Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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88
very good

1,538 Ratings
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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 jrallen34
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Resi's into a .5L glass...Dark brown pour with charcoal notes, not liking the color. A nice light tan head, great retention and lacing...The aroma is on the light side, roasted malt, coffee, but some nice fruit notes of plums and raisins. Not what I was expecting, but in a good way...The taste is also pretty light, but very crushable and flavorful for a schwarbier. Light roast throughout, with dark fruits sweetness to balance.

Easy drink, pretty enjoyable. Not my thing but I'd drink it again in Germany.

Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip pint. Best before 071911. The body was black/brown of course. The head was off white and very large but settled to a cap.

The smell was cereal. Sugar Smacks even. Tangy.

The taste was roasted light bitterness. Faint metallic tinge. Some brief nuttiness - walnuts.

The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thin.

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, first time they've offered in in these 500ml bottles as opposed to the cans. Poured into a tulip.

Appeared essentially black in the glass, with a healthy light tan/eggshell head that looks quite creamy. Mild retention and moderate lace. Plesant nose of roasted grain, chocolate, caramel (like straight off a caramel apple, distinctly) and molasses. Taste has more of the grain upfront, some noble hops bitterness and mild chocolate in the finish. Good creamy mouthfeel, and lingers for a bit too. Decent drinkability, good beer overall.

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

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a bit of an amber note to it as well as a tan head.

S: Much fruitier than I was anticipating. Lots of cherries, plums, and raisins. Certainly a lot of roasted malt with a bit of a coffee note to it. There's some nice toffee and caramel character underneath it all.

T: Sweet dark fruits really give this beer a nice balance. Cherries and plums are prominent and work nicely with the bitterness and roasted malts. There's a decent enough sweetness from the malt, but not super pronounced.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Quite a nice black beer that is not overdone on the roasted malt and bitterness which often gives and astringency and acidity that is unpleasant.

Photo of great7dividers
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This shwarzbier pours a lovely deep brown, with some reddish tints as you look in direct light. A light brown head sits on top and rounds out a very inviting appearance.

The aroma is very light and has a slightly grainy quality. The taste is surprisingly delicate with coffee type overtones, and a very light malty presence that actually spreads and improves with the extended taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a slight biscuity texture.

Drinkability of this beer is suprisingly easy. As a result of the delicacy to which the flavor and feel hits your palate, Kostritzer's schwarzbier is easy to enjoy, but flourishes to leave an excellent carmel laced aftertaste that I found encouraging another drink.

Photo of Beejay
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown/black, with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Nice tan head on top.

S: The smell is dominated by a bready wheat smell. Perhaps a touch of sweetness in the finish.

T: There is a nice sweetness to this, followed by bread, and finishing out with a subtle roasted malt flavor. It is clean, and well put together.

M: Medium, good level of carbonation, and a little creamy.

D This is definitely something I could do a whole night of. Fairly low abv, tasty, and well done overall.

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

Dark blackish color with hints of ruby light coming through. Not much head, but what is rimming is an off-white.

It definitely has that lager smell of slightly funky European hops but this one is combined with a roasty character and a bit of fruit - figs and raisins.

Taste is much of the smell and then some. It has that pilsener hop smack at the end which is preceded by roasts, dark fruit, chocolate, and espresso/coffee bitterness. It's very interesting and would go exceptionally well with red meat or BBQ.

Mouthfeel is great. Not heavy at all even with the dark color and flavor. It's very spritzy.

I like this beer a lot. This could easily be a go-to sessionable lager for the colder months.

Photo of gthornton
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark coffee. Good lacing. Calm head.

S: Subtle chocolate and coffee roast nose, with hints of familiar/classic German yeast, and balanced hop notes.

T: Well balanced between the roasty malts, yeast, hops, and yes.. water. Some lindering chocolate and coffee. It's not about blowing you away, but ore about the balance that typifies German beers. Well done.

M: Light, easy drink. A little sticky up front, but very clean.

D: An easy drink. Can enjoy several of these with or without a meal. Would be great with roast beef, and veggies. A little sugary sweet. This might decrease its overal drinkability, for it might begin to feel too rich.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black. Nose of light coffee and a little sweet, so macchiato with some hints of caramel but this is quite subtle. Mouth still watery but with an aftertaste of dark chocolate cake rather scored. Small lack of bitterness, however, despite a significant easy to drink.

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a very large frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to disappear.

Smell - breads/grains, a skunkiness, malts, roasted/toasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels very light and creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of breads/grains and grassy notes. But there are also underlying tones of malts and light coffee flavours. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour to the beer. It finishes with malty and light chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - I was really impressed with this beer, it's almost like it has the best of both worlds; light like a lager but tasty like an ESB. It also had a really great appearance. Worth seeking out.

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

A: Dark brown color; ruby highlights. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim on the edge. Laced in thin, broken rings.

S: Hay and grass. Some chocolate.

T: Sweet toasted malts; most prominently, dark chocolate. Overall, fairly muted malt character.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly sweet through a bitter finish.

D: Drinkable; smooth and light.

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

Pours a deep dark black, when held up to light, I see nothing but black. Thick creamy tan head dissipates very quickly to a thin tan cover. Significant lacing.

Smells of rich, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Smell is a little weak, and certainly not overpowering.

Tastes of lightly roasted malt, some creamy chocolate, and a hint of hop bitterness. A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste, and maybe just a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel is big, some creaminess, and a little carbonation, medium body. A rich, robust taste.

A very good example of the German Schwarzbier. This beer would be great with a smoked cheese or smoked meat.

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

For those whose German needs a little brushing up, "schwarz" means black and thus "schwarzbier" translates, literally, to 'black beer'. Of course, that's nothing you couldn't have figured out on your own just from looking at the thing! It's body is decidedly black, despite slipping up the occasional highlight, and even its head looks like slate.

The aroma is curiously distinct, offering a particular and enticing bouquet that, although humming a subtle tune of dark fruit, is not noticeably fruity and, although there is an inkling of caramel, could hardly be considered sweet. And while its maltiness is toasty, it lacks even a trace of harsh roast or coffee-like qualities.It smells like the Greek dessert __.

In fact, the smell makes it hard to point the finger at any one particular flavour, or the ingredient responsible for it. The actual taste doesn't make things much easier. While its tremendously grainy, dark maltiness is distinctive and substantial, it doesn't sit at all heavily on the palate and refuses to linger even momentarily in an aftertaste of any kind.

Likewise, while there must be some hops at play considering how virtually all sweetness is restrained, there is no prevalent bitterness and the beer drinks with the clean, complaisant, almost nondescript character of any pale lager. And there is not a drop of roast, astringency or porter-like flavour despite the obvious use of a little dark malt.

Köstritzer, and schwarzbier in general, is a lesson in how you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Despite the blackish colour, this beer is every bit as smooth, lightly-flavoured, drying and refreshing as any yellow lager worth drinking. And it's also an obvious testament to the Germans' love and skill for brewing super agreeable, drinkable lagers.

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

This beer pours a dark brown/mohogany with a thick tan head.

I get some roasted malts and burnt sugars in the aroma. It has a sweet smell not much bitterness but a little dark chocolate.

I get pretty much the same flavors as I did aromas. the burnt sugars are more forward in the flavor and the chololate is a bit more hidden. A little more bitterness (malt and hops) but it is still pretty light.

The mouthfeel is very thin. I may be expecting more because of its color but the flavors seem to need more body to back them up.

This is a very drinkable beer with it thin mouthfeel and light flavors.

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

Poured from a bottle into a mug as part of our "German Night" dinner. The beer is opaque black, with a thin, filmy yellow head. The aroma is light, with only hints of barley. The beer has a complex balance of malts and barley, and is very well balanced. A nice, smooth feel in mouth, with a clean, crisp finish. Extremely easy to drink, with minimal aftertaste.

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

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured an opaque dark brown with copper hues and a big foamy 4cm tan coloured head. Head slowly dissipated. Plenty of lacing.

S - Malts, a bit of chocolate and some grass. Good but a bit light overall.

T - Light malty sweetness throughout, light roasted flavour, hint of dark chocolate and a mild bitter hop finish. Not as roasted as I'd expect for the colour but the roasted flavour becomes more apparent in the finish as the beer warms up.

M - Average carbonation. Smooth with a wet finish.

D - This is quite drinkable. Not quite what I expected but pretty good.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served in it's branded glass. Dark brown to black w/really nice thick tan lasting head and lacing.
S: cocoa and coffee, dark bready lager-ish clean malts.
T: saa. Lightly sweet, just a bit of underlying smooth hop bitterness and a touch of roast bring it into balance, with just a hint of lingering chocolately sweetness.
M: nicely carbonated, smooth yet frothy. Light to med body.
D: lots of flavor for this abv and drinks bigger than the abv would suggest. Solid.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - dark opaque almost black brown with a foamy almost nitro vanilla beige head. Good sandy lacing

S - can smells. Faint roasted malts. Like a bakery but faint like a bakery down the street. Chocolate malts.

T - simple sweet chocolate and lightly roasted specialty malts and faint hops. No aftertaste but slightly sweet

M - not bad but a bit loose and watery. Not a lot of evervescence. Easy to drink.

D - smooth simple to drink. Not overly complex but good enough.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This time from a 500ml can. Bottled in april. Pours a clear dark black beer with a beige lasting head. Hard to beat. Nice light roastiness on the nose. Refreshing taste, more malty than hoppy, light roastiness. Easy drinking beer. A classic in the style.

Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice dark coffee color with medium carbonation and good retention. Has an inviting look to it and has a distinct molasses smell. Tastes of caramel linger on the palate. It is not overly bitter as I would have expected for a dark beer. Pretty smooth with a light carbonation. Lighter than I anticipated. Recommended.

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

0.5 l. of good black beer, bought in Germany.

Dark brown, with a thin beige head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell of roasted malts and nuts, a bit of caramel, also some chocolate
Taste was a little less significant. Pleasant of similar notes, but a bit faint.
Light body and good refreshing qualities.

A nice example of the style.

Photo of boMD
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Portland's Prost!... I'm not a big fan of Prost. I think it's a great looking bar with authentic themes, but the cliental and the way it's all marketed really gets to me. Poured a darkish, near black with a glowing amber hue towards the bottom of the long, plisner-like shaped glass. The head started off thick, with an off-white shade. The head dissipated quickly, but with a few swirls of the glass it was quick to form again. This beer had a lot of roast going here. Notes of cocoa and vanilla mixed with a clean lager yeast character. Also a leafy, hop flavor gave a bit of depth and bitterness to this otherwise worty, clean drinking beer.

It would be interesting to take this same beer and use an English ale yeast rather than the lager yeast.

Photo of pburland23
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours a deep, dark brown almost black. Gives off a one finger head that does not provide much lacing.

The smell is of grassy malts but you can also smell the toasted malt as well. Taste is fantastic. Very malty with a little dry hops tasted. The carbonation is pervasive through the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable drink.

This is a wonderful example of the schwarzbier style. I could see myself drinking this again and again. Well done.

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace.
S: Toasted malt and grains up front and center. Big biscuit and bread crust. Light chocolate and toffee as well.
T: Big toasted grains with some dry bread and biscuit flavors. Light chocolate and toffee. Simple but excellent.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and clean. So easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

Excellent. Fairly simple, but so enjoyable. Overall a wonderful beer that I highly recommend.

Photo of Duhast500
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Chicago Brauhaus

Poured from the tap into a Hofbrau mug.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and a foamy tan head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit toffee, and caramel flavor. Some sweetness is there with the little bits of sugar that come out. Some coffee is present in the aroma and leaves abruptly.

The taste is quite nice with a dark malt flavor that hits the tongue first and it full of a toffee and maple flavor with some coffee flavor that gives way to a bitter hop flavor that is gone before you can place what hop it is. A smoky wood flavor is there to greet you at the end but is also a quick flavor that is gone in just a blink of an eye.

The feel of this beer is smooth like silk and just the right feel for a beer that is filled with malt but still has a great finish to it.

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