Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei

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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #30
Ranked #15,305
3.91 | pDev: 11.76%
Sunday at 09:58 PM
Oct 17, 2001
Very Good
Notes: 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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Photo of tolar111
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tolar111 from New York

The beer pours a solid black with an off white head that quickly dissipates and leaves just the slightest lace as the beer is consumed. The smell is surprisingly light, but full of roasted malted barley. The taste is pure roasted barley malt. It is roasted to perfection with no acrid after taste. There are just nice layers of bitterness. The feel is correct for the style, enough to break up the bitter, but not prickly on the tongue. Overall this is a very good black lager, that is quite drinkable and the ABV allows for more than one.

Sunday at 09:58 PM
3.91 by _Adam_ from Maryland on May 03, 2022
3.78 by misteil from Ireland on May 01, 2022
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3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
Photo of ScruffySouthpaw
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Served in a tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark thin black colored body with a an umber tint. Tan head rose high but dropped quickly with an initial rise of one fingers length off the body.

Smell: Roasted malt but super light but still aromatic.

Taste: Light malty feel which comes off like a super light roasted coffee minus the sugars.

Mouth: Sticky but not palate cleansing. Strong carbonation at the begining but as the beer sits in the air it becomes much softer.

Overall: Something different as I try to clean out my old inventory. Not bad for my first one of the night and easy to go to an IPA or stout after your done. Always in a glass, Salud!

Feb 05, 2022
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Cola black appearance
Medium light carbonation with about a medium body.
Aroma is toasted dark malty bread, roasted malt,mild dark chocolate and coffee. Theres roasted grains and cereal as well as some earthy dark honey
Taste does not stray from the aroma,very mild malt sweetness that's well balanced with roasted malt and toasted cereal and grains.
Overall this was one I didnt expect a lot from but found it to be flavorful as well as a little complex,not a one trick pony. Would get this again.

Jan 13, 2022
Photo of Reef
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Reef from South Carolina

On tap at WECO beer garden

Ebony with chestnut highlights. One Cm. tan head . Spotty lacing, full ring on surface.
Light char, malty aromas.
Rich malt, brown bread, light char, light molasses.
Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Dec 30, 2021
3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2021
4.24 by markallmon from Tennessee on Dec 28, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gvickery from Texas

Very dark but clear brownish, strong tea like. Smells of malt and slightly roasted malt. Tastes surprisingly light. Very slight coffee/toffee with some toasted malt. Somewhat like a hot breakfast cereal but unsweetened. It’s very drinkable and inoffensive. You get a little more of the roasted/toastedness way into the back. Very clean and light finish. I hope I can find more of this.

Oct 28, 2021
4 by icemanexit from Indiana on Oct 24, 2021
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Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1641
Date: May 02 2021
I recently consumed a few of these styles and loved them. I used a nonic, and the temperature is around 44 degrees. The pour created a tan frothy and airy three-fingered head with okay retention. The somewhat slow dissipation left a little lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 22, brown with ruby highlights. The opaque beer allows minimal light, giving of the reddish hue.

I sense dark roasted malts, toasted bread crust, a tinge of coffee, sweet cereal grains, a touch of herbal, some earthiness, and a hint of chocolate.

I taste tobacco, dark roasted malts, a skosh of smoke, toasted bread crust, malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasted malts, a smidge of floral, and earthiness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

The body is medium, low carbonation, and has a fuller finish.

What a pleasant drinking beer. None of the flavors are too overbearing. The malt and hops mingle well and are balanced. I enjoyed drinking this beer.

Oct 05, 2021
3.25 by altrio on Oct 04, 2021
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Photo of MikeWard
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

500ml can into a pint glass. Canned 3/31/21, best by 3/31/22. 5-6 months old.

Looks splendid in the glass. Back body appears deep red when held up to the light. Generous tan head persists throughout leaving spidery lacing.

Good strong malty aroma, a little roasty.

On tasting, a dry earthy bitterness and a measured hand on the roast. Usually this combination doesn't please this palate, but here it works quite well.

Mouth just about reaches medium, finish quite dry with some strength.

Overall, nice beer, well put together. Wouldn't say no to another.

Sep 19, 2021
Photo of Gatch
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Bottle at Old German Deli in Big Bear, CA. Pairs great with authentic German food! Solid black beer with all the attributes you want in this style. Would love to drink in Germany.

Sep 11, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16oz can poured into a lager glass.

A: Chestnut brown pour, nearly black. Great clarity. Beige head retains well at a half inch. Collars of lacing stripe the glass as the liquid level decreases.

S: Toasty and roasty. Molasses and brown bread. Roasted nuts. Caramel. Bakers chocolate. Grain. Hay and mildly grassy. Clean.

T: Follows the nose. Toasty grain up front. Bread crust, toffee, caramel, lightly roasted nuts. Richer notes of molasses and brown bread and cocoa powder build middle to end. Sweet grassiness. Hay. Slight grip of hop bitterness and hop spice, like a firm handshake. Nutty and cocoa-like finish.

M: Rich and full. Silky smooth. Stays light enough with only a very slight sense of heft. Well carbonated. Feels like chocolate mousse in the mouth. Excellent.

O: One of only two imported German schwartzbiers I can track down without too much effort (the other being Monschoff). This is my first go of it in a can, and wow does it make a difference. There's actually good hop character! I have yet to come across an American interpretation of the style that can rival this. Find it and drink it if you really want to know what a good schwartzbier tastes like.

Aug 30, 2021
3.52 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by DanO1066 from Maryland

Ridiculously good looking; very dark brown body topped by a monstrous head eventually receding w/plentiful lacing to a ring. Faint aroma of roast malt. More roast on the tongue. Smooth, lighter-medium body. Nice.

Aug 10, 2021
3.83 by KT3418 from Colorado on Aug 07, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured very dark but not quite black, hints of brown around the edges. The tan head looked very nice perched on top.
The aroma was solid and spot on. Malty goodness in a lager!
The taste was good, really good. Best part I thought. Very well balanced and full, which for the lower ABV I was impressed.
The feel was good, not mind blowing but good. Just viscous enough to carry the flavor.
OA, good schwartzbier, one I will gladly drink again.

Aug 04, 2021
3.82 by rangerred from Tennessee on Jul 30, 2021
Photo of InspectorHound
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Pours a lovely deep brown with amber highlights. Pours with a solid 1 1/2 finger head with good retention.

Smell: Grassy, with tart sharp highlights. Malts and brown bread evident as well.

Taste: Nice dark rye to pumpernickel flavour. Hints of grassy hops, and floral elements.

Feel: A nice crisp light bodied treat.

This beer is a fantastic bargain at the 2.65 price at the LCBO. A solid B+

Jun 10, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

The 2nd best schwarzbier I've had.

Jun 04, 2021
4 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on May 17, 2021
Photo of Rug
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 11/18/21

It's not often that you see Schwarzbiers around, so I always like to try out the few I can find. Seems to be one of the classic staples of the style so I think it will be a pretty good gauge for others of the style. Let's see what this one is all about

Pours a glowing reddish brown with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose on this one is extremely attractive, just hitting all the right notes of bready and sweet without being too sticky. I'm picking up on aromas of toasted brown bread, caramel malt, fig, light smoke, and floral hops

Very light in taste while still being flavorful, this is very good. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting brown bread, black pepper, toffee, and earthy hops. The swallow brings notes of fig, toasted brown bread, caramel malt, and earthy hops

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a very crisp beer. Finishes mostly dry with a subtle earthiness

A great beer right here. It's easy to throw back and quite flavorful. I'll be getting this again

May 16, 2021
3.87 by arzt from Russian Federation on May 03, 2021
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