Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt
The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.
The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.
My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!
03-20-2012 20:55:16 | More by Demitra
2.75/5 rDev -29.8%
Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.
Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.
It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.
The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.
03-20-2012 20:45:02 | More by kiya
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
Appearance: Darkest black with a tan creamy 1/4 inch head with beautiful lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts present faint bouquet of nut and caramel. Distant but detectable traces of vanilla, coffee. The hops are truly German with grassy fineness and light fruit flavors.
Taste: Like a chocolate malt milkshake. More milk than chocolate. Creamy caramel malt mouth with refreshing hop backing. Faint alcohol (odd for a beer this light)
Mouthfeel: Slight dryness. On the malt side but hops come through
with a spicy and floral touch.
Overall: Delicious and extremely refreshing. A classic.
03-20-2012 07:05:42 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange brown amber, one finger light tan head and slight lacing. Dark malts and light suggestion of toasted malts and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is malty, dark, sweet and faint toasted malts. Finish somewhat dry and malty. Pleasant and light to moderate flavored. Quite good for such a low ABV. Worth a revisit.
03-18-2012 22:06:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!
03-15-2012 01:31:33 | More by ouser31
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
Dark brown, verging on black, in a pilsner with highlights that range from chocolate brown. A two-inch, light chestnut head is creamy and quickly drops to a quarter of an inch, leaving patchy lace. Carbonation clings to the glass as well.
A strong presence of chocolate syrup followed by malt balls.
Sweet and malty with some molasses. The sweetness settles down with warmth as a roasted character develops. However, this one lacks depth.
The body is light a watery with lots of carbonation and no alcohol.
This is an easy flowing beer though the flavors are less than I had hoped for.
03-11-2012 20:35:37 | More by SLeffler27
United Kingdom (England)
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
A: A pretty dark mahogany colour with a beige head which resembles the surface of the moon. Nice.
S: Roasted malt. Hint of coffee.
T: Malty. Very strong walnut flavour. Bit of coffee. Slightly porteresque. Light but slightly creamy. Nice bitterness. Fantastic lacing.
O: The Label design reflects the Teutonic drinking experience you're about to have. It's not a friendly beer but it has good form. I'm not a Schwarzbier fan but I think my rating is fair.
02-29-2012 14:21:53 | More by Hoppsbabo
4/5 rDev +2%
Best before 07/21/12; Poured in a pint glass.
A - One inch of light tan fluffy, carbonated head; Very dark brown in color with a garnet glow when held to the light; Not much lacing left behind
S - Notes of very sweet caramel, wet leafy/earthy hops, fruits reminiscent of figs and raspberries, and very subtle chocolate
T - Flavors of leafy/vegetable hops, lightly sweet caramel, and slightly tart raspberry-like fruits come first; Leafy hops linger in the taste with toasted bread and subtle chocolate, caramel, and spice developing towards the end
M - Moderate carbonation; Just under medium bodied; Nice, smooth, wet mouthfeel
O - For the style of Schwarzbiers, options can be limited. However, this beer seems to be an offering that's pretty easy to find and is an all-around solid beer. The flavor isn't one that's overly complex, but it's very balanced between the mildly sweet, caramel, fruity, and hoppy flavors. With a smooth mouthfeel, low ABV, and high drinkability, this is a beer I could enjoy time and time again without losing interest in it.
02-19-2012 21:53:54 | More by TechTriumph
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.
A: Serious dark brown, almost black in color with a thick tan head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lace coats the glass, and carbonation is subtle.
S: Dark malt up front, with a touch of coffee and toast, with some floral hop notes on the backside.
T: Pretty much like the smell. Roasty, with some espresso and chocolate notes, along with some fruity elements. Grassy, floral hop notes dry out the finish.
Notes: Flavorful, yet light in body, and very silky on the palate. An all-around well-made Schwartzbier. Very sessionable at 4.8%. It's a balanced brew, and an easy find for this style. A dark bear that suits all seasons.
02-17-2012 05:19:38 | More by WYVYRN527
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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