Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

781 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 781
Hads: 1,661
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 89
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven't had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don't toally grab me. (253 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium head with good lace. This is as black as a stout. Somewhat malty nose. Not that much to say about the nose. Taste is a little chocolate bitter with malt and caramel more prominent. Hops finish this up. A little bitter. Dark chocolate aftertaste. Overall, a tasty dark beer. Very clean and fresh tasting. (323 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can - Pourred a black brew with a nice foamy head with good retention. Sweet beginning with roastiness and dry finish. I found some similarities with some english stout. Overall, a very decent brew from a style that is more or less known in North America. Will be looking for other product from this brewery (307 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Black Beer" isn't just a clever name. It is not opaque, as a stout, but it still appears at least very dark brown in the glass (a Hacker-Pschorr pilsner glass), with a light brown head. Smells grainy and toasted, and almost a little alcohol flavor. Tastes of citrus and coffee with a little hops finish. Pretty good beer, this is my first schwarzbier, that I know of. I'd definitely try more of this style again. (413 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coca Cola brown almost black, rich head with cascading liquid falling between ascending bubbles. Beautiful.
Smell: pumpernickel bread, molasses, anise, cloves, sweet smelling
Taste: malty, bready, little hop, not as sweet as the smell, no bitterness, very full flavored but finishes clean without cloying sweetness or smoke, great finish, full flavored beer with little aftertaste
Mouthfeel: much more "refreshing" than one might think, high carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel, not chewy or heavy like a stout
Comment: great brew, unique in many ways, highly recommended (590 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours very dark, but is actually a blackish-red translucent when held up to light. A one-finger smooth, tan head shrinks down to a bare covering.

Aroma - very faint malt sweetness. I don't know if my nose if off-duty tonight or what, but I'm picking up next to nothing here. Some light roasted malts and coffee bean smells manage to work through, but weakly at best.

Taste - highly malted and highly carbonated. The malt component is fairly average but tasty. The bubbles burn away the malts and replace them with a sourish soda water taste. As that subsides, a mellow roasty aftertaste shows up and ends things nicely.

Mouthfeel - fairly thin given what you might expect from the color, but that's par for the style. Very bubbly, maybe a bit less would loosen up the soda water sourness. Pretty crisp for a dark beer, but again, right on for the lager style.

Drinkability - it's a reasonably good beer, one to be aware of if you see it on tap somewhere that maybe has little else in the way of selection. Easy enough to drink all night if circumstances arrange themselves as such, but not one I'd necessarily seek out. (1,144 characters)

Photo of dpend
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a fluffy head that clings to the glass.A mildly sweet malty aroma, with a trace of roasted coffee beans. Taste if very mild with smooth malts and grains. Hops slightly present in the background. Overall feel is thin and non-obtrusive with a slighlty wet finish. One of the better schwarzbiers (316 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable. (415 characters)

Photo of jlervine
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deceptively dark black color. Hold it to the light, and you can see right through it. Wonderful coffee and ruby hues, fantastic light brown head that takes a long time to settle. Smell is crisp, perhaps a hint of Saaz hops. Toasted and roasted malts are very distant in the background. The taste is very smooth. Bready malt character is supplanted by a very light hop bite, and then a faint hint of roasted malt in the finish. Hints of chocolate, perhaps a bit of nuttiness? Mouthfeel is light and balanced, carbonation is very prickly on the tip of the tongue. Drinkability is very good, but I really wish it had a bit more toasted malt character to it. Fantastic session beer, and a good example of one of my favorite styles. (735 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this style, especially in late Fall here in Chicago. It just seems so appropriate. This brew pours near black with amber and ruby highlites. Fairly generous initial, cocoa colored head-marginal lace. Nice medium roast malt-not too much mind you. Just right for the season. Very much like an infant doppelbock with mild chocolate, raisin and some nuttiness evident. A little too carbonated for my taste though. Finishes with cleansing bitter. Respect need be given to those who stock these and keep the sty;e alive. (521 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Köstritzer Schwarzbier

This beer was a pleasant change of pace from my recent belgian binge. Pours almost black with a very active off-white head that fills the glass. Aroma is a non-specific sweetness and is very subtle. Pretty light-bodied for a good dark beer and this adds to its drinkability. Taste is sweet with some grains and definite roasted notes. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp lager finish, and unlike some other lighter lagers, this one is pretty good at warmer temperatures. I'll be buying this one again. (539 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big rocky head, black yet very clear. The aroma that is present is malt, and some chocolate notes. The flavor is slightly sour malt and chocolate that fades into a dry aftertaste of licorice that really stays with you. The body is thin and that licorice flavor in the aftertaste leads to a lower drinkability. (309 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
Appearance: nearly black in color, though transparent in spots, and reddish brown at bottom, with a fat, fuzzy, creamy tan head.
Aroma: soft, sweet, cocoa-y, hints of gentle spices, nutty, earthy, with further notes of espresso & chocolate.
Taste: thick malt dominates the profile here, with a soft texture, after some initial play on the palate. Very creamy, nice taste.
But alas, the good bits don't last terribly long. It thins out, becomes tinny, metallic, feels altogether too light.
A very nice schwarzbier, very smooth mellow, but I've had better. Or more to the point, "bigger." Good for what it is, though. (740 characters)

Photo of grynder33
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark, head lasted a little longer than most beers this color, aroma was chocolately but thin,first taste was licorice and mochabut also very thin, little bit of chocolate comes in the middle, to spritzy of a tongue feel, and just not a bold enough taste, more of a thirst quencher. (293 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks. (873 characters)

Photo of leeenglewood
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black with a thick head that whittles down into a nice creamy lace that laces the glass. Smells slightly sweet with a grainy bread overtone. Taste is rich and somewhat chocolaty with a pleasing sweetness that is not out of balance. Somewhat dry finish. Mouthful is rich and creamy and makes this beer extremely drinkable given its rather low abv. (359 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first schwarzbier. Schwarzbier I guess - it was a pitch black colour with a tan head and lace that clung all the way to the end. Nose of malt with the slight hint of coffee. Not too over powering, but very tasty. A little thin in the mouthfeel. I expected more really. A good aftertaste of roasted hops and even malt. I could have stood a slightly stronger taste but this was a good beer. I'd have another. (409 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nearly black with a creamy tan head. The aroma dominantly roasted malt. Chocolate and coffee flavors are present throughout the beer. Quite dry, and at times a little chalky, but still very drinkable. The overall feel of the beer is roast malt, and the dry finish makes it pleasantly drinkable. Moderate carbonation and very soft mouthfeel. Delicious. (368 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky tan head subsides moderately then sits atop a deep dark brew with a hint of garnet when light is shown through. Rich chocolatey malt aroma melds with a bread crust dry malt aroma to give this brew a rich scent. The taste is exceptional as this beer is light in body yet manages to deliver a depth of flavor that provides a wonderful contrast. Rich dark carmel malt flavors blend with chocolate and a slight bit of spicy hops. This is my first schwarzbier and after trying this i would definetly like to try others of this style as this one was very smooth and flavorful. (576 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but translucent, almost black but not quite, chestnut brown color, with red hues reflecting light. Thin, persistent brown head. Strong lager smell, with notes of a dark fruit (figs?) and bitter chocolate, both of which are lightly reflected in the taste as well. Very drinkable, and an excellent change of pace from my normal consumption patterns.

I first enjoyed this beer on tap in Eisenach, close to Bad Kostritz in Thuringia, and I never thought I'd see it after leaving that small East German town. I was thrilled to find it, and immediately bought two six packs. (576 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Schwarz as night with a lively head.

Smell – Burnt bread dough provides the unique signature of this aroma. There’s a deep molasses scent in here as well.

Taste – This is a well-balanced bier. The extra-dry flavors mix well with the molasses sweetness and a slight tarty tang.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was a good schwarzbier that went down well. (417 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a very dark brown/black with a white head. The smell was of roasted malt. The roasted malt dominated the taste, even more so than a stout, and the beer had a very heavy, bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, this is a beer I could drink plenty of!

Quite an enjoyable treat, one I'd been looking forward to trying for a while, and I'm glad I did. There's a case at the local distributor, and if I had the room in the DBF than I would probably buy it! (517 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a good looking black with dome dark magenta hues showing on the sides of the glass. A bubbly off white head. Decent lacing. The scents are mild creamy coffee. Some toasted bread and nuts. Clean scents but a bit on the weak side.

The flavors start with a heavily toasted dark bread flavor. Malty toffee and creamy coffee find their way through. There is a simple but slight floral hop bite. Unfortunately there is a mild sour aftertaste. It is unpleasant but it retreats quickly and it would not keep me from ordering this beer again.

It is medium bodied and has a clean carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is quite smooth, it has a nice dry quality and is an easy beer to drink more than one in a session. Overall, a well made and very enjoyable beer. (776 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black as coal colour with a single finger tan crown that quickly disapated leaving a very tiny center lace and glass ring. Carbonation is subtle.
The body is full and the aroma has a fragrant flowery odour initially but do not hesitate or you will miss it.
The taste starts with a slight bitterness and finishes the same, also
a nut like presence.
Very nice. (371 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a style I don't get enough of. The beer arrived looking as black as can be with a barely noticeble caramel colored head. To me this is a very drinkable lager, with nice roasted malts that are not overpowering. The aroma was mellow, sporting some roasted malt with some sweetness. The malt gently lingered and disappeared rather quickly. Overall a pleasantly good beer that satisfies the need for a flavorful beer that doesn't fill you up. (446 characters)

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