Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | 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 acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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%
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
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +0.8%
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
3.93/5  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
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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
4.08/5  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 +0.8%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a lovely black hue with a creamy tan head. The beer has a very rich look to it.

Smell: The aroma seems quite minimal, though you can notice the roasted malts.

Taste: The beer has a great flavor of bold (yet not overpowering) roasted malts. Perfect amount of roasting, and the perfect amount of hops to compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation (yet slightly tingly) and slightly dry aftertaste. Gives a substantial and filling feeling without seeming overbearing.

Drinkability: Things seem well-balanced and in proportion with this beer, making it thoroughly drinkable. Alcohol is not overbearing at all.

An extraordinally enjoyable beer. If you haven't tried a schwarzbier before, be sure to give this a try; it maintains an excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. My only real complaint is the smell, as it's a bit lacking. Though possibly not the most dynamic flavor, this is certainly one of my favorites.

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

Pours black (duh) with the slightest hint of red. Rocky light beige head with above-average retention.

Aroma is roasted coffee beans, slightly bitter chocolate, and a bit earthy as well.

Very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, but very light. Roasted grain, sweet malts, dark chocolate, and dark fruit... raisin or figs. Dry almost tangy finish. Basically it tastes almost like a lighter, cleaner porter.

Light, somewhat oily, but silky smooth mouthfeel. Light and refreshing enough to be easily drinkable without the expense of flavor. This is my first schwarzbier and after this example, definitely not my last.

Photo of ChillMike
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since I've had a Kostritzer, and I hadn't formally reviewed one so I figured I'd pick one up. Pours a very dark brown just about black (hence Schwarze) with a tannish head that doesn't stick around too long. Smells smokey and malty with an ever so slight bit of hops, it smells like it looks that's for sure! Tastes quite a bit like it smells very smokey type flavor with some very nice caramely malts and just enough bitter tasting hops that give it that very nice finish! This is one of those beers that I'm probably not going to pick up all that often, that's not to say I don't like the beer, that's far from the truth in fact I quite enjoy it it's just not your every day beer that's all. However I would buy this beer on tap every night! :)

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

A- Nice light moka head of small bubbles that decrease slowly. Leaves a nice lacing on the mug.

S- Raisin/plus malty aroma. background of rasted coffee. Too weak for a great rating.

T- Nice roasted malt flavour. Weaker than hopes though. The dried fruit aroma of the smell comes through a bit in the finish. Faint bitter aftertaste (mix of hops and coffee). Bitterness increases and lingers as beer warms and time passes.

MF- Smooth. Pleasant feel. A bit too dry/pasty.

D- Smooth and easy drinking. Pleasant, if mild, flavour. All around a decent beer but nothing to blow me away. Would be a good introduction to dark beers.

Photo of psinderson
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby-red to black, clear. Two-finger thick off-white head with some staying power.

Smell: There is a strong fruity aroma blended with a rich malty background. A little like caramel apples.

Taste: Very complex. The caramel apple aroma comes through in the taste with a slight citrus twist. It finishes with a mild roasty finish. Hop bitterness is seemingly low. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin but clean.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and drinkable. The complex mild flavors make this a fun beer without being heavy.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ebony black with just a hint of translucnet-maroon when held against the light. Tan head was long lasting- as multitude of tiny bubbles rose to the top. Served in pint glass at cellar temps.

Aroma was a clean bouquet of subdued roasted malts and coffee. The front end of this dark lager was clean, nice amount of body - like a clean lager. By the middle, the roasted malts took over. A nice clean taste of coffee andtoffee could be detected. Noble hops offset any sweetness that may have lingered. The finish was clean, dry but rather bland. No aftertaste, but also watery.

A very nice lager, but could use a bit more character. On the upside, this lager had no diacetyl or aftertaste. Its drinkability was excellent. Had 3 in one sitting.

Btburger, brewery known for its classic Pils did a good job with this little used style

Photo of tkarsies
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend bought this on a road trip and left it in my cooler. It is a nice brew. It just hit 37 degrees here in lubbock so I wanted something dark but not very bitter, something relaxing. This is that brew.

The chocolate malts in this beer are superb. Not too syrupy. A nice hop balance, (although schwarzbiers are never very hoppy and tend to lead towards the malty side quite a bit.

This beer excites THE ENTIRE TONGUE. My sweet taste buds are acting up and i taste a tiny bit of tartness. mmm. This beer is incredible. It's complex. It's a good beginning of winter time brew.

The head and retention is awesome and this is a highly drinkable beer. I just want a little more on the nose. The smell on the nose is very chocolate malt like. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, but thin for a schwarzbier.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer seems to totally define schwarzbier, but I'm not entirely sure what the fuss is about. If Sprecher Bavaria Black is a schwarzbier (I'm not sure it is), that would be my preference.

Yet this one is pretty good. Color is dark, virtually black. Head is nearly white, and had pretty good staying power. Flavor was fairly malty, but lacked the roasted ("burned pizza crust") flavor I've come to associate with a lot of darker beers (and come to enjoy). It was quite a bit lighter than I expected (or hoped for). Still, if you have curiousity about schwartbier, this is a must-try.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Kings pint glass. Stunning visual pour with dark red-brown crystal clear body topped with big head that fell fast. Aroma of roasted coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel was clear and crisp with a touch of maltiness and burned sugar flavors. No discernable hops flavor in bitterness or aroma. A delight on a hot day.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was poured from a 12oz bottle. The color is black, but not completely opaque. It has a decent head that settles, but is retained well enough. It leave a nice lace down the glass. The scent is primarly malty with noticable roasted grains. The flavor is mostly malty with coffee-like roasted grains. It has a medium-full body with low carbonation.

This is a decent schwarzbier, but it's perhaps a bit sweeter and not as extremely well balanced as some of the schwarzbiers I've had in the past though.

Photo of memory
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is coming from one of those minikegs bought at the distributor. Has a little over a gallon in it, but I must admit they are damn nice and fit perfect in the fridge.
Anyhow, Bittburger was mentioned as the importer I think but whatever.
Appeared as dark as a Guinness with a slightly darker head that holds a thin firm presence throughout.
Smells of hints of toffee and butterscotch.
Tastes of slight smoke, malt and leaves a nice clean finish on the tongue with a slight lasting bitterness. This is a nice session lager to go with food.

Photo of kernalklink
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber with a definate roasted sweetness. Flavors were subtle but very refreshing- coffee, chocolate and very mild hops finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and supple, though not too heavy. Less flavor than I usually like in a dark lager, but very drinkable nonetheless. Will purchase again soon!

Photo of JohnW
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unless I am mistaken, Bitburger took over the Kostritzer Brewery in Germany not long ago, so this beer now comes from the Bitburger stable, even though there are two separate entries for this beer in the BA listing!

A black lager, looks impressive in the glass, with good head and aroma that hints of burnt caramel and grains, though not as heavy or fruity as you might expect from the dark colour. Taste is much lighter than expected, but with plenty of character, light fruit hints, but with a dark tinge, and slight burnt tones that balance well in the overall character, maybe even a hint of smoke in there too. In some ways you wish it was a bit heavier, but it is easy to drink and thirst quenching, and the slight nutty malty aftertaste satisfying. When had on tap (at Tanks Tap Room Tampa FL) it is consistently enjoyable and makes a good session beer, though maybe more so in cooler months. Having also tried it in bottle too, happy to say the taste in both forms remains enjoyable. Maybe not what you first expect from its dark colour, but a very enjoyable easy to drink beer.

JohnW (written while in Tampa FL Oct 2006)
B'ham UK

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