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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 68
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 Riik3
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Riik3, Apr 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

sjmad23, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of hopsputin
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: its a deep murky brown/black color with some ruby red notes at teh side of the glass 3 finger tan white frothy head

s: toasted biscuits, caramel malt, sweet generic berries, more malt

t: follows the nose very close. lightly toasted malt, caramel, toffee, fresh dough, a faint bitterness from the toasted malts, clean berries. a real nice doughy malt character in here that is also light enough to be refreshing. balanced well with the toasted notes

m: lighter side of medium with just enough carbonation to pop some of the sweeter malt in here

o: its not complex, but is definitely well made and tastes as such. its refreshing, yet provides some darker and toastier malt characteristics. the sweet berries are nice at the end of the mouth

hopsputin, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of davidchollar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

davidchollar, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of Rocketman2013
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Rocketman2013, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -26%
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.

Vendetta, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of TheBrk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TheBrk, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of JustinWhipple
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JustinWhipple, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of crisis44
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

crisis44, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Antilochus
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a London, ON LCBO. 4.80% abv, 500mL can. Best before January 2009. Poured into a large wine tumbler.

Not quite black under the light - appears black on the table. Beautiful brown creamy head, good retention, then goes to a cloud and collar. Nice lacing too.

Aromas - rather sour, unmalted barley and oats seem likely here. Nuts. Not too complex, a little weird fruitiness (cherries?).

Light body, low carbonation too. Palate is nice and dry, with a bit of sourness and pronounced bitterness from the dark malt. Grain starchiness. A bit of coffee, but fairly subdued.

Schwarzbiers are lighter in flavour by nature, and this one fits the style well. It isn't exceptionally interesting, however.

Antilochus, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of GarrettB714
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

GarrettB714, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Rennpferd
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Rennpferd, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured into Nonic. Reviewed under medium low natural light. Best before date 05/09.

Appearance: Pours a voluptuous creme head brew that quickly fizzles into thick cap. Color is deep dark brown with mahogany highlights. Leaves some spots of "lacing".

Aroma: May have compromised condition, slight metallic smell. Nice bready, roasty, chocolate and caramel upfront. Strong muffy whiff of black patent malt. Some chocolate on the back. No hop smell.

Taste: Strong roastiness upfront with chocolate. Slightly unbalanced in my opinion: Roastiness from the black malt overwhelms the caramel and biscuity potential. Having said that this is the first Köstritzer i taste with this problem. Might have been a bad batch.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Nice round texture on the mouth. Medium to medium low carbonation. Slight black malt astringency. Medium to medium high bitterness. Bitterness perceived seems a mix between the dark malts bitterness and hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Overall, THE prototype for Köstritzer . Having said that definitely not THE best. Highly drinkable beer: complex enough, "digestible", good representation of the style and fair price/quality ratio. Very versatile beer to pair with food.

endovelico, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

AmberMan22, Feb 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

wakeuptothesun, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

wc94wc, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2%

kevinlater, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

shererjt, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of estlinska
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

estlinska, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of kmcnair
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

kmcnair, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of jimdkc
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

jimdkc, Mar 20, 2004
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

rtrasr, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

pschie1, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of JohnW
4/5  rDev +2%
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

JohnW, Oct 19, 2006
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.