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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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very good
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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of shbobdb
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I learned how to drink beer on this beer. My German hostfather would ask me "willst du ein bier?" and how could I refuse? He drank Koestritzer, and so did I.

The beer is like Celebrator Doppelbock and a fine helles (Hofbraeu perhaps?) had a baby.

It pours a dark, rich black with faint red highlights when held up to the light.

It smells sweet and suprisingly milky with light chocolate overtones.

The taste is smooth and delicious. The rich, helles-style malt (primarily light munich) is the first thing to hit you. Then you get the faint doppelbock overtones with chocolate and, above all else, fig. The beer rounds out with a light peppering of powedered chocolate and milk.

I really like this beer. Really tastey. But it also holds a special place in my heart, so I might be a pinch biased.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had several schwarzbiers and, so far, this is my favorite. It is a very good example of this type.
It has a very black, creamy off-white head that is fairly well-retained.
The smell is of sweet, honey molassass blended with fruity hops in the background.
The taste is flavorful sweet malty flavors of toffee and caramel with hints of bitter hops in the background. It is well-balanced and simply delicious. It's flavor is quite complex, and a very good example of this type.
The mouthfeel was a bit too sweet, but clean. It was refreshing (though I don't know about the summer, but for any other time of the year, as it should be for this style).
The moderate abv and delicious taste makes this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of barrelman
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark with reddish hues.

Smell is soft and scarce. Malty.

Taste: Chocolate malt nuttiness with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, full and appropriate.

Drinkability: A decent session beer that will not surprise you or change your persective on beer.

Review is a-bit rushed to beat the girlfriend's arrival. I apologize.

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Photo of audiojon
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm admittedly not a lager fan, and have had only one other schwarzbier to date. That said, this brew was decent. It looks great, nearly opaque, and forms a nice head, but the smell and taste just aren't there for me. It smells almost like a macro to me, and the taste is fairly typical (and boring) for a lager. I gave it a shot, but probably won't be buying this again. Actually, I'd give it another try on tap, in Germany, but my next vacation isn't for quite a while anyway.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this beer in Gotha, in the center of Schwarzbier area Thuringen. I was amazed by the depth of this beer on the one hand and the drinkability on the other. It is as easy to drink as a pilsner, but with a nice smoky, roasted flavor.
Color was pitch black, with a very fine bubbly head.
Smell was smoky and roasted not very complex and a slight molasses smell.
Taste was maltbitter, liquorice with a light body. Very refreshing. It leans towards a porter kind of beer. highly drinkable and mild, a good beer that I could drink all night!

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Photo of jj21
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with quickly disappearing tan head. Malty aroma was present, but not very strong. Struggled to get any smell at all. Sweet earthy taste. Very nice and clean bitterness. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for being such a heavy style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a goblet type glass. Forgot to buy a replacement to the Kostrizer glass I broke over in Germany, sigh...

Pours an effervescent mahogany to black with a 1" tan head. Head drops slowly to nichts. No head retention, but a little lacing

Smell: Licorice & oaky notes

Taste: Toasted/charred malt, licorice, & molasess tones. Some slight woody sour notes. Finishes slighty bitter

MF: Slight syruppiness with good carbonation

Very quaffable with a lot of complexity. Not the best black bier I've had, but THE baseline IMHO for the style. Drink & enjoy (where's the schweinhaxen to go with???)

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, molasses colored beer with a spongey, thin, brown-colored head. I don't get much oder here. The taste is good but simple. Not much going on here just light and sweet caramel malt, metalic notes, and fruity hops. Light fuzzy mouthfeel. Refreshing to be sure, but I'd rather a good 'ol dark lager any day.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit this is one of my favorite styles. Honestly I have yet to run across a craft-beer Schwarzbier that I did not like. So my review is honest and I loved this beer. For the rest of you who enjoy a good Black Beer, try this, its a good one.
Here' the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours looking thick and almost black with a very thick creamy light brown 3 finger head. Magnificent lacing down the glass.

Smell: The typical black aroma of burntness. I love it. Charred malts, chocolate, caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Taste: Black charred espresso, cooked molasses toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and everything marvelous about this style of beer. A bit of campfire air. It does come back with a slightly bitter hop finish to balance the malty beginning. Very pleasant, and easy!

Mouthfeel: Light body, just right for a drinkable black beer. Very little carbonation and lip smackingly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night for months on end! Low ABV, light body sits easy in the stomach, no cloying flavors just plain easy drinking good black beer. mmm. I'm a fan!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of nathanho
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML bottle pured strongly into an unflared tulip glass. Coffee brown with lots of light tan head that settles to insignificance.

Smells strongly of plums and prunes. Malty flavor with some chalk and dust. Grainy aftertase. Soda pop lager taste and feel. Lots of straw and chalky grain.

Not bad.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A red-toned, root beer brown, almost opaque. Head is beige-ish and doesn't last.

Smell: Interesting... dark malts dominate with an earthy, almost woody aroma and a red wine/grape jelly fruitiness. There's also a peanutty edge and a hint of chocolate. Yeast is also detectable, as is a slightly metallic tinge. I'm thinking portobella mushrooms would be a good match for this one.

Taste: Vinous and musty, and really remniscent of cola, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sparkles like club soda; not as heavy as I expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, and surprisingly refreshing for a dark beer. A beer for all seasons, this one.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine looking beer- translucent brown with rusty orange highlights and a kick-ass tan head.

Aroma is more gentle than one would expect. Roast malt leads the way but ther are some black bread and raisins in there as well. Swirling brings out a breath of fresh spicy hops.

The palate is a straightforward blend of the dark bready character, roasty malt, the raisins and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is clean, quenching and more than adequate.

A fine brew that gets better with each successive glass.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Up North in Madison, WI.

Dark purple-black, chestnut hewed body with a sticky tan head. Nose is overwhelmingly made up of roasted black malts. Taste is no different. Sweetness is average for style. Little to no hops to speak of. Watery. Thin body with high level of carbonation makes this feel like a black American macro is some respects. Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great mid-sized black lager. Pours like a porter with a tan head and lots o'lacing. Smell is malty with a faint wiff of roasted malt and clean yeast. Taste and mouthfeel are in harmony here with a possible perfect feel, but if only there was a little more to the dark flavor of this blakc lager. Terrific stuff and at $2 a bottle a steal.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wonderful example of a Schwarzbier poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A thick light brown/beige head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolve slowly from the sides of the glass, likely from the bottom as well, however it is impossible to tell through the rich blackness.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier has a wonderfully clean aroma of malt, chocolate and roasted malt. Hop aromas are not noticeable.

This beer has a malty, roasty flavor with slight hints of coffee. There seems to be a relatively low degree of hop bitterness… it is difficult to pick it out from the lingering bitterness likely caused by the dark portion of the grist, which masks it.

This beer has a medium body with a noticeable, but light mouthcoat. It finishes with a moderate, but pleasant astringency and a light carbon dioxide bite.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier is an enjoyable and refreshingly light black lager with a bit of a bite. It is my personal benchmark for the style. It is truly a wonderful beer, which I would recommend for anyone to try.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark red. It is slightly brown. The head is light brown. It is very thick. It fades slowly, leaving thick laces.

This beer has a toasted malt aroma. It smells very slightly nutty. It has a slight caramel aroma also. The hop aroma is small.

This beer thasts nutty. Also, I taste some toasted malts. Caramel flavor is present. Hop flavor is minimal, but still present.

This beer is very smooth and crisp. It leaves a sweet malty aftetaste. It is carbonated well.

I think this beer would be a good session beer. Low alcohol, and a mild flavor make it easy to enjoy.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost black. With a big creamy head. Settles pretty quickly though into a light cover.

S - Some toastiness and molasses. A bit of a fresh clean scent as well.

T - Some roasted flavours and coffee, but not really a strong taste to this beer.

M - Medium overall. Thin for such a dark, rich looking beer though. Carbonation is a bit strong.

D - Very drinkable. Flavours are not as big as I expected, but there's nothing off, and it goes down quite easy.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a small off white head. The aroma has strong chocolate and coffee characteristics along with toasted pumpernickle bread. The coffee attributes from the aroma make another appearance in the flavor along with chocolate and a hint of hop flavor at the end. This is a pretty good brew, will be getting this one again.

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a sucker for dark beers. Pitch black body and a thick beige head. The wonderfully foamy crest, however, has a slightly dry and tinny aroma and, sipping only the foam itself, an equally metallic flavour. Let's take a sip and see if there is an improvement. Oh, yes! That's more like it! I can pick out, inially, raisins and coffee but the aftertaste is a bit light. Köstritzer Schwarzbier is not nearly as heavy as I was expecting. I recommend it and will drink it again, especially at the price set down by the LCBO.

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Photo of Andreji
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a beer bar along the gran via in Madrid.

The beer has a fantastic stout-like appearance at the pour, very opaque but with a big-bubbled fizzy head. like a cola, somehow.

The smell is very grainy, that dark lager sense schwarzbiers have. nothing too sweet, yet you can evidence it is charged with flavour. floral hop scent as well.

the taste is ok, I thought the smell would've matched the taste more. but it was more subtle and centered on a roast malted feel, the hops being just barely grassy at the end.

An ok beer all-in-all.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear near black, very dark brown, forming a solid tall soapy tan head with very good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is not full of dark malt as I was expecting, but instead is mostly grassy and skunky like a traditional Euro-Pils but with a slight hint of caramel in the background. The mouthfeel is stinging with carbonation and hop acids at first and is thin bodied. The taste starts with herbal and lightly skunky herbal hops, followed by an odd acidity with a touch of metals. The finish is of tobacco and dirt with some scant darkly roasted grains in the aftertaste. Dark chocolate and charcoal combine to form a mild aftertaste that seems to linger forever. Relatively easy to drink, although I wouldn't want to have many of these. Bitterness is moderate and chalky. Roasted grains contribute a distant sense of mineral smoke.

This is a decent beer but definitely not the best schwarzbier I've had. The middle kills it's enjoyability and tends to wear on the palate the more I get into the bottle.

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Photo of sweethome
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a favorite dark lager for me. I taste tonight side by side with Crystal Diplomat Dark Beer - A czech Lager.

Pours very dark brown with a big fluffy head that is tan. Provides very nice lace. The nose is lacking. Rather musty with charcoal. Smell of a dying campfire.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry and chalky. Almost grainy. Compared to the tasting companion, it falls short. I'm quite surprised. In most cases, I've had on tap. That may be the reason it's not quite as I remember.

Fairly light on the palate in midmouth. The finish is quite chalky and dry. The flavors never develop to the extent I remember from past tastes. Quite an astringency here.

It is still quite drinkable and would go well with pork and kraut.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a finger thick head. Smell slightly resembles a Porter, but more delicate. Flavors of roasted barley malts make their way to a nice smooth finish. Carbonation is sufficient and delivers the aromas quite nicely. pretty drinkable for a black beer. Certainly better than most porters and stouts out there. Overall a nice beer. worth getting again.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, what's up with the dual versions of Kostritzer? The version I have in my hand looks like the Bitburger version shown on the site and is imported by Bitburger, but it very clearly is brewed by Kostritzer Schwarzbierbraurei. Where do I review it?

This beer poured an out-of control head (aieee! Overflowing! My sweet sweet ounces of beer!) a beautiful fuzzy tan color over a damn fine looking charcoal black body. If someone put this in front of me and asked me to describe it, I'd call it, from its looks, a serious stout. Only a hazy ruby point shines through my nonic glass. Wow! Lots of sticky tan lacing! Gorgeous beer! The head receded, but continued a complete covering.

The smell carries lots of woody scents; A tinge of date and raisin hit first, followed by a woody, mossy scent that reminds me of the forest - there's a brown-sugary, honey-graham-cracker sweetness packed in there that keeps the malty smell from being overpowering. My first Schwarzbier, and I like the style.

The taste reminds me only very, very vaguely of other dark but light-bodied beers in that it carries a certain smokiness, but it's very delicate; The most distinct flavors are grainy and woody, like taking a bite of oak or mahogany. Definitely a malty beer with a thick flavor, almost no hop bitters. The woody-sweet smell and woody-smoke taste combine well, and as it warms there's an enticing brown sugar.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's what I was expecting. A bit of fizzy, quick carbonation rises and falls, washing away most of the body of the beer on swallowing. There's some taste left over, but this isn't a very thick beer at all, so there's no thick after-feel.

All in all, pretty drinkable, there's some scents and flavors here that are different from what I'm used to but are damn good in their way; I had kind of a hard time reviewing this one because it's tasty, feels good, and is easy to drink, but given a choice of various brews I wouldn't jump to grab this one first. But what sets a beer apart from another other than being tasty, good-feeling, and easy to drink? Hmm!

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Photo of masikon
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ebony with a nice thick head which receded leaving lots of lacing. Held up to the light you can notice some ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Scent was modest and staightforward, VERY subtle coffee notes, basically just hints of malt and not much else. Taste was straightforward as well with light coffee and chocolate suggestions, not overly complex but refreshing and clean despite being a dark beer. Mouthfeel was nice and silky smooth yet thin, making this very easy to drink. Overall I like this style and will try more, a bit like drinking a watered down porter but that isn't totally a bad thing.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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