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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Reviews: 820 | Ratings: 1,833
Photo of Marraybay
1.46/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Presented decently in the glass, but definitely not for me. Managed only about one-half of the pour. Very bitter and astringent, without any counterbalance to it: Harsh.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this based off the rec. of my local "beer guy". $2.75 for a 16 fl oz can in NYC. Very light, full taste, easy to drink.

I'm getting another one... tomorrow.

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

This is my first sample of the style so I'll reserve giving it higher than a 4 until I try some other examples, but if all of them are this good, I will really like the style. The generic style description claims that the bitterness in Schwarzbier comes from hops, but in all honesty I'm not a huge hops fan and I don't taste a whole lot of hops in this. The bitterness is definitely a malt bitterness, but it's not in the least bit heavy or filling.

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Photo of Forestsprites
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is probably one of my most favorite dark, non-stout beers. It's quite light but has a nice dark taste to it. Especially for its cheap price for a 16oz 4-pack, there's not much else comparable.

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Photo of drunkenmess
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love black beer, especially real German style black bier or Schwarzbier. I was surprised at how light this really was. Not heavy like I was expecting. Don't get me wrong it still has that awesome black beer taste. But it goes down very smooth. Definitely a must if u can find it.

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Photo of uncletoby
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice, well-balanced black lager. Not heady, or sugary, or syrupy, or black strappy, or high octane. Little bit sweet. Little bit of caramel. Effervescent. I like it. Very companionable beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium to big,frothy,beige head
-chocolate,plums,raisins,slight coffee,bready
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
Really balanced Schwarzbier

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Photo of TruePerception
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Kostritzer Schwarzbier, black lager. 4.8% ABV.

A: Black is right, except that it has a a deep plum red glow when held up to the light. About a quarter of a finger of brownish head. Very slight sheeting. Lacing starts good, but slides down after a second, leaving only traces behind.

S: Has a dark bread smell. Pumpernickel? I don't think I've ever had it, but that's what the smell brings to mind. Faint sweet anise and char notes.

T/MF: Slightly crisp on the palate. More pumpernickel, with a touch of graphite.

Not a bad beer, but not a style I'm in a hurry to return to. I liked the Lev Black Lion a good deal more.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Mann0101
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, it's a European LAGER, not an ale, so it's more mellow and easy to drink. At the same time, it packs a whole lot of flavor. You can drink this one all day, all the time.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Back label says Best Before 07.08.2015.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small bubbly side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Rich dark roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate and vanilla sweetness.

T- Nutty, moderately roasty and slightly sweet. Clean lager finish.

M- Kind of thin but is standard for the style. Medium carbonation and a body that leans toward the fuller side.

O- Nice aroma on this, but the rest of the beer is pretty middle-of-the-road. Glad I got to try an authentic version of the style though.

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Photo of barczar
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Head is a touch more fleeting than expected.

Aroma is nutty and toffee-like, with a touch of diacetyl and light roast malt. Metallic notes surface late.

Flavor is roasty and lightly chocolatey, with an underlying nutty, slightly sweet, toasted malt character throughout. The finish is slightly acrid and dry.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; deep brown - lighter at the edges, but no ruby - just a lighter brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded quickly to a thin collar;

S: molasses with deeply roasted grain; slightly sweet;

T: follows the nose up front; by mid-palate, it's like bittersweet chocolate; that stays through the finish, which is slightly bitter;

M: thin; light to moderate carbonation; if you give it a minute, the finish dries out nicely;

O: I was hoping for a little hop presence; the best by date is 7/15, so it can't be too old; other than that, I thought it was true to the style;

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Photo of walkaboutjack
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

very approachable and drinkable Schwarzbier. Malts and molasses, some coffee, but finishes clean with little lingering flavors. With low abv, can see myself drinking quite a few of these.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on keg at a London Wetherspoons.

It has a rich black body with hints of brown around the edges, and a thin, bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly. There are some roasted coffee aromas but they're rather faint. The flavour is a little underwhelming - the coffee and chocolate flavours that one might expect from a darker beer are there, but only faintly in the background.

It's an easy enough beer to drink, with enough flavour to keep you interested throughout the whole pint. If you want a crisp, refreshing yet dark beer to have a few of in one sitting it will do the job, but don't expect strong flavours that you would hope from a stout, porter or even other dark lagers.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell last night for the first time, not having a Schwarzbier in quite some time. It poured dark but finished clean as a reminder that this was indeed a Lager and served as one of the best examples that one could find. Session beers don't get much more full than this and although I only had one, it was hard not to order another before heading out to watch the end of tonight's World Series game.

Good pour to this, with a dark hue, moderately thick tan head, and just a bit of lacing down the side of the tulip glass that I poured this into. The carbonation was good as this seemed like a soda without the sugar but thicker as this had the consistency and taste of a good dark bread. Lots of yeast in the taste to go with some caramel and molasses but what I loved about this beer was that it finished clean. Just a bit of dark malt stuck around in the aftertaste and this was full enough to savor without being chewy or cloying.

With the alcohol being as low as it was, this almost didn't feel like beer either. Not as full as a Brown Ale or a Porter, this showcased the Lager aspects of it while being similar to a Vienna Lager when it came to the hue, body, and range of flavors. This would make for a decent dessert beer as the flavor profile led itself to that. Enjoy this class while lamenting that more examples of this aren't readily available - this style certainly has a lot of untapped potential.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

just a solid black lager available in 16oz cans for a great price.

big fluffy head and nice lacing.

appealing roasty nose that the taste follows with roasted malt flavors balanced by a smooth hop presence. there is a touch of sweetness to start and drys nicely in the finish making this one dangerously quaffable.

would be a great beer for my keggerator because its full of flavor but very approachable fo most all beer drinkers

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L507.05.2014L. AROMA: soft sweet malty background with coffe-like notes. clean lager profile. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color with ruby highlights. opaque. thin tanned head with below average retention. TASTE: light sweet malty flavour with light roasted notes that linger into the finish. low bitterness. almost absent hop flavours. clean lager profile. PALATE: low body. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a schwarzbier a bit on the watery side but with ok balance between sweet and roasted malts.

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Photo of Samp01
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with medium beige head. Aroma and taste is sweet roasted dark caramel and chocolate malt, some bready and yeast notes, mild fruity undertones, mild espresso like bitterness flavor from the dark roasted malt. A medium body, slightly creamy and smooth on the palate, moderate carbonation. The flavor and aroma come thru as it warms up. Overall a good and pleasant drinking brew.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Very good dark brown. Lots of brown head on the pour that lasts a minute or two

S- 3.75- Pretty good malt backbone. Not a lot else

T- 4- Not bad. A bit light on the flavor. Looks better than it tastes.

M- 4- Pretty good. Not much to talk about though

O- 3.95- This is what I feel is the score. Pretty good but nothing special or work buying again

Food Pairing

This ok dark beer went well with...... Beef Wellington


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Photo of anon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black save for the light hitting it just right, showing the true deep dark brown colour.

Head comes through nearly an inch on the right pour, dissipating quickly leaving a thin layer throughout with very light lacing.

Aroma is nice but quite faint compared to other schwarzbiers that I have tried. Dominantly malty with a slight caramel hint and a trace of coffee.

Taste and mouth feel are where this one shines.
Lots of malt and caramel flavour, with some cocoa showing through, slight coffee and some dark fruit in the backbone. Drinks nice and smooth. Great.

Overall, ive had better schwarzbiers, but this one is still excellent and i'd definitely have a few more.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard embossed light brown 330mL bottle with a decent macro label. Looks the part.

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a light brown highlight around the edges of the glass. A great finger-and-a-half tan head hangs around for a decent time before dropping to a half-finger. Decent lacing.

Aroma: roasted malts - coffee predominantly - with raisins, maraschino cherries and some berries. Some caramels also.

Taste: the flavours in the aroma are all present on the palate, are well combined and come through quite strongly. It is also quite a smooth flavour - this is a good beer!

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through - particularly the caramels and heavy fruits.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation - clean and crisp. Somewhat smooth too, which is nice for a schwarzbier.

Overall: this is a really tasty and easy-drinking German Schwarzbier (quickly becoming one of my favourite styles). If we can get great dark lagers like Monteith's Doppelbock and this imported for around AU$50 a case, why can't we get any Aussie equivalents for less than generally AU$80? Ruddy Aussie government. Rant aside, this one is great value and very sessional.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

The malty sweetness comes through readily in the aroma, along with a touch of molasses, brown sugar, prune. The body is a very dark brown with faint garnet highlights; the head is light tan; lots of lacing sticks around. The flavor initially gives off roasted malt with malty sweetness in support; there is also some light coffee and prune-like fruitiness. The body is rather light with just a little carbonation, but it's smooth and mildly crisp.

The body is a bit light and minimally carbonated, but the aroma and flavor are very solid and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with red highlights with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Grainy malty aroma with notes of chocolate, mild licorice and lots of dark fruits.
Flavor with lots of chocolate, some spices, cocoa powder, a bit of caramels, a hint of homemade coffee, grains and nuts. Quite dry aftertaste with a bitter roastedness.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Great balance between flavor and drinkability. Definitely a reference for the style. Quite consistent, no disappointments from different batches. Great malt complexity, refreshing and clean taste. If you like the style that is a solid choice.
Ap.3,75 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.4 Cj.4

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with little penetration to light. A thin fingernail of khaki colored head covers the majority of the top of the beer. Aroma of dark,but sweet smelling malt is present. The taste is very malt forward but intensely sweet. Licorice and dark wheat flavors are dominant. The mouth is slightly sticky and chewy. This is a dark malt lagered bomb.
Appearance: 3.75

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a very dark brown/light black with dark reddish highlights under a one-inch thick tan head which fades to a thin cap and rim leaving splotchy lace.

N: Mildly roasted malts, grainy, nutty, earthy, faint char.

T: Dark grains of bready malts, some light roasty notes, faint caramel, mildly sweet.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean and malty finish.

O: Easy drinking and not too heavy. Pass the pretzels and sausages, please.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,833 ratings.
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