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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,351 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | 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.

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Phocion

Minnesota

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

Pours black (duh) with the slightest hint of red. Rocky light beige head with above-average retention.

Aroma is roasted coffee beans, slightly bitter chocolate, and a bit earthy as well.

Very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, but very light. Roasted grain, sweet malts, dark chocolate, and dark fruit... raisin or figs. Dry almost tangy finish. Basically it tastes almost like a lighter, cleaner porter.

Light, somewhat oily, but silky smooth mouthfeel. Light and refreshing enough to be easily drinkable without the expense of flavor. This is my first schwarzbier and after this example, definitely not my last.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 07:28:41 | More by Phocion
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ChillMike

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since I've had a Kostritzer, and I hadn't formally reviewed one so I figured I'd pick one up. Pours a very dark brown just about black (hence Schwarze) with a tannish head that doesn't stick around too long. Smells smokey and malty with an ever so slight bit of hops, it smells like it looks that's for sure! Tastes quite a bit like it smells very smokey type flavor with some very nice caramely malts and just enough bitter tasting hops that give it that very nice finish! This is one of those beers that I'm probably not going to pick up all that often, that's not to say I don't like the beer, that's far from the truth in fact I quite enjoy it it's just not your every day beer that's all. However I would buy this beer on tap every night! :)

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:58:20 | More by ChillMike
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice light moka head of small bubbles that decrease slowly. Leaves a nice lacing on the mug.

S- Raisin/plus malty aroma. background of rasted coffee. Too weak for a great rating.

T- Nice roasted malt flavour. Weaker than hopes though. The dried fruit aroma of the smell comes through a bit in the finish. Faint bitter aftertaste (mix of hops and coffee). Bitterness increases and lingers as beer warms and time passes.

MF- Smooth. Pleasant feel. A bit too dry/pasty.

D- Smooth and easy drinking. Pleasant, if mild, flavour. All around a decent beer but nothing to blow me away. Would be a good introduction to dark beers.

Serving type: can

11-15-2006 17:37:43 | More by JOaikido
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 02:23:50 | More by psinderson
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ebony black with just a hint of translucnet-maroon when held against the light. Tan head was long lasting- as multitude of tiny bubbles rose to the top. Served in pint glass at cellar temps.

Aroma was a clean bouquet of subdued roasted malts and coffee. The front end of this dark lager was clean, nice amount of body - like a clean lager. By the middle, the roasted malts took over. A nice clean taste of coffee andtoffee could be detected. Noble hops offset any sweetness that may have lingered. The finish was clean, dry but rather bland. No aftertaste, but also watery.

A very nice lager, but could use a bit more character. On the upside, this lager had no diacetyl or aftertaste. Its drinkability was excellent. Had 3 in one sitting.

Btburger, brewery known for its classic Pils did a good job with this little used style

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 02:55:16 | More by jpkoch1962
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tkarsies

Ohio

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

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 23:45:41 | More by tkarsies
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend bought this on a road trip and left it in my cooler. It is a nice brew. It just hit 37 degrees here in lubbock so I wanted something dark but not very bitter, something relaxing. This is that brew.

The chocolate malts in this beer are superb. Not too syrupy. A nice hop balance, (although schwarzbiers are never very hoppy and tend to lead towards the malty side quite a bit.

This beer excites THE ENTIRE TONGUE. My sweet taste buds are acting up and i taste a tiny bit of tartness. mmm. This beer is incredible. It's complex. It's a good beginning of winter time brew.

The head and retention is awesome and this is a highly drinkable beer. I just want a little more on the nose. The smell on the nose is very chocolate malt like. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, but thin for a schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 15:24:42 | More by jasonjlewis
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to totally define schwarzbier, but I'm not entirely sure what the fuss is about. If Sprecher Bavaria Black is a schwarzbier (I'm not sure it is), that would be my preference.

Yet this one is pretty good. Color is dark, virtually black. Head is nearly white, and had pretty good staying power. Flavor was fairly malty, but lacked the roasted ("burned pizza crust") flavor I've come to associate with a lot of darker beers (and come to enjoy). It was quite a bit lighter than I expected (or hoped for). Still, if you have curiousity about schwartbier, this is a must-try.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2006 01:58:28 | More by BeerBelcher
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GooberMcNutly

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Kings pint glass. Stunning visual pour with dark red-brown crystal clear body topped with big head that fell fast. Aroma of roasted coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel was clear and crisp with a touch of maltiness and burned sugar flavors. No discernable hops flavor in bitterness or aroma. A delight on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2006 15:52:22 | More by GooberMcNutly
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 12oz bottle. The color is black, but not completely opaque. It has a decent head that settles, but is retained well enough. It leave a nice lace down the glass. The scent is primarly malty with noticable roasted grains. The flavor is mostly malty with coffee-like roasted grains. It has a medium-full body with low carbonation.

This is a decent schwarzbier, but it's perhaps a bit sweeter and not as extremely well balanced as some of the schwarzbiers I've had in the past though.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 17:05:35 | More by scoobybrew
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memory

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is coming from one of those minikegs bought at the distributor. Has a little over a gallon in it, but I must admit they are damn nice and fit perfect in the fridge.
Anyhow, Bittburger was mentioned as the importer I think but whatever.
Appeared as dark as a Guinness with a slightly darker head that holds a thin firm presence throughout.
Smells of hints of toffee and butterscotch.
Tastes of slight smoke, malt and leaves a nice clean finish on the tongue with a slight lasting bitterness. This is a nice session lager to go with food.

Serving type: can

10-22-2006 19:37:50 | More by memory
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kernalklink

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 14:25:18 | More by kernalklink
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unless I am mistaken, Bitburger took over the Kostritzer Brewery in Germany not long ago, so this beer now comes from the Bitburger stable, even though there are two separate entries for this beer in the BA listing!

A black lager, looks impressive in the glass, with good head and aroma that hints of burnt caramel and grains, though not as heavy or fruity as you might expect from the dark colour. Taste is much lighter than expected, but with plenty of character, light fruit hints, but with a dark tinge, and slight burnt tones that balance well in the overall character, maybe even a hint of smoke in there too. In some ways you wish it was a bit heavier, but it is easy to drink and thirst quenching, and the slight nutty malty aftertaste satisfying. When had on tap (at Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL) it is consistently enjoyable and makes a good session beer, though maybe more so in cooler months. Having also tried it in bottle too, happy to say the taste in both forms remains enjoyable. Maybe not what you first expect from its dark colour, but a very enjoyable easy to drink beer.


JohnW (written while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2006 17:14:14 | More by JohnW
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Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

10-18-2006 02:39:23 | More by Tim2000
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light mocha tan colored head. Fades fast. Clear black with brown and amber high lights.
S- Roasted malts. Some European hops also. Nuts and maybe a hint of carmel also come through.
T- Has the kind of tang that is found in a Heineken but a lot lighter. Some roasted notes along with some grassy hops that come through more. The taste of nuts also comes out. A couple other flavors I can't put my finger on.
M- Thin body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a refreshing beer. Nothing great though. Reminds me of a golden lager from Germany like Lowenbrau or something of the shorts just with a some notes changed. Not a bad beer but nothing great. Probably will not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 23:43:40 | More by BlindPig
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afinepilsner

Iowa

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

12oz brown bottle

Kostritzer Schwartzbier was a very dark brown color (nearly black) with a tan head. The head was large and had good retention. The aroma was malty and a little roasty. The taste was about the same, good and malty with some roasty flavors and a little bitterness. It was medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Very good drinkability. All it needs is a little more body. A good beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 20:15:29 | More by afinepilsner
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sockeye101

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with redish highlights and a tan, one finger head that left nice lace. Aromas were malty with a hint of prunes/raisins and a bit of roasted goodness. Tastes are focused on the malts with a nice roasted malt flavor that follows with just a hint of coffee. Very little hop bitterness in the beginning and none on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin, a bit watery but appears to be right on par for this style. Overall a very nice beer that does well by not doing a lot, a nice clean, crisp beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 23:43:01 | More by sockeye101
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kmcnair

California

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

A - Very deep brown-red hue, fluffy tan head, good clarity, long lasting retention.

S - Light malt with a hint of roast, rather clean with no esters, low noble hop spice in background.

T - Medium malty, sweet munich likeness, light roasty tones, moderate hop, bitterness, spicy noble hop flavors, clean with no unusual flavors for style, dry lingering roasty finish.

M - Smooth, creamy texture, medium carbonation, medium body, not astringent. Fits the style well.

D - Very good, well balanced, with alot of subtle yet complex flavors. I would have liked to find the same complexities in the aroma. Not sure how the brewer could pull that off. Excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 04:53:06 | More by kmcnair
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CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thin, tan head that dissipated quickly. Color a deep black, showing some ruby highlights when backlit. 42 degF. Caramel malt aroma with no hop. Flavor is also a caramel malt with a bit of a carbonic bite. Hop bitterness only becomes evident at the very end of the finish. Overall, very smooth drinking with subtle tastes that belie it's dark color. I will drink this warmer next time. Aroma 7, Appearance 1, Flavor 12, Mouthfeel 3, Overall 6 (29/50).

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 23:26:37 | More by CH3CH2OH
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

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

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left an espresso-foam colored head of about one finger deep, had good retention and some good lacing. Body was almost black, being the deepest possible brown. Looks very good.

Smell - Dates, figs, plums, malt bread, freshly baked bread crust, and faint grassy hops.

Taste - mostly like the smell, but a little different with some hidden tastes. Figs, dates, plums, malt bread, freshly baked bread crust washed through in the middle with chocalate, caramel, and a rye taste that lent it a sour and tangy quality. A pleasantly tangy and slightly sour lager overall.

Mouthfeel - full, slightly slick, and somewhat dry.

Drinkability - pretty good beer and rather sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 20:39:56 | More by ultralarry2006
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

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

Appearance: Black in color, tanish head had retention and left some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty in aroma, roasty and toasty.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malt taste is backed and balanced well by the hop bitterness. This was my first beer of this style and so far it remains on my favorite reps of the style.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body, crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Session at will.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 16:08:20 | More by tattooedtolley
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not quite a black beer, but a black beer. Looks a bit lighter than most stouts. Big, clumpy head that left plenty of lacing down the glass. Smells a bit of roasted barley, coffee(not black coffee, but coffee with cream and sugar) and butter. Wow. Delicious taste. Not complex, but with enough flavours to keep your palate interested. Light sweet malt taste, some butter and caramel, dark bread, hickory sticks, a bit of potato and some sourness to balance it all. Smooth, clean mouthfeel. An excellent beer. One that can be drunk all night, without getting bored of the flavours and smells.

Serving type: can

09-10-2006 15:51:15 | More by slitherySOB
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it's readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn't treated poorly on it's way here.

Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that's left behind is thin and spotty.

Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There's a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on.

Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these.

I've had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I've had. I'm not sure why there are two entries for this. According to my bottle this is still made by Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 01:08:43 | More by RedHaze
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dbalsock

Vermont

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

Appearance: Served in a glass mug. Black, like expected with about a finger of off-white head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Smell: A tad smokey, some subtle chocolate malt character and some roasted malt character, but nothing intense.

Taste: Much like the smell, except the roasted malt character is intensified, and the smokiness is very noticeable.

Moutheel: Again smokey, but nothing very bitter about the beer. Very smooth, and very light bodied.

Drinkability: I could easily session this. It's not my favorite shwarzbier, but it is notable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2006 22:37:57 | More by dbalsock
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Pegasus

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very deep amber under a strong light, otherwise appears black, with a decent tan head, which retains well, with thick patchy lacing.

Aroma: Prominent coffee aromas, toasted, and dark notes, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet chocolate notes, soon turns to toasted malt flavors, finishes with a mild herbal hop note, and a lingering, moderate burnt coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, but a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting, and quite pleasant, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 18:14:34 | More by Pegasus
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.