Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

very good
1,908 Ratings
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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Photo of jdkitchi
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured black into a pilsner glass with a large foamy head that looked impressive but didn't last very long.

I don't get much on the nose, a little earthy maybe a little malt. The mouth feel is very light, crisp and carbonated. There are some nice malty flavors and I get a little hops in the finish. It's definitely on the light side which is true to style.

This is a pretty good refreshing beer but not quite as good as the Sprecher Black Bavarian or Monschof Schwarzbiers that I've enjoyed.

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Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TGERUS
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of allenson21
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of ZachKelly
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of cliff1066
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of LoFiDave
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JellyJacket
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Ry1975
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kattmunkel
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of illtexzona
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of awoldt09
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of GoGata
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights when held to light. smallish creamy off white head musters but slowly recedes in my glass. Smells of prunes and raisins with a solid shot of caramel and burnt sugars. Very sweet aroma with little to no hop presence. The flavor is more burnt sugar than anything else. A light bit of dark fruits and a hint of ash round out the flavor. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a burnt sweet watery mouthfeel. I didn't enjoy this one very much. There aren't really any flaws here, but I felt it was a bit boring.

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Photo of ChelseaD
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more (appropriately) excellent German black beers.

The fairly dense and creamy/foamy (similar to a root beer float), khaki-colored head catches the eye first - wonderfully slow-depleting atop the deep, dark ruby liquid.

The smell hints at (sweetened) coffee with a sort of unidentifiable floral/herbal quality (hops?!?!) and extra-dark toasty. Actually, as it sits, the floral/herbal thing takes on a burnt-bitter orange peel. The complexity is nice (see: taste), but I think I'd prefer a more straight-forward rich malt aroma. But what do I know?

Liquid near-burnt toast is the dominant flavor. Similar to Malta Goya w/o the sweetness. No sweet or grainy flavors. A small bit of darkened caramel and, curiously (sort of), vague bubblegum that (re-)emerges on the palate long after an isolated sip.

I can certainly see easily knocking back a bunch of these (or a big 2L tankard). Soft-round-mild malty body. Wonderfully dry finish with an rolling off at the end, clean and rinsing like the wash of a small wave on a freshwater pond. Perhaps some yeast-derived fruity (esters?) in the follow through?

A very nice schwarz - but I feel like I've had better...

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Photo of Odri
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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