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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 68 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

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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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark brown color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nicely into a quarter inch head leaving lacing all down the glass. The aroma is quite faint. There is some hints of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt caramel but those come only after let to stand a while. The taste is a little course which was nice to allow the flavors to come out. A nice malty start with some mild coffee and burnt grains and the finish was a decent hop balance that was left in the after taste. This was a solid brew, but for the price there are many micro's from the states that are better.

06-12-2010 00:08:56 | More by WJVII
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4/5  rDev +2%

06-20-2014 23:31:30 | More by GreyGhost4
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-03-2014 19:00:41 | More by suckaj
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-21-2011 23:28:44 | More by VikeMan
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-22-2012 15:31:03 | More by rale
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-22-2013 17:20:22 | More by SGToliver
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

This was the last can on the shelf at the LCBO. Since this style is so rare around here, I had to pick it up.

Pours a very deep chestnut brown, almost black in colour with 2 fingers of creamy and thick beige head that leaves sticky and stringy patches of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, dry nutty character, grain, caramel, and light citrus in the nose, all of which is quite subtle.

Roasted malts, and caramel are fused with notes of grain and yeast with the dry, nutty character coming in the end.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and well balanced with a quick sting of carbonation coming in towards the end. An easy drinker.

Overall, a solid beer. I don't think this will ever be my favourite style of beer, but considering its light body and low ABV, this stuff has a lot of flavour.

01-22-2010 22:22:04 | More by ludachris
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

16.9oz bottle, pilsener, "Best before: 13.10.10" in the bottom right of the back label.

Very active deep nutty red beer with excellent clarity and a poofy cola head. About two inches became a half in a minute. The lacing is made up of thin bubbles and has clumps with spidery arms.

Super clean lager yeast smell surrounded by some faint bitter chocolate, nutty graininess, toffee, and metallic hop aroma.

Biting carbonation makes discerning many flavors difficult. Tidy, cracker like lager yeast, dark pumpernickel, and moderate hop bitterness. The chocolate from the aroma seems to have become more coffee like roastiness. The finish is dry in a satisfying way. I'm missing any herbal or spicy hops.

The carbonation is at a very high level and I believe that is appropriate. In the mouth it would feel caramel-like were it not for the bubbles. Lagers are the only beer I can really abide such bubbliness in and this is one refreshing product.

For me a black lager such as this would definitely make a great pick-me-up during the summer or after physical labor rather than a macro.

02-20-2010 03:21:21 | More by brewerburgundy
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Bottle, 500 ml, bought in Germany. Poured into a lager glass. ABV 4,8%

Colour is black and only when hold against the light becomes a very dark ruby colour. Two fingers of soapy beige head, with good retention.
Roasted malts on the aroma, with caramel and coffee hints.
Taste also of roasted malts. Begins sweeet and sour and turns to quite bitter, with a finish of dark chocolate.
Full body and light carbonation.
Very nice beer, especially for the winter.

11-29-2012 19:29:07 | More by Douberd
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Canned sample. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of pilsner-like sulfur, toffee, and both pale and dark roast malts. Flavors are mild, yet crystal clear: more toffee and dark roasted malt, dry powdery bread, and a bit of coffee. Light bodied and quaffable. Very classy indeed.

08-02-2006 21:24:54 | More by fisherman34
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. This is a really good looking beer. Dark brown/almost black in the glass with a 1/2 inch head that falls to a thin film of foam. The smell is that of roasted malts, sweet bread, pilsener hops, and dark candi sugar. The taste is respectable, although I thought it would have a little more fullness. There is an overall watery taste in the middle that leaves a hole, IMO. The roasted malts are nicely balanced with hops creating a very smooth flavor profile, but it tends to run out of gas before the end.

Overall, it has a good taste but I personally like Sam Adams Black Lager better.

06-14-2007 21:47:47 | More by Rudgers73
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Jet black solid two finger frothy head.

S- Choclate malts dominate the aroma with noble hops hiding in the background.

T- Wonderfully malty without the bitterness coming from the roasted malts you can appreciate the bitterness from the hops. Balance is superb.

M- Rich and smooth without being too much.

D- Perfect for a cold day, not a lawnmower beer by any means.

A fantastic example of an often overlooked style.

12-23-2007 19:05:42 | More by Pauly2X
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-29-2013 08:46:51 | More by KillaB
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-31-2013 04:08:23 | More by Pillowburn
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

appearance is a jet black colour with tan head

smell - faint, but picking up roasted malts, cocoa

taste - this is pleasant, roasted malt, coffee, smoke

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, slightly bitter upfront, with nice aftertaste, decent amount of carbonation

drinkability - you could easily drink 2 or 3 in one setting

08-19-2010 01:34:42 | More by keithmurray
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-05-2012 17:00:42 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-18-2014 14:15:07 | More by BSuter
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-19-2012 20:43:14 | More by sbanacho
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-24-2013 02:11:23 | More by ColdWaffles
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

10-19-2012 06:53:45 | More by foxyaardvark27
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

10-06-2013 02:23:35 | More by Carl_R
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

10-11-2013 03:08:51 | More by TR0219
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

500ml can
4.8% abv

I tried this beer on December 21, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish black with a thin tan-coloured head. The aroma was strongly roasted malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The flavour is malty with some chocolate and toffee hints.

05-12-2008 05:47:58 | More by cyrenaica
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

01-20-2012 23:50:18 | More by jhillwastaken
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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap at Old Heidelburg in Ft. Lauderdale. Served in a branded .5l tall glass.

A – Pitch black in color with a deep tan head. Good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

S – Nice light roasty aroma. Caramel malts. Coffee, molasses.

T – Caramel malt sweetness and a light roast taste. Coffee. Has a nice bready flavor perhaps rye. Brown sugar and light chocolate. Small trace bitterness at the end.

M – Very creamy and smooth. Medium body and carbonation.

O – Really dug this beer. Its very tasty and is a very easy drinker. Could have had a few of these. Might be my favorite in the style. Looking forward to more.

12-02-2011 03:10:30 | More by GallowsThief
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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