Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,538 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,538
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 71
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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of corby112
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with touches of amber at the edges and a thin foamy beige head. Bland aroma and flavor. Malty with a slightly hopped dry finish. Nothing to exciting. I find that a lot of these German styles are watered down and bland.

Photo of superspak
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Poured a smooth black color with good carbonaton and a dirty white head. Nose is grains, caramel, and roasted malts. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, low ABV keeps it very drinkable and can't belive the alcohol is low for such full flavor. .

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A kind gift from my flatmate's father who brought this bottle along with three other beers all the way from hometown Stuttgart. 500ml brown bottle, BB 06/07, served chilled in a pint-sized weizen glass.

A: very dark brown colour with mahogany shades; coming with a very tight and creamy layer of tan froth that sustains very well and leaves even sheets of lacing behind; gentle fizziness for a lager.
S: very refreshing doughy yeasts and lager malts upfront, balanced by an understated but enticing touch of burned sugar on top of faint touches of dark chocolates and roast-nuts... Overall the nose is surprisingly clean and straight forward, but a nose this neat hard to obtain, I presume?
T: a mouthful of richer roasted-nuttiness and muter bitter chocolates hand in hand with a crisp and acidic pale lager flavour... soon followed by light, powdery-textured hop-bitterness, leaving a lingering aroma and bitter flavour of black sugar, caramel, and some burned nutty aroma and bitter-sweet aftertaste. The finish also shows some dryish hops and a healthy dose of acid, balancing with the chewy roastiness quite well.
M&D: this is a softly-fizzy and medium-bodied black lager that in my opinion tastes slightly more simplistic than ideal. But the cleanliness on the nose and palate, and the neat structure make this a very quaffable alternative to Munich Dunkel, a lot of which more often than not show too much sweet and thin aftertaste (for me). All in all, I'm happy that finally I get to taste this much-talked-about beer, and it doesn't disappoint at all~~

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

Pours a black colored brew with a tan head.

Smell is grain and a little fruity with a faint smoky scent. Scent of crackers in the malt and raisins in the fruit.

Taste is on the dry side with lots of grain flavor and a touch of chocolate and coffee flavor from the dark roasted malt. Mild herbal hop flavor. Slight trace of acid flavor from the dark malts.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Quite good drinkability here. This is a good session beer, tasty, not too heavy low in alcohol. Not a world class brew, but absolutely a good beer.

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

(Served in an Imperial Pokal)

A- This beer has an opaque dense black body with a sandy tan head of cream that sticks to the glass with each sip. There are a few random tiny bubbles seen gliding to the surface.

S- The dry fresh roasted grain note has a dry caramel note and a dry chocolate grain note it.

T- The smooth clean roasted malt flavor has some dry pale malt flavors with just a bit of sweetness. There is a soft earthy note to the roasted bitterness finish that also has a light cream and tang qualities to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with crisp fizz finish the blends the slight sweetness of the malt.

D- This beer has a nice roasted malt flavor which has a good depth but still remains smoothly lagered.

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a. 12 oz bottle into a mug. Dark blackish brown brew pours with a small off white head.

s. Smell is of roasted malt and peat, some cracker like yeast.

t. Taste is quite solid and follows the nose. Roasted malted barley plays a dominant role, with some smoke and bready notes on the back end and just a slight bitterness.

m. Medium bodied and semi-smooth.

D. Dangerously drinkable, and a really fine beverage indeed. Reccommended.

Photo of jdhilt
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two finger cream head that vanishes without a trace of lace (in 9/2006 it left a good lace). Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt and hints of caramel (no metallic aftertaste this time). $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Photo of smakawhat
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown and looks like it has crystals in it, which may just be some haze. A fluffy off-white head chunks up a bit before settling to a nice collar.
Aroma is a bit weak. I was expecting more malt, sweets or caramel, but didn't get much of any. Sure, it smelled ok, not bad, but only average.
Malt and caramel are in the taste, but not overpowering. It's a nice balance and the sweetness is clean and doesn't linger long. Malt is easy and sensitive. Had this with some brats and it went very nicely.
Good beer

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black, nice carbonation, small head. little lacing afterwards. Scents of toasted caramel, and malts. Nice sweet taste, medium body. This is a very drinkable brew at this ABV, would recommend. I like the Samuel Adams version alot better, there's just more going on with the SA.

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle dated 7 Nov. 2012 -- purchased in Bavaria and consumed a few days later in Innsbruck in a wine glass.

Pours a near black mahogany, clear, with a sudsy tan head. The head has rather weak retention but leaves nice lacing.

S&T: excellent sweet/bitter balance; nice dark roasted malt flavor without any burnt qualities. Hops are a little more evident in the aroma than the taste. Fine aftertaste featuring dark roasted malt.

O: no flaws to speak of, and nicely smooth and balanced, but the nose and flavor could be a little bit stronger.

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

For those whose German needs a little brushing up, "schwarz" means black and thus "schwarzbier" translates, literally, to 'black beer'. Of course, that's nothing you couldn't have figured out on your own just from looking at the thing! It's body is decidedly black, despite slipping up the occasional highlight, and even its head looks like slate.

The aroma is curiously distinct, offering a particular and enticing bouquet that, although humming a subtle tune of dark fruit, is not noticeably fruity and, although there is an inkling of caramel, could hardly be considered sweet. And while its maltiness is toasty, it lacks even a trace of harsh roast or coffee-like qualities.It smells like the Greek dessert __.

In fact, the smell makes it hard to point the finger at any one particular flavour, or the ingredient responsible for it. The actual taste doesn't make things much easier. While its tremendously grainy, dark maltiness is distinctive and substantial, it doesn't sit at all heavily on the palate and refuses to linger even momentarily in an aftertaste of any kind.

Likewise, while there must be some hops at play considering how virtually all sweetness is restrained, there is no prevalent bitterness and the beer drinks with the clean, complaisant, almost nondescript character of any pale lager. And there is not a drop of roast, astringency or porter-like flavour despite the obvious use of a little dark malt.

Köstritzer, and schwarzbier in general, is a lesson in how you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Despite the blackish colour, this beer is every bit as smooth, lightly-flavoured, drying and refreshing as any yellow lager worth drinking. And it's also an obvious testament to the Germans' love and skill for brewing super agreeable, drinkable lagers.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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