Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,539 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
Gots: 98 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Deep brown color almost black. Nice thick frothy head.

Very malty in the aroma. Deep caramel, molasses, hint of roasted malts.

Very deep maltiness up front. Brown bread, burnt caramel, bitter dark chocolate, touch of crisp hops. Very smooth and complex.
Dry and roasty finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

We crack the top and pour a root beer colored brew. It lightens up around the edges with light. It holds a one finger tan head showing okay retention. There are patterns and crypts of lacing left around the glass, and a fat aggregate of bubbles atop the center of the liquid. Carbonation appears lower, and no sediment or haze is noted. The nose shows malts of the deepest caramel, with a slight roast and char. They also give some chalky flour dryness as well. There is a thick sheet of tin and metals, and with warmth a buttered kettle corn comes through, warming the nose and adding spice. Our first impression is that it is not as sweet as we expected. As we sip, the flavoring opens with a sour malty bitterness and a deeply charred grit. There is an adjuncty, floury quality that pulls us to the middle, where the roast and char continue, along with a sweeter but more drying sugariness. Further souring lactics mark the finish, with more bitterness of grain, sweetened honey, and soft heavy creamer. The aftertaste breathes of that chalky grain, caramel, lactics, char, and a soft floral note. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is the same. The mouth is left wet, but with a dry astringent streak. There is decent slurp and froth to each sip, but it feels on the thin side at times. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the drinkability. There is a nice balance throughout that you don’t feel like you ever get sick of it, or that any one flavor becomes overpowering. The flavoring was rather simple however, and petered out a bit by the end, but there was a recognizable robustness that made this a nice beer. This would go best with a meal of sauerkraut and smoked sausage, rather than as a standalone beer.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle dated 7 Nov. 2012 -- purchased in Bavaria and consumed a few days later in Innsbruck in a wine glass.

Pours a near black mahogany, clear, with a sudsy tan head. The head has rather weak retention but leaves nice lacing.

S&T: excellent sweet/bitter balance; nice dark roasted malt flavor without any burnt qualities. Hops are a little more evident in the aroma than the taste. Fine aftertaste featuring dark roasted malt.

O: no flaws to speak of, and nicely smooth and balanced, but the nose and flavor could be a little bit stronger.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. 1 finger of creram colored head. Average lacing.

S - Brown bread crust, nutty yeast, hints of oxidation,

T - Follows the nose with brown bread, tangy yeast, some wheat cracker flavors and a good amount of grassy hops provide a chalky bitterness. Finishes with toasted malts and a grassy bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

A nice bready lager with some earthy characteristics and a nice grassy hops.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.