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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,454 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,454
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

ParkbrauFan, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brewerburgundy, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Douberd
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Douberd, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of Rudgers73
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rudgers73, Jun 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sbanacho, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

fisherman34, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Pauly2X
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pauly2X, Dec 23, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pillowburn, Mar 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of jhillwastaken
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

jhillwastaken, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

jmbranum, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

TR0219, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2%

IRONRakkasan, Jan 02, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours night-black with a reasonable amount of tan colored head.

The smell is mostly earthy tones, some carmel; not overly present though, really have to sniff at it to pick up the finer details - slight floral essense, brown sugar, toasted malts...

The taste is superb an excellent blend, light sweetness with a great balance of bitterness. Really impressed with this brew, picked a bottle up at random and glad I did. I'll be buying this again in the future.

donteatpoop, Aug 13, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a favorite dark lager for me. I taste tonight side by side with Crystal Diplomat Dark Beer - A czech Lager.

Pours very dark brown with a big fluffy head that is tan. Provides very nice lace. The nose is lacking. Rather musty with charcoal. Smell of a dying campfire.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly dry and chalky. Almost grainy. Compared to the tasting companion, it falls short. I'm quite surprised. In most cases, I've had on tap. That may be the reason it's not quite as I remember.

Fairly light on the palate in midmouth. The finish is quite chalky and dry. The flavors never develop to the extent I remember from past tastes. Quite an astringency here.

It is still quite drinkable and would go well with pork and kraut.

sweethome, Jan 14, 2006
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pleasant aroma. Not real strong. A very nice pour with plenty of light brown head made up of small bubbles. It had a very dark brown body that was almost black with some carbonation. Its flavor was mostly just a nice malty taste. It was very smooth with a hint of ... of what I asked myself. Not sure what it was that I was tasting, but it was good. Even though its alcohol content was low, I could still taste it. After a few drinks, an aftertaste did start to build in my mouth. The head never died throughout the entire glass. I don't think I have rated a beer yet here that did this. Beer number 30 and counting! Einemal bier Bitte!

TheDM, Jul 01, 2003
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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very black color in the body, but light peeks around the edges. Beige head has no stick to it.

Aroma is a barely detectable mix of smoky peat and burnt malt.

The flavor is a smoky concoction of dark malt, burnt and woodsy, very full of charcoal.

Creamy feel and very balanced.

I wouldn't necessarily think this a good beer, but I have had many worse.

cnally, Aug 11, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Dark dark brown with a tinge of coppery, ruby color when held to light. Produced an off white pillow of head, about 2fingers thick, with very good retention. Lacing was spotty but very good as well.

S - What I got was very very mild, faint grass upfront with soft roasted malt notes, but more grainy smelling. Hints of a buttery/nut thing going on but that was about all I could pull out.

T - Soft & clean flavors here expected by what the smell put out. Clean grass & nut upfront, touch of buttery flavor fading into finishing flavors, soft roasted malts & subtle toffee. A touch of bitterness from malts & hops are present but very subdued, balancing though.

M - Very very smooth & moderately crisp, around lite bodied. Refreshing feel, I thought it complimented the flavor profile perfectly.

D - This was an extremely quafable brew! I could sit around all evening drinking a 6pack of this beer, I have to say this my first Schwarzbier, so I really don't have a true feel for the style yet, but I really did enjoy this one. I definitely recommend it, I could see myself buying this one again in the future sometime, maybe not worth seeking out in my opinion though.

PintOHops, Feb 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2%

rogerthegill, Feb 13, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured pitch black with a big two-finger tan head that lingered for a while. The smell is toasted malts with maybe breadiness. The taste starts off with some slightly sweet bready toasted malt that is intermingled with a pleasant amount of balancing hops. The mouthfeel is of medium thickness with some fine carbonation. This is a surprisingly light and drinkable beer, I think most people would be surprised that a beer this dark would be this easy to drink.

TheTrevor, Nov 19, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,454 ratings.