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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,566 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,566
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 112 | 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 lemmy187
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, what's up with the dual versions of Kostritzer? The version I have in my hand looks like the Bitburger version shown on the site and is imported by Bitburger, but it very clearly is brewed by Kostritzer Schwarzbierbraurei. Where do I review it?

This beer poured an out-of control head (aieee! Overflowing! My sweet sweet ounces of beer!) a beautiful fuzzy tan color over a damn fine looking charcoal black body. If someone put this in front of me and asked me to describe it, I'd call it, from its looks, a serious stout. Only a hazy ruby point shines through my nonic glass. Wow! Lots of sticky tan lacing! Gorgeous beer! The head receded, but continued a complete covering.

The smell carries lots of woody scents; A tinge of date and raisin hit first, followed by a woody, mossy scent that reminds me of the forest - there's a brown-sugary, honey-graham-cracker sweetness packed in there that keeps the malty smell from being overpowering. My first Schwarzbier, and I like the style.

The taste reminds me only very, very vaguely of other dark but light-bodied beers in that it carries a certain smokiness, but it's very delicate; The most distinct flavors are grainy and woody, like taking a bite of oak or mahogany. Definitely a malty beer with a thick flavor, almost no hop bitters. The woody-sweet smell and woody-smoke taste combine well, and as it warms there's an enticing brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's what I was expecting. A bit of fizzy, quick carbonation rises and falls, washing away most of the body of the beer on swallowing. There's some taste left over, but this isn't a very thick beer at all, so there's no thick after-feel.

All in all, pretty drinkable, there's some scents and flavors here that are different from what I'm used to but are damn good in their way; I had kind of a hard time reviewing this one because it's tasty, feels good, and is easy to drink, but given a choice of various brews I wouldn't jump to grab this one first. But what sets a beer apart from another other than being tasty, good-feeling, and easy to drink? Hmm!

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

Poured a dark amber with a definate roasted sweetness. Flavors were subtle but very refreshing- coffee, chocolate and very mild hops finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and supple, though not too heavy. Less flavor than I usually like in a dark lager, but very drinkable nonetheless. Will purchase again soon!

Photo of scott451
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle BB 12.08.12. Poured into a glass mug. One finger tan head on a very dark (almost black) ruby. Moderate lacing. The head soon diminished to a thin layer which stuck around.

Mild malty smells. A very smooth taste. Very mild caramel. More complexity in the middle. Minimal hop in the finish. Pretty dry. Basically the malt profile carries it.

Medium light body with a fairly light carbonation. Overall a top shelf dark beer. Smooth and balanced, complex but well melded flavours. Unusually low ABV for such a big flavoured beer makes this eminently Sessionable.

Photo of Piason
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz into a pint glass while we were bottling our own black lager.

Awesome off-white head on top of a very dark body. Quite opaque and appropriate for the style. Smell is malty, slightly bitter and with a good bit of lager yeast funk.

Taste is malty and crisp, the way a lager should be. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is similarly great. As far as drinkability, it's hard not to quaff the whole glass at once.

Exceptional beer, a standard bearer of the style and highly recommended for all lovers of black lager. An almost perfect winter session brew.

Photo of djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Ilafan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

just a solid black lager available in 16oz cans for a great price.

big fluffy head and nice lacing.

appealing roasty nose that the taste follows with roasted malt flavors balanced by a smooth hop presence. there is a touch of sweetness to start and drys nicely in the finish making this one dangerously quaffable.

would be a great beer for my keggerator because its full of flavor but very approachable fo most all beer drinkers

Photo of AlexLMS
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: opaque and light black color. The head is brown and not very large. When it fades it leaves a beautiful lacing.
Aroma: slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, with some dark chocolate notes.
Taste: well balanced between the malts and the hops. Neither one dominates.
Mouthfeel: creamy with a moderate level of carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a light body.
Finish: lingering dry finish.

Overall: great stuff, balanced, rich and not cloying as some black beers. Best example of a Schwarzbier I’ve ever tasted.

Photo of karait95
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark beer with rich carbonation, head is not very large but is well formed for a creamy consistency and slow dissipation, retention on the glass is good, a lot of traces still on the glass after time, permanent layer is always on top and it is a little thinker than usual.

S: Toasted malts are clearly noticed strong malty backbone forms the aroma of this beer.

T: Intense flavor with lots of toasted malts, barley is totally present and also hops can be detected.

M: Sensation is well balanced starting neutral and ending with little bitterness, sensation also lasts on the mouth after ending.

Photo of RockinRob925
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: pours dark brown. sits very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: very full but very clean malt profile. rich melanoidins with just a hint of very light roast and caramel. low, spicy noble hop aroma. there is an impression of dark fruit

Taste: flavor is dominated by Munich malt melanoidins followed by a light roast component which isnt burnt or coffee-like. hop flavor and bitterness is low. finish is somewhat dry with a lingering, light, balanced Munich and roasted malt presence with a little more bitterness shining through

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body with medium carbonation

Notes: very smooth, light yet flavorful lager

Photo of soonerlight
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Coastal_Brew
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Decent beer, just another black lager to me. Nothing special.

Poured a black color with a decent tan head. Smelled of malts with a slight smokey aroma. Tasted a little bit roasted with some good dark malts. Mouthfeel was ok, and it went down well. A little less flavor towards the end, felt like something was missing.

Photo of Dewsby
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jimbotrost
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML can purchased at LCBO in Sarnia. Pours a deep dark black with a nice light brown head. Aroma jumps out at you like a malthouse. Very dry, somewhat bitter not roasted but big and chocolately. Body is dry as is the finish. Malty flavor shine through in this style Great beer.

Photo of gunclubchris
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pjwilson
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: not quite black, but in fact very dark amber. not so great of a head...fades fast
s: smells almost like a helles. nice malty aroma
T: i think this is my first authentic schwarz. It sort of tastes alot like a helles. the color is almost a notvelitly. well it has a more sweet flavor than a helles. but it tastes more like a helles than a dunkle tastes like a helles. I dunno this one is falling flat for me.
mouthfeel: not feeling much like a a good beer
drinkablility: not sure id get this again. certainly not as kicking as a dunkle. I'd jump on it if I saw it on draft. Sure liked Death and Taxes more...hehe

Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 LeftyBWS
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Lovely dark brown colored brew. A vigorous pour produces a 1.5 inch thick light brown head and some pretty bubbles rising upwards in the brew.
S: Deep chocolate malts and some crisp hops.
T: The hops are more noticeable up front, but not too bitter. The maltiness comes in towards the end and finishes quite smoothly. Overall, a nice blend of hops and malts, although a bit light on each.
M: Light-bodied, not too bitter or malty. Good.
D: Very good. Easy to drink a few.

Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,566 ratings.