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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Ratings: 1,577 | Reviews: 772
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like coffee. very dark, with a short ,creamy beige head. if you look closely, you can see that it is pretty fizzy.
smell is not very strong, smells like a dark beer, a little sweet
tastes better than the smell. definitely a low abv, but there is a strong crisp taste, quite bitter. it looks and tastes like coffee. the taste is not very unique, it reminds me of other dark beers. but i really like the mouthfeel, chewy, almost buttery.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 20, 2008

Readily available shwarzbier at my local liquor store for those who are curious as to where to find this one. Lovely looking black cherry with a foamy beige head. Aroma is alright. Tastes good, burnt chestnut type taste to it. Malty. Not my style but a good beer and surprisingly easy to drink. I had a couple more after I finished the first.

Photo of crisis44
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of GarrettB714
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Rennpferd
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured very dark; it was black with brown towards the edge of the glass. It had a one finger head, it disappeared quickly. An occasional bubble of active carbonation could be seen bursting on the surface. The carbonation was displacing the lite lacing left behind after the head disappeared.

It had a well-balanced scent of malt, and hops.

It had a perfectly balanced flavor of malt and hops. It had a slight aftertaste that was pleasing. It was medium bodied.

It is very drinkable. it is a great beer.

Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of tsgooch79
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wilsonbaron
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Essen Haus last night on-tap.

This "black" bier lives up to its name. Pours just shy of pitch black with some dark garnet hues poking their way through on the edges. A nice khaki colored head adorns the top.

The smell is quite malty, earthy, a little bitter at the end.

It tastes wonderful, with dark smoky malt dominating the scene. It's not completely one dimensional, with a touch of hop bitterness there to keep it all level. It has a rather dry finish that just almost forces you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel was nice and full, and overall this beer was extremely drinkable -- between the surprisingly low ABV, the great taste and the smoothness.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blew my mind when I first had it - still does today.

The feat here, is in how light & balanced it is for how dark it is. Just the right amount of malty sweetness, the right amount of roasted malts, the right amount of hops edging out the malts.

& unlike say, a doppelbock, it's got a surprisingly clean finish for as dark & as German as it is. It's a gem.

Photo of avwrite
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good import. Nice dark color and strong taste. Definitely has some sweetness with that molasses taste.

Photo of shererjt
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep ruby red to black color with moderate carbonation and a thick, long-lasting tan head. Beautiful. Nose was clean with roasty notes; somewhat cola-like. Light-to-medium body. The lingering roasted malt flavor was what stood out. Well balanced. Had a tiny bit of bitterness very late. Exceptionally lager-like in that it had next to no fruit flavor. Though the roasted malt was significant, it was not overpowering. A bit of creaminess pushed the mouthfeel above average, and the drinkability rivals the all-time greats. I could drink this stuff all day.

Wow. Wonderful beer. The tasty standard-bearer of the schwarzbier style, IMHO.

Photo of estlinska
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass. Poured dark brown, nearly black with 1 finger of off-white head. The smell was roasted malts, burnt bread, and a very subtle hop. The taste was all lager, very bready with some roasted malts. A little watery with a decently long finish. Very average to me.

Photo of Bellonc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of kmcnair
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very deep brown-red hue, fluffy tan head, good clarity, long lasting retention.

S - Light malt with a hint of roast, rather clean with no esters, low noble hop spice in background.

T - Medium malty, sweet munich likeness, light roasty tones, moderate hop, bitterness, spicy noble hop flavors, clean with no unusual flavors for style, dry lingering roasty finish.

M - Smooth, creamy texture, medium carbonation, medium body, not astringent. Fits the style well.

D - Very good, well balanced, with alot of subtle yet complex flavors. I would have liked to find the same complexities in the aroma. Not sure how the brewer could pull that off. Excellent example of the style.

Photo of jimdkc
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light which also reveals very fine carbonation bubbles. A tan head, about 1 and a half fingers to start, leaves patchy rings of lace down the glass. Smell is a mixture of dark bread and malty notes. Flavor is similar to the smell with the addition of coffee tones and hops which add a slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit thin. Pretty drinkable... I could drink a few of these! Not very familiar with the style, but I liked this a lot!

Photo of TongoRad
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine looking beer- translucent brown with rusty orange highlights and a kick-ass tan head.

Aroma is more gentle than one would expect. Roast malt leads the way but ther are some black bread and raisins in there as well. Swirling brings out a breath of fresh spicy hops.

The palate is a straightforward blend of the dark bready character, roasty malt, the raisins and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is clean, quenching and more than adequate.

A fine brew that gets better with each successive glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.