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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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87
very good
809 Reviews
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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

darkest brown, nearly fully black. Thick mocha coloured head of two fingers, fades back to a thin covering in a minute.

light on the nose. lots of dry grains, black liquorice, the sticky kind your eastern european grandfather would give to you as a kid, thinking it was a treat a 5 year old would love... dark rye bread. surprisingly, for me, no hint of burnt caramels or coffee, this could be a different kind of dark beer than Im used to.

some salty sweet notes on the front, like salted toffee or salt and dried prune or fig. rye toast and roasty grains come in the middle. burnt crust and a bit resiny. to be honest, not a whole lot of depth of flavours going one.

light body and smooth on the tongue with sharp carbonation. a bit thick which is nice.

Overall not a whole lot here im afraid. some burnt grains and malts but no real complexity or depth to any of the flavours. As a lager its easy drinking and ready for multiples, but that in itself isnt enough to make me go for it again.

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Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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...

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Photo of Vancer
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Jordan
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/12/2008 (Bottle):

Pours a very deep red-brown colored body, with an average head, off-white, and lasting. Has a musky and malty, straw farmish aroma. A musky, dirty, malty taste. Malty & similar to newcastle. Somewhat watery palate but not too bad.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also rather mild, roasted malts, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, I felt it was a little lacking for this style.

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Photo of korguy123
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep rich dark brown that is as close to brown without being black. Two finger light tan head. Lacing is slightly spotty.

S- Slight grain, there is a light chocolate and coffee. I'm getting an odd medicinal smell I can't seem to put my finger on.

T- Subtle coffee and cereal. The medicinal smell transfers over and presents itself in the form of smoke and juice (grape comes to mind)

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- Definitely new style to me. The medicinal aspects to this are a little odd in my books.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in the fridge.

The head is very big. It's beige and foamy. It collapses unevenly: pillowy. Sticky thin lacing. The body of the beer seems black, but it's fully garnet against the light. I smell sour toffee and nuts. The taste is a little dusty in the front, with some corn syrup. A watery, thin middle shows a little tang, but there's the corn syrup again. The finish is bitter, darkish, slight. Again, there's some water and corn syrup.

I think this is what a black NA would taste like!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Pours a deep-dark, jet-black ebony-hue with a minimal head that left plenty of lacing around the glass...
Mild, malty aroma replete with cocoa powder, rich malts, slight chocolate, latte, and mocha influences...
Taste was very light, and with a lack of clear, distinct flavor - whatever flavor was there was certainly comparable to the light aroma present...
Weak mouthfeel with not much going on in this department...
Average stuff... nothing to write home about...

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Photo of ski271
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown with a small, tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Light sticky lacing. Smell is very mild. Roasted malts, a little nut and a hint of smoke. Taste is similar, mild with a roasted, caramel malt flavors being most noteworthy. Molasses, milk chocolate, and very light berry. Finish is medium in duration with some bitter citrus coming in late. It has a medium-light body, watery texture and moderate-lively carbonation. Mouthfeel and taste didn’t really impress me. Not a very interesting beer, but one that goes down fairly easily. Eh, I’ve had better Schwarzbiers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium thick tan head that has fair retention. Thin spotty lacing. The aroma consists of dark fruits and malt. Medium-bodied with a somewhat roasty aspect. Medium body but thin at times. Malt, coffee and prune flavors are present, along with a touch of hops. The finish is roasty and sweet, with a mild coffee aftertaste. Average overall.

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Photo of atis
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of JBogan
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a one finger tan creamy head which didn't stay long and left nary any lacing.

Smelled of toffee and maybe even a bit of vinegar. Not really impressive.

Tasted better than it smelled. Some toffee along with chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel was just average. Smooth yet on the thin side.

This was is a somewhat drinkable beer, although I probably won't be reaching for it again anytime soon. Worth a try if you like this style, but it's not anything particularly memorable.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The taste is a creamy mix of malts leading to a parched paper aftertaste. The mouthfeel is of typical precision of a soft love of liquid before it tickles the cheeks and gums to make you feel all giddy and child like, like St. Nickolas on the 6th of December with his candy. The color is quite artistic until you taste the hidden meaning behind the said work of 'art'.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poor lightningfast receding head and lacing, but decent looking carbonation... what went wrong? Color = Schwarz

S: not much nose, dark grain/malt smell.

T: Dark roasty chocolate malt flavor. A little bittersweet maybe herbal flavor.

M: Beer has a lighter body than expected. It feels a bit dry in the mouth.

D: Not sure what to think; the beer did not seem to have much flavor. The flavor that it did have was good, but I could not taste much. Maybe I got a bad bottle. So... sorry Köstritzer, low review from me...

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Kings pint glass. Stunning visual pour with dark red-brown crystal clear body topped with big head that fell fast. Aroma of roasted coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel was clear and crisp with a touch of maltiness and burned sugar flavors. No discernable hops flavor in bitterness or aroma. A delight on a hot day.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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