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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | 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 kurgan3
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

kurgan3, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of industrialswill
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a tan head.
Smells like Heineken laced with fruitcake..or visa-versa.
Tastes quite a lot like Heineken with added punch from the heavily cooked malt.
I like it, but it is priced high enough for it to be a "one hit wonder" with me.
It's got a lot of flavor packed into a fairly low ABV package.

industrialswill, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of longarm
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown hue capped with a dingy white, rough and rocky head. This fades into a layer of foam that consistently lingers on the surface of the brew and leaves light lacing.

Toasted malts predominate the aroma with a delightfully light hint of noble hops. Not noticeable at first, the hops plays well with the malt.

Flavor mostly toasted dark bread and chocolate malts quickly finished by a lightly roasted but clean finish. Perhaps a little sourness on the finish, but this is only a slight detraction. A little more malt would perhaps clean it up. Not a big problem.

Mouthfeel a little on the light side, which blows me away when I think of the roasted malts that must have gone into this for it's color and flavor. Classically, this captures what I most often think about when I think lager. Amazingly crisp finish without harsh bitterness.

Exceptionally and dangerously easy to drink. An easily quaffed beer, drinkable anytime, anyplace.

longarm, May 04, 2006
Photo of doc17325
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

doc17325, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - a very easy drinking dark beer which is great for a cold weather beer when you need something refreshing.

Appearance - opague black that hardly lets any light through. An initial creamy tan head with good retention and some great spotty lacing. A good looking german black beer.

Smell - mild malt and hop balance. Lighly sweet with roasted coffee, smoke and nut. Relatively clean lager smell.

Taste - very similar to what you smell with a med-light body. Good balance between the ingredients as the beer is brewed to fit the style - mild bitterness and quite refreshing for a dark beer. A clean finish and no specific pronounced flavour. Having a second can about a month later I'm thinking that it might be a bit mild in flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery but with a smooth creamy finish. Light carbonation.

Cheese - After the review I'm really enjoying this with a porter cheddar cheese and poppyseed crackers. People loved this the most for the dark beers at my beer tasting party.

ecoastman, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of jbonapar
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite Styles of Beer. Although hard to find a large variety.

Pours a dark, near black but clear up to a light with a thick head. Smell is a slight toasted malt with noble hops.

Taste is wonderfull. Crisp. Crisp as heck. A bready almost maltiness takes over and melds into a sweet hoppy finish with a lingering pepper and slight molases. But think at all, but i'd say a medium/light body with a wondeful german maltiness to it.

A fantastic beer that should be tried.

jbonapar, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +2%

Tarks, May 24, 2012
Photo of rmargeson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

rmargeson, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of djwhit24
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

djwhit24, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of TheWillMitch
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

TheWillMitch, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of nickynick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The black color of this beer was good, it lost some however because it had poor head retention, and very little lacing. The smell was of sweet and roasted malts. The taste of this beer was very good. First a wave of dark chocolate, followed by sweet malt. The finish was a the right hint of hop spice. Mouthfeel was ok. Drinkability was good. Went down nice and was not to filling.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal. Interested to try more of this style as well.

nickynick, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of tbrown4
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Metropolitan in Baltimore. I'm not usually a fan of this style, so I'll stay as objective as possible. I don't see this one on tap often so I figured that I should get it.

A - Black, small creamy white head with lots of lacing.

S - Earthy roasty notes. Smells of a rainy damp dirty garden.

T - Bitter roasty notes up front. The middle is a very rich and mildly sweet. Finishes bitter.

M - Feels medium in body.

O - This beer has some serious character to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit as a once in a while tangent from my usual pours. As expected it's got a more carbonated and crisp feel than a stout with some umph in the flavor department.

tbrown4, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of rangr514
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

rangr514, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of musicman575
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was going to order food, but no need after this beer. This .5 liter serving of dinner in a glass oughta sustain me for a while.

It's dark like coffee with a brown frothy head. I was expecting an onslaght of every pungent and caustic flavor, but it surprised me with a rich, toasty maltiness with subtle hops and a pleasant carbonation. 3here is a very masculine smell about this beer. The only manlier smell might be diesel fuel.

This is one of most easy to drink DARK beers I have had.

musicman575, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of paxkey
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

050712 dated.
poured in chimay goblet.
black beer one finger mocha head.
alcohol dark fruits in the nose. dates raisins. sweetness. roasty qualities.

tasty bitterness mixed with roasty sweetness with a sweet savory finish.
smoky chewy beer. very yummy. flavor goes on and on long after sip.
gamey, roast bbq meat. very flavorful beer.

love this beer.

paxkey, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Beerstorian
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Beerstorian, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Barraclou
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's the new guy I found when I returned my empties to the grocery store. At CAD 2.49 per 500ml can, it is also budget priced.

Appearance: It makes no doubt: it is a schwarzbier. It is dark brown / black with some white lace on top.

Smell: Its aromas are very inviting. It is like a mix of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The first thing you discover is a taste of roasted grain, then it is like a average black beer with that very interesting flavour of chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel: It is not that not that bad, but it is too carbonated when the beer warms up.

Drinkability: It is a very nice surprise. I am glad to recycle since it brought me to the grocery store and made me discover this beer. It is one of the most intriguing reviews I done. I don't know if this beer is good only once in a while or also good for drinking more than one in a night. I need to check it. :)

Barraclou, Sep 14, 2005
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4/5  rDev +2%

PunkFloyd, Jun 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GoGata, Dec 08, 2012
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.

Beernoisseur, Mar 21, 2009
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.

Riggo, Aug 21, 2010
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.

jlervine, Nov 14, 2003
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.

sunrisesolara, Apr 14, 2010
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.