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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Ratings: 1,552
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 seanyfo
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Chocolate brown body, with a whispy 3 finger head sitting atop. Good head retention and lacing.

S- Lots of roasted malts, some faint hints of waxy chocolate and coffee.

T- A little thin i thought in first instance. Flavour takes time to come through - i get a lot of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee as in the smell.

M - Medium carbonation, i found this a bit watery and thin on the ground.

D- Ummm, a bit disappointed , i think herold black lager knocks this on its ass. Maybe its the bottle i got, i will re-review later on, but going on this offering i would say not bad, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of techdiver
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brownish black with a pleasant head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap.

Nose of clean, sweet roasted malt.

Taste is very smooth with mild hops displayed in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good with modest carbonation giving it a lighter feel.

Very drinkable, alcohol barely noticeable. This foray into German offerings is a nice change from chasing Belgians and stouts.

Photo of beeragent
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black. 1/4 inch tan head, leaving light rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of raisins. The taste is roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and a light fruity raisin finish. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth finish and easy drinkability makes this an ideal session ale. I'll have to try this one more often.

Photo of cro250klr
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The black beer with the blonde soul".
If you drank this blind folded the first thing you pick up is a hint of coffee and roasted malt. You'd definitly know that it's a dark beer. Maybe a stout?

The first sip would give it away.This is no stout. It's wierd; just a very faint taste of coffee/ chocolate. It's more on the malt side. Right about now you'd be removing the blind fold."I knew it was a dark beer!", you say.
After another sip, you'd be confounded.
Leave it to the Germans to brew a beer like this. The more you drink, the less you notice the malty chocolate notes. It's amazing. It's as if it tranforms into a really good lager. Funny, it sure doesn't look like any other lager I've ever had before.
This is definitely a session beer.Soft on the palate, easy on the abv, tastes very refreshing. This is a really good beer.

I got this one through a recent beer split. I met a few people throuht B.A. and at the River St. Ale House. We all agreed that the Pa.case law sucks. We decided to do some case splits and we all have been introduced to some really great offerings. Hat's off to Lucky Joe for picking up this one.

I will make sure that I have this one on hand. I like it, and you should try it if ever see it around.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one fresh off the container from Germany from my boss' father. Thanks to Franz Mueller! Pours a dark brown slightly opaque.
Aroma- a slightly roasted smell, with the hops present on the nose
Mouthfeel-If you close your eyes, it is almost like drinking a regular lager-until halfway through when the dark characteristics emerge. Good roasted, bready flavors and the finish is clean and on the dry side. Hops are mildly present throughout and there is a weak coffee flavor, but mostly bitter from the dark roasted malt. Excellent for the style and I looked this up in Michael Jackson's book and this is one the " original " Schwarzbiers- so I got a hold of a good one.

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

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: The pour is dark red on the verge of black with a long-lasting tan head.

Smell: The nose has light-roast coffee and caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet, doughy malts brings molasses up front. Clean roasted malts bring coffee and dark chocolate to the mid-palate. Bitter hops join the mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very solid session beer and one that can debunk a lot of the myths about "dark beer."

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark brew with a ruby tint. A monsterous head rests a top the beer and lingers for several long minutes. After it finally subsides, patches of lacing linger to keep it looking good. Very nice looking beer.

S - Dark malt, black currant and faint elderberries. Gives a generally "dark"aroma.

T - A smooth dark malty flavor with a bit of dark fruit (black currants mostly) presence. The aftertaste is a lingering maltiness.

M - Pretty smooth, medium bodied and refreshing.

D - Very good, this beer is very pleasant and as sessionable as they come. A nice treat. The mini keg form is also good.

Photo of TexIndy
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with some sort of dating system but couldn't decipher. Poured a deep black that had dark purple highlights against a strong light. Had a couple fingers of brownish head that settled to thin foam with little lacing. The smell was weak roasted malt and hint of chocolate. I tend to find most in this style have weak smells so fits average. The taste was nice and light. Being so dark you think of a stout or a porter and expect a heavy taste but this goes down like a lighter beer. I've really gotten to like this style in the past year and find them to be good session beers or good when you want something darker but not in the stout or porter vein. Recommend especially if you like the style. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Drank this eastern German classic often while staying in Dresden last summer. Lovely looking beer, with the typically German huge blooming, long lasting head--which leaves lacing on the glass as you drink. Has a very deep brown color, fully black unless you hold it up to the light.

S-Has a nice VERY DARK chocolate malty nose, with no apparent hops in the aroma

T-Lovely dry smooth taste--if you closed your eyes you would not know it was black, you may guess it was a light amber. They call this a "black pils" and that is about as good a description as any. The dark malt just makes this lager more interesting than just about any other lager. VERY well balanced between the gently roasted (and completely un-bitter) malt, and the noble hops. Leaves a clean, typically German hop aftertaste. Made just outside of Leipzig, and supposedly the poet Goethe's favorite beer. What a classic Türinger style!

M-Has the mouthfeel of a lighter beer, like a pils or Munich Helles. Crisp, and light--very unlike say a stout or porter.

D-Like most German lagers this is very drinkable--a nice session beer--you can sit all night having them with your friends (at the right bar...). Not filling--the only thing super dark is the color.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown having a light tan head with the aroma of honey, dried prunes and sweet malt. Has a muted sweet roasted malt flavor that goes down leaving a dry light bitter aftertaste, with a light - med mouthfeel. Overall not a bad beer one could enjoy.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of coffee. The flavor is bready/doughy, roasted malt, caramel and licorice. There's also a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. It goes down smooth and easy, and it has just the right amount of carbonation that makes it very easy to drink. I think it's a good beer, very sessionable IMO.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at the Draft House here in Austin, TX.

This is a very nice looking beer with very good head retention, good lacing on the glass, and a very nice deep, black rich color and body.

Nose of this brew is not that potent, mostly fresh hops and just a slight hint of toasted malt.

As for taste, this brew is not at all what I expected. I have only tasted one other black lager (Sam Adam's version), and this tastes very different, as it't not nearly as malty. However, just because it wasn't what I expected, doesn't mean this was not a good brew. The beer has a very mild, toasted malt flavor, but clean hops with a medium bitter level that finish very dry and clean are really what dominate this brew.

This is a highly drinkable black lager, as it defenitely won't overwhelm your palatte, but still has a good amount of flavor to it. My only complaint would be the somewhat lack of malt. In my opinion, I would like to taste a little more toasted malt up front for the style, followed by this brew's awesome hop flavor. This is a very refreshing black lager, and is defenitely something I would drink again.

Photo of IceAce
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep-brown body with a deep tan collar of foam. Clarity is outstanding and lacing is huge with seemingly 80% of the glass sporting Brussels finest.

The nose is timid, with roasted malt faintly coaxed from the brew as it warms. Entry is restrained, leading to a rich, roasted coffee & caramel midtaste. the finish culminates in a nicely balanced hop/malt struggle a'la ying & yang.

This brew is reminiscent of those which Germany used in response to England's successful porters of a century ago. Match this with a nicely rubbed tri-tip...

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with dark mahogany highlights. Mild to moderate sized head, brown and bubbly.

Sweet fruit, grape/apple, and soft caramel. Tart/bitter edge with roasted/toasted vibe.

Smooth and thick delivery of ripe fruity bready malt and then flowery hop. Toasty light caramel body. Rounds out with a little tart pucker, giving it a nice grape vibe. Deeper are dry chocolate and roasted flavors. Finishes bitter and fairly dry.

Deep and complex brew. Nicely balanced. Exemplifies the style nicely.

Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark dark brown and black in the center with a nice tan head.

Smell. roasted and burnt malts are what i first get. Then i get a little licorice and toffee with a little teriyake sauce.

Taste. Nice roasted malt characteristic with a lot more licorice flavors, and some teriyake. Finishes with burnt flavor and a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Pretty full. When drinking it, i thought it was going to be around the 6% alc; i am very surprised to see it as 4.8%. nice round balance.

Overall, a nice and solid beer. Worth trying, but i wouldnt have cravings for this one.

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

Deep clear ruby and mahogany body. Tan tiny to small bubbled head. Decent lace and good retention. Low to no carbonation.
Bread and grain all over the nose.
Sweet bready flavor, herbal, grain and doughy. A mild roasted flavor comes through as the beer warms. Gentle bread hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, smooth and mild.
An easy going beer with plenty of flavor without imposing itself.


Photo of geexploitation
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very attractive beer coming out of the bottle. Jet black in the center, with only slightly lighter browns at the edges, atop which sits a head of fluffy taupe foam. Bready aroma with hints of sweet malts underneath. What I will call the "brown bread crust" aspect of the aroma is gorgeous. On the palate, doughy right off the bat and very dry. Roasted malts come out to play next, displaying pronounced malt bitterness. No sweetness comes out in this beer at all. The finish is bone dry and very long. Mouthfeel is huge for such a low gravity beer, thanks mainly to the effervescence of the carbonation. This is one excellent schwarzbier. It could use some more complexity, maybe some nice coffee notes, in the palate, but the flavors that are here are sublime. It's also uncompromisingly dry, which I like. Awesome stuff.

Photo of boblog
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Nice large head, which leaves alot of web like lacing. Almost black in color.

Smell: Roasted sweet malt, not too much for the nose really.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, mild hop flavor. Smooth and a bit dry near. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall: A good easy to drink beer. Worth a try, still I like the Sam Adams Schwarzbier a bit more.

Photo of shivtim
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at a German restaurant in Sanford, Florida. Served in mug, it's brown/black with a thin off-white head. Nose is malts and grains, pretty simple but not bad. Taste is mild, slightly sweet malts with bitter hops in the finish. Good example of the style. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A kind gift from my flatmate's father who brought this bottle along with three other beers all the way from hometown Stuttgart. 500ml brown bottle, BB 06/07, served chilled in a pint-sized weizen glass.

A: very dark brown colour with mahogany shades; coming with a very tight and creamy layer of tan froth that sustains very well and leaves even sheets of lacing behind; gentle fizziness for a lager.
S: very refreshing doughy yeasts and lager malts upfront, balanced by an understated but enticing touch of burned sugar on top of faint touches of dark chocolates and roast-nuts... Overall the nose is surprisingly clean and straight forward, but a nose this neat hard to obtain, I presume?
T: a mouthful of richer roasted-nuttiness and muter bitter chocolates hand in hand with a crisp and acidic pale lager flavour... soon followed by light, powdery-textured hop-bitterness, leaving a lingering aroma and bitter flavour of black sugar, caramel, and some burned nutty aroma and bitter-sweet aftertaste. The finish also shows some dryish hops and a healthy dose of acid, balancing with the chewy roastiness quite well.
M&D: this is a softly-fizzy and medium-bodied black lager that in my opinion tastes slightly more simplistic than ideal. But the cleanliness on the nose and palate, and the neat structure make this a very quaffable alternative to Munich Dunkel, a lot of which more often than not show too much sweet and thin aftertaste (for me). All in all, I'm happy that finally I get to taste this much-talked-about beer, and it doesn't disappoint at all~~

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems a little light at first, but the flavor expands as it warms. Not bad for a sub-5% beer. Rich chocolate malt aromas mixed with a sort of carmelized fruit and licorice. The taste is much of the same, but with a touch more bitter chocolate flavor and light, dry lasting roasted bitterness. Definately more authentic than some of the Amercan counterparts, but not necessarily better.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

Nearly black opaque body under an ample light-tan rocky head.

Smell is spicy spices over a mild malty base: cardamom, pepper, a tiny bit lemon grass maybe and a bright mild hint of grapefruit.

Taste is surprisingly bright, refreshing, and hoppy. Long, dry, malty, bitter finish. Yum. Soft carbonation, round mouthfeel. Even enjoyed by malt-despising daughter. Easy to drink, sessionable.

Photo of billysj
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Köstritzer Schwarzbier pours as a dark brown to almost black appear with a good layer of foam.

Taste of roasted malt and smells the same. The mouthfeel is smokey and goes down pretty smooth.

Overall, this is one of the best schwarzbier beer I have had. I will definitely buy this one again.

Photo of shaggy151
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly solid black with a creamy tan head that does not last too long. Has a nice malty and roasted smell. Taste is similar to the smell with a slightly bitter after taste. It's a very light and smooth beer. I really enjoy this beer, it is very drinkable.

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. No indication off when this beer was brewed.

Appearance: Pours with big 1-2 inch, foamy, light-tan head. Tis slowly settles in a thin coating of foam, leaving a decent amount of Belgian lacing. The beer itlsef is black and opaque, with hints of brown around the edges.

Smell: Botter roasted malt and a slight residual sweetness.

Taste: Tastes of slightly bitter malt (black patent?) and chocolate. Smooth with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Good body.

Drinkability: As with most black lagers, a very easy drinking beer.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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