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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,552 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,552
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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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Photo of JohnW
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unless I am mistaken, Bitburger took over the Kostritzer Brewery in Germany not long ago, so this beer now comes from the Bitburger stable, even though there are two separate entries for this beer in the BA listing!

A black lager, looks impressive in the glass, with good head and aroma that hints of burnt caramel and grains, though not as heavy or fruity as you might expect from the dark colour. Taste is much lighter than expected, but with plenty of character, light fruit hints, but with a dark tinge, and slight burnt tones that balance well in the overall character, maybe even a hint of smoke in there too. In some ways you wish it was a bit heavier, but it is easy to drink and thirst quenching, and the slight nutty malty aftertaste satisfying. When had on tap (at Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL) it is consistently enjoyable and makes a good session beer, though maybe more so in cooler months. Having also tried it in bottle too, happy to say the taste in both forms remains enjoyable. Maybe not what you first expect from its dark colour, but a very enjoyable easy to drink beer.


JohnW (written while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Beersignal
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep dark brown with burgundy highlights. Clear liquid with a tan (crème brûlée) colored head that faded rather quickly. Cereal, malt and licorice along with chocolate, roast coffee, cola notes and dark fruits (currants, blackberries...) highlighted the aromas. VERY COMPLEX. Thin to medium body with tastes of malted cereal, light residual sugar followed by roasted and hoppy bitterness. Finishes in a swirl of the above flavors dominated by mineral and hops bitterness. I am still amazed by the complexity of smells in this brew.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheWillMitch
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black with a big foamy head that settles to a 1/4" ring in the glass. Good lace all the way through. Taste is of roasted malt, but in a subdued manner. Tastes like a stout, but has the mouthfeel of a something milder. This would be good for someone who wants just a little more in their beers, but don't want the heaviness of a Porter or a stout. Very drinkable.

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.

Photo of boss302
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kostritzer Schwarzbier draft

A Dark, brown when held to the light, nice thick head, stayed the whole glass. 4 

S Roasted malt chocolate aroma. Not so much hop aroma. 3 

T Dark malt, chocolaty flavor. There is some phenolic taste. I have had better Kostritzer, so this may be an issue with this draft. 2.5 

M Thin, carbonation is right. 3.5 

D Would be hard to have another. 3 

Photo of maviola
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IPA35
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another souvenir from Germany. Had lots of this from tap.
Never had it from the bottle though.

A nice looking beer. Very dark brown with a slightly off white head, rocky as it should be.

A mild aroma. Rather malty, bread-like with only a tiny bit of roast. Some hops as well, herbal mainland hops. No American or British hops ofcourse. More like a pilsener hoppyness.

A nice beer, very mild on the palate and very easy to drink but much more exciting than most pilseners (its only alternative on draft at your random German bar). Nice malts, a tiny bit of roast and a bit of noble hops. Simple and great.
Crisp and quite dry.

Quite a thin mouthfeel, not too thin and with good carbonation.

Overal a very good session beer.
If you go to Germany (East) and see this on tap, give it a try. A better alternative than Hasseröder or Bitburger and such.
Almost if not just as good in the bottle.

Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bellonc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is dense black. Small ring of head holds on to the side of the glass for sometime.
The nose has dark almost burnt coffe aroma. The taste has a cola and coffee twang with some dark fruit like plums and elderberry. The mouthfeel is sort of dry for such a malty brew? I like this beer don't get me wrong. The low abv. makes this real drinkable brew.

Photo of wrath98
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Walken
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kostritzer: Shwarzbier
12 oz. bottle: poured into a flute.

Appearance: Black, just barely bordering on brown. Not quite opaque, but damned close. A small, puffy white head forms quickly then drops away into a ring around the edge of the glass, retention isn't overly impressive.
Odor: Burnt raisins, sugar and sourdough bread with sharp roasted malt aromas and the subtle scent of sweet floral hops in the background, hiding with some diacetyl.
Consistency: On the full side of medium bodied, smoother than a young Elvis with a comfortable buzz on. Despite being moderately chewy, this beer could not be described as heavy, the carbonation is ample enough to keep things in line.
Flavor: The aroma was very telling as the flavor of this beer is somewhat reminiscent of over-toasted sourdough bread with some hints of baker's chocolate. Hop flavor is mild and slightly spicy with a firm but clean bitterness. Hints of caramel flash in and out into the finish, dry and clean, leaving some residual roasted malt flavor and the desire to take another sip.

I'm a sucker for a flavorful session beer, what can I say?

Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep near black brown. Tan head rises two fingers and leaves abundant lacing.

Aroma is very lager-esque. Clean with slight roasted malts.

Taste is pretty clean as well, very roasted malty with hints of chocolate sweetness. A bit leathery. Finishes fairly roasted.

Pretty neutral mouthfeel, a little carb tingle and fairly light bodied.

No problem having another, easy drinker.

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of redmosquito
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown with a light brown head. The beer shines garnet around the edges of the glass. A malty aroma of toasted bread and light roast then a little floral hop. The flavor is clean, not overly bitter and no astringency. The malt flavor is roasted but still sweet. The beer is surprisingly refreshing on the palate. This is a well made beer.

Photo of ChanChan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard english beer mug
Appearance: coca-cola red with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal head. The lacing is ok in this beer.

Aroma: Burnt malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied well carbonated
Taste: Fresh malty with caramel notes.

Overall: This beer was a treat to drink, it did not taste like its aroma. In appearance and aroma this is very close to a standard milk stout or porter. The taste is refreshing with a lot of carbonation. Yes it tastes like a lager, a good one! This would be a good alternative to a standard session beer!

Photo of VALIS666
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells especially nice, very bready and sweet, with caramel and dates as well. Pours a nice medium to dark brown, light carbonation and head. Tastes fresh and clean. Not heavy but also not at all weak or flavorless. Just a solid, drinkable beer. Would do well with spicy or salty meat.

Photo of Mustard
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.79 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-black with a fine, off-white, two-fingered head; good retention; heavy lacing.

Smell: Hints of roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt up front with a light, earthy hop-bitterness to finish; faint notes of black licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy and a tad overcarbonated.

Notes: All in all a bland, timid entry; best thing here is the beer's look.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black in color, tanish head had retention and left some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty in aroma, roasty and toasty.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malt taste is backed and balanced well by the hop bitterness. This was my first beer of this style and so far it remains on my favorite reps of the style.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Session at will.

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.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,552 ratings.