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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,485 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,485
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 67
Gots: 88 | 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 GeoffFromSJ
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of afinepilsner
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

afinepilsner, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Carl_R, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of JBogan
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

JBogan, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

hpthebull, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of TheHammer
3.44/5  rDev -12%
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.

TheHammer, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of wahhmaster
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

wahhmaster, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first schwarzbier and I already think it may be my last. The color and head (body clone of a stout) we wonderful. The aroma was a little weak and uninteresting. The taste was just foul. It started out like a crisp pilsner and was followed with a piney, oatmeal combination. It was not a pleasant taste. It is just hard to grasp a black lager that has such an identity crisis. Too many half-ass beer styles wrapped into one.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of PhageLab
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Oh yeah, dark brew, nice thick fluffy head of froth, excellent retention, laces fairly well. I love how intimidated other folks at the bar are (Guiness drinkers excluded) when they see one of these, ha, if only they knew the magic of the schwarz.

S - Roasty toasty barley and nuts, with a touch of spice, slightly weak, but pleasant none the less.

T - Mild licorice profile, a dash of sweetness, and a delicate balance between the malts and hops. Finishes clean.

M - Crisp, light body, mild carbonation, and extremely refreshing. Love it.

D - Outstanding, excellent example of an excellent style, I just wish this was more readily available in the area, this could easily serve as an everyday brew. Reco.

PhageLab, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer to leave East Germany after the wall came down. Beautifully dark with overflowing head. Aroma is malty and a little earthy. Extremely smooth and drinkable with a great balance of malt and hops. This coculd definately be a session beer in my opinion.

BierReise, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

leprakhan, May 16, 2013
Photo of PaulyB83
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

PaulyB83, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of funkengruven
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a finger thick head. Smell slightly resembles a Porter, but more delicate. Flavors of roasted barley malts make their way to a nice smooth finish. Carbonation is sufficient and delivers the aromas quite nicely. pretty drinkable for a black beer. Certainly better than most porters and stouts out there. Overall a nice beer. worth getting again.

funkengruven, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -23.3%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Tafyob41
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Tafyob41, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left an espresso-foam colored head of about one finger deep, had good retention and some good lacing. Body was almost black, being the deepest possible brown. Looks very good.

Smell - Dates, figs, plums, malt bread, freshly baked bread crust, and faint grassy hops.

Taste - mostly like the smell, but a little different with some hidden tastes. Figs, dates, plums, malt bread, freshly baked bread crust washed through in the middle with chocalate, caramel, and a rye taste that lent it a sour and tangy quality. A pleasantly tangy and slightly sour lager overall.

Mouthfeel - full, slightly slick, and somewhat dry.

Drinkability - pretty good beer and rather sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

brutalist, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

KerryCummins1977, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a most excellent dark bronze color, with an appealing ruby tint and a nice almost beige head. There are faint malt aromas on the nose. The flavors consisted of malt, toasted dark bread, grains, lightly hopped, herbs…all balanced well for a moderately sweet / clean taste on the palate. Mouth feel and body are slightly thin/watery but smooth. Overall a very enjoyable black lager.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thick 1" rocky tan head, which was well-retained throughout the drink, and gave way to decent lacing. The body was a clear (filtered) super-dark garnet color with backlit ruby hues at the edges of the glass.

S- Caramel and roasted malts dominate the nose with no detectable hop aroma... like a sweet dark mild. An nice nose for a 4.8% ABV brew.

T- As anticipated, chocolate and caramel malt flavors dominate the palate. Tastes very much like a good restorative after a hard days' labor. Some very faint hop bitterness emerges midway, but disappears in the finish.

M- A nice firm body... particularly big for a low alcohol beer like this. Impressive. The carbonation is only moderately soft... a bit spritzy, but unoffensive.

D- A wonderful session beer. Goes down very very smooth. The only thing keeping this from being a perfect '5' in the drinkability department is the slightly bloating nature of the carbonation.

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of BBM
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schwarzbier is a very under-used style in my opinion. I'm a big fan. And this one did not disappoint. It poured a clear black with slight ruby highlights into the glass. Aroma was toasted malt, slightly bready, and sweet.

The taste was more of the same. A somewhat bread-like flavor, combined with toasted malts and slightly bittering hops make this an interesting and well-balanced brew. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and the finish is clean. I could really drink more of these than I probably should. A very tasty lager from a very underrated style.

BBM, May 31, 2007
Photo of nukem5
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from bottle to pilsner glass and lovely black color with big rocky head of tan which seemed very happy to hang around. About the color of cola.

S: Aroma is pretty plain and clean with very little to notice but a slightly earthy scent.

T: Taste is of big malts and slight European hops, a metallic tang at the end which I have noticed in many Eropean Beers...I.E. Beck's,Heineken, St.Pauli Girl. As this beer approached room temp was more carmel and smoky flavors came out .

M: Mouthfeel is silky and full bodied, great carb level, just enough to let you clean the palate.

O: Overall great beer very tasty, went well with some Lindberger and sharp white cheddar.

nukem5, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of BSuter
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BSuter, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

GreyGhost4, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

IRONRakkasan, Jan 02, 2014
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,485 ratings.