Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,887 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:
1,887
Reviews:
834
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
285
For Trade:
1
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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black beer, obviously, with an off-white head that’s fairly small and dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing remains. The aroma is mostly gentle roastiness with traces of coffee notes and a general dark bready maltiness.

Flavor is good but mild; again the roast and coffee notes are present but are much more subdued than what you might experience in an American take on this style. Mildly sweet, faint caramel, but overall just a basic dark malt flavor.

Medium to thin bodied with lower carbonation on tap than what I’d expect from the bottled version. Somewhat dry finish, extremely easy drinking. Not super exciting but a quality, classic German lager nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another souvenir from Germany. Had lots of this from tap.
Never had it from the bottle though.

A nice looking beer. Very dark brown with a slightly off white head, rocky as it should be.

A mild aroma. Rather malty, bread-like with only a tiny bit of roast. Some hops as well, herbal mainland hops. No American or British hops ofcourse. More like a pilsener hoppyness.

A nice beer, very mild on the palate and very easy to drink but much more exciting than most pilseners (its only alternative on draft at your random German bar). Nice malts, a tiny bit of roast and a bit of noble hops. Simple and great.
Crisp and quite dry.

Quite a thin mouthfeel, not too thin and with good carbonation.

Overal a very good session beer.
If you go to Germany (East) and see this on tap, give it a try. A better alternative than Hasseröder or Bitburger and such.
Almost if not just as good in the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite Styles of Beer. Although hard to find a large variety.

Pours a dark, near black but clear up to a light with a thick head. Smell is a slight toasted malt with noble hops.

Taste is wonderfull. Crisp. Crisp as heck. A bready almost maltiness takes over and melds into a sweet hoppy finish with a lingering pepper and slight molases. But think at all, but i'd say a medium/light body with a wondeful german maltiness to it.

A fantastic beer that should be tried.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a little light sneaking through. Tan head reduces to about a centimeter and stays there.

Some really nice roasted malt balanced with crisp German hops. A woodsy earthy feel to this nose.

Really great tasting beer. I'm no brewer, but I'd imagine it'd be pretty tough to balance a lot of dark roasty malt and keep that light and refreshing. It's like a little bite of pumpernickel bread that's quickly braced by some mild hops.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this style and the Kostritzer is on the nose. Easy drinking and probably not quite medium bodied, it's something that could be enjoyed in the Spring or Winter.

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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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3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color with a nice looking thick tan head on top. The lacing was decent and the retention wasn't bad either. The smell of the beer had some earthy roasted aromas with some lager yeast aromas in there too. The taste of the beer had some light chocolate notes along with a traditional lager flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel isn't too heavy or anything, the carbonation is pretty good, it's very drinkable. Overall this beer was prettygood, I would probably drink it again if the mood struck me.

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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a tan head.
Smells like Heineken laced with fruitcake..or visa-versa.
Tastes quite a lot like Heineken with added punch from the heavily cooked malt.
I like it, but it is priced high enough for it to be a "one hit wonder" with me.
It's got a lot of flavor packed into a fairly low ABV package.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,887 ratings.
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