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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,534 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 70
Gots: 97 | 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 ByTor2112
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one fresh off the container from Germany from my boss' father. Thanks to Franz Mueller! Pours a dark brown slightly opaque.
Aroma- a slightly roasted smell, with the hops present on the nose
Mouthfeel-If you close your eyes, it is almost like drinking a regular lager-until halfway through when the dark characteristics emerge. Good roasted, bready flavors and the finish is clean and on the dry side. Hops are mildly present throughout and there is a weak coffee flavor, but mostly bitter from the dark roasted malt. Excellent for the style and I looked this up in Michael Jackson's book and this is one the " original " Schwarzbiers- so I got a hold of a good one.

Photo of netshark
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bambam2517
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chaz01
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a goblet type glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque with a tan colored head.

S: Notes of milk chocolate and cola in the aroma.

T: Creamy milk chocolate taste with light toasted grains and just a bit of hops. Chocolate malt notes in the finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Not what you expect from a dark beer, but this is a classic for this relatively unknown style in the states. The beer drinks like a lager, yet has tons of flavor. Nice session beer or something new to try if you can find it.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bob3701
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Starts off with a really big head but quickly disolves into nothing. So-so lacing and at least for me no real aroma detected. However this beer tasted great and I am at a loss on how to describe the taste. This beer was the smoothest beer I have ever had, it was like drinking pure silk. All malt taste hardly any bitterness at all. I guess this is the black lager I now compare all others with.

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

Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle best by 10/10.

Have seen this beer on draft at several fine German establishments, but have never tried it. Will admit that part of my hesitation has stemmed from the relatively low abv and high price--seeming juxtapositions--as well as my lack of familiarity with the style. Gave it a shot today, though.

Kostriker Schwarzbier pours a dark color--black really--with a full and retentive tan head.

Smell is dominated by deep malt with hints of biscuit. Buttery diacytl is also noted.

Taste is pretty heavy on the malt with caramel, bread and roasted flavors along for the ride. There is also a bit of charcoal-like harshness at the back of the swallow to go along with a slight hop bitterness.

Pretty high level of carbonation here with a full flavor and a bit of bite.

Overall this is a nice, pleasant, tasty beer. Low abv combined with its high flavor profile makes it quite sessionable as well.

Photo of Riik3
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly moved into my top 15 since I had it on tap at Sean Bolans in Baltimore. Searved in a long stemmed Kostritzer glass, beer was dark almost blackberry color. Smell was of annisette/black licorice and roasted malt. Taste... wow, what a smooth yet complex beer. Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and a nice subdued black licorice finish. Overall probably my favorite of the style. Ken better get this back in soon!

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.

Photo of Rocketman2013
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheBrk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JustinWhipple
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of crisis44
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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