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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,368 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,368
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 61
Gots: 52 | 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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grynder33

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, head lasted a little longer than most beers this color, aroma was chocolately but thin,first taste was licorice and mochabut also very thin, little bit of chocolate comes in the middle, to spritzy of a tongue feel, and just not a bold enough taste, more of a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 01:37:43 | More by grynder33
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marburg

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 16:40:54 | More by marburg
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leeenglewood

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with a thick head that whittles down into a nice creamy lace that laces the glass. Smells slightly sweet with a grainy bread overtone. Taste is rich and somewhat chocolaty with a pleasing sweetness that is not out of balance. Somewhat dry finish. Mouthful is rich and creamy and makes this beer extremely drinkable given its rather low abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 02:34:33 | More by leeenglewood
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PiratePete

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first schwarzbier. Schwarzbier I guess - it was a pitch black colour with a tan head and lace that clung all the way to the end. Nose of malt with the slight hint of coffee. Not too over powering, but very tasty. A little thin in the mouthfeel. I expected more really. A good aftertaste of roasted hops and even malt. I could have stood a slightly stronger taste but this was a good beer. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 00:44:46 | More by PiratePete
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nearly black with a creamy tan head. The aroma dominantly roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present throughout the beer. Quite dry, and at times a little chalky, but still very drinkable. The overall feel of the beer is roast malt, and the dry finish makes it pleasantly drinkable. Moderate carbonation and very soft mouthfeel. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 19:24:24 | More by Suds
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky tan head subsides moderately then sits atop a deep dark brew with a hint of garnet when light is shown through. Rich chocolatey malt aroma melds with a bread crust dry malt aroma to give this brew a rich scent. The taste is exceptional as this beer is light in body yet manages to deliver a depth of flavor that provides a wonderful contrast. Rich dark carmel malt flavors blend with chocolate and a slight bit of spicy hops. This is my first schwarzbier and after trying this i would definetly like to try others of this style as this one was very smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 05:46:14 | More by RenoZymurgist
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but translucent, almost black but not quite, chestnut brown color, with red hues reflecting light. Thin, persistent brown head. Strong lager smell, with notes of a dark fruit (figs?) and bitter chocolate, both of which are lightly reflected in the taste as well. Very drinkable, and an excellent change of pace from my normal consumption patterns.

I first enjoyed this beer on tap in Eisenach, close to Bad Kostritz in Thuringia, and I never thought I'd see it after leaving that small East German town. I was thrilled to find it, and immediately bought two six packs.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 02:02:22 | More by RockyTopHeel
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Schwarz as night with a lively head.

Smell – Burnt bread dough provides the unique signature of this aroma. There’s a deep molasses scent in here as well.

Taste – This is a well-balanced bier. The extra-dry flavors mix well with the molasses sweetness and a slight tarty tang.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was a good schwarzbier that went down well.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 20:33:13 | More by RoyalT
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a very dark brown/black with a white head. The smell was of roasted malt. The roasted malt dominated the taste, even more so than a stout, and the beer had a very heavy, bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, this is a beer I could drink plenty of!

Quite an enjoyable treat, one I'd been looking forward to trying for a while, and I'm glad I did. There's a case at the local distributor, and if I had the room in the DBF than I would probably buy it!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 22:51:27 | More by beergeek279
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Rumrunner

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a good looking black with dome dark magenta hues showing on the sides of the glass. A bubbly off white head. Decent lacing. The scents are mild creamy coffee. Some toasted bread and nuts. Clean scents but a bit on the weak side.

The flavors start with a heavily toasted dark bread flavor. Malty toffee and creamy coffee find their way through. There is a simple but slight floral hop bite. Unfortunately there is a mild sour aftertaste. It is unpleasant but it retreats quickly and it would not keep me from ordering this beer again.

It is medium bodied and has a clean carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is quite smooth, it has a nice dry quality and is an easy beer to drink more than one in a session. Overall, a well made and very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 21:19:25 | More by Rumrunner
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black as coal colour with a single finger tan crown that quickly disapated leaving a very tiny center lace and glass ring. Carbonation is subtle.
The body is full and the aroma has a fragrant flowery odour initially but do not hesitate or you will miss it.
The taste starts with a slight bitterness and finishes the same, also
a nut like presence.
Very nice.

Serving type: can

09-21-2003 01:36:24 | More by Shiloh
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

This is a style I don't get enough of. The beer arrived looking as black as can be with a barely noticeble caramel colored head. To me this is a very drinkable lager, with nice roasted malts that are not overpowering. The aroma was mellow, sporting some roasted malt with some sweetness. The malt gently lingered and disappeared rather quickly. Overall a pleasantly good beer that satisfies the need for a flavorful beer that doesn't fill you up.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2003 19:56:50 | More by Gavage
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer...pours an impressive coal black with a tan head on top....rims the glass nicely....the nose is fantastic...very sweet caramel notes mixed with a strong vanilla aroma...awesome....the body is sturdy and firm..relatively creamy texture...feels right in the mouth...the taste is delightful...again the vanilla is very evident but also some java notes..light caramel and roasted malts...this is a dandy...drinkability is sky high....I want another and another and another...(I only have one though)..THE best Schwartzie I've had...Not a real favorite style of mine...UP UNTIL NOW...Excellent beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 04:52:14 | More by ZAP
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putnam

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stiff, curdled, multi-tonal chocolate milk-colored head on top of ebony brown liquid.
The aromas are subtle but profound. Roasted nutshells and grains fold into elements of whole vanilla and over ripe blueberries.The flavors play this little game where they start out with a promising, rich, fruity, glycerin-laden texture until, after about one second, the fine, powdery roasted tannins supress all of this hedonism. Within seconds all that is left is a very clean palate with shadows of charred banana, sweet spices and tobacco.
This beer won't get a lot of high reviews because it doesn't fit popular expectations for beer this color. It is a light-bodied brew. Nevertheless, a beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 20:04:30 | More by putnam
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very mild, very gentle beer. You'll need to close your eyes to be able to work on properly smelling and tasting it.

Pours dark cola brown with a moderate caramel coloured head that gives up just a bit of lace.

Pleasant smell of malt, licorice and molasses. However it doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. Very plain, one dimensional. Sweet and malt, some sharpness on the tongue initially, but then just dead flat. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

You need to drink this one warm – slightly below room temperature – to get the most out of it.

Unremarkable, not something I'd go looking for.

Serving type: can

09-03-2003 19:49:42 | More by TerryW
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steelreign

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being as dark as it was, I expected a little more of, well...everything. Slight roasted grain aroma with hints of hop leaf. Not much in the way of body, but overall, the taste was quite malty and sweet - not bad, but nothing outstanding. If this was the only craft beer on tap at a bar, I would definitely drink it all night. Enjoyable on a somewhat reserved scale...

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 19:13:26 | More by steelreign
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beerguy101

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color, large foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and slightly sweet. A medium bodied lager. Roasted malts, subtle sweetness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Dry finish is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 02:32:05 | More by beerguy101
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

Serving type: can

08-27-2003 20:09:44 | More by Popsinc
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francisweizen

Alaska

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

This beer poured a nice dark black colour with a white/tan head. The aromas were of sweet, roasted malts, and faint hops. The taste was a sweet malty mix of nice flavors. The mouthfeel was a little thin and watery, but still nice and the drinkability was very good.

A very good Schwarzbier!

F

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 00:06:15 | More by francisweizen
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nomad

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a soft sheen of a head, appeared darker and more imposing than a stout. Smell was medicinal, dark, and with peppery scents that kept it barely not sweet. Taste was peppery yet still juicy. It had the good feel and taste of a perfect pale lager but with a dark character; yet, nowhere close to the heavy and more ale type of dark flavors of, say, a stout. Long and smooth, thin but juicy, quite a unique and appetizing beer, and doesn't taste necessarily as it looks.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 21:18:15 | More by nomad
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fattyre

Georgia

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

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. The smell is very sweet roasted malt. The taste is roasty/toasty malt sweetness with almost no hoppiness with a moderate mouthfeel. Overall a very sweet(but not overly so) tasty and slightly smokey black lager that I would drink more of if I could get it more readily.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 03:48:02 | More by fattyre
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich dark reddish brown just barely opaque, thick resilient head stratified with sudsy bubbles underneath a creamy layer, fine lacing all over the glass

Aroma: luscious aroma of dark bread, dark caramel, notes of coffee and chocolate, clean

Flavor: a terse malt base balanced by the bitter roasted grain and a mellow thread of noble hops, bittering is just enough to balance, somewhere in there is the taste of crackers and a very subtle vegetal note, the finish is dry with a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp carbonation, soft palate

Overall Impression: The "Original Kostritzer Schwarzbier" according to the neck lable. Great beer. Solid. An archetypal schwarzbier, though I typically prefer them a touch maltier, sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 02:24:23 | More by GreenCard
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kbub6f

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in the fridge.

The head is very big. It's beige and foamy. It collapses unevenly: pillowy. Sticky thin lacing. The body of the beer seems black, but it's fully garnet against the light. I smell sour toffee and nuts. The taste is a little dusty in the front, with some corn syrup. A watery, thin middle shows a little tang, but there's the corn syrup again. The finish is bitter, darkish, slight. Again, there's some water and corn syrup.

I think this is what a black NA would taste like!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 21:23:26 | More by kbub6f
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Reverand

Pennsylvania

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

Wow... my first taste of a scharwzbier and what incredible beer to choose. A near pitch black color with a tannish colored head. belgian lace that clung all the way to the bottom of my glass. Aroma of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee. A perfect balance of malts and hops, nothing was too over powering to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 08:13:40 | More by Reverand
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Mustard

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.79 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-black with a fine, off-white, two-fingered head; good retention; heavy lacing.

Smell: Hints of roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt up front with a light, earthy hop-bitterness to finish; faint notes of black licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy and a tad overcarbonated.

Notes: All in all a bland, timid entry; best thing here is the beer's look.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 05:13:15 | More by Mustard
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,368 ratings.