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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 70
Gots: 97 | 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 pjwilson
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: not quite black, but in fact very dark amber. not so great of a head...fades fast
s: smells almost like a helles. nice malty aroma
T: i think this is my first authentic schwarz. It sort of tastes alot like a helles. the color is almost a notvelitly. well it has a more sweet flavor than a helles. but it tastes more like a helles than a dunkle tastes like a helles. I dunno this one is falling flat for me.
mouthfeel: not feeling much like a a good beer
drinkablility: not sure id get this again. certainly not as kicking as a dunkle. I'd jump on it if I saw it on draft. Sure liked Death and Taxes more...hehe

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly as roasty as Irish dry stouts, but with the smooth drinkability of German lager, this classy authentic black bier plays those aesthetic games with the eye as it promises boldness, yet delivers subtlety.

The lager looks you in the eye with a very Guinness-like pour, minus the absurd nitro-infused foam character. The very dark brown, onyx-like sheen denotes clarity and masculinity. Capped by a creamy thin, lightly tanned head, the beer lines the glass with interconnected lace.

Light roasty aromas of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, plumbs, and raisins with shy demonstrative scents of strength and finesse. Background notes of burnt caramel and campfire stops just shy of smoke or ash.

More fruity than roasty to taste as the esters and oxidized grains allow for flavors of red grapes, sherry, soy, and dried plumbs, raisins, cola nut, and dates to garner command. Still the bittersweet chocolate taste and caramel char bridges the gap toward coffee-like bitterness and mild roast. Semi-sweet to taste, any hop character is reserved for the bitter balance that disguises itself as coffee and wood bitterness.

Light bodied, especially when the eye prepares the palate for richness and robust texture. Instead the carbonated creaminess caresses the mouth with malty roundness before suddenly finishing with a roast dryness, fleeting malt textures, and light woody alcohols.

Backing off of the more popular Irish dry stouts, if less roast character is more of your target yet a darker beer is in order, this highly drinkable but flavorful ale may fit the bill. Better still, it's light enough in alcohol and body to allow the conversation to go one more round.

Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When did they print 'The Best Kept Micro Beer Secret' on the neck label? Kinda cheesy.

Pours a cola colored liquid with rusty edges. Thick 1 1/2" light beige head that settles to 1/2".

Malted milk & faint chocolate malts in the nose. A faint hint of Concord grape jelly also. Scent of ever-so-faint noble hops.

A nice even dose of faint chocolate/roasted malts smoothly paired with the familiar flavor of the lager yeast and soft hop presence. Sour dough bread flavors that lean toward the raw dough side. Seems to showcase the yeast quite good. The hops make this finish of this lager nicely dry.

Mouthfeel is dead on for a lager - lighter than medium (without being 'light') body with a pleasant fine carbonation that keeps it light on the tongue. Not much linger flavor in the semi-dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. I've had this plenty of times on tap and was very content with numerous refills. But then again, this lager really shines when it's a properly stored/conditioned keg.

Overall a beer that has a special place in my heart. This bottled version is about 2/3 of it's potential. Refreshing as a lager should be with a fulfilling maltiness to boot.

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

Pours a very dark black, nice carbonation, small head. little lacing afterwards. Scents of toasted caramel, and malts. Nice sweet taste, medium body. This is a very drinkable brew at this ABV, would recommend. I like the Samuel Adams version alot better, there's just more going on with the SA.

Photo of davidchollar
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like coffee. very dark, with a short ,creamy beige head. if you look closely, you can see that it is pretty fizzy.
smell is not very strong, smells like a dark beer, a little sweet
tastes better than the smell. definitely a low abv, but there is a strong crisp taste, quite bitter. it looks and tastes like coffee. the taste is not very unique, it reminds me of other dark beers. but i really like the mouthfeel, chewy, almost buttery.

Photo of Joey7F
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap as a sample today. Quite a good scharwzbier (better than the Sam Adams Black Lager). It tastes a bit like a latte, very creamy, very malty.

Definitely worth a try unless you need a lot of hops (which this beer, and the style lacks)

--Joey

Photo of revdrjbob
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the German club in Berkley at lunch with Teaser. I must say that the Bratwurst they do is absolutley awesome!

Poured a very dense black with a tight foamy tan head of about 2cm in thickness. Served in a pint glass.

Smelt nice, plenty of malt, chocolate and a hint of roastyness. No real hops to speak of, very clean, a touch of spiceyness.

Tasted quite thinner than you'd expect from the look and smell of the beer, but I guess it is a lager... Plenty of malt, nice hits of chocolate and that slight roastyness again. Finished dry and sweet, with a lingering chocaolate character.

A good drinking German Schwartzbier. Certainly a session brew, if it was available more often down here.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. It was a surprise to find another schwarz this time of year, they tend to be pretty hard to find.

Pours a schwarz-y watery pitch black with a finger of khaki head that fades to a spotty coating. Smell is subtle, with toasted barley, grains, and a hint of milk chocolate. Taste echoes the smell with biscuity toasted malts, burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin, but that's what make schwarzes so drinkable for as dark as they are. This isn't quite up there with Sprecher's Black Bavarian, but it's a tasty example of the style and worth seeking out for a drinkable dark lager.

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

This beer is DARK! The only other Schwarzbier I've had was Saranac's Black Forest. This beer is at least as dark, if not darker, than BF. The head is a soft, light beige, with average-sized bubbles; not sticky, but slow to dissipate.

Smell is malty, and not overtly hoppy. I can tell this beer is going to be sweet.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer. It is deeper than Saranac's, with some chocolatey undertones. Deep, but refreshing. Light with a nice hoppy finish.

I could drink lots of this beer.

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

Pours a dark off brown color with an amber/copper hue, minimal off biege head, lots of carb action.

Has a sweet toasted molasses/caramel malt smell with a resin/orange hops aroma.

Lightly sweet, lightly/mod acidic, dark chocolate, and molasses malt taste with a rough grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Light/medium bodied, dry texture, soft carbonation, and a some what metallic/astringent finish.

Not my style, taste similar to the Gordon Biersch version.

Photo of Barraclou
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's the new guy I found when I returned my empties to the grocery store. At CAD 2.49 per 500ml can, it is also budget priced.

Appearance: It makes no doubt: it is a schwarzbier. It is dark brown / black with some white lace on top.

Smell: Its aromas are very inviting. It is like a mix of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The first thing you discover is a taste of roasted grain, then it is like a average black beer with that very interesting flavour of chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel: It is not that not that bad, but it is too carbonated when the beer warms up.

Drinkability: It is a very nice surprise. I am glad to recycle since it brought me to the grocery store and made me discover this beer. It is one of the most intriguing reviews I done. I don't know if this beer is good only once in a while or also good for drinking more than one in a night. I need to check it. :)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. This beer has a not quite black color with a light brown head. Roasty malt aroma with some cocoa and hops. The flavor is surprisingly light considered how dark the beer looks. The malt is slightly sour. There is a little cocoa flavor, which is nice, but it could use some more. Not as roasty as I would like either. Mouthfeel is a little watery. This is an average example of the style.

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

Pours a black colored brew with a tan head.

Smell is grain and a little fruity with a faint smoky scent. Scent of crackers in the malt and raisins in the fruit.

Taste is on the dry side with lots of grain flavor and a touch of chocolate and coffee flavor from the dark roasted malt. Mild herbal hop flavor. Slight trace of acid flavor from the dark malts.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Quite good drinkability here. This is a good session beer, tasty, not too heavy low in alcohol. Not a world class brew, but absolutely a good beer.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad Schwartzbier. Poured out to a (gasp) dark brown/black appearance with a large head the color of heavily creamed coffee. Medium low carbonation. Not much of an aroma, but some mild malt was detected. Taste was very smooth and enjoyable. Flavors of roasted malts and hops with a black pepper note toward the finish. Seemed to go together very well. Well balanced mouthfeel was not too full, but adequate enough to make one note that some craft has gone into this brew. This could be a good crossover beer for those looking to expand their experience of German beers. Recommended.

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a great 16th century oil painting on the label with nice comment on the neck saying "The Black Beer with the Blonde Soul" very nice.

My flawless pour has a perfect inch and a half sticky, thick tan foam head, and almost black with dark ruby glow all over.

Sweet caramelly, molasses(reminds me of amish shoefly pie in a way), and a little german chocalate on the nose. Smells very clean too.
Well balanced, incredible toasty, creamy(meal in a glass) sweet malt with a perfect touch of hop bitterness that longs the hearty mouthfull. Good lacing going down. Toasty finish, and a great medium creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm glad at this time I have 22 more in the fridge!

A great Schwartzbier for only 24.99 a case. May this Schwartz be with you. Great German dark lager!!

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

Appearance: Very dark beer that is actually very clear with deep garnet highlights when held to a bright light. There was a thick half inch of head at first pour that retained pretty well over a few minutes. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Lots of toasty Munich malts mixed with some generous chocolate and a tad of caramel. Very clean!

Taste: Extremely mild flavor for a beer so dark. There is some serious malt in this beer, but the roast and hops seem to almost completely cancel it out. The flavor profile starts out balanced toward the toastiness of the malt, and this slowly fades to a slightly bitter finish. The Chocolate malts only become apparent late in the aftertaste.

Opinion: I really enjoy this world-class beer. Some other beers in this style, like Sapporo, are balanced by using lighter flavored ingredients. Kostritzer is remarkably easy on the palate because it is well brewed. This is a good beer to prove those guys wrong who say "I don't like that dark beer stuff because it is too heavy" We all know some of those...and this one will show that there is more to beer than color.

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

Tried this on a recommendation of a fellow BA during our weekly get together. This is certainly one of the oddest, most unique beers I have tried. Poured a very dark, ruddy, almost opaque ebony with a active, downright alive 1" head of loose bubbles, like a soda, that faded quickly. Nose was interesting, hard to pin. Ahhh, licorice, maybe sassafras...crisp, very unique.

While most beers start soft and finish sharp, this one is the opposite. What a crisp and epervescent taste. The licorice and sassafras carry to the tongue, sharp, alive, mildly peppered. A lull on the pallete gives way to a very soft, malted, even, smooth finish with an echo of an lighly bitter & dry aftertaste.

If you enjoy beers that offer unique taste experiences, give this one a try. It could take a few times to really understand it. Not spectacular, but interesting enough to warrant recommendation and further tries.

Photo of battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Von Triers on Farwell. Poured a beautiful silky black with a small, brown head. Smelled and tasted malty, very little hop presence. I had this at a bar before dinner, and it suits that role well, almost an appetizer: tasty and full-bodied, yet light and easily drinkable. My first black beer--I will definitely be trying others.

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

Very deep brown in color. Quite a nice tan head that fades all too quickly. Low aroma-very slight trace of roasted malt. Malty flavor dominates. Low hop and roasted bitterness. A tad metallic. Faint biscuit flavor. Very nice body-holds up well. Not thin or watery-helps the slight lack of flavor. Overall a good beer. Well worth trying on a regular basis.

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

12 oz. with no freshness date - served slightly chilled in a flute. Pours a black that is deep red through the light and it's topped with a 1 inch tan head that leaves nice lacing. Smells earthy with some spicy hops and traces of chocolate, coffee, and soap. Lots of earthy malts with a noticeable hop bitterness and hints of dark fruits, coffee, and smoke. It's kinda tingly with a medium to light body. Not too complicated and easy to drink. The glass held less that 12 ounces and I noticed the second pour was much more flavorful and left sediment at the bottom of the glass - didn't know it was unfiltered, not that I'm complaining.

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

500 ML can purchased at LCBO in Sarnia. Pours a deep dark black with a nice light brown head. Aroma jumps out at you like a malthouse. Very dry, somewhat bitter not roasted but big and chocolately. Body is dry as is the finish. Malty flavor shine through in this style Great beer.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz. bottle of schwarzbier pours out dark brown/red with a nice 3/4" head that fades to about 1/4" and then hangs around awhile. Decent lacing.
The aroma is of sweet roasted malt. There is a little bitter coffee in there too.
The flavor follows along the lines of the aroma. There are nice roasted flavors with a little hint of sweetness and a slight bitter coffee in the finish. The flavor disappears rather quickly once swallowed.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I guess whenever I see something dark I expect it to be a litle chewy and full.
This is a good beer and the only real German schwarzbier I have had.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown/black, nearly opaque, very clear, with deep ruby highlights. Thin tan, slightly rocky head, with moderate retention. Light roast malt aroma with a light lager yeast character. Subdued malty sweet smell.

Roasted malt flavour kicks things off. A little sweetness as well, which disappears part way through. Bitterness is moderate and comes through more towards the finish. Very light nobel hop flavour that gets lost halfway through. The finish is on the dry side, but not astringent. Very clean taste, no fruitiness. Medium body and medium/light carbonation. Not a bad session. Nothing extraordinary, but a solid beer.

500 mL can, best before date stamped on bottom of can.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Description of the beer on the neck, no freshness date. Claims to be "The Best Kept Micro Beer Secret."

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with a little bit of red arond the edges. Medium sized head that fades slowly.

Smell: Clean, sweet malty aroma with slight roasted notes.

Taste: Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Tastes are well balanced with lots of malts and a slightly bitter finish.

Overall impression: A very enjoyable style, and a great example of it. This is a very enjoyable beer, and I would highly recommend some brauts to go along with it!

Photo of jjflash20
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to be able to have this on tap when I was in Berlin. I had it in the States in the bottle and it is much better on tap when available. It was really smooth and did not have an aftertaste like other Schwartzbiers that I have had. Of all the Schwartzbiers that I had in Berlin, this one was my favorite.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.