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Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,046
Reviews:
876
Ratings:
2,037
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
345
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Photo of kuhndog
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks cola brown. Mostly black with dark brown highlights. Topped with a rocky tan head. Very good retention, and lots of lacing.

Smells like grassy Noble hops, toast, caramel, cocoa, molasses, pumpernickel bread.

Tastes like pumpernickel bread, darkly browned toast, molasses, cocoa powder, cola, and grass. Clean, crisp, and lightly dry.

Medium-light mouthfeel, well carbonated.

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Photo of Noelito76
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RockyM72
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerfam205
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sumnerw
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Manfrombelmonty
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgmjr_bsb
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Reidrover
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml glass at Bargarten in Keizer Oregon
$6.25
Dark brown almost black..great thick and frothy beige head.
Aromas nicely roasted malts all the way.
Taste similar..but with a certain ashieness that is to style.
Nice medium mouth .easy drink.
Good stuff

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Photo of lastmango
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a hint of ruby with a one finger tan head that quickly went to a thin film. Moderate lacing. Light aroma of roasted malt, toffee and crackers. Taste of toasted malt and grain with a hint of black licorice on the finish. Light to moderate thin feel. Light carbonation.

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Photo of bogtogglet
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice, easy to drink beer from Germany - I will have to explore this style more. Pours a nice deep dark brown color with a little light copper head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, roasted nuttiness, caramel, toffee, biscuit and some oats. Taste follows the nose, and there is also a faint hint of some chocolate. Can’t really detect the hops, however. Smooth, moderately rich, buttery mouthfeel and good carbonation. An enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Vyacheslav
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CisPiece88
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drak-Nib
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid dark first taste. Very smooth. Not bad! circa 2008

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 2,037 ratings