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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,403
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 63 | 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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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.

12-11-2010 04:54:16 | More by JoePat
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-25-2013 07:09:34 | More by crhea89
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-23-2014 07:16:46 | More by wc94wc
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Black (of course) with a thin, creamy brown head with good lacing. Almost no nose to speak of, just a whiff of roasted malt. The beer itself tasted pretty good though, a roasted smoky malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and a bit of sweet hop flavor. A little thin for me but goes down smooth, a good drinkable beer.

I had never seen nor heard of this stuff before (had it on tap at the Silver Swan in Manhattan,) had to scour the net for info and it looks like Bitburger bought this brewery in Bad Kostritz awhile back, apparently because the mother of one of the principal owners of Bitburger drank this while nursing him. Gotta love those Germans.

05-17-2004 00:51:02 | More by PopeJonPaul
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A- pours the darkest shade of brown before turning black, with a creamy beige kopf

S- dark, smoky German malt, hints of caramel, but not much else

T- roasted malts, caramel, and a bit of smokiness dance around on the palate

M- light/medium body, with good carbonation

D- very sessionable

05-03-2010 22:51:05 | More by BDJake
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-27-2013 16:52:39 | More by ckk527
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4/5  rDev +2%

08-03-2014 16:01:34 | More by Bellonc
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4/5  rDev +2%

06-12-2014 21:03:57 | More by Jordanmtate
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a light black colour topped by a thick head that settles down rather easily. Aroma and flavour are malty with hints of roasted coffee. To be honest i expected mouthfeel to be heavier, due to the dark looks of the beer. Average drinkability. Last word: I was a bit dissapointed by this German beer. Still good but i expected it much much better

01-16-2003 04:59:58 | More by ipogios
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-01-2012 06:33:14 | More by jasewaaang
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-29-2013 04:08:39 | More by wakeuptothesun
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3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured very dark, head lasted a little longer than most beers this color, aroma was chocolately but thin,first taste was licorice and mochabut also very thin, little bit of chocolate comes in the middle, to spritzy of a tongue feel, and just not a bold enough taste, more of a thirst quencher.

10-26-2003 01:37:43 | More by grynder33
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -12%

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appears dark brown with nearly no head to start with but a residual foam ring on outside.

Smells pretty innocent. Malts with no hops.

Tastes of dark fruit, molasses, a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit dusty and a little light for the genre.

Wouldn't run to get a new one.

06-11-2011 00:26:22 | More by Yagman3000
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-20-2013 04:00:42 | More by DavidGross
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-10-2012 21:59:48 | More by maviola
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District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Bottle poured into a Guinness-style tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown body with translucent dark red-brown when put up to light. Small light tan head.

Smell: Sweet, deep caramel malt and some hop spice. Blackberries and plums.

Taste: Mild and calm -- maybe a little bland? Some dark toast and a bit of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Finishes clean with a bit of dryness in the back. Medium-bodied, average carbonation.

04-13-2014 03:45:45 | More by fountainofyouth
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Puerto Rico

4/5  rDev +2%

09-03-2013 04:10:10 | More by rx-beer
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

12-20-2013 01:48:53 | More by kevinlater
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

Poured a dark black with dark tan head. Thick foam.

Smells malty and sweet, A spice aroma, clove-ish. Some grains and cut grass.

Thick mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Dense carbonation without being overdone.

Somewhat bitter chocolate taste. Subdued roasted malt sweet with a hint of molasses. Interesting, but not very exciting.

This seems like a beer that could grow on you, but it hasn't really been able to present anything 'defining' to me. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Decent schwarzbier, just not amazing.

02-07-2004 04:10:12 | More by JustinBathurst
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Smooth malty roasty chocolaty black beer. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. This is one of the best Shwarzbiers out there not that there are many. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, smooth low ABV and just a well made black beer.

07-09-2003 16:19:57 | More by bierman2000
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Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

black color, with some red/brown reflection throught, 1 finger head, laces

Smell: torrefication, caramel,malt

Taste: light burned malt, very smooth, not aggressive at all, nice malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin , low carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, this brew is black but clear and thin like a blond

03-14-2010 22:25:37 | More by Otterburn
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Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13%

500 mL can, not sure about the date on this one.

Dark brown with some rusty red notes coming through. Nice tan head that clings a bit to the glass.

Aroma is of subtle roast malt, coffee and floral hops. Very appealing.

Sweet caramel malt flavours mix with nutty, roasted coffee notes. Hop character is subdued but lasts far into the finish. Well balanced. Manages to have lots of roasted flavours without any burnt bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and body is on the full side.

Very enjoyable, light and refreshing but with a lot of character.

10-18-2006 02:39:23 | More by Tim2000
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-06-2013 00:05:59 | More by ClintonRalston
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-22-2014 05:06:48 | More by sjmad23
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. The smell is very sweet roasted malt. The taste is roasty/toasty malt sweetness with almost no hoppiness with a moderate mouthfeel. Overall a very sweet(but not overly so) tasty and slightly smokey black lager that I would drink more of if I could get it more readily.

08-07-2003 03:48:02 | More by fattyre
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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