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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Ratings: 1,553
Reviews: 765
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 73
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 willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.


Photo of Gehrig
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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 +4.3%
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 +2.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +2.3%
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 -1.5%
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 +6.1%
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
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

Photo of JDV
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black pour, with light, creamy tan head that lasted a couple minutes. A dark, roasty malt smell, and as beer warmed, some subtle lagerish yeasty smells. Light bodied beer, with more burnt than roasty malt tastes, and a very quick finish and thin taste. Watery overall, with a slight bit too much carbonation for a darker beer, I thought. At times tasted lightly of biting on foil, and a bit metallic. On the palate it was such that I couldn’t seem to taste this with my whole tongue, but it seemed to only strike flavor sharply on the sides of my tongue. As a result, somewhat bland and not full flavored. Not terrible, but nothing I’d seek out again.

Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at yardhouse, Irvine, CA. Dark in color like most schwarzbiers and smelled of light malts and European hops. Taste was smooth with light malts, hops, and had a dry finish. Tasted more similar to a lager. Very drinkable any time of the year.

Think I wanted something more similar to an American version of a Schwarzbier (SN has a good one).

Photo of Floydster
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle purchased from a German deli called Edelweiss Delicatessen in Tehachapi when visiting family over the holidays for two dollars, first time I have ever seen this beer

Split with my dad tonight while watching the game and falling into an even deeper hole in my college football pool

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a very dark brown color but not quite black, 1/4 inch creamy tan head, looked like a porter or thin stout but is acutally a black lager, decent retention and also a pretty good amount of lacing

Smell was roasted malts and grains, several sweet varities, faint coffee, some skunkiness, caramel, and a small amount of dark fruit

Taste did not last very long unfortunately, this was evident even when the beer warmed, fairly smooth, sweet right from the get go, mild hop profile, lots of burnt malt and some raisins, figs, and toffee, malt overshadowed the restricted bitterness, bready and chewy at times, towards the end I tasted a small amount of chocolate and berries, taste was subtle and not overpowering, would make a nice session beer

Overly carbonated in my opinion and the body was pretty thin, not appropriately thick for its color, average mouthfeel

Could drink a couple bottles of this, could see this tasting good with a sandwich, low alcohol percentage helps it drinkability, sweetness would eventually catch up to me limiting how much of this stuff I could get down

First time I have heard of the beer or the brewery, not bad for just grabbing something out of shear curiousity, recommended if you are a fan of this beer style, l would probably try this again if I made it back to this place someday, German beer is one of my favorites, so I am very picky when tasting these but this one did not disappoint overall

Photo of Pauly2X
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black solid two finger frothy head.

S- Choclate malts dominate the aroma with noble hops hiding in the background.

T- Wonderfully malty without the bitterness coming from the roasted malts you can appreciate the bitterness from the hops. Balance is superb.

M- Rich and smooth without being too much.

D- Perfect for a cold day, not a lawnmower beer by any means.

A fantastic example of an often overlooked style.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Very dark, some tan head that retains very well. Good lacing. S: Light roasted malts, some earthy hops. Light coffee. T: Pretty much the same as the nose; roasted malts, light hops, coffee. Bitter, dry finish. M: Moderate carbonation, creamy. D: Simple but well-balanced and very, very drinkable. A great session beer. Nice and light, refreshing.

Photo of nickynick
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The black color of this beer was good, it lost some however because it had poor head retention, and very little lacing. The smell was of sweet and roasted malts. The taste of this beer was very good. First a wave of dark chocolate, followed by sweet malt. The finish was a the right hint of hop spice. Mouthfeel was ok. Drinkability was good. Went down nice and was not to filling.

Overall I enjoyed this beer a great deal. Interested to try more of this style as well.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a light crystal malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a very dry roasted malt taste. It goes down easy and finishes weak and watery with some light malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good drinker, but I prefer a sweeter version with a little more body.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the bottle into my sniffer glass and had a black color with ruby highlights. The aroma was subtle and had a slight chocolate aroma and grains. The flavor was what really impressed me. I find it amazing that a beer this dark can have such a smooth, subtle flavor. It had a slight sourness with hints of dark malts and traces of chocolate and coffee. It also had a very slight spiciness, but bittersweet overall. The finish was dry and hoppy. I thought this was a very well balanced beer that was very easy to drink.

Photo of Sleestak
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the past and remember it getting me hooked on schwarzbiers and dunkel lagers. Now's my chance to finally review it. At first glance this beer looks black with ruby highlights around the edges, but held up to the light it shows itself to be a dark ruby. A thin mocha colored head doesn't last long. Smells very sweet with roasted malts. A roasted malt flavor with some honey sweetness as well with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are some coffee/chocolate flavors but they aren't prominent, just hints of them in the background. A medium mouthfeel works perfectly, not too thin not too thick. This is a good sessionable schwarzbier.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown to black with an off white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet malt dominates. The only way I can describe the smell is to use the word fruity, though there's no particular fruit I can detect. Or import-y. Very sweet aroma. It smells good and fresh.

T - Sweet malt/grain flavor. No hops detected. No roast malt detected.

M - Light carbonation makes this feel slightly thin.

D - Very smooth. No aftertaste to build up.

Photo of Folderol
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 5 L mini-keg. Why buy a mini keg? I just thought it was awesome to have one, and one that dispenses dark beer no less. Pours almost completely black with a huge nitro-like head. Head recedes to a decent quarter-inch beige cap that lasts the whole way down. Taste is pretty simple, a dark bread with a little caramel that's never sweet or cloying. Bitterness is minimal. Carbonation is very fine, probably due to the unique dispenser. Quite tasty, but for the price ($21 for 5 liters) I'd be better off with a case of Saranac Black Forest.

Photo of JArami
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: An intensely dark ruby with a small tan head (maybe I am too careful with my pour). You can see through it if you strain your eyes (I could barely make out my fingers with a bit of sunlight behind it.)

S: Hops at first. The weak sweetness of the malts comes in next with some light roasted notes and a fruity sensation possibly of raisins or prunes.

T: The bitterness is mild to my surprise, I was expecting more hop presence. The dark malts come in brilliantly, not heavy on the sweet, and very burnt caramel and smoky grain-like in nature. Smooth with some complexity, no alcohol at all, and a slight, shy bread-like aftertaste that leaves my mouth comfortable, not too dry or sticky, and not too bitter in the back.

M: Very nice carbonation, could be better if the brew was a little heavier in body. The after feel is clean with some remaining burnt flavors and a light hop bitterness that fade to a faint sweetness.

D: Very drinkable anytime. This is one of my favorite styles, but one I have yet to try on tap. If you can't find this Schwarzbier close to home, a more easily obtained domestic example of this style is Sam Adams Black Lager which is very good as well.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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