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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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1,275 Ratings

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Ratings: 1275
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001)
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Photo of JArami


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: An intensely dark ruby with a small tan head (maybe I am too careful with my pour). You can see through it if you strain your eyes (I could barely make out my fingers with a bit of sunlight behind it.)

S: Hops at first. The weak sweetness of the malts comes in next with some light roasted notes and a fruity sensation possibly of raisins or prunes.

T: The bitterness is mild to my surprise, I was expecting more hop presence. The dark malts come in brilliantly, not heavy on the sweet, and very burnt caramel and smoky grain-like in nature. Smooth with some complexity, no alcohol at all, and a slight, shy bread-like aftertaste that leaves my mouth comfortable, not too dry or sticky, and not too bitter in the back.

M: Very nice carbonation, could be better if the brew was a little heavier in body. The after feel is clean with some remaining burnt flavors and a light hop bitterness that fade to a faint sweetness.

D: Very drinkable anytime. This is one of my favorite styles, but one I have yet to try on tap. If you can't find this Schwarzbier close to home, a more easily obtained domestic example of this style is Sam Adams Black Lager which is very good as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 18:08:31 | More by JArami
Photo of Stonepot

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good enough Stout (Schwarzbier) that pours like a lager and had a hint of chocolate and coffee. Went down very smoothly but didn't finish too well on my palate, and I thought it wasn't as good as the other styles of German beer I had previously in the day. I would give this another whack, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:52:15 | More by Stonepot
Photo of jdkitchi


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured black into a pilsner glass with a large foamy head that looked impressive but didn't last very long.

I don't get much on the nose, a little earthy maybe a little malt. The mouth feel is very light, crisp and carbonated. There are some nice malty flavors and I get a little hops in the finish. It's definitely on the light side which is true to style.

This is a pretty good refreshing beer but not quite as good as the Sprecher Black Bavarian or Monschof Schwarzbiers that I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 00:53:22 | More by jdkitchi
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy


4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a great 16th century oil painting on the label with nice comment on the neck saying "The Black Beer with the Blonde Soul" very nice.

My flawless pour has a perfect inch and a half sticky, thick tan foam head, and almost black with dark ruby glow all over.

Sweet caramelly, molasses(reminds me of amish shoefly pie in a way), and a little german chocalate on the nose. Smells very clean too.
Well balanced, incredible toasty, creamy(meal in a glass) sweet malt with a perfect touch of hop bitterness that longs the hearty mouthfull. Good lacing going down. Toasty finish, and a great medium creamy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. I'm glad at this time I have 22 more in the fridge!

A great Schwartzbier for only 24.99 a case. May this Schwartz be with you. Great German dark lager!!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 05:56:08 | More by BrinkyBeerBoy
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great dark beer. Nice malty flavor, with a surprisingly crisp and fresh mouthfeel. Doesn't feel heavy or warming at all--instead, tastes light and refreshing. Malts are pronounced but mild enough for this beer to be highly drinkable. Beautiful dark color. Would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 03:46:36 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of ouser31


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:31:33 | More by ouser31
Photo of aaronbeach69


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served in glass 7/8 inch head, however it faded away and the lace didnt' stand up too strong, very dark, black, maybe a hint of crimson.. but pretty much all black

smell: its a little roasted and a barely a hint of lager freshness

taste: very refreshing and a much lighter beer than you would expect from the somewhat bold look and smell. This is a very non challenging beer, somewhat roasted but almost no bitterness, very smooth, somewhat of a tinge on the sides of your tounge. Roasted flavor. but very subdued compared to say, any stout I have ever had

mouthfeel: light, not very thick, almost like pop, the foamy thickness just doesn't hold up. But a good mouthfeel for waht I expected fromt he schwarzbier

drinkability: it's real high point... I could just sit and drink a gallon of this.. not a hint of alchohol, not very roasted, not bitter, no esters, very refreshing, a very "chill" beer. Drink a few of these cold and enjoy their ease. I good beer that wont challenge you in the slightest. A good beer to give those scared of dark beer :)

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 04:30:11 | More by aaronbeach69
Photo of tubaguy


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

Served out of a tall can which reads "Germany's #1 Black lager beer" and "seit (since) 1543". I'm skeptical: how many beers claim to be #1 or the oldest? Don't be intimidated by the jet-black appearance because this is very drinkable. Pours with a half inch of head which mostly dissipates. Smells a hint of spices and something sweet. Tastes great: hints of caramel, coffee, malty, with a bite in the aftertaste. Tastes dry the more you sip. Good lacing. Perfect level of carbonation. This is very refreshing. Great for a hot day. I would consider this a "session beer". I'm glad I picked up a case. You can knock these back like an American lager but they taste so much better.

Serving type: can

08-04-2008 18:33:05 | More by tubaguy
Photo of monorailred


4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 17:11:05 | More by monorailred
Photo of brewolero


4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh, so delicious and beautiful. Held up to the light, it yields a lovely red hue in the glass while retaining its head throughout the entire session. The smell yields malt and roast, and the taste is dry and roasted, with malt to follow. Little obvious presence of hops, but this yields a very well-balanced, easy drinking and savor-able dark beer that appeals. I could drink this every day.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 14:12:31 | More by brewolero
Photo of great7dividers


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

This shwarzbier pours a lovely deep brown, with some reddish tints as you look in direct light. A light brown head sits on top and rounds out a very inviting appearance.

The aroma is very light and has a slightly grainy quality. The taste is surprisingly delicate with coffee type overtones, and a very light malty presence that actually spreads and improves with the extended taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a slight biscuity texture.

Drinkability of this beer is suprisingly easy. As a result of the delicacy to which the flavor and feel hits your palate, Kostritzer's schwarzbier is easy to enjoy, but flourishes to leave an excellent carmel laced aftertaste that I found encouraging another drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 20:53:46 | More by great7dividers
Photo of galante27


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other black lagers that I have had are medeocre but this offers a wonderful taste that doesn't have a bitter aftertast

A:A dark brown almost black look with a very good head thats lasts for a while

S: A wonderful dark malty smell, smells like
when wort is brewing

T: Again good rosted malt taste with hints of coffee. The tastes lasts and keeps the same flavor as it diminishes. Black Lagers have a tendency to have a bitter aftertaste but this is smooth.

M: Very smooth, and not to overpowering, (which German dark beers can have a tendency to do such as maxamators).Little carbonation and good feel

D: Dark german beers are my favorite and this is one to add to my revolving on hands.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 21:02:21 | More by galante27
Photo of feedsasquatch


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first German beer. I'm glad I tried it. I now know why one of my co-workers downed 12 of them in 2 days...

A - Black. Almost no head.

S - I have a really hard time describing this one. It doesn't smell anything like American stouts. Sweat bread with an unknown (to me) spice. It's a rather weak aroma overall.

T - It's smooth and rich without exploding in your mouth all at once. Roasted malts are present, as well as mild coffee and toffee.

M - Light to medium bodied. Much thinner than it looks, which makes drinking multiple Schwarzbier's much easier. Very little carbonation.

D - This is probably the most drinkable dark beer that I've tried so far. It doesn't just taste good, it goes down easy and leaves you wanting more without filling you up.

I like this a lot. I'm definitely going to expand my horizons and start trying more German beers now.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:42:40 | More by feedsasquatch
Photo of Blitzen15


4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Jet black even when held up to a light, a thin caramel colored head graces the rim of the glass.

S - Strong for a lager with hints of dark chocolate

T - Very rich and strong. Dark chocolate is certainly there. The beer tastes like a stout but the bottle says lager. I prefer stouts over all others and this actually fits in.

M - Thick on the tongue but thin when swallowed. This unique feature makes it less overbearing to friends who are not fans of thicker beers

D - An instant favorite as far as lagers go. The perfect drink before bed.

Purchased at: Ladd's & Co.

served on: 6JUL2010

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 06:50:22 | More by Blitzen15
Photo of shaggy151


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly solid black with a creamy tan head that does not last too long. Has a nice malty and roasted smell. Taste is similar to the smell with a slightly bitter after taste. It's a very light and smooth beer. I really enjoy this beer, it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 05:40:47 | More by shaggy151
Photo of Blueye80


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

I enjoyed the beer very much. It was very dark

but did not tast like you traditional dark beer.

It had a semi sweet carmel flavor with very

minimal bitterness. I would recommend this beer

for those who do not normally drink dark beer.


Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 17:11:48 | More by Blueye80
Photo of MrMegaton09


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Original Bottle

Appearance: Dark Lager with very low transparency. Minimal Lacing.

Smell: Maltly aroma, notes of chocolate/toffee, hop aroma non apparent.

Taste: Very good flavor and extremely balanced. As with aroma notes of chocolate and toffee come aparent. Slight to no hop bitterness. This may very well be one of the most balanced and cleanest finishing brews I have had yet.

Overall: A very good choice no matter your particular preferences. A very drinkable beer with a great rich flavor. A special thanks to my friend who gifted me this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 21:40:06 | More by MrMegaton09
Photo of thomasdidymus55


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

nice dark coffee color with medium carbonation and good retention. Has an inviting look to it and has a distinct molasses smell. Tastes of caramel linger on the palate. It is not overly bitter as I would have expected for a dark beer. Pretty smooth with a light carbonation. Lighter than I anticipated. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:12:41 | More by thomasdidymus55
Photo of Jonmoore89

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated very quickly.
Smelled Malty, hints of coffee, chocolate, and carmel.
Tasted exactly how it smelled.
Somewhat watered down, low carbonation.
Its a nice lager but I've had a Stout with a very similar taste that seemed to be a notch above.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2012 22:04:39 | More by Jonmoore89
Photo of Lagerquestrian


3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All in all, not a bad dark German Lager. Beats many other local offerings here in Texas. Taste is not as strong as I hoped for. It is a smooth, drinkable black larger with no offensive notes. For the style, it's worth seeking out. Picked up a six pack at Spec's in San Antonio. This is a quality product that the German's are known for. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 02:33:31 | More by Lagerquestrian
Photo of Lowseph


4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

one of my favorite German beers.

very smooth with a delicious flavor that does not
stick to your palate.

great for football games and goes great with Chinese food,
just nothing too salty.

best of all it tastes a lot more expensive than actually is.

and of course serve it ice cold in a pint glass if possible.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:08:30 | More by Lowseph
Photo of Kanger

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark Black. Slight dark amber halo when held in front of light. Head disappeared quickly. Thin soapy head with bubbles of various size.

Smell - Slight chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Roasted malt undertones.

Taste - malty chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Though tones of sweetness do poke through.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Light on the palate. A little dry.

Overall - Great representation of the style. I'm not a big fan of dark beers but this is palatable for sure.

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 01:45:55 | More by Kanger
Photo of steve86


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got the bottle at the Fred Meyer's in Issaquah.
Deep Black with ruby highlights. Thin tan head dissipated quickly.
Aroma was very subdued. Some malt backbone, No hop aroma. No DMS or Diacetyl. No fruity esters.
Flavor - touch of chocolately malt flavor without the in-your-face roastiness of a stout. Smooth mild hop bitterness, nicely balanced against the malt. No hop flavor. No fruity esters. Finish is very smooth and somewhat dry. Medium-thin body & mouth feel makes this a thirst quencher.
Overall, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Nice & malty without the astringent tendencies so often found in the other dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 22:17:14 | More by steve86
Photo of lcarlo


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reminds me a lot of an Irish stout with that smooth mouthfeel And a light thickness. Nothing much present in the flavor or aroma department. Still a decent and drinkable beer. It suffers a bit from the unfortunate looks better than it tastes situation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 13:07:09 | More by lcarlo
Photo of Demitra


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.

The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.

My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 20:55:16 | More by Demitra
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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