Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany
koestritzer.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

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863
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pDev:
12.02%
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Photo of WunderLlama
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

“Germany’s No. 1 Black Lager Beer”

Canned 12.22.17 poured 6.17.18

Dark ruby brown liquid crowned by a three finger dense tan foam cap, some lacings

Faint roast malt aroma, faint grassiness

Taste of roasted malts, not too much flavor

Light mouthfeel

Nice beer

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Photo of Rileford
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L. Extremely dark chestnut, effectively black. Pours with 1cm tan head, that holds well. Head 1/2-gone by the time I'm half-way down the glass.
S. Fresh toasty malts, some coffee and spicy chocolate.
T. Dry, quite highly hopped. Was expecting something a bit richer.
M. Crisp. A little thin versus what I was expecting. More of a refreshing feel which seems a little counter-intuitive in a black beer to me.
O. Quite light and a refreshing brew. Interesting to have tried it, but I'd not go out of my way to buy more.

330ml bottle. BB: 16/10/18. Turkish Lira 9.53 [=£1.55, Eu1.77, US$ 2.05] from Metro Cash + Carry in Ankara, Turkey.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark, almost black, mahogany coloration with an amber sheen if backlit. Large, foamy head. Smells is dominated by roasted, bready malt and coffee, with a hint of chocolate and a light hoppiness coming through as well. Taste follows the nose, with the roasted malt clearly taking center stage, complemented by pumpernickel bread, toffee, coffee and just a faint hint of chocolate and noble hops. Just a tiny bit of sweetness coming through, that is quickly overshadowed by a bitter finish. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and more roastiness coming through, that takes on an almost smoky intensity in the aftertaste. Light/Medium body with medium carbonation. This is a mighty fine example of the style that impresses with its strong roasted malt character suplemented by subtle notes of coffee and bitter chocolate. Body could be a bit fuller though.

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Photo of Ron860
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MKV
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours well, and there's a good balance between the different flavors in the beer. However, it's overall too watery, and those flavors aren't fleshed out enough to actually be enjoyable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co. "Köstritzer Schwarzbier"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE : 11 29 2018 L 3 48 P" and sampled on 04 27 2018
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another beer that's slipped away from. I've had Köstritzer Schwarzbier many times before, however, at least this time I know I've got a fresh example. It's black in the glass beneath a frothy head of tan that seems to be holding quite well, and it's left some very nice lacing where it's already dropped. When held to the light you can see that it's actually a clear, dark, ruby-accented mahogany brown. The aroma expresses dark caramel and the suggestion of dark chocolate and roastiness. The same is true of the flavor and it's very interesting. The caramel is clearly there but the chocolate and roastiness are almost like ghosts. It's certainly unique as there's nothing that really comes close to it, not dark milds or porters or stouts. It's mildly bitter and there's just a kiss of noble hops in there. For such a dark beer it's really subtle across the board, and therein lies it's greatness - it's very accessible and easy to drink while at the same time delivering enough delightfully dark and just lightly sweetish caramel that you keep wanting to go back for another sip. It's a balancing act, and a magic trick as well because although you've got some nice, dark, sweetish malt upfront it then magically disappears in the finish with only a reminder and that ghostly roastiness lingering. Most of the schwarzbiers I've tasted, particularly American made versions, go too heavy - it's a dark lager, just one that has a little bit more character than say, Heineken Dark. It's really a classic of the style, and so keep in mind that that's how I'm rating it, against what could be the "perfect" schwarzbier, not agains all of the other beers of the world. Well worth trying!
Review# 5,977

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Best by date on label is stamped '08.21.2018'.
Dark brown body, with ruby highlights. Minimal khaki head settles to scattered islands and ring. No lacing.
Faint aroma but quite a bit there. Roasted malt with a bit of char, dark chocolate, coffee, and candied dark fruit.
Taste is malty and dark, like pumpernickel bread, Coffee and dark chocolate appear late. Has some of the sweetness of fruity hops.
Thinner mouth feel. Just a hint of bitterness from the dark malts.
Well brewed, easy to drink, but without any outstanding aspects.

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Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There is a sweet aroma. A bit of caramel with coffee.

Taste: It has a dark caramel flavor that is a bit sweet with some coffee. There are low spicy notes in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate body. The sweetness last into the finish. It is smooth.

Overall, this is highlighted by the dark caramel flavors with the spiciness. The coffee is mostly in the background.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours dark but not black, but it's black in the glass with a filmography khaki head
S: smells very much like raw ingredients with a lot of malt.
T: just like the nose with a underwhelming flavor profile. This is a bitter sweet beer.
F: thin but a bit syrupy, smooth but with a little bitterness.

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Photo of Tcsox
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marluc
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jensen83
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Canned 8/18/17; drank 3/28/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge, noisy khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Sourdough bread, root beer, mild cream & lager yeast notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Root beer, black coffee & mild cream flavors up front; sourdough bread notes on the finish.

Bold & interesting; I'm not much of a lager fan but this was better than expected.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: As black as coffee, with an off-white head of foam. Amber lights glint in the sun at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sourdough bread.

Taste: Bitter bread, like biting into a fresh roll as the aftertaste of beer sits in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Creamy thick.

Overall: One of my go-to German restaurant beers. Very different from the lagers everyone drinks while still tasting nice.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sjones5045
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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