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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,406 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,406
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 65 | 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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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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. .

01-29-2010 20:48:09 | More by barleywinefiend
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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~~

01-06-2007 21:53:23 | More by wl0307
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2%

05-12-2014 03:48:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

(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.

06-09-2009 20:51:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

06-30-2010 21:59:10 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

09-05-2005 23:50:20 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

08-14-2007 22:30:55 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

11-01-2005 01:37:37 | More by Wasatch
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

12-25-2012 18:17:19 | More by ejimhof
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

01-21-2009 19:03:43 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

12-05-2013 01:24:46 | More by BillRoth
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

11-30-2011 22:19:19 | More by brandoman63
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-20-2010 19:14:17 | More by biegaman
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

08-14-2010 06:51:48 | More by Mebuzzard
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

07-10-2014 20:43:38 | More by afsdan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

04-16-2011 18:04:09 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

12-02-2011 03:13:27 | More by rab53
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-24-2014 22:09:10 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-17-2014 14:32:00 | More by LXIXME
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Pours a very dark cherry red color, wiht a slight fizzy tan head.

S: Liqour, and licorice on nose along with some rum raisin, dried cherries, and dark caramel.

T: Very smooth flavor, dark maltiness but light on tongue with some earthy dry bittering hop presence. Theres some chocolate notes as well that really stand out. Good per style.

M: oily texture on tongue, dry bitterness with a light mouthful and dry finish.

D: decent drinkability. overall average going down.

10-13-2008 23:06:29 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1%

Can from LCBO. I've had this a ton of times, always forget to review it.

Pours a very dark brown, some ruby in the edges, super thick light brown head forms, drops some decent lacing, great retention, keeps a solid layer the whole glass. Smell is nice, on the sweet side, caramel and toast, some chocolate milk, light roastiness, nuts, grainy, fresh biscuits, touch of dark fruit but very clean, nice roasty character. Taste is solid, very toasty and biscuity at first, nuts, chocolate milk, light raisin, almost an oxidized sort of sherry character, grains, oats, very toasty and dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. A real nice and easy to drink schwarzbier, cheap too. Hard to beat this value.

03-18-2009 22:34:39 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-26-2014 22:18:26 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -33.7%

Even though this is a "black beer", the beer isn't black. Rather dark ruby. A full rocky beige head. Some slight caramel tones and milk chocolate on the nose. There's a soapy taste in this beer. It has a light to medium body. I perceive some bitterness, albeit not a pleasurable one. There are some very slight roasted and chocolate tones. Very uniteresting beer. Compared to one of the only other Schwarzbiers I've had, Sprecher Black Bavarian, this beer is not even in the same universe.

05-16-2002 22:28:07 | More by Bighuge
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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