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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,367
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 Beernoisseur


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

I am relatively new to the style, but I was in the mood for a dark beer tonight. I didn't realize that a black beer could be so light an refreshing. Very dark appearance. almond, frothy head. Light, lager like aromas, with a touch of toastiness and chocolate. Flavor is very similar to what you'd expect in many good lagers, with a touch of toasted stout like flavors. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 06:23:04 | More by Beernoisseur
Photo of Riggo


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very opaque, dark, dark brown. Creamy tan head that falls to a thin cap. Head retention and lacing are minimal to medium.

Smell is earthy and rustic. Some almost citrus or herbal notes from the hops along with dusty cocoa powder notes. Roasty, light espresso elements. Some fruit--red grapes, apples.

In the mouth, it's fruity, balanced by light hop bitterness and some coffeeish notes. Perhaps some faint chocolate is there. Hints of lactic as well as an almost Belgian funky/musty quality. Finish is dry and fruity, herbal. Very nicely balanced all around.

Mouthfeel is light but that is appropriate to the style. You get deeper, darker notes without the heaviness of a dubbel or a stout. Carbonation is light. Right on--refreshing while still laid back.

Drinkability is quite high--as is appropriate to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 18:29:44 | More by Riggo
Photo of jlervine


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptively dark black color. Hold it to the light, and you can see right through it. Wonderful coffee and ruby hues, fantastic light brown head that takes a long time to settle. Smell is crisp, perhaps a hint of Saaz hops. Toasted and roasted malts are very distant in the background. The taste is very smooth. Bready malt character is supplanted by a very light hop bite, and then a faint hint of roasted malt in the finish. Hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit of nuttiness? Mouthfeel is light and balanced, carbonation is very prickly on the tip of the tongue. Drinkability is very good, but I really wish it had a bit more toasted malt character to it. Fantastic session beer, and a good example of one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2003 01:37:05 | More by jlervine
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 16:41:18 | More by sunrisesolara
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-27-2014 12:08:00 | More by ApplePi
Photo of yeagerbm


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Appears to be black but upon closer examination is actually a very deep mahogany color.
Smell is malty and lightly roasted.
Taste is very light bodied mouthfeel and depth of flavor compared to the appearance, with only a hint of roasted malt and hops. Similar in style to AB Amber Bock, but better. Easily drinkable. It may be the style of beer but it left me wanting more complexity to the flavor of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2004 20:22:25 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of livingregret


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500ml bottle

Appearance: Slighty lighter than black colour w/ a white foamy head. The head dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a lovely ring around the beer. Plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight roasted malt....slight sweet malt. Maybe dark chocolate. Very clean smell

Taste: Very malty...slighty bitter at the start and ends w/ a smooth sweet taste. It's a very nice balance. No way overly sweet but still very crisp and smooth. Alcohol is barely noticeable very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is mild, very creamy and a touch thick. Very good

Drinkability: This is a great Schwartzbiers(not enough of these styles of beer) that is complex yet not overly so. Fantastic taste...very good drink and easily drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 00:13:11 | More by livingregret
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New Jersey

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

Served: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: A very dark brown, almost black, body. Little to no head formed as it was poured into the glass. Looks very syrupy.

S: The aroma sends a smell of sweet, caramelized malts with a fruity overtone.

T: Has a bit of a coffee taste with a hint of cocoa, maybe caramel.

M: Very smoothe. It has a coffee aftertaste.

D: I'm beginning to like schwarzbiers more and more. Seems like it'd be good with a New York strip steak or something else along those lines.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 23:27:46 | More by MLasoski
Photo of hiku7


3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sweet pils malt; almost like black bread. Light roastiness and slight chocolate aroma, otherwise neutral. No hop aroma. Clean yeast.

Pours deep dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Quickly dissipating light tan head.

Flavor is light roast, complex layered caramel maltiness, but little or no aftertaste. No real hop flavor, slight hop bitterness.

Light-medium body, with a bit of viscosity early, with a smooth dry finish. Low carbonation.

True to style, easy drinking, lightly roasty black lager. Not terribly interesting, no lingering flavors. My first foray in reviewing the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:26:08 | More by hiku7
Photo of TripelJ


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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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
Photo of PirateUlf73


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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-16-2013 03:30:33 | More by npendres
Photo of Dave128


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
Photo of bunbury


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-24-2012 20:14:23 | More by bunbury
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4/5  rDev +2%

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

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-26-2013 20:25:08 | More by SuyoonShin
Photo of DaveOB


4/5  rDev +2%

09-29-2013 03:47:51 | More by DaveOB
Photo of 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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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

04-13-2014 19:21:30 | More by SoupKitchenBeerSnob
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-13-2013 08:27:50 | More by HKUSPC40
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-25-2013 05:12:43 | More by Mosul
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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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4/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2014 13:52:31 | More by carlitosbronson1
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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