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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

801 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 801
Hads: 1,749
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 102
Gots: 206 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of Duttonic
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, light tan head of about a cm. Shiny like molasses. Small bubbles.

S- Reminded me of a bock. Mild roasty notes.

T- I was expecting it to be very heavy, but it is surprisingly light. It was not watery at all though. Rich.

M- Great mouthfeel. Rich, without being heavy.

D- Great drinkability. I wanted another after I had the first.

I would love to pair this with BBQ or a burger. Dark beer goes well with them, but it is hard to find ones that aren't overly filling. Great beer all-around.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first sample of the style so I'll reserve giving it higher than a 4 until I try some other examples, but if all of them are this good, I will really like the style. The generic style description claims that the bitterness in Schwarzbier comes from hops, but in all honesty I'm not a huge hops fan and I don't taste a whole lot of hops in this. The bitterness is definitely a malt bitterness, but it's not in the least bit heavy or filling.

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Photo of larsee01
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Deep burnt chestnut--nearly pitch black. Big creamy tan head.

S--Light but rich scent. Mineral-ish. Lightly sourdough. Ghosts of burnt coffee.

T--Kicks off with a rich, deep coffee taste. Light bitter quickly shifts to a bready, mildly sweet maltiness. Well balanced.

--Medium-bodied. Smooth and finishes nicely dry.

D--Darker and richer, but what can I say? Drinks like a lager! Went down really nice and easy.

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Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-liter tankard at Ludwigs here in Philly.

Black, as the name suggests, in color. Thin, fine tan head on top, which dissipated to a patch in the middle of the glass. Some light lacing throughout, but not much.

Aroma is light, but is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor is also light, but not missing - roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of charcoal. The flavors become more pronounced as you drink more, and as the beer warms.

Light bodied, smooth, and clean. Very drinkable and makes for a great session beer. A very good example of the style and highly recommended. Also makes a good warm weather beer and thirst quencher.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with garnet highlights in corners of glass, tan head with light lacing, good clarity.

S - Musty maltiness with leather and grain. Some noble hops and roastyness.

T - A subtle roasted character follows the initial upfront malt. Clean fermentation character with a little carbonation acidity. Alcohol presence is light.

M - Light and zingy.

O - A very refreshing favorite for the warmer months. Good example of this highly drinkable and sessionable style.

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Photo of Bajasith
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour with exceptional two finger head. Dark appearance with a very attractive aroma of medium roasted coffee and caramel... Had this beer once before and really enjoyed it. Bought it again just recently just to remind me how smooth this beer is... I could de-finitely have this beer stocked up in the fridge.

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Photo of dpend
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a fluffy head that clings to the glass.A mildly sweet malty aroma, with a trace of roasted coffee beans. Taste if very mild with smooth malts and grains. Hops slightly present in the background. Overall feel is thin and non-obtrusive with a slighlty wet finish. One of the better schwarzbiers

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Photo of tkarsies
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thin, tan head that dissipated quickly. Color a deep black, showing some ruby highlights when backlit. 42 degF. Caramel malt aroma with no hop. Flavor is also a caramel malt with a bit of a carbonic bite. Hop bitterness only becomes evident at the very end of the finish. Overall, very smooth drinking with subtle tastes that belie it's dark color. I will drink this warmer next time. Aroma 7, Appearance 1, Flavor 12, Mouthfeel 3, Overall 6 (29/50).

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Photo of Arthuros
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great german dark, with clear compelx flavors and nice feel.

Medium beige head (dissipates quickly).

Taste is slightly fruity, but overall almost stouty with slight charcoal or ash, and coffeeish flavors.
Finish is hoppy but not bitter, and leaves little to no aftertaste.

Great beer, that's both thirst-quenching and appetite-opening!

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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark brown (almost black) with red highlights and a dirty brown small bubble head that leaves small spots down the glass.

Smell:
Smells like a lager with a little extra roasted malt and grass.

Taste:
Tastes like a lager with some roasted malt, grass and caramel tossed in. Nothing terribly special but definitely better than a typical lager offering.

Mouthfeel:
Completely foams up and fills the mouth, actually kind of weird. Finishes clean and slightly dry.

Drinkability:
Light, clean and has some interesting flavors that can keep these coming. Still, not a huge beer to talk about, but decent.

Comment:
Got as a freebie from my uncle who dislikes those "fancy beers." He might have liked this one...

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of honey and malt, with a little chocolate underneath. Tastes very much how it smells. Honey, malt, and chocolate. Finishes with a nice sweetness that isn't cloying. Mouthfeel is creamy. Not a very complex beer, but certainly enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of edificio5
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I came across this beer by accident. I was in the Growler and Grill in NY and they had this on tap and in bottles. I purchased some bottles and the beer was well balance, smooth and tasted good. The tap version of the beer was as smooth virtually identical as the bottle version. For me this was just the perfect beer. Amongst the best I have ever tasted. Personally I am into dark beer and not the hoppy type. I hope this helps. Great beer!!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Drank this eastern German classic often while staying in Dresden last summer. Lovely looking beer, with the typically German huge blooming, long lasting head--which leaves lacing on the glass as you drink. Has a very deep brown color, fully black unless you hold it up to the light.

S-Has a nice VERY DARK chocolate malty nose, with no apparent hops in the aroma

T-Lovely dry smooth taste--if you closed your eyes you would not know it was black, you may guess it was a light amber. They call this a "black pils" and that is about as good a description as any. The dark malt just makes this lager more interesting than just about any other lager. VERY well balanced between the gently roasted (and completely un-bitter) malt, and the noble hops. Leaves a clean, typically German hop aftertaste. Made just outside of Leipzig, and supposedly the poet Goethe's favorite beer. What a classic Türinger style!

M-Has the mouthfeel of a lighter beer, like a pils or Munich Helles. Crisp, and light--very unlike say a stout or porter.

D-Like most German lagers this is very drinkable--a nice session beer--you can sit all night having them with your friends (at the right bar...). Not filling--the only thing super dark is the color.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer.

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Photo of monorailred
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting in a restaurant in Hamburg Germany...I guess they must think Americans are beer ignorant. I could not get the waiter to tell me details on the beers available. Only could get "pilsner or dark." Maybe it was just a combination of non - existent Germany and good (but not great english!). Knowing the pilsner was Bitburger, I chose the "dark" in the hopes it was a good and new beer to me.

I was rewarded.

This is a very good beer. Very dark with pretty good head retention. A great smell and very pleasant on the palate.

A nice "accidental" discovery that paired quite well with the weiner schnitzel.

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Photo of Marty
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is DARK! The only other Schwarzbier I've had was Saranac's Black Forest. This beer is at least as dark, if not darker, than BF. The head is a soft, light beige, with average-sized bubbles; not sticky, but slow to dissipate.

Smell is malty, and not overtly hoppy. I can tell this beer is going to be sweet.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer. It is deeper than Saranac's, with some chocolatey undertones. Deep, but refreshing. Light with a nice hoppy finish.

I could drink lots of this beer.

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Photo of schanker21
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a tan one finger head. When held up to the light, one can see a ruby color seeping through at the edges. Head fizzles out fairly quickly and leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Quite different from other Schwarzbiers that I've tried. Smells more like the Spaten premium lager I drank yesterday, but with a little more of a roasted character. Vegetables and roasted malts stand out.

T- Also quite different from anything else I've had in the style, at least at first. While it's still cold, the overwhelming taste is of some sort of vegetable soup. As it warms, more of the traditional Schwarzbier roastiness starts to pull through. Ah yes, this one keeps getting better as it goes on and so does my rating. Very well-balanced and an excellent representation of the style. So from now on, I'll remember to drink this a little warmer than I would most other lagers.

M- Very smooth like a Schwarzbier should be. I love this style because it's pretty light, but still packs so much flavor.

D- This is getting added to my list of all-night session beers. Easy to drink, not too filling. My only regret is that I don't have a Bratwurst, some Sauerkraut and some Spätzle to go with this. That would be prefect.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The black beer with the blonde soul".
If you drank this blind folded the first thing you pick up is a hint of coffee and roasted malt. You'd definitly know that it's a dark beer. Maybe a stout?

The first sip would give it away.This is no stout. It's wierd; just a very faint taste of coffee/ chocolate. It's more on the malt side. Right about now you'd be removing the blind fold."I knew it was a dark beer!", you say.
After another sip, you'd be confounded.
Leave it to the Germans to brew a beer like this. The more you drink, the less you notice the malty chocolate notes. It's amazing. It's as if it tranforms into a really good lager. Funny, it sure doesn't look like any other lager I've ever had before.
This is definitely a session beer.Soft on the palate, easy on the abv, tastes very refreshing. This is a really good beer.

I got this one through a recent beer split. I met a few people throuht B.A. and at the River St. Ale House. We all agreed that the Pa.case law sucks. We decided to do some case splits and we all have been introduced to some really great offerings. Hat's off to Lucky Joe for picking up this one.

I will make sure that I have this one on hand. I like it, and you should try it if ever see it around.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Kings pint glass. Stunning visual pour with dark red-brown crystal clear body topped with big head that fell fast. Aroma of roasted coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel was clear and crisp with a touch of maltiness and burned sugar flavors. No discernable hops flavor in bitterness or aroma. A delight on a hot day.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is dark brown to black with foamy, beige head.

S: Aroma is roasted sweetness, bread, with some slight coffee and vanilla notes.

T: Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, and toast. Very little discernible bitterness.

M: Palate is light- to medium-bodied, thin texture, foamy carbonation, and a sweet finish.

O: Overall a decent beer and a classic of the German Schwarzbier.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0,5 L bottle purchased from my local Edeka supermarket; poured into a glass.

A: very dark brown, almost black, yet transparent. Pours a thick head which dissipates down to about 1/4 inch, but retains its opacity and leaves nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: sweet, very malty. Some fruity overtones (apricot, maybe plum?) and some coffee-ish notes. The smell is very... liquid. Terminology fails me.

T: Roasty. The malt flavor is very up-front, prompting comparison to rye bread. Earthy, well-developed flavors; not incredibly complex, but this beer isn't shy about its taste.

M: Better than some of the other schwarzbiers I've had here, but nothing to write home about, per se. It's a bit lighter than I would like, but that might just be personal preference. Feels light and vaguely oily on the tongue, then goes down smooth, leaving a bit of oiliness behind.

D: I feel confident in my ability to knock back quite a few of these. The boldness of the flavor might become overwhelming after a while, but I bet I would enjoy the first three or four quite a bit before then.

All in all, a pretty solid offering, and a welcome departure from my standard Erdinger and Warsteiner (the Edeka doesn't have that great of a selection, unfortunately).

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Photo of schrist275
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served just a few degrees below cellar temp, just the way I like them. The color so red brown that in the dark corners of the glass, it looks black. (Humor). The head that develops slowly dissipates into a fine rim hugging off-white lace. As you move the glass to your face you notice that you are not getting hit with carbonation, a good sign if you ask me. As the glass rests on your upper lip and you breath deep the aroma of this nectar, a slight hint of ???? with a very little touch of chocolate. As the beer goes into your mouth, you are overcome by a nice light on the tongue feel that is not normal with a beer so dark. The flavor is that of a nicely browned/lightly burnt chocolate (first flavor) and then develops into a nuttier flavor that hangs around your mouth. Absolutely worth having during Fest times, Great with any sour style german foods. Love it.

Alcoholic Content by the way is 4.8%

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large porcelain stein.
Very creamy head that lasted almost until the bottom of the stein - so creamy in fact that I couldn't even see it was a dark beer until I'd almost finsihed it!
Slightly sweet with some hints of liquorice in the malts
Very easy drinking and tasty. Not your typical german beer.

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Photo of beakerboy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Tall tan head with large bubbles. Very dark brown beer. It's still translucent though.

S: The aroma of roasted malt dominate.

T: Flavor is also dominated by roasted malt with slight bitterness.

M: It's a very smooth, light bodied beer with low carbonation

D: Very drinkable. I was worried about this one as I don't care for stouts and porters very much.
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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.