Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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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

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

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3.88
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Photo of beakerboy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Tall tan head with large bubbles. Very dark brown beer. It's still translucent though.

S: The aroma of roasted malt dominate.

T: Flavor is also dominated by roasted malt with slight bitterness.

M: It's a very smooth, light bodied beer with low carbonation

D: Very drinkable. I was worried about this one as I don't care for stouts and porters very much.
D

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Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
A- Very dark, nearly black. Small creamy heads.

S- Mellow sweat cocoa. Nutty with roasted coffee beans.

T- Good malt character. Soft and smooth, very creamy. Light chocolat and coffee notes. Not big but subtle and complex. Breaks down as it warms and becomes thin.

D- This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Goes perfect with brats. There maybe more robust beers in this style but the drinkability isn't what this one is. Very smooth and drinkable. Light enough for summer drinking and a good alternative to heavy winter beers.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with waves of brown, a nice warm mocha head will rise, then settle to about an inch thick. The smell is of fruit and molasses malts. A perfect combo, light but still smooth, with a full flavor, dark malt taste. Very drinkable. Great for those summer evenings watching the sunset.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Canned sample. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of pilsner-like sulfur, toffee, and both pale and dark roast malts. Flavors are mild, yet crystal clear: more toffee and dark roasted malt, dry powdery bread, and a bit of coffee. Light bodied and quaffable. Very classy indeed.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely managed off white head, lacing is a thin coat all down the glass. Dark brew, pretty aggressive carbonation.

Malts are rather light but do come through with some bittness off of a subtle charred wood. I get a pretty good portion of overly rip plumbs in the smell and backdrop in the taste and mouthfeel. A nice touch indeed and really what makes this beer enjoyable. The rest of the brew is ho hum.

Notes: A solid offering that was remarkably fresh tasting and enjoyable to boot.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite styles; and one that's hard to explain if you haven't tried a Schwarzbier. Deep rich color with a tan head that lasts through the first few sips and then laces the glass nicely. Exceptionally smooth with a nice, rich flavor that is both complex (with roasted malt flavor) and extremly drinkable. Thinner mouthful than, say, the Sam Adams Black Lager, but there's nothing like the real, authentic Thüringian original. Well worth trying, as it is an exceptional example of the style.

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Photo of Vancer
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Wimpy lil’ brew, meet all the style requirements – just weak in all categories.

The 500ml bottle poured thin and black, nice tan head that quickly dissipated. Did leave some ring laces.
Malty aromas – earthy and spice undertones.
Malty, but feeble, backbone on top of an earthy leather – just on the thin side. Mouth was also dry and a thin fizz.
Not a bad brew, wouldn’t turn one down, but won’t seek out either.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep mahogany red / almost black colour... Creamy tan head poured very big and foamy then faded to fine layer... lots of thin sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toasted maltiness, dark fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), slight smokiness, light spicy hops, brown sugar / light molasses notes, nutty, nutmeg hints, slight woodiness...

Taste – Roasted maltiness, nice fruity hoppiness, bitter fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), faint dustiness, nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, bready notes....

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - A good example of the style... Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of dmowen
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark , almost black color with a nice creamy head
that dissapates to a very fine lacing as it goes down. Has a very
slight roasted carmel smell. Mouth-feel is very good and drinkability is very good; just a slight after-taste that isn't too
bad. As far as taste goes I like it a lot as I like the darker beers
anyway. This beer is a very fine exampel of this type of beer. I could drink a truck-load of this stuff; mighty tasty if I say so myself!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, almost black. A medium-sized head is creamy and light brown. Aroma is of rich dark breads with an edge of cocoa sweetness. Taste is a rich, dark bready malt with plenty of mildly roasted malt flavor. Sweetness is moderate and suits this beer perfectly. All in all, this is a very tasty schwarzbier that I highly recommend.

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Photo of ski271
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown with a small, tan, creamy, slowly diminishing head. Light sticky lacing. Smell is very mild. Roasted malts, a little nut and a hint of smoke. Taste is similar, mild with a roasted, caramel malt flavors being most noteworthy. Molasses, milk chocolate, and very light berry. Finish is medium in duration with some bitter citrus coming in late. It has a medium-light body, watery texture and moderate-lively carbonation. Mouthfeel and taste didn’t really impress me. Not a very interesting beer, but one that goes down fairly easily. Eh, I’ve had better Schwarzbiers.

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Photo of Derek
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date 11/05 on the bottom of the can.

A: Black. Pours with a huge, off-white, almost tan head. There's only a little retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Slightly sour, acidic smell? Mocha, molases, dark bread, hint of floral hops. Metallic (I'm not sure if this is from the hops or the can?).

T: A little closer to a dry stout than some schwarzbiers. Malty (lots of mocha, a little bread), molases, and a pleasant peppery hop flavour.

M: Moderate body is quite dry & a little chalky. Moderate carbonation.

D: I find it a little dry & chalky, kind of like German's answer to the industrialized, dry stout. Certainly drinkable, but it doesn't do it for me.

Readily available, but I don't consider it the 'gold standard'.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle to a heavy glass mug. Head is a rich, thick, creamy and tan. The liquid is dark chocolate. A very good example of the style.

Smell is of sweet dark roasted malt, bread and chocolate.

Taste is of deeply roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth, turns to dark chocolate with espresso as it warms. Excellent balance between sweet bready malt and mild biter hops. Serve this warmer, it really becomes quite good.

Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin with a slight bite. Medium body and smooth.

Drinkability is very high.

Prost! Und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of longarm
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown hue capped with a dingy white, rough and rocky head. This fades into a layer of foam that consistently lingers on the surface of the brew and leaves light lacing.

Toasted malts predominate the aroma with a delightfully light hint of noble hops. Not noticeable at first, the hops plays well with the malt.

Flavor mostly toasted dark bread and chocolate malts quickly finished by a lightly roasted but clean finish. Perhaps a little sourness on the finish, but this is only a slight detraction. A little more malt would perhaps clean it up. Not a big problem.

Mouthfeel a little on the light side, which blows me away when I think of the roasted malts that must have gone into this for it's color and flavor. Classically, this captures what I most often think about when I think lager. Amazingly crisp finish without harsh bitterness.

Exceptionally and dangerously easy to drink. An easily quaffed beer, drinkable anytime, anyplace.

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Photo of Gaben
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this stuff in a mini keg round easter time 05. Havint had many schwarzbier's , but this one is a nice thick/ german stew... So of corse it was pretty goot. To tell the true it tastes around the same as a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.. not as good / but similar in many things.

Appearance for the darker germans is always an amazing sight in a cold glass... Dark as night.

Smell is nice, if you dont mind beef/ or meat stew than this is a great beer for ya. same as taste whatever the smell you get there ya go. Drinkability - (I would be happy to buy another keg of this another time, more then likely around the holidays)

I always like drinking these type of brews, so of corse if you like any type of darker brews , this will be alot more affordable then a celebrator.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I learned how to drink beer on this beer. My German hostfather would ask me "willst du ein bier?" and how could I refuse? He drank Koestritzer, and so did I.

The beer is like Celebrator Doppelbock and a fine helles (Hofbraeu perhaps?) had a baby.

It pours a dark, rich black with faint red highlights when held up to the light.

It smells sweet and suprisingly milky with light chocolate overtones.

The taste is smooth and delicious. The rich, helles-style malt (primarily light munich) is the first thing to hit you. Then you get the faint doppelbock overtones with chocolate and, above all else, fig. The beer rounds out with a light peppering of powedered chocolate and milk.

I really like this beer. Really tastey. But it also holds a special place in my heart, so I might be a pinch biased.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had several schwarzbiers and, so far, this is my favorite. It is a very good example of this type.
It has a very black, creamy off-white head that is fairly well-retained.
The smell is of sweet, honey molassass blended with fruity hops in the background.
The taste is flavorful sweet malty flavors of toffee and caramel with hints of bitter hops in the background. It is well-balanced and simply delicious. It's flavor is quite complex, and a very good example of this type.
The mouthfeel was a bit too sweet, but clean. It was refreshing (though I don't know about the summer, but for any other time of the year, as it should be for this style).
The moderate abv and delicious taste makes this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of barrelman
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark with reddish hues.

Smell is soft and scarce. Malty.

Taste: Chocolate malt nuttiness with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, full and appropriate.

Drinkability: A decent session beer that will not surprise you or change your persective on beer.

Review is a-bit rushed to beat the girlfriend's arrival. I apologize.

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Photo of audiojon
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm admittedly not a lager fan, and have had only one other schwarzbier to date. That said, this brew was decent. It looks great, nearly opaque, and forms a nice head, but the smell and taste just aren't there for me. It smells almost like a macro to me, and the taste is fairly typical (and boring) for a lager. I gave it a shot, but probably won't be buying this again. Actually, I'd give it another try on tap, in Germany, but my next vacation isn't for quite a while anyway.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first had this beer in Gotha, in the center of Schwarzbier area Thuringen. I was amazed by the depth of this beer on the one hand and the drinkability on the other. It is as easy to drink as a pilsner, but with a nice smoky, roasted flavor.
Color was pitch black, with a very fine bubbly head.
Smell was smoky and roasted not very complex and a slight molasses smell.
Taste was maltbitter, liquorice with a light body. Very refreshing. It leans towards a porter kind of beer. highly drinkable and mild, a good beer that I could drink all night!

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Photo of jj21
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with quickly disappearing tan head. Malty aroma was present, but not very strong. Struggled to get any smell at all. Sweet earthy taste. Very nice and clean bitterness. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for being such a heavy style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a goblet type glass. Forgot to buy a replacement to the Kostrizer glass I broke over in Germany, sigh...

Pours an effervescent mahogany to black with a 1" tan head. Head drops slowly to nichts. No head retention, but a little lacing

Smell: Licorice & oaky notes

Taste: Toasted/charred malt, licorice, & molasess tones. Some slight woody sour notes. Finishes slighty bitter

MF: Slight syruppiness with good carbonation

Very quaffable with a lot of complexity. Not the best black bier I've had, but THE baseline IMHO for the style. Drink & enjoy (where's the schweinhaxen to go with???)

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark, molasses colored beer with a spongey, thin, brown-colored head. I don't get much oder here. The taste is good but simple. Not much going on here just light and sweet caramel malt, metalic notes, and fruity hops. Light fuzzy mouthfeel. Refreshing to be sure, but I'd rather a good 'ol dark lager any day.

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Photo of Phatz
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit this is one of my favorite styles. Honestly I have yet to run across a craft-beer Schwarzbier that I did not like. So my review is honest and I loved this beer. For the rest of you who enjoy a good Black Beer, try this, its a good one.
Here' the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours looking thick and almost black with a very thick creamy light brown 3 finger head. Magnificent lacing down the glass.

Smell: The typical black aroma of burntness. I love it. Charred malts, chocolate, caramel and a subtle bitterness.

Taste: Black charred espresso, cooked molasses toasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and everything marvelous about this style of beer. A bit of campfire air. It does come back with a slightly bitter hop finish to balance the malty beginning. Very pleasant, and easy!

Mouthfeel: Light body, just right for a drinkable black beer. Very little carbonation and lip smackingly dry. Nice.

Drinkability: I could drink this day and night for months on end! Low ABV, light body sits easy in the stomach, no cloying flavors just plain easy drinking good black beer. mmm. I'm a fan!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of nathanho
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ML bottle pured strongly into an unflared tulip glass. Coffee brown with lots of light tan head that settles to insignificance.

Smells strongly of plums and prunes. Malty flavor with some chalk and dust. Grainy aftertase. Soda pop lager taste and feel. Lots of straw and chalky grain.

Not bad.

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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,862 ratings.
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