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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 70
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
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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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 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.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.4 Cj.4

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.

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. No indication off when this beer was brewed.

Appearance: Pours with big 1-2 inch, foamy, light-tan head. Tis slowly settles in a thin coating of foam, leaving a decent amount of Belgian lacing. The beer itlsef is black and opaque, with hints of brown around the edges.

Smell: Botter roasted malt and a slight residual sweetness.

Taste: Tastes of slightly bitter malt (black patent?) and chocolate. Smooth with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Good body.

Drinkability: As with most black lagers, a very easy drinking beer.

Photo of shbobdb
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I learned how to drink beer on this beer. My German hostfather would ask me "willst du ein bier?" and how could I refuse? He drank Koestritzer, and so did I.

The beer is like Celebrator Doppelbock and a fine helles (Hofbraeu perhaps?) had a baby.

It pours a dark, rich black with faint red highlights when held up to the light.

It smells sweet and suprisingly milky with light chocolate overtones.

The taste is smooth and delicious. The rich, helles-style malt (primarily light munich) is the first thing to hit you. Then you get the faint doppelbock overtones with chocolate and, above all else, fig. The beer rounds out with a light peppering of powedered chocolate and milk.

I really like this beer. Really tastey. But it also holds a special place in my heart, so I might be a pinch biased.

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

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy and tan. The liquid is dark chocolate. A very good example of the style.

Smell is of sweet dark roasted malt, bread and chocolate.

Taste is of deeply roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth, turns to dark chocolate with espresso as it warms. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Serve this warmer, it really becomes quite good.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin with a slight bite. Medium body and smooth.

Drinkability is very high.

Prost! Und Zum Wohl! MK

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

500 ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours very dark brown; essenstially black. A sturdy pour creates a large, dense, persistent, light mocha colored, head. Leaves some uneven strings of lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas start with herbal and grassy hops, very mild chocolate notes, and an extremely faint roasted character. Very light and clean overall.

Flavor brings on many of the same components from the nose but in slightly different proportions and in different sequence. Subtle chocolate notes come through first and the grassy, leafy, hop character is mostly confined to the aftertaste until it warms. At room temperature, however, hops seem to be the primary flavor. Feel is light, clean, and smooth. Very easy drinking.

This is a style I took years coming back around to. I notice American brewers seem to have a hard time time duplicating traditional versions of this style. Although there are great American beers categorized as Swarzbiers they really have nothing in common with beers like this other than color and bottom fermentation. Overall an enjoyable beer and a very good example of the style.

Photo of supercolter
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very sessionable beer. Appearance is good, very thick tan head and a deep black color. Smell is decent but not very apparent. Some nice roasted malt the at is a bit like coffee and nuts. Taste is the same with just a touch of hops coming through. Mouthfeel is great, nice light and fizzy. Drinkability is good considering the style.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black with a big foamy head that settles to a 1/4" ring in the glass. Good lace all the way through. Taste is of roasted malt, but in a subdued manner. Tastes like a stout, but has the mouthfeel of a something milder. This would be good for someone who wants just a little more in their beers, but don't want the heaviness of a Porter or a stout. Very drinkable.

Photo of ecoboy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I should admit straight off that I'm no Schwartzbier expert. i even had to look above to get the spelling. This was an appealing offering, however, so I threw decent marks its way. How the hell does one type an umlaut?

Deep deep mahogany hue with a trace of ruby around the edges. Terrific big roast malt aroma with some large coffee notes.

It's got a slightly rounder mouthfeel than a "Dark beer" (Tuborg Dark? Becks Dark? get it? bigger than those.) Nowhere near as thick or bold as a stout or porter. This kind of thing might frighten some away from "dark beer."

Hops just enough to offset the big malt presence. Big roasty grain and coffee presence throughout swallow (two bold notes, with no variation from attack to finish.) Just a touch of sour.

Enjoyed at Dusseldorf on The Beach 11/23/04.

Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while on a recent trip to Germany. I know it's readily available in the states, but I wanted to try a fresh bottle that I know wasn't treated poorly on it's way here.

Pours an almost black, dark brown with a two finger head that settles slowly to a nice layer of foam. The lacing that's left behind is thin and spotty.

Smell; dark roasted malts with a nice bitter coffee presence. There's a touch of chocolate in the aroma, with a little bit of a smokiness going on.

Taste; lots of dark raosted malts as with the aroma, and the coffee is there, only a touch more subdued than I was expecting. That smokiness comes through a bit stronger in the flavor than the nose led me to expect, and finished wit a bit of chocolate, and only a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium boded, wih a very good drinkability. It would befinitely be easy to down a few of these.

I've had this beer in the past (just never reviewed), and this is easily the freshest example that I've had. I'm not sure why there are two entries for this. According to my bottle this is still made by Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.