Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,895 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:
1,895
Reviews:
837
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
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119
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289
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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ZachKelly
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of Morris729
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and rocky tan colored head that eventually dissipates into a creamy and sticky lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and grains. Taste is dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy but is a bit thin. A nice Schwarzbier, but nothing special.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard embossed light brown 330mL bottle with a decent macro label. Looks the part.

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a light brown highlight around the edges of the glass. A great finger-and-a-half tan head hangs around for a decent time before dropping to a half-finger. Decent lacing.

Aroma: roasted malts - coffee predominantly - with raisins, maraschino cherries and some berries. Some caramels also.

Taste: the flavours in the aroma are all present on the palate, are well combined and come through quite strongly. It is also quite a smooth flavour - this is a good beer!

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through - particularly the caramels and heavy fruits.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation - clean and crisp. Somewhat smooth too, which is nice for a schwarzbier.

Overall: this is a really tasty and easy-drinking German Schwarzbier (quickly becoming one of my favourite styles). If we can get great dark lagers like Monteith's Doppelbock and this imported for around AU$50 a case, why can't we get any Aussie equivalents for less than generally AU$80? Ruddy Aussie government. Rant aside, this one is great value and very sessional.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mithrascruor
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a lovely black hue with a creamy tan head. The beer has a very rich look to it.

Smell: The aroma seems quite minimal, though you can notice the roasted malts.

Taste: The beer has a great flavor of bold (yet not overpowering) roasted malts. Perfect amount of roasting, and the perfect amount of hops to compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation (yet slightly tingly) and slightly dry aftertaste. Gives a substantial and filling feeling without seeming overbearing.

Drinkability: Things seem well-balanced and in proportion with this beer, making it thoroughly drinkable. Alcohol is not overbearing at all.

An extraordinally enjoyable beer. If you haven't tried a schwarzbier before, be sure to give this a try; it maintains an excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. My only real complaint is the smell, as it's a bit lacking. Though possibly not the most dynamic flavor, this is certainly one of my favorites.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- some nice slowly cascading bubbles trickle down from the very attractive tan head. body is a deep dark clear maroonish-brown with bright shiny orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. foam retention and lace are both fantastic as the head almost refuses to settle and the lace is sticky and chunky. i guess that poet dude coulda dropped a few lines about this look.

S- clean with floral and grassy hops and a bit of caramel malty sweetness. subtle cocoa aromas come out as the beer warms a few degrees. also a bit woodsy and metallic.

T- not a huge flavor machine, but not meant to be either. complex and subtle flavors abound, starting off as a balance between vinous hop flavor and chocolate milk. nicely toasty, slightly roasty, cocoa, and some very faint coffee. let's say mocha. hints of wood and tobacco are present, as are old dried out dates and figs whose sweetness has been replaced by a leqafy tea like hop bitterness. finishes somewhat nutty like a walnut chocolate skins n' all.

MF- so light for such a dark beer but that's not to say the brew has no substance. it's soft and rolly and suitably carbonated but it's not heavy. it feels so me (aside from the powdery roasted grain feel) to be about as hefty as a helles or a lighter end oktoberfest. bubbles are tight and carressing, not too aggressive, and compliment to roastiness perfectly. leaves some tannin dryness on the cheeks.

D- easily a session beer. low abv, great flavor, and a not-so-heavy body are the reasons why i could put away a sixer no problemo. so glad this one fell into my lap.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of stirgy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 7/4/11. Reviewed from notes; originally 6/24/10.

A- Pours a dark black with a 2 finger, glistening brown head.

S- Smells doughy and bready with some roast malt with some spicy oktoberfest like hop notes.

T- Bready and doughy much like the nose with just a hint of roast malt, spicy hop , and dry chocolate finish... a very understated taste.

M- Very carbonated, almost too much, it negatively affects hwo you taste this beer. I would say it's thin bodied.

D- The level of carbonation hurts the drinkability. Overall a bland take on the style. I expected much more from this one.

* Aggressive swirling makes the carbonation recede and brings to the forefront the flavor profile that was hidden by the carb. Not a bad brew once you get by the pesky carbonation.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

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Photo of korguy123
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep rich dark brown that is as close to brown without being black. Two finger light tan head. Lacing is slightly spotty.

S- Slight grain, there is a light chocolate and coffee. I'm getting an odd medicinal smell I can't seem to put my finger on.

T- Subtle coffee and cereal. The medicinal smell transfers over and presents itself in the form of smoke and juice (grape comes to mind)

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- Definitely new style to me. The medicinal aspects to this are a little odd in my books.

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Photo of robertjskelton
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks.

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Photo of Tafyob41
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown,with a red hue when held up to light. Creamy tan head,with very good retention,and lacing.Aroma,is bready,with sweet earthy undertones. Body is light,with some carbionation. Taste is of bread,butter,and molasses. Finishes nicely,with a little bitterness. Very good!

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Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to an almost black color though some light does make its way through giving off some deep red highlights. Nice sized tan colored head that seems to have fair retention, fair retention. The aroma comes across as roasted malt with a slight astringency. Some chocolate aromas and a slight alcoholic aroma which is surprising based on the %4.8 ABV. The flavors are nice roasted malts, slight nuttiness, Slight bitterness at the back end. I do have a few knocks against this brew, first it seems a little watery and second it seems to be missing something as the flavor starts nice then breaks to a hollowness where it almost feels that something is missing though I can't figure out what. The alcohol aroma does not translate to the flavor at all. The aroma was much better than the flavor. Goes down easy though I still can't get past the feeling that something is missing.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at yardhouse, Irvine, CA. Dark in color like most schwarzbiers and smelled of light malts and European hops. Taste was smooth with light malts, hops, and had a dry finish. Tasted more similar to a lager. Very drinkable any time of the year.

Think I wanted something more similar to an American version of a Schwarzbier (SN has a good one).

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,895 ratings.
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