Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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87
very good
1,907 Ratings
Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,907
Reviews:
840
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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125
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294
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Photo of berkey
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a flute.

Pours very dark brown; essenstially black. A sturdy pour creates a large, dense, persistent, light mocha colored, head. Leaves some uneven strings of lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas start with herbal and grassy hops, very mild chocolate notes, and an extremely faint roasted character. Very light and clean overall.

Flavor brings on many of the same components from the nose but in slightly different proportions and in different sequence. Subtle chocolate notes come through first and the grassy, leafy, hop character is mostly confined to the aftertaste until it warms. At room temperature, however, hops seem to be the primary flavor. Feel is light, clean, and smooth. Very easy drinking.

This is a style I took years coming back around to. I notice American brewers seem to have a hard time time duplicating traditional versions of this style. Although there are great American beers categorized as Swarzbiers they really have nothing in common with beers like this other than color and bottom fermentation. Overall an enjoyable beer and a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Yalcin
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Indybeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black with a big foamy head that settles to a 1/4" ring in the glass. Good lace all the way through. Taste is of roasted malt, but in a subdued manner. Tastes like a stout, but has the mouthfeel of a something milder. This would be good for someone who wants just a little more in their beers, but don't want the heaviness of a Porter or a stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of isaacgomis
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Barraclou
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's the new guy I found when I returned my empties to the grocery store. At CAD 2.49 per 500ml can, it is also budget priced.

Appearance: It makes no doubt: it is a schwarzbier. It is dark brown / black with some white lace on top.

Smell: Its aromas are very inviting. It is like a mix of floral hops, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The first thing you discover is a taste of roasted grain, then it is like a average black beer with that very interesting flavour of chocolate or coffee.

Mouthfeel: It is not that not that bad, but it is too carbonated when the beer warms up.

Drinkability: It is a very nice surprise. I am glad to recycle since it brought me to the grocery store and made me discover this beer. It is one of the most intriguing reviews I done. I don't know if this beer is good only once in a while or also good for drinking more than one in a night. I need to check it. :)

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Photo of tubaguy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a tall can which reads "Germany's #1 Black lager beer" and "seit (since) 1543". I'm skeptical: how many beers claim to be #1 or the oldest? Don't be intimidated by the jet-black appearance because this is very drinkable. Pours with a half inch of head which mostly dissipates. Smells a hint of spices and something sweet. Tastes great: hints of caramel, coffee, malty, with a bite in the aftertaste. Tastes dry the more you sip. Good lacing. Perfect level of carbonation. This is very refreshing. Great for a hot day. I would consider this a "session beer". I'm glad I picked up a case. You can knock these back like an American lager but they taste so much better.

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Photo of scott451
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle BB 12.08.12. Poured into a glass mug. One finger tan head on a very dark (almost black) ruby. Moderate lacing. The head soon diminished to a thin layer which stuck around.

Mild malty smells. A very smooth taste. Very mild caramel. More complexity in the middle. Minimal hop in the finish. Pretty dry. Basically the malt profile carries it.

Medium light body with a fairly light carbonation. Overall a top shelf dark beer. Smooth and balanced, complex but well melded flavours. Unusually low ABV for such a big flavoured beer makes this eminently Sessionable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

listed in the 1001, I will have again... but wait until I catch my breath.

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Photo of snpub540
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355mL bottle with the A and the 1 notched on the back label.

Pours an almost opaque black but when held to light you can see some ruby clarity peaking through. Not hazy at all. There were some carbonation bubbles sticking to the side of the bottom of the glass. The head was thin but it left some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Smelled just like a blonde German lager. Malty with some floral hop aromas floating around in there.

Taste was crsip and refreshing. A nice sweet maltiness blanced by some spicy hop flavor with a dry hop bitterness to balance everything out at the end.

The mouthfeel was creamy and it nice texture that seemed to coat my whole palate. It goes down smooth and refreshing. A great session beer. It looks as if it will be a heavy beer during the pour , but it is actually very light.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, almost black. A medium-sized head is creamy and light brown. Aroma is of rich dark breads with an edge of cocoa sweetness. Taste is a rich, dark bready malt with plenty of mildly roasted malt flavor. Sweetness is moderate and suits this beer perfectly. All in all, this is a very tasty schwarzbier that I highly recommend.

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Photo of Kanger
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark Black. Slight dark amber halo when held in front of light. Head disappeared quickly. Thin soapy head with bubbles of various size.

Smell - Slight chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Roasted malt undertones.

Taste - malty chocolate and coffee with a slight bitterness. Though tones of sweetness do poke through.

Mouthfeel - Crisp. Light on the palate. A little dry.

Overall - Great representation of the style. I'm not a big fan of dark beers but this is palatable for sure.

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
4.8% abv

I tried this beer on December 21, 2007 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish black with a thin tan-coloured head. The aroma was strongly roasted malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. The flavour is malty with some chocolate and toffee hints.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

black color, with some red/brown reflection throught, 1 finger head, laces

Smell: torrefication, caramel,malt

Taste: light burned malt, very smooth, not aggressive at all, nice malty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin , low carbonation

Drinkability: easy to drink, this brew is black but clear and thin like a blond

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Photo of tappangordo
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Very good dark brown. Lots of brown head on the pour that lasts a minute or two

S- 3.75- Pretty good malt backbone. Not a lot else

T- 4- Not bad. A bit light on the flavor. Looks better than it tastes.

M- 4- Pretty good. Not much to talk about though

O- 3.95- This is what I feel is the score. Pretty good but nothing special or work buying again

Food Pairing

This ok dark beer went well with...... Beef Wellington

Enjoy

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into flute glass. Not much head if poured slowly, fizzes down to narrow, faint rim.

Malt, very faint roast.

Nice roasted character. Not overly complex, but very pleasing. Chocolate, rye toast.

Mostly smooth mouth.

For lovers of Dunkel Lager, Dry Irish Stouts, Porters, Old Ale, rye lager, and, of course schwarzbier.

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Photo of robgutie
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flyingbrewster
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So I'm new to beer, But I'm stationed in Germany what better place to learn and love it. This beer is one of my first German beers and I love it. It came off smoother to me awesome flavor, not too bitter but still tell it was there. Definitely one to keep around the house.

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Photo of rmank
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDM
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pleasant aroma. Not real strong. A very nice pour with plenty of light brown head made up of small bubbles. It had a very dark brown body that was almost black with some carbonation. Its flavor was mostly just a nice malty taste. It was very smooth with a hint of ... of what I asked myself. Not sure what it was that I was tasting, but it was good. Even though its alcohol content was low, I could still taste it. After a few drinks, an aftertaste did start to build in my mouth. The head never died throughout the entire glass. I don't think I have rated a beer yet here that did this. Beer number 30 and counting! Einemal bier Bitte!

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Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewQ
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a twinkle of ruby. Looks like a Porter without the viscosity.

A malty aroma- not quite licorice or chocolate but very full.

Delicious full taste without being overbearing. Leaves a finish on the roof of the mouth.

I'll be looking for occasions to have another of these beers.
Was surprised to see the ties to Bitburger imports.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured darker than any other lager I've had myself. It looks good in the glass, with minor head and lacing.

It smells almost like it has a touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is similar, dark and thin with that crisp lager finish. Smooth and slick in the mouth, this has a surprisingly light but satisfying feel. Quite nice, if you ask me.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of supercolter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very sessionable beer. Appearance is good, very thick tan head and a deep black color. Smell is decent but not very apparent. Some nice roasted malt the at is a bit like coffee and nuts. Taste is the same with just a touch of hops coming through. Mouthfeel is great, nice light and fizzy. Drinkability is good considering the style.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,907 ratings.
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