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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,564 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of skypup
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Getranketmarkt, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
.5L Bottle served in a Pint Glass

A – Solid dark with a minimal head and intermediate lacing.

S – slightly miltiness and a hint of sweetness.

T - Roasted malts, touch of coffee, chocolate and a slight bitter aftertaste on the tongue

M – Mild carbonation with a medium body. Creamy yet clean.

D – Very good standard for the style. This is the first schwarzbier I’ve tried and still my favorite.

Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very beautiful looking beer. The head is absolutely amazing, with perfect color and form. It laces like cream on the glass. The color is a very dark brown or black, depending on how much light is on it.

S: This has a mellow caramel scent, with some hints of roasted grains and some slight notes of coffee. It's not a very powerful, complete smell though.

T: It's well balanced on the actual flavors, with a coffe-like flavor to it, and some sweetness like dark chocolate. It has a very light bitterness from the grains, but I get nothing from the hops. The overall impression of the flavor is that it is a bit weak, but because every flavor sits equally in balance, it is average.

M: These types of beers aren't always full-bodied, but I still feel that it is a bit too light. The carbonation is very good, which wins it points, and it coats very well.

O: Overall, this beer is a bit weak for my tastes. Not accounting for personal taste though, it is a pretty good Schwarzbier. In Germany you'll find a much richer beer because the flavors tend to stand out a bit more. I feel that when it is fresh, the body is a little more pronounced, and that could be why this one seemed a little weak.

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown, light tan head. Nose has light smoke, which is ideal for swarzbiers for me. No need for smoke bombs to appeal to the new generation of beer enthusiasts. Nice balance on the palate with some light roast, malt, light hops, and very drinkable. Incredibly refreshing. Can't wait to experiment with food pairings.

Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly sweet with a great warm taste of dark caramel. A nice brownish black with fine off-white head. Decent carbonation. Tang of hops with a nice touch of bitterness, more that some other Schwarzbiers. A very modest biergarten kind of brew, but an excellent example of the style. Just the thing for meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Enjoyed at the Kasierhof restaurant in OB, San Diego, which BTW has a good selection of draft German beers.

Photo of ElGeordie
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large porcelain stein.
Very creamy head that lasted almost until the bottom of the stein - so creamy in fact that I couldn't even see it was a dark beer until I'd almost finsihed it!
Slightly sweet with some hints of liquorice in the malts
Very easy drinking and tasty. Not your typical german beer.

Photo of ChanChan
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a standard english beer mug
Appearance: coca-cola red with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal head. The lacing is ok in this beer.

Aroma: Burnt malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied well carbonated
Taste: Fresh malty with caramel notes.

Overall: This beer was a treat to drink, it did not taste like its aroma. In appearance and aroma this is very close to a standard milk stout or porter. The taste is refreshing with a lot of carbonation. Yes it tastes like a lager, a good one! This would be a good alternative to a standard session beer!

Photo of kilustration
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color, tan head.

Roasted chocolatey nutty yeasty & slightly sweet.

Smooth and creamy, not over powering. Low level carbonation easy going down. Light for a dark beer.

Delicious, not a "pounding" beer. Would no doubt like to have again.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.69/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a translucent shade of heavy brown and settles opaque with a tan head and tight bubbles; it looks a lot like a stout.

S: Smell is of roasted malts and some dark plums, maybe even a bit smoky, but not a whole lot else.

T/M: Tastes slightly bitter up front with a medium amount of carbonation, dark malts and very light hoppiness. In the end, it's actually quite bland.

I had hoped for something much more full flavored, but this isn't bad. It's definitely not "bitter, gross crap." It has to have a flavor before it can taste bad.

Photo of HerculesRM
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a delicious, smooth black lager with a medium tan head. The hops are light and the predominant flavor is that of the toasted malts. As with many deutsche beers, it's a clean, no nonsense example of the type of beer it says it is.

My friend Jana at work saw me looking at brewing stuff on line last year, and it got us talking about some great beers we'd tried recently. She told me about this black lager (Kostritzer Schwartbier) from a German Brewery, Kostritzer, that her husband brings home from Germany when he travels over there, and a few days later she brought me a bottle! I was touched that she would share it with me, even more so after I tried it. It's a delicious, smooth black lager with a medium tan head. The hops are light and the predominant flavor is that of the toasted malts. As with many deutsche beers, it's a clean, no nonsense example of the type of beer it says it is.
Now, I don't speak (or read) German, but I'm pretty sure the label says the brewery (brauerei) was established (seit) in 1543 (1543). That means they've been making beer for almost 4000 years. I don't do math in German either.
A little over a month ago I got a message from Jana saying her husband had come back from Germany, this time with a CASE of Kostritzer for me! Once again blown away by Jana's thoughtfulness, I've had enough to share with friends and family who all agree that this old school brewery knows what they're doing. Their 4 millennia of practice has certainly payed off.

Photo of chocosushi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a beer trade with my manager.
Bestbydate is 09/12/2010. Hoping it won't affect much.
12oz->Spaten Octoberfest Glass (Rastal)
A ~ Pours the color of dark chocolate with a crimson hue next to the light. A hilly, light-tan head that fades into a thin layer that lasts. Semi opaque. Looks great.

S ~ Clean malty aromas, crackers, potting soil. A wisp of European hops.

T ~ Nose follows through with the lovely Roasted malts...notes of dark bread, weak black coffee, & leafy hops with a touch of bark. Simple is good.

M ~ Medium carbonation with a slightly creamy feel. A finish that is crisp & earthy.

D ~ Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles & this one did not disappoint. Pleased to try one of the oldest in the style.
Great beer. Try if you love Black Lager.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at frankford hall in philly

Pours a blacked out color with a tanned head resting on top. Fades out fairly quick with a nice layering of film and patchy lacing on the mug.

Roasted malts and faint hops in the nose, some touches of bread and chocolate with soft sweetness.

Very roasty up front, nice malt presence right off the bat. Touches of chocolate and faint nuttiness. Bready malted notes with very faint sweetness. Smooth and well integrated flavor, but not especially aggressive. Finishes creamy and soft.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, smooth and easy on the tongue. I've had this a few times before at German beer bars and continue to go back for more. While not explosive on the palate, this is an easy drinker for a darker beer, especially during the summer months.

Photo of Kijimuna
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not going to go into the chocolate, burnt, cherries, kittens and butterflies stuff. Drinking this is fun and it tastes good. It goes down smooth, isn't overly effervescent and I love the aftertaste. It would taste good after mowing the lawn or shoveling snow off the driveway. Say it out loud ... Schwarzbier.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/22/11 notes. Had on tap at Standard, a beer garden about 3 blocks North of Churchkey in DC at 14th and S. Served in what appears to be a large Stange with a handle.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of off white head, and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel, bread, and biscuit. Very malty, and pretty nice.

t - Tasted of roasted malts, light chocolate, bready malts, caramel malts.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, pretty smooth.

o - Overall a pretty good schwarzbier. Lots of malts, and very easy to drink. Would give it another shot.

Photo of
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark black with a hint of ruby and a small clumpy tan-coloured head. Good retention on the head and it leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Smell - Very clean aroma dominated by roasted malts, smooth coffee, and dark grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and well carbonated for a pleasing, full mouthfeel. I think this is the only black beer I have ever tasted that can be acurately described as "crisp."

Taste - Also clean with flavours of sweet brown bread, a hint of minerally quinine and a bit of cocoa. There is just enough bitterness to balance everything out.

This is the first schwarzbier I have tried, and I'm surprised at how refreshing and easily drinkable this dark beer is.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown/black body, finger beige/tan head, solid lacing

S: roasted nuts, malt, light dark chocolate, vanilla,

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, nice smooth bitter finish

M: med body, lightly chewy + smooth

O: Very nice schwarzbier! Glad I tried this,
well worth the time. Could be a great Fall + Winter
beer or after dinner/dessert offering.
I will seek this out again.


Photo of drtth
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tankard style glass mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear very dark brown color, with a ½” light brown or tan head that recedes slowly to a ring and thin layer of foam on the liquid while leaving sheets of foam and lacing on the side of the glass. Sipping continues to leave sheets and rings of lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aromas while faint, have a nice clean bready freshness about them. There seems to be a subdued mixture of brown bread roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate and earthy character in the background.

Taste: The flavors are pretty much as predicted by the nose, with nothing standing out to dominate the brown bread flavor from the malt. Everything else remains tucked away in the background.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and soft with the gentle but lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is on the long side of medium as the flavors and roasted malt simply fade away and are gone

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This one is drinkable enough that I had a 2nd one after lunch and found it pleasant enough. That said I have had a couple of Schwarzbiers that I thought had a bit more character and some more definite flavors other than the malt. My overall impression is that this is a well done beer that would be an excellent choice with the right meal and for an evening around the table dining and talking with friends. It seems a bit ordinary not meant to distract and it wouldn’t.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque, close to black, with a tan head that sits up high in the glass. Rocky lacing as it falls. Aromas are a little faint, but not by a lot. Chalky, medicinal yeastiness with a toasted caramel underbelly. Flavor is quite mild, could be bigger, but for the size, really isnt too bad. I enjoyed the moderate bitterness and coplexity in a schwarzbier that still comes in under five per cent.

Photo of kjc51478
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is dark brown to black with foamy, beige head.

S: Aroma is roasted sweetness, bread, with some slight coffee and vanilla notes.

T: Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, and toast. Very little discernible bitterness.

M: Palate is light- to medium-bodied, thin texture, foamy carbonation, and a sweet finish.

O: Overall a decent beer and a classic of the German Schwarzbier.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle dated best before 02/17/12.

Looks inviting - dark cola color with ruby red highlights. Pale tan fizzy head is a mere flash in the pan into nothing. No lace to speak of.

Aromas are of sugary malts, wet hay, and burnished leather.

Taste is really crisp and clean, like almost every German lager I've ever known. Fairly sweet with a flavor of toasted bread crusts. A bit of hops, but nothing to get worked up over here.

Feels like sparkling water, maybe not even that thick.

Overall, good for sessioning at a non-craft party. Other than that, don't think I'll look for it again unless it's on a tap handle in Germany.

Photo of LittleDon
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

30 cL at the Pinte Bar in the Marriott Heidelberg on 6/18/11. Served in a goblet.

Dark with some visible light. Fluffy big head and nice lace. Big caramel candy aroma, like the soft chewy candies you find. Soft mouth feel, some carbonation, but very subtle. The flavor is a scaled back version of the aroma. There is a bit of acidity and very light earthy hops. Medium-heavy body.

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style that I rarely get to, and a fact that I'm aiming to change.

Dark brown, near black core with ruby red edges. Head tops off small and quick. Aroma of faint malts, grass and light fruits. A little perfume-like as well. The ultra-crisp mouth-feel is noticed right off the bat, followed by some slight sweet malt notes, tea leaves and distant, light fruits. Light-bodied and a bit toasty after a few drinks. Simply wonderful drinking.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into snifter.

Appears dark brown with nearly no head to start with but a residual foam ring on outside.

Smells pretty innocent. Malts with no hops.

Tastes of dark fruit, molasses, a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel is a bit dusty and a little light for the genre.

Wouldn't run to get a new one.

Photo of atis
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from some German supermarket

Pours clear dark brown with large off-white head that soon dissipates, no lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, a bit bready.

Slightly burnt flavours come out first, but mellow out later, faint bitterness with watery sweetish malt finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation, becomes flat after the mid-glass.

Drinkable, but lacking flavour.

Photo of bryehn
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favourite canned beers is now available in bottles where I live, great excuse for a re-review!

Pours a thick brown colour with ruby tones visible at the bottom and when held up to the light. Has a very ale-like frothy and hearty tan-coloured head that leaves lace and settles as a thick collar.

Smells almost stout-like. Dark malts, lots of them. Has a sweet wheat overtone and a dark fruit note after warming. Very malty after warming, like a Tiger Malt or similar.

Tastes like sweet raisins and malt. Becomes almost sour in the finish.

Thick, malty and syrupy body. Thankfully it thins out and doesn't stay around on the back of the tongue too much.

Seemingly not at all like the canned version I previously tried and likely a heckuva lot more fresh. This is the only Schwarzbier I've tried and the can and bottle were very different. Excited to explore this style, it's kind of like a black and tan.

Oh and I prefer this is a bottle rather than canned.

Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black brown in color with a 2 finger creamy tan head that faded fast and left decent spotty lacing sliding down the glass.

Smells of sweet roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, burnt wood, light lemon and citrus hops; rich and malty, this nose is nice and roasted.

Tastes like it smells with sweet malt, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee, toast, roasted malt, toasted grains, molasses, syrup, caramel, light vanilla, charcoal or burnt wood, light lemon and citrus hops; really nice malty beer with nice complex flavor, and just enough non malt flavors to add balance and variety.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with basically no carbonation, a light body and a watery feel. A really nice beer overall that went down easy.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,564 ratings.