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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,439 Ratings

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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

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 Tim2000
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.

Tim2000, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
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.

BlindPig, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
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.

afinepilsner, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of sockeye101
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.

sockeye101, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of kmcnair
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.

kmcnair, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of CH3CH2OH
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).

CH3CH2OH, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
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.

ultralarry2006, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
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.

tattooedtolley, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of slitherySOB
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.

slitherySOB, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
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.

RedHaze, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
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.

dbalsock, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
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.

Pegasus, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Tall tan head with large bubbles. Very dark brown beer. It's still translucent though.

S: The aroma of roasted malt dominate.

T: Flavor is also dominated by roasted malt with slight bitterness.

M: It's a very smooth, light bodied beer with low carbonation

D: Very drinkable. I was worried about this one as I don't care for stouts and porters very much.

beakerboy, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
A- Very dark, nearly black. Small creamy heads.

S- Mellow sweat cocoa. Nutty with roasted coffee beans.

T- Good malt character. Soft and smooth, very creamy. Light chocolat and coffee notes. Not big but subtle and complex. Breaks down as it warms and becomes thin.

D- This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Goes perfect with brats. There maybe more robust beers in this style but the drinkability isn't what this one is. Very smooth and drinkable. Light enough for summer drinking and a good alternative to heavy winter beers.

teg8612, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with waves of brown, a nice warm mocha head will rise, then settle to about an inch thick. The smell is of fruit and molasses malts. A perfect combo, light but still smooth, with a full flavor, dark malt taste. Very drinkable. Great for those summer evenings watching the sunset.

beertaster13, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned sample. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of pilsner-like sulfur, toffee, and both pale and dark roast malts. Flavors are mild, yet crystal clear: more toffee and dark roasted malt, dry powdery bread, and a bit of coffee. Light bodied and quaffable. Very classy indeed.

fisherman34, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely managed off white head, lacing is a thin coat all down the glass. Dark brew, pretty aggressive carbonation.

Malts are rather light but do come through with some bittness off of a subtle charred wood. I get a pretty good portion of overly rip plumbs in the smell and backdrop in the taste and mouthfeel. A nice touch indeed and really what makes this beer enjoyable. The rest of the brew is ho hum.

Notes: A solid offering that was remarkably fresh tasting and enjoyable to boot.

DogFood11, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles; and one that's hard to explain if you haven't tried a Schwarzbier. Deep rich color with a tan head that lasts through the first few sips and then laces the glass nicely. Exceptionally smooth with a nice, rich flavor that is both complex (with roasted malt flavor) and extremly drinkable. Thinner mouthful than, say, the Sam Adams Black Lager, but there's nothing like the real, authentic Thüringian original. Well worth trying, as it is an exceptional example of the style.

tugdriver7, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wimpy lil’ brew, meet all the style requirements – just weak in all categories.

The 500ml bottle poured thin and black, nice tan head that quickly dissipated. Did leave some ring laces.
Malty aromas – earthy and spice undertones.
Malty, but feeble, backbone on top of an earthy leather – just on the thin side. Mouth was also dry and a thin fizz.
Not a bad brew, wouldn’t turn one down, but won’t seek out either.

Vancer, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep mahogany red / almost black colour... Creamy tan head poured very big and foamy then faded to fine layer... lots of thin sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toasted maltiness, dark fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), slight smokiness, light spicy hops, brown sugar / light molasses notes, nutty, nutmeg hints, slight woodiness...

Taste – Roasted maltiness, nice fruity hoppiness, bitter fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), faint dustiness, nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, bready notes....

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - A good example of the style... Definitely worth a try...

mdagnew, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of dmowen
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark , almost black color with a nice creamy head
that dissapates to a very fine lacing as it goes down. Has a very
slight roasted carmel smell. Mouth-feel is very good and drinkability is very good; just a slight after-taste that isn't too
bad. As far as taste goes I like it a lot as I like the darker beers
anyway. This beer is a very fine exampel of this type of beer. I could drink a truck-load of this stuff; mighty tasty if I say so myself!

dmowen, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, almost black. A medium-sized head is creamy and light brown. Aroma is of rich dark breads with an edge of cocoa sweetness. Taste is a rich, dark bready malt with plenty of mildly roasted malt flavor. Sweetness is moderate and suits this beer perfectly. All in all, this is a very tasty schwarzbier that I highly recommend.

Gagnonsux, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of ski271
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown with a small, tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Light sticky lacing. Smell is very mild. Roasted malts, a little nut and a hint of smoke. Taste is similar, mild with a roasted, caramel malt flavors being most noteworthy. Molasses, milk chocolate, and very light berry. Finish is medium in duration with some bitter citrus coming in late. It has a medium-light body, watery texture and moderate-lively carbonation. Mouthfeel and taste didn’t really impress me. Not a very interesting beer, but one that goes down fairly easily. Eh, I’ve had better Schwarzbiers.

ski271, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date 11/05 on the bottom of the can.

A: Black. Pours with a huge, off-white, almost tan head. There's only a little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Slightly sour, acidic smell? Mocha, molases, dark bread, hint of floral hops. Metallic (I'm not sure if this is from the hops or the can?).

T: A little closer to a dry stout than some schwarzbiers. Malty (lots of mocha, a little bread), molases, and a pleasant peppery hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is quite dry & a little chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: I find it a little dry & chalky, kind of like German's answer to the industrialized, dry stout. Certainly drinkable, but it doesn't do it for me.

Readily available, but I don't consider it the 'gold standard'.

Derek, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy and tan. The liquid is dark chocolate. A very good example of the style.

Smell is of sweet dark roasted malt, bread and chocolate.

Taste is of deeply roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth, turns to dark chocolate with espresso as it warms. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Serve this warmer, it really becomes quite good.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin with a slight bite. Medium body and smooth.

Drinkability is very high.

Prost! Und Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 25, 2006
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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