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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Serious dark brown, almost black in color with a thick tan head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lace coats the glass, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Dark malt up front, with a touch of coffee and toast, with some floral hop notes on the backside.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Roasty, with some espresso and chocolate notes, along with some fruity elements. Grassy, floral hop notes dry out the finish.

Notes: Flavorful, yet light in body, and very silky on the palate. An all-around well-made Schwartzbier. Very sessionable at 4.8%. It's a balanced brew, and an easy find for this style. A dark bear that suits all seasons.

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Photo of Dave128
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap into the kostritzer signature glass.

A - This beer certainly is a beauty. Black in color with ruby highlights. Brown head lasts quite a while even though it is a little fizzy and Lacing is excellent.

S - Smells faintly of dark malts. I pick up a little of the grassy lager yeast and smokiness from the malts. Basic but clean.

T - A lot like the smell. It is a mild beer but very clean and well executed. Starts a little caramely and sweet and finishes dry and a tad bitter with a smokey character.

M - light bodied but not watery. Carbonation is right. Head is a little fizzy. I would like to see it a little more creamy for a dark beer.

O - A clean easy drinking dark lager. Looks beautiful in the glass, but pretty mild on flavor.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

The beer i black (ganz Schwarz!) a tan head, good lacing but rather small curtains.

The smell is both fruity and meaty. Raisins, burnt bread and sausages.

The taste starts with burned bread crust, dates, milk chocolate.

Medium carbonation, a fresh texture, light body, and nice smooth finish.

A fresh and nice black beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at the new Lone Star Taco Bar in Allston. Served in a 0.4l Radeberger mug. Light black color, with a wonderful looking head that did not fade. Smell had hints of cocoa powder and tobacco. I liked the flavors very much. Many notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The mouthfeel was deceptively good. It was rich and creamy at first, but the more you drank, it got smoother and smoother. A very easy beer to drink. Tons of flavor, and at under 5% abv, it's a beer that you can enjoy for a session. Great beer, and a bonus at $6 for the large mug. Need to find this on tap more often.

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3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is slightly sweet pils malt; almost like black bread. Light roastiness and slight chocolate aroma, otherwise neutral. No hop aroma. Clean yeast.

Pours deep dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Quickly dissipating light tan head.

Flavor is light roast, complex layered caramel maltiness, but little or no aftertaste. No real hop flavor, slight hop bitterness.

Light-medium body, with a bit of viscosity early, with a smooth dry finish. Low carbonation.

True to style, easy drinking, lightly roasty black lager. Not terribly interesting, no lingering flavors. My first foray in reviewing the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of atomicbeer
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Bierbrunnen Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mild earthy hop. Unexpected sweet and sour grass and earth hop taste backed by roasty malt. Went well with Wiener schnitzel and potato salad. Could session this one in the biergarten...

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark, near black color. Head is one finger and tan and lasts pretty well with some lacing sticking to the glass.
S- The aroma is quite mild with some darker malts and some earthyness and coffee.
T- Fairly mild up front with some dark bread and a hint of smokeyness. The finish has just a bit of ground coffee.
M- light-medium in the body. Carbonation is light. It's very smooth and easy drinking.
O- This is a tasty schwarz and a beer that would be good for an evening of beer drinking.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some dark fruits (especially grapes). Taste is of dark malt, grape-like fruits, and some mild roast flavors. A fleeting shot of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier that is easy drinking.

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3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As black as the ace of spades....coffee bitterness comes through in the taste, along with the dark roasted grains. Smell is also hints at burnt toast and coffee. Oily mouth feel and silky, creamy head.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of scott451
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle BB 12.08.12. Poured into a glass mug. One finger tan head on a very dark (almost black) ruby. Moderate lacing. The head soon diminished to a thin layer which stuck around.

Mild malty smells. A very smooth taste. Very mild caramel. More complexity in the middle. Minimal hop in the finish. Pretty dry. Basically the malt profile carries it.

Medium light body with a fairly light carbonation. Overall a top shelf dark beer. Smooth and balanced, complex but well melded flavours. Unusually low ABV for such a big flavoured beer makes this eminently Sessionable.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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