Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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3.88
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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kostritzer- Schwarzbier

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Dark black with a small but tight bubbly head. Good light lacing.
S- Sweet sugary dried fruits like raisin and plum. Light touch of toasted grains and chocolate.
T- Sweet sugary malt with hints of chocolate, raisins, prunes, cherries, and caramel malt.
M- Sweet and chewy with a sweet malty finish.

Overall- nice and sweet. Easy to drink a 2 pinter.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured black into a pilsner glass with a large foamy head that looked impressive but didn't last very long.

I don't get much on the nose, a little earthy maybe a little malt. The mouth feel is very light, crisp and carbonated. There are some nice malty flavors and I get a little hops in the finish. It's definitely on the light side which is true to style.

This is a pretty good refreshing beer but not quite as good as the Sprecher Black Bavarian or Monschof Schwarzbiers that I've enjoyed.

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Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown with a creamy head that thinned out quickly. Smelled very malty. Taste was malt dominant that thinned out and left an aftertaste that I didn't enjoy. I was underwhelmed by the beer and was left wanting something more. It seems to be lacking something although I'm not sure what that is.
It is an ok beer that that I would try again but I definitely won't go out of my way to do so. Worth trying.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very deep amber under a strong light, otherwise appears black, with a decent tan head, which retains well, with thick patchy lacing.

Aroma: Prominent coffee aromas, toasted, and dark notes, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet chocolate notes, soon turns to toasted malt flavors, finishes with a mild herbal hop note, and a lingering, moderate burnt coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, but a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting, and quite pleasant, very drinkable.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. Now this was one of the better ones in the pack. It poured a black color witj a long lasting head. I like Schwarzbier and this one was very good but I have had better. If I could find this again I would buy a few!.

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Photo of ouser31
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at The Viking in Spokane for $4.50.

Poured a very dark brown with a huge tan head.

Smell reminded me of a brown ale. Sweet malt, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma was detected.

Taste was like a lager version of a brown ale. Caramelish sweetness, with a very mild backdrop similar to coffee. Not a terribly complex brew. Also a slightly alcoholish taste, surprising given the relatively low alcohol content indicated here on BA (there's no abv listed on the label).

I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin, but I freely admit I'm more of an ale drinker.

This is a perfectly good dark lager. Is it great? I don't think so. But it's certainly good. In any event, it was cool to find a schwarzbier in a bar outside of Germany - the only place I'd previously had one.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An alright schwarzbier which suffers from one major flaw. Nice roasted characteristics which aren't too strong.

I can't pick up much of a smell.

However, the problem is in the taste. There is an alcohol astringency at the end of the sip. It isn't completely horrible, but it is a problem that flows to mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark cherry red color, wiht a slight fizzy tan head.

S: Liqour, and licorice on nose along with some rum raisin, dried cherries, and dark caramel.

T: Very smooth flavor, dark maltiness but light on tongue with some earthy dry bittering hop presence. Theres some chocolate notes as well that really stand out. Good per style.

M: oily texture on tongue, dry bitterness with a light mouthful and dry finish.

D: decent drinkability. overall average going down.

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Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Pours a dark black body, dark brown soap bubble head.
Smell is of light roasted malts and smokiness.
Taste has a hint of roastiness and plenty of licorice and a light amount of hop bitterness.
Feel is medium to light with a clean finish.
Overall an okay beer I wouldn't really look forward to having again. It wasn't bad it just didn't have enough flavor for me; perhaps I was expecting something else.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Chicago Brauhaus

Poured from the tap into a Hofbrau mug.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and a foamy tan head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit toffee, and caramel flavor. Some sweetness is there with the little bits of sugar that come out. Some coffee is present in the aroma and leaves abruptly.

The taste is quite nice with a dark malt flavor that hits the tongue first and it full of a toffee and maple flavor with some coffee flavor that gives way to a bitter hop flavor that is gone before you can place what hop it is. A smoky wood flavor is there to greet you at the end but is also a quick flavor that is gone in just a blink of an eye.

The feel of this beer is smooth like silk and just the right feel for a beer that is filled with malt but still has a great finish to it.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, molasses colored beer with a spongey, thin, brown-colored head. I don't get much oder here. The taste is good but simple. Not much going on here just light and sweet caramel malt, metalic notes, and fruity hops. Light fuzzy mouthfeel. Refreshing to be sure, but I'd rather a good 'ol dark lager any day.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with a black and gold label featuring a coat of arms. Purity law applies. Best before 4/30/04, I opened it on 5/3/04 - just missed.

Pours a clear deep burgundy under a two finger beige head with some contour, good retention and streaks of lace about half way down the glass. The nose is very mild, with just a hint of caramel. The mouth is medium carbonated and light in body. The taste is mild, with a touch of burnt malt. The finish features a good if mild hoppy bite. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste, where a bit of sweetish malt rejoins the party. This is a good refreshing drink.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad Schwartzbier. Poured out to a (gasp) dark brown/black appearance with a large head the color of heavily creamed coffee. Medium low carbonation. Not much of an aroma, but some mild malt was detected. Taste was very smooth and enjoyable. Flavors of roasted malts and hops with a black pepper note toward the finish. Seemed to go together very well. Well balanced mouthfeel was not too full, but adequate enough to make one note that some craft has gone into this brew. This could be a good crossover beer for those looking to expand their experience of German beers. Recommended.

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Photo of shivtim
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at a German restaurant in Sanford, Florida. Served in mug, it's brown/black with a thin off-white head. Nose is malts and grains, pretty simple but not bad. Taste is mild, slightly sweet malts with bitter hops in the finish. Good example of the style. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

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Photo of proc
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer, albeit someone thin. Pours out to a nice, porter/stout-like black in the glass. Taste has hints of molasses and licorice. This is a beer to give to friends who are "afraid of the dark". It gives off the appearance of a stout, with a schwartz (my grandfather's last name was Schwartz) beer easiness. An easy to drink beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The poet doth noet what is good. The label is pretty cool of the poet just chilling with a Schwarz....

Pilsner pour and am met with a black bubble pour with a small beige head. Some nice burgundy streaks and nice lacing also.

Aroma of dome dark fruits, black licorice, earth and some light coffee characteristics.

Easy drinking for a "black lager" and nicely carbonated. No aftertaste whatsoever which is a nice change.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Low alcohol = multiples.

A nice beer for the style and very happy I tried it. Worth the effort to find.

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Photo of walkaboutjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

very approachable and drinkable Schwarzbier. Malts and molasses, some coffee, but finishes clean with little lingering flavors. With low abv, can see myself drinking quite a few of these.

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Photo of Douberd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, 500 ml, bought in Germany. Poured into a lager glass. ABV 4,8%

Colour is black and only when hold against the light becomes a very dark ruby colour. Two fingers of soapy beige head, with good retention.
Roasted malts on the aroma, with caramel and coffee hints.
Taste also of roasted malts. Begins sweeet and sour and turns to quite bitter, with a finish of dark chocolate.
Full body and light carbonation.
Very nice beer, especially for the winter.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight grain, slight sweet malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, grain, and hint of dry hops.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly as roasty as Irish dry stouts, but with the smooth drinkability of German lager, this classy authentic black bier plays those aesthetic games with the eye as it promises boldness, yet delivers subtlety.

The lager looks you in the eye with a very Guinness-like pour, minus the absurd nitro-infused foam character. The very dark brown, onyx-like sheen denotes clarity and masculinity. Capped by a creamy thin, lightly tanned head, the beer lines the glass with interconnected lace.

Light roasty aromas of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, plumbs, and raisins with shy demonstrative scents of strength and finesse. Background notes of burnt caramel and campfire stops just shy of smoke or ash.

More fruity than roasty to taste as the esters and oxidized grains allow for flavors of red grapes, sherry, soy, and dried plumbs, raisins, cola nut, and dates to garner command. Still the bittersweet chocolate taste and caramel char bridges the gap toward coffee-like bitterness and mild roast. Semi-sweet to taste, any hop character is reserved for the bitter balance that disguises itself as coffee and wood bitterness.

Light bodied, especially when the eye prepares the palate for richness and robust texture. Instead the carbonated creaminess caresses the mouth with malty roundness before suddenly finishing with a roast dryness, fleeting malt textures, and light woody alcohols.

Backing off of the more popular Irish dry stouts, if less roast character is more of your target yet a darker beer is in order, this highly drinkable but flavorful ale may fit the bill. Better still, it's light enough in alcohol and body to allow the conversation to go one more round.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark, coffee-like body; medium-sized head

Aroma: Sweet malts; lingering coffee notes

Taste: Sweet malt on the start; quickly followed by bitter grain flavors; creamy throughout; not bad overall.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz. bottle of schwarzbier pours out dark brown/red with a nice 3/4" head that fades to about 1/4" and then hangs around awhile. Decent lacing.
The aroma is of sweet roasted malt. There is a little bitter coffee in there too.
The flavor follows along the lines of the aroma. There are nice roasted flavors with a little hint of sweetness and a slight bitter coffee in the finish. The flavor disappears rather quickly once swallowed.
The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. I guess whenever I see something dark I expect it to be a litle chewy and full.
This is a good beer and the only real German schwarzbier I have had.

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Photo of RickS95
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin tan head that is gone quickly. As the name would suggest, the beer is black.

Hops were subtle in a nose dominated by malt. While there are no strong smells, pleasant caramel scents shine.

Tasted watered down, with maybe a hint of licorice. Gentle roasted flavor, along with the stronger caramel malty tastes.

Not unappealing in the mouth, just not terribly appealing...nothing happening, no great flavors.

No carbonation, though it is slightly crisp in the aftertaste. Sweetness is everywhere, but in a gentle, non-offensive way.

Tastes and feels like a session beer, but I don't know the alcohol. I could drink a few of these and no be disappointed. It's a very easy drinker and with the lowish feeling ABV, something you can tackle all night.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black, nice carbonation, small head. little lacing afterwards. Scents of toasted caramel, and malts. Nice sweet taste, medium body. This is a very drinkable brew at this ABV, would recommend. I like the Samuel Adams version alot better, there's just more going on with the SA.

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