Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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88
very good

1,540 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 99 | 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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An honour to review first. I do not buy beers in cans, but it was graciously given to me to review by Michael Meinardus, the brewery's North American rep. Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It's very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee. Stands by itself and certainly works with food. Had it on tap in May 2005, didn't stand up as good, maybe the way they had it on at Ludwig's.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some dark fruits (especially grapes). Taste is of dark malt, grape-like fruits, and some mild roast flavors. A fleeting shot of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier that is easy drinking.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours near black and is completely opaque. Initial single-finger head sits around for quite a bit before falling, leaving behind a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is a bit plain with some roasted malt and really mild coffee character. The taste hits the same notes. There is a moderate roast presence, but there's nothing to back it up. The big problem is that the feel is too thin and undercarbonated; there's nothing really pulling the flavors through. Drinkability is pretty decent, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin layer of off white bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of dark malts along with some hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a chocolate brown color and a nice tan head that drops precipitously to a ringlet but leaves good lacing

Smell: Brown bread aroma with a grainy aspect

Taste: Starts with a brown bread flavor that is joined by the grainy elements, mid-palate; after the swallow, a modest bitter flavor offsests the bready malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a nicely balanced flavor profile

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly as roasty as Irish dry stouts, but with the smooth drinkability of German lager, this classy authentic black bier plays those aesthetic games with the eye as it promises boldness, yet delivers subtlety.

The lager looks you in the eye with a very Guinness-like pour, minus the absurd nitro-infused foam character. The very dark brown, onyx-like sheen denotes clarity and masculinity. Capped by a creamy thin, lightly tanned head, the beer lines the glass with interconnected lace.

Light roasty aromas of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, plumbs, and raisins with shy demonstrative scents of strength and finesse. Background notes of burnt caramel and campfire stops just shy of smoke or ash.

More fruity than roasty to taste as the esters and oxidized grains allow for flavors of red grapes, sherry, soy, and dried plumbs, raisins, cola nut, and dates to garner command. Still the bittersweet chocolate taste and caramel char bridges the gap toward coffee-like bitterness and mild roast. Semi-sweet to taste, any hop character is reserved for the bitter balance that disguises itself as coffee and wood bitterness.

Light bodied, especially when the eye prepares the palate for richness and robust texture. Instead the carbonated creaminess caresses the mouth with malty roundness before suddenly finishing with a roast dryness, fleeting malt textures, and light woody alcohols.

Backing off of the more popular Irish dry stouts, if less roast character is more of your target yet a darker beer is in order, this highly drinkable but flavorful ale may fit the bill. Better still, it's light enough in alcohol and body to allow the conversation to go one more round.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can - Pourred a black brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Sweet beginning with roastiness and dry finish. I found some similarities with some english stout. Overall, a very decent brew from a style that is more or less known in North America. Will be looking for other product from this brewery

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Unclouded near-mahogany brown with quite a bit of red when backlit. The head is light 'toast brown' and appears to be fairly sticky. It falls unevenly over several minutes time and leaves disappointingly little lace. The nose is of lightly roasted black malt with some earthiness, some nuttiness and the unmistakable, but faint aroma of chocolate.

I've never had a schwarzbier before, but this one reminds me of a weak porter. It's malt-dominant with flavors similar to what I described for the nose, although the chocolatiness seems to have vanished. The finish isn't all that different from what came before; the flavor simply fades away, leaving the mouth clean. The mouthfeel is lager appropriate so I can't be too critical. I prefer a bigger body, but I recognize that that wouldn't fit the style.

Interesting that Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei has named themselves after a specific style even though they brew others. Despite my love for bigger beer, I found this one to be enjoyable and a nice change of pace.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodies that my mother brought back from Germany for me. I was thrilled to get to try this one as it really is one of my favorite styles. I opened this one yesterday afternoon before I got the grill going to sip on while I cleaned. Poured into a tall pilsner glass right out of the fridge. The pour was beautiful Rich dark chocolate color, with only a touch of light peaking through on the sides and bottom. A huge, towering, three inch layer of off white froth came up over the top and dropped layer upon layer of thick side glass lace. Kept at least an inch worth of froth on top throughout the entire session.

The aroma was rich and smoky. Loaded down with peat and earthy malts, it was simple and yet defined with a great balance to it and just enough of a hop nose to push its way up front. The flavor followed suit as well. Great balance here as it started out with some nice notes of caramel and smoky peat, and this quickly transformed into an earthen malt show. Nice grains and bready flavor, with a crisp, quick, and very clean cutoff, which had just the right amount of hop bite to it. Great finish left a long lingering hop driven profile that gradually turned over to your classic German lager finish. Really nice medium bodied ale, the carbonation profile on this one was brilliant. Virtually no alcohol made this a beer that could be sessioned even in the hottest of weather. It is a rare day when I can stomach a smoked lager on a 100 degree day, and that is a testament to just how good this one was.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and something that I would never turn away. A classic representation, I would have to say that anyone who is a fan should try this and it dare I say might even be a nice gateway to someone who is not well initiated. Top notch beer here.

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 Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking thick tan head on top. The lacing was decent and the retention wasn't bad either. The smell of the beer had some earthy roasted aromas with some lager yeast aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had some light chocolate notes along with a traditional lager flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel isn't too heavy or anything, the carbonation is pretty good, it's very drinkable. Overall this beer was prettygood, I would probably drink it again if the mood struck me.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Sampled on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt many times. A great example of what a schwarzbier can be; black in color and nearly opaque, with a light malty nose that hints at roasted barley. Clean and crackery on the palate, light-bodied, it could almost be mistaken for a helles lager if sampled blind-folded. There's a hint of roast and a mild acidity from the dark malt, but it finishes clean and crisp with barely a trace of bitterness.

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

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with red tints throughout, and one finger of soapy beige head, which renders thin bands of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mildly sweet fruity malt, and very faint earthy hops. The taste is light roasted malt, some mild indeterminate fruitiness, and more pronounced earthy hops. The carbonation on the low side, the body medium weight, smooth, and tad creamy, and it finishes with a soft, sweet roasted maltiness.

A good lighter bodied dark beer, which retains the roundness of flavour the appearance suggests.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml can for a tasty price of a buck seventynine. the pour is the best part of this beer, dark like a stout but thinner, darker than most schwarzbiers made in the usa, with a gorgeous white head, maybe just off white, rising several inches high before slowly relaxing. the nose is medium roast malts and some spent lager yeast. I don't know why, but the yeast just isn't doing it for me here, adding too much flavor for a lager, and there is enough sweetness from the malts that it just doesn't crisp up, sort of a weird mix. maybe more hops would fix this problem, but things are just out of balance for me. long funny finish. im sure this is far superior on tap at the source, but in the imported can context, it just doesn't stack up. thin medium body and comfortingly brisk carbonation, but this was a miss for me in many ways.

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with hints of mahogany. It had a foamy, bubbly, three-finger, light brown colored head. It leaves small traces of soapy lace.

S - It smelled of malt and light hops.

T - It had a mild hop bitterness with a smooth roasted malt flavor adding a little sweet kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer. One of the best of the style.

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

A - Ample, light brown head with decent retention and a bit of lace. Opaque, brown-black body.

S - Nutty malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a slight molasses note.

T - Malty with a mild roasty flavor. Slightly nutty with minimal hop character, fairly mild overall.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

D - Enjoyable, mild malt character with nice nutty notes. Overall an accurate and drinkable example of the style.

Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, no freshness date but there is a description of the beer at the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: A bit rocky in the head department with a lovely lacing effect down the glass. A couple of shades lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, smells of creamed coffee in a faintly sweet way. Quite clean also.

Taste: High smoothness with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread like a pumpernickel or whole grain is layered thick on the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild with a bitterness that holds its own for balancing the beer. Mild roasted malt character with hints of carob, chicory and bread crust. Malt sweetness is there but stay to a minimum and does not go to a cloying level at all. Alcohol is meek and barely noticeable, slightly dry finish is doused with a clean graininess and hints of spicy hop.

Notes: I like this beer a lot, not just because this is one of my favourite style but because it keeps it real with flavours that are a bit complex yet not to the point of taking away from actually putting one down if not a few. A damn good pick for the style.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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