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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,551 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 72
Gots: 107 | 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 EagleTalon
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Dry, roasty and "lagery". Dry finish. Ruby color and nice permanent head. Some "lace". Smells of typical German lager. Signature German dry finish. A very good beer. May the "Schwarz" be with you! American brewers often can't replicate this style very well. Having a Köstritzer is the way to go.

Photo of rebel1771
3.93/5  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 largadeer
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt many times. A great example of what a schwarzbier can be; black in color and nearly opaque, with a light malty nose that hints at roasted barley. Clean and crackery on the palate, light-bodied, it could almost be mistaken for a helles lager if sampled blind-folded. There's a hint of roast and a mild acidity from the dark malt, but it finishes clean and crisp with barely a trace of bitterness.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.93/5  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 baiser
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 battlekow
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

Nearly black opaque body under an ample light-tan rocky head.

Smell is spicy spices over a mild malty base: cardamom, pepper, a tiny bit lemon grass maybe and a bright mild hint of grapefruit.

Taste is surprisingly bright, refreshing, and hoppy. Long, dry, malty, bitter finish. Yum. Soft carbonation, round mouthfeel. Even enjoyed by malt-despising daughter. Easy to drink, sessionable.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 avwrite
3.93/5  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 Overlord
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to LRM for the trade.

Poured a dark tan, with a huge bubbly head. Nice mouthfeel and carbonation.

Tasted deliciously malty, with some citrus hops thrown in. Still, the overwhelming taste is that of roasted, bitter malt. Clean, very drinkable, not one of my all-time favorites but a very solid beer. Has a hint of sour fruit notes.

Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml into a tulip. Dark brown just shy of black. Puffy three finger foamy head recedes fairly quickly, looks nice. Slightly burnt malt aroma.

Looking at it you'd expect a stout, smelling it you'd expect it to be sweet - it's neither - and it feels thinner than expected as well!

The malt is not too sweet and just a touch of hop bitterness balances the experience, very smooth - this is a good session beer. Most brews this dark are fine at room temp but this doesn't improve with increased temps in fact I think it is best in a relatively narrow (cool cellar) range.

I just re-read the BA description of a Schwarzbier, I think they were drinking this one when they wrote it !

cheers
jd

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Rayek
3.93/5  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 TheDM
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pleasant aroma. Not real strong. A very nice pour with plenty of light brown head made up of small bubbles. It had a very dark brown body that was almost black with some carbonation. Its flavor was mostly just a nice malty taste. It was very smooth with a hint of ... of what I asked myself. Not sure what it was that I was tasting, but it was good. Even though its alcohol content was low, I could still taste it. After a few drinks, an aftertaste did start to build in my mouth. The head never died throughout the entire glass. I don't think I have rated a beer yet here that did this. Beer number 30 and counting! Einemal bier Bitte!

Photo of
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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 FLima
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with red highlights with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Grainy malty aroma with notes of chocolate, mild licorice and lots of dark fruits.
Flavor with lots of chocolate, some spices, cocoa powder, a bit of caramels, a hint of homemade coffee, grains and nuts. Quite dry aftertaste with a bitter roastedness.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Great balance between flavor and drinkability. Definitely a reference for the style. Quite consistent, no disappointments from different batches. Great malt complexity, refreshing and clean taste. If you like the style that is a solid choice.
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Photo of brewQ
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black (schwarz) beer is right. Huge head here, and looks like a stout
though it pours like a lager. Hmm. Sweet taste, hint of maybe some
maple syrup overtones. Not an overly challenging beer, but wholly
satisfying, and a terrific jumping-off point to the world of darker
beers. No problem here.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems a little light at first, but the flavor expands as it warms. Not bad for a sub-5% beer. Rich chocolate malt aromas mixed with a sort of carmelized fruit and licorice. The taste is much of the same, but with a touch more bitter chocolate flavor and light, dry lasting roasted bitterness. Definately more authentic than some of the Amercan counterparts, but not necessarily better.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.