Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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87
very good

781 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 781
Hads: 1,661
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 89
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
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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 Whiteweasel
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,555 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz into a pint glass while we were bottling our own black lager.

Awesome off-white head on top of a very dark body. Quite opaque and appropriate for the style. Smell is malty, slightly bitter and with a good bit of lager yeast funk.

Taste is malty and crisp, the way a lager should be. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is similarly great. As far as drinkability, it's hard not to quaff the whole glass at once.

Exceptional beer, a standard bearer of the style and highly recommended for all lovers of black lager. An almost perfect winter session brew. (552 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 mL can, not sure about the date on this one.

Dark brown with some rusty red notes coming through. Nice tan head that clings a bit to the glass.

Aroma is of subtle roast malt, coffee and floral hops. Very appealing.

Sweet caramel malt flavours mix with nutty, roasted coffee notes. Hop character is subdued but lasts far into the finish. Well balanced. Manages to have lots of roasted flavours without any burnt bitterness. Carbonation is moderate and body is on the full side.

Very enjoyable, light and refreshing but with a lot of character. (558 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a soft sheen of a head, appeared darker and more imposing than a stout. Smell was medicinal, dark, and with peppery scents that kept it barely not sweet. Taste was peppery yet still juicy. It had the good feel and taste of a perfect pale lager but with a dark character; yet, nowhere close to the heavy and more ale type of dark flavors of, say, a stout. Long and smooth, thin but juicy, quite a unique and appetizing beer, and doesn't taste necessarily as it looks. (492 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite Styles of Beer. Although hard to find a large variety.

Pours a dark, near black but clear up to a light with a thick head. Smell is a slight toasted malt with noble hops.

Taste is wonderfull. Crisp. Crisp as heck. A bready almost maltiness takes over and melds into a sweet hoppy finish with a lingering pepper and slight molases. But think at all, but i'd say a medium/light body with a wondeful german maltiness to it.

A fantastic beer that should be tried. (487 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty roasty chocolaty black beer. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. This is one of the best Shwarzbiers out there not that there are many. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, smooth low ABV and just a well made black beer. (259 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer appears a dark black with red hues when looking carefully. The head is retained for a moment. This beer smelled of stinky cereal when it was first poured, but once it settled, I get some smoky, nutty, and some spiciness to it. For all my apprehensiveness, this beer hits it out of the park. The malty flavor takes over the palate. The hop character is downplayed, but I enjoyed the malty backbone on top of the unmistakable Germain crispness that their lagers tend to have. The body is light, and very lager-like. Overall, I'd definitely drink it again. I'd say this is a perfect Fall beer for all you porter and stout fans. A great buy. (646 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

The malty sweetness comes through readily in the aroma, along with a touch of molasses, brown sugar, prune. The body is a very dark brown with faint garnet highlights; the head is light tan; lots of lacing sticks around. The flavor initially gives off roasted malt with malty sweetness in support; there is also some light coffee and prune-like fruitiness. The body is rather light with just a little carbonation, but it's smooth and mildly crisp.

The body is a bit light and minimally carbonated, but the aroma and flavor are very solid and thoroughly enjoyable. (565 characters)

Photo of chriscolby
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark -- almost as dark as as a stout -- with a moderate, cream-colored head. The beer looks beautiful. The aroma shows a lightly sulfury lager nose with a faint hint of chocolate malt. The flavor is malty and rounded, with only a slight hint of debittered dark malt character. (You would never guess the beer was this color if you tasted it blindfolded.) Hopped only to the level to keep the malt from getting chewy or cloying. Very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer shows an enormous amount of brewing finesse -- from getting that much color into a beer without introducing any bitter dark malt character to the delicate and well-integrated balance of all the ingredients in the beer. Proof that a beer doesn't need to be hugely alcoholic or over-the-top hoppy to be great, in my opinion. (802 characters)

Photo of tjd25
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great-looking dark opaque color. The head’s pretty too, and doesn’t want to disappear. Fine and foamy. Dark malts and grapes in the smell. Complex and refined. The smell is very enjoyable. Dark, almost roasted malts, woody. Some refreshing winy grapes aspects. Some chestnut maybe. The mouthfeel is great and full, no bitterness, a floral hoppiness. The complexity of this beer doesn’t make it less drinkable. A good pick. (425 characters)

Photo of kilustration
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a great 16th century oil painting on the label with nice comment on the neck saying "The Black Beer with the Blonde Soul" very nice.

My flawless pour has a perfect inch and a half sticky, thick tan foam head, and almost black with dark ruby glow all over.

Sweet caramelly, molasses(reminds me of amish shoefly pie in a way), and a little german chocalate on the nose. Smells very clean too.
Well balanced, incredible toasty, creamy(meal in a glass) sweet malt with a perfect touch of hop bitterness that longs the hearty mouthfull. Good lacing going down. Toasty finish, and a great medium creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm glad at this time I have 22 more in the fridge!

A great Schwartzbier for only 24.99 a case. May this Schwartz be with you. Great German dark lager!! (812 characters)

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Slender-necked bomber with the German style letterhead. Poured into one of my hand carved german steins woo woo!

Appearance - It pours from the bottle a shade off of black. I'd say a shade towards smoky brown rather than red. When a small quantity is held to the light, mahogeny-shifted ruby becomes visible. Light tan head matches the color of the inside of the ceramic stein.

Smell - Earthy and roasty, the smell doesn't give much away.

Taste - At first you taste the caramel sort of flavor. It's not sweet per se, this being a rather dry brew, but caramel or toffee notes start it off. Then you get the body of earthy, roasted malt. The finish is lovely with bitterness from both the malt and hops coming through, along with a toasty aftertaste. The flavors are strong but restrained, rather than crashing into my senses it sort of insinuates itself into my sense of taste gently. There's the definitive 'lager' taste that comes either from the yeast or the cold conditioning as well.

Mouthfeel - This is crisp, refreshing, quenching, and ultimately very easy drinking. The round, clear flavor and body are very lagerish. It's very different from a stout or even porter both in taste and mouthfeel. Generally just delicious.

Drinkability - I love dark beers, and this is no exception. And while I consider almost every dark ale short of Dark Lord to be sessionable, this is even more so due to its clean finishing lager qualities and more restrained, refined taste. The low alcohol isn't even a taste component, which is good for repeat drinking.

This is delicious. If you like dark ale you must try this to learn how dark malts can be just as well applied in a lager. I stress the high quality of the brew. Very natural and honest and clean tasting. Low alcohol as well. You could down a pitcher and be okay I suspect. (1,843 characters)

Photo of dmowen
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark , almost black color with a nice creamy head
that dissapates to a very fine lacing as it goes down. Has a very
slight roasted carmel smell. Mouth-feel is very good and drinkability is very good; just a slight after-taste that isn't too
bad. As far as taste goes I like it a lot as I like the darker beers
anyway. This beer is a very fine exampel of this type of beer. I could drink a truck-load of this stuff; mighty tasty if I say so myself! (470 characters)

Photo of zymurgy4all
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic Schwarzbier. What a wonderful dark lager. Mine is probably a little old, but overall it is terrific.

Pours a dark brown/nearly black color. Has a roasty aroma with not any hops that are distinguishable. The flavor is roasty, yet very malty and light. The mouthfeel is not thick or thin--just about right in the middle. I could drink quite a few of these. I would perfer to have a fresh one and see how that compares to the one that I have and is a little old. (478 characters)

Photo of bob3701
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Starts off with a really big head but quickly disolves into nothing. So-so lacing and at least for me no real aroma detected. However this beer tasted great and I am at a loss on how to describe the taste. This beer was the smoothest beer I have ever had, it was like drinking pure silk. All malt taste hardly any bitterness at all. I guess this is the black lager I now compare all others with. (422 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a most excellent dark bronze color, with an appealing ruby tint and a nice almost beige head. There are faint malt aromas on the nose. The flavors consisted of malt, toasted dark bread, grains, lightly hopped, herbs…all balanced well for a moderately sweet / clean taste on the palate. Mouth feel and body are slightly thin/watery but smooth. Overall a very enjoyable black lager. (390 characters)

Photo of darkbrewer
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local supermarket starting stocking this beer recently and i always make it a duty to try new stuff and was pleasantly suprised.

A: When I picked this up at my local supermarket. I had never had a schwarzbier before and from dark lager i was expecting it to be like a heavy double bock but the amber tones impressed me. The head gets quite tall if not poured very slowly on the edge of the glass and has a slight caramel tint. It's quite thick and bitter but dissipates after about a minute and halfway down the glass is non-existent.

S: Upon pouring the beer into a pint glass I instantly smelt faint aromas of smoke, caramel and coffee. As i approached closer the the smoke and coffee took on a stronger presence with a hint of sweetness.

T: It tastes just as impressive as its smell with very little bitterness until the end. the flavors from the malts remain constant throughout which is quite enjoyable. A lingering, and quite pleasant taste of coffee remains after a few minutes.

M: It is quite an easy drink and utterly enjoyable. Like many lagers which get tiresome after a few sips this one keeps it drinkability throughout. It's ABV allows it to not be too strong of a beer to only have 1 or 2 in a night.

D: If you are looking for a beer with subtle aromas of coffee and smoke but do not like the heaviness of irish stouts then this is a perfect beer to try. I will definitely be keeping a stock of this in my beer fridge. (1,443 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit this is one of my favorite styles. Honestly I have yet to run across a craft-beer Schwarzbier that I did not like. So my review is honest and I loved this beer. For the rest of you who enjoy a good Black Beer, try this, its a good one.
Here' the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours looking thick and almost black with a very thick creamy light brown 3 finger head. Magnificent lacing down the glass.

Smell: The typical black aroma of burntness. I love it. Charred malts, chocolate, caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Taste: Black charred espresso, cooked molasses toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and everything marvelous about this style of beer. A bit of campfire air. It does come back with a slightly bitter hop finish to balance the malty beginning. Very pleasant, and easy!

Mouthfeel: Light body, just right for a drinkable black beer. Very little carbonation and lip smackingly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night for months on end! Low ABV, light body sits easy in the stomach, no cloying flavors just plain easy drinking good black beer. mmm. I'm a fan!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,143 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. I totally agree with Jason's (The Bros) review.

Mine had punches on both side edges of the rear label designating A-7 bottling.

A= total black, but if you hold it to strong light you can see some dark mahogany at the edges (assuming it's poured in glass). Mild tan head (1 finger in my 1/2L glass stein), nice lacing down the glass for a while.

S= nice robust traditional hops, roasty whiffs of malts and some nutty hints. No carbonation-burning in the nose. Catch a good whiff after it's poured and before you start to drink, because it's a lot harder to find afterwards.

T= if someone blindfolded you and you drank this, you might not know it was a dark beer except for the slight lingering tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, black molasses and possibly some rye. On the other hand it's definitely a quality and traditional black beer, an old standard for many which followed. Every now and then I'd catch a nice bold bready taste and nose when I took a gulp. Toasted caramel sweetness, or maybe it's buckwheat honey. Hints of black cherry as it sits for a while. Balanced carbonation. I'd go on but the beer just ended, darn. Dark-bread scents lingering up from my stomach afterwards, but no hefty bloated belching.

M= very nice, a light bitters and toasted taste on the tongue with some black molasses and light caramel sweetness or buckwheat honey, whichever-- causing mild salivation.

D= I suspect that anyone who likes good beer, even light ale fans, would enjoy this, whether one bottle or session. We had a 6-pack at a tailgate party where the guys next to us were drinking St Pauli Girl and they really enjoyed the bottles we gave to them in pity. (1,671 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blew my mind when I first had it - still does today.

The feat here, is in how light & balanced it is for how dark it is. Just the right amount of malty sweetness, the right amount of roasted malts, the right amount of hops edging out the malts.

& unlike say, a doppelbock, it's got a surprisingly clean finish for as dark & as German as it is. It's a gem. (357 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love when a brewer totally nails a style and I must say that this is the best Schwarzbier I have had yet. The burnt malt notes are surrounded with a luscious mouthfeel that I have not found in most black beers. The beer is so well balanced that you want another as soon as finish the first. (290 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a nice thick head. Head as a slight brown colour to it (Irish cream). Head keeps and there is a good lacing on the glass as you drink. Colour is dark ruby / dark plum.

S: Hints of coffee, low plum, low liquorish (sweet liquorish or North American liquorish),none to low molasses but in a pleasant way.

T: None to low bread, pumpernickel, dark toffee, short metallic taste (very short), bitterness follows and then some roastiness.

M: Well carbonated, silky smooth in the mouth, makes you want to take an other sip. Oddly refreshing for a dark lager.

O: I've now had this beer about 6 times and every time I do I enjoy it more. It's is very well balance for a dark lager, everything is smooth. (706 characters)

Photo of MrMegaton09
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Original Bottle

Appearance: Dark Lager with very low transparency. Minimal Lacing.

Smell: Maltly aroma, notes of chocolate/toffee, hop aroma non apparent.

Taste: Very good flavor and extremely balanced. As with aroma notes of chocolate and toffee come aparent. Slight to no hop bitterness. This may very well be one of the most balanced and cleanest finishing brews I have had yet.

Overall: A very good choice no matter your particular preferences. A very drinkable beer with a great rich flavor. A special thanks to my friend who gifted me this bottle. (571 characters)

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