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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,435 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Color is mostly blackish brown but has an amber glow at the bottom and edges. Has tight tan head with good staying power that was about 2 inches high, nice, large, and frothy. Smells of sweet choclate and spice, kinda toasty and deep roastyness, and dry. Taste is echoing the smells, quite alot of roasted malt with chocolatey sweetness, even a bit on the bitter side. Has a bit of fruit and spice notes. The flavors are very complex, smooth though, leaving lingering notes and a bit dry. Good, strong medium and bold body, smooth, but dry feel. some of the notes can be a bit perplexing. The fruit note is like a dry raisin of fig. The spice note is also a dry peppery twinge in the back of the mouth. One heck of a good complex beer, can be very drinkable if you like the style.

tavernjef, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

On tap at Dusseldorf's in Ft Myers Beach. A very drinkable beer. I only had one because the DJ sucked and we didn't want to hang around, but if we stuck around I would have drank this beer all night despite over 100 others to choose from. A nice dark brown brew with a solid head. Very smooth. Malty and a touch of sweet. This beer is nice on the mouth. Certainly a good find on tap.

scottum, Mar 12, 2003
Photo of kwill
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very good with a bid of sweetness and hints of molasses and chocolate.

The taste is a little thin and doesn't have any of the complexity or flavors that are evident in the smell. It basically just has a slightly bitter and flat flavor. The mouthfeel doesn't convey the thickness and richness that you would expect from the appearance.

Overall a pretty average beer that looks and smells like it should be better, but just ends up a little short.

kwill, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of proc
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

A very drinkable beer, albeit someone thin. Pours out to a nice, porter/stout-like black in the glass. Taste has hints of molasses and licorice. This is a beer to give to friends who are "afraid of the dark". It gives off the appearance of a stout, with a schwartz (my grandfather's last name was Schwartz) beer easiness. An easy to drink beer.

proc, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

I really enjoyed this brew.

Black in color with a light brown head. The aroma is peppery, with a date and fig aroma. There are also hints of chocolate in the back. The flavor is full of malt, with a fruity, fig flavor. This beer is full bodied, smooth with a dry finish. My first Schwarzbier. I found it to be tasty with a lot of complex aromas. I would definitely drink this one again. Tasty.

BeerBuilder, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Aroma was mostly of dark malt, but not too rich, with a slight bready quality. At times the aroma can have a quality of soy sauce, but not over powering. Big full tannish head, that becomes rocky in appearance. Dark brown to black with reddish tints if held to the light,and clear. Smooth dark malt flavor with lager qualities. Not overpowering, it has a lighter and refreshing quality. Nice flavor throughtout the drink with a shorter finish. Nicely balanced with enough bitterness. Becomes richer as it warms and smoother too, but with increasing bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation that helps add to the pleasure. Very good overall beer. A beer that's good for starters and experienced drinkers.

garymuchow, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

This beer poured deep, deep black from the bottle and had an abundanct brown head. Its apperance was the best thing about this beer. The aroma was subtle at best and even though it had a great head, I did not notice much in my nose. The taste was good and favored the malt. I did not taste any hops. The mouthfeel was medium and had a very slight amount of carbonation on the tongue. This was an exceptable beer but I would recommend this only as an introduction to a schwarzbier and not to an experieced drinker.

LarryKemp, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Overall a pretty good brew. Pours a solid black with fair head. Malt flavor dominates without overpowering. I was surprised at how thin it was even compared to others of the style. Faint chocolate, but nothing really stands out. Good beer in large quantities, you won't get tired or burnt out on. Not the best of type, but worth a try.

Sixpack595, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

The appearance of this brew would make any stout proud. Pours almost completely black, with the tidbits of light that get through displaying dark ruby highlights. A substantial beige head that breaks down relatively quickly, leaving clingly lace. Smell has a creamy grain texture reminiscent of Guinness with some hops detectable as well. A pleasant but rather weak nose. Smooth and somewhat sweet at the onset with a taste of somewhat bitter chocolate. Crisp middle transitions to finish characterized by dryness at the back of the tongue and a little twang that seemed even a bit metallic. Chocolate notes linger. Seemed somewhat watery, though that certainly did not hurt the fine mouthfeel. Quite drinkable as well, though rather uninspiring.

BitteBier, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of ipogios
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a light black colour topped by a thick head that settles down rather easily. Aroma and flavour are malty with hints of roasted coffee. To be honest i expected mouthfeel to be heavier, due to the dark looks of the beer. Average drinkability. Last word: I was a bit dissapointed by this German beer. Still good but i expected it much much better

ipogios, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and rocky tan colored head that eventually dissipates into a creamy and sticky lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and grains. Taste is dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy but is a bit thin. A nice Schwarzbier, but nothing special.

Morris729, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

I've been trying a lot of great, strong tasting beers this past couple of weeks, so my judgement may be a little skewed on this one. Poured about as nice looking a glass of beer as you will see. Jet black (are there really any black jets?), large head which lasts, with some lace throughout. From there however, nothing extraordinary. Certainly smooth and quite drinkable, but not really much of a flavor profile. Not overly hoppy or malty, just kind of clean and smooth. I will try it again some other time, but a little plain for my tastes.

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of schrist275
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Served just a few degrees below cellar temp, just the way I like them. The color so red brown that in the dark corners of the glass, it looks black. (Humor). The head that develops slowly dissipates into a fine rim hugging off-white lace. As you move the glass to your face you notice that you are not getting hit with carbonation, a good sign if you ask me. As the glass rests on your upper lip and you breath deep the aroma of this nectar, a slight hint of ???? with a very little touch of chocolate. As the beer goes into your mouth, you are overcome by a nice light on the tongue feel that is not normal with a beer so dark. The flavor is that of a nicely browned/lightly burnt chocolate (first flavor) and then develops into a nuttier flavor that hangs around your mouth. Absolutely worth having during Fest times, Great with any sour style german foods. Love it.

Alcoholic Content by the way is 4.8%

schrist275, Dec 28, 2002
Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev +2%

Deep amber brown... almost black, with a thin head. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt. Flavors are malt sweetness upfront, with some very mild coffee-like notes, as well as flavors of pumpernickle bread, and a touch of hop bitterness to round out the flavor nicely. Thin to medium body, with a slightly rough mouthfeel. This is a very easy drinking bier. Prosit!

zerk, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of cokes
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Deep ruby-purple-black body. Tan head has a good deal of stickiness.
Black malts on the nose with notes of roastedness.
Similarly, the taste is a battle between the tar-like black malts and the somewhat subdued roastedness. Sweetness is minimal. Hopping is next to invisible. Taste profile is fairly slight, but lingers with residual black maltiness, and some charred earth flavors.
Weak, uninspired body does not help things. Stops short of being watery, but way too thin anyway. Medium to high levels of carbonation seem somewhat out of wack. Once the carbonated settles out, the beer just dies.
I love the style, but this one is not a favorite.

cokes, Oct 27, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

0.5l serving in a custom branded glass -- basically weissebier style, but with a handle. A pitch black beer with a clumpy tan cream head -- plenty of stick and good retention. Aroma was more or less clean, with a touch of buttery diacetyl poking through.

Fairly malty, earthy, with hints of caramel and a background char flavour. Light on the malt sweetness. Hops lend a touch of sour to the mix and aid in creating a semi-astringent flavour.

Had this at "Conmux" in East Berlin, but also throughout Berlin at various bars and cafes. It's without a doubt one of the more popular Schwarzbiers available in Berlin, and one of the most tasty. It was so nice to see this hard to find and underrated style. Highly drinkable. Highly recommened.

Todd, Oct 19, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Almost opaque black, a little brown light transmission at the bottom. Good 1/2 inch tan head that rises on a hard pour. Sweet malted milk aroma. Caramel and slight nutty flavors, approaches a chocolate milk in mouthfeel -- less than medium-bodied but low carbonation gives a nice impression. Little sense of hops and a slight fade to wateriness at the finish. All-in-all, very drinkable and completely pleasant. Maybe my tongue wanted to be challenged just a little more.

ADR, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

The dark ruby/near black color and huge caramel head are very inviting. The smell is malt and bread crumbs, but faint. The taste is slight roasted, big malt and slight toffee with a faint hops presence to balance. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but a bit thin. Since this is my favorite, it is hard for me to stay impartial, but this is very drinkable. I had to save this for my mug club entry and I revisit it every chance I get.

ryanocerus, Oct 06, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours a very dark almost black laced with garnet on the edges with a tan 2 finger head. The smell is that of sweet malt and a bread-like aroma. Very smooth flavor that reveals a light roasted malt and a very slight bit of maybe coffee. The very thin mouthfeel is finished off with a semi-dry taste with still a clean, thin finish. Very lightly hopped and pretty smooth overall. A pretty good non-offensive beer to perhaps turn someone on to dark beers without shocking the taste buds. Prosit!

BeerAngel, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of Sigmund
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

"Das Schwarze mit der blonden Seele." Fairly weak but decent aroma, smells like German Schwarzbrot. Roasted malt flavour with coffee and burnt toast. A bit watery mouthfeel (is that what the brewers describe as the "blonde soul"?) By all means, this is a very drinkable Schwarzbier, but the style unfortunately seems to lack the rich velvety mouthfeel of a stout or a Baltic porter.

Sigmund, Sep 21, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

A nice clean lager. Ample flavor with roasted malty taste along with a mild bitterness, but, not over powering. This is in line of a German Lager. Nice black color and a little of the thick side when pouring. Pleasant drink even on a hot day or just sitting around shooting the bull!

BeerManDan, Sep 07, 2002
Photo of pbrian
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

This beer was good, clean fun. Looks good in glass, black with ruby edges, rocky tan head, nice lacing. I liked the interplay of slightly roasted malts, noble hops, and a clean lagered feeling. Classic example of style.

pbrian, Aug 29, 2002
Photo of EagleTalon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Good beer. Dry, roasty and "lagery". Dry finish. Ruby color and nice permanent head. Some "lace". Smells of typical German lager. Signature German dry finish. A very good beer. May the "Schwarz" be with you! American brewers often can't replicate this style very well. Having a Köstritzer is the way to go.

EagleTalon, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of brakspear
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Rocky tan head that lingers and laces down glass topping pure nearly-black color -- looks great in glass; aroma mild with hints of coffee in background, hop aroma not noticeable at first. taste: mild...biscuity flavors perched on top chocolate followed by mild hop bitterness; full-bodied but without cloying maltiness. Very good beer. I imagine it would be a fantastic with a steak or roast beef!

brakspear, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, no freshness date but there is a description of the beer at the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: A bit rocky in the head department with a lovely lacing effect down the glass. A couple of shades lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, smells of creamed coffee in a faintly sweet way. Quite clean also.

Taste: High smoothness with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread like a pumpernickel or whole grain is layered thick on the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild with a bitterness that holds its own for balancing the beer. Mild roasted malt character with hints of carob, chicory and bread crust. Malt sweetness is there but stay to a minimum and does not go to a cloying level at all. Alcohol is meek and barely noticeable, slightly dry finish is doused with a clean graininess and hints of spicy hop.

Notes: I like this beer a lot, not just because this is one of my favourite style but because it keeps it real with flavours that are a bit complex yet not to the point of taking away from actually putting one down if not a few. A damn good pick for the style.

Jason, Jul 19, 2002
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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