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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,437 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,437
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 66
Gots: 72 | 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 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 KillaB
3/5  rDev -23.5%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Pillowburn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Pillowburn, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

foxyaardvark27, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

KerryCummins1977, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ParkbrauFan
4/5  rDev +2%

ParkbrauFan, Mar 18, 2014
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
Photo of TR0219
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of donteatpoop
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
Photo of sweethome
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
Photo of TheDM
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
Photo of cnally
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
Photo of PintOHops
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
Photo of rogerthegill
4/5  rDev +2%

rogerthegill, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of TheTrevor
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
Photo of Seaba
4/5  rDev +2%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

SimonTja, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying a lot of great, strong tasting beers this past couple of weeks, so my judgement may be a little skewed on this one. Poured about as nice looking a glass of beer as you will see. Jet black (are there really any black jets?), large head which lasts, with some lace throughout. From there however, nothing extraordinary. Certainly smooth and quite drinkable, but not really much of a flavor profile. Not overly hoppy or malty, just kind of clean and smooth. I will try it again some other time, but a little plain for my tastes.

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of zerk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber brown... almost black, with a thin head. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt. Flavors are malt sweetness upfront, with some very mild coffee-like notes, as well as flavors of pumpernickle bread, and a touch of hop bitterness to round out the flavor nicely. Thin to medium body, with a slightly rough mouthfeel. This is a very easy drinking bier. Prosit!

zerk, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of goschool
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: The pour is dark red on the verge of black with a long-lasting tan head.

Smell: The nose has light-roast coffee and caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet, doughy malts brings molasses up front. Clean roasted malts bring coffee and dark chocolate to the mid-palate. Bitter hops join the mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very solid session beer and one that can debunk a lot of the myths about "dark beer."

goschool, Apr 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +2%

BrewCrew2010, Dec 09, 2011
Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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