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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,508 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 759
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 68
Gots: 89 | 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 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.

funkengruven, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of leprakhan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

leprakhan, May 16, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -23.5%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 10, 2013
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.

ultralarry2006, Sep 17, 2006
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.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 02, 2002
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.

jgasparine, Feb 01, 2010
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.

BBM, May 31, 2007
Photo of BSuter
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

BSuter, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

byronic, Sep 02, 2014
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.

nukem5, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
4/5  rDev +2%

GreyGhost4, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.84/5  rDev -2%

WholeLottaTricks, Nov 10, 2014
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

keithmurray, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +2%

ParkbrauFan, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of tugdriver7
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles; and one that's hard to explain if you haven't tried a Schwarzbier. Deep rich color with a tan head that lasts through the first few sips and then laces the glass nicely. Exceptionally smooth with a nice, rich flavor that is both complex (with roasted malt flavor) and extremly drinkable. Thinner mouthful than, say, the Sam Adams Black Lager, but there's nothing like the real, authentic Thüringian original. Well worth trying, as it is an exceptional example of the style.

tugdriver7, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

timontheroad, May 02, 2014
Photo of Luiz0930
4/5  rDev +2%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
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.

GallowsThief, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

addiwilliams, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark almost black laced with garnet on the edges with a tan 2 finger head. The smell is that of sweet malt and a bread-like aroma. Very smooth flavor that reveals a light roasted malt and a very slight bit of maybe coffee. The very thin mouthfeel is finished off with a semi-dry taste with still a clean, thin finish. Very lightly hopped and pretty smooth overall. A pretty good non-offensive beer to perhaps turn someone on to dark beers without shocking the taste buds. Prosit!

BeerAngel, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of beertaster13
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with waves of brown, a nice warm mocha head will rise, then settle to about an inch thick. The smell is of fruit and molasses malts. A perfect combo, light but still smooth, with a full flavor, dark malt taste. Very drinkable. Great for those summer evenings watching the sunset.

beertaster13, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of malty
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When did they print 'The Best Kept Micro Beer Secret' on the neck label? Kinda cheesy.

Pours a cola colored liquid with rusty edges. Thick 1 1/2" light beige head that settles to 1/2".

Malted milk & faint chocolate malts in the nose. A faint hint of Concord grape jelly also. Scent of ever-so-faint noble hops.

A nice even dose of faint chocolate/roasted malts smoothly paired with the familiar flavor of the lager yeast and soft hop presence. Sour dough bread flavors that lean toward the raw dough side. Seems to showcase the yeast quite good. The hops make this finish of this lager nicely dry.

Mouthfeel is dead on for a lager - lighter than medium (without being 'light') body with a pleasant fine carbonation that keeps it light on the tongue. Not much linger flavor in the semi-dry finish.

Drinkability is very good. I've had this plenty of times on tap and was very content with numerous refills. But then again, this lager really shines when it's a properly stored/conditioned keg.

Overall a beer that has a special place in my heart. This bottled version is about 2/3 of it's potential. Refreshing as a lager should be with a fulfilling maltiness to boot.

malty, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of bulldogg915
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sbanacho, Aug 19, 2012
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.