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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,442
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | 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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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer i black (ganz Schwarz!) a tan head, good lacing but rather small curtains.

The smell is both fruity and meaty. Raisins, burnt bread and sausages.

The taste starts with burned bread crust, dates, milk chocolate.

Medium carbonation, a fresh texture, light body, and nice smooth finish.

A fresh and nice black beer!

rarbring, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Brewsed, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of wgoodej1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

wgoodej1, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +2%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of morebeergood
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the new Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston. Served in a 0.4l Radeberger mug. Light black color, with a wonderful looking head that did not fade. Smell had hints of cocoa powder and tobacco. I liked the flavors very much. Many notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The mouthfeel was deceptively good. It was rich and creamy at first, but the more you drank, it got smoother and smoother. A very easy beer to drink. Tons of flavor, and at under 5% abv, it's a beer that you can enjoy for a session. Great beer, and a bonus at $6 for the large mug. Need to find this on tap more often.

morebeergood, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

Murrhey, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of hiku7
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sweet pils malt; almost like black bread. Light roastiness and slight chocolate aroma, otherwise neutral. No hop aroma. Clean yeast.

Pours deep dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Quickly dissipating light tan head.

Flavor is light roast, complex layered caramel maltiness, but little or no aftertaste. No real hop flavor, slight hop bitterness.

Light-medium body, with a bit of viscosity early, with a smooth dry finish. Low carbonation.

True to style, easy drinking, lightly roasty black lager. Not terribly interesting, no lingering flavors. My first foray in reviewing the style.

hiku7, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

HumanParaquat, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of atomicbeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Bierbrunnen Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mild earthy hop. Unexpected sweet and sour grass and earth hop taste backed by roasty malt. Went well with Wiener schnitzel and potato salad. Could session this one in the biergarten...

atomicbeer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of sludgy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

sludgy, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, near black color. Head is one finger and tan and lasts pretty well with some lacing sticking to the glass.
S- The aroma is quite mild with some darker malts and some earthyness and coffee.
T- Fairly mild up front with some dark bread and a hint of smokeyness. The finish has just a bit of ground coffee.
M- light-medium in the body. Carbonation is light. It's very smooth and easy drinking.
O- This is a tasty schwarz and a beer that would be good for an evening of beer drinking.

jsprain1, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some dark fruits (especially grapes). Taste is of dark malt, grape-like fruits, and some mild roast flavors. A fleeting shot of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier that is easy drinking.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

stevoj, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of scott451
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle BB 12.08.12. Poured into a glass mug. One finger tan head on a very dark (almost black) ruby. Moderate lacing. The head soon diminished to a thin layer which stuck around.

Mild malty smells. A very smooth taste. Very mild caramel. More complexity in the middle. Minimal hop in the finish. Pretty dry. Basically the malt profile carries it.

Medium light body with a fairly light carbonation. Overall a top shelf dark beer. Smooth and balanced, complex but well melded flavours. Unusually low ABV for such a big flavoured beer makes this eminently Sessionable.

scott451, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of spacemanvt
4/5  rDev +2%

spacemanvt, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of attometer00
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

attometer00, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jhillwastaken
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

jhillwastaken, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of mattgoldey
4/5  rDev +2%

mattgoldey, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of doctorknockers
5/5  rDev +27.6%

doctorknockers, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +2%

ThinkAgain, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of dunit697
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bier was fine, I can recognize it as dark and good, but I feel like there is better out there, I felt this one was lacking something personally. The timbre could have been more unique. I also think a bit more OH- could have made this bier taste better.

dunit697, Jan 17, 2012
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.