Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany
koestritzer.de

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

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Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a pint
Best before March 2019

A- pours almost black in color with a ruby hue creeping through, one-finger foamy khaki colored head has great retention after the pour

S- roasted barley, chocolate, earthy hay, floral hops, crackers, a hint of caramel

T- roasted malt up front gives some chocolaty notes, as well as toasted grains, black licorice. Finishes grainy & nutty with a slight floral hop linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a light creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- an under-appreciated style and a beer that would make a great session beer, plenty of flavor and under 5% abv

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Photo of Myros
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can to Pilsner glass, pours a black, opaque with a 3 finger tan head that quickly dissipates. Clear mahogany when held up to a light.

Aroma is of sweet malt, a clean earthy smell like washed mushrooms, and a floral character that I can’t quite put a name on for the flower. From the noble hop?

Taste is dark toast malt, bitter chocolate, mild coffee, low sweetness, low hop flavor, low bitterness, and no detectable alcohol.

A light body has a thin, refreshing mouthfeel, almost a water finish in a nice way. High carbonation.

Overall, a very good schwarzbier. The more I drank it, the more I liked it, and at 4.8% ABV I don’t think it was the alcohol talking.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Black lagers, in theory I should just love them, but for some odd reason I don't...

And this offering from Kostritzer does nothing to really change my opinion on the style. Though beautifully black and smooth to the tongue, its smoothness is, in part, due to the watery nature of the beer. There is some malty flavor, but nothing to set it aside other black lagers I have had. Nonetheless, this is still a decent enough beer and one my son swears by, so any chance I get to share one with him is one well downed...

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Photo of scratch69
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of detgfrsh
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this a couple years ago but forgot to review at the time. On tap, black color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Roasted malt smell. Light to medium feel. Roasted malt and coffee flavors with a bitter finish. Great with German food.

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Photo of UpstateBrewer28
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mclusal
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

M34

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MGibbons
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Baviera
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new schwarzbier for me, so this is pretty cool, as I think it is a totally underappreciated style. Beautiful start, with cola body and big tan head in my pilsner glass. Nose is roasted sweet malt with notes of brown sugar and caramel.

Nutty roasted flavor and a sweet coffee influenced finish. Texture as smooth as anticipated. Adequately carbonated. Very drinkable, enjoyable black beer.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C-Stockwell
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Mostly black color. Appears red when held up to a light source, mostly on the bottom of the glass. 1" or so head dissipates after the first few sips.
S: Pleasant roasted malt smell, not overpowering.
T: Rich and creamy, but sufficiently bitter and dry to pair with food. Coffee hints.
F: Refreshing yet filling.

Overall this beer goes great with food such as beef or spicy foods. Flavor wise, a nice medium ground between Guinness and a decent lager, which obviously makes sense as Schwarzbier is a dark lager. This beer has a higher alcohol content than regular Guinness Draught (Guinness is about 4.1-4.3%, whereas this is 4.8%), which is a plus here. This is a nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HungarianCount
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atg1095
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebooyakid
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glider
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0.5L can that was 14 months old and past drink by date. Hate to review off an old beer, but will update if I get to try a fresher one.

Pours a deep chestnut with ruby highlights and a nice tan head. Smell is sweet dark malts. Taste is of sweet, dark malts with a slight roastiness and very slight earthy hops. Light bodied with a quick finish. Main impression is light flavor of sweet malts that finishes clean. Certainly easy to drink, but I prefer a bit stronger flavor.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheInternetGnome
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My perfect beer as of 2018

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Photo of Pens1967
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of desint
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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