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 stirgy on 10-17-2001

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

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

On-tap at Red Lion Tavern in Silverlake, CA.

Appearance: The pour is dark red on the verge of black with a long-lasting tan head.

Smell: The nose has light-roast coffee and caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet, doughy malts brings molasses up front. Clean roasted malts bring coffee and dark chocolate to the mid-palate. Bitter hops join the mix for a dry finish.

Mouthfeel It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very solid session beer and one that can debunk a lot of the myths about "dark beer."

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beerman207
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black color with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- roasted malt along with some mild fruit coming to the nose

T - Tastes of malt and perhaps some raisin. There's a coffee presence that comes in for the finish - nice.

M- Decent carbonation - smooth

D- Good brew that is very close the stout style. It's definately the darkest lager I have ever tried.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on this one, making for a nice presentation. Rich dark corn syrup colored beer, like a dark version of carmel coloring itself. Dark but free of haze.

Aroma is light and pleasant but rich. Dusty fresh malt and lager aromas typical of a Helles are dominant. Dark malts really aren't detected yet.

Flavor took me a little while to acclimate to, but once I did it was a great experience. It really does take quite like a Helles lager, lightly hopped with sweet toast-like malt body an esterless lager profile. A bit of toffee and Coca-Cola flavor that finish it out in the background are all that really separate the two.

Munich malt mouthfeel, just like it's fresh out of the kiln. Carbonation is quick to leave and makes me feel like I'm drinking the last sip of a cup of Coke after all the ice melted.

Very refreshing. Quite nice and easy to drink. Delicious world-class beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Photo of vinivini
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and only slight transparent with a white head. Despite the inability to see through it, high carbonation was evident on the sides of the glass. Overall I found the beer to be quite watery and the flavor profile pretty, for lack of a better word, blah.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this might be my first of this style but what a way to start! Pours jet black at first but when held to light it shows deep ruby color. Thick, rocky head with good retention and very little lacing. Smell is great of toasted grain. A real smokey/burnt sensation to it. A bit of dark chocolate and some grassy notes as well. Taste is amazing as well. Some toasted grain, chocolate (dark and bitter), a bit of grass/straw and a slight bitterness, very slight, on the back of the tounge. High carbonation leads to a very thin, crisp mouthfeel. Overall a very good beer, I dont think I really have a complaint about it.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a beer trade with my manager.
Bestbydate is 09/12/2010. Hoping it won't affect much.
12oz->Spaten Octoberfest Glass (Rastal)
A ~ Pours the color of dark chocolate with a crimson hue next to the light. A hilly, light-tan head that fades into a thin layer that lasts. Semi opaque. Looks great.

S ~ Clean malty aromas, crackers, potting soil. A wisp of European hops.

T ~ Nose follows through with the lovely Roasted malts...notes of dark bread, weak black coffee, & leafy hops with a touch of bark. Simple is good.

M ~ Medium carbonation with a slightly creamy feel. A finish that is crisp & earthy.

D ~ Schwarzbier is one of my favorite styles & this one did not disappoint. Pleased to try one of the oldest in the style.
Great beer. Try if you love Black Lager.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - dark opaque almost black brown with a foamy almost nitro vanilla beige head. Good sandy lacing

S - can smells. Faint roasted malts. Like a bakery but faint like a bakery down the street. Chocolate malts.

T - simple sweet chocolate and lightly roasted specialty malts and faint hops. No aftertaste but slightly sweet

M - not bad but a bit loose and watery. Not a lot of evervescence. Easy to drink.

D - smooth simple to drink. Not overly complex but good enough.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of lehueve
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Photo of paleoplant
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 plaztikjezuz
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured a deep black, with a light head.
my boss boight a sixer and we split a bottle (glad my boss is a beer geek) the aroma was malt with some noble hops (i thought they were hallertau, but he said perle). decieving black, if your a stout or porter drinker, this beer is very light body for its color. the malt come through strong some pils,munich, carared, and carafa were our deductions. the hop flavor is nice but not over powering. it was a very well balanced beer malt, hops and aroma, mouthfeel.

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Photo of wc94wc
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 drizzam
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before date of 9/23/10 on the back label. The body of this brew is a clear dark in color topped by a yummy looking tan 3 finger head (OK, I poured it rather vigorously). Excellent head retention and some spotty sticky lacing.

S - Sweet malt aroma with hints of buttery diacetyl on the back end. Not overly aromatic.

T & M - The taste certainly outperforms the aroma. The main character in the brew is a roasted malt flavor accented by hints of caramel and maybe a touch of dark fruit (though very slight). It finishes with a slight hop bitterness to balance things out. Very dry and clean after the swallow.

D - If it weren't for the high cost (it is a German import) this would be a session brew that I would buy by the 6 pack. For the low ABV, this is one brew that does not disappoint in terms of flavor. An excellent example of the style!

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Photo of elniko
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stella glass

A: Dark of course, finger of head that dissipated. Exactly what I would expect schwarzbier to look like.

S: Strong smell, nice malty chocolate on the nose.

T & M: I am very impressed with the taste of this schwarzbier. Strong malty taste with caramel and chocolate traces. Slightly watery on the tongue with after taste. Nice mouthfeel, very refreshing.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is now my favorite schwarzbier although there are still many others I would like to try.

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Photo of clausr
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black, with a tan foam head, very good retention. Smell is rich and malty, roasted notes, coffee and chocolate. Taste is very good, roasted malts are dominant, almost no hops. Medium body with medium carbonation. Great beer, price/quality ratio is excellent.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,913 ratings.
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