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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 seedyone
3/5  rDev -23.3%

09/18/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Notes are cryptic. Caramel. Hops!! Burnt.

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Photo of addiwilliams
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of npendres
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neonbrown82
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a decent example of one my new favorite styles. Pours to a black color with ruby highlights and a decent creamy head.

The smell is a bit weak. Only a bit of sweet and nutty aromas shining through.

The taste is very light and crisp while still maintaining some full-flavored beer tastes. A bit of chocolate roastiness with a hint of smoke. Still quite sweet. Not much of a hop bite in this schwarz, unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a thin body. Very quenching. When paired with some gourmet sweets from the Amana colonies, it almost tastes like a coca-cola.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark brew with a ruby tint. A monsterous head rests a top the beer and lingers for several long minutes. After it finally subsides, patches of lacing linger to keep it looking good. Very nice looking beer.

S - Dark malt, black currant and faint elderberries. Gives a generally "dark"aroma.

T - A smooth dark malty flavor with a bit of dark fruit (black currants mostly) presence. The aftertaste is a lingering maltiness.

M - Pretty smooth, medium bodied and refreshing.

D - Very good, this beer is very pleasant and as sessionable as they come. A nice treat. The mini keg form is also good.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut amber with a reddish brown head of rocky foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Aromas of fresh bread, toasted grain and honey. Tastes nice, roasty and sweet malt with some dry fruit and very little hop present in the flavor, just enough bittering to balance the mildly chalky smooth finish. Medium light bodied, smooth and crisp. A good session beer for sure.

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

Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours a dark brown, which gives off a reddish hue as light passes through. Forms a nice, foamy head with tight carbonation but lacing is minimal. It smells of smoky, roasted malts and molasses, but the nose is faint. It's a balanced, pleasant smell but you really have to inhale to pick up the profile. It goes down dry, and the bready, slightly sweet roasted malts jump up to the front. This is followed by dark chocolate, some dried fruit like prunes or raisins, and a nice dry finish. Exceptionally balanced.

With the dark, somewhat oily complexion, you would expect something rich and chewy, and this is definitely more full-bodied than most lagers, but it's fairly light on the tongue. And it's exceptionally drinkable - finally the hot summer nights have arrived in San Diego and this is perfect for the occasion. A dry, well balanced and refreshing lager, and obviously one that has been perfected over a long history. I'll be looking for more of these.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of axeman9182
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this bottle at the Cloverleaf Tavern, and it was served with a pint glass.

Kostritzer Schwarzbier doesn't quite live up to its name, pouring more of a dark brown than actual black. There are a generous amount of mahogany highlights, and about a finger of khaki colored highlights. Head retention is brief, and there's not realy any lacing to speak of. The nose is lightly roasty, with a suggestion of milk chocolate. There's also an earthy quality there. The flavor takes that roasty, chocolaty base and adds a subtle nuttiness as a second background note along with the earthiness. The body is pleasantly full for a relatively low alcohol beer. The carbonation starts off fairly bubbly, but mostly dies off by mid palate. Schwarzbier isn't a style I find myself ordering all too often, but Kostritzer's renditionof it is fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Asics
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a thick rich humucky top.

S - Subtle coffee and cocolate aromas witha slight accent of anise.

T - The flavor is mainly of black licorise but there are coffee and chocolate present. The long roasted grains are tasty and well balanced.

M - The feel is slightly coarse on the sidesyet smooth and soft in the middle.

~ For a darker brew this goes down very well. I'm a big fan and will recommend this to friends.

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Photo of ZachKelly
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, Germany.

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with chestnut highlights. Frothy head dissipates but laces fairly well.

Aroma is lager-like and clean, with a hint of toasty and roasty malts.

The flavor is nice. Drinks very easy and smooth, but also packs a good amount of tangy roast and chocolatey malt into the flavor package. Improves as it warms. Slightly milky or lactic, and reminiscent of a porter or milk stout. Clean, dry and roasty finish. Rivals the Irish stout in terms of being a sessionable dark beer. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated with fine bubbles, though slightly water.

This is one of the best Schwarzbiere available. However, Köstritzer is much better on-tap. The bottle lacked the creamy mouthfeel and pleasant sweetness, though the drinkability remained intact. A solid brew.

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Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a very dark brown/black with a white head. The smell was of roasted malt. The roasted malt dominated the taste, even more so than a stout, and the beer had a very heavy, bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, this is a beer I could drink plenty of!

Quite an enjoyable treat, one I'd been looking forward to trying for a while, and I'm glad I did. There's a case at the local distributor, and if I had the room in the DBF than I would probably buy it!

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black with ruby highlights that show when you hold the glass up to the light. Smell is slightly toasted grain. Taste is chocolaty, hints of coffee and molasses. A hint of earthy hops in the finish. Light, but good flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation levels medium also. Quite drinkable, it would be easy to have a few. A nice example of a hard to find style.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
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