Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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88
very good

1,540 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,540
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 99 | 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 Biscuit033
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.

Photo of argock
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.

Photo of PhageLab
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.

Photo of nickfl
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.

Photo of sinistrsam
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
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.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

Photo of botham
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!

Photo of Antilochus
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.

Photo of rgrholmes168
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.

Photo of orangemoustache
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!

Photo of throwitallaway
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
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.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
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!

Photo of seaoflament
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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
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.

Photo of Blueye80
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed the beer very much. It was very dark

but did not tast like you traditional dark beer.

It had a semi sweet carmel flavor with very

minimal bitterness. I would recommend this beer

for those who do not normally drink dark beer.

Yummylicious!!!!

Photo of Gehrig
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

with a black body to more than live up to the style, Kostritzer pours two and one-half fingers of slightly tan head that is quite durable. The smell is a bit weak, with hints of caramel and roasted malt emerging after some coaxing. These flavors emerge more in the taste which, with its roasted aroma, is vaguely reminiscent of porter. Smooth, but lacking in carbonation.

A fairly good representative of the style, this is pretty decent. Nothing overwhelming, however. One I might return to again eventually.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Last of my Cost Plus World Market Beers of the World 10-pack. 12 ounce bottle, almost certainly older than the preferred 3 months, but refrigerated the entire time I had it (I can't say the same for the store!).

Pours a deep dark black- no light's getting through this baby. A decent but small off-white head and no apparent carbonation.

aroma is slightly sweet- cocoa powder/cocolate milk. A hint of spice (not sure what).

Flavor is different from aroma- more cola like, not sweet at all (actually more dry) and a definite hop astringency at the end. Quite a surprise. But still pleasant.

Overall a nice easy drinker for an afternoon off.

Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep, reddish-brown, slow receding off-white - very pale tan head.

S: A light roasted malt aroma... just shy of being smoky/burnt.

T: Sweetish roasted/toasted malts. A dash of smokiness and a very light dark fruit ester towards the finish.

M: Medium-light body. A decent feel with a touch of buttery oiliness towards the finish.

D: I could have done with a touch more body, though going much further could hurt the style. A good meal choice, nonetheless. I'd do it again.

Photo of cichief
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours almost black with a good brown head.

S- Smells of coffee and licorice, somewhat sweet.

T- Not as sweet as one would expect, rich, like strong dark coffee, bittered well for a dry finish.

M- A bit more carbonated than I prefer, but on the mark for the style, thin to medium body.

D- Very quaffable for a dark beer, this is a dark beer for warmer months.

Probably the epitome for the style.

Photo of jhu1995
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a tan head. Smell has hints of chocolate and some mild hop aromas. Taste is chocolately with some caramel flavors and mild sweetness. Very clean and smooth, light to medium-bodied, and easy to drink. Overall a solid brew and a nice change of pace.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up a few days ago at the Coop for about $1.50.. poured into my smaller weizen glass.

2" lite tan head drops leaving a little lacing.. Deeep brown beer that reveals crystal clear dark ruby highlites when held to a light.

Aroma is like a Dunkel on steroids... very clean toasted malts and hints of caramel, coffee, and dark dried fruits.

Flavor is all about balance .. middle of the road maltiness with an abundant toasted element .. some lite chocolate roastiness .. lite spicy hop flavor helps balance everything very well.

Very drinkable for sure.. lite medium body... I've had this beer numerous times over the year, but this is the first time I've taken the time to write notes.. maybe not the best schwarzbier in the world, but a pretty high benchmark for the style.

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

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the 12oz bottle. Appears perfectly black upon pouring, and when held to light there's not much difference. Head reached 2 fingers thick and is offwhite and foamy but it didn't last very long, leaving patchy foam at the top of the brew after only a minute.

Smell: A clean aroma greets the nose upon the first smell. Then it explodes into an array of wonderful malt notes with a sweet berry-like tang hidden deep within. Roasted and caramel malt is most prevalent. The aroma then fades back into a simple clean smell. Nice and subtle.

Taste: Much like the aroma, starting off with a nice clean sensation, then the malts come through in the midpalate. Light, almost sweet malts introduce themselves and fade back into the background - coffee, roasted malt, a subtle sweetness to balance... Then finishes smooth and clean. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium to almost light bodied. I would say almost watery, but there is some substance to it and it is very pleasant. A slick coating sensation assures that every corner of the mouth gets a piece of the great malt taste.

Notes: I love the subtle nature of this beer. Perfect drink to start the night off, and at 4.8% you could almost make a night of this beer. This is a great session, in my opinion. I'll be picking this up again...

Photo of nbree00
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appearance is fantastic with a creamy tan head and a black body thats a couple shades lighter, highlighting its red and brown hues. I'd also say it has a pretty decent level of carbonation for a beer this dark.

S: A beautiful blackberry-chocolate aroma is evident , very light and crisp.

T: Taste is very interesting. Caramelized malt flavors come through a lot stronger than charred ones, giving this beer a delicate balance of fruit over espresso, coupled with a wonderful hoppiness that adds a bitter dry finish.

M: Feel is very light, clean and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable dark beers I have ever come across. Truly gives meaning to the statement that "less is more". It is not over poweringly malty, hoppy or charred, but rather combines all 3 in an amazingly thirst quenching beer, highly recommended!

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.