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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 72
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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)

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.

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.

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!.

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.

Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 20, 2008

Readily available shwarzbier at my local liquor store for those who are curious as to where to find this one. Lovely looking black cherry with a foamy beige head. Aroma is alright. Tastes good, burnt chestnut type taste to it. Malty. Not my style but a good beer and surprisingly easy to drink. I had a couple more after I finished the first.

Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: jet black. huge white billowy off white head. medium lacing

smell: lacking. no malt, hop, or roast aromas present

taste: Smooth, sweet, lightly roased flavor. minimal noble hops gently balance the sweet roastiness.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth.

drinkability: very drinkable nice schwarzbier.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown with reddish hints around the edges when held up to light. Has a thick, creamy, brownish head that leaves a good lace.

Smell: Roasty, sweet malts- caramel and coffee. Touch of grassiness that doesn't seem like it should be there.

Taste: Roasted and sweet, tastes a lot like a slightly sweetened coffee. Just a touch of hops are present, enough to help the balance and add some spice. Also leaves a slightly bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, medium-bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability: I love schwarzbiers and this is the best of the style that I have had. I will be sad when I have finished the sixer of this and won't be able to wait until I get some more!

Photo of corby112
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with touches of amber at the edges and a thin foamy beige head. Bland aroma and flavor. Malty with a slightly hopped dry finish. Nothing to exciting. I find that a lot of these German styles are watered down and bland.

Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a seidel. Dark chestnut brown with a thick, light-tan head. Aroma is very nutty with some roast and milk chocolate. Flavor is lightly roasted with that nuttiness and some earthy hops. Pretty watery, a letdown considering the nice aroma. Body is thinnish, almost pilsenerlike. After having some excellent and robust American takes on the style, this pales in comparison. Moonlight Death and Taxes is far more flavorful and substantial, despite being lower in alcohol! Good drinkability here, just not a lot of substance.

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

This beer poured pitch black with a big two-finger tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is toasted malts with maybe breadiness. The taste starts off with some slightly sweet bready toasted malt that is intermingled with a pleasant amount of balancing hops. The mouthfeel is of medium thickness with some fine carbonation. This is a surprisingly light and drinkable beer, I think most people would be surprised that a beer this dark would be this easy to drink.

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

Pours an almost pitch black with ruby highlights that show when you hold the glass up to the light. Smell is slightly toasted grain. Taste is chocolaty, hints of coffee and molasses. A hint of earthy hops in the finish. Light, but good flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation levels medium also. Quite drinkable, it would be easy to have a few. A nice example of a hard to find style.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Dark as night. Frothy head that quickly dissipates, but surprisingly leaves a ring of lace.

3.5 S: Very fresh smelling. I'm picking up roasted barley. Some coffee and caramel malts. Only problem is the aroma is weaker than I'd prefer.

4.5 T: Nice taste. Roasted barley, caramel and chocolate malt. A bit grainy. Hop character is minimal, but acts to balance out the malts nicely.

3.5 M: Medium bodied (but on the lighter end). Good carbonation level, but I'd like to feel a more creaminess.

4.5 D: No weaknesses other than mouthfeel (which still isn't terrible). Good unique flavor from a good unique style.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a foamy tan head and excellent lacing. When held up to the light, nice deep ruby hues.

Smells of toffee and dark bread. Not strong scented though.

Nice flavors here. A dark bready sweetness, toasted grain, some light chocolate, a little bitterness fighting through. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this assists in the drinkability. This is a soft beer. Nothing hitting you hard, just great balance and the right amount of each flavor. Bought a single, and wish I bought the six-pack. Try this if you can find it. Have had this style in a domestic version -- just not the same. These guys have been doing this right for a long time.

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

This was my first German schwarzbier and only second or third from the one I had at Gordon Bierch in Virginia Beach. Tried this on out at Halo Berlin. I knew it was a schwarz when I it described on the menu as "black beer".

A: Poured into a flute glass to show a jet black with browna and red accents creamy brown paper bag finger and half head with excellent retention.

S: The nose gave off is of sweet chocolate and nutty aroma, fruit and hops pulling up the rear.

T: Roasted malts of sweet nature but no cloying, followed by candy of caramel or toffee turning into slight bitterness and dark brick bread. Nice texture and very enjoyable.

M: Started off medium but dipped to thin sooner than I expected.

D: A nice change of pace and not heavy on the ABV level. More complex than the mouthfeel and something I will pull for again.

Photo of etherashe
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a .5 liter bottle at a local discount store for .79 euros (hate it for the guy who paid 1.99 at Aldi).

A - Not much head, but I'm not a head-whore. Black as a new moon night. Lovely.

S - Thick, deep and aged as the history it stands on.

T - Roasted wild rice, molasses and the non-abusive hint of licorice (I don't normally like licorice).

M - Thick, surprisingly smooth with slight carbonation.

D - An exceedingly drinkable black beer. Unfathomably sessionable for the depth. Does what New Belgium's 1554 (I'm not hatin') wishes it could do.

Good enough for Goethe? Good enough for me.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer.

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