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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 67
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

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 AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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
Photo of wakeuptothesun
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

wakeuptothesun, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of TheBrk
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TheBrk, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of shererjt
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 endovelico
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 wc94wc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

wc94wc, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of JohnW
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of jimdkc
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Beersignal
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Beersignal, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of rtrasr
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

rtrasr, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Allegue04
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Allegue04, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of pschie1
4/5  rDev +2.3%

pschie1, Nov 02, 2013
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.

Indybeer, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of boss302
2.88/5  rDev -26.3%
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 

boss302, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jibjib513, Feb 12, 2013
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.

IPA35, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

athensbeermaster, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of wrath98
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

wrath98, May 12, 2012
Photo of TongoRad
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

TongoRad, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of Walken
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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?

Walken, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

LoFiDave, Dec 27, 2012
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.

BranfordBound, Oct 13, 2010
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.