Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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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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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Chicago Brauhaus

Poured from the tap into a Hofbrau mug.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and a foamy tan head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit toffee, and caramel flavor. Some sweetness is there with the little bits of sugar that come out. Some coffee is present in the aroma and leaves abruptly.

The taste is quite nice with a dark malt flavor that hits the tongue first and it full of a toffee and maple flavor with some coffee flavor that gives way to a bitter hop flavor that is gone before you can place what hop it is. A smoky wood flavor is there to greet you at the end but is also a quick flavor that is gone in just a blink of an eye.

The feel of this beer is smooth like silk and just the right feel for a beer that is filled with malt but still has a great finish to it.

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Photo of cuttsjp
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very very dark brown-velvety, dark chocolate color with a nice tan head that fades quickly but leaves beautiful sticky lacing

Aroma: figs, chocolate, toffee, and caramel; a clean little spritz of coffee as well...wonderful aroma

Flavor: similar to the aroma, the flavor has some dark fruit sweetness of figs at first taste, which melts away into some really nice toasty roasted grain flavor, with little chocolate and coffee notes, and just enough hop bitterness to balance out the whole thing (and actually emphasize the coffee flavor even more)

Mouthfeel: silky smooth and light bodied, with fine-bubbled carbonation...very NOT like stout

Overall: yet another style of lager that has pleasantly surprised me. This beer is incredibly drinkable without being boring. Much more interesting malt profile than a helles, and yet it's just as smooth, drinkable, and refreshing with its light body. Very, very nice.

Personal: Wow. I was really surprised by this. What an enjoyable, balanced lager. I would love to host a dinner and serve big steaks with fig and red wine reduction, a mug of this by each place setting. This is delicious and flavorful without being overbearing, drinkable and delicate without being a bore. This one is going in the "like" file.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep near black brown. Tan head rises two fingers and leaves abundant lacing.

Aroma is very lager-esque. Clean with slight roasted malts.

Taste is pretty clean as well, very roasted malty with hints of chocolate sweetness. A bit leathery. Finishes fairly roasted.

Pretty neutral mouthfeel, a little carb tingle and fairly light bodied.

No problem having another, easy drinker.

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Photo of boss302
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kostritzer Schwarzbier draft

A Dark, brown when held to the light, nice thick head, stayed the whole glass. 4 

S Roasted malt chocolate aroma. Not so much hop aroma. 3 

T Dark malt, chocolaty flavor. There is some phenolic taste. I have had better Kostritzer, so this may be an issue with this draft. 2.5 

M Thin, carbonation is right. 3.5 

D Would be hard to have another. 3 

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Photo of musicman575
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was going to order food, but no need after this beer. This .5 liter serving of dinner in a glass oughta sustain me for a while.

It's dark like coffee with a brown frothy head. I was expecting an onslaght of every pungent and caustic flavor, but it surprised me with a rich, toasty maltiness with subtle hops and a pleasant carbonation. 3here is a very masculine smell about this beer. The only manlier smell might be diesel fuel.

This is one of most easy to drink DARK beers I have had.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, Germany.

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with chestnut highlights. Frothy head dissipates but laces fairly well.

Aroma is lager-like and clean, with a hint of toasty and roasty malts.

The flavor is nice. Drinks very easy and smooth, but also packs a good amount of tangy roast and chocolatey malt into the flavor package. Improves as it warms. Slightly milky or lactic, and reminiscent of a porter or milk stout. Clean, dry and roasty finish. Rivals the Irish stout in terms of being a sessionable dark beer. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated with fine bubbles, though slightly water.

This is one of the best Schwarzbiere available. However, Köstritzer is much better on-tap. The bottle lacked the creamy mouthfeel and pleasant sweetness, though the drinkability remained intact. A solid brew.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer while at RFD in Washington, DC

the waiter brought me the beer in a bottle and poured it in a glass

it was very dark, with a thin layer of head
the smell was good
taste was good, felt like something was missing, but went down smoothly

overall, a good beer, worth a taste if you ever get the chance, but didnt blow me out of the water

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Photo of DanThomas
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Loved the big mug and handle.

A- Very dark, like a dark cherry black/red color, no head.

S- Pretty simple, but good. Dark fruits, especially cherry, and a little roast in there as well.

T- Exceptional. The cherry comes through on the end and there is a slightly sour finish that is extremely pleasant. Very light roasted flavor on the front.

M- Carbonation is refreshing, beer feels medium bodied which plays off the lighter flavor very well to give this beer a lot of substance.

D- I think it's the most drinkable beer I've had. It's refreshing, subtle and complex, and just extremely enjoyable to drink. First schwarzbier I've had, will definitely be trying more offerings!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a best before stamp of 05.01.11. Pours a dark garnet color with a large cap of tan foam. Retention is very nice and leaves some decent lacing.

Smells like freshly crushed barley with a decent dose of chocolate. I get some bread dough in here and maybe even a bit of licorice. Smells good.

Everything seems so well in balance with this beer...the hops, light roast, cocoa and graininess all come together very nicely. It is flavorful and refreshing at the same time. Light on the sweetness and maintains a lager lightness in body. Easy to go through a few of these in a sitting, tasty stuff.

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Photo of Yimosan
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle/Dimpled Mug

A - Dark like a Tootsie Roll with a bubbly tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Faint Smell of sweet caramel malt, and a bit of Ovaltine.

T - Definitely Roasted, Malty and delicious. Didn't taste the hops at all.

M - Very clean, front and back! Nice carbonation.

D - I can drink a boatload of this guys; The low ABV makes this tasty treat a Memorial Day BBQ must have!


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Photo of machhine
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on quite a few occasions in a bottle, cost was typically between $2.00-3.00.

The beer pours black and has somewhat small, caramel colored head.

The beer smells amazing; sweet, chocolaty, and even lightly of coffee. The mouthfeel is also good, but it is a bit dry. The beer is real easy to drink; one can have big sips/gulps or small ones.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a stemless wine glass as a black lager with some deep red hues where thin and light comes through. 2-finger tan head with tight bubbles retains for 2 or 3 minutes then subsides to great lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts with very light hints of coffee and milk chocolate powder. Upon warming a bit there are hints of dark fruits.

T&M - Mouthfeel is so smooth and creamy. Just lightly carbonated with a thick body creates a mellow feel that's neither dry nor thick. The roasted malts meld well with the coffee flavors and dark fruits to create a light body but nice complex flavors. This kind of reminds me of a very very light doppelbock in flavor.

D - I could drink this all night. The flavors are smooth and complex and the body maintains a light quality without losing flavor or feeling thin.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; beautiful black color with an attractive tan head.

smell; slight malty smell with hints of coffee roast.

taste; 2 part, first tasting like a Helles and finishing roasted and malty, somewhat like a stout but not as strong or thick.

mouthfeel; from the bottle nearly the same as any other lager, slightly heavier, much creamier on tap, foam somewhat rich and creamy.

drinkability; really a delicious and distinct beer, not too strong or heavy but kind of advanced flavors. After 2 liter or so, I would switch to a less complex beer as the tongue gets less sensitive. Yes could be a session beer but why get drunken and numb to what this beer has to offer.

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Photo of MBPChead
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured from a pint sized bottle into a becker style imperial pint glass.

Look: Nearly black in color as the style would suggest with deep amber and orange hues with a frothy creamy coffee colored head. Very lovely appearance.

Aroma: Roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, molasses, hints of brown sugar and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt with oak and coffee, presence of dark chocolate but not overpowering, minor hop characteristics but relatively no hop flavor with very slight hints of licorice. Ok flavor overall but nothing to brag about.

Feel: It honestly feels like a light fizzy water with a bit of prickly sensation, not all that enjoyable really.

Drinkability: Not all that great the texture really kills my desire to drink it. It has a nice flavor, but it doesn't work well with the thickness or the level of carbonation and it really makes it almost undrinkable. I can easily say that unless I get the chance to try it on tap or on cask I probably won't having this one again.

To sum up, Looks great, Smells great Tastes ok, but the feel and the taste don't really work so its hard to swallow.

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Photo of largadeer
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt many times. A great example of what a schwarzbier can be; black in color and nearly opaque, with a light malty nose that hints at roasted barley. Clean and crackery on the palate, light-bodied, it could almost be mistaken for a helles lager if sampled blind-folded. There's a hint of roast and a mild acidity from the dark malt, but it finishes clean and crisp with barely a trace of bitterness.

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Photo of Riggo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very opaque, dark, dark brown. Creamy tan head that falls to a thin cap. Head retention and lacing are minimal to medium.

Smell is earthy and rustic. Some almost citrus or herbal notes from the hops along with dusty cocoa powder notes. Roasty, light espresso elements. Some fruit--red grapes, apples.

In the mouth, it's fruity, balanced by light hop bitterness and some coffeeish notes. Perhaps some faint chocolate is there. Hints of lactic as well as an almost Belgian funky/musty quality. Finish is dry and fruity, herbal. Very nicely balanced all around.

Mouthfeel is light but that is appropriate to the style. You get deeper, darker notes without the heaviness of a dubbel or a stout. Carbonation is light. Right on--refreshing while still laid back.

Drinkability is quite high--as is appropriate to the style.

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours a dark brown, which gives off a reddish hue as light passes through. Forms a nice, foamy head with tight carbonation but lacing is minimal. It smells of smoky, roasted malts and molasses, but the nose is faint. It's a balanced, pleasant smell but you really have to inhale to pick up the profile. It goes down dry, and the bready, slightly sweet roasted malts jump up to the front. This is followed by dark chocolate, some dried fruit like prunes or raisins, and a nice dry finish. Exceptionally balanced.

With the dark, somewhat oily complexion, you would expect something rich and chewy, and this is definitely more full-bodied than most lagers, but it's fairly light on the tongue. And it's exceptionally drinkable - finally the hot summer nights have arrived in San Diego and this is perfect for the occasion. A dry, well balanced and refreshing lager, and obviously one that has been perfected over a long history. I'll be looking for more of these.

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

appearance is a jet black colour with tan head

smell - faint, but picking up roasted malts, cocoa

taste - this is pleasant, roasted malt, coffee, smoke

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, slightly bitter upfront, with nice aftertaste, decent amount of carbonation

drinkability - you could easily drink 2 or 3 in one setting

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour is very dark, black. Tan, very creamy, large,y beautiful head dissipates slowly, leaving rich lacings.

S: Dry heavy roasted malt, with some sweetness. Bitterness, coffee, dark dried fruits - not that sweet. Complex.

T: Dry taste. Roasted malt with some sweetness. Strong coffee-vibe. Notes of dark dried fruits. There's also dark bitter chocolate.

M: Full bodied brew with only moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is very long and holds a chocolaty bitterness.

D: This is a very nice beer. Well balanced. Lucky me that picked up a whole case when I visited Germany the other week!!!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark brown and looks like it has crystals in it, which may just be some haze. A fluffy off-white head chunks up a bit before settling to a nice collar.
Aroma is a bit weak. I was expecting more malt, sweets or caramel, but didn't get much of any. Sure, it smelled ok, not bad, but only average.
Malt and caramel are in the taste, but not overpowering. It's a nice balance and the sweetness is clean and doesn't linger long. Malt is easy and sensitive. Had this with some brats and it went very nicely.
Good beer

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Photo of Schwarzwald
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on tap and was very excited to try it. It cam in the namesake glass and was quite impressive with a large creamy head. I had this with some very dark rye bread and butter. It was very dark and nutty with hints on malt and coffee. Very nice feel and very very drinkable. I would definitely think that more than one would be necessary. WOW, I love it. Very German for such a small ABV.

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

A very black color in the body, but light peeks around the edges. Beige head has no stick to it.

Aroma is a barely detectable mix of smoky peat and burnt malt.

The flavor is a smoky concoction of dark malt, burnt and woodsy, very full of charcoal.

Creamy feel and very balanced.

I wouldn't necessarily think this a good beer, but I have had many worse.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poor lightningfast receding head and lacing, but decent looking carbonation... what went wrong? Color = Schwarz

S: not much nose, dark grain/malt smell.

T: Dark roasty chocolate malt flavor. A little bittersweet maybe herbal flavor.

M: Beer has a lighter body than expected. It feels a bit dry in the mouth.

D: Not sure what to think; the beer did not seem to have much flavor. The flavor that it did have was good, but I could not taste much. Maybe I got a bad bottle. So... sorry Köstritzer, low review from me...

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Photo of 828beagle
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. An immense 2 finger fluffy beige head which melts down to a nice 1/4 inch. Deep dark amber brown. Substantial lacing around the sides of the glass. Nice marble effect like a beautiful abstract work of art. A little bubbly cloud remains at the top of the beer until the last drop, though it does not taste overly carbonated. It is surprisingly light and not as filling as it looks but packs a pretty nice buzz. A slight bitterness of mild licorice with a near perfect mixture of fig sweetness. Very pleasant and refreshing. You could easily and happily drink a sixer of this brew. This is a year-round beer for every occasion and is one of my favorites though it is quite expensive and not for the economic beer connoisseur.

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Photo of NODAK
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat sweet smell on this beer, as well some coffee. Fairly pungeant nose.

This beer certainly doesn't suffer from lack of taste. I'd expect this kind of taste out of a stout over a lager, but I don't believe that to be a bad thing. A sharp upfront hoppiness is usurped by a fairly heavy coffee taste. Unlike some others, I don't get much of anything else other than coffee. While I like coffee as a drink, I would have liked to see a little more complexity in the flavor. Pretty good hoppiness on the finish here.

I would say that while I can appreciate the style, I'd like more drinkability. To me, it's rather harsh and one-sided.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 72.9% out of 100 with 1,914 ratings
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