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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 68 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-06-2012 19:44:43 | More by Wyatt_Smoot
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-06-2012 02:48:24 | More by kornkid8600
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3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep brown color, almost black, but has a very deep reddish hue which could be seen when held up to the light. It was served with a one finger off white head that faded relatively fast to give only a small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are light and are of a little bit of roasted malt, light chocolate and some breadiness.

Taste – There is a toasty malt flavor that is the base of the beer. In the beginning it starts out a little bit sweeter with the notes of chocolate detected in the nose present. At the start there is a lighter caramel flavor that is in the taste as well. As it advances a little nuttiness comes into the taste and bitters and dries it just a bit.

Mouthfeel – A medium to slightly above medium body with a medium level of carbonation. For only a 4.8% abv it is a bit creamier then I would have originally expected. The higher thickness well suited some of the more roasty and malty flavors and was quite well done.

Overall – Easy drinking with some good flavors. This would be a good session beer on a cooler spring or autumn day.

05-02-2012 23:18:17 | More by Darkmagus82
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-30-2012 19:14:14 | More by BobRedman
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-27-2012 02:12:44 | More by moneyfunnel
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

04-23-2012 19:39:49 | More by djrn2
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-22-2012 15:31:03 | More by rale
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

04-20-2012 01:44:55 | More by Ozurr
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 5L mini Keg to a Pint glass, (I put can as serving type)

A- Pours almost pitch black. Some light gets through the sides and produces a ruby blood red. A large tan head with good retention and lacing on the sides.

S- Lots of burnt notes, some chocolate and roasted gran. A pleasant smelling brew.

T- A rather light taste for a dark beer but its full flavored. A good mix of toasted malts and grain, Chocolate notes, and a little caramel, A light refreshing bitterness.

M- This beer is incredibly silky smooth. It has a light flavor but the beer has a smooth feel which helps make up for it. High carbonation at first from the tap but the container will last a while after its opened.

O- A good dark german lager that I enjoyed with a few friends, I definitely recommend getting one of these if you can but make sure to plan on drinking it all because it will go flat and be a waste.

04-19-2012 23:26:53 | More by TwelveOunces
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2012 21:27:38 | More by Blumstein
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2012 01:51:26 | More by mikerems
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-14-2012 07:33:28 | More by bambam2517
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-13-2012 03:32:22 | More by avisong
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2012 05:03:25 | More by macrosmatic
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

Love when a brewer totally nails a style and I must say that this is the best Schwarzbier I have had yet. The burnt malt notes are surrounded with a luscious mouthfeel that I have not found in most black beers. The beer is so well balanced that you want another as soon as finish the first.

04-06-2012 00:05:25 | More by canucklehead
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2012 17:00:42 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

04-05-2012 13:16:06 | More by sigtau200ws
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

04-03-2012 14:16:03 | More by pchalk
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-02-2012 15:02:24 | More by JackKS
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4/5  rDev +2%

03-29-2012 04:42:22 | More by WhatTheAle1973
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4/5  rDev +2%

03-29-2012 01:32:01 | More by gleemonger
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured Dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated very quickly.
Smelled Malty, hints of coffee, chocolate, and carmel.
Tasted exactly how it smelled.
Somewhat watered down, low carbonation.
Its a nice lager but I've had a Stout with a very similar taste that seemed to be a notch above.

03-27-2012 22:04:39 | More by Jonmoore89
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New York

4/5  rDev +2%

03-26-2012 19:38:17 | More by Beerchaeology
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-24-2012 03:17:51 | More by StoicBeast
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.

The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.

My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!

03-20-2012 20:55:16 | More by Demitra
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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