Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,889 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:
1,889
Reviews:
834
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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117
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286
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Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 3/6/2013. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity esters. Taste of caramel, raisin, fig, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, light floral, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, dark fruit, toast, molasses, brown bread, light roast, light pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around nice balance and complexity of flavors with good robustness; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours near black and is completely opaque. Initial single-finger head sits around for quite a bit before falling, leaving behind a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is a bit plain with some roasted malt and really mild coffee character. The taste hits the same notes. There is a moderate roast presence, but there's nothing to back it up. The big problem is that the feel is too thin and undercarbonated; there's nothing really pulling the flavors through. Drinkability is pretty decent, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Ample, light brown head with decent retention and a bit of lace. Opaque, brown-black body.

S - Nutty malt aroma, otherwise clean except for a slight molasses note.

T - Malty with a mild roasty flavor. Slightly nutty with minimal hop character, fairly mild overall.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

D - Enjoyable, mild malt character with nice nutty notes. Overall an accurate and drinkable example of the style.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Doner pub in Leesburg, VA.

Big creamy head fades semi slowly with nice lacing, super dark black hint of light.

Nose dark creamy malts, hint of dark malt, nice crisp lager, hint of coffee like dark,

Taste starts with toasty malts, brown light biscuit and caramel, some creaminess and slightest touch of a cocoa, then the fruity lager, crisp and a little soft, mild gassy bitterness. Finish is dry and crisp, more of the grassy bitterness, slight sticky sweet caramel malt.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little creamy.

Overall fairly nice, very drinkable tasty schwarzbier but missing something.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

.5L bottle dated 7 Nov. 2012 -- purchased in Bavaria and consumed a few days later in Innsbruck in a wine glass.

Pours a near black mahogany, clear, with a sudsy tan head. The head has rather weak retention but leaves nice lacing.

S&T: excellent sweet/bitter balance; nice dark roasted malt flavor without any burnt qualities. Hops are a little more evident in the aroma than the taste. Fine aftertaste featuring dark roasted malt.

O: no flaws to speak of, and nicely smooth and balanced, but the nose and flavor could be a little bit stronger.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, dark fruit, some coffee and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of dark fruit, coffee and honey come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted, almost slightly burnt malts along with some slight hints of dark chocolate.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has a moderate amount of dark roasted malts with some light hints of almost burnt malts. There are light notes of dark chocolate as well.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is very easy to drink due to the low ABV and lighter body. Enjoyable and sessionable.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown/light black with dark reddish highlights under a one-inch thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Mildly roasted malts, grainy, nutty, earthy, faint char.

T: Dark grains of bready malts, some light roasty notes, faint caramel, mildly sweet.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean and malty finish.

O: Easy drinking and not too heavy. Pass the pretzels and sausages, please.

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

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

Slightly sweet with a great warm taste of dark caramel. A nice brownish black with fine off-white head. Decent carbonation. Tang of hops with a nice touch of bitterness, more that some other Schwarzbiers. A very modest biergarten kind of brew, but an excellent example of the style. Just the thing for meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Enjoyed at the Kasierhof restaurant in OB, San Diego, which BTW has a good selection of draft German beers.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

A tasty, dark, creamy, foamy, malty, black lager. Best served on tap in a proper signature glass. One of my favorites.

Pours an opaque dark brown-black with a healthy finger of light tan head that retains very well. Epic roasty malts in the aroma, with hints of cocoa and raisins. Big malty taste, dark chocolate, hop bitterness just barely detectable. Medium-to-heavy body, incredibly smooth and satisfying. Not the best or most complex brew by far (it is German after all), but I could easily drink it all night long.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a goblet type glass. Forgot to buy a replacement to the Kostrizer glass I broke over in Germany, sigh...

Pours an effervescent mahogany to black with a 1" tan head. Head drops slowly to nichts. No head retention, but a little lacing

Smell: Licorice & oaky notes

Taste: Toasted/charred malt, licorice, & molasess tones. Some slight woody sour notes. Finishes slighty bitter

MF: Slight syruppiness with good carbonation

Very quaffable with a lot of complexity. Not the best black bier I've had, but THE baseline IMHO for the style. Drink & enjoy (where's the schweinhaxen to go with???)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unclouded near-mahogany brown with quite a bit of red when backlit. The head is light 'toast brown' and appears to be fairly sticky. It falls unevenly over several minutes time and leaves disappointingly little lace. The nose is of lightly roasted black malt with some earthiness, some nuttiness and the unmistakable, but faint aroma of chocolate.

I've never had a schwarzbier before, but this one reminds me of a weak porter. It's malt-dominant with flavors similar to what I described for the nose, although the chocolatiness seems to have vanished. The finish isn't all that different from what came before; the flavor simply fades away, leaving the mouth clean. The mouthfeel is lager appropriate so I can't be too critical. I prefer a bigger body, but I recognize that that wouldn't fit the style.

Interesting that Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei has named themselves after a specific style even though they brew others. Despite my love for bigger beer, I found this one to be enjoyable and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color where light shines through along the edge. Modest head, but it leaves a wonderfull web of lace.

Smells lightly dark, like watered down coffee. In the background are some neutral malted grains.

Lighter than one might expect for a beer so dark. It isn't watery as I expected. It also is very mild in the smoke department. The hop is actually dominant along with some deeply toasted malt. The body is "eh". It really is quite neutral all around.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another goodies that my mother brought back from Germany for me. I was thrilled to get to try this one as it really is one of my favorite styles. I opened this one yesterday afternoon before I got the grill going to sip on while I cleaned. Poured into a tall pilsner glass right out of the fridge. The pour was beautiful Rich dark chocolate color, with only a touch of light peaking through on the sides and bottom. A huge, towering, three inch layer of off white froth came up over the top and dropped layer upon layer of thick side glass lace. Kept at least an inch worth of froth on top throughout the entire session.

The aroma was rich and smoky. Loaded down with peat and earthy malts, it was simple and yet defined with a great balance to it and just enough of a hop nose to push its way up front. The flavor followed suit as well. Great balance here as it started out with some nice notes of caramel and smoky peat, and this quickly transformed into an earthen malt show. Nice grains and bready flavor, with a crisp, quick, and very clean cutoff, which had just the right amount of hop bite to it. Great finish left a long lingering hop driven profile that gradually turned over to your classic German lager finish. Really nice medium bodied ale, the carbonation profile on this one was brilliant. Virtually no alcohol made this a beer that could be sessioned even in the hottest of weather. It is a rare day when I can stomach a smoked lager on a 100 degree day, and that is a testament to just how good this one was.

Overall I thought this was outstanding. Easily one of the best I have ever had in the style and something that I would never turn away. A classic representation, I would have to say that anyone who is a fan should try this and it dare I say might even be a nice gateway to someone who is not well initiated. Top notch beer here.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep brown bordering on black with reddish highlights and a tan head that leaves almost no lace behind

S - A nutty, malty almost creamy espresso and bittersweet chocolate odor that floats lightly over a yeast and herbal mushroom like odor.

M - Prickly carbonation followed by dry dark slightly chalky textures that relax into a mix of salty and sweet with milky smoothness.

T - A dark brown maltiness and crisp nutty dry toasty malt flavor with lightly spiced woody hops and hazelnut. Gentle date notes in the middle adds to the complexity. Salty overtakes sweet subtly and leads to a clean crisp finish.

D - A wonderful session bier, full of flavor and quaffable. A delightful blend of dark malt and lager smoothnes. Worth a taste for almost any occasion - malty, sweet and smooth. Excellent in the drinkability category

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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,889 ratings.
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