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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,374 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,374
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights, also it pours pretty thick (at least for the style) and looks quite hearty as it sits in the glass, topped with a creamy one inch sandy white head that fades into a cap in a couple of minutes

S: Really strong toasted malt character, really off the charts toasted, wow! Chocolate but without the sweetness that turns me off to that aroma, fruity (like plum and cherry) this fades a bit as you start drinking the beer but I suppose that is because I am tasting the beer on my tongue and might be clouding my sense of smell. Still though...

T/MF: The first thing that I notice about this beer is the mouthfeel, I honestly don't think it can be improved upon, especially considering that I noticed it before the actual taste of the beer. The beer just snaps on the tongue, carbonation works flavor into all corners of the pallet, tingles the tongue along with a good biting hop bitterness. This beer is alive. Toasted malts, super toasty and bitter chocolate along with subtle buttery fruit undertones. Delicious.

D: This is a beer I've been looking for forever, a beer that does not have to be 7-8% ABV or over to be full of flavor. Highly sessionable, I want another but I only but I only have one. Easy drinking, not gut bustingly filling and tastes great to boot.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:07:22 | More by bluemoonswoon
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jenitivecase

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0,5 L bottle purchased from my local Edeka supermarket; poured into a glass.

A: very dark brown, almost black, yet transparent. Pours a thick head which dissipates down to about 1/4 inch, but retains its opacity and leaves nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: sweet, very malty. Some fruity overtones (apricot, maybe plum?) and some coffee-ish notes. The smell is very... liquid. Terminology fails me.

T: Roasty. The malt flavor is very up-front, prompting comparison to rye bread. Earthy, well-developed flavors; not incredibly complex, but this beer isn't shy about its taste.

M: Better than some of the other schwarzbiers I've had here, but nothing to write home about, per se. It's a bit lighter than I would like, but that might just be personal preference. Feels light and vaguely oily on the tongue, then goes down smooth, leaving a bit of oiliness behind.

D: I feel confident in my ability to knock back quite a few of these. The boldness of the flavor might become overwhelming after a while, but I bet I would enjoy the first three or four quite a bit before then.

All in all, a pretty solid offering, and a welcome departure from my standard Erdinger and Warsteiner (the Edeka doesn't have that great of a selection, unfortunately).

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 21:55:19 | More by jenitivecase
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charlzm

California

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach CA, 05/21/08.

A clear, dark cola colored beer with maroon highlights. One finger, off white head.

Sweet, malty aroma with some fruity overtones.

Light flavored. Malty and somewhat sweet, with anis and raisin highlights. Slight but noticeable bitter aftertaste.

Didn't thrill me, but it's not at all a bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 23:51:19 | More by charlzm
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czfreeman

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kostrizer pours out a deep brown- black color,retaining a gorgous 2-3 finger head for about 2 minutes, leaving light lacing.
light malts on the nose, a touch of roasted barley,pumpernickel notes as well. The nose is a bit watery. Flavors are excellent. roasted malts, bit of dark breads in there as well. Beer is light bodied, with a "blond soul" as promised on the bottle. Some may argue that it is a bit thin, but think of it as a light bodied dunkel weisen or bock. This is the exact flavor/mouthfeel profile I was expecting in reading the history of this style. An overall great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:34:51 | More by czfreeman
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
4.8% abv

I tried this beer on December 21, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish black with a thin tan-coloured head. The aroma was strongly roasted malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The flavour is malty with some chocolate and toffee hints.

Serving type: can

05-12-2008 05:47:58 | More by cyrenaica
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zeff80

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with hints of mahogany. It had a foamy, bubbly, three-finger, light brown colored head. It leaves small traces of soapy lace.

S - It smelled of malt and light hops.

T - It had a mild hop bitterness with a smooth roasted malt flavor adding a little sweet kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great beer. One of the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:21:11 | More by zeff80
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jenbys2001

Japan

2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, nearly impenetrable amber color and smells exactly like a gingersnap cookie. However, in spite of its dark appearance this beer has a very light, thin taste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and the beer is quite bitter. However, there really just isn't a lot of flavor to this beer. I couldn't discern much past the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 14:08:57 | More by jenbys2001
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a brownish head. Earthy flavor, but a bit thin in a way. Even though it's dark, it's not carrying a huge amount of flavor. A noticed bready sweetness is there. The carbonation is full and slightly biting. Carries a good liquid feel. A nice drinker. Not overly complex, but bringing some nice flavors on the profile and not too bad. Worth the shot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2008 01:26:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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SaltyLime

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - very dark brown beer with a light mocha colored head

Smell - chocolate-like

Taste - chocolate, malty up front but not really sweet and almost no hop profile

Mouthfeel - soft sipper, mild carbonation with a light thin finish

Drinkability - good, would definitely recommend and will buy more if I find it again

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 23:32:36 | More by SaltyLime
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark ruby with a large tan head and great retention and good lacing.

S: Germans hop dominate with a bit of mint as well.

T: Full of malts and a very slight smokiness. wtih chocolate and caramel and some raisin and date notes.

M: Nice carbination and a long malty finish.

D: This a great dark session. More flavorful than most schwarz and dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 02:07:49 | More by Biscuit033
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown/black bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black with a sticky tan average-sized head typical for the style.

S: Dark fruit and bready yeasty aroma cut with slight sourness.

T: Yeasty, bready flavors dominate with some dark fruit tones and mild noble hops to give a slightly dry finish

M: Even feel with low carbonation and medium-to-full body

D: For a beer with a lot going on, this is pretty drinkable. A nice interpretation of the schwarzbier style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:53:15 | More by argock
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PhageLab

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Oh yeah, dark brew, nice thick fluffy head of froth, excellent retention, laces fairly well. I love how intimidated other folks at the bar are (Guiness drinkers excluded) when they see one of these, ha, if only they knew the magic of the schwarz.

S - Roasty toasty barley and nuts, with a touch of spice, slightly weak, but pleasant none the less.

T - Mild licorice profile, a dash of sweetness, and a delicate balance between the malts and hops. Finishes clean.

M - Crisp, light body, mild carbonation, and extremely refreshing. Love it.

D - Outstanding, excellent example of an excellent style, I just wish this was more readily available in the area, this could easily serve as an everyday brew. Reco.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 19:45:53 | More by PhageLab
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ample, light brown head with decent retention and a bit of lace. Opaque, brown-black body.

S - Nutty malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a slight molasses note.

T - Malty with a mild roasty flavor. Slightly nutty with minimal hop character, fairly mild overall.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

D - Enjoyable, mild malt character with nice nutty notes. Overall an accurate and drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 04:50:43 | More by nickfl
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown-black, with no lacing or discernable head.
The nose consisted of chocolate malt, maple and brown sugar, mild spice.
The taste was very malty, with mild chocolate and otehr sweet malt hints, but not very complex.
The mouthfeel was surprisingly middle-to-light bodied and extrememly smooth for such a dark beer.
Overall very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2008 19:42:46 | More by sinistrsam
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can bought in specialty store in beijing

much nicer head which stays around longer and leaves much more lacing than the bottled version i reviewed last christmas. not as reddish in color as i remember either. much more classic black lager look.

clean aroma that still gives hints of roasted malt and almost buttery notes, as before. hops are a bit subdued here.

flavor seems to be about the same, maybe more coffee-like bitterness than the bottle. even a hint of chocolate. some herbal hop character peeks through sometimes as well.

carbonation might be a tad livelier too.

Serving type: can

04-01-2008 19:20:12 | More by tai4ji2x
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Pours a deep-dark, jet-black ebony-hue with a minimal head that left plenty of lacing around the glass...
Mild, malty aroma replete with cocoa powder, rich malts, slight chocolate, latte, and mocha influences...
Taste was very light, and with a lack of clear, distinct flavor - whatever flavor was there was certainly comparable to the light aroma present...
Weak mouthfeel with not much going on in this department...
Average stuff... nothing to write home about...

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:12:22 | More by dsa7783
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botham

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a flute in sachsenhausen, frankfurt am main, germany. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger ofg off white creamy head.

aroma is of subtle roasted malts with notes of mild caramael and chocolate mixed in. a subtle earthy base rounds out the profile.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more character and concentration.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a smooth finish. aftertaste is of lingering roasted malts.

drinkability is excellent. this is a mild and smooth brew with phenomenal profile and proportioning. prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 18:38:12 | More by botham
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at a London, ON LCBO. 4.80% abv, 500mL can. Best before January 2009. Poured into a large wine tumbler.

Not quite black under the light - appears black on the table. Beautiful brown creamy head, good retention, then goes to a cloud and collar. Nice lacing too.

Aromas - rather sour, unmalted barley and oats seem likely here. Nuts. Not too complex, a little weird fruitiness (cherries?).

Light body, low carbonation too. Palate is nice and dry, with a bit of sourness and pronounced bitterness from the dark malt. Grain starchiness. A bit of coffee, but fairly subdued.

Schwarzbiers are lighter in flavour by nature, and this one fits the style well. It isn't exceptionally interesting, however.

Serving type: can

03-23-2008 01:38:13 | More by Antilochus
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rgrholmes168

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice deep black, which since it says it is a black lager beer that is good. I got a one finger head with a little bit of lace.

S- Roasted malts and barley come through. A little bit of chocolate

T- The roasts really come out in the taste of this beer. Slightly nutty taste in the beer.

M- Not as heavy as I would think for the color. The beer advertises itself as having a "blonde soul" and it comes through.

D- This is a drinkable beer. I think because it holds appeal due to the black color and the light mouthfeel it transcends what a person initially thinks.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 18:24:44 | More by rgrholmes168
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nearly black with some milk chocolate highlights on the edges,a thin tan head dissapates quickly leaving behind some thin spotty lacing

S-dark roasted malts and a nuttieness along with some bitter sweet chocolates

T-rather suprising considering the first impression which is black beer black flavor,it starts very light on the tounge with a soft nutty backbone that fades to some hoppy dryness that is very casual and blends well with a light slightly burnt coffee after taste

M-not as creamy or as thick as it appears,light body combined with a dry ashy finish is very enjoyable

D-you really can't judge a book by it's cover,nor can you judge this brew by it's color!

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 06:48:39 | More by orangemoustache
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throwitallaway

Alabama

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of honey and malt, with a little chocolate underneath. Tastes very much how it smells. Honey, malt, and chocolate. Finishes with a nice sweetness that isn't cloying. Mouthfeel is creamy. Not a very complex beer, but certainly enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:31:21 | More by throwitallaway
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willjschmidt

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a black color with red undertones. A good sized tan head develops with good lacing as well.

S: Some light roasted malt with a touch of hops.

T: A dark bready malt flavor dominates the palate. It's finished off with a very nice hop presense. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Active carbonation, very smooth and very well balanced.

D: An extremely drinkable beer. It's clean and even light and refreshing for such a flavorful and dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 16:59:54 | More by willjschmidt
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BleedBlueUSAF

Germany

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drink this beer all the time and have never seemed to review it. Kostritzer is considered and labeled on the bottle as "Germany's black beer with the blonde soul." In a way I agree with this.

When poured out, as advertised, it is black black black. Reddish / dark caramel colored at the very bottom and a tanner head. (Something I love seeing!) When poured it doesn't produce much head for me and the head it does create leaves a minimal spotted lacing.

The smell lacks for me in this bottle. Slight roasted figs and malts, caramel, and chocolate. Very light. No chances taken here, always a slight disappointment.

The taste is another story. There's something I can't quite pinpoint here. When drank it comes on light (almost, blondish!) and then fills your mouth with flavor before smoothly fading away. Dry fruits, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate or cocoa, caramel is all here for me. There's even a strong smokey flavor on my tongue! But there's a catch, it's a very well balanced beer and it is taking me a minute to pull out all these different flavors. This is a very interesting brew to me, it's drinkability is very high but I feel as if the beer is teasing me with flavor then pulling it away just to make me drink more of it.

Well, it's working!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 20:01:54 | More by BleedBlueUSAF
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seaoflament

California

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey (KingG) for this bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut color with very active foam, about half my glass was quickly filled with foam but it does settle rather quickly. There is a nice thick quarter inch of foam that retains very well the whole time.

Subtle aromas of toasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, mint chocolate chip, toasted bread, and earthy yeast. There's also some dark fruits in there like raisins and just a bit of fig. I'm also picking up a hint of caramelized fruits. Subtle aromas but well blended together.

Tastes of toasted bread with some raisins and a tad of smoked malts. Lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Drinks pretty easy, one could say sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 23:04:33 | More by seaoflament
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It pours black and doesn't look carbonated. There is a nice one inch head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Smells of dark malts with undertones of fruits.

T: A bit of roasted malts with hints of dry fruits, like raisons. The beer is fairly mild and nothing really sticks out. It's very balanced.

M: A lot of carbonation that leaves a bite on your tongue and slightly watery

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 22:36:06 | More by swizzlenuts
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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