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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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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 pezoids on 10-17-2001

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3.88
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Photo of gthornton
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark coffee. Good lacing. Calm head.

S: Subtle chocolate and coffee roast nose, with hints of familiar/classic German yeast, and balanced hop notes.

T: Well balanced between the roasty malts, yeast, hops, and yes.. water. Some lindering chocolate and coffee. It's not about blowing you away, but ore about the balance that typifies German beers. Well done.

M: Light, easy drink. A little sticky up front, but very clean.

D: An easy drink. Can enjoy several of these with or without a meal. Would be great with roast beef, and veggies. A little sugary sweet. This might decrease its overal drinkability, for it might begin to feel too rich.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is mostly blackish brown but has an amber glow at the bottom and edges. Has tight tan head with good staying power that was about 2 inches high, nice, large, and frothy. Smells of sweet choclate and spice, kinda toasty and deep roastyness, and dry. Taste is echoing the smells, quite alot of roasted malt with chocolatey sweetness, even a bit on the bitter side. Has a bit of fruit and spice notes. The flavors are very complex, smooth though, leaving lingering notes and a bit dry. Good, strong medium and bold body, smooth, but dry feel. some of the notes can be a bit perplexing. The fruit note is like a dry raisin of fig. The spice note is also a dry peppery twinge in the back of the mouth. One heck of a good complex beer, can be very drinkable if you like the style.

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Photo of Demitra
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.

The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.

My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!

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Photo of memory
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is coming from one of those minikegs bought at the distributor. Has a little over a gallon in it, but I must admit they are damn nice and fit perfect in the fridge.
Anyhow, Bittburger was mentioned as the importer I think but whatever.
Appeared as dark as a Guinness with a slightly darker head that holds a thin firm presence throughout.
Smells of hints of toffee and butterscotch.
Tastes of slight smoke, malt and leaves a nice clean finish on the tongue with a slight lasting bitterness. This is a nice session lager to go with food.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer in both the bottle and on draft, this review will be from my notes and most recent encounter, in a bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass (instead of a Kostriker mug?!?! -- Horrible). This is also one of my favorite session beers and for sure my favorite Schwarzbier I've had so far.

Beer is brown and cloudy. Carbonation low to moderate and the head is brown and diffuse.

Beer does not have much of a smell to it. Maybe a mild roast, some malt, not much at all.

Beer is super smooth, beautiful full bodied beer. I don't taste much roast at all, mild malt character no hops or bitterness to speak of. A perfectly balanced, simple tasting good beer. For some reason the first time I ordered it I expected some smoke but was pleasantly surprised by the lack of it. Mouthfeel great, drinkability as high as it gets.

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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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