Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei

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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei
Ranked #40
Ranked #15,093
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Feb 19, 2024
Oct 17, 2001
First-class, refined ingredients, the unique recipe and a passionate brewing tradition that you can taste: Köstritzer Schwarzbier stands for pleasure in perfection. It is the unique roasting of malting barley to the finest roasted malt, which gives Köstritzer Schwarzbier its unique malt aroma and unmatched character.

The market leader in the segment of bottom-fermented, dark beers presents itself in an elegant, bubbly manner, and promises a special kind of beer experience at first sight with its strong color and pronounced foam crown.

Taste the difference and enjoy Germany's most popular black beer.
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Rated: 4.15 by KensWorld from Florida

Feb 19, 2024
Rated: 4.02 by Sellen from Connecticut

Feb 16, 2024
Rated: 4 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2024
Rated: 1.82 by paylstep from Canada (ON)

Jan 01, 2024
Rated: 4.44 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Dec 31, 2023
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Reviewed by Jmsandberg17 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml can pours a deep, dark brown color with a dense, plentiful head of light brown-colored foam that fades down to a thin layer while leaving chunky lacing. Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. Rich and smooth roasted malt flavor with a hint of burnt malts, as well as notable caramel and dark fruits. Small sweetness and a small bitterness, with a light burnt/bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body with a mild amount of sparkling carbonation feel and a smooth finish.

This was a solid, good Schwarzbier, but I'm not sure it was unique or memorable enough to buy again. Fun to try, though.
Nov 15, 2023
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Reviewed by MissouriMule from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
On pouring, a fellow would be forgiven for thinking the can had a nitrogen widget. The head is a roiling, towering, creamy light brown. Only the size of the bubbles told me that the head was not a product of nitro. Regardless, the beer is one of the most visually appealing I have ever poured at home.

Smell is darker roasted malt all the way. Taste is the same story; all chocolaty, sweet roasted malt. Like BitteNochEinWeissbier’s review, I can report no bitterness. Carbonation and mouthfeel are medium and satisfying.

Overall, taste is the millstone around the neck of an otherwise fantastic beer. The taste is too unidimensional, even for this genre’s simple profile. That said, for people who would like Guinness if it was not so watery-smooth, this could be your beer.
Oct 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Kendo from New York

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Poured from the can into a Real McCoy pint glass. Body is brownish on the pour, but appears black in the glass - with a half-finger's worth of tan head settling on top.

S: Malts: roasted/roasty malt, some chocolate and a touch of burnt caramel.

T: Roasty malts over a minerally/metallic taste. Some faint chocolate.

M: Quite thin/watery in feel. Active carbonation is on the fine side.

O: OK. An easy drinker after mowing the lawn, but this doesn't approach the Von Trapp Schwarzbier that I get out of Vermont. Too thin and light in flavors.
Sep 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by JohnhatesIPAs from New Hampshire

Jun 13, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

May 25, 2023
Rated: 3.7 by Miles_Nilges from New York

Apr 26, 2023
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Apr 18, 2023
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very dark brown with fine tead.

Smell is roasted and malty with notes of pumpernickel, leather and chocolate.

Taste is roasted and malty with a hint of sweetness and moderate bitterness. Notes of pumpernickel, rye, chocolate, leather and a hint of licorice.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice Schwarzbier, lacking a little bit of power and body.
Apr 12, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by Myboymi from Kansas

Mar 25, 2023
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this vom Fass.

Dark roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. No noticeable bitterness. Very, very smooth and a tad creamy. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Very nice and quite easy to drink. Sorta reminds one of a German version of Guinness or Murphy's (and w/o the nitrogen). Low(er) ABV is welcome - one can enjoy more than one at a time.
Mar 20, 2023
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Rated by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Just tasted like a lager, not much roast aroma for me
Mar 12, 2023
Rated: 3.6 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by QuintusHorace from California

Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by eugh2023

Feb 21, 2023
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