Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,908 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:
1,908
Reviews:
840
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
295
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,908 |  Reviews: 840
Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 TeachChefs
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alupin
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of americancontrarian
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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 Budlum
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 GrantBrennan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CJNAPS
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 dcruz2
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Azpittil57
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 StayTrue
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Hendrick24
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crow
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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