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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,439 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,439
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | 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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with minimal tan head and some lace patches. Roasted and toasted malts, even just burnt and coffee malts mix with sweet malts for a balanced malt smell with no hops present. Medium-body but very smooth, slight creamy and finishes slightly dry. Sweet malts like cocoa, toffee and bread mix with roasted and coffee malts for a balanced beer that has both sweet and dry spots. It gets smooother as it warms and also finishes a little dryer w/ a more pronounced alcohol burn as time passes also. Didn't really notice much hops at all. A good beer that has everything to make it sessionable, basic but great taste and low ABV so you don't have to worry about getting drunk quick.

clayrock81, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of larsee01
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Deep burnt chestnut--nearly pitch black. Big creamy tan head.

S--Light but rich scent. Mineral-ish. Lightly sourdough. Ghosts of burnt coffee.

T--Kicks off with a rich, deep coffee taste. Light bitter quickly shifts to a bready, mildly sweet maltiness. Well balanced.

--Medium-bodied. Smooth and finishes nicely dry.

D--Darker and richer, but what can I say? Drinks like a lager! Went down really nice and easy.

larsee01, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of tlinner
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this IS a black beer. Like, imperial stout black. Wonderful head, though not long-lasting. Smells like a lager, that's for sure. Roasted coffee and malt are dominant. The taste is light enough to warrant a good drinkability rating, but it's also very satisfying. Some chocolate and coffee, licorice, and a hint of Belgian-style "spiciness". Leaves some fairly impressive lacing. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste. A wonderful offering that I wouldn't mind having again.

tlinner, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylindrical glass.

A: Deep ruby-black and clear. Good tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of rich, roasted barley with a hint of coffee and a smattering of dark chocolate. Hop aroma is minor.

T: Nice roasty backdrop, yet surprisingly well-balanced. Not too rich like a stout, but the malt and hop characteristics meld quite nicely.

M: Medium-light in body with lively carbonation. Finishes very smooth and clean.

D: For a dark beer, this practically sets the gold standard for drinkability, in terms of balance and ease of quaffing.

Solid all around. A very drinkable and sessionable dark beer. I was expecting something rich, but was pleasantly surprised by the balance of its components. I could easily down several of these in an evening and be quite content.

PirateUlf73, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of Madigan
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a true German classic. I've tried the bottled version a few times but had my first draught experience recently in Berlin (in a Vietnamese restaurant of all places!) and was very impressed. It's pitch black, much darker than a dunkel, and even though it wasn't nitro-tapped it had a remarkably thick and creamy head. It left serious lacing and the taste is just great - a nice roasted chocolate-malt sweetness but not at all syrupy. It reminded me a little of Murphy's Irish Stout (in a good way) and it went down extremely well - I could have drank this stuff all night!

Madigan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of biggmike
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Lager's in New Orleans. This beer poured a very dark color that was just a tad lighter than pitch black with a nice off-white head that lasted a little while. The smell is not strong at all, but roasted malt and a bit of coffee come through. The taste is roasted malt with hints of choclate and coffee. The mouthfeel has a creamy character to it, but it is not heavy by any means and makes a great session beer. Recommended.

biggmike, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of atomicbolt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this one looked neat at the store so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad that I did. 500mL tall-boy can.

Deep black colour with a creamy tan head. The smell isn't all that strong, but it's got a real roasty, malty scent, like a brewing kettle.

Tastes chocolatey, with a really creamy, smooth, coffee taste lingering. That dissolves into a hoppy bitterness, leaving a clean, well-balanced taste. Not as thick as I was expecting, which leaves for a very nice, drinkable beer. Fits nicely with the style description for a schwarzbier. Very easy to slam one of these back in the winter time.

atomicbolt, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a. 12 oz bottle into a mug. Dark blackish brown brew pours with a small off white head.

s. Smell is of roasted malt and peat, some cracker like yeast.

t. Taste is quite solid and follows the nose. Roasted malted barley plays a dominant role, with some smoke and bready notes on the back end and just a slight bitterness.

m. Medium bodied and semi-smooth.

D. Dangerously drinkable, and a really fine beverage indeed. Reccommended.

Stinkypuss, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a dark brown with red highlights and a rocky tan head that fades but never completely disapates. the aroma brings a lot of sweet malt character with a bit of the roasty stuff in the back. the taste isn't overpowering, a bit of sweet malt flavor and not a lot else. the light carbonation and medium body make it pretty drinkable.

almychristopher, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Wisconsin
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Winzer Stube in Hudson, WI.

A - This beer pours a dark black body with a tan brown head that is about two fingers thick and nearly pouring over the edge of the glass. The dark black body omits no light whatsoever. Minutes after pouring the head is still present.

S - Malts are present but not as strong as I expected. Chocolate, cream and a nice sweetness are also present but nothing more beyond that. Overall the smell is pretty toned down but there are a few things here that get your mouth watering.

T - Slightly roasted malts along with a nice chocolate cream aspect that keeps things interesting. Good flavors but this beer is too subtle for me to get an extremely great score. For the style, though, it seems to fit.

M - Light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Plenty of roasted malts up front before a nice serving of carbonation cleanses the palate. A chocolate cream aspect provides for a silky aspect that finishes smoothly but with a little excess carbonation.

D - This is a great beer that can be a change of pace from the heavier beers during the winter months. To me, this seems like a toned down Dunkel, which I tend to like more, but this is still worth a try.

Wisconsin, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black into a dimpled mug. Small, one finger beige head that reduced to a thin film on the beer. Not much lacing.

Aroma is quite malty more than anything else. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate come through.

Similar to the aroma the taste is driven by the malt profile. Some sweet chocolate and coffee are there with hops in the background. The finish is slightly bitter. Good balance to this brew.

Medium bodied and a pretty soft carbonaton.

Quite drinkable, great for the cold wintertime

EatsTacos, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear black with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light. Forms a thick tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Smells of coffee, toasted cereal and caramel with a slight metallic tinge.

Taste is outstanding at first: toffee, rich roasted grain and coffee. Light body and moderate to low carbonation make it extremely drinkable. After about half the pint glass the flavor dimishes into a bland coffee taste. My palate is probably just whacked out today.

RodBurg, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap into pint glass. From brief notes.

Deep black with a one finger tan head. Very light burnt and roasty malt aromas and flavors. Very smooth and medium bodied. A little bit of light coffee is in there. Not much hop flavor.

This is maybe a beer that's light on the flavor, but it's extremely sessionable and highly drinkable. I really enjoyed it at the bar. I would have had two if I had a little more time. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown with a creamy head that thinned out quickly. Smelled very malty. Taste was malt dominant that thinned out and left an aftertaste that I didn't enjoy. I was underwhelmed by the beer and was left wanting something more. It seems to be lacking something although I'm not sure what that is.
It is an ok beer that that I would try again but I definitely won't go out of my way to do so. Worth trying.

cpn920, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of galante27
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other black lagers that I have had are medeocre but this offers a wonderful taste that doesn't have a bitter aftertast

A:A dark brown almost black look with a very good head thats lasts for a while

S: A wonderful dark malty smell, smells like
when wort is brewing

T: Again good rosted malt taste with hints of coffee. The tastes lasts and keeps the same flavor as it diminishes. Black Lagers have a tendency to have a bitter aftertaste but this is smooth.

M: Very smooth, and not to overpowering, (which German dark beers can have a tendency to do such as maxamators).Little carbonation and good feel

D: Dark german beers are my favorite and this is one to add to my revolving on hands.

galante27, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of meday
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served at August Restaurant on Blecker St. in Manhattan from bottle to wine glass.

Translucent dark brown with a quickly disappearing off-white head.

Mild, slightly sweet aroma, but overall a very mild aroma.

Beautiful, full taste, with prune overtones. The beer reminded me of the earthy refreshing quality of drinking mountain cold spring water after a long hike.

Despite the dry nature, it had a creamy, yet active mouthfeel.

Very drinkable; I had to be weary of drinking it all before my wonderful dinner was served.

meday, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle. Black color that can be seen through when held up to light. A light tan head forms and slowly gives way to a thin cap. Just a light amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is weak. Right after the pour I picked up some bready malt and grassy and floral hops but after it settled a few minutes all I could pick up was a touch of diacetyl.

The beer picks up again in the flavor. Has a bready and earthy flavor. Mild spice hop flavors as well. A touch of sweetness develops in the finish. Not big flavors but it is very balanced.

Feels thin even for a Schwarzbier. Mildly carbonated. Just feels insubstantial.

A beer that I would session. Not the biggest or boldest of black beers. Somewhat expensive as well.

morimech, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinkability - a very easy drinking dark beer which is great for a cold weather beer when you need something refreshing.

Appearance - opague black that hardly lets any light through. An initial creamy tan head with good retention and some great spotty lacing. A good looking german black beer.

Smell - mild malt and hop balance. Lighly sweet with roasted coffee, smoke and nut. Relatively clean lager smell.

Taste - very similar to what you smell with a med-light body. Good balance between the ingredients as the beer is brewed to fit the style - mild bitterness and quite refreshing for a dark beer. A clean finish and no specific pronounced flavour. Having a second can about a month later I'm thinking that it might be a bit mild in flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery but with a smooth creamy finish. Light carbonation.

Cheese - After the review I'm really enjoying this with a porter cheddar cheese and poppyseed crackers. People loved this the most for the dark beers at my beer tasting party.

ecoastman, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Schwarz04
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black (Schwarz) Has a creamy well developed head that lasts quite a while, also leaving an exceptional lace on the pint glass I drank it out of.

Smell: Roasty, nutty, with a few coffee-like notes. Could smell the slightest presence of floral notes (hops)

Taste: Roasted almond taste with a bit of sweetness. Again the presence of hops is definatly there, but not overpowering to the other flavors. Very pleasant well developed/complex taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick feeling, but not heavy at all, if that makes sense! Quite smooth, with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very surprisingly, this is one of the few dark beers I have had that I could easily turn into a session beer. The only thing that held me back was the price at the pub! All in all, a very smooth easy drinking, flavorful beer. I highly recommend!

Schwarz04, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier glass.

A: pours solid black, slight red highlights, with a light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. a "black forest"-like appearance, although from a different part of Germany.

S: sweet malt, liquid bread, slight hint of esters

T: A strong malt backbone is evident, with a toffee-ish maerzen quality underlying the flavor. There is some roastiness that makes its way in at the end, but only a hint. some hop bitterness in the end as well, and finishes clean much like a maerzen.

M: a light and fluffy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

D: a very interesting beer, drinks a lot like a maerzen but with a hint of roast. somewhat complex for something that is quite sessionable.

joeysmokedporter, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a deep black beer with a puffy, light tan-grey head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is light in quality, dark in tone and of light roasted malt. It is medium bodied-- smooth but acidic. The flavor is charred, burnt and solid. Deep malt and wooden hops mix with a smokey flavor. The after taste is of Lapsang Souchong. I didn't know it would be so smokey!
(rated May 2, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of CVC
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Came in an olive green 500ml glass bottle.

This beer pours a really dark, opaque ruby/brown color with a foamy, tan head. It took a few minutes for it to dissipate. There is a faint malt smell present, and maybe some roasted nut, but it's hard to tell. The smell is not very distinct or pungent.

Wow, this beer is surprisingly sweet for a schwarzbier. Judging by it's presentation, color, and smell, you would think it would be a burnt, nutty flavor. Nope! It's like coffee. Sweet, smooth, hardly any carbonation, and does not taste alcoholic. It's as drinkable as coffee, too.

To be honest though, the appearance is probably the best thing about this beer. The smell is weak and it feels almost like water going down. So, to look at the bright-side, it does go down easy. I really wish the taste had more kick because it has some nice flavors, but they're just way too subtle.

Maybe that Mongolian barbecue dinner I ate just a few hours prior to drinking this beer had a serious effect on my senses... It's certainly possible, but either way--I probably won't be buying this beer again in the near future.

CVC, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with a half-inch tannish-brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S- Smell of sweet, roasted malts and notes of coffee.

T- Taste is very complex. Sweet roasted malts and flavors of a dark, thick bread stand out the most. Slight taste of coffee as well.

M- Pretty smooth with medium carbonation.

D- I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting; definitely not a session beer for me. But, that one does go down ok.

Overall- This is the frist schwarzbier I've tried, so I cant compare it to any others. But, it is a very complex beer; worth trying at least once.

TommyW, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. Now this was one of the better ones in the pack. It poured a black color witj a long lasting head. I like Schwarzbier and this one was very good but I have had better. If I could find this again I would buy a few!.

likethetaste, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a black color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of long=lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: There was a strong smell of malt - as you expect from the style - and also a little note of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee. A decently complex taste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of the schwarzbier style, but this is an easy to drink example of one.

avalon07, Dec 11, 2008
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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