro look which beats any other kind of pour. smell is fine, just roasted malts and yeast; not potent though, especially at the cool temp of 7º C that is recommended . great taste, incredibly drinkable and a real pleasure to have a whole keg to myself. quite drinkable, but a bit too carbonated.

erz316, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a lighter body schwarzbier with a nice bitterness. pours is like a nice german lager with a off chocolate head. nose of mild straw and apple and maltose. very lightly roasted. palate is bright. crisp on the tongue with a carbonation that constricts a bit and a bitterness of hop that sits nicely with the hops. good but i expected bit more chocolate and 'dark qualities'.

rtepiak, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark brown (almost black) with red highlights and a dirty brown small bubble head that leaves small spots down the glass.

Smell:
Smells like a lager with a little extra roasted malt and grass.

Taste:
Tastes like a lager with some roasted malt, grass and caramel tossed in. Nothing terribly special but definitely better than a typical lager offering.

Mouthfeel:
Completely foams up and fills the mouth, actually kind of weird. Finishes clean and slightly dry.

Drinkability:
Light, clean and has some interesting flavors that can keep these coming. Still, not a huge beer to talk about, but decent.

Comment:
Got as a freebie from my uncle who dislikes those "fancy beers." He might have liked this one...

CRichardsMN, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with hints of red and a mocha head. The beer creates some nice lacing with a head that retains. The smell is of very faint roasted malts.

It has a very smooth roasted light coffee taste with a hint of sweetness. The hops and most of the flavor appear in the immediate aftertaste. The aftertaste has a light hop bite with dark chocolate.

This beer is very smooth with its medium carbonation and almost undetectable alcohol. Not too sweet or bitter, very nice.

Schwarzbier is one of my favorites as it has the drinkability of a session beer with more flavor. This is one of the better Schwarzbiers I've had.

Mardukk, Nov 10, 2009
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.