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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 73
Gots: 108 | 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 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 Louski
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of RockinRob925
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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 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 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 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 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 gunclubchris
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of soonerlight
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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

11.2oz bottle into pint glass
A - A not quite pure black beer, moderate carbonation on pour did not amount to nearly any head, just a small ring around glass 3.5
S - Coffee and toasted malts take the lead 3.5
T - Strong toasted malts and breads upon the taste to a mildly bitter hop and coffee finish, well balanced. I really enjoyed the big malts with the equalizing bitter and dry finish 4
M - Don't think I did a good pour, as the mouthfeel/carbonation makes me believe the head should have been more than the wimper it was. A thin dark beer, it was quite refreshing. 4
D - Cannot make out the alcohol level at all, probably the lightest dark beer I've tried, definitely will have another 4.5
Drank well before the "Best before" date on bottle of 12/13/2011.

Photo of Blumstein
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at the Draft House here in Austin, TX.

This is a very nice looking beer with very good head retention, good lacing on the glass, and a very nice deep, black rich color and body.

Nose of this brew is not that potent, mostly fresh hops and just a slight hint of toasted malt.

As for taste, this brew is not at all what I expected. I have only tasted one other black lager (Sam Adam's version), and this tastes very different, as it't not nearly as malty. However, just because it wasn't what I expected, doesn't mean this was not a good brew. The beer has a very mild, toasted malt flavor, but clean hops with a medium bitter level that finish very dry and clean are really what dominate this brew.

This is a highly drinkable black lager, as it defenitely won't overwhelm your palatte, but still has a good amount of flavor to it. My only complaint would be the somewhat lack of malt. In my opinion, I would like to taste a little more toasted malt up front for the style, followed by this brew's awesome hop flavor. This is a very refreshing black lager, and is defenitely something I would drink again.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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 bambam2517
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ilafan
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of evergreen_machine
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chaz01
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kkazemi
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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 bob3701
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Riik3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.