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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,566 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,566
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
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 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.

Photo of Matt1516
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I once though this was a poor man's Irish Stout but as I get to know the Shwartzbier style I really am starting to appreciate it more by contrast.

Poured from a can into a nonic it reveals inky blackness with a fluffy tan head and surprising carbonation.

Aromas of malt and chocolate.

Tastes of toasted malts, slightly bitter with some nuttiness and coffee subtleties. A bit of hops in the background.

Clean, refreshing finish. A thirst-quencher and ideal session beer.

Photo of lcarlo
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me a lot of an Irish stout with that smooth mouthfeel And a light thickness. Nothing much present in the flavor or aroma department. Still a decent and drinkable beer. It suffers a bit from the unfortunate looks better than it tastes situation.

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

Pours a lovely black color with a light-mocha tan head of foamy bubbles, <2 fingers thick. Smell is roasty, clean and mildly sweet. A bit too much clean metal aromas, but overall it is lighter, dark and stylistically pretty good. Taste is mildly roasty malts with a clean streak, moving to breadiness and some coffee, finishing slightly sweet on cocoa and dark fruits like raisins. Again, too clean for my liking, but good schwarzbier tastes, very European beer. Feel is good, body is medium light with good toned down carbonation levels.

Photo of Rifugium
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

A tasty, dark, creamy, foamy, malty, black lager. Best served on tap in a proper signature glass. One of my favorites.

Pours an opaque dark brown-black with a healthy finger of light tan head that retains very well. Epic roasty malts in the aroma, with hints of cocoa and raisins. Big malty taste, dark chocolate, hop bitterness just barely detectable. Medium-to-heavy body, incredibly smooth and satisfying. Not the best or most complex brew by far (it is German after all), but I could easily drink it all night long.

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with garnet highlights in corners of glass, tan head with light lacing, good clarity.

S - Musty maltiness with leather and grain. Some noble hops and roastyness.

T - A subtle roasted character follows the initial upfront malt. Clean fermentation character with a little carbonation acidity. Alcohol presence is light.

M - Light and zingy.

O - A very refreshing favorite for the warmer months. Good example of this highly drinkable and sessionable style.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight grain, slight sweet malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, and hint of dry hops.

Photo of tbrown4
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Metropolitan in Baltimore. I'm not usually a fan of this style, so I'll stay as objective as possible. I don't see this one on tap often so I figured that I should get it.

A - Black, small creamy white head with lots of lacing.

S - Earthy roasty notes. Smells of a rainy damp dirty garden.

T - Bitter roasty notes up front. The middle is a very rich and mildly sweet. Finishes bitter.

M - Feels medium in body.

O - This beer has some serious character to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit as a once in a while tangent from my usual pours. As expected it's got a more carbonated and crisp feel than a stout with some umph in the flavor department.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 50 cL Kostritzer glass-handled mug at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Black with root beer highlights shone through the light beneath a pillowy, two-finger head of tan carbonation which settles to a thin ring of lace pretty quickly.

S: Toasted black malts, bits of caramel, come anise and roasted grains which give off hints of char and smoke. Slight earthy, herbal hop zest rises from the brew.

T: Super clean, smooth, bittersweet roasted malt flavor up front with notes of chocolate, charred grain husk and an earthy, snappy hop resin that leaves the palate refreshed. The finish is bittersweet, dry and hold a lingering, herbal hop aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, clean and very dry in the finish. Hops refresh the palate after a semisweet, bitter malt experience.

O: A damn fine Schwartz and one of the most balanced I've ever had. Kostritzer is probably the benchmark for this style for good reason. At 4.8% ABV, it's got crazy drinkability with a flavor, balance and mouthfeel that just won't quit. Fond memories have me thinking I'll need a 5-liter of this brew for an upcoming camping trip. Prost!

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

11.2oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on back label.
Served in an over-sized handled mug.
It pours a burnt cola color with a tannish beige head and lots of webby lacing.
The aroma is of clear and clean toasted malt. A light whiff of distant wildflowers is imagined (or real?)
True to the style, it's a delicate balance of slightly honey sweet toasted malt and mildly resinous and metallic hop. A little alcohol hints in the aftertaste.
This is one mellow fellow! Looks are deceiving!
So very drinkable! Try this with really spicy dishes and/or a variety of cheeses and salamis.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.01/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This pours a clear, brown like Coke with no head. The aroma has hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and a little smoke. The flavor is balanced between coffee and molasses which fades and honey mixes with coffee in the finish. It's got a thin mouthfeel and may pair well with chocolates as an after dinner drink. Slightly recommended.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown with amber hues and an inch of grey/tannish head.

Very aromatic; strong burnt and roasted malt, like a cup of Black Patent Malt with a little honey.

An initial light flavor: mildly malty, leading to a dominating burnt malt taste and a nibble of hops.

Light lager body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Excellent schwarzbier. It has a great balance of maltiness and light body with a solid flavor profile.

Photo of smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Biergarten Haus in DC into a mug.

A very black carbonated body, with walnut like hues of brown. A light tan very together head that is foamy is present also, some good lacing while drinking.

Smell? What Smell? This has next to nothing other than it seems sort of clean and a mild malt grain.

Taste is a big flavor punch luckily. A great chewy grain comes through of delicious malt. Hints of roast coffee, and mild chocolate in the palate. Sweetness brings more roast on the swallow, it's almost like a really good light porter. Good mouthfeel for this style a little wet but actually pretty bold considering the low abv.

Overall this is a great tasting sessionable brew, it's so far probably the best Schwarzbier I've had. Too bad it doesn't have much going for it on the nose.

Photo of chaz01
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a goblet type glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque with a tan colored head.

S: Notes of milk chocolate and cola in the aroma.

T: Creamy milk chocolate taste with light toasted grains and just a bit of hops. Chocolate malt notes in the finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Not what you expect from a dark beer, but this is a classic for this relatively unknown style in the states. The beer drinks like a lager, yet has tons of flavor. Nice session beer or something new to try if you can find it.

Photo of grittybrews
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark cola brown into a tulip with a finger of loose, quick-receding light khaki head. Slightly weak malty aroma with a hint of smoke and coffee.

Moderate carbonation and a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Again, weak toasty notes up front followed by mild caramel sweetness, slightly bitter/burnt coffee, and a mild but long-lasting smoke character.

Was expecting a little more from this beer. Easy-drinking but little flavor impact and quite thin.

Photo of loren01
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black color, good sized tan head. Good lacing down the glass
S: Coffee, sweet bready malts
T: Coffee, slight harsh maltiness also slight hint of chocolate
M: Light very thin bodied beer.
D: Drinkability is ok, but I probably wouldn't seek this beer out again.

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a .3L Köstriszer Schwarzbier glass in Berlin. Labelled on the beer menu as Magische Biere.

A: Black; stout style tan head of poor retention.

Sm: Chocolate, coffee, hops. Delightful.

T: Coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel hint body. Open is bland; finish would do well some bitterness. Well built and balanced if you ignore the open and finish, though in fairness some of the body does bleed into the finish, which is a nice effect.

Mf: In dire need of dryness, especially at the climax. Could also use more coarseness to help the many notes of the body linger.

Dr: It's nice for what it is and what it costs. I wouldn't reach for it again, but it's not too bad in fairness. Worth giving a go for lovers of the style.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a thin layer of off white bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has flavors of dark malts along with some hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours near black and is completely opaque. Initial single-finger head sits around for quite a bit before falling, leaving behind a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is a bit plain with some roasted malt and really mild coffee character. The taste hits the same notes. There is a moderate roast presence, but there's nothing to back it up. The big problem is that the feel is too thin and undercarbonated; there's nothing really pulling the flavors through. Drinkability is pretty decent, but not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into pint glass
A - A not quite pure black beer, moderate carbonation on pour did not amount to nearly any head, just a small ring around glass 3.5
S - Coffee and toasted malts take the lead 3.5
T - Strong toasted malts and breads upon the taste to a mildly bitter hop and coffee finish, well balanced. I really enjoyed the big malts with the equalizing bitter and dry finish 4
M - Don't think I did a good pour, as the mouthfeel/carbonation makes me believe the head should have been more than the wimper it was. A thin dark beer, it was quite refreshing. 4
D - Cannot make out the alcohol level at all, probably the lightest dark beer I've tried, definitely will have another 4.5
Drank well before the "Best before" date on bottle of 12/13/2011.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown in color, dark with amber hues and a half inch of head.

S - Slight harsh grain and some coffee notes.

T - Grains are harsh at first but rounds out with a solid roasted coffee notes and a bit of hops in the finish. Sweet overall but not the best Schwarzbier I ever had.

M - Light to medium, easy drinking.

D - I would drink it again. Really smooth drinkable black lager. Just expected more dark chocolate bitterness. Worth the dollar I paid.

Photo of LeftyEtc
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-The label lends a regal quality before you even open this beer. Thick black body darkens under a half inch tan head.

S-A slight spicy pop comes out over the surgery malty aroma.

T-Burnt brown sugar and sticky toasted malts over power this beer in a hugely positive way.

M-A thick foamy head with a deep rich body makes this a filling beer that i could have several in a quite few hours of relaxing in an old pub.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Almost pitch-black opaque color with thick foamy tan head with great retention, it slowly sinks to silky layer atop and leaves some sticky lacings here and there.

S:
Very malty aroma comprising of dark Munich malt and roasted malt, there is also a note of cocoa, creamy and dark chocolate, butter and bread.

T:
Predominating by charring character of roasted malt but not too over as there is some slight sweetness from caramel, dark bread, cocoa and creamy chocolate as leverage, the bitterness is so delicate and refined by roasted malt as a main actor while hop and dark chocolate make a plus.

M:
The body is light to medium with smooth mouthfeel from fine crispness and carbonation, dry and quite refreshing finish.

O:
Great, rich, deep, very easy drinkable and so worthy, it is an ideal session beer or a beer for every household.

Photo of dbaker61
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown to black, with a small amount of light tan head that dissipated quickly. Left just a touch of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, roasty, chocolate notes in that order of predominance. Quite inviting.

Taste: The malts dominate here, as they should in this style. There is a little spicey hops bitterness, but just to balance some of the sweetness. More roast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium bodied, with enough carbonation. Finishes with more of the malt sweetness.

Drinkability: A very easy beer to drink. A nice first beer for a winter's evening.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,566 ratings.