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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,351 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | 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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sanford_and_son

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-29-2013 19:44:17 | More by sanford_and_son
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TripelJ

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Köstritzer Schwarzbier

This beer was a pleasant change of pace from my recent belgian binge. Pours almost black with a very active off-white head that fills the glass. Aroma is a non-specific sweetness and is very subtle. Pretty light-bodied for a good dark beer and this adds to its drinkability. Taste is sweet with some grains and definite roasted notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp lager finish, and unlike some other lighter lagers, this one is pretty good at warmer temperatures. I'll be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 00:46:28 | More by TripelJ
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ebony black with just a hint of translucnet-maroon when held against the light. Tan head was long lasting- as multitude of tiny bubbles rose to the top. Served in pint glass at cellar temps.

Aroma was a clean bouquet of subdued roasted malts and coffee. The front end of this dark lager was clean, nice amount of body - like a clean lager. By the middle, the roasted malts took over. A nice clean taste of coffee andtoffee could be detected. Noble hops offset any sweetness that may have lingered. The finish was clean, dry but rather bland. No aftertaste, but also watery.

A very nice lager, but could use a bit more character. On the upside, this lager had no diacetyl or aftertaste. Its drinkability was excellent. Had 3 in one sitting.

Btburger, brewery known for its classic Pils did a good job with this little used style

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 02:55:16 | More by jpkoch1962
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

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

Poured into a cylindrical glass.

A: Deep ruby-black and clear. Good tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of rich, roasted barley with a hint of coffee and a smattering of dark chocolate. Hop aroma is minor.

T: Nice roasty backdrop, yet surprisingly well-balanced. Not too rich like a stout, but the malt and hop characteristics meld quite nicely.

M: Medium-light in body with lively carbonation. Finishes very smooth and clean.

D: For a dark beer, this practically sets the gold standard for drinkability, in terms of balance and ease of quaffing.

Solid all around. A very drinkable and sessionable dark beer. I was expecting something rich, but was pleasantly surprised by the balance of its components. I could easily down several of these in an evening and be quite content.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 08:01:45 | More by PirateUlf73
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Dave128

Kentucky

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

Enjoyed on tap into the kostritzer signature glass.

A - This beer certainly is a beauty. Black in color with ruby highlights. Brown head lasts quite a while even though it is a little fizzy and Lacing is excellent.

S - Smells faintly of dark malts. I pick up a little of the grassy lager yeast and smokiness from the malts. Basic but clean.

T - A lot like the smell. It is a mild beer but very clean and well executed. Starts a little caramely and sweet and finishes dry and a tad bitter with a smokey character.

M - light bodied but not watery. Carbonation is right. Head is a little fizzy. I would like to see it a little more creamy for a dark beer.

O - A clean easy drinking dark lager. Looks beautiful in the glass, but pretty mild on flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 00:27:02 | More by Dave128
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bunbury

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 20:14:23 | More by bunbury
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npendres

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-16-2013 03:30:33 | More by npendres
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RepMichigan

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

11-22-2011 05:30:52 | More by RepMichigan
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SuyoonShin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-26-2013 20:25:08 | More by SuyoonShin
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PlaywrightSam

New York

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Very dark, some tan head that retains very well. Good lacing. S: Light roasted malts, some earthy hops. Light coffee. T: Pretty much the same as the nose; roasted malts, light hops, coffee. Bitter, dry finish. M: Moderate carbonation, creamy. D: Simple but well-balanced and very, very drinkable. A great session beer. Nice and light, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:00:00 | More by PlaywrightSam
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DaveOB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

09-29-2013 03:47:51 | More by DaveOB
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SoupKitchenBeerSnob

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

04-13-2014 19:21:30 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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HKUSPC40

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2013 08:27:50 | More by HKUSPC40
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Mosul

Arizona

4/5  rDev +2%

04-25-2013 05:12:43 | More by Mosul
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skypup

Germany

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

Purchased at Getranketmarkt, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
.5L Bottle served in a Pint Glass

A – Solid dark with a minimal head and intermediate lacing.

S – slightly miltiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - Roasted malts, touch of coffee, chocolate and a slight bitter aftertaste on the tongue

M – Mild carbonation with a medium body. Creamy yet clean.

D – Very good standard for the style. This is the first schwarzbier I’ve tried and still my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 17:35:59 | More by skypup
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carlitosbronson1

California

4/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2014 13:52:31 | More by carlitosbronson1
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dasunder

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-10-2012 04:34:29 | More by dasunder
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

10-21-2013 01:26:36 | More by BuzzLitebier
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-03-2012 00:28:41 | More by Odri
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BevMoAndrew

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 01:37:09 | More by BevMoAndrew
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cpn920

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown with a creamy head that thinned out quickly. Smelled very malty. Taste was malt dominant that thinned out and left an aftertaste that I didn't enjoy. I was underwhelmed by the beer and was left wanting something more. It seems to be lacking something although I'm not sure what that is.
It is an ok beer that that I would try again but I definitely won't go out of my way to do so. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 15:30:58 | More by cpn920
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SaltyLime

Colorado

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

Appearance - very dark brown beer with a light mocha colored head

Smell - chocolate-like

Taste - chocolate, malty up front but not really sweet and almost no hop profile

Mouthfeel - soft sipper, mild carbonation with a light thin finish

Drinkability - good, would definitely recommend and will buy more if I find it again

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 23:32:36 | More by SaltyLime
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joeysmokedporter

Maryland

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier glass.

A: pours solid black, slight red highlights, with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. a "black forest"-like appearance, although from a different part of Germany.

S: sweet malt, liquid bread, slight hint of esters

T: A strong malt backbone is evident, with a toffee-ish maerzen quality underlying the flavor. There is some roastiness that makes its way in at the end, but only a hint. some hop bitterness in the end as well, and finishes clean much like a maerzen.

M: a light and fluffy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: a very interesting beer, drinks a lot like a maerzen but with a hint of roast. somewhat complex for something that is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:32:36 | More by joeysmokedporter
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mattknueven

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2%

09-27-2013 01:09:09 | More by mattknueven
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jik18

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-12-2012 04:39:30 | More by jik18
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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