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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,276 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1276
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%


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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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Biergarten Haus in DC into a mug.

A very black carbonated body, with walnut like hues of brown. A light tan very together head that is foamy is present also, some good lacing while drinking.

Smell? What Smell? This has next to nothing other than it seems sort of clean and a mild malt grain.

Taste is a big flavor punch luckily. A great chewy grain comes through of delicious malt. Hints of roast coffee, and mild chocolate in the palate. Sweetness brings more roast on the swallow, it's almost like a really good light porter. Good mouthfeel for this style a little wet but actually pretty bold considering the low abv.

Overall this is a great tasting sessionable brew, it's so far probably the best Schwarzbier I've had. Too bad it doesn't have much going for it on the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 18:04:09 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 3/6/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity esters. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, light floral, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around nice balance and complexity of flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 03:58:51 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted, almost slightly burnt malts along with some slight hints of dark chocolate.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has a moderate amount of dark roasted malts with some light hints of almost burnt malts. There are light notes of dark chocolate as well.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink due to the low ABV and lighter body. Enjoyable and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 19:52:15 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date 11/05 on the bottom of the can.

A: Black. Pours with a huge, off-white, almost tan head. There's only a little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Slightly sour, acidic smell? Mocha, molases, dark bread, hint of floral hops. Metallic (I'm not sure if this is from the hops or the can?).

T: A little closer to a dry stout than some schwarzbiers. Malty (lots of mocha, a little bread), molases, and a pleasant peppery hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is quite dry & a little chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: I find it a little dry & chalky, kind of like German's answer to the industrialized, dry stout. Certainly drinkable, but it doesn't do it for me.

Readily available, but I don't consider it the 'gold standard'.

Serving type: can

06-01-2006 01:05:48 | More by Derek
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beertunes

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured the expected translucent black with over an inch of tan head that had good retention but minimal lacing.

The aroma was mostly grain with some slight roasted notes. the roasted notes were more upfront on the tongue, with the grain fading to the back.

The body was good, but perhaps a bit thin for the style (which is fairly light to begin with). Drinkability was very good, having a couple of these in row would be easy. Overall, a nice little beer, worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 22:46:52 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight grain, slight sweet malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, and hint of dry hops.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 19:17:31 | More by Tone
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark reddish-brown with a medium thick tan head that has fair retention. Thin spotty lacing. The aroma consists of dark fruits and malt. Medium-bodied with a somewhat roasty aspect. Medium body but thin at times. Malt, coffee and prune flavors are present, along with a touch of hops. The finish is roasty and sweet, with a mild coffee aftertaste. Average overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:52:20 | More by Dogbrick
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of a roasty and smokey malt. In the taste, a very light smokey malt, yet quite lager-ish. A nice smooth and malty mouthfeel, with a dry smokey aftertaste. A nice small smokiness, but not overly big in flavor or body. Many lager like atributes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 17:06:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is mostly blackish brown but has an amber glow at the bottom and edges. Has tight tan head with good staying power that was about 2 inches high, nice, large, and frothy. Smells of sweet choclate and spice, kinda toasty and deep roastyness, and dry. Taste is echoing the smells, quite alot of roasted malt with chocolatey sweetness, even a bit on the bitter side. Has a bit of fruit and spice notes. The flavors are very complex, smooth though, leaving lingering notes and a bit dry. Good, strong medium and bold body, smooth, but dry feel. some of the notes can be a bit perplexing. The fruit note is like a dry raisin of fig. The spice note is also a dry peppery twinge in the back of the mouth. One heck of a good complex beer, can be very drinkable if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2003 06:04:14 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a black color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of long=lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: There was a strong smell of malt - as you expect from the style - and also a little note of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee. A decently complex taste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of the schwarzbier style, but this is an easy to drink example of one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 15:46:26 | More by avalon07
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largadeer

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 05:14:21 | More by largadeer
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stcules

Italy

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, with some mahogany reflexes. Brown head, not too much, but good.
In the smell malt and roasted caramel, but even candy sugar, and the aroma of fresh hop.
In the taste the sweetness permeates the palate, in an uniform manner, but it is well balanced by the bitterness.
Medium-medium-low in body.
In the aftertaste, after an initial hit of sweetness, it comes out sharp the bitterness. Even liquorice and cocoa powder.
Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 20:20:03 | More by stcules
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of 05.01.11. Pours a dark garnet color with a large cap of tan foam. Retention is very nice and leaves some decent lacing.

Smells like freshly crushed barley with a decent dose of chocolate. I get some bread dough in here and maybe even a bit of licorice. Smells good.

Everything seems so well in balance with this beer...the hops, light roast, cocoa and graininess all come together very nicely. It is flavorful and refreshing at the same time. Light on the sweetness and maintains a lager lightness in body. Easy to go through a few of these in a sitting, tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:06:33 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher Maaskrug. C 6 notched on the label. No idea what that denotes.

A - Black as night with the smallest amber/ruby highlights and an enormous tan, dense, and lumpy head which seemed to refuse to go down. Some sticky lacing on the glass too.

S - Crisp, rich smell. Light coffee with roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. A mineral water smell on the finish.

T - Very light in flavor and body. Roasted malts with little definition. Nothing stands out. Some coffee and cocoa but its very subdued.

M - Light bodied. Sort of watery. Crisp carbonation.

D - Easily drinkable but with much better Schwarzbiers from Sprecher and Sam Adams, why would you want it?
*Maybe it's bad? My roommate commented it was no where near as good as he remembered.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 15:16:35 | More by BeerFMAndy
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug as part of our "German Night" dinner. The beer is opaque black, with a thin, filmy yellow head. The aroma is light, with only hints of barley. The beer has a complex balance of malts and barley, and is very well balanced. A nice, smooth feel in mouth, with a clean, crisp finish. Extremely easy to drink, with minimal aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:50:57 | More by GarthDanielson
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Schwarz as night with a lively head.

Smell – Burnt bread dough provides the unique signature of this aroma. There’s a deep molasses scent in here as well.

Taste – This is a well-balanced bier. The extra-dry flavors mix well with the molasses sweetness and a slight tarty tang.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This was a good schwarzbier that went down well.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 20:33:13 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, and a bit of coffee. The flavor is bready/doughy, roasted malt, caramel and licorice. There's also a nice lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. It goes down smooth and easy, and it has just the right amount of carbonation that makes it very easy to drink. I think it's a good beer, very sessionable IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 01:34:47 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown in color, dark with amber hues and a half inch of head.

S - Slight harsh grain and some coffee notes.

T - Grains are harsh at first but rounds out with a solid roasted coffee notes and a bit of hops in the finish. Sweet overall but not the best Schwarzbier I ever had.

M - Light to medium, easy drinking.

D - I would drink it again. Really smooth drinkable black lager. Just expected more dark chocolate bitterness. Worth the dollar I paid.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:04:46 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer...pours an impressive coal black with a tan head on top....rims the glass nicely....the nose is fantastic...very sweet caramel notes mixed with a strong vanilla aroma...awesome....the body is sturdy and firm..relatively creamy texture...feels right in the mouth...the taste is delightful...again the vanilla is very evident but also some java notes..light caramel and roasted malts...this is a dandy...drinkability is sky high....I want another and another and another...(I only have one though)..THE best Schwartzie I've had...Not a real favorite style of mine...UP UNTIL NOW...Excellent beer...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 04:52:14 | More by ZAP
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also rather mild, roasted malts, just a touch of chocolate. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not a bad beer, I felt it was a little lacking for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 22:06:16 | More by tone77
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flagmantho

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz botte into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with hints of red when held up to the light. Three-finger tan head which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates.

Smell: nose is a bit grainy with some aromas of roasted grains as well. There is also the faintest smell of wild berries; subtle, but it really adds something to the overall effect.

Taste: quite nice, actually. Malt is slightly sweet with some caramel, those faint berries and some roasty quality. The roast has a subtle bitterness but isn't the traditional coffee or chocolate flavor. I find the flavor to be very soothing.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a rather silky texture. Carbonation is extremely low; a touch more would have been nice. The near-flat effect isn't necessarily bad for this beer, but it was a little off-putting for me.

Drinkability: this beer is pretty tasty and, while I will not be drinking a six pack of it anytime soon, is indeed pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:12:49 | More by flagmantho
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bark

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep brown-black; the liquid is clear. The high head is airy, pale brown and firm. A good amount of lacing occurs.

The smell is mild with some hoppy bitter flavours, some dough and porridge and dark chocolate.

The taste is very malty and a bit roasted, almost toasted. But it is not heavy; it is still very drinkable and balanced. There are notes of rye bread, toasted white bread, porridge and some mild cocoa. The aftertaste is a bit dry with flavours of roasted malt, hoppy notes of dried fruits and some butter. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to mild. The liquid is very creamy, almost thick.

This is one of the most sold schwartzbiers in Germany, and it is not hard to see why: It is a very drinkable and generous beer that is almost a meal in itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 17:56:02 | More by bark
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:06:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Resi's into a .5L glass...Dark brown pour with charcoal notes, not liking the color. A nice light tan head, great retention and lacing...The aroma is on the light side, roasted malt, coffee, but some nice fruit notes of plums and raisins. Not what I was expecting, but in a good way...The taste is also pretty light, but very crushable and flavorful for a schwarbier. Light roast throughout, with dark fruits sweetness to balance.

Easy drink, pretty enjoyable. Not my thing but I'd drink it again in Germany.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 15:46:44 | More by jrallen34
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cokes

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep ruby-purple-black body. Tan head has a good deal of stickiness.
Black malts on the nose with notes of roastedness.
Similarly, the taste is a battle between the tar-like black malts and the somewhat subdued roastedness. Sweetness is minimal. Hopping is next to invisible. Taste profile is fairly slight, but lingers with residual black maltiness, and some charred earth flavors.
Weak, uninspired body does not help things. Stops short of being watery, but way too thin anyway. Medium to high levels of carbonation seem somewhat out of wack. Once the carbonated settles out, the beer just dies.
I love the style, but this one is not a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2002 00:12:04 | More by cokes
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