Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

very good
1,900 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a small gathering of friends and offered a variety of beers, including a 5L draught can of this beauty. No one bit, so that left the whole thing for me! I finished the can over a long weekend no problem, and the vessel retained the brew’s carbonation and flavor through 4 days opened in the fridge (provided I laid a piece of duct tape across the vent opening at the top of the can after each use).

Pours nearly pitch black from draught can with a medium rocky tan head, large bubbles. Settles easily in the 0.5L mug with some nice lacing.

Aroma is of malt sweetness with some breadiness and char (not smoke). Hint of cocoa. No hops to speak of. You instantly know it is of Germanic origin.

Taste/mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with some light chocolate flavors and roastiness from the malt. Mild bitterness dries things out nicely. Not heavy. In fact the low abv lends itself for quaffing many in one sitting, and is barely detectable. Flavors are retained from top to bottom, pour after pour, leaving no palate fatigue for such a dark beer.

Highly recommend trying this one in the 5L draught can, if you can find it. I have had this beer in a bottle also, and it is just as good. Something fun about the draught can though. Try it with grilled chicken wings…buffalo, bbq, or otherwise.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Ebony black color very smilar to a stout, but with a slight white head. Head was very small, despite my attempts to generate one by tilting the bottle while pouring.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet, hints of toasted grains mixed with lagery grains and hops. Nice.

-Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sour, but then fades into a familiar lagery graininess. Middle is actually a bit dry with very, very slight hints of toasted grains. Finish is long and complex and the toasted grains really come forward followed by lager sweetness and hoppiness. There is a subtle dryness here that is refreshing. Aftertaste is all smoky grains and malt with a slight hop return. Everything is balanced and restrained and elegant.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Standard lager carbonation, very refreshing.

-Overall 4.0: I have tried many Black Lagers and Koerstritzer is head and shoulders over all of them. This brew is a wonderful mix of lager elements, but with the slight addition of smoky grains and the larger barley middle of a stout or porter. This beer is balanced and never over the top. Other Black Lagers would do well to study this unique balance. Recommended.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 20 2013. It has been a seriously long time since I have had a schwarzbier, but I really liked the last (and only) one I tried - so picking this up was a bit of a no-brainer.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, with ruby red highlights under the light. Two fingers of tan-coloured head surge forth from the surface, dissipating gradually over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, creamy cap and some lacing stuck to the sides. Very subtle aroma with slight hints of caramel, roasted malts and a vague dark fruit aspect. There's also a distinct lager yeast note. Decent aroma, but too weak to be impressive.

Though the aroma left a bit to be desired, this is some tasty, full-flavoured stuff for a 4.8% brew. Roasted, grainy dark malts are prominent, providing a flavour that is somewhere halfway between baker's chocolate and coffee grounds. There are also suggestions of prunes and perhaps dark cherries, which lead into the earthy, hoppy finish. Dry aftertaste with a bit of dark chocolate. On the light side of medium-bodied, some slight oilyness with a modest bite from the carbonation. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to warrant some savouring.

This style has always interested me - I enjoy sessionable lagers, and I'm also a fan of lighter porter/stout type beers, so the natural conclusion is that I would like schwarzbiers as well. Unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of accessible examples around here. This one has convinced me to look a bit harder for more, because they really do make for a great pint.

[Updated Oct 24 2016]

Another bottle from the LCBO. Not getting much of the "dark fruit" that I alluded to last time, but otherwise this remains a classic. The Germans are, simply put, the masters of lagerdom. Though they seem to be more famous for their pilseners, weisses and bocks, they also make some damn fine 'sessionable' dark beers. Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a ridiculously drinkable testament to their national expertise that no beer geek should neglect to try. It's now available locally, so I have been buying it with some frequency as of late.

Final Grade: 3.98, a B+.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass. Poured dark brown, nearly black with 1 finger of off-white head. The smell was roasted malts, burnt bread, and a very subtle hop. The taste was all lager, very bready with some roasted malts. A little watery with a decently long finish. Very average to me.

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