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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | 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 DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like how they call thier brewing company a "schwarzbierbrauerei". It looks like the only large scale prodcut they make too, so i guess they have a point. On to the beer:

You know what this beer reminded me of? One of those Irish nitro-stouts, without the creamy feel. The flavors are light, mellow, and interesting. They intensify as it warms, releasing molasses and burnt sugar, ended in a slight roasted finish. Pretty good beer at a pretty good price, cost me $6.99 for a sixer at the Wine Exchange.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a picture of a dandy enjoying the beer from a goblet. I chose a pint glass, which showcased the dark beer's reddish hues under the thick tan foam.

The aroma was neutral-clean, maybe a bit malty. No smell of roasted malts so that's good. The flavor was very nice, honestly it tasted like a helles a bit, which is strange with the dark color. A little fruity as well.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer style, but this was a nice dark lager overall.

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy light brown head that leaves behind some lacing. A dark reddish/purple. Smells of dark malts, molasses, not overly complex but well put together. The taste has a strong malt profile with some chocolate and molasses notes followed by a long dry finish. The only black beer I have had so far and I cant wait to try another.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: opaque and light black color. The head is brown and not very large. When it fades it leaves a beautiful lacing.
Aroma: slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, with some dark chocolate notes.
Taste: well balanced between the malts and the hops. Neither one dominates.
Mouthfeel: creamy with a moderate level of carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a light body.
Finish: lingering dry finish.

Overall: great stuff, balanced, rich and not cloying as some black beers. Best example of a Schwarzbier I’ve ever tasted.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black brew with chestnut highlights and a tight, compact, and dense on finger brown head. A good deal of chocolate milk lace is left on the glass.

S - Chocolate, smoke, root-beer, and black licorice. Roasted almonds and campfire aromas predominate.

T - Sweet and chocolaty at first, followed by some smoke, then overtaken by a dusty sour flavor that I quite like. A strangely flavored and smoky brew that's really hard to describe....it's just plain good!

M - At first, it seems like it's light bodied, but it becomes foamy, full, and solid when swished around a bit. Moderate carbonation and a sour slightly dry finish make for a very quenching brew.

D - Extremely drinkable and thirst quenching. I think that this is an excellent beer to have with a meal....I'm thinking steak or a BBQ pork sandwich.

Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with a fluffy coffee colored head that left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is rather faint, some roasted grainy notes. The taste is similar to the smell, slightly roasted malt flavor, a bit grainy. The feel is light almost watery, crisp, finishes a bit bitter. An easy to drink lager for those who want a roasted malt but light lager.

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew produces a thick richly textured, light and tan head, with a near pitch black full body appearance. There are slight reddish hues visible on the border of my pint glass.

Aromas that I notice are coincident of caramel as well as a rye bread tone.

The taste is very bready as well, perhaps a dark style such as rye or laugen.

This brew is very drinkable for a full bodied brew and slightly on the lighter side. This is a good session beer as well as a heavier thirst quencher.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. This is a really good looking beer. Dark brown/almost black in the glass with a 1/2 inch head that falls to a thin film of foam. The smell is that of roasted malts, sweet bread, pilsener hops, and dark candi sugar. The taste is respectable, although I thought it would have a little more fullness. There is an overall watery taste in the middle that leaves a hole, IMO. The roasted malts are nicely balanced with hops creating a very smooth flavor profile, but it tends to run out of gas before the end.

Overall, it has a good taste but I personally like Sam Adams Black Lager better.

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep brown bordering on black with reddish highlights and a tan head that leaves almost no lace behind

S - A nutty, malty almost creamy espresso and bittersweet chocolate odor that floats lightly over a yeast and herbal mushroom like odor.

M - Prickly carbonation followed by dry dark slightly chalky textures that relax into a mix of salty and sweet with milky smoothness.

T - A dark brown maltiness and crisp nutty dry toasty malt flavor with lightly spiced woody hops and hazelnut. Gentle date notes in the middle adds to the complexity. Salty overtakes sweet subtly and leads to a clean crisp finish.

D - A wonderful session bier, full of flavor and quaffable. A delightful blend of dark malt and lager smoothnes. Worth a taste for almost any occasion - malty, sweet and smooth. Excellent in the drinkability category

Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours nearly black with a pillowy khaki colored head. It's about as dark as a porter, or very close to it, and there are some chestnut ruby hues when held to the light. Head keeps a decent amount of lacing and leaves some stick on the sides.

Smell is interesting. Definitely a lot of malt going on, with some caramel and roasted aromas; semi-sweet overall. There's an odd scent I can't completely detect, though. I don't know what it is but it's a little funky.

Taste starts out malty but is very smooth and finishes clean and on the light side. There's a nice roasted malt flavor although at times it almost seems like a burnt flavor, and maybe a little bit of coffee, as well. A little bit of hop bitterness comes through at the end and a combination bitter/burnt flavor hangs out on the palate for a bit. Again, the finish is very clean and smooth, and it's almost like it goes from a medium to a light body as you swallow.

Interesting beer and very drinkable. I'd have this again.

Photo of BBM
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is a very under-used style in my opinion. I'm a big fan. And this one did not disappoint. It poured a clear black with slight ruby highlights into the glass. Aroma was toasted malt, slightly bready, and sweet.

The taste was more of the same. A somewhat bread-like flavor, combined with toasted malts and slightly bittering hops make this an interesting and well-balanced brew. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and the finish is clean. I could really drink more of these than I probably should. A very tasty lager from a very underrated style.

Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-liter tankard at Ludwigs here in Philly.

Black, as the name suggests, in color. Thin, fine tan head on top, which dissipated to a patch in the middle of the glass. Some light lacing throughout, but not much.

Aroma is light, but is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor is also light, but not missing - roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of charcoal. The flavors become more pronounced as you drink more, and as the beer warms.

Light bodied, smooth, and clean. Very drinkable and makes for a great session beer. A very good example of the style and highly recommended. Also makes a good warm weather beer and thirst quencher.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a chocolate brown color and a nice tan head that drops precipitously to a ringlet but leaves good lacing

Smell: Brown bread aroma with a grainy aspect

Taste: Starts with a brown bread flavor that is joined by the grainy elements, mid-palate; after the swallow, a modest bitter flavor offsests the bready malts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink with a nicely balanced flavor profile

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.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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