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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 70 | 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 Mustard
2.9/5  rDev -26%

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.

Mustard, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

tattooedtolley, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

A: Poor lightningfast receding head and lacing, but decent looking carbonation... what went wrong? Color = Schwarz

S: not much nose, dark grain/malt smell.

T: Dark roasty chocolate malt flavor. A little bittersweet maybe herbal flavor.

M: Beer has a lighter body than expected. It feels a bit dry in the mouth.

D: Not sure what to think; the beer did not seem to have much flavor. The flavor that it did have was good, but I could not taste much. Maybe I got a bad bottle. So... sorry Köstritzer, low review from me...

EwaldEichstaett, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of beerhorn12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

beerhorn12, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Ilafan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Ilafan, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sanford_and_son, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of ecoboy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

I should admit straight off that I'm no Schwartzbier expert. i even had to look above to get the spelling. This was an appealing offering, however, so I threw decent marks its way. How the hell does one type an umlaut?

Deep deep mahogany hue with a trace of ruby around the edges. Terrific big roast malt aroma with some large coffee notes.

It's got a slightly rounder mouthfeel than a "Dark beer" (Tuborg Dark? Becks Dark? get it? bigger than those.) Nowhere near as thick or bold as a stout or porter. This kind of thing might frighten some away from "dark beer."

Hops just enough to offset the big malt presence. Big roasty grain and coffee presence throughout swallow (two bold notes, with no variation from attack to finish.) Just a touch of sour.

Enjoyed at Dusseldorf on The Beach 11/23/04.

ecoboy, Dec 09, 2004
Photo of dwren89
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: can't see because in bottle (sadly had to drink from the bottle because on a train and didn't have a glass

Aroma: malty sweetness, slight roasty quality to it

Taste: lager like crispness, roasty flavor, very little noticeable noble hopping

Mouthfeel: definitely the biggest thing that screams lager about this beer and not stout or black ale style, clean, attenuated, and crisp

Overall Impression: Nice change of pace from standard Munich helles or dunkel, the roasty flavor shines in this distinctive German lager style.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of mattmaples
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

This is an easy drinkin' black lager. Light lager body and clean flavor. Light bitterness and roasty malt flavor that lingers slightly. Could have used a little more dark raosted flavor to puss it into the 4.0 range but it looked and smelled good. All and all a good Schwarz.

mattmaples, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

A: balck pour with a short tight head with
little retention.

S: sweet malts with hints of tobacco and smoki-

T: Sweet malts with a fermented grape at the sip
with the slightest bit of hop.

M/D: A little thin lacking good carbonation but
the overall experience is above par for
the style.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of cycoduck
4/5  rDev +2%

cycoduck, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of smalenberg
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Cola like in color. Correct to style, not particularly remarkable in appearance.

S - Munich malt with slight roasted note and chocolate is evident and with a very low fruitiness in the background.

T - A slight roast bitterness quickly bypassed by malty sweetness. The bitter note is not astringent or unpleasant and is entirely appropriate and enjoyable in this style. Mildly tart aftertaste.

M - Lower carbonation than expected with a medium body and slightly flat note.

O - Very good and an great example of the style.

smalenberg, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Bellonc
4/5  rDev +2%

Bellonc, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev +2%

Mendicant, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Bierschenker
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Served in a « Stein »
This beer genre is new to me.
A nice head grew while pouring. It has a grey brown colour. It collapsed very quick. There is some circular lacing.
There isn't any real scent noticeable: slightly burned sensation.
Taste is faint as well. I don't really know how to rate this as it's my first within the genre. Tastes like burned toast, soaked in cool water. In the back some fresh wet grain.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy.
The aftertaste is still creamy but becomes drier over time. Overall the burned taste is dominant.
I tend to be positive about this brew as it's refreshing and it's resemblance to the Rauchbier genre which I find quite enjoyable. Although a richer pallet might have made it even better.

Bierschenker, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Rocketman2013
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Rocketman2013, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BillyBrew
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Another good Schwarzbier. Another nearly-black colorur and enourmous, tan, foamy head, but does not maintain as well as others (but still great). Pleasant, not-overly sweet, toffee sent, big and black malt. Great sweet-malt, but not as roasted as others. Not bitter, but balanced. Lighter body than other Schwarzbeirs, but still smooth. Another great Schwarzbier, but a slighty watery import. Definately drink and enjoy, experience the Schwarzbiers. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Jul 11, 2002
Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +2%

DavidGross, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of Jordan
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%

Slight burnt malt and caramel flavor. Had to deduct points for it has a slight metallic ring on my palate. (this is a no-no) Sweet on the nose. A mellow and enjoyable drink.

Jordan, Nov 16, 2001
Photo of jandadeboer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jandadeboer, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Everydayoff
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

Almost pitch-black opaque color with thick foamy tan head with great retention, it slowly sinks to silky layer atop and leaves some sticky lacings here and there.

Very malty aroma comprising of dark Munich malt and roasted malt, there is also a note of cocoa, creamy and dark chocolate, butter and bread.

Predominating by charring character of roasted malt but not too over as there is some slight sweetness from caramel, dark bread, cocoa and creamy chocolate as leverage, the bitterness is so delicate and refined by roasted malt as a main actor while hop and dark chocolate make a plus.

The body is light to medium with smooth mouthfeel from fine crispness and carbonation, dry and quite refreshing finish.

Great, rich, deep, very easy drinkable and so worthy, it is an ideal session beer or a beer for every household.

Everydayoff, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

This is a really great looking lager, it is very dark an looks black in the glass with a bit of dark red-brown at the edges. Head is a contrasting white which laced well. Smell was dark chocolate and bread. Taste was very good will some roasted malts and more hops than a typical stout, and a biscuity flavour and a nice bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light, and very smooth. It may look like a stout because of its blackness, but it is a lager through and through. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. In short "Das Bier für Sie!"

tatterdash, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of JoePat
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

This beer pours a dark brown/mohogany with a thick tan head.

I get some roasted malts and burnt sugars in the aroma. It has a sweet smell not much bitterness but a little dark chocolate.

I get pretty much the same flavors as I did aromas. the burnt sugars are more forward in the flavor and the chololate is a bit more hidden. A little more bitterness (malt and hops) but it is still pretty light.

The mouthfeel is very thin. I may be expecting more because of its color but the flavors seem to need more body to back them up.

This is a very drinkable beer with it thin mouthfeel and light flavors.

JoePat, Dec 11, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

crhea89, Dec 25, 2013
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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