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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,565 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,565
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 75
Gots: 111 | 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 baiser
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful looking beer, with a stout like appearance. Black body, creamy tan head, good amounts of lacing.

Taste was malty, sweet, caramel with a clean hop bite. Slight sourness, metallic but otherwise very tasty. Very drinkable. Great lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a decent example of one my new favorite styles. Pours to a black color with ruby highlights and a decent creamy head.

The smell is a bit weak. Only a bit of sweet and nutty aromas shining through.

The taste is very light and crisp while still maintaining some full-flavored beer tastes. A bit of chocolate roastiness with a hint of smoke. Still quite sweet. Not much of a hop bite in this schwarz, unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a thin body. Very quenching. When paired with some gourmet sweets from the Amana colonies, it almost tastes like a coca-cola.

Photo of battlekow
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Von Triers on Farwell. Poured a beautiful silky black with a small, brown head. Smelled and tasted malty, very little hop presence. I had this at a bar before dinner, and it suits that role well, almost an appetizer: tasty and full-bodied, yet light and easily drinkable. My first black beer--I will definitely be trying others.

Photo of brakspear
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky tan head that lingers and laces down glass topping pure nearly-black color -- looks great in glass; aroma mild with hints of coffee in background, hop aroma not noticeable at first. taste: mild...biscuity flavors perched on top chocolate followed by mild hop bitterness; full-bodied but without cloying maltiness. Very good beer. I imagine it would be a fantastic with a steak or roast beef!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: served in it's branded glass. Dark brown to black w/really nice thick tan lasting head and lacing.
S: cocoa and coffee, dark bready lager-ish clean malts.
T: saa. Lightly sweet, just a bit of underlying smooth hop bitterness and a touch of roast bring it into balance, with just a hint of lingering chocolately sweetness.
M: nicely carbonated, smooth yet frothy. Light to med body.
D: lots of flavor for this abv and drinks bigger than the abv would suggest. Solid.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L mini Keg to a Pint glass, (I put can as serving type)

A- Pours almost pitch black. Some light gets through the sides and produces a ruby blood red. A large tan head with good retention and lacing on the sides.

S- Lots of burnt notes, some chocolate and roasted gran. A pleasant smelling brew.

T- A rather light taste for a dark beer but its full flavored. A good mix of toasted malts and grain, Chocolate notes, and a little caramel, A light refreshing bitterness.

M- This beer is incredibly silky smooth. It has a light flavor but the beer has a smooth feel which helps make up for it. High carbonation at first from the tap but the container will last a while after its opened.

O- A good dark german lager that I enjoyed with a few friends, I definitely recommend getting one of these if you can but make sure to plan on drinking it all because it will go flat and be a waste.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a fizzy porter, just a tad less black than a stout. The tan head is fluffy and large but also shortlived. Aroma is of roasted malts and believe it or not Campbells Tomato soup, I might be crazy but it really smells like it, and not in a bad way. There are tonnes of bubbles emerging from the blackness, its very interesting to look at. The taste is of roasted malts, rye or pumpernickel bread, chocolate malts and very subdued hops. It completely lacks the bitterness of a stout. It has a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. A very interesting brew that I will try again if I get the chance.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like how they call thier brewing company a "schwarzbierbrauerei". It looks like the only large scale prodcut they make too, so i guess they have a point. On to the beer:

You know what this beer reminded me of? One of those Irish nitro-stouts, without the creamy feel. The flavors are light, mellow, and interesting. They intensify as it warms, releasing molasses and burnt sugar, ended in a slight roasted finish. Pretty good beer at a pretty good price, cost me $6.99 for a sixer at the Wine Exchange.

Photo of flyingpig
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.09):
Dark brown to black with a thumb sized, foamy head that holds very well and is a light, tan brown colour with some lacing on the sides.

Subtle roasted malts and a smoky smell with some liquorice and a touch of sweetness helped on with some vanilla. A nice aroma but not the strongest and this was a disappointment.

Stronger than the nose and the roasted malts and hints of coffee a lot more noticeable straight off the bat with a fair helping of sweetness hitting you about the same time with some vanilla and caramel lingering in the background as well along with the odd hint of smokiness.

Sweet, a medium body & moderate carbonation. Smooth feel to this one for the most part and the flavours are all pretty well balanced before being rounded off with a clean, dry finish that is a moderately bitter one as well.

A nice tasting beer throughout and one that whilst I enjoyed could have used being a lot stronger.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a picture of a dandy enjoying the beer from a goblet. I chose a pint glass, which showcased the dark beer's reddish hues under the thick tan foam.

The aroma was neutral-clean, maybe a bit malty. No smell of roasted malts so that's good. The flavor was very nice, honestly it tasted like a helles a bit, which is strange with the dark color. A little fruity as well.

I didn't know what to expect with this beer style, but this was a nice dark lager overall.

Photo of Schwarzwald
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap and was very excited to try it. It cam in the namesake glass and was quite impressive with a large creamy head. I had this with some very dark rye bread and butter. It was very dark and nutty with hints on malt and coffee. Very nice feel and very very drinkable. I would definitely think that more than one would be necessary. WOW, I love it. Very German for such a small ABV.

Photo of Beersignal
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep dark brown with burgundy highlights. Clear liquid with a tan (crème brûlée) colored head that faded rather quickly. Cereal, malt and licorice along with chocolate, roast coffee, cola notes and dark fruits (currants, blackberries...) highlighted the aromas. VERY COMPLEX. Thin to medium body with tastes of malted cereal, light residual sugar followed by roasted and hoppy bitterness. Finishes in a swirl of the above flavors dominated by mineral and hops bitterness. I am still amazed by the complexity of smells in this brew.

Photo of
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark black with a hint of ruby and a small clumpy tan-coloured head. Good retention on the head and it leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Smell - Very clean aroma dominated by roasted malts, smooth coffee, and dark grains.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and well carbonated for a pleasing, full mouthfeel. I think this is the only black beer I have ever tasted that can be acurately described as "crisp."

Taste - Also clean with flavours of sweet brown bread, a hint of minerally quinine and a bit of cocoa. There is just enough bitterness to balance everything out.

This is the first schwarzbier I have tried, and I'm surprised at how refreshing and easily drinkable this dark beer is.

Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear

Smell: nut and toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt, grains, minerals, and small nut, hops are present at the end and in the aftertatse

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a small bitter aftertaste, smooth

Drinkability: One of the better in the style I have had. This is a nice change of pace beer for me. Two in a row would be the most I desire, but I love the lightness of this beer.

Photo of samtrillo
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rebel1771
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a small off white head. The aroma has strong chocolate and coffee characteristics along with toasted pumpernickle bread. The coffee attributes from the aroma make another appearance in the flavor along with chocolate and a hint of hop flavor at the end. This is a pretty good brew, will be getting this one again.

Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 l. of good black beer, bought in Germany.

Dark brown, with a thin beige head, good lacing in the glass.
Smell of roasted malts and nuts, a bit of caramel, also some chocolate
Taste was a little less significant. Pleasant of similar notes, but a bit faint.
Light body and good refreshing qualities.

A nice example of the style.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Ebony black color very smilar to a stout, but with a slight white head. Head was very small, despite my attempts to generate one by tilting the bottle while pouring.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet, hints of toasted grains mixed with lagery grains and hops. Nice.

-Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sour, but then fades into a familiar lagery graininess. Middle is actually a bit dry with very, very slight hints of toasted grains. Finish is long and complex and the toasted grains really come forward followed by lager sweetness and hoppiness. There is a subtle dryness here that is refreshing. Aftertaste is all smoky grains and malt with a slight hop return. Everything is balanced and restrained and elegant.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Standard lager carbonation, very refreshing.

-Overall 4.0: I have tried many Black Lagers and Koerstritzer is head and shoulders over all of them. This brew is a wonderful mix of lager elements, but with the slight addition of smoky grains and the larger barley middle of a stout or porter. This beer is balanced and never over the top. Other Black Lagers would do well to study this unique balance. Recommended.

Photo of karait95
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark beer with rich carbonation, head is not very large but is well formed for a creamy consistency and slow dissipation, retention on the glass is good, a lot of traces still on the glass after time, permanent layer is always on top and it is a little thinker than usual.

S: Toasted malts are clearly noticed strong malty backbone forms the aroma of this beer.

T: Intense flavor with lots of toasted malts, barley is totally present and also hops can be detected.

M: Sensation is well balanced starting neutral and ending with little bitterness, sensation also lasts on the mouth after ending.

Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Yeasty alcohol smell with an undercurrent of dark roasted malts. No noticeable hops
Appearance: Dark as night. At the corner of the top I can make out the slightest bit of, no, it’s black as night. Head was active but settled down to a thin coating of small darker suds.
Flavor: Very smooth. Taste is actually milder than expected given the color and smell. The balance is on the malt side, but not sticky sweet. Just enough hops to bring it to the middle. The roasted malt comes through strongest in the aftertaste, a hint of chocolate malt (not brewers chocolate).
Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth for a lasting pleasant aftertaste. Low carbonation and I experienced little warming.
Overall Impression: My first taste of a “black beer”. Found it much more drinkable than I expected. Smooth, complex, satisfying. I could see this as a starting point for exploring dark beers.

Photo of avwrite
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good import. Nice dark color and strong taste. Definitely has some sweetness with that molasses taste.

Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with good clarity. Soapy tan head doesn't have very good retention, but does leave behind small wisps of lace.

S: Smells rather dry, if that's possible. Baking chocolate dominates, with grass, black tea and caramel aromas in the background.

T: More baking chocolate, plus a slight charred and smoked wood flavor. Bitterness comes on with a lemon tartness and a bit of fresh tea. Finishes dry and tart, with a mild coffee like acidity.

M: Medium body feels dry and a little straw like. Carbonation starts out high, but settles down nicely.

D: A very nice example of this style. Low ABV makes it eminently drinkable. I'm glad I picked this up.

Photo of brewQ
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a twinkle of ruby. Looks like a Porter without the viscosity.

A malty aroma- not quite licorice or chocolate but very full.

Delicious full taste without being overbearing. Leaves a finish on the roof of the mouth.

I'll be looking for occasions to have another of these beers.
Was surprised to see the ties to Bitburger imports.

Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured darker than any other lager I've had myself. It looks good in the glass, with minor head and lacing.

It smells almost like it has a touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is similar, dark and thin with that crisp lager finish. Smooth and slick in the mouth, this has a surprisingly light but satisfying feel. Quite nice, if you ask me.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,565 ratings.