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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,442 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

.33L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours cola black with ruby highlights diffused through the light. Fluffy 3-finger tan head receeds to a thin ring. Thick lacing throughout.

S: Sweet, toasted malt. Faint hops. Dark chocolate, mild coffee.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Toasted sweet malt accompanied by earthy hop tones. Coffee and light caramel. Slightly oily. Dry finish, nicely hopped aftertaste which lingers.

D: This is a really approachable example of the style. The taste is just complex enough to keep the drinker interested and just smooth enough to go down quickly.

sunrisesolara, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a little light tan head. It smelled like light roasted barley with faint lemon hops and chocolate and smoke. It tasted like copper hops and burnt barley, with some bready yeast and lemon and a bit of dark chocolate. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this wasn't very clean or tasty, with a weak scent and mediocre body. That all adds up to a disappointing beer that I wouldn't recommend unless you're desperate to try another schwarzbier.

Pencible, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black color, with some red/brown reflection throught, 1 finger head, laces

Smell: torrefication, caramel,malt

Taste: light burned malt, very smooth, not aggressive at all, nice malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin , low carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, this brew is black but clear and thin like a blond

Otterburn, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black, nearly opaque, with a big bubbly tan head. A lot of the head dissipates, but patches of it stick around, enough to leave pretty good lacing.

S: Light and kind of woody, primarily malty sweetness.

T: Also fairly light, but nicely balanced. Some roasted malt flavor, but not too sweet. Dry to finish.

M: Light to medium carbonation, medium body, a little chewy.

D: Quite nice to drink - reasonable ABV, tasty enough with no overbearing flavors.

seand, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Black, near opaque, with brown and reddish highlights when held to the light. The head is light brown and big, but fades to nothing after 5 minutes or so. Some nice lacing there too.

Smell: Slightly roasty and a little malty. A hint of sourness and a tiny bit of sulfur. Can definitely tell this is a lager.

Taste: Surprisingly flavorful. Again, roasty and slightly charcoaly, but with sweet maltiness, and some earthy hops. Finishes almost totally clean.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Refreshing actually.

Drinkability: Tasty, light, very drinkable, and good with food.

rapidsequence, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a half-liter at Resi's Bierstube the other night.

Deep caramel/chocolate hues with little to no visible carbonation. Flavors were nice and toasty, not quite bitter and roasty, but silky and delicious. Caramel, maybe some apple notes and something akin to smelling milk chocolate (but not tasting it). Clean finish and very drinkable.

Although I'm rating this a C+, I do think it's a tasty beer. It's above average and drinkable, but not stellar. Trying to be realistic with my ratings. I would recommend trying this beer, but don't feel the need to ever seek it out again.

SFLpunk, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola like color with a thick 2 to 3 finger head which is off white in color and sticks around. Nice lacing is also present. The aroma is a little weak, sweet roasted malt and a hint of caramel notes. The taste is of roasted sweet malt, yeast, a little dark fruit and also a little chocolate. The mouthfeel is light and a little dry. The drinkability is very high, the beer is very very smooth and easily goes down. The taste is complex enough to keep you interested and there is nothing to dislike about this beer.

goblue3509, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of drizzam
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before date of 9/23/10 on the back label. The body of this brew is a clear dark in color topped by a yummy looking tan 3 finger head (OK, I poured it rather vigorously). Excellent head retention and some spotty sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma with hints of buttery diacetyl on the back end. Not overly aromatic.

T & M - The taste certainly outperforms the aroma. The main character in the brew is a roasted malt flavor accented by hints of caramel and maybe a touch of dark fruit (though very slight). It finishes with a slight hop bitterness to balance things out. Very dry and clean after the swallow.

D - If it weren't for the high cost (it is a German import) this would be a session brew that I would buy by the 6 pack. For the low ABV, this is one brew that does not disappoint in terms of flavor. An excellent example of the style!

drizzam, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Frosty80
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: pours dark brown. sits very dark brown, almost black.

Smell: very full but very clean malt profile. rich melanoidins with just a hint of very light roast and caramel. low, spicy noble hop aroma. there is an impression of dark fruit

Taste: flavor is dominated by Munich malt melanoidins followed by a light roast component which isnt burnt or coffee-like. hop flavor and bitterness is low. finish is somewhat dry with a lingering, light, balanced Munich and roasted malt presence with a little more bitterness shining through

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body with medium carbonation

Notes: very smooth, light yet flavorful lager

Frosty80, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a czechvar glass.

Pours a dark cola with no light leaking through. Mocha colored head is one fingered and has decent staying power.

Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate and dusty lager yeast. Burnt toast and coffee.

Flavor follows aroma. Dark bitter roasted malt, dusty lager yeast and darker undertones. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Finishes dry, with no sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, like a lager. The mouthfeel is confusing given the amount of flavor in this beer.

Drinkability is tops. This is a light, thin bodied beer with a ton of flavor.

wheatyweiss, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown with a tinge of coppery, ruby color when held to light. Produced an off white pillow of head, about 2fingers thick, with very good retention. Lacing was spotty but very good as well.

S - What I got was very very mild, faint grass upfront with soft roasted malt notes, but more grainy smelling. Hints of a buttery/nut thing going on but that was about all I could pull out.

T - Soft & clean flavors here expected by what the smell put out. Clean grass & nut upfront, touch of buttery flavor fading into finishing flavors, soft roasted malts & subtle toffee. A touch of bitterness from malts & hops are present but very subdued, balancing though.

M - Very very smooth & moderately crisp, around lite bodied. Refreshing feel, I thought it complimented the flavor profile perfectly.

D - This was an extremely quafable brew! I could sit around all evening drinking a 6pack of this beer, I have to say this my first Schwarzbier, so I really don't have a true feel for the style yet, but I really did enjoy this one. I definitely recommend it, I could see myself buying this one again in the future sometime, maybe not worth seeking out in my opinion though.

PintOHops, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, pilsener, "Best before: 13.10.10" in the bottom right of the back label.

Very active deep nutty red beer with excellent clarity and a poofy cola head. About two inches became a half in a minute. The lacing is made up of thin bubbles and has clumps with spidery arms.

Super clean lager yeast smell surrounded by some faint bitter chocolate, nutty graininess, toffee, and metallic hop aroma.

Biting carbonation makes discerning many flavors difficult. Tidy, cracker like lager yeast, dark pumpernickel, and moderate hop bitterness. The chocolate from the aroma seems to have become more coffee like roastiness. The finish is dry in a satisfying way. I'm missing any herbal or spicy hops.

The carbonation is at a very high level and I believe that is appropriate. In the mouth it would feel caramel-like were it not for the bubbles. Lagers are the only beer I can really abide such bubbliness in and this is one refreshing product.

For me a black lager such as this would definitely make a great pick-me-up during the summer or after physical labor rather than a macro.

brewerburgundy, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with red tints throughout, and one finger of soapy beige head, which renders thin bands of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of mildly sweet fruity malt, and very faint earthy hops. The taste is light roasted malt, some mild indeterminate fruitiness, and more pronounced earthy hops. The carbonation on the low side, the body medium weight, smooth, and tad creamy, and it finishes with a soft, sweet roasted maltiness.

A good lighter bodied dark beer, which retains the roundness of flavour the appearance suggests.

biboergosum, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of mintjellie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A black lager that shows faint traces of garnet under light. A massive tan head leaves very little lace behind but lasts a long time. It has a clean aroma, slightly sweet and malty with grassy hops and a hint of coffee. The flavour is somewhat malty, giving a very vague suggestion of pumpernickel bread. There's also some coffee flavour, but with only a little of the roasted bitterness found in a stout or porter. It's noble hop character will seem very familiar to any drinker of pilseners and other pale lagers. Light and effervescent, this black beer from Germany will restore you in the dead of winter and refresh on the warmest and brightest of summer days.

mintjellie, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Decent head that does not stay around for long. It ends up nice on the sides though thin across the top. It looks black with a brown hue at the very bottom. When held to the light it, mahogany hues take over.

S: Roasted malt, slight smoke and coffee.

T: Sweet malt, a little coffee, the smoke is not present in the taste.

M: Medium-bodies, with a cream at the finish.

D: It is not as heavy as other darker beers and its alcohol is not as strong.

Overall: Great beer, though its smell is not very strong, its taste is great. It is not that heavier, yet, it delivers that sweet malt and a bit of coffee like stouts or ports, but, without the heavy-body or strong finish. Yet, there is still flavor.

ianjsullivan, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Essen Haus last night on-tap.

This "black" bier lives up to its name. Pours just shy of pitch black with some dark garnet hues poking their way through on the edges. A nice khaki colored head adorns the top.

The smell is quite malty, earthy, a little bitter at the end.

It tastes wonderful, with dark smoky malt dominating the scene. It's not completely one dimensional, with a touch of hop bitterness there to keep it all level. It has a rather dry finish that just almost forces you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel was nice and full, and overall this beer was extremely drinkable -- between the surprisingly low ABV, the great taste and the smoothness.

AmberMan22, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thick 1" rocky tan head, which was well-retained throughout the drink, and gave way to decent lacing. The body was a clear (filtered) super-dark garnet color with backlit ruby hues at the edges of the glass.

S- Caramel and roasted malts dominate the nose with no detectable hop aroma... like a sweet dark mild. An nice nose for a 4.8% ABV brew.

T- As anticipated, chocolate and caramel malt flavors dominate the palate. Tastes very much like a good restorative after a hard days' labor. Some very faint hop bitterness emerges midway, but disappears in the finish.

M- A nice firm body... particularly big for a low alcohol beer like this. Impressive. The carbonation is only moderately soft... a bit spritzy, but unoffensive.

D- A wonderful session beer. Goes down very very smooth. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the drinkability department is the slightly bloating nature of the carbonation.

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle best by 10/10.

Have seen this beer on draft at several fine German establishments, but have never tried it. Will admit that part of my hesitation has stemmed from the relatively low abv and high price--seeming juxtapositions--as well as my lack of familiarity with the style. Gave it a shot today, though.

Kostriker Schwarzbier pours a dark color--black really--with a full and retentive tan head.

Smell is dominated by deep malt with hints of biscuit. Buttery diacytl is also noted.

Taste is pretty heavy on the malt with caramel, bread and roasted flavors along for the ride. There is also a bit of charcoal-like harshness at the back of the swallow to go along with a slight hop bitterness.

Pretty high level of carbonation here with a full flavor and a bit of bite.

Overall this is a nice, pleasant, tasty beer. Low abv combined with its high flavor profile makes it quite sessionable as well.

macpapi, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a smooth black color with good carbonaton and a dirty white head. Nose is grains, caramel, and roasted malts. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, low ABV keeps it very drinkable and can't belive the alcohol is low for such full flavor. .

barleywinefiend, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the last can on the shelf at the LCBO. Since this style is so rare around here, I had to pick it up.

Pours a very deep chestnut brown, almost black in colour with 2 fingers of creamy and thick beige head that leaves sticky and stringy patches of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, dry nutty character, grain, caramel, and light citrus in the nose, all of which is quite subtle.

Roasted malts, and caramel are fused with notes of grain and yeast with the dry, nutty character coming in the end.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and well balanced with a quick sting of carbonation coming in towards the end. An easy drinker.

Overall, a solid beer. I don't think this will ever be my favourite style of beer, but considering its light body and low ABV, this stuff has a lot of flavour.

ludachris, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with a nice, foamy head. It retains this to a degree throughout. Dark in color, as you might expect. Very mild roasted scent.

Smooth and remarkably clean, crisp taste. Not unusual for a German beer such as this one. Nothing elaborate or "extreme" here. Drinkable and pleasant.

Nutleybeer, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice. First sampling of the style

Appearance: Dark, deep and very beautiful. So much head for what I was expecting. A quickly melting frothy brownish head that lingers on the surface and leaves thick lacing. Opaque unless held up to the light, after which a reddish colour can be seen.

Smell: Absolutely amazing smell. Like a dark oktoberfest lager mixed with a belgian blonde or a strong dark ale. Very unique fusion of what I'd expect from both styles. Has a bit of a belgian dark ale yeast flavour in addition to a slight hoppiness and a strong maltiness. Fruity, like blackberry, and with other dark berries.

Taste: Very dark with a strong lager character. Somewhat bitter with roasted flavours instead of the hoppiness that lagers usually have. Very balanced between its different elements which makes for a fantastic experience. Malty with a little hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very refreshing. Very pleasant amount of carbonation with a creamy head. No trace of the alcohol. Smooth and clear. Nothing much negative could be said about the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh god. I could have so many of these. This is the type of beer I dream of drinking casually. Furthermore its only 4.8% abv. This beer is chil, relaxed, refreshing, easy to drink and yet still full of flavour and complexity. I'm giving this a perfect 5 because this is the first beer that I feel combines great taste/smell and complexity with low abv and an easy to drink character. Everything is in correct proportion and its a delightful experience.

Whiteweasel, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Near jet black with a rich tan head and sticky icebergs of lacing.

S – Very mild German maltiness, perhaps light caramel, roasted coffee and a clean bitter noble hop.

T – Perhaps compares to something like Thai iced coffee in the roastiness and smokiness department, at any rate just delicious and creamy and refreshing.

M – Light and creamy and extra refreshing; the mouthfeel is a microcosm of the taste.

D – Thirst-quenching and poundable.

ktrillionaire, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, almost black, but still somewhat translucent. Served with just a surface coating of head. no lacing.

S: Not very aromatic. Muted. Roasted malts and coffee.

T: A biting malt on the front end with aggressive carbonation and a short finish. Roasted malts.

M: Medium in body. Heavier carbonation.

D: Good. A slightly better than average schwarzbier.

Florida9, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of SargeC
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep black-brown brew with a dense, cream colored head.

Smell: Smoky malt, minerals, hints of a metallic scent, chestnut.

Taste: Smoky malt, slight hint of citrus. Dry mineral crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very smooth with a slight acidity. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty schwarzbier, easily sessionable and very satisfying.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.