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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 70
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of Higravity
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great mid-sized black lager. Pours like a porter with a tan head and lots o'lacing. Smell is malty with a faint wiff of roasted malt and clean yeast. Taste and mouthfeel are in harmony here with a possible perfect feel, but if only there was a little more to the dark flavor of this blakc lager. Terrific stuff and at $2 a bottle a steal.

Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tjd25
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great-looking dark opaque color. The head’s pretty too, and doesn’t want to disappear. Fine and foamy. Dark malts and grapes in the smell. Complex and refined. The smell is very enjoyable. Dark, almost roasted malts, woody. Some refreshing winy grapes aspects. Some chestnut maybe. The mouthfeel is great and full, no bitterness, a floral hoppiness. The complexity of this beer doesn’t make it less drinkable. A good pick.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Map Room, Chicago. Hmm... a good black bread taste. Brown body, spicy nose. Nicely roasted body, and a slightly smoky taste to boot. Haven't had enough schwartzbiers yet to be sure of my rankings, so far they don't toally grab me.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. plastic cup (classy, I know) at Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront.

A-Big tan head receded relatively quickly. Dark brown beer looked deep and luscious, though clarity was difficult to discern in the clouded-white class. From my evaluation, though, I'd say it looked pretty clear, considering its darkness.

S-Herbal hoppy aromas give way quickly to a pleasant, light choco-malt. An overall clean, minimal aroma.

T-Slightly spicy hoppiness mixes nicely with a slight roastiness, overplayed by a bit of chocolate. Very crisp, finishes slightly bitter-roasty, but clean.

M-Medium, almost medium-ight body with an appropriately springy carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. This may have been artificially propped up with the ambiance of the Oktoberfest and the interesting polka contest that was going on while I sipped this brew.

Photo of Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a pilsner hourglass. Looks like it was canned on 09/13/2013 and best by 09/13/2014...hmm.

A- Pours what would appear to be black until you hold it up to the light and a small amount of light comes through revealing a deep deep walnut. A small light brown head that sticks around.

S- Light notes of raisin bran, like a doppelbock lite. Some fresh hay in there.

T- Again some very light raisin bran flavor. Not really getting anything in the way of hops. A bit watery.

M- Light, easy drinking.

O- I think this is like the first or one of the first beers of this style ever brewed, so I guess it is a bench mark for the style. Very much like a light German pilsner but with a bit of a doppelbock aspect to it. It refreshing and something you could call sessionable. If I saw it on tap and wanted something light I wouldn't hesitate to order one. I've had a few American examples of the style and they weren't quite as good as this one.

Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ThaCreep
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful black. Nose of light coffee and a little sweet, so macchiato with some hints of caramel but this is quite subtle. Mouth still watery but with an aftertaste of dark chocolate cake rather scored. Small lack of bitterness, however, despite a significant easy to drink.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep brown, almost black. Two fingers of foamy head rose and dissipated to a nice lacing.

Smell: Warm chestnuts. Don't ask me where that came from. At first it was hard for me to place, but caramel malts and a hint of barnyard grassiness developed as it warmed.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts that were mildly roastly. The barnyard malts were also present when it warmed. There is very little hop presence.

Drinkability: Very even and smooth. Classic German. Now I know why Goethe drank it for sustenance. May the schwarz be with you!

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

Appearance: Very dark, coffee-like body; medium-sized head

Aroma: Sweet malts; lingering coffee notes

Taste: Sweet malt on the start; quickly followed by bitter grain flavors; creamy throughout; not bad overall.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of kplooki
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle

Nearly black opaque body under an ample light-tan rocky head.

Smell is spicy spices over a mild malty base: cardamom, pepper, a tiny bit lemon grass maybe and a bright mild hint of grapefruit.

Taste is surprisingly bright, refreshing, and hoppy. Long, dry, malty, bitter finish. Yum. Soft carbonation, round mouthfeel. Even enjoyed by malt-despising daughter. Easy to drink, sessionable.

Photo of NickyDee21
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of TheHammer
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two fingers of head, check, good amount of lace check, head retention, well two out of three ain't bad as the head vanished at the half way mark. The body is a deep, nearly black brown that reveals not the carbonation in it's body.

Smell: Dark roasted malts dominate the nose, with touches of coffee in the background. There are also some creamy and yeast notes I'm picking up as well. Warming helped it's case somewhat but wasn't overt.

Taste: It starts with a semi-sweet malt taste that reminds me of chocolate chips, it then turns to a slightly burnt toast taste with a hint of dry espresso and ending with a grainy almost hay-like lager snap with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is certainly the strength of this one, as it seems to bring the beer in waves, which coincidentally make the beer taste almost, disjointed in some ways, but it also adds a certain crispness to it all. The big complaint on this one though is there is an underlying bitter burnt taste that permeates the beer and extends into the aftertaste. It doesn't build upon itself because of the crispness but, it's there.

Drinkability: There is a great lager crispness to the beer, but I'm to understand that the style, despite it's dark appearance is supposed to be lighter. In this case, I'd say this beer is a slightly towards heavy medium. It settles down nicely and has a nice smoothness though.

Final Thoughts: All in all a positive experience with the pros outweighing the cons. I kinda get the feeling I'm not being quite as charitable with this review as I should, this being my first Schwarzbier, but I've had other dark lagers and Dunkels before which seemed lighter and more flavourful. Either way, I'd recommend it, there is certainly nothing wrong with this offering.

Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of wheatyweiss
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a czechvar glass.

Pours a dark cola with no light leaking through. Mocha colored head is one fingered and has decent staying power.

Aroma is toasted malt, chocolate and dusty lager yeast. Burnt toast and coffee.

Flavor follows aroma. Dark bitter roasted malt, dusty lager yeast and darker undertones. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Finishes dry, with no sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, like a lager. The mouthfeel is confusing given the amount of flavor in this beer.

Drinkability is tops. This is a light, thin bodied beer with a ton of flavor.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Kostritzer Schwartzbier was a very dark brown color (nearly black) with a tan head. The head was large and had good retention. The aroma was malty and a little roasty. The taste was about the same, good and malty with some roasty flavors and a little bitterness. It was medium bodied and medium in carbonation. Very good drinkability. All it needs is a little more body. A good beer. Recommended.

Photo of shbobdb
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I learned how to drink beer on this beer. My German hostfather would ask me "willst du ein bier?" and how could I refuse? He drank Koestritzer, and so did I.

The beer is like Celebrator Doppelbock and a fine helles (Hofbraeu perhaps?) had a baby.

It pours a dark, rich black with faint red highlights when held up to the light.

It smells sweet and suprisingly milky with light chocolate overtones.

The taste is smooth and delicious. The rich, helles-style malt (primarily light munich) is the first thing to hit you. Then you get the faint doppelbock overtones with chocolate and, above all else, fig. The beer rounds out with a light peppering of powedered chocolate and milk.

I really like this beer. Really tastey. But it also holds a special place in my heart, so I might be a pinch biased.

Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An alright schwarzbier which suffers from one major flaw. Nice roasted characteristics which aren't too strong.

I can't pick up much of a smell.

However, the problem is in the taste. There is an alcohol astringency at the end of the sip. It isn't completely horrible, but it is a problem that flows to mouthfeel and drinkability.

Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JBogan
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with a one finger tan creamy head which didn't stay long and left nary any lacing.

Smelled of toffee and maybe even a bit of vinegar. Not really impressive.

Tasted better than it smelled. Some toffee along with chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel was just average. Smooth yet on the thin side.

This was is a somewhat drinkable beer, although I probably won't be reaching for it again anytime soon. Worth a try if you like this style, but it's not anything particularly memorable.

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of wahhmaster
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head that dissipates very quickly with almost no lacing. This beer is so dark that it almost looks like a cola.

Smell: Strong smell of roasted caramel malts. Has grassy and hoppy notes in the end.

Taste: Sweet with a strong taste of roasted caramel malts. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty. Almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A great beer. Probably one of the best of its style.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.