Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
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Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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3.88
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Photo of aleigator
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a foamy, beige head.

Smells of bakers chocolate covered roasted malts, gently blending into earth.

Has an utmost silk mouthfeel, although the carbonation maintains on a medium level, the beer's creaminess is certainly a highlight in this. Drinks super easy, while the malts provides an interesting flavor profile throughout.

Tastes of malts from the beginning till the end, but you can tell these guys tweaked this's recipe to perfection. Earthen qualities up front, the beer carefully produces a subtle toffee malt quality which leaves my mouth salivating, gently coated by its silk mouthfeel. Then there is a complimenting bitterness, reminding of leafy hops, thoughtfully enhancing the malt presence, which at this stage reveal the initial bakers chocolate quality from the aromas.

While this drinks laughable easy, I can't stop gulping it for its world class mouthfeel, complimenting the maltiness in a truly outstanding, effective and enjoyable way.

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Photo of Zet
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black (well, duh) colour with a modest head of cappucino foam that disappears within minutes. Pleasant smell of roasted malt and milk chocolate. The chocolate becomes dark in the taste, which also contains coffee and caramel, balanced by hop bitterness. The feel is refreshing and smooth. A session beer that's very easy to drink.

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Photo of m3rkury
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this style.

Looks is a deep black, but has hints of amber when held up to the light. Nice contrasting white head.

Smell is lightly roast with wonderful sweet notes

Taste is very smooth.Just a hint of roast but not overpowering. Bready sweetness. A little thin at the end.

Awesome beer and a good one to break your friends of the (insert mass produced pilsner)-lite habit.

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Photo of -MK-
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

AWEEEEEEEEEESOME! My favorite style of beer for sure. The only other Schwarzbier I've had is black forest by Saranac, and this is better in all areas - and that is a great beer. Was really lucky to find a four pack of this for $5.99!!!

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Photo of Premo88
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz. can poured into pilsener
(3/12/2015 born on date; best by 3/12/2016, printed on bottom of can)

L: clear dark brown with lots of amber, pushes up a 3/4-inch head of offwhite/beige foam, no stick; keeps a little collar of beige foam; dark enough that it's hard to see what's going on in the glass, but the clarity is fantastic

S: sweet chocolate ... a buttery chocolate donut; even some dark dried fruits, dates, real sweet dates

T: chocolate ... so dark-malty sweet; some slightly toasted oak wood, far from burnt but there's a little char-wood taste; as the palate adjusts, a nice earthy flavor offers a little balance to the big sweet malt flavor; the back-end wood flavor is like a great jazz drummer, always right on time; boy, that chocolate sweetness is for real ... it shows up in a big way at times and always right up front, leading off a swallow and perfectly setting up that woody/earthy aftertaste ... what a beer!

F: perfect ... lager crisp, light, easy drinking but with enough heft to remind you it's not water

O: this beer is so good; plenty of dark-malt flavors including chocolate and that nicely toasted wood, some balancing earthiness, and the mouthfeel makes me want to drink more and more and more ... I will buy this beer almost as often as I can find it and drink it year-round, for any and all weather and occasion; I've been looking for the ultimate dark-malt session brew, and this is it.

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

Poured into pilsener glass. It pours a deep, dark mahogany with cola hues and a thin, khaki colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of dark malt, tobacco, and a whiff of chocolate. The tobacco is the first taste, along with dark roasted malt. I don't taste the chocolate I smelled but there is a hint of hops and caramel at the finish. This beer is quite thin and with its low ABV of 4.8% it is smooth and drinks easily. It's a little thin and watery. Overall, it is okay but not as flavorful as I would have hoped.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can and 33cl bottle

Appearance: dark brown with little carbonation which builds a 1 finger head that dissapeared really fast.

Smell: tobacco notes, coffee, malty sweetness, some cocoa too. The best of this beer in my opinion.

Taste: cocoa, tobacco, coffee, caramel, just like the smell. A little weak.

Mouthfeel: this was dissapointing...no carbonation and watery. I was expecting something with more body, stronger and creamy. None of that happened.

Overall: I found it pretty similar to La Trappe Dubbel although they're different styles of beers. Smell and taste were good although a little weak, and the mouthfeel didn't make it for me.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a chilled pony keg of this great beer. A “schwarzbier” is simply German for black beer and is awesome, because it is not as heavy, strong, or sweet as a stout and so is on the lighter side and has been described as ‘soul-lifting’. This variety is 4.8% ABV.

Look-It pours a dark brownish black and a foamy bready head that is slightly off white. The head doesn’t last very long, however, but it looks quite nice while it lasts. There is also not much lacing as a result, but there is some wet sparse lacing from the thin film.

Smell-It smells of chocolate, coffee, and malts as well as grassy notes and yeast.

Taste-It tastes like chocolate, coffee, and some subtle notes of grassy hops to balance things out. It is roasted malts, toasted breads, german malts and yeast strains, subtle grassy and floral hops.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and creamy and moist as well as well-carbonated and fizzy. Medium-bodied.

Overall-It is a new style to me and everyone should try it.

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Photo of hophead723
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 5 L pony keg of this. Poured into a pint glass. This will be only the second Schwarzbier I have tried after Spiderbite.

Look: Black body with chestnut edges, rocky tan head and thick lacing.

Smell: Clean grains, toast, and a buttery flavor.

Taste: Mild roasted malt character with hints of coco, pumpernickel and bread crust.

Feel: Super slick and smooth.

Overall: Definitely good out of the pony keg.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled last night on 12/2/15. Comes in a nice looking 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured in to a .25L "SONNEN GOLD-EX" pilsner glass that is gold-rimmed. (Another 29c Salvation Army Store find).

Brew pours a pitch black with some ruby highlights in color with a close to a 2-finger creamy off-white head. Lots of lacing is seen as would be expected from a good German brew. Aroma is of dark malts for the most part with a light hint of chocolate maybe. Taste is pretty close to the nose with lots of malts that are very smooth and goes down easy. Finishes just slightly dry but no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. A really tasty brew. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, really liked this one.

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Photo of wisebier
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer!

L: Nice looking dark beer with drown tints almost ruby. Disappointed with the little head but it doesn't last long like a Guinness. It's also nice cream colored head.

S: a lot of malt . Some chocolate and coffee

T: malty coffee and slight chocolate. It's nice and dry with a crisp finish. Well carbonated. It's like a German Guinness without the milky-ness. Bc it's light and drinkable you can certainly put away a 6 at ease.

Great flavor great black lager if that's what you like.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: smooth, dark malts but no heavy, maybe a bit smokey.
Black and opaque.
Mild nose.
Medium body.
a refined head with some lace to glass. Pair well with grilled food.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours dark brown verging on black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasty, toasty, bready, dark fruit, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Toasty, bready, smooth, not burnt roasty bitter, some floral and fruity notes, and a little toffee sweetness.

M: Fairly light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very nice easy drinking Schwarzbier.

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

L: Very dark brown, creamy tan head that quickly dissipates, medium to low carbonation
S: Faint hop and malt notes, some coffee
T: Dry, crisp, light roast, a little fruit in the background
F: Light bodied, soft
O: Very refreshing lager but overall this sample was not very fresh tasting, it probably sat on the shelf for a while, not seeing any canning date stamps on it.

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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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Photo of tobybul
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark and frothy
Smell - very good, chocolate, coffee hints
Taste - excellent, slight sweetness, mildly hoppy but no bitter after taste.
Feel - Very easy to drink. Like a lighter Guinness stout...
Overall - a great beer.

First time to try. I'll be getting it again...

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Photo of Arthuros
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great german dark, with clear compelx flavors and nice feel.

Medium beige head (dissipates quickly).

Taste is slightly fruity, but overall almost stouty with slight charcoal or ash, and coffeeish flavors.
Finish is hoppy but not bitter, and leaves little to no aftertaste.

Great beer, that's both thirst-quenching and appetite-opening!

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

This beer pours with a very carbonated tan head.
It has a distinct plum and licorice malt nose which is followed up with a similar palate.
It leaves behind a dry hop finish with trace pepper and isn't too oily.
It also leaves you wanting another one.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love black lagers let's give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of Milo or Quick for the layman, delicious like chocolate milk. Pours to a barely translucent black with a thin quick head. Taste is a complex mix of roasted malts and chocolate with only a zestiness contributed by hops. Finish is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is excellent. This is one of the best black lagers I have had to date. On the second pour from the 1/2 liter can I got a two finger head, still recedes quickly but I'm upgrading the appearance

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Photo of jcance
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer is very impressive for Germany. Few German brews I have tried have so much going on in the flavor. Think a better Guinness, with more richness and less sweetness. That said, it is still fairly sweet for a dark brew. Reminds me of New Belgium's porter, particularly the aftertaste, even if it is not quite as bold. Very smooth and enjoyable beer. I will certainly be back for more.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Carrefour. In Ikea's english pint glass. Watching Vikings 1x08 last night. Soft and smooth, without disgusting coffee taste. Maybe a bit too much smooth for my taste

10 May 2016: From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Playing South Park Stick of Truth. Pleasant and easy to drink, but a bit soft, watery

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Photo of jmasher85
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and thick head with a lot of bubbles, but it goes down shockingly smooth. Much lighter body than I would have guessed, and drinking a mas (German 1-liter stein) of this was surprisingly easy for such a dark beer. No strong flavors, but mild sensations of coffee, burnt toffee, and most notably smoke. Think of this as a lightweight rauchbeir for people who don't want too much of a bacon flavor in their drink.

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Photo of TH28
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. 1/7/16 code date. Appearance: Black and opaque, with a thick, creamy khaki cap and nice lacing. Aroma: Caramel and light roasted malt. No hop presence. Taste: Starts with bready malt sweetness, turns to some caramel and touch of dark fruit, and finishes with roasted malt and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light to moderate carbonation. Finish: Very dry finish, with a hint of lingering roast. Overall: Good example of the style. roast is present throughout, but never sharp or overpowering. Has some dark fruit characteristics typical of dark German lagers. Light enough on the palate to remain easy drinking.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

darkest brown, nearly fully black. Thick mocha coloured head of two fingers, fades back to a thin covering in a minute.

light on the nose. lots of dry grains, black liquorice, the sticky kind your eastern european grandfather would give to you as a kid, thinking it was a treat a 5 year old would love... dark rye bread. surprisingly, for me, no hint of burnt caramels or coffee, this could be a different kind of dark beer than Im used to.

some salty sweet notes on the front, like salted toffee or salt and dried prune or fig. rye toast and roasty grains come in the middle. burnt crust and a bit resiny. to be honest, not a whole lot of depth of flavours going one.

light body and smooth on the tongue with sharp carbonation. a bit thick which is nice.

Overall not a whole lot here im afraid. some burnt grains and malts but no real complexity or depth to any of the flavours. As a lager its easy drinking and ready for multiples, but that in itself isnt enough to make me go for it again.

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Photo of musty_taco
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried this beer on a friend's recommendation. All I can say is wow. This brew takes you by surprise. You would think that the dark colour would translate to a heavy taste but the exact opposite is true. It is both light and refreshing, with a slight coffee aftertaste. One of my favorites

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