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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Ratings: 1,956 |  Reviews: 853
Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer...pours an impressive coal black with a tan head on top....rims the glass nicely....the nose is fantastic...very sweet caramel notes mixed with a strong vanilla aroma...awesome....the body is sturdy and firm..relatively creamy texture...feels right in the mouth...the taste is delightful...again the vanilla is very evident but also some java notes..light caramel and roasted malts...this is a dandy...drinkability is sky high....I want another and another and another...(I only have one though)..THE best Schwartzie I've had...Not a real favorite style of mine...UP UNTIL NOW...Excellent beer...

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Photo of putnam
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stiff, curdled, multi-tonal chocolate milk-colored head on top of ebony brown liquid.
The aromas are subtle but profound. Roasted nutshells and grains fold into elements of whole vanilla and over ripe blueberries.The flavors play this little game where they start out with a promising, rich, fruity, glycerin-laden texture until, after about one second, the fine, powdery roasted tannins supress all of this hedonism. Within seconds all that is left is a very clean palate with shadows of charred banana, sweet spices and tobacco.
This beer won't get a lot of high reviews because it doesn't fit popular expectations for beer this color. It is a light-bodied brew. Nevertheless, a beautiful beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very mild, very gentle beer. You'll need to close your eyes to be able to work on properly smelling and tasting it.

Pours dark cola brown with a moderate caramel coloured head that gives up just a bit of lace.

Pleasant smell of malt, licorice and molasses. However it doesn't taste as interesting as it smells. Very plain, one dimensional. Sweet and malt, some sharpness on the tongue initially, but then just dead flat. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

You need to drink this one warm – slightly below room temperature – to get the most out of it.

Unremarkable, not something I'd go looking for.

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Photo of steelreign
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being as dark as it was, I expected a little more of, well...everything. Slight roasted grain aroma with hints of hop leaf. Not much in the way of body, but overall, the taste was quite malty and sweet - not bad, but nothing outstanding. If this was the only craft beer on tap at a bar, I would definitely drink it all night. Enjoyable on a somewhat reserved scale...

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color, large foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and slightly sweet. A medium bodied lager. Roasted malts, subtle sweetness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. Dry finish is refreshing.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark black colour with a white/tan head. The aromas were of sweet, roasted malts, and faint hops. The taste was a sweet malty mix of nice flavors. The mouthfeel was a little thin and watery, but still nice and the drinkability was very good.

A very good Schwarzbier!


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Photo of nomad
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a soft sheen of a head, appeared darker and more imposing than a stout. Smell was medicinal, dark, and with peppery scents that kept it barely not sweet. Taste was peppery yet still juicy. It had the good feel and taste of a perfect pale lager but with a dark character; yet, nowhere close to the heavy and more ale type of dark flavors of, say, a stout. Long and smooth, thin but juicy, quite a unique and appetizing beer, and doesn't taste necessarily as it looks.

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

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown with a large bubbly tan head. The smell is very sweet roasted malt. The taste is roasty/toasty malt sweetness with almost no hoppiness with a moderate mouthfeel. Overall a very sweet(but not overly so) tasty and slightly smokey black lager that I would drink more of if I could get it more readily.

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

Appearance: rich dark reddish brown just barely opaque, thick resilient head stratified with sudsy bubbles underneath a creamy layer, fine lacing all over the glass

Aroma: luscious aroma of dark bread, dark caramel, notes of coffee and chocolate, clean

Flavor: a terse malt base balanced by the bitter roasted grain and a mellow thread of noble hops, bittering is just enough to balance, somewhere in there is the taste of crackers and a very subtle vegetal note, the finish is dry with a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp carbonation, soft palate

Overall Impression: The "Original Kostritzer Schwarzbier" according to the neck lable. Great beer. Solid. An archetypal schwarzbier, though I typically prefer them a touch maltier, sweeter.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in the fridge.

The head is very big. It's beige and foamy. It collapses unevenly: pillowy. Sticky thin lacing. The body of the beer seems black, but it's fully garnet against the light. I smell sour toffee and nuts. The taste is a little dusty in the front, with some corn syrup. A watery, thin middle shows a little tang, but there's the corn syrup again. The finish is bitter, darkish, slight. Again, there's some water and corn syrup.

I think this is what a black NA would taste like!

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Photo of Reverand
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... my first taste of a scharwzbier and what incredible beer to choose. A near pitch black color with a tannish colored head. belgian lace that clung all the way to the bottom of my glass. Aroma of malty sweetness with a hint of coffee. A perfect balance of malts and hops, nothing was too over powering to me.

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Photo of Mustard
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.79 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-black with a fine, off-white, two-fingered head; good retention; heavy lacing.

Smell: Hints of roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt up front with a light, earthy hop-bitterness to finish; faint notes of black licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy and a tad overcarbonated.

Notes: All in all a bland, timid entry; best thing here is the beer's look.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a fluffy tan head the dies quickly. The aroma is sweet malts, light coffee, and a touch of spice. Flavor is malty and semi-sweet, the middle has an almost sweet dark bread quality and licorice flavor, but finishes crisp and hoppy. Medium body, not a lot of meat or carbonation.

I really liked the flavor was complex but not over done. Good balance, easy going down, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This was a pleasant surprise at a lager/pilsener tasting. Nice flavor, not too heavy. This is a good hot weather beer. Definitely a cut above the typical lawn mower beer, I'd have it again

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Photo of bierman2000
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malty roasty chocolaty black beer. Black and opaque with lots of malt and roasted qualities. This is one of the best Shwarzbiers out there not that there are many. Very drinkable and full of vibrant malt, smooth low ABV and just a well made black beer.

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Photo of TheDM
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice pleasant aroma. Not real strong. A very nice pour with plenty of light brown head made up of small bubbles. It had a very dark brown body that was almost black with some carbonation. Its flavor was mostly just a nice malty taste. It was very smooth with a hint of ... of what I asked myself. Not sure what it was that I was tasting, but it was good. Even though its alcohol content was low, I could still taste it. After a few drinks, an aftertaste did start to build in my mouth. The head never died throughout the entire glass. I don't think I have rated a beer yet here that did this. Beer number 30 and counting! Einemal bier Bitte!

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

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep black with a big foamy head that settles to a 1/4" ring in the glass. Good lace all the way through. Taste is of roasted malt, but in a subdued manner. Tastes like a stout, but has the mouthfeel of a something milder. This would be good for someone who wants just a little more in their beers, but don't want the heaviness of a Porter or a stout. Very drinkable.

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Photo of euskera
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black in appearance. Will scare most "macro-brew" drinkers away...Good...It leaves more of it for the rest of us.

Very good example of the style. Light in body, well balanced and eminently quaffable. An excellent session beer that's good with food (I had mine with steak). I usually run to the porters and stouts, but I'll grab this one again the next time I want something different that's not a weissbier...

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Photo of BierReise
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first beer to leave East Germany after the wall came down. Beautifully dark with overflowing head. Aroma is malty and a little earthy. Extremely smooth and drinkable with a great balance of malt and hops. This coculd definately be a session beer in my opinion.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's dark brown, similar to a doppelbock. The head is an inch for 30 seconds or so and then becomes a nice coating throughout consumption. This stuff is pretty yummy, in a mellow way. Mellow chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, and a slightly bitter finish. I enjoy the high drinkability and mellow flavors that are pleasant.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Yeasty alcohol smell with an undercurrent of dark roasted malts. No noticeable hops
Appearance: Dark as night. At the corner of the top I can make out the slightest bit of, no, it’s black as night. Head was active but settled down to a thin coating of small darker suds.
Flavor: Very smooth. Taste is actually milder than expected given the color and smell. The balance is on the malt side, but not sticky sweet. Just enough hops to bring it to the middle. The roasted malt comes through strongest in the aftertaste, a hint of chocolate malt (not brewers chocolate).
Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth for a lasting pleasant aftertaste. Low carbonation and I experienced little warming.
Overall Impression: My first taste of a “black beer”. Found it much more drinkable than I expected. Smooth, complex, satisfying. I could see this as a starting point for exploring dark beers.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is mostly blackish brown but has an amber glow at the bottom and edges. Has tight tan head with good staying power that was about 2 inches high, nice, large, and frothy. Smells of sweet choclate and spice, kinda toasty and deep roastyness, and dry. Taste is echoing the smells, quite alot of roasted malt with chocolatey sweetness, even a bit on the bitter side. Has a bit of fruit and spice notes. The flavors are very complex, smooth though, leaving lingering notes and a bit dry. Good, strong medium and bold body, smooth, but dry feel. some of the notes can be a bit perplexing. The fruit note is like a dry raisin of fig. The spice note is also a dry peppery twinge in the back of the mouth. One heck of a good complex beer, can be very drinkable if you like the style.

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Photo of scottum
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dusseldorf's in Ft Myers Beach. A very drinkable beer. I only had one because the DJ sucked and we didn't want to hang around, but if we stuck around I would have drank this beer all night despite over 100 others to choose from. A nice dark brown brew with a solid head. Very smooth. Malty and a touch of sweet. This beer is nice on the mouth. Certainly a good find on tap.

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Photo of kwill
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head that disappears fairly quickly. The smell is very good with a bid of sweetness and hints of molasses and chocolate.

The taste is a little thin and doesn't have any of the complexity or flavors that are evident in the smell. It basically just has a slightly bitter and flat flavor. The mouthfeel doesn't convey the thickness and richness that you would expect from the appearance.

Overall a pretty average beer that looks and smells like it should be better, but just ends up a little short.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,956 ratings