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:
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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
826
Ratings:
1,861
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle of this beer and tried it after a week in the fridge. Interesting enough, I had to smell this beer about 4 or 5 times to pick up on a scent, but it was like coffee with creamer when I found it. Taste was more bitter than expected, with coffee, roasted nuts, malt and hops. Taste while a little bitter, was smooth and pleasant-- very consistent thru the whole mouthful, feel was not over carbonated, nor was dry at all. Overall, refreshing with a slight aftertaste.

This is the first time I have seen this beer in my area, and was a good example of a Schwarzbier. I would buy (or drink) this again for sure.

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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 nbaker290
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a black-dark brown color, with a small tan-brown head which settles to a film and leaves a little lacing as the beer is drank.
Smell: smells of tastes malt and a little nutty. A hint of hop but not overwhelming.
Taste: tastes pretty good, a sweet bread-like maltiness, followed by a mild bitter taste of hops. Very drinkable, but feels like it is missing something.
Feel: medium-light body. Average carbonation. Again, very drinkable Black Lager.
Overall, this beer is pretty good; it's very drinkable. I believe it is the benchmark for this style
of beer. I will buy this again.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color. Nice tan head on top followed by some cloudy residue down the glass. Slightly metallic on the nose. A bit of a nutty nose, including walnuts. Taste is decent. A bit watery and thin body. Roasted cocoa malts. Pleasent toffee on the palate and well balanced. Easy to drink and a decent, not great, session beer.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this for years - happy to see it available now! Best before 1/27/2017; poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator pokal.

Very clear burnt umber body with a khaki surface slick and a lasting collar. Average retention (not great for the style); even, sandy lacing.

Sweet bready malt aromatics with a hint of sulfur - without being able to articulate exactly why, this reminds me of some baltic porters I've had as well. Low but persistent roast character throughout is 99% pleasant, but with a vanishing impression of stale hotel room or freshly used ashtray...

Moderately malty with touches of black bread, caraway, and iron. Earthy finish with just a whisper of smoke and maybe a hint of diacetyl. Clean, medium bitterness. No acrid/burnt or husky notes.

Light-bodied but very smooth with adequate almost chewy carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.

Distinctively drinkable dark lager - one of the classic examples of the style.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color brown ruby, clear. Foam beige, high and medium durable, fine to medium grained, leaves little marks on the glass.
Aroma very clear, lightly roasted, slightly nutty, a little poorly and not very intensely.
Taste also delicate, roasted again notes of walnut and slightly baked crust of dark bread. After heating has dark fruit in the amount of hard moderate, and that's it.
Gentian delicate burned. Beer disembodied, drink a little like water, too smoothly.
The loading medium toward high.

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Photo of Schlitz74
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as part of a make your own six pack. This a very good and drinkable beer. This is smooth and easy drinking, with no bitter after taste. I highly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable beer. Doesn't have a heavy feel to it. The color is dark brown almost black. It pours with a medium head. The carbonation dissipates fairly quickly so half way through the glass I'm not drinking foam. I would prefer a little more head retention. This is my first black lager and I'll be looking to try more.

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Photo of twage04
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had in the bottle at a resort in the Dominican Republic. Medium carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Not much aroma but taste is of burnt or toasted bread. Some solid bitterness but not much hop flavor. Best beer I've had so far in this country but probably not my thing any other time.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours as black near opaque with a beige head. Aromas are real subtle, but perhaps a musty smoke. Roasted malt forward (but this seems mostly due to the absents of hops). There are some caramel and coffee flavors, but really (despite the blackness) the mouth feel is pretty light. Pretty drinkable but (in my area) pretty expensive. So one is plenty.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black with inch head that dissipates in a few minutes. Smells of rye and yeast. Tastes of roasted nuts, cherry, and rye. Medium body. Overall, a well balanced beer, but not super interesting.

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola black with a large, off-white head. A malt-forward aroma that gives way to a slight sourness up front in the taste, followed by a nutty, cherry malt flavor balanced by a decent hop bitterness. Fairly light bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This black lager pours unsurprisingly a black color with a thin tan head. The smell is very mild, but malty. The body is medium as schwarzbiers typically are. The flavor is of roasted barley with a mild dark chocolate flavor, a little acidity and a fairly mild but noticeable hop profile. The finish is very crisp and very slightly dry. This is a very simple beer, but it’s well done and what flavors are there are very clean and well balanced. Schwarzbiers in general are not the most exciting style to me, but this is really nicely executed and there really isn’t anything I can say negative about it. This would make a good session beer for someone who prefers a little heavier body than your typical pale ale, saison, etc.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into flute glass. Not much head if poured slowly, fizzes down to narrow, faint rim.

Malt, very faint roast.

Nice roasted character. Not overly complex, but very pleasing. Chocolate, rye toast.

Mostly smooth mouth.

For lovers of Dunkel Lager, Dry Irish Stouts, Porters, Old Ale, rye lager, and, of course schwarzbier.

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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 Taybeh
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a single into a willi becher. Haven't had this one in ages, so... Two things stand out: the dark pumpernickel rye notes, that are consistent throughout and delicious and really hold any kind of sweetness at bay, and how light and crisp the body is. Very happy to revisit. One of these days it would be good to do a side-by-side with the locals (Bauhaus and Schell's, among others).

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Photo of BWood
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: black with khaki head that drops down.

S: just smells of beer to me. Budweiserish

T: better taste than anything else. Typical German beer. Not bad .

F: tongue coating

O: far better German beers available. Pass

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Photo of OlaB
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pitch black color,gives of a decent amount of head that disolves rather quickly.decent lacings on the glass.

S: roasted malts and cofee. Not really a lot of aroma on this beer.

T&F: I am more satisfied with the taste.roasted malt and cofee notes.slight sweetness in the taste . The hops gives of a balanced and bitter aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinkable. Good to be such a light and dark beer.

O: was a interesting beer type to try and It was enjoyable and easy to drink. I would like try more of this beer type, since I start to apreciate more and more malty beers. All in all it was a positive experience.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft

One and a half inch head. Off white. Black body, with hues of burgundy in the light.

Sweet German malt on the nose. Smells more like an Oktoberfest. But I guess I don't drink enough German Schwarz, just American ones. Does not smell like dark malt. Smells like Munich malt. Clean. No bitterness. No chocolate. Smell is 3.5

Taste is a little better. Dry, not as sweet. Extremely light bitterness. Hint of roastyness. Slightly sour. Clean. A little too clean if that’s possible. 3.5 for flavor. Probably more like a 4 for style. But gotta go with 3.5. Sweetness is balanced though.

Mouth is very thin. Lightly carbonated, not blown away. But probably perfect for the style. 4, maybe 4.5

Drinkability is very high, very crushable.

Overall a very nice beer. Not what I’m used to, but probably closer to the intended style of a Schwarz. Not really my cup of tea though.

Appearance turned out good, lacing was nice. Head didn’t last forever though. Almost a 5. But not there. Head almost looks cauterized, kinda weird.

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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 breardon1776
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is dark. No light is getting through.....I find these beers oddly unique as they are dark but not necessarily heavy. Drinks closer to a lager or ale. The style isn't my favorite and I find them often bland and mediocre but this one is good.

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Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a foamy, beige head.

Smells of bakers chocolate covered roasted malts, gently blending into earth.

Has an utmost silk mouthfeel, although the carbonation maintains on a medium level, the beer's creaminess is certainly a highlight in this. Drinks super easy, while the malts provides an interesting flavor profile throughout.

Tastes of malts from the beginning till the end, but you can tell these guys tweaked this's recipe to perfection. Earthen qualities up front, the beer carefully produces a subtle toffee malt quality which leaves my mouth salivating, gently coated by its silk mouthfeel. Then there is a complimenting bitterness, reminding of leafy hops, thoughtfully enhancing the malt presence, which at this stage reveal the initial bakers chocolate quality from the aromas.

While this drinks laughable easy, I can't stop gulping it for its world class mouthfeel, complimenting the maltiness in a truly outstanding, effective and enjoyable way.

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Photo of Zet
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black (well, duh) colour with a modest head of cappucino foam that disappears within minutes. Pleasant smell of roasted malt and milk chocolate. The chocolate becomes dark in the taste, which also contains coffee and caramel, balanced by hop bitterness. The feel is refreshing and smooth. A session beer that's very easy to drink.

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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 -MK-
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AWEEEEEEEEEESOME! My favorite style of beer for sure. The only other Schwarzbier I've had is black forest by Saranac, and this is better in all areas - and that is a great beer. Was really lucky to find a four pack of this for $5.99!!!

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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,861 ratings.
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