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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,441 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 753
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of PiratePete
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.

PiratePete, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
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.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
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.

RockyTopHeel, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
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!

beergeek279, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
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.

Rumrunner, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
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.

Shiloh, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of ZAP
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...

ZAP, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of putnam
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.

putnam, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of TerryW
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.

TerryW, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of steelreign
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...

steelreign, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
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.

beerguy101, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
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.

Popsinc, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
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!

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francisweizen, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of nomad
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.

nomad, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of fattyre
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.

fattyre, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
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.

GreenCard, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
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!

kbub6f, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of Reverand
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.

Reverand, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of Mustard
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.

Mustard, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of fattychubs
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a fluffy tan head the dies quickly. The aroma is sweet malts, light coffee, and a touch of spice. Flavor is malty and semi-sweet, the middle has an almost sweet dark bread quality and licorice flavor, but finishes crisp and hoppy. Medium body, not a lot of meat or carbonation.

I really liked the flavor was complex but not over done. Good balance, easy going down, would make a good session beer.

fattychubs, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This was a pleasant surprise at a lager/pilsener tasting. Nice flavor, not too heavy. This is a good hot weather beer. Definitely a cut above the typical lawn mower beer, I'd have it again

jcalabre, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty roasty chocolaty black beer. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. This is one of the best Shwarzbiers out there not that there are many. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, smooth low ABV and just a well made black beer.

bierman2000, Jul 09, 2003
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.