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 stirgy on 10-17-2001

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831
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1,881
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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Photo of goblue3509
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola like color with a thick 2 to 3 finger head which is off white in color and sticks around. Nice lacing is also present. The aroma is a little weak, sweet roasted malt and a hint of caramel notes. The taste is of roasted sweet malt, yeast, a little dark fruit and also a little chocolate. The mouthfeel is light and a little dry. The drinkability is very high, the beer is very very smooth and easily goes down. The taste is complex enough to keep you interested and there is nothing to dislike about this beer.

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Photo of atomicbolt
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this one looked neat at the store so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad that I did. 500mL tall-boy can.

Deep black colour with a creamy tan head. The smell isn't all that strong, but it's got a real roasty, malty scent, like a brewing kettle.

Tastes chocolatey, with a really creamy, smooth, coffee taste lingering. That dissolves into a hoppy bitterness, leaving a clean, well-balanced taste. Not as thick as I was expecting, which leaves for a very nice, drinkable beer. Fits nicely with the style description for a schwarzbier. Very easy to slam one of these back in the winter time.

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Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall, skinny brown long-neck with three foiled labels and a bottling/freshness code notched (A,5) on the rear label. It pours a nearly black, brown with a finger of greyish-tan froth.

The smell of this brew is what really liked about it...sweetish malt stands out with some earth and a kind of must, along with some wood notes. Just a light malty sweetness that begs too be drunk.

Lightly roasty malt with mild sweetness and oaky flavors prevail. Almost nutty at times with a good carbonation and just enough hoppiness to balance things to a "T". Clean on the finish.

Light-medium in body with the alcohol seeming non-existant, giving this brew extremely good drinkability. Very enjoyable Schwarz, one of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of galante27
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Other black lagers that I have had are medeocre but this offers a wonderful taste that doesn't have a bitter aftertast

A:A dark brown almost black look with a very good head thats lasts for a while

S: A wonderful dark malty smell, smells like
when wort is brewing

T: Again good rosted malt taste with hints of coffee. The tastes lasts and keeps the same flavor as it diminishes. Black Lagers have a tendency to have a bitter aftertaste but this is smooth.

M: Very smooth, and not to overpowering, (which German dark beers can have a tendency to do such as maxamators).Little carbonation and good feel

D: Dark german beers are my favorite and this is one to add to my revolving on hands.

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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first schwarzbier since having Krusovice Cerne, one of my favorite beers from years back.

It comes in a dark, dark brown color with a tan head.

The aroma has a sweet roasted malt and some dark fruits.

The taste has caramel sweet roasted malt and a clean wonderful finish. There's a good hop bitterness in there as well and makes it really exceptional. I compare it to the Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel and obviously Krusovice Cerne.

Wonderful flavor, drinkability, and finish.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brown color with ruby tons at the edges. One finger of head falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is nice. Some light chocolate nad hints of dark fruit come through. A nice offering. The flavor is also nice. Good chocolate covered fig makes it hard to know I'm drinking a lager beer. The flavor is a touch thin, but its not too bad. Feel is a bit thin, as I would like a thicker beer for the style. Overall, drinkability is really good on this one. I had a pitcher plus of this tonight and was able to go home and have a couple more on top of it, so how can I complain. Good lager beer.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle, no freshness date but there is a description of the beer at the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: A bit rocky in the head department with a lovely lacing effect down the glass. A couple of shades lighter than pitch black.

Smell: Slight roasted and sweet malty aroma, smells of creamed coffee in a faintly sweet way. Quite clean also.

Taste: High smoothness with a deep medium level carbonation, hints of dark bread like a pumpernickel or whole grain is layered thick on the taste buds. Hop bitterness is mild with a bitterness that holds its own for balancing the beer. Mild roasted malt character with hints of carob, chicory and bread crust. Malt sweetness is there but stay to a minimum and does not go to a cloying level at all. Alcohol is meek and barely noticeable, slightly dry finish is doused with a clean graininess and hints of spicy hop.

Notes: I like this beer a lot, not just because this is one of my favourite style but because it keeps it real with flavours that are a bit complex yet not to the point of taking away from actually putting one down if not a few. A damn good pick for the style.

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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 barnzy78
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16oz can, appears to have both a best by (2017.07.07) and canning date (2016.07.07)
A - dark near black body with ruby edges and a creamy tan head
S - roasted malt, creamed coffee, baker's chocolate
T - big roasty flavors, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, black tea, faint caramel and nut, yeast, earthy hops
M - thinner body, yet exceptionally creamy, finishes dry and astringent beckoning another sip for exquisite easy drinking
O - I always love this beer. I had this early on when beer drinking and tasting sparked my interest. It's always great to come back to! A must try!

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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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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,881 ratings.
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