Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,908 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:
1,908
Reviews:
840
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
125
Gots:
295
For Trade:
1
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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L mini Keg to a Pint glass, (I put can as serving type)

A- Pours almost pitch black. Some light gets through the sides and produces a ruby blood red. A large tan head with good retention and lacing on the sides.

S- Lots of burnt notes, some chocolate and roasted gran. A pleasant smelling brew.

T- A rather light taste for a dark beer but its full flavored. A good mix of toasted malts and grain, Chocolate notes, and a little caramel, A light refreshing bitterness.

M- This beer is incredibly silky smooth. It has a light flavor but the beer has a smooth feel which helps make up for it. High carbonation at first from the tap but the container will last a while after its opened.

O- A good dark german lager that I enjoyed with a few friends, I definitely recommend getting one of these if you can but make sure to plan on drinking it all because it will go flat and be a waste.

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Photo of Blumstein
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mikerems
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bambam2517
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with low visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger light tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Dark roasted malts predominate, with hints of chocolate roast, light vegetal and herbal hops, a faint generic fruitiness (hops or yeast?) and a slight minerally character.

T: Rich maltiness with moderate roast character. Light chocolate flavors again. Mild yeast esters add a bit of sweetness but without any fruit character that I picked up on the nose. Finishes nearly balanced, maybe a little malt forward - light hop and roast bitterness combined.

M: The body is lighter than the appearance would suggest for this American beer drinker, but far from watery. A good amount of carbonation sensation and low alcohol presence.

O: Glaring faults? Maybe not particularly. For a mass produced canned lager beer…well, it’s a shit-ton better than most of the other examples you could name off the top of your head (AALs, etc.). But it doesn’t do anything to excite me. I do think it would be a solid accompaniment to many foods. Nothing to avoid, but I won’t be going out of my way for another.
NOTE: Scores given reflect my thoughts as to style. I'd estimate a half-point lower in regards to my preference.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love when a brewer totally nails a style and I must say that this is the best Schwarzbier I have had yet. The burnt malt notes are surrounded with a luscious mouthfeel that I have not found in most black beers. The beer is so well balanced that you want another as soon as finish the first.

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Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sigtau200ws
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of pchalk
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of JackKS
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of WhatTheAle1973
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of gleemonger
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jonmoore89
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Dark brown, almost black. Head dissipated very quickly.
Smelled Malty, hints of coffee, chocolate, and carmel.
Tasted exactly how it smelled.
Somewhat watered down, low carbonation.
Its a nice lager but I've had a Stout with a very similar taste that seemed to be a notch above.

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Photo of Beerchaeology
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Demitra
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

The color is the perfect black coffee color, with a fluffy beige head on top. The head fizzes away to a thin film with even lacing around the inside of my glass.

The smell is faint and caramel like with hints of a wet barnyard in the background. The smell is least impressive part of this beer to me.

My first sip is surprising. This beer has clean crisp lager characteristics. I was expecting a more sweet caramel dull flavor. This was refreshing with an addition of deep chocolate caramel flavors. This definitely could be a carbonated chocolate milk drink if you close your eyes. A fun beer to drink!

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Photo of kiya
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.

Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.

It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.

The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Darkest black with a tan creamy 1/4 inch head with beautiful lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts present faint bouquet of nut and caramel. Distant but detectable traces of vanilla, coffee. The hops are truly German with grassy fineness and light fruit flavors.

Taste: Like a chocolate malt milkshake. More milk than chocolate. Creamy caramel malt mouth with refreshing hop backing. Faint alcohol (odd for a beer this light)

Mouthfeel: Slight dryness. On the malt side but hops come through
with a spicy and floral touch.

Overall: Delicious and extremely refreshing. A classic.

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

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange brown amber, one finger light tan head and slight lacing. Dark malts and light suggestion of toasted malts and dark fruit aroma. Flavor is malty, dark, sweet and faint toasted malts. Finish somewhat dry and malty. Pleasant and light to moderate flavored. Quite good for such a low ABV. Worth a revisit.

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Photo of ouser31
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, verging on black, in a pilsner with highlights that range from chocolate brown. A two-inch, light chestnut head is creamy and quickly drops to a quarter of an inch, leaving patchy lace. Carbonation clings to the glass as well.

A strong presence of chocolate syrup followed by malt balls.

Sweet and malty with some molasses. The sweetness settles down with warmth as a roasted character develops. However, this one lacks depth.

The body is light a watery with lots of carbonation and no alcohol.

This is an easy flowing beer though the flavors are less than I had hoped for.

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2.25/5  rDev -42%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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