Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,644 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,644
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 87
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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 LarryKemp
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured deep, deep black from the bottle and had an abundanct brown head. Its apperance was the best thing about this beer. The aroma was subtle at best and even though it had a great head, I did not notice much in my nose. The taste was good and favored the malt. I did not taste any hops. The mouthfeel was medium and had a very slight amount of carbonation on the tongue. This was an exceptable beer but I would recommend this only as an introduction to a schwarzbier and not to an experieced drinker.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer, just another black lager to me. Nothing special.

Poured a black color with a decent tan head. Smelled of malts with a slight smokey aroma. Tasted a little bit roasted with some good dark malts. Mouthfeel was ok, and it went down well. A little less flavor towards the end, felt like something was missing.

Photo of estlinska
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass. Poured dark brown, nearly black with 1 finger of off-white head. The smell was roasted malts, burnt bread, and a very subtle hop. The taste was all lager, very bready with some roasted malts. A little watery with a decently long finish. Very average to me.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola colour with a modest cream-coloured head of very small bubbles. Leaves some gorgeous sticky dense lace behind as it sinks slowly. Love that lace, otherwise pretty good too.

Smell is quite chocolatey with some vanilla hints. Slight cashew nut edge and some raisin characters. No burnt or roasty characters, actually smells overly sweet, to the point where I'm craving more burnt character. But my personal taste aside, for a Schwarzbier smell, pretty good.

Taste is similar, very light flavour with a lot of cocoa character and a nutty edge, quite sweet with a bit of a yeasty edge, actually.Slight roasted character with mild meatiness around the edges. Pretty smooth flavour, doesn't have a lot in the way of palate complexity or richness. Quite creamy and sweet, again can't say I'm a big fan but it's not bad.

Quite fair bodied, medium full, bit of a sharp edge that I don't like. Overall not bad, just needs to iron out that kink to make it more slick.

Drinkable? Yeah, 'salright.

Photo of natelocc787
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a great beer IMO. This was recommended by a friend. I saw some decent reviews and decided to try it. Really, really watery side to it. Samuel Adams Black Lager was really so, so much better. This one had some roasted and smoke flavors behind the burnt malt flavor but the whole beer was really thin and felt as if everything needed to be amplified (without increasing the abv.)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head. Solid retention, mild lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruit.

T: Light chocolate and roasted malt. Dark fruit clearly evident as well, I found it quite figgy. Too sweet overall for me, but not a bad beer.

M: Smooth, relatively light-bodied, cloying at times.

D: A nice black beer, but there are others I would certainly choose over this one. Good price though, under $2, makes this a beer I plan to repurchase some day.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven't had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don't toally grab me.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a reddish hue, small, fizzy light brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is a bunch of malts, roasted and a touch of coffee. Flavor has roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter hoppy kick at the end. Medium mouthfeel, dry, and a touch of bitterness at the end. Delicious swarzbier, the style example as far as I'm concerned.

Photo of charlzm
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach CA, 05/21/08.

A clear, dark cola colored beer with maroon highlights. One finger, off white head.

Sweet, malty aroma with some fruity overtones.

Light flavored. Malty and somewhat sweet, with anis and raisin highlights. Slight but noticeable bitter aftertaste.

Didn't thrill me, but it's not at all a bad beer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger cream head that vanishes without a trace of lace (in 9/2006 it left a good lace). Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt and hints of caramel (no metallic aftertaste this time). $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of TruePerception
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kostritzer Schwarzbier, black lager. 4.8% ABV.

A: Black is right, except that it has a a deep plum red glow when held up to the light. About a quarter of a finger of brownish head. Very slight sheeting. Lacing starts good, but slides down after a second, leaving only traces behind.

S: Has a dark bread smell. Pumpernickel? I don't think I've ever had it, but that's what the smell brings to mind. Faint sweet anise and char notes.

T/MF: Slightly crisp on the palate. More pumpernickel, with a touch of graphite.

Not a bad beer, but not a style I'm in a hurry to return to. I liked the Lev Black Lion a good deal more.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of paterlodie
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 07-05. Poors in very fine with nice brown head and black color. Nose is malty and clean but all together quiet empty. Same way for taste; malty, no body and probably lots of farbebier used. Mouthfeel is ok but misses body. Aftertaste is almost like aftertaste for miniral water. Hardly any bitterness& litle salty. No off tastes though so quiet decent. Drinkability is good but do I want to drink more?

Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bottle to pilsner glass and lovely black color with big rocky head of tan which seemed very happy to hang around. About the color of cola.

S: Aroma is pretty plain and clean with very little to notice but a slightly earthy scent.

T: Taste is of big malts and slight European hops, a metallic tang at the end which I have noticed in many Eropean Beers...I.E. Beck's,Heineken, St.Pauli Girl. As this beer approached room temp was more carmel and smoky flavors came out .

M: Mouthfeel is silky and full bodied, great carb level, just enough to let you clean the palate.

O: Overall great beer very tasty, went well with some Lindberger and sharp white cheddar.

Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a midnight black color with a fluffy coffee colored head that left some nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is rather faint, some roasted grainy notes. The taste is similar to the smell, slightly roasted malt flavor, a bit grainy. The feel is light almost watery, crisp, finishes a bit bitter. An easy to drink lager for those who want a roasted malt but light lager.

Photo of biergeniesser
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wonderful example of a Schwarzbier poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A thick light brown/beige head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolve slowly from the sides of the glass, likely from the bottom as well, however it is impossible to tell through the rich blackness.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier has a wonderfully clean aroma of malt, chocolate and roasted malt. Hop aromas are not noticeable.

This beer has a malty, roasty flavor with slight hints of coffee. There seems to be a relatively low degree of hop bitterness… it is difficult to pick it out from the lingering bitterness likely caused by the dark portion of the grist, which masks it.

This beer has a medium body with a noticeable, but light mouthcoat. It finishes with a moderate, but pleasant astringency and a light carbon dioxide bite.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier is an enjoyable and refreshingly light black lager with a bit of a bite. It is my personal benchmark for the style. It is truly a wonderful beer, which I would recommend for anyone to try.

Photo of NODAK
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat sweet smell on this beer, as well some coffee. Fairly pungeant nose.

This beer certainly doesn't suffer from lack of taste. I'd expect this kind of taste out of a stout over a lager, but I don't believe that to be a bad thing. A sharp upfront hoppiness is usurped by a fairly heavy coffee taste. Unlike some others, I don't get much of anything else other than coffee. While I like coffee as a drink, I would have liked to see a little more complexity in the flavor. Pretty good hoppiness on the finish here.

I would say that while I can appreciate the style, I'd like more drinkability. To me, it's rather harsh and one-sided.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into the PROPER glass (ie. a Kostritzer pilsner glass).

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. The head is a two finger mocha shade that fades rather quickly, befitting a lager. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S: I notice some roasted nuts, chocolate, roasted barley, lager yeast, and coffee. It does a good job of

T: Drier than the aroma suggested. The initial flavor is mainly roasted barley and coffee. Some lager fruitiness enters the palate in the middle, and the finish is more roasted barley, imparting a very dry feel devoid of significant sweetness. Not complex or exciting, but pleasant.

M: Most pilsners wish they had this level of crisp dryness. Nothing really stays on the palate flavor-wise; I could see the argument for this being 'watery' in terms of feel. Also thin, airy, and well carbonated.

O: While it is a bit meh flavor-wise, the drinkability factor is superb, as it should be in a good lager. I won't rush out to the store to buy more, but this really does hit the spot for me.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer.

Photo of cnally
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very black color in the body, but light peeks around the edges. Beige head has no stick to it.

Aroma is a barely detectable mix of smoky peat and burnt malt.

The flavor is a smoky concoction of dark malt, burnt and woodsy, very full of charcoal.

Creamy feel and very balanced.

I wouldn't necessarily think this a good beer, but I have had many worse.

Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

Photo of kjc51478
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Derek
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date 11/05 on the bottom of the can.

A: Black. Pours with a huge, off-white, almost tan head. There's only a little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Slightly sour, acidic smell? Mocha, molases, dark bread, hint of floral hops. Metallic (I'm not sure if this is from the hops or the can?).

T: A little closer to a dry stout than some schwarzbiers. Malty (lots of mocha, a little bread), molases, and a pleasant peppery hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is quite dry & a little chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: I find it a little dry & chalky, kind of like German's answer to the industrialized, dry stout. Certainly drinkable, but it doesn't do it for me.

Readily available, but I don't consider it the 'gold standard'.

Photo of joecast
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

regal looking bottle. label is slightly different to the one show. basically just the removal of the person from across the bottom, and the rest of the design stretched downwards. best before 10/05 oops.

mahogany tones at the edges of this mainly black beer. almost soda like carbonation. 2cm tan head froms on pouring which then subsides to light lacing.

interesting aroma. i cant pick any hops there at all. more like just a touch of sweet maltiness. possible its just on the old side.

taste is light with a sweetness from the darker malts. little bitterness and no hop flavor to speak of.

well, it is what it is. a dark lager. though not a bad one. i suppose you're not really looking for serious complexity from a schwarzbier. would be intersted in seeing how this would compare to a fresh sample.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served on tap at the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. This beer has a not quite black color with a light brown head. Roasty malt aroma with some cocoa and hops. The flavor is surprisingly light considered how dark the beer looks. The malt is slightly sour. There is a little cocoa flavor, which is nice, but it could use some more. Not as roasty as I would like either. Mouthfeel is a little watery. This is an average example of the style.

Photo of MBPChead
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured from a pint sized bottle into a becker style imperial pint glass.

Look: Nearly black in color as the style would suggest with deep amber and orange hues with a frothy creamy coffee colored head. Very lovely appearance.

Aroma: Roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, molasses, hints of brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt with oak and coffee, presence of dark chocolate but not overpowering, minor hop characteristics but relatively no hop flavor with very slight hints of licorice. Ok flavor overall but nothing to brag about.

Feel: It honestly feels like a light fizzy water with a bit of prickly sensation, not all that enjoyable really.

Drinkability: Not all that great the texture really kills my desire to drink it. It has a nice flavor, but it doesn't work well with the thickness or the level of carbonation and it really makes it almost undrinkable. I can easily say that unless I get the chance to try it on tap or on cask I probably won't having this one again.

To sum up, Looks great, Smells great Tastes ok, but the feel and the taste don't really work so its hard to swallow.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,644 ratings.