Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,897 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,897
Reviews:
837
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
288
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16oz can into Flute glass. Canned on October 13th 2016.

L: Dark black with ruby edges, nice finger and a half of beige head with very good retention. Good stick to the glass as well.

S: Sweet grainy malt, some caramel, faint char, clean and simple but nicely aromatic.

T: Again sweet grainy malts with good caramel and char presence, leafy hops are very mild. Very tasty.

F: Light, crisp, semi-dry.

O: Haven't had many Schwarzbiers but it is a favorite style of mine and is often overlooked. This is a very good example of one however Perrin Black is still my favorite.

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Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monkist
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must admit that I don't like stouts or black beers so much, so naturally I was a little uncertain about this black lager.
I was glad that I relied on the reviews on Beeradvocate because this beer proved to be better than any of the rest of the kind I have ever tried.
Pours pitch black into the glass but is still different from a black stout. Looks as if it was extremely dark brown though. The smell is not that much noticeable until you start drinking it and what is surprising that it has a very smooth, light and easy-to-drink taste. Having said so, it is far from the watery lightness of a stout, this has no burnt, roasted malty flavor, it is richer than that but yet subtle in its taste.
Might not be that "outstanding" for me though like for the others, it was very good to try and was indeed very pleased with how it felt. Quite good indeed.

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Photo of schavuytje
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A schwarz beer, a dark-skinned beer with very soft flavors, very good dark muesm, little raisin
But especially flat and certainly no honey to taste again
Nice to taste it, not a stayer

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Photo of mikeycibelli
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cristoph
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brownish, dark - almost black, clear. One finger frothy head, average lacing.
Chocolate, dark malt moderate aroma.
Moderate sweet malty flavor. Caramel. Low bitterness.
Watery, medium-light body. Soft carbonation. Dry finish

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm trying this beer at Haxnbauer in Shanghai. It poured a nearly opaque dark with off white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent some roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Hints of chocolate and roast make the beer. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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Photo of SFACRKnight
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a tight khaki head. Smells like... a hint of roast malt. No hops, no diacetyl, no dms. Smooth bakers chocolate and crackers, hint of astringency from the darker malts. Light carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit creamy. Tasty beer, not quite like a stout or porter, but just as good to fulfill that low abv roasty craving. I could see a smoked version working well.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.32/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

it tastes like water. slightest hint of burnt molass. Thats it.

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Photo of MackT
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't drink as heavy as it's look, which is near black. Visual perception throws this beer off. (Close eyes) then taste.
Roasty malt taste, not over powering. Smooth mouthfeel, pleasant aftertaste. Good experience, not a mistake, would buy again, if in the mood for a dark lager.

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Photo of richj1970
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nodder
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Antyk
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,897 ratings.
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