Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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3.91/5
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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

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Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

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#7,453
Reviews:
860
Ratings:
1,973
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
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Photo of CanadianGinge
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Act25
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sum of the parts here put this in league with great, simple, low ABV dry stouts.
a) Stout like pour with thinner, less lasting head but equal masculine body and lace.
s) Too faint since a lager. Sports roasty aromas of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, candied plums, raisins, and roast marshmallows.
t) Again the candy, offering more depth in all the flavor above, but tempered with roast, a bit of char, and a soy/salt/woody counter balance.
f) Light bodied, low carbonation, best at cask temp, touch of creamy, with a roast and fire wood dryness.
o) Recommended for dessert, esp when low ABV and weight is desired.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch plus light tan head over a dark brown body with some nice lacing. Nose roasted malt a bit of earthiness, dark bread, and some chocolate. Flavor is very nice, roasty, chocolate, dark bread (pumpernickel.) Nice feel and overall an easy drinking dark beer and refreshing as well. Cheers!

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Photo of RossGregory
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBRLBRB
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gdobber
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint into a tulip glass.
Look: Black with a 1 finger lacy light brown head.
Smell: Earthy, got a hint of something metallic. Not getting much, some chocolate. Very light
Taste: Malty, alcohol, some chocolate, a bit sweet, No bitter.
Feel: Right in the middle, watery silk. doesn't coat the mouth like a stout but not too watery.

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Photo of Electros
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmaslakov
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly carbonated and a highly drinkable one. Mouthfeel is of roasted malt and burnt cane sugar with a slightly bitter finish. Will definitely try again if I have a chance.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red_Zeke
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of REVZEB
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HenryPorter7777
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic German black lager from brewery that has been here since 1543.
German Purity Laws. Simple and easy-drinking, nothing heavy: think toasted malts with lingering mouthfeel reflecting simple balances. Perfect with a good sandwich. ABV 4.8%

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Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paresis
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FZR23
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeddyBear1995
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Can
$4.99 4-Pack
Binny's - Willowbrook, IL

Kostritzer is black. Light black, if that makes any sense, with a matte finish. While sitting under the light it shows off some faint garnet highlights along the edges of the glass. The mocha head is ultimately creamy and jumps to two fingers in height on a gentle pour. The foam eventually fades to a crown but never disappears and leaves behind handsome peak & valley lacing.

The nose on this beer is where it's at. A soft, approachable roast gets it going. Brown bread and faint licorice pop up in the middle. Mild hazelnut. This fresh can produces a nice, solid earthy hop profile that tends to fade with the older examples. The nose fades to only roast but a quick swirl of the glass really opens it back up.

The flavor doesn't quite have the depth that the nose seems to but it is still delicious. Those gently roasted malts get things started and push all the way through to the finish with a soft sweetness. That hazelnut runs through the middle again while the brown bread and faint licorice round it all out and add some complexity. There's a complimentary earthy hoppiness that lingers long after the swallow. This beer is as clean as it gets and very well rounded.

Kostritzer is made to be drank, and drank a lot, so the mouthfeel and consistency are very important. A moderate weight with lively carbonation keeps this beer moving quick. The bubbles leave behind some tingle along with the mildest of bitterness. A half liter of this can disappear awfully fast. Incredibly easy to drink.

Kostritzer is one hell of a beer. One I have been especially fond of since I was a wee lad. It's well rounded with a nice layering of flavors and it's incredibly easy to drink and enjoy. The price point is also hard to beat. Kostritzer has it all.

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Photo of BobbyOlson
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aussietim
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and smooth with a great taste. One of my favourite dark ales from Europe!

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,973 ratings