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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,473 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,473
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 83 | 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 sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew at RFD in Washington DC. The beer came chilled in a pint glass. The brew is very dark brown almost black in color. Some deep ruby tints when the glass is held to the light. Only a fine edge layer of tan head is left when the pint arrives. Aroma is mild but roasted malt and faint smoky scents are present. First sip reveals a slightly bitey carbonation that is more than I expected and a thicker than average body. Flavor is malt and malt with some roasted hints and also a mild coffee hit. Finish is some toffee and a little grainy. Overall a tasty brew but the finish is a little lighter than I would have thought.

sulldaddy, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great-looking dark opaque color. The head’s pretty too, and doesn’t want to disappear. Fine and foamy. Dark malts and grapes in the smell. Complex and refined. The smell is very enjoyable. Dark, almost roasted malts, woody. Some refreshing winy grapes aspects. Some chestnut maybe. The mouthfeel is great and full, no bitterness, a floral hoppiness. The complexity of this beer doesn’t make it less drinkable. A good pick.

tjd25, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Chumley's in Lafayette. Pours a pitch black with a miniscule tan head that quickly disappears. Smell is syrupy sweet with some hints of roasted malt. Taste backs up that sweetness. Very sweet malty taste, this would definately be a dessert beer for me. Mouthfeel is very light and thin for me. I don't know how much of this I could have without that flavor overwhelming me. Worth the try, i just won't be coming back that often.

soper2000, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured darker than any other lager I've had myself. It looks good in the glass, with minor head and lacing.

It smells almost like it has a touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is similar, dark and thin with that crisp lager finish. Smooth and slick in the mouth, this has a surprisingly light but satisfying feel. Quite nice, if you ask me.

watermelonman, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at The Viking in Spokane for $4.50.

Poured a very dark brown with a huge tan head.

Smell reminded me of a brown ale. Sweet malt, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma was detected.

Taste was like a lager version of a brown ale. Caramelish sweetness, with a very mild backdrop similar to coffee. Not a terribly complex brew. Also a slightly alcoholish taste, surprising given the relatively low alcohol content indicated here on BA (there's no abv listed on the label).

I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin, but I freely admit I'm more of an ale drinker.

This is a perfectly good dark lager. Is it great? I don't think so. But it's certainly good. In any event, it was cool to find a schwarzbier in a bar outside of Germany - the only place I'd previously had one.

woemad, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light which also reveals very fine carbonation bubbles. A tan head, about 1 and a half fingers to start, leaves patchy rings of lace down the glass. Smell is a mixture of dark bread and malty notes. Flavor is similar to the smell with the addition of coffee tones and hops which add a slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit thin. Pretty drinkable... I could drink a few of these! Not very familiar with the style, but I liked this a lot!

jimdkc, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Appears to be black but upon closer examination is actually a very deep mahogany color.
Smell is malty and lightly roasted.
Taste is very light bodied mouthfeel and depth of flavor compared to the appearance, with only a hint of roasted malt and hops. Similar in style to AB Amber Bock, but better. Easily drinkable. It may be the style of beer but it left me wanting more complexity to the flavor of the beer.

yeagerbm, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first schwarzbier I have ever reviewed so bear with me. Pours a dark cola brown with a soft tan head. Smells of sweet plum wine over hearty, buttered, tobacco bread. Taste is mellow, lightly roasty, with buttered toast malt, a little cardboard, and some faint sweetness. Finish is roasty and slightly bitter. I think I like this style (so far).

alexgash, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the basement of the local Kaufhof in Wiesbaden, they have a beer booth in their grocery store. Pour was a dark rootbeer color with a thick creamy tan head made up of fine bubbles. Rich malty dark bread aroma. Taste is light but full, slightly malty. There's a bit of hop astringency in the finish. Aftertaste is of slightly bitter hops. This beer had a great flavor but a thin to medium mouthfeel. Would make a good session beer.

PatandDavid, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of JustinBathurst
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with dark tan head. Thick foam.

Smells malty and sweet, A spice aroma, clove-ish. Some grains and cut grass.

Thick mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Dense carbonation without being overdone.

Somewhat bitter chocolate taste. Subdued roasted malt sweet with a hint of molasses. Interesting, but not very exciting.

This seems like a beer that could grow on you, but it hasn't really been able to present anything 'defining' to me. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Decent schwarzbier, just not amazing.

JustinBathurst, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tumbler glass. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of light tan head. It looks almost like a stout or porter when poured. There is a little bit of lacing left behind. The smell is full of rich roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. The taste is also full of burnt malt, toffee, and molasses. A bit of hops on the finish. The body is a little light and oily, but very smooth. The drinkability is very good. A classic example of the style.

SheepNutz, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had a Köstritzer was at a restaurant in Ginowan City, Okinawa back in 1998. I even bought a Köstritzer glass, my first piece of glassware that wasn't a pint glass, to commemorate the occasion. Now, nearly six years later, I decided it was time to reacquainte myself with this schwarzbier.
Poured from a 12oz bottle, it had a color of dark chocolate with some ruby highlights, a lumpy brownish-tan head, and nice streaky lacing. It had a nice roasted malt aroma tinged with coffee and cocoa and hints of caramel and nuts. The taste had a mild chocolatey flavor and some caramel sweetness up front. A more earthy grain flavor came across mid-range before a lightly spicy hops note finished things up. The feel was medium/light, clean and dry.
Drinkability was really pretty good. It's got a nice balance and no one flavor seems badly out of place. Worth giving a try if you see it.

Boilermaker88, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An honour to review first. I do not buy beers in cans, but it was graciously given to me to review by Michael Meinardus, the brewery's North American rep. Firstly, it was very fresh - it had a pleasant surprising on-tap taste. Second, I fortunately drank it out of a suitable beer mug displaying its pretty dark brown colour. It's very creamy initial pour settled in a moment. Very pleasant with understated roasted malt and hint of coffee. Stands by itself and certainly works with food. Had it on tap in May 2005, didn't stand up as good, maybe the way they had it on at Ludwig's.

Sammy, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of anders36
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark burgundy almost black brew with a grey head that disappear quickly. Has a very roasted malty smell. The taste is also roasted, but not not as roasted as in a stout. The mouthfeel is a little thin. I expect a little more mouthfeel from a dark beer. It is not a bad beer, but i had expected a little more out of it.

anders36, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep dark brown with burgundy highlights. Clear liquid with a tan (crème brûlée) colored head that faded rather quickly. Cereal, malt and licorice along with chocolate, roast coffee, cola notes and dark fruits (currants, blackberries...) highlighted the aromas. VERY COMPLEX. Thin to medium body with tastes of malted cereal, light residual sugar followed by roasted and hoppy bitterness. Finishes in a swirl of the above flavors dominated by mineral and hops bitterness. I am still amazed by the complexity of smells in this brew.

Beersignal, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven't had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don't toally grab me.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium head with good lace. This is as black as a stout. Somewhat malty nose. Not that much to say about the nose. Taste is a little chocolate bitter with malt and caramel more prominent. Hops finish this up. A little bitter. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Overall, a tasty dark beer. Very clean and fresh tasting.

daledeee, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can - Pourred a black brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Sweet beginning with roastiness and dry finish. I found some similarities with some english stout. Overall, a very decent brew from a style that is more or less known in North America. Will be looking for other product from this brewery

Phyl21ca, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Black Beer" isn't just a clever name. It is not opaque, as a stout, but it still appears at least very dark brown in the glass (a Hacker-Pschorr pilsner glass), with a light brown head. Smells grainy and toasted, and almost a little alcohol flavor. Tastes of citrus and coffee with a little hops finish. Pretty good beer, this is my first schwarzbier, that I know of. I'd definitely try more of this style again.

TastyTaste, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of surfmeister
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coca Cola brown almost black, rich head with cascading liquid falling between ascending bubbles. Beautiful.
Smell: pumpernickel bread, molasses, anise, cloves, sweet smelling
Taste: malty, bready, little hop, not as sweet as the smell, no bitterness, very full flavored but finishes clean without cloying sweetness or smoke, great finish, full flavored beer with little aftertaste
Mouthfeel: much more "refreshing" than one might think, high carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel, not chewy or heavy like a stout
Comment: great brew, unique in many ways, highly recommended

surfmeister, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours very dark, but is actually a blackish-red translucent when held up to light. A one-finger smooth, tan head shrinks down to a bare covering.

Aroma - very faint malt sweetness. I don't know if my nose if off-duty tonight or what, but I'm picking up next to nothing here. Some light roasted malts and coffee bean smells manage to work through, but weakly at best.

Taste - highly malted and highly carbonated. The malt component is fairly average but tasty. The bubbles burn away the malts and replace them with a sourish soda water taste. As that subsides, a mellow roasty aftertaste shows up and ends things nicely.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin given what you might expect from the color, but that's par for the style. Very bubbly, maybe a bit less would loosen up the soda water sourness. Pretty crisp for a dark beer, but again, right on for the lager style.

Drinkability - it's a reasonably good beer, one to be aware of if you see it on tap somewhere that maybe has little else in the way of selection. Easy enough to drink all night if circumstances arrange themselves as such, but not one I'd necessarily seek out.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of dpend
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a fluffy head that clings to the glass.A mildly sweet malty aroma, with a trace of roasted coffee beans. Taste if very mild with smooth malts and grains. Hops slightly present in the background. Overall feel is thin and non-obtrusive with a slighlty wet finish. One of the better schwarzbiers

dpend, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable.

pezoids, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptively dark black color. Hold it to the light, and you can see right through it. Wonderful coffee and ruby hues, fantastic light brown head that takes a long time to settle. Smell is crisp, perhaps a hint of Saaz hops. Toasted and roasted malts are very distant in the background. The taste is very smooth. Bready malt character is supplanted by a very light hop bite, and then a faint hint of roasted malt in the finish. Hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit of nuttiness? Mouthfeel is light and balanced, carbonation is very prickly on the tip of the tongue. Drinkability is very good, but I really wish it had a bit more toasted malt character to it. Fantastic session beer, and a good example of one of my favorite styles.

jlervine, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this style, especially in late Fall here in Chicago. It just seems so appropriate. This brew pours near black with amber and ruby highlites. Fairly generous initial, cocoa colored head-marginal lace. Nice medium roast malt-not too much mind you. Just right for the season. Very much like an infant doppelbock with mild chocolate, raisin and some nuttiness evident. A little too carbonated for my taste though. Finishes with cleansing bitter. Respect need be given to those who stock these and keep the sty;e alive.

moulefrite, Nov 13, 2003
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,473 ratings.