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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,276 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1276
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black with dark tan head. Thick foam.

Smells malty and sweet, A spice aroma, clove-ish. Some grains and cut grass.

Thick mouthfeel, slightly creamy. Dense carbonation without being overdone.

Somewhat bitter chocolate taste. Subdued roasted malt sweet with a hint of molasses. Interesting, but not very exciting.

This seems like a beer that could grow on you, but it hasn't really been able to present anything 'defining' to me. I wouldn't turn another down, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. Decent schwarzbier, just not amazing.

Serving type: can

02-07-2004 04:10:12 | More by JustinBathurst
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Jordan

California

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight burnt malt and caramel flavor. Had to deduct points for it has a slight metallic ring on my palate. (this is a no-no) Sweet on the nose. A mellow and enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2001 23:55:49 | More by Jordan
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In June 1993 I was a guest of Bitburger brewery and asked to taste a 'new' beer they were test brewing with friends from Bad Köstritz ( I was told). My report mentioned burnt caramel, mushrooms, no aroma and very little depth of taste: it hasn't changed much in the intervening years!

This review is from a half-litre bottle (best before 27 Mar 2013) poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 2 Nov 2012.

Black body, creamy head: looks good to be fair.

The nose is a weak blend of slightly burnt maltiness and smoked mushrooms from an open fire (at least the sickly caramel flavour has gone).

The taste was also malty but not really flavoursome or rich: must remember it's a lager based brew though.

This beer just doesn't do it for me: there are a lot of better Schwarzbiers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 14:14:00 | More by BlackHaddock
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Vancer

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wimpy lil’ brew, meet all the style requirements – just weak in all categories.

The 500ml bottle poured thin and black, nice tan head that quickly dissipated. Did leave some ring laces.
Malty aromas – earthy and spice undertones.
Malty, but feeble, backbone on top of an earthy leather – just on the thin side. Mouth was also dry and a thin fizz.
Not a bad brew, wouldn’t turn one down, but won’t seek out either.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 12:49:51 | More by Vancer
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CRichardsMN

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark brown (almost black) with red highlights and a dirty brown small bubble head that leaves small spots down the glass.

Smell:
Smells like a lager with a little extra roasted malt and grass.

Taste:
Tastes like a lager with some roasted malt, grass and caramel tossed in. Nothing terribly special but definitely better than a typical lager offering.

Mouthfeel:
Completely foams up and fills the mouth, actually kind of weird. Finishes clean and slightly dry.

Drinkability:
Light, clean and has some interesting flavors that can keep these coming. Still, not a huge beer to talk about, but decent.

Comment:
Got as a freebie from my uncle who dislikes those "fancy beers." He might have liked this one...

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 02:15:46 | More by CRichardsMN
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip pint. Best before 071911. The body was black/brown of course. The head was off white and very large but settled to a cap.

The smell was cereal. Sugar Smacks even. Tangy.

The taste was roasted light bitterness. Faint metallic tinge. Some brief nuttiness - walnuts.

The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 22:30:40 | More by Cresant
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jreitman

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and only slight transparent with a white head. Despite the inability to see through it, high carbonation was evident on the sides of the glass. Overall I found the beer to be quite watery and the flavor profile pretty, for lack of a better word, blah.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 18:44:48 | More by jreitman
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cokes

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep ruby-purple-black body. Tan head has a good deal of stickiness.
Black malts on the nose with notes of roastedness.
Similarly, the taste is a battle between the tar-like black malts and the somewhat subdued roastedness. Sweetness is minimal. Hopping is next to invisible. Taste profile is fairly slight, but lingers with residual black maltiness, and some charred earth flavors.
Weak, uninspired body does not help things. Stops short of being watery, but way too thin anyway. Medium to high levels of carbonation seem somewhat out of wack. Once the carbonated settles out, the beer just dies.
I love the style, but this one is not a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2002 00:12:04 | More by cokes
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This was a pleasant surprise at a lager/pilsener tasting. Nice flavor, not too heavy. This is a good hot weather beer. Definitely a cut above the typical lawn mower beer, I'd have it again

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 21:16:02 | More by jcalabre
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samie85

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 7/4/11. Reviewed from notes; originally 6/24/10.

A- Pours a dark black with a 2 finger, glistening brown head.

S- Smells doughy and bready with some roast malt with some spicy oktoberfest like hop notes.

T- Bready and doughy much like the nose with just a hint of roast malt, spicy hop , and dry chocolate finish... a very understated taste.

M- Very carbonated, almost too much, it negatively affects hwo you taste this beer. I would say it's thin bodied.

D- The level of carbonation hurts the drinkability. Overall a bland take on the style. I expected much more from this one.

* Aggressive swirling makes the carbonation recede and brings to the forefront the flavor profile that was hidden by the carb. Not a bad brew once you get by the pesky carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 16:31:44 | More by samie85
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AltBock

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml/16.9 fl oz bottle with a classic plain and simple black label that has "Köstritzer" in big white letters, the brewery crest, a few German words, and who bottled the beer. Above the main label is a black neck label shaped like a ribbon with the brewery crest and what year they started, 1543. The back label has the US importer's name, US Government warning, refund prices, who brewed and bottled this beer, barcode, and some kind of code on the far left and right side. One one side, the letter "C" is notched and on the other, the number "9" is notched. I guess it's some kind of weak best before date that nobody (other than the brewery) can understand.

Appearance: When poured into a Bell's Brewery pint glass, the beer really wasn't that black. To me it was more of a dark mahagony with a few ruby red highlights. The head of foam was a light tan color and about half an inch in height. I honestly thought it was going to be bigger and better than that. It didn't really doesn't matter how big it was because it quickly dissipated into a few light tan rings and barely any lace in the glass.

Smell: Not the richest aroma in the world, but a nice decent one nonetheless. The aroma was filled with dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, a pinch of caramel, a few dark fruits like the plum, and wheat bread. Not just any run of the mill store bought wheat bread, old, stale, and grainy wheat bread that you just throw out your window for the birds to eat. I thought there was going to be some hops in the aroma, but I guess the old and stale wheat bread covered it up.

Taste: It had a flat out average taste that contained dark roasted malts, a dab of dark chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dark fruit or two, and malted grains. It was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It tasted more like that Köstritzer loved to malt every grain they could get thier hands on and then put it in their beer. At least there wasn't any old stale wheat bread in the taste.

Mouthfeel: It was light like it was suppose to be, but I felt that my bottle was overly carbonated. Sometimes the carbonation covered up all the little flavors that were contained in this beer. Not only was there that, but the aftertaste was that overly carbonated malted grains. Don't ask me how they put carbonation into grains, Köstritzer was the one that managed to do it.

Drinkability: Overall, it was just an average beer that I would like to give another chance down the road. Hopefully the next time I pick up another Köstritzer, there won't be some much carboantion tucked inside it.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 17:42:20 | More by AltBock
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Up North in Madison, WI.

Dark purple-black, chestnut hewed body with a sticky tan head. Nose is overwhelmingly made up of roasted black malts. Taste is no different. Sweetness is average for style. Little to no hops to speak of. Watery. Thin body with high level of carbonation makes this feel like a black American macro is some respects. Not a good example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2006 22:28:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
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audiojon

California

2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm admittedly not a lager fan, and have had only one other schwarzbier to date. That said, this brew was decent. It looks great, nearly opaque, and forms a nice head, but the smell and taste just aren't there for me. It smells almost like a macro to me, and the taste is fairly typical (and boring) for a lager. I gave it a shot, but probably won't be buying this again. Actually, I'd give it another try on tap, in Germany, but my next vacation isn't for quite a while anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 00:13:37 | More by audiojon
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Mustard

District of Columbia

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.79 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-black with a fine, off-white, two-fingered head; good retention; heavy lacing.

Smell: Hints of roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt up front with a light, earthy hop-bitterness to finish; faint notes of black licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy and a tad overcarbonated.

Notes: All in all a bland, timid entry; best thing here is the beer's look.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 05:13:15 | More by Mustard
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first schwarzbier and I already think it may be my last. The color and head (body clone of a stout) we wonderful. The aroma was a little weak and uninteresting. The taste was just foul. It started out like a crisp pilsner and was followed with a piney, oatmeal combination. It was not a pleasant taste. It is just hard to grasp a black lager that has such an identity crisis. Too many half-ass beer styles wrapped into one.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 23:39:32 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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MisterClean

California

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at yardhouse, Irvine, CA. Dark in color like most schwarzbiers and smelled of light malts and European hops. Taste was smooth with light malts, hops, and had a dry finish. Tasted more similar to a lager. Very drinkable any time of the year.

Think I wanted something more similar to an American version of a Schwarzbier (SN has a good one).

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 02:23:33 | More by MisterClean
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Vendetta

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 20, 2008

Readily available shwarzbier at my local liquor store for those who are curious as to where to find this one. Lovely looking black cherry with a foamy beige head. Aroma is alright. Tastes good, burnt chestnut type taste to it. Malty. Not my style but a good beer and surprisingly easy to drink. I had a couple more after I finished the first.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:01:18 | More by Vendetta
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights when held to light. smallish creamy off white head musters but slowly recedes in my glass. Smells of prunes and raisins with a solid shot of caramel and burnt sugars. Very sweet aroma with little to no hop presence. The flavor is more burnt sugar than anything else. A light bit of dark fruits and a hint of ash round out the flavor. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a burnt sweet watery mouthfeel. I didn't enjoy this one very much. There aren't really any flaws here, but I felt it was a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:42:35 | More by johnnnniee
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boss302

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kostritzer Schwarzbier draft

A Dark, brown when held to the light, nice thick head, stayed the whole glass. 4 

S Roasted malt chocolate aroma. Not so much hop aroma. 3 

T Dark malt, chocolaty flavor. There is some phenolic taste. I have had better Kostritzer, so this may be an issue with this draft. 2.5 

M Thin, carbonation is right. 3.5 

D Would be hard to have another. 3 

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 01:26:31 | More by boss302
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Brent

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very mild, with subdued roasted malt aroma and flavor. Aroma was slighty metallic, and there was a trace of metal in the flavor as well, but it was not prominent. Not particularly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2001 10:07:29 | More by Brent
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loren01

Oregon

2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:22:48 | More by loren01
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown almost black color with crimson edges. The dark tan head is huge, almost three inches and super thic. It just sits there staring at me. However after receding it leaves just a trace of slick lace.

The aroma is roast malt with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and maybe a twinge of dark fruit.

The flavor is very weak. What is there is bitter roast malt with a metallic undertone. Some black coffee in the finish but not pleasant at all.

Medium to light body. Rather thin. moderate carbonation,

Overall a huge dissapointment. I figured a schwarzbier from the motherland would be bolder then this. Aparently america has stolen this style away as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 23:14:09 | More by beerwolf77
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CVC

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Came in an olive green 500ml glass bottle.

This beer pours a really dark, opaque ruby/brown color with a foamy, tan head. It took a few minutes for it to dissipate. There is a faint malt smell present, and maybe some roasted nut, but it's hard to tell. The smell is not very distinct or pungent.

Wow, this beer is surprisingly sweet for a schwarzbier. Judging by it's presentation, color, and smell, you would think it would be a burnt, nutty flavor. Nope! It's like coffee. Sweet, smooth, hardly any carbonation, and does not taste alcoholic. It's as drinkable as coffee, too.

To be honest though, the appearance is probably the best thing about this beer. The smell is weak and it feels almost like water going down. So, to look at the bright-side, it does go down easy. I really wish the taste had more kick because it has some nice flavors, but they're just way too subtle.

Maybe that Mongolian barbecue dinner I ate just a few hours prior to drinking this beer had a serious effect on my senses... It's certainly possible, but either way--I probably won't be buying this beer again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 06:48:53 | More by CVC
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kiya

California

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.

Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.

It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.

The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 20:45:02 | More by kiya
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

Serving type: can

08-27-2003 20:09:44 | More by Popsinc
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