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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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 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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Photo of Premo88
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. can poured into pilsener
(3/12/2015 born on date; best by 3/12/2016, printed on bottom of can)

L: clear dark brown with lots of amber, pushes up a 3/4-inch head of offwhite/beige foam, no stick; keeps a little collar of beige foam; dark enough that it's hard to see what's going on in the glass, but the clarity is fantastic

S: sweet chocolate ... a buttery chocolate donut; even some dark dried fruits, dates, real sweet dates

T: chocolate ... so dark-malty sweet; some slightly toasted oak wood, far from burnt but there's a little char-wood taste; as the palate adjusts, a nice earthy flavor offers a little balance to the big sweet malt flavor; the back-end wood flavor is like a great jazz drummer, always right on time; boy, that chocolate sweetness is for real ... it shows up in a big way at times and always right up front, leading off a swallow and perfectly setting up that woody/earthy aftertaste ... what a beer!

F: perfect ... lager crisp, light, easy drinking but with enough heft to remind you it's not water

O: this beer is so good; plenty of dark-malt flavors including chocolate and that nicely toasted wood, some balancing earthiness, and the mouthfeel makes me want to drink more and more and more ... I will buy this beer almost as often as I can find it and drink it year-round, for any and all weather and occasion; I've been looking for the ultimate dark-malt session brew, and this is it.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pilsener glass. It pours a deep, dark mahogany with cola hues and a thin, khaki colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of dark malt, tobacco, and a whiff of chocolate. The tobacco is the first taste, along with dark roasted malt. I don't taste the chocolate I smelled but there is a hint of hops and caramel at the finish. This beer is quite thin and with its low ABV of 4.8% it is smooth and drinks easily. It's a little thin and watery. Overall, it is okay but not as flavorful as I would have hoped.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can and 33cl bottle

Appearance: dark brown with little carbonation which builds a 1 finger head that dissapeared really fast.

Smell: tobacco notes, coffee, malty sweetness, some cocoa too. The best of this beer in my opinion.

Taste: cocoa, tobacco, coffee, caramel, just like the smell. A little weak.

Mouthfeel: this was dissapointing...no carbonation and watery. I was expecting something with more body, stronger and creamy. None of that happened.

Overall: I found it pretty similar to La Trappe Dubbel although they're different styles of beers. Smell and taste were good although a little weak, and the mouthfeel didn't make it for me.

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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 hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 5 L pony keg of this. Poured into a pint glass. This will be only the second Schwarzbier I have tried after Spiderbite.

Look: Black body with chestnut edges, rocky tan head and thick lacing.

Smell: Clean grains, toast, and a buttery flavor.

Taste: Mild roasted malt character with hints of coco, pumpernickel and bread crust.

Feel: Super slick and smooth.

Overall: Definitely good out of the pony keg.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 12/2/15. Comes in a nice looking 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured in to a .25L "SONNEN GOLD-EX" pilsner glass that is gold-rimmed. (Another 29c Salvation Army Store find).

Brew pours a pitch black with some ruby highlights in color with a close to a 2-finger creamy off-white head. Lots of lacing is seen as would be expected from a good German brew. Aroma is of dark malts for the most part with a light hint of chocolate maybe. Taste is pretty close to the nose with lots of malts that are very smooth and goes down easy. Finishes just slightly dry but no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. A really tasty brew. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, really liked this one.

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