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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,372 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 62
Gots: 53 | 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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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured a deep black, with a light head.
my boss boight a sixer and we split a bottle (glad my boss is a beer geek) the aroma was malt with some noble hops (i thought they were hallertau, but he said perle). decieving black, if your a stout or porter drinker, this beer is very light body for its color. the malt come through strong some pils,munich, carared, and carafa were our deductions. the hop flavor is nice but not over powering. it was a very well balanced beer malt, hops and aroma, mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 03:15:06 | More by plaztikjezuz
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2014 02:37:21 | More by PaulyB83
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drizzam

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before date of 9/23/10 on the back label. The body of this brew is a clear dark in color topped by a yummy looking tan 3 finger head (OK, I poured it rather vigorously). Excellent head retention and some spotty sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma with hints of buttery diacetyl on the back end. Not overly aromatic.

T & M - The taste certainly outperforms the aroma. The main character in the brew is a roasted malt flavor accented by hints of caramel and maybe a touch of dark fruit (though very slight). It finishes with a slight hop bitterness to balance things out. Very dry and clean after the swallow.

D - If it weren't for the high cost (it is a German import) this would be a session brew that I would buy by the 6 pack. For the low ABV, this is one brew that does not disappoint in terms of flavor. An excellent example of the style!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 23:12:28 | More by drizzam
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elniko

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella glass

A: Dark of course, finger of head that dissipated. Exactly what I would expect schwarzbier to look like.

S: Strong smell, nice malty chocolate on the nose.

T & M: I am very impressed with the taste of this schwarzbier. Strong malty taste with caramel and chocolate traces. Slightly watery on the tongue with after taste. Nice mouthfeel, very refreshing.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is now my favorite schwarzbier although there are still many others I would like to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 02:08:11 | More by elniko
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KMcG

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a tan head about 2 fingers thick

S: malty, slightly nutty, overall mild

T: Roasted malts that give a nutty taste, light on the hops, slight bitterness at the end

M: Thin, light and easy to drink. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 17:23:46 | More by KMcG
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-14-2013 02:17:21 | More by KerryCummins1977
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful looking beer, with a stout like appearance. Black body, creamy tan head, good amounts of lacing.

Taste was malty, sweet, caramel with a clean hop bite. Slight sourness, metallic but otherwise very tasty. Very drinkable. Great lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Serving type: can

11-06-2004 01:11:05 | More by baiser
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robertjskelton

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2%

05-14-2014 13:15:41 | More by robertjskelton
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IceAce

California

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep-brown body with a deep tan collar of foam. Clarity is outstanding and lacing is huge with seemingly 80% of the glass sporting Brussels finest.

The nose is timid, with roasted malt faintly coaxed from the brew as it warms. Entry is restrained, leading to a rich, roasted coffee & caramel midtaste. the finish culminates in a nicely balanced hop/malt struggle a'la ying & yang.

This brew is reminiscent of those which Germany used in response to England's successful porters of a century ago. Match this with a nicely rubbed tri-tip...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 07:09:22 | More by IceAce
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baconman91

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-31-2012 22:14:42 | More by baconman91
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with a half-inch tannish-brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S- Smell of sweet, roasted malts and notes of coffee.

T- Taste is very complex. Sweet roasted malts and flavors of a dark, thick bread stand out the most. Slight taste of coffee as well.

M- Pretty smooth with medium carbonation.

D- I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting; definitely not a session beer for me. But, that one does go down ok.

Overall- This is the frist schwarzbier I've tried, so I cant compare it to any others. But, it is a very complex beer; worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 21:46:54 | More by TommyW
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ejh06752

New York

4/5  rDev +2%

02-10-2013 07:31:23 | More by ejh06752
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teromous

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very beautiful looking beer. The head is absolutely amazing, with perfect color and form. It laces like cream on the glass. The color is a very dark brown or black, depending on how much light is on it.

S: This has a mellow caramel scent, with some hints of roasted grains and some slight notes of coffee. It's not a very powerful, complete smell though.

T: It's well balanced on the actual flavors, with a coffe-like flavor to it, and some sweetness like dark chocolate. It has a very light bitterness from the grains, but I get nothing from the hops. The overall impression of the flavor is that it is a bit weak, but because every flavor sits equally in balance, it is average.

M: These types of beers aren't always full-bodied, but I still feel that it is a bit too light. The carbonation is very good, which wins it points, and it coats very well.

O: Overall, this beer is a bit weak for my tastes. Not accounting for personal taste though, it is a pretty good Schwarzbier. In Germany you'll find a much richer beer because the flavors tend to stand out a bit more. I feel that when it is fresh, the body is a little more pronounced, and that could be why this one seemed a little weak.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 19:58:54 | More by teromous
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours a deep, dark brown almost black. Gives off a one finger head that does not provide much lacing.

The smell is of grassy malts but you can also smell the toasted malt as well. Taste is fantastic. Very malty with a little dry hops tasted. The carbonation is pervasive through the mouthfeel. Very enjoyable drink.

This is a wonderful example of the schwarzbier style. I could see myself drinking this again and again. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:35:45 | More by pburland23
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt, no hops
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to an incomplete layer
Lacing sketchy
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor slightly sweet, malty, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A very nice looking, sessionable beer, one I’ve enjoyed on tap and in bottles, in both the US and Germany

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 13:15:41 | More by Ozzylizard
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BSuter

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-18-2014 14:15:07 | More by BSuter
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BuckSpin

Maine

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this on a recommendation of a fellow BA during our weekly get together. This is certainly one of the oddest, most unique beers I have tried. Poured a very dark, ruddy, almost opaque ebony with a active, downright alive 1" head of loose bubbles, like a soda, that faded quickly. Nose was interesting, hard to pin. Ahhh, licorice, maybe sassafras...crisp, very unique.

While most beers start soft and finish sharp, this one is the opposite. What a crisp and epervescent taste. The licorice and sassafras carry to the tongue, sharp, alive, mildly peppered. A lull on the pallete gives way to a very soft, malted, even, smooth finish with an echo of an lighly bitter & dry aftertaste.

If you enjoy beers that offer unique taste experiences, give this one a try. It could take a few times to really understand it. Not spectacular, but interesting enough to warrant recommendation and further tries.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 01:01:47 | More by BuckSpin
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Von Triers on Farwell. Poured a beautiful silky black with a small, brown head. Smelled and tasted malty, very little hop presence. I had this at a bar before dinner, and it suits that role well, almost an appetizer: tasty and full-bodied, yet light and easily drinkable. My first black beer--I will definitely be trying others.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2005 06:01:35 | More by battlekow
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jordanmckell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-01-2013 20:44:37 | More by jordanmckell
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ZachRusk

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-17-2013 16:29:49 | More by ZachRusk
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jhillwastaken

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

01-20-2012 23:50:18 | More by jhillwastaken
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favourite canned beers is now available in bottles where I live, great excuse for a re-review!

Pours a thick brown colour with ruby tones visible at the bottom and when held up to the light. Has a very ale-like frothy and hearty tan-coloured head that leaves lace and settles as a thick collar.

Smells almost stout-like. Dark malts, lots of them. Has a sweet wheat overtone and a dark fruit note after warming. Very malty after warming, like a Tiger Malt or similar.

Tastes like sweet raisins and malt. Becomes almost sour in the finish.

Thick, malty and syrupy body. Thankfully it thins out and doesn't stay around on the back of the tongue too much.

Seemingly not at all like the canned version I previously tried and likely a heckuva lot more fresh. This is the only Schwarzbier I've tried and the can and bottle were very different. Excited to explore this style, it's kind of like a black and tan.

Oh and I prefer this is a bottle rather than canned.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 23:42:37 | More by bryehn
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IRONRakkasan

California

4/5  rDev +2%

01-02-2014 07:03:02 | More by IRONRakkasan
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's dark brown, similar to a doppelbock. The head is an inch for 30 seconds or so and then becomes a nice coating throughout consumption. This stuff is pretty yummy, in a mellow way. Mellow chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, and a slightly bitter finish. I enjoy the high drinkability and mellow flavors that are pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 15:45:23 | More by AudioGilz
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timontheroad

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

05-02-2014 19:31:27 | More by timontheroad
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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