Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,901 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:
1,901
Reviews:
837
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
123
Gots:
289
For Trade:
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Photo of Lemke10
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is a little malty with hints of toasted grains. The taste neither is a decent texture that isn’t too thin nor thin the delivers a bold black lager taste. The taste has a lot of roasted and toasted flavors without being as bold or thick as a stout. Pretty decent brew for its style.

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Photo of Bali_hi
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Keg of kostritzer black lager drank

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Photo of elniko
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella glass

A: Dark of course, finger of head that dissipated. Exactly what I would expect schwarzbier to look like.

S: Strong smell, nice malty chocolate on the nose.

T & M: I am very impressed with the taste of this schwarzbier. Strong malty taste with caramel and chocolate traces. Slightly watery on the tongue with after taste. Nice mouthfeel, very refreshing.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is now my favorite schwarzbier although there are still many others I would like to try.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tchenery
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark blackish color with hints of ruby light coming through. Not much head, but what is rimming is an off-white.

It definitely has that lager smell of slightly funky European hops but this one is combined with a roasty character and a bit of fruit - figs and raisins.

Taste is much of the smell and then some. It has that pilsener hop smack at the end which is preceded by roasts, dark fruit, chocolate, and espresso/coffee bitterness. It's very interesting and would go exceptionally well with red meat or BBQ.

Mouthfeel is great. Not heavy at all even with the dark color and flavor. It's very spritzy.

I like this beer a lot. This could easily be a go-to sessionable lager for the colder months.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is a touch more fleeting than expected.

Aroma is nutty and toffee-like, with a touch of diacetyl and light roast malt. Metallic notes surface late.

Flavor is roasty and lightly chocolatey, with an underlying nutty, slightly sweet, toasted malt character throughout. The finish is slightly acrid and dry.

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Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antyk
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cgmees
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, with a large bubly tan head. The head dissipates quickly but a thin ring of lacing stays behind.

S - Had some faint hop smell with chocolate and smoke overtones.

T - Toasted malt with earthy coffee tone. Has burnt barley and hops aftertaste

M - mild carbonation, medium body with a chewy texture.

D - Nice to drink, tasty with light smooth feeling. nice Schwarzbier.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear very dark brown with a one-finger khaki colored head, which dissipated quickly. Patches of lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of roasted grains, black coffee, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hops. Smells amazing.

T - Rich, dark roasted grains forward, without hardly any of the sweeter elements indicated in the nose. Earthy hops make themselves known in the finish. Not at all complex, but the flavor that is there is excellent.

M - Light bodied, with slightly spritzy carbonation. Somewhat grainy. Finishes extremely crisp.

O - I found myself wishing it was just a tiny bit creamier and just a tiny bit sweeter. But overall, one of the better examples of the style. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of jj21
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with quickly disappearing tan head. Malty aroma was present, but not very strong. Struggled to get any smell at all. Sweet earthy taste. Very nice and clean bitterness. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for being such a heavy style.

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Photo of direwolf00
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IceAce
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep-brown body with a deep tan collar of foam. Clarity is outstanding and lacing is huge with seemingly 80% of the glass sporting Brussels finest.

The nose is timid, with roasted malt faintly coaxed from the brew as it warms. Entry is restrained, leading to a rich, roasted coffee & caramel midtaste. the finish culminates in a nicely balanced hop/malt struggle a'la ying & yang.

This brew is reminiscent of those which Germany used in response to England's successful porters of a century ago. Match this with a nicely rubbed tri-tip...

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Photo of eire
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperHop18
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

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

Black (schwarz) beer is right. Huge head here, and looks like a stout
though it pours like a lager. Hmm. Sweet taste, hint of maybe some
maple syrup overtones. Not an overly challenging beer, but wholly
satisfying, and a terrific jumping-off point to the world of darker
beers. No problem here.

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

This beer seems a little light at first, but the flavor expands as it warms. Not bad for a sub-5% beer. Rich chocolate malt aromas mixed with a sort of carmelized fruit and licorice. The taste is much of the same, but with a touch more bitter chocolate flavor and light, dry lasting roasted bitterness. Definately more authentic than some of the Amercan counterparts, but not necessarily better.

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Photo of fr0wn3r
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. No indication off when this beer was brewed.

Appearance: Pours with big 1-2 inch, foamy, light-tan head. Tis slowly settles in a thin coating of foam, leaving a decent amount of Belgian lacing. The beer itlsef is black and opaque, with hints of brown around the edges.

Smell: Botter roasted malt and a slight residual sweetness.

Taste: Tastes of slightly bitter malt (black patent?) and chocolate. Smooth with very little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Good body.

Drinkability: As with most black lagers, a very easy drinking beer.

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

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy and tan. The liquid is dark chocolate. A very good example of the style.

Smell is of sweet dark roasted malt, bread and chocolate.

Taste is of deeply roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth, turns to dark chocolate with espresso as it warms. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Serve this warmer, it really becomes quite good.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin with a slight bite. Medium body and smooth.

Drinkability is very high.

Prost! Und Zum Wohl! MK

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

11.2oz bottle into pint glass
A - A not quite pure black beer, moderate carbonation on pour did not amount to nearly any head, just a small ring around glass 3.5
S - Coffee and toasted malts take the lead 3.5
T - Strong toasted malts and breads upon the taste to a mildly bitter hop and coffee finish, well balanced. I really enjoyed the big malts with the equalizing bitter and dry finish 4
M - Don't think I did a good pour, as the mouthfeel/carbonation makes me believe the head should have been more than the wimper it was. A thin dark beer, it was quite refreshing. 4
D - Cannot make out the alcohol level at all, probably the lightest dark beer I've tried, definitely will have another 4.5
Drank well before the "Best before" date on bottle of 12/13/2011.

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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

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,901 ratings.
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