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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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very good

1,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,565
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small gathering of friends and offered a variety of beers, including a 5L draught can of this beauty. No one bit, so that left the whole thing for me! I finished the can over a long weekend no problem, and the vessel retained the brew’s carbonation and flavor through 4 days opened in the fridge (provided I laid a piece of duct tape across the vent opening at the top of the can after each use).

Pours nearly pitch black from draught can with a medium rocky tan head, large bubbles. Settles easily in the 0.5L mug with some nice lacing.

Aroma is of malt sweetness with some breadiness and char (not smoke). Hint of cocoa. No hops to speak of. You instantly know it is of Germanic origin.

Taste/mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some light chocolate flavors and roastiness from the malt. Mild bitterness dries things out nicely. Not heavy. In fact the low abv lends itself for quaffing many in one sitting, and is barely detectable. Flavors are retained from top to bottom, pour after pour, leaving no palate fatigue for such a dark beer.

Highly recommend trying this one in the 5L draught can, if you can find it. I have had this beer in a bottle also, and it is just as good. Something fun about the draught can though. Try it with grilled chicken wings…buffalo, bbq, or otherwise.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Ebony black color very smilar to a stout, but with a slight white head. Head was very small, despite my attempts to generate one by tilting the bottle while pouring.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet, hints of toasted grains mixed with lagery grains and hops. Nice.

-Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sour, but then fades into a familiar lagery graininess. Middle is actually a bit dry with very, very slight hints of toasted grains. Finish is long and complex and the toasted grains really come forward followed by lager sweetness and hoppiness. There is a subtle dryness here that is refreshing. Aftertaste is all smoky grains and malt with a slight hop return. Everything is balanced and restrained and elegant.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Standard lager carbonation, very refreshing.

-Overall 4.0: I have tried many Black Lagers and Koerstritzer is head and shoulders over all of them. This brew is a wonderful mix of lager elements, but with the slight addition of smoky grains and the larger barley middle of a stout or porter. This beer is balanced and never over the top. Other Black Lagers would do well to study this unique balance. Recommended.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 20 2013. It has been a seriously long time since I have had a schwarzbier, but I really liked the last (and only) one I tried - so picking this up was a bit of a no-brainer.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, with ruby red highlights under the light. Two fingers of tan-coloured head surge forth from the surface, dissipating gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, creamy cap and some lacing stuck to the sides. Very subtle aroma with slight hints of caramel, roasted malts and a vague dark fruit aspect. There's also a distinct lager yeast note. Decent aroma, but too weak to be impressive.

Though the aroma left a bit to be desired, this is some tasty, full-flavoured stuff for a 4.8% brew. Roasted, grainy dark malts are prominent, providing a flavour that is somewhere halfway between baker's chocolate and coffee grounds. There are also suggestions of prunes and perhaps dark cherries, which lead into the earthy, hoppy finish. Dry aftertaste with a bit of dark chocolate. On the light side of medium-bodied, some slight oilyness with a modest bite from the carbonation. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to warrant some savouring.

This style has always interested me - I enjoy sessionable lagers, and I'm also a fan of lighter porter/stout type beers, so the natural conclusion is that I would like schwarzbiers as well. Unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of accessible examples around here. This one has convinced me to look a bit harder for more, because they really do make for a great pint.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A minus. The Germans are, simply put, the masters of lagerdom. Though they seem to be more famous for their pilseners, weisses and bocks, they also make some damn fine 'sessionable' dark beers. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a ridiculously drinkable testament to their national expertise that no beer geek should neglect to try. I really wish this was available locally, because I'd be buying bottles by the handful.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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