Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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

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 Arthuros
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great german dark, with clear compelx flavors and nice feel.

Medium beige head (dissipates quickly).

Taste is slightly fruity, but overall almost stouty with slight charcoal or ash, and coffeeish flavors.
Finish is hoppy but not bitter, and leaves little to no aftertaste.

Great beer, that's both thirst-quenching and appetite-opening!

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Photo of mintjellie
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A black lager that shows faint traces of garnet under light. A massive tan head leaves very little lace behind but lasts a long time. It has a clean aroma, slightly sweet and malty with grassy hops and a hint of coffee. The flavour is somewhat malty, giving a very vague suggestion of pumpernickel bread. There's also some coffee flavour, but with only a little of the roasted bitterness found in a stout or porter. It's noble hop character will seem very familiar to any drinker of pilseners and other pale lagers. Light and effervescent, this black beer from Germany will restore you in the dead of winter and refresh on the warmest and brightest of summer days.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

just a solid black lager available in 16oz cans for a great price.

big fluffy head and nice lacing.

appealing roasty nose that the taste follows with roasted malt flavors balanced by a smooth hop presence. there is a touch of sweetness to start and drys nicely in the finish making this one dangerously quaffable.

would be a great beer for my keggerator because its full of flavor but very approachable fo most all beer drinkers

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Photo of funkengruven
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a finger thick head. Smell slightly resembles a Porter, but more delicate. Flavors of roasted barley malts make their way to a nice smooth finish. Carbonation is sufficient and delivers the aromas quite nicely. pretty drinkable for a black beer. Certainly better than most porters and stouts out there. Overall a nice beer. worth getting again.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a black color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a half inch of long=lasting, foamy head and excellent lacing.

S: There was a strong smell of malt - as you expect from the style - and also a little note of coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee. A decently complex taste.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of the schwarzbier style, but this is an easy to drink example of one.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Heidelburg in Ft. Lauderdale. Served in a branded .5l tall glass.

A – Pitch black in color with a deep tan head. Good retention and solid lacing down the glass.

S – Nice light roasty aroma. Caramel malts. Coffee, molasses.

T – Caramel malt sweetness and a light roast taste. Coffee. Has a nice bready flavor perhaps rye. Brown sugar and light chocolate. Small trace bitterness at the end.

M – Very creamy and smooth. Medium body and carbonation.

O – Really dug this beer. Its very tasty and is a very easy drinker. Could have had a few of these. Might be my favorite in the style. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours a dark brown, which gives off a reddish hue as light passes through. Forms a nice, foamy head with tight carbonation but lacing is minimal. It smells of smoky, roasted malts and molasses, but the nose is faint. It's a balanced, pleasant smell but you really have to inhale to pick up the profile. It goes down dry, and the bready, slightly sweet roasted malts jump up to the front. This is followed by dark chocolate, some dried fruit like prunes or raisins, and a nice dry finish. Exceptionally balanced.

With the dark, somewhat oily complexion, you would expect something rich and chewy, and this is definitely more full-bodied than most lagers, but it's fairly light on the tongue. And it's exceptionally drinkable - finally the hot summer nights have arrived in San Diego and this is perfect for the occasion. A dry, well balanced and refreshing lager, and obviously one that has been perfected over a long history. I'll be looking for more of these.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of roasted grains, burnt toast, fruity and herbal hops. Something mineral about it. A hint of earthiness. Bready.

Pours pretty much black with a hint of dark amber highlights and a decent sized light tan head with decent retention and good lacing.

Very rich and malty upfront washing away quite clean. Toasted, almost burnt flavors. A hint of blueberry. Bracing and steely bitterness. Very balanced and surprisingly pretty refreshing.

Medium full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Dry and bracing. Somewhat silky but also has a bite to it.

Incredibly balanced and pretty refreshing. Plenty of roast character without feeling heavy or sweet.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a lovely black hue with a creamy tan head. The beer has a very rich look to it.

Smell: The aroma seems quite minimal, though you can notice the roasted malts.

Taste: The beer has a great flavor of bold (yet not overpowering) roasted malts. Perfect amount of roasting, and the perfect amount of hops to compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation (yet slightly tingly) and slightly dry aftertaste. Gives a substantial and filling feeling without seeming overbearing.

Drinkability: Things seem well-balanced and in proportion with this beer, making it thoroughly drinkable. Alcohol is not overbearing at all.

An extraordinally enjoyable beer. If you haven't tried a schwarzbier before, be sure to give this a try; it maintains an excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. My only real complaint is the smell, as it's a bit lacking. Though possibly not the most dynamic flavor, this is certainly one of my favorites.

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Photo of Gaben
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this stuff in a mini keg round easter time 05. Havint had many schwarzbier's , but this one is a nice thick/ german stew... So of corse it was pretty goot. To tell the true it tastes around the same as a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.. not as good / but similar in many things.

Appearance for the darker germans is always an amazing sight in a cold glass... Dark as night.

Smell is nice, if you dont mind beef/ or meat stew than this is a great beer for ya. same as taste whatever the smell you get there ya go. Drinkability - (I would be happy to buy another keg of this another time, more then likely around the holidays)

I always like drinking these type of brews, so of corse if you like any type of darker brews , this will be alot more affordable then a celebrator.

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Photo of Rick_from_London
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours with a very carbonated tan head.
It has a distinct plum and licorice malt nose which is followed up with a similar palate.
It leaves behind a dry hop finish with trace pepper and isn't too oily.
It also leaves you wanting another one.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- some nice slowly cascading bubbles trickle down from the very attractive tan head. body is a deep dark clear maroonish-brown with bright shiny orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. foam retention and lace are both fantastic as the head almost refuses to settle and the lace is sticky and chunky. i guess that poet dude coulda dropped a few lines about this look.

S- clean with floral and grassy hops and a bit of caramel malty sweetness. subtle cocoa aromas come out as the beer warms a few degrees. also a bit woodsy and metallic.

T- not a huge flavor machine, but not meant to be either. complex and subtle flavors abound, starting off as a balance between vinous hop flavor and chocolate milk. nicely toasty, slightly roasty, cocoa, and some very faint coffee. let's say mocha. hints of wood and tobacco are present, as are old dried out dates and figs whose sweetness has been replaced by a leqafy tea like hop bitterness. finishes somewhat nutty like a walnut chocolate skins n' all.

MF- so light for such a dark beer but that's not to say the brew has no substance. it's soft and rolly and suitably carbonated but it's not heavy. it feels so me (aside from the powdery roasted grain feel) to be about as hefty as a helles or a lighter end oktoberfest. bubbles are tight and carressing, not too aggressive, and compliment to roastiness perfectly. leaves some tannin dryness on the cheeks.

D- easily a session beer. low abv, great flavor, and a not-so-heavy body are the reasons why i could put away a sixer no problemo. so glad this one fell into my lap.

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Photo of smalenberg
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cola like in color. Correct to style, not particularly remarkable in appearance.

S - Munich malt with slight roasted note and chocolate is evident and with a very low fruitiness in the background.

T - A slight roast bitterness quickly bypassed by malty sweetness. The bitter note is not astringent or unpleasant and is entirely appropriate and enjoyable in this style. Mildly tart aftertaste.

M - Lower carbonation than expected with a medium body and slightly flat note.

O - Very good and an great example of the style.

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Photo of Joey7F
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap as a sample today. Quite a good scharwzbier (better than the Sam Adams Black Lager). It tastes a bit like a latte, very creamy, very malty.

Definitely worth a try unless you need a lot of hops (which this beer, and the style lacks)

--Joey

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Photo of BierStein711
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, four finger coca-cola head

Black as night

Healthy carbonation

Taste: Malty, chocolate , booze, and a tad bit of hop at the finish.

S: Lager yeast

M: perfect

Overall, this is the perfect beer for a business function. This is a beer that says "I mean business." It delivers no frills drinking pleasure!

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Photo of psinderson
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Deep ruby-red to black, clear. Two-finger thick off-white head with some staying power.

Smell: There is a strong fruity aroma blended with a rich malty background. A little like caramel apples.

Taste: Very complex. The caramel apple aroma comes through in the taste with a slight citrus twist. It finishes with a mild roasty finish. Hop bitterness is seemingly low. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin but clean.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and drinkable. The complex mild flavors make this a fun beer without being heavy.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a cylindrical glass.

A: Deep ruby-black and clear. Good tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Lots of rich, roasted barley with a hint of coffee and a smattering of dark chocolate. Hop aroma is minor.

T: Nice roasty backdrop, yet surprisingly well-balanced. Not too rich like a stout, but the malt and hop characteristics meld quite nicely.

M: Medium-light in body with lively carbonation. Finishes very smooth and clean.

D: For a dark beer, this practically sets the gold standard for drinkability, in terms of balance and ease of quaffing.

Solid all around. A very drinkable and sessionable dark beer. I was expecting something rich, but was pleasantly surprised by the balance of its components. I could easily down several of these in an evening and be quite content.

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Photo of m3rkury
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this style.

Looks is a deep black, but has hints of amber when held up to the light. Nice contrasting white head.

Smell is lightly roast with wonderful sweet notes

Taste is very smooth.Just a hint of roast but not overpowering. Bready sweetness. A little thin at the end.

Awesome beer and a good one to break your friends of the (insert mass produced pilsner)-lite habit.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Essen Haus last night on-tap.

This "black" bier lives up to its name. Pours just shy of pitch black with some dark garnet hues poking their way through on the edges. A nice khaki colored head adorns the top.

The smell is quite malty, earthy, a little bitter at the end.

It tastes wonderful, with dark smoky malt dominating the scene. It's not completely one dimensional, with a touch of hop bitterness there to keep it all level. It has a rather dry finish that just almost forces you to take another sip.

Mouthfeel was nice and full, and overall this beer was extremely drinkable -- between the surprisingly low ABV, the great taste and the smoothness.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend bought this on a road trip and left it in my cooler. It is a nice brew. It just hit 37 degrees here in lubbock so I wanted something dark but not very bitter, something relaxing. This is that brew.

The chocolate malts in this beer are superb. Not too syrupy. A nice hop balance, (although schwarzbiers are never very hoppy and tend to lead towards the malty side quite a bit.

This beer excites THE ENTIRE TONGUE. My sweet taste buds are acting up and i taste a tiny bit of tartness. mmm. This beer is incredible. It's complex. It's a good beginning of winter time brew.

The head and retention is awesome and this is a highly drinkable beer. I just want a little more on the nose. The smell on the nose is very chocolate malt like. The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp, but thin for a schwarzbier.

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Photo of tykees88
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Nearly pitch black with a head that is dark tan to brown and thick foam. Little lacing throughout the drink. It's a very attractive brew.

S- This is the only thing holding it back for me. I can smell the malts and some coffee but that's about it and it does seem weaker than one would expect.

T- I love the taste. It's malty and I get toffee and coffee in here. The flavor doesn't explode in your mouth, but it introduces itself casually. On the finish you get a hop finish that is complemented by a bit of chocolate.

M- Thinner bodied than appearance leads on, but I think that helps the drinkability out. It has some creaminess to it too.

D- I rate it as a 5 simply because it's low abv, it tastes very good, and you don't get full on it after a few. It has all the characteristics you would want in a beer you can sit and drink more than a few of over a night.

Really enjoyed this one and will be seeking it out from now on.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a chilled pony keg of this great beer. A “schwarzbier” is simply German for black beer and is awesome, because it is not as heavy, strong, or sweet as a stout and so is on the lighter side and has been described as ‘soul-lifting’. This variety is 4.8% ABV.

Look-It pours a dark brownish black and a foamy bready head that is slightly off white. The head doesn’t last very long, however, but it looks quite nice while it lasts. There is also not much lacing as a result, but there is some wet sparse lacing from the thin film.

Smell-It smells of chocolate, coffee, and malts as well as grassy notes and yeast.

Taste-It tastes like chocolate, coffee, and some subtle notes of grassy hops to balance things out. It is roasted malts, toasted breads, german malts and yeast strains, subtle grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and creamy and moist as well as well-carbonated and fizzy. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a new style to me and everyone should try it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a tall-boy can, purchased for a dollar at my local Trader Joe’s.

This pours a ruddy toasty near black-slash-ruby red (when backlit) with rapidly dissipating foam. It has a rounded toasty aroma, roasty enough for me with some toffee and a touch of caramel to the coffee-bean quality aroma. I found it light and pleasing.

The flavor is smooth with enough sharpness to keep it defined, while not getting bogged down by being cloying or overly sweet. The roast profile gives it enough of an edge to keep its definition. Being what it was I liked this beer. It's approachable, interesting, and I'm looking forward to another.

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Photo of brewolero
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oh, so delicious and beautiful. Held up to the light, it yields a lovely red hue in the glass while retaining its head throughout the entire session. The smell yields malt and roast, and the taste is dry and roasted, with malt to follow. Little obvious presence of hops, but this yields a very well-balanced, easy drinking and savor-able dark beer that appeals. I could drink this every day.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first German beer. I'm glad I tried it. I now know why one of my co-workers downed 12 of them in 2 days...

A - Black. Almost no head.

S - I have a really hard time describing this one. It doesn't smell anything like American stouts. Sweat bread with an unknown (to me) spice. It's a rather weak aroma overall.

T - It's smooth and rich without exploding in your mouth all at once. Roasted malts are present, as well as mild coffee and toffee.

M - Light to medium bodied. Much thinner than it looks, which makes drinking multiple Schwarzbier's much easier. Very little carbonation.

D - This is probably the most drinkable dark beer that I've tried so far. It doesn't just taste good, it goes down easy and leaves you wanting more without filling you up.

I like this a lot. I'm definitely going to expand my horizons and start trying more German beers now.

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