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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 78
Gots: 116 | FT: 0
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 psinderson
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby-red to black, clear. Two-finger thick off-white head with some staying power.

Smell: There is a strong fruity aroma blended with a rich malty background. A little like caramel apples.

Taste: Very complex. The caramel apple aroma comes through in the taste with a slight citrus twist. It finishes with a mild roasty finish. Hop bitterness is seemingly low. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin but clean.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and drinkable. The complex mild flavors make this a fun beer without being heavy.

Photo of Richardberg
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - served into a 0.5L Koestritzer glass at Blaue Gans in NYC. Dark opaque brown, even at fringes; tiny head (expert pour), not much fizzing either, but moderate lacing once you begin to consume.

S - caramel malt, brown sugar, hint of spicy cocoa

T - very lightly flavored. What's there is somewhat interesting: slightly sweet malt (nowhere near as sweet as you might expect from the schwartzbier label, or even its own smell), a little grassiness, hint of spice

M - light body, not much carbonation (served rather warm, granted), nicely sticky for something <5%

D - super drinkable, and decent enjoyment to go with it. Low carbonation helps too (at least for me). Not my fave by a long shot but much preferable to the average "session beer"

Photo of tykees88
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nearly pitch black with a head that is dark tan to brown and thick foam. Little lacing throughout the drink. It's a very attractive brew.

S- This is the only thing holding it back for me. I can smell the malts and some coffee but that's about it and it does seem weaker than one would expect.

T- I love the taste. It's malty and I get toffee and coffee in here. The flavor doesn't explode in your mouth, but it introduces itself casually. On the finish you get a hop finish that is complemented by a bit of chocolate.

M- Thinner bodied than appearance leads on, but I think that helps the drinkability out. It has some creaminess to it too.

D- I rate it as a 5 simply because it's low abv, it tastes very good, and you don't get full on it after a few. It has all the characteristics you would want in a beer you can sit and drink more than a few of over a night.

Really enjoyed this one and will be seeking it out from now on.

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of R_Kole
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of brakspear
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky tan head that lingers and laces down glass topping pure nearly-black color -- looks great in glass; aroma mild with hints of coffee in background, hop aroma not noticeable at first. taste: mild...biscuity flavors perched on top chocolate followed by mild hop bitterness; full-bodied but without cloying maltiness. Very good beer. I imagine it would be a fantastic with a steak or roast beef!

Photo of kvnstfrd
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of netshark
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dbaker61
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black, with a small amount of light tan head that dissipated quickly. Left just a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, roasty, chocolate notes in that order of predominance. Quite inviting.

Taste: The malts dominate here, as they should in this style. There is a little spicey hops bitterness, but just to balance some of the sweetness. More roast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, with enough carbonation. Finishes with more of the malt sweetness.

Drinkability: A very easy beer to drink. A nice first beer for a winter's evening.

Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of goatgoat
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep black with woody highlights. An aggressive pour brings forth a deep creamy light tan head. It falls quickly enough for me to continue pouring without much wait.

Aroma is roasted, spicy, herbal, grainy.

Taste is clean roasted grain with an herbal tone near the end. A building bitterness in the finish. A little harshness in the back of throat at the end.

Light, clean feel with good carbonation.

Decent session brew. Dark, roasted but very light. Overall, the style just isn't quite up my alley.

Photo of djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

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 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 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 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%

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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