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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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88
very good

1,551 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 764
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 72
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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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 GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +2%

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 keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MisledTitan
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.9/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of funkengruven
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BBM
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,551 ratings.