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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,405 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,405
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 64 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-25-2012 21:20:03 | More by smf90
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

02-19-2012 22:38:56 | More by fizzyted
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2012 20:36:13 | More by OregonMicrobrew
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-19-2012 17:35:59 | More by jfcaa193
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-18-2012 21:03:00 | More by SATBMan
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-18-2012 15:16:51 | More by Eriktheipaman
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-18-2012 02:27:42 | More by djwhit24
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

02-17-2012 22:49:10 | More by nlriehl87
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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
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Enjoyed on tap into the kostritzer signature glass.

A - This beer certainly is a beauty. Black in color with ruby highlights. Brown head lasts quite a while even though it is a little fizzy and Lacing is excellent.

S - Smells faintly of dark malts. I pick up a little of the grassy lager yeast and smokiness from the malts. Basic but clean.

T - A lot like the smell. It is a mild beer but very clean and well executed. Starts a little caramely and sweet and finishes dry and a tad bitter with a smokey character.

M - light bodied but not watery. Carbonation is right. Head is a little fizzy. I would like to see it a little more creamy for a dark beer.

O - A clean easy drinking dark lager. Looks beautiful in the glass, but pretty mild on flavor.

02-16-2012 00:27:02 | More by Dave128
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-15-2012 02:29:46 | More by brutalist
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-13-2012 21:22:42 | More by rogerthegill
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

The beer i black (ganz Schwarz!) a tan head, good lacing but rather small curtains.

The smell is both fruity and meaty. Raisins, burnt bread and sausages.

The taste starts with burned bread crust, dates, milk chocolate.

Medium carbonation, a fresh texture, light body, and nice smooth finish.

A fresh and nice black beer!

02-11-2012 19:33:50 | More by rarbring
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-10-2012 22:33:05 | More by Brewsed
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-07-2012 23:35:48 | More by wgoodej1
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4/5  rDev +2%

02-06-2012 04:25:30 | More by LJWalker
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap last night at the new Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston. Served in a 0.4l Radeberger mug. Light black color, with a wonderful looking head that did not fade. Smell had hints of cocoa powder and tobacco. I liked the flavors very much. Many notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The mouthfeel was deceptively good. It was rich and creamy at first, but the more you drank, it got smoother and smoother. A very easy beer to drink. Tons of flavor, and at under 5% abv, it's a beer that you can enjoy for a session. Great beer, and a bonus at $6 for the large mug. Need to find this on tap more often.

02-05-2012 20:20:01 | More by morebeergood
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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

02-04-2012 22:00:03 | More by Murrhey
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Aroma is slightly sweet pils malt; almost like black bread. Light roastiness and slight chocolate aroma, otherwise neutral. No hop aroma. Clean yeast.

Pours deep dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Quickly dissipating light tan head.

Flavor is light roast, complex layered caramel maltiness, but little or no aftertaste. No real hop flavor, slight hop bitterness.

Light-medium body, with a bit of viscosity early, with a smooth dry finish. Low carbonation.

True to style, easy drinking, lightly roasty black lager. Not terribly interesting, no lingering flavors. My first foray in reviewing the style.

02-01-2012 05:26:08 | More by hiku7
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-30-2012 21:28:55 | More by HumanParaquat
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4/5  rDev +2%

01-30-2012 17:04:31 | More by getbehindthemule
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New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Draft pint at Bierbrunnen Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mild earthy hop. Unexpected sweet and sour grass and earth hop taste backed by roasty malt. Went well with Wiener schnitzel and potato salad. Could session this one in the biergarten...

01-30-2012 00:41:41 | More by atomicbeer
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-28-2012 21:58:41 | More by sludgy
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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

A- Very dark, near black color. Head is one finger and tan and lasts pretty well with some lacing sticking to the glass.
S- The aroma is quite mild with some darker malts and some earthyness and coffee.
T- Fairly mild up front with some dark bread and a hint of smokeyness. The finish has just a bit of ground coffee.
M- light-medium in the body. Carbonation is light. It's very smooth and easy drinking.
O- This is a tasty schwarz and a beer that would be good for an evening of beer drinking.

01-28-2012 21:23:33 | More by jsprain1
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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