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Köstritzer Schwarzbier - Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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794 Reviews

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Reviews: 794
Hads: 1,719
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 102
Gots: 184 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of Sleestak
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the past and remember it getting me hooked on schwarzbiers and dunkel lagers. Now's my chance to finally review it. At first glance this beer looks black with ruby highlights around the edges, but held up to the light it shows itself to be a dark ruby. A thin mocha colored head doesn't last long. Smells very sweet with roasted malts. A roasted malt flavor with some honey sweetness as well with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are some coffee/chocolate flavors but they aren't prominent, just hints of them in the background. A medium mouthfeel works perfectly, not too thin not too thick. This is a good sessionable schwarzbier.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a fluffy tan head the dies quickly. The aroma is sweet malts, light coffee, and a touch of spice. Flavor is malty and semi-sweet, the middle has an almost sweet dark bread quality and licorice flavor, but finishes crisp and hoppy. Medium body, not a lot of meat or carbonation.

I really liked the flavor was complex but not over done. Good balance, easy going down, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle/Dimpled Mug

A - Dark like a Tootsie Roll with a bubbly tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Faint Smell of sweet caramel malt, and a bit of Ovaltine.

T - Definitely Roasted, Malty and delicious. Didn't taste the hops at all.

M - Very clean, front and back! Nice carbonation.

D - I can drink a boatload of this guys; The low ABV makes this tasty treat a Memorial Day BBQ must have!


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Photo of DanThomas
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Loved the big mug and handle.

A- Very dark, like a dark cherry black/red color, no head.

S- Pretty simple, but good. Dark fruits, especially cherry, and a little roast in there as well.

T- Exceptional. The cherry comes through on the end and there is a slightly sour finish that is extremely pleasant. Very light roasted flavor on the front.

M- Carbonation is refreshing, beer feels medium bodied which plays off the lighter flavor very well to give this beer a lot of substance.

D- I think it's the most drinkable beer I've had. It's refreshing, subtle and complex, and just extremely enjoyable to drink. First schwarzbier I've had, will definitely be trying more offerings!

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Photo of Antnego
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Wurstküche in Los Angeles.

A: Pours thin and almost black, with a deep ruby tinge, with some light penetration. Presents with a one-finger that head quickly dissipates. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S: There's caramel and malty sweetness on the nose, with a nuttiness in the backdrop.

T: Tastes very much like Malta, a non-fermented, Latin American malt beverage. Very low and bitterness. There's some toffee notes underneath the maltiness.

M: Very light and thin, with very little carbonation. The feel of this beer betrays its dark appearance.

O: Overall, this was very refreshing, light and non-offensive. The extreme maltiness of this was a change of pace. Very unique.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the bottle into my sniffer glass and had a black color with ruby highlights. The aroma was subtle and had a slight chocolate aroma and grains. The flavor was what really impressed me. I find it amazing that a beer this dark can have such a smooth, subtle flavor. It had a slight sourness with hints of dark malts and traces of chocolate and coffee. It also had a very slight spiciness, but bittersweet overall. The finish was dry and hoppy. I thought this was a very well balanced beer that was very easy to drink.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer while at RFD in Washington, DC

the waiter brought me the beer in a bottle and poured it in a glass

it was very dark, with a thin layer of head
the smell was good
taste was good, felt like something was missing, but went down smoothly

overall, a good beer, worth a taste if you ever get the chance, but didnt blow me out of the water

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Photo of Joey7F
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap as a sample today. Quite a good scharwzbier (better than the Sam Adams Black Lager). It tastes a bit like a latte, very creamy, very malty.

Definitely worth a try unless you need a lot of hops (which this beer, and the style lacks)


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Photo of Folderol
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 5 L mini-keg. Why buy a mini keg? I just thought it was awesome to have one, and one that dispenses dark beer no less. Pours almost completely black with a huge nitro-like head. Head recedes to a decent quarter-inch beige cap that lasts the whole way down. Taste is pretty simple, a dark bread with a little caramel that's never sweet or cloying. Bitterness is minimal. Carbonation is very fine, probably due to the unique dispenser. Quite tasty, but for the price ($21 for 5 liters) I'd be better off with a case of Saranac Black Forest.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great german dark, with clear compelx flavors and nice feel.

Medium beige head (dissipates quickly).

Taste is slightly fruity, but overall almost stouty with slight charcoal or ash, and coffeeish flavors.
Finish is hoppy but not bitter, and leaves little to no aftertaste.

Great beer, that's both thirst-quenching and appetite-opening!

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Photo of atomicbolt
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this one looked neat at the store so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad that I did. 500mL tall-boy can.

Deep black colour with a creamy tan head. The smell isn't all that strong, but it's got a real roasty, malty scent, like a brewing kettle.

Tastes chocolatey, with a really creamy, smooth, coffee taste lingering. That dissolves into a hoppy bitterness, leaving a clean, well-balanced taste. Not as thick as I was expecting, which leaves for a very nice, drinkable beer. Fits nicely with the style description for a schwarzbier. Very easy to slam one of these back in the winter time.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of gthornton
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark coffee. Good lacing. Calm head.

S: Subtle chocolate and coffee roast nose, with hints of familiar/classic German yeast, and balanced hop notes.

T: Well balanced between the roasty malts, yeast, hops, and yes.. water. Some lindering chocolate and coffee. It's not about blowing you away, but ore about the balance that typifies German beers. Well done.

M: Light, easy drink. A little sticky up front, but very clean.

D: An easy drink. Can enjoy several of these with or without a meal. Would be great with roast beef, and veggies. A little sugary sweet. This might decrease its overal drinkability, for it might begin to feel too rich.

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Photo of jburris64
5/5  rDev +28.9%

My go to Schwarzbier!
Found it in a specialty store in Grand Blanc, Mi. but it after moving to south Georgia I thought it was lost forever.
Found it one day while checking out a new liquer store/ beer cave.
Black in color, plenty of head, highly smooth with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread layered thick on the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild with a bitterness that holds its own for balancing the beer. Mild roasted malt character with hints of carob, chicory and bread crust. Malt sweetness is there but stay to a minimum and does not go to a cloying level at all. Alcohol is meek and barely noticeable, slightly dry finish is doused with a clean graininess and hints of spicy hop.

My all time favorite!

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Photo of altctrlsdelete
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at CAH downtown.

Served in a small dimpled mug, a dark brown, nearly black liquid with a notable coffee-colored head. The description I'd read, which included a "WOW", led me to expect a lot from this beer. However, when I took my first sip, I was underwhelmed.

Not much smell to speak of, with light roasted notes reminding me of your run-of-the-mill porter. The taste, as well, is understated.

However, this would be my session of choice, at under 5% abv, and possessing enough chocolate and roasted flavor to keep me interested. Goes down easy, and grows on you as it warms.

Though it's nothing that blew me away, it does what it does well, and I wouldn't hesitate to order it again in the future.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wonderful example of a Schwarzbier poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A thick light brown/beige head dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Fine bubbles evolve slowly from the sides of the glass, likely from the bottom as well, however it is impossible to tell through the rich blackness.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier has a wonderfully clean aroma of malt, chocolate and roasted malt. Hop aromas are not noticeable.

This beer has a malty, roasty flavor with slight hints of coffee. There seems to be a relatively low degree of hop bitterness… it is difficult to pick it out from the lingering bitterness likely caused by the dark portion of the grist, which masks it.

This beer has a medium body with a noticeable, but light mouthcoat. It finishes with a moderate, but pleasant astringency and a light carbon dioxide bite.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier is an enjoyable and refreshingly light black lager with a bit of a bite. It is my personal benchmark for the style. It is truly a wonderful beer, which I would recommend for anyone to try.

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Photo of kwill
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very good with a bid of sweetness and hints of molasses and chocolate.

The taste is a little thin and doesn't have any of the complexity or flavors that are evident in the smell. It basically just has a slightly bitter and flat flavor. The mouthfeel doesn't convey the thickness and richness that you would expect from the appearance.

Overall a pretty average beer that looks and smells like it should be better, but just ends up a little short.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Slender-necked bomber with the German style letterhead. Poured into one of my hand carved german steins woo woo!

Appearance - It pours from the bottle a shade off of black. I'd say a shade towards smoky brown rather than red. When a small quantity is held to the light, mahogeny-shifted ruby becomes visible. Light tan head matches the color of the inside of the ceramic stein.

Smell - Earthy and roasty, the smell doesn't give much away.

Taste - At first you taste the caramel sort of flavor. It's not sweet per se, this being a rather dry brew, but caramel or toffee notes start it off. Then you get the body of earthy, roasted malt. The finish is lovely with bitterness from both the malt and hops coming through, along with a toasty aftertaste. The flavors are strong but restrained, rather than crashing into my senses it sort of insinuates itself into my sense of taste gently. There's the definitive 'lager' taste that comes either from the yeast or the cold conditioning as well.

Mouthfeel - This is crisp, refreshing, quenching, and ultimately very easy drinking. The round, clear flavor and body are very lagerish. It's very different from a stout or even porter both in taste and mouthfeel. Generally just delicious.

Drinkability - I love dark beers, and this is no exception. And while I consider almost every dark ale short of Dark Lord to be sessionable, this is even more so due to its clean finishing lager qualities and more restrained, refined taste. The low alcohol isn't even a taste component, which is good for repeat drinking.

This is delicious. If you like dark ale you must try this to learn how dark malts can be just as well applied in a lager. I stress the high quality of the brew. Very natural and honest and clean tasting. Low alcohol as well. You could down a pitcher and be okay I suspect.

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Photo of umtox
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crisp and dark and the lightness of the body is apparent in the head. Smell of charred malts. Taste is fairly simple-a bit of charred malts. It is very light on the palate--both in body and taste. Would be a great with smoked meats I would especially like to wash down a brat with his beer.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap and was very excited to try it. It cam in the namesake glass and was quite impressive with a large creamy head. I had this with some very dark rye bread and butter. It was very dark and nutty with hints on malt and coffee. Very nice feel and very very drinkable. I would definitely think that more than one would be necessary. WOW, I love it. Very German for such a small ABV.

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Photo of memory
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is coming from one of those minikegs bought at the distributor. Has a little over a gallon in it, but I must admit they are damn nice and fit perfect in the fridge.
Anyhow, Bittburger was mentioned as the importer I think but whatever.
Appeared as dark as a Guinness with a slightly darker head that holds a thin firm presence throughout.
Smells of hints of toffee and butterscotch.
Tastes of slight smoke, malt and leaves a nice clean finish on the tongue with a slight lasting bitterness. This is a nice session lager to go with food.

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Photo of nbree00
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appearance is fantastic with a creamy tan head and a black body thats a couple shades lighter, highlighting its red and brown hues. I'd also say it has a pretty decent level of carbonation for a beer this dark.

S: A beautiful blackberry-chocolate aroma is evident , very light and crisp.

T: Taste is very interesting. Caramelized malt flavors come through a lot stronger than charred ones, giving this beer a delicate balance of fruit over espresso, coupled with a wonderful hoppiness that adds a bitter dry finish.

M: Feel is very light, clean and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable dark beers I have ever come across. Truly gives meaning to the statement that "less is more". It is not over poweringly malty, hoppy or charred, but rather combines all 3 in an amazingly thirst quenching beer, highly recommended!

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Photo of 828beagle
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. An immense 2 finger fluffy beige head which melts down to a nice 1/4 inch. Deep dark amber brown. Substantial lacing around the sides of the glass. Nice marble effect like a beautiful abstract work of art. A little bubbly cloud remains at the top of the beer until the last drop, though it does not taste overly carbonated. It is surprisingly light and not as filling as it looks but packs a pretty nice buzz. A slight bitterness of mild licorice with a near perfect mixture of fig sweetness. Very pleasant and refreshing. You could easily and happily drink a sixer of this brew. This is a year-round beer for every occasion and is one of my favorites though it is quite expensive and not for the economic beer connoisseur.

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Photo of Alequine
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is simply a black lager. It isnt heavy, viscosity is light, slight see through, no head. Light, tan lacing. Slight smokey malt aroma. Little bitterness in the mouthfeel with a taste of slight burnt roasted malts. Smokey, light bitterness at the finish. I didnt' find this beer outstanding at all.

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Photo of nathanho
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML bottle pured strongly into an unflared tulip glass. Coffee brown with lots of light tan head that settles to insignificance.

Smells strongly of plums and prunes. Malty flavor with some chalk and dust. Grainy aftertase. Soda pop lager taste and feel. Lots of straw and chalky grain.

Not bad.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 794 ratings.