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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Schwarzbier's are an intriguing brew - dark in colour but light in flavour, picking up the glass one gets a sense of a foreboding Stout or Porter only to be snapped back into Lager territory. As the saying goes "Change is as good as a holiday" and this to me aptly sums up my feelings about Schwarz's.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: The body presents a dark chocolate hue with a 1cm frothy tan head, looks good.

S: There are notes of dark coco, chicory, slight bread yeast and dark fruits. The hops are there (somewhere!) and as typical of a Lager (which is what a Schwarz basically is) there is a malt grain base underlying the whole brew.

T: The chicory hits the palate straight away, then leaves a bitterness in the middle with the dark fruits, bread yeast and grain flavours to finish. There is an off metallic taste, it's small but ever so slightly ruins the flavours a little. Aside from that the flavours are quite good and this is a refreshing beer no doubt about it.

M: Mid to light Lagery body with borderline high carbonation.

D: Good brew, only thing letting it down is the unwanted metallic taste and a hard carbonation (especially for a German beer, who usually mute the carbonation in their Lagers well). If either of these things don't irk you and you want a refreshing dark beer then this is a winner, otherwise it's merely an above average brew.

Food match: It's an odd one to match as it's neither heavy handed like other dark beers, but by the same token it isn't light in flavour as Lagers usually are. Best bet would be a cheese platter (some of the stronger flavoured cheeses as this beer is quite palate cleansing), or if you were going a main course it would pair well with heavy white-meats like duck or turkey.

Photo of JMad
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with just a sliver of brown light shining through the edges, the head was tan, a little thin, and quickly reduced to a filmy layer. The aroma is nice and roasty with some smoky flavor and a hint of coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and a slight metallic taste. The beer is light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry roasty finish. this is an awesome shwarzbier, light but full of flavor.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has some chocolate and roasted malt notes, as well as some grain. The flavor is nice, with some lightly roasted malts and cocoa notes. There is also some sweetness from the malt, as well as some grass and earth notes from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Kremlock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice thick head. Head as a slight brown colour to it (Irish cream). Head keeps and there is a good lacing on the glass as you drink. Colour is dark ruby / dark plum.

S: Hints of coffee, low plum, low liquorish (sweet liquorish or North American liquorish),none to low molasses but in a pleasant way.

T: None to low bread, pumpernickel, dark toffee, short metallic taste (very short), bitterness follows and then some roastiness.

M: Well carbonated, silky smooth in the mouth, makes you want to take an other sip. Oddly refreshing for a dark lager.

O: I've now had this beer about 6 times and every time I do I enjoy it more. It's is very well balance for a dark lager, everything is smooth.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of T100Mark
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Almost black (dark amber around the edge of the glass). One finger head that dissipates quickly. Slight lacing on the inside of the glass. A Nice looking beer.

Smell - Black liquorice.

Taste - Again, black liquorice. Toast. Slightly sweet. Slightly bitter.

Mouth - Light. Pleasant.

Overall - A very nice lager. Sweet yet balanced. Very drinkable (don't be intimidated by the color).

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of horshack7
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark nice and opaque. On top is a beige head only finger thick.

Aroma: Lots of roasted dark malts with notes of dark fruits. Pumpernickel, faint plum, black licorice in the tail end.

Taste: A crisp mouthfeel to start. Dark fruits, plum, black licorice, malts and hops are roasted rather dark. Rye, light spice, light notes of grape and a dry but crisp finish.

Notes: Dam tasty such a remarkable and traditional German style a very find and I will pick this one up again. Cheers.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown beer with garnet highlights and excellent clarity. The rocky light tan head doesn't persist but never goes away entirely and settles to a thin ring after a minute.

S: A light malt and very light hop aroma otherwise pretty clean with no DMS, no fruity esters and no diacetyl.

T: A light roast malt flavor ahead of a balanced malt sweetness and hop bitterness. No discernible hop flavor. The finish is dry with a light roast flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Moderately-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. There is a little creaminess as well.

O: This beer is dry, crisp and refreshing like a pilsner with the hop flavor traded for a dry roast flavor and a touch more malt.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.