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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 64
Gots: 88 | 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 +2.3%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +2.3%

ParkbrauFan, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of BeerAngel
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -4.6%
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 -5.9%
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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz. bottle of schwarzbier pours out dark brown/red with a nice 3/4" head that fades to about 1/4" and then hangs around awhile. Decent lacing.
The aroma is of sweet roasted malt. There is a little bitter coffee in there too.
The flavor follows along the lines of the aroma. There are nice roasted flavors with a little hint of sweetness and a slight bitter coffee in the finish. The flavor disappears rather quickly once swallowed.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I guess whenever I see something dark I expect it to be a litle chewy and full.
This is a good beer and the only real German schwarzbier I have had.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, May 27, 2005
Photo of WJVII
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a wonderful dark brown color with a 2 finger milk chocolate head that settles nicely into a quarter inch head leaving lacing all down the glass. The aroma is quite faint. There is some hints of chocolate, coffee, and some burnt caramel but those come only after let to stand a while. The taste is a little course which was nice to allow the flavors to come out. A nice malty start with some mild coffee and burnt grains and the finish was a decent hop balance that was left in the after taste. This was a solid brew, but for the price there are many micro's from the states that are better.

WJVII, Jun 12, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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
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3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the last can on the shelf at the LCBO. Since this style is so rare around here, I had to pick it up.

Pours a very deep chestnut brown, almost black in colour with 2 fingers of creamy and thick beige head that leaves sticky and stringy patches of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Roasted malts, dry nutty character, grain, caramel, and light citrus in the nose, all of which is quite subtle.

Roasted malts, and caramel are fused with notes of grain and yeast with the dry, nutty character coming in the end.

Mouthfeel is light, watery, and well balanced with a quick sting of carbonation coming in towards the end. An easy drinker.

Overall, a solid beer. I don't think this will ever be my favourite style of beer, but considering its light body and low ABV, this stuff has a lot of flavour.

ludachris, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of sbanacho
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

sbanacho, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

SGToliver, Aug 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Pillowburn, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -6.6%
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 -4.1%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -23.3%

09/18/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Notes are cryptic. Caramel. Hops!! Burnt.

seedyone, Sep 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

byronic, Sep 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

timontheroad, May 02, 2014
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.