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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of wisebier
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer!

L: Nice looking dark beer with drown tints almost ruby. Disappointed with the little head but it doesn't last long like a Guinness. It's also nice cream colored head.

S: a lot of malt . Some chocolate and coffee

T: malty coffee and slight chocolate. It's nice and dry with a crisp finish. Well carbonated. It's like a German Guinness without the milky-ness. Bc it's light and drinkable you can certainly put away a 6 at ease.

Great flavor great black lager if that's what you like.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky tan head subsides moderately then sits atop a deep dark brew with a hint of garnet when light is shown through. Rich chocolatey malt aroma melds with a bread crust dry malt aroma to give this brew a rich scent. The taste is exceptional as this beer is light in body yet manages to deliver a depth of flavor that provides a wonderful contrast. Rich dark carmel malt flavors blend with chocolate and a slight bit of spicy hops. This is my first schwarzbier and after trying this i would definetly like to try others of this style as this one was very smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant deep dark brown to black under a 1” cream to light tan foam cap that hugs the glass. Dark malts with traces of anise and dark roast on the nose and palate. The hops back the roast to give a moderately bitter finish. Clean and smooth with a medium body and slightly below medium carbonation. Very easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodies that my mother brought back from Germany for me. I was thrilled to get to try this one as it really is one of my favorite styles. I opened this one yesterday afternoon before I got the grill going to sip on while I cleaned. Poured into a tall pilsner glass right out of the fridge. The pour was beautiful Rich dark chocolate color, with only a touch of light peaking through on the sides and bottom. A huge, towering, three inch layer of off white froth came up over the top and dropped layer upon layer of thick side glass lace. Kept at least an inch worth of froth on top throughout the entire session.

The aroma was rich and smoky. Loaded down with peat and earthy malts, it was simple and yet defined with a great balance to it and just enough of a hop nose to push its way up front. The flavor followed suit as well. Great balance here as it started out with some nice notes of caramel and smoky peat, and this quickly transformed into an earthen malt show. Nice grains and bready flavor, with a crisp, quick, and very clean cutoff, which had just the right amount of hop bite to it. Great finish left a long lingering hop driven profile that gradually turned over to your classic German lager finish. Really nice medium bodied ale, the carbonation profile on this one was brilliant. Virtually no alcohol made this a beer that could be sessioned even in the hottest of weather. It is a rare day when I can stomach a smoked lager on a 100 degree day, and that is a testament to just how good this one was.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and something that I would never turn away. A classic representation, I would have to say that anyone who is a fan should try this and it dare I say might even be a nice gateway to someone who is not well initiated. Top notch beer here.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is very dark, black. Tan, very creamy, large,y beautiful head dissipates slowly, leaving rich lacings.

S: Dry heavy roasted malt, with some sweetness. Bitterness, coffee, dark dried fruits - not that sweet. Complex.

T: Dry taste. Roasted malt with some sweetness. Strong coffee-vibe. Notes of dark dried fruits. There's also dark bitter chocolate.

M: Full bodied brew with only moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very long and holds a chocolaty bitterness.

D: This is a very nice beer. Well balanced. Lucky me that picked up a whole case when I visited Germany the other week!!!

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Photo of Reverand
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... my first taste of a scharwzbier and what incredible beer to choose. A near pitch black color with a tannish colored head. belgian lace that clung all the way to the bottom of my glass. Aroma of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee. A perfect balance of malts and hops, nothing was too over powering to me.

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Photo of nbree00
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Appearance is fantastic with a creamy tan head and a black body thats a couple shades lighter, highlighting its red and brown hues. I'd also say it has a pretty decent level of carbonation for a beer this dark.

S: A beautiful blackberry-chocolate aroma is evident , very light and crisp.

T: Taste is very interesting. Caramelized malt flavors come through a lot stronger than charred ones, giving this beer a delicate balance of fruit over espresso, coupled with a wonderful hoppiness that adds a bitter dry finish.

M: Feel is very light, clean and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable dark beers I have ever come across. Truly gives meaning to the statement that "less is more". It is not over poweringly malty, hoppy or charred, but rather combines all 3 in an amazingly thirst quenching beer, highly recommended!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Brewed according to the German purity law (translated)"; "Germany's No. 1 Black Lager Beer"; "Bier, Beer, Biere, Birra, Cerveza, Cerveja" Man, this CAN caters to nearly the whole EU!

The loud Crack was music to mine ears and the Glug was a pleasant accompaniment. I achieved a finger of dense, foamy, mocha-brown head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. The visual is why one should always deCANt from the CAN into a glass. I had to hold it to the light to get the full effect. Nose was filled with grassy hops, just like in the Bros.' description on this site. I was ready to swoon. I CAN honestly say that I had no appreciation for lagers until I embarked on The CANQuest (TM) and found out that not all lagers are created equal. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching fullness, but not quite achieving it. The taste married the grassiness of the hops with the bitterness of anise and molasses, undoubtedly from the malt. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. The low ABV makes it a good CANdidate for the cooler and I would recommend it to those who say, "I don't like dark beers." Sheesh. Get off of your high Lovibond horse and join the party!

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Photo of mtonykaye
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and surprisingly cheap for an imported beer at Dan Murphys (Australia). I had to buy a second six-pack to make sure It wasn't a mistake. I first drank this on tap at the German Club South Brisbane in proper glass and loved it.

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Photo of MP72
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Was almost black like a good porter or stout with a great off white head.

Smell- was mild I didnt get too much in the way of smell except some graininess and malt.

Taste - very nice hop presence and lightly refreshing without the heaviness of its ALE counterparts.

Mouthfeel- was light and pilsner like , very smooth. refreshing is a word that keeps coming to mind.

Drinkability was very high i really enjoyed the smoothness and low ABV. Kostritzer could be a great session beer.I am really beginning to appreciate this style.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No freshness date to be seen.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black with some ruby highlights, also it pours pretty thick (at least for the style) and looks quite hearty as it sits in the glass, topped with a creamy one inch sandy white head that fades into a cap in a couple of minutes

S: Really strong toasted malt character, really off the charts toasted, wow! Chocolate but without the sweetness that turns me off to that aroma, fruity (like plum and cherry) this fades a bit as you start drinking the beer but I suppose that is because I am tasting the beer on my tongue and might be clouding my sense of smell. Still though...

T/MF: The first thing that I notice about this beer is the mouthfeel, I honestly don't think it can be improved upon, especially considering that I noticed it before the actual taste of the beer. The beer just snaps on the tongue, carbonation works flavor into all corners of the pallet, tingles the tongue along with a good biting hop bitterness. This beer is alive. Toasted malts, super toasty and bitter chocolate along with subtle buttery fruit undertones. Delicious.

D: This is a beer I've been looking for forever, a beer that does not have to be 7-8% ABV or over to be full of flavor. Highly sessionable, I want another but I only but I only have one. Easy drinking, not gut bustingly filling and tastes great to boot.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; beautiful black color with an attractive tan head.

smell; slight malty smell with hints of coffee roast.

taste; 2 part, first tasting like a Helles and finishing roasted and malty, somewhat like a stout but not as strong or thick.

mouthfeel; from the bottle nearly the same as any other lager, slightly heavier, much creamier on tap, foam somewhat rich and creamy.

drinkability; really a delicious and distinct beer, not too strong or heavy but kind of advanced flavors. After 2 liter or so, I would switch to a less complex beer as the tongue gets less sensitive. Yes could be a session beer but why get drunken and numb to what this beer has to offer.

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Photo of JMad
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with just a sliver of brown light shining through the edges, the head was tan, a little thin, and quickly reduced to a filmy layer. The aroma is nice and roasty with some smoky flavor and a hint of coffee. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, a hint of bitter dark chocolate and a slight metallic taste. The beer is light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry roasty finish. this is an awesome shwarzbier, light but full of flavor.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown body, with a ruby glow at the edges. The brown head can get quite rich and frothy. Carbonation is moderate. While head retention is rather weak, lacing is quite impressive.

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a slight floral hoppiness in the aroma.

T - From the first moment, you should be able to taste that roastiness. It begins sweet and finishes bitter, with nice lingering malty roastiness. Other notes you might notice include dark fruits.

M - Light-to-medium bodied, closer to being light. Quite pleasant overall, thanks to the very moderate carbonation.

D - Very drinkable in moderation. This is the best and the original schwarzbier!

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Photo of putnam
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stiff, curdled, multi-tonal chocolate milk-colored head on top of ebony brown liquid.
The aromas are subtle but profound. Roasted nutshells and grains fold into elements of whole vanilla and over ripe blueberries.The flavors play this little game where they start out with a promising, rich, fruity, glycerin-laden texture until, after about one second, the fine, powdery roasted tannins supress all of this hedonism. Within seconds all that is left is a very clean palate with shadows of charred banana, sweet spices and tobacco.
This beer won't get a lot of high reviews because it doesn't fit popular expectations for beer this color. It is a light-bodied brew. Nevertheless, a beautiful beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer...pours an impressive coal black with a tan head on top....rims the glass nicely....the nose is fantastic...very sweet caramel notes mixed with a strong vanilla aroma...awesome....the body is sturdy and firm..relatively creamy texture...feels right in the mouth...the taste is delightful...again the vanilla is very evident but also some java notes..light caramel and roasted malts...this is a dandy...drinkability is sky high....I want another and another and another...(I only have one though)..THE best Schwartzie I've had...Not a real favorite style of mine...UP UNTIL NOW...Excellent beer...

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500ml can into a English pint glass

A: Nice dark color typical to a Schwarzbier. Black with red/brown colors appearing in the light. Small brownish one finger head.

S: Raisins, slight roasted malts

T: Dark roasted malts but not too heavy. Pretty sweet but evenly balanced. The taste lingers pretty long and stays with you. A bit of coffee and some of caramel. Some roast is present but its fairly mild. Heavily toasted oatmeal raisin cookies come to mind.

M: Creamy and smooth. Proper carbonation. Clean and pretty easy drinking.

Overall: Great beer. I'd buy it again if I could find it at my stores.

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Photo of Marty
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is DARK! The only other Schwarzbier I've had was Saranac's Black Forest. This beer is at least as dark, if not darker, than BF. The head is a soft, light beige, with average-sized bubbles; not sticky, but slow to dissipate.

Smell is malty, and not overtly hoppy. I can tell this beer is going to be sweet.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer. It is deeper than Saranac's, with some chocolatey undertones. Deep, but refreshing. Light with a nice hoppy finish.

I could drink lots of this beer.

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Photo of Schwarz04
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black (Schwarz) Has a creamy well developed head that lasts quite a while, also leaving an exceptional lace on the pint glass I drank it out of.

Smell: Roasty, nutty, with a few coffee-like notes. Could smell the slightest presence of floral notes (hops)

Taste: Roasted almond taste with a bit of sweetness. Again the presence of hops is definatly there, but not overpowering to the other flavors. Very pleasant well developed/complex taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick feeling, but not heavy at all, if that makes sense! Quite smooth, with little carbonation.

Drinkability: Very surprisingly, this is one of the few dark beers I have had that I could easily turn into a session beer. The only thing that held me back was the price at the pub! All in all, a very smooth easy drinking, flavorful beer. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Blitzen15
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Jet black even when held up to a light, a thin caramel colored head graces the rim of the glass.

S - Strong for a lager with hints of dark chocolate

T - Very rich and strong. Dark chocolate is certainly there. The beer tastes like a stout but the bottle says lager. I prefer stouts over all others and this actually fits in.

M - Thick on the tongue but thin when swallowed. This unique feature makes it less overbearing to friends who are not fans of thicker beers

D - An instant favorite as far as lagers go. The perfect drink before bed.

Purchased at: Ladd's & Co.

served on: 6JUL2010

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Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks.

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Photo of mjurney
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color almost black. Nice thick frothy head.

Very malty in the aroma. Deep caramel, molasses, hint of roasted malts.

Very deep maltiness up front. Brown bread, burnt caramel, bitter dark chocolate, touch of crisp hops. Very smooth and complex.
Dry and roasty finish.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours absolutely black, pitch, freaking black. Black as deepest space, as seen through the darkest sunglasses on the planet, with a burlap bag over your head, while sitting inside a photographers' darkroom during a power outage. I love it!!! A big, thick , chewy head that drops slowly to about 1/4 ". Good lacing through most of the glass.
Smell was malty, sweet, a little fruity, with a hint of something I couldn't place and slight hops.
Taste was excellent, roasted malts, some fruit (orange and maybe prune?), some hops, a little grassy then light coffee at the end. Great complexity.
Smooth with a light to medium body for the color but much fuller-bodied than most any other lager you could mention, not thick enough to be creamy (like a porter would be) but I keep trying to think of it that way. Not overly carbonated, just nicely effervescent all over the tongue.
Drinkablity is great! This is "the beer" to give someone that hates dark beer but likes wheats or lager or even pale ales. A mental classification breaker. Much better than any other dark lager I've ever had. Looks and drinks almost like a lighter-weight porter. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a 0.5l branded Krušovice pilsner glass.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan head that dissipates very quickly with almost no lacing. This beer is so dark that it almost looks like a cola.

Smell: Strong smell of roasted caramel malts. Has grassy and hoppy notes in the end.

Taste: Sweet with a strong taste of roasted caramel malts. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty. Almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A great beer. Probably one of the best of its style.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this might be my first of this style but what a way to start! Pours jet black at first but when held to light it shows deep ruby color. Thick, rocky head with good retention and very little lacing. Smell is great of toasted grain. A real smokey/burnt sensation to it. A bit of dark chocolate and some grassy notes as well. Taste is amazing as well. Some toasted grain, chocolate (dark and bitter), a bit of grass/straw and a slight bitterness, very slight, on the back of the tounge. High carbonation leads to a very thin, crisp mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, I dont think I really have a complaint about it.

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