Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

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Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TommyW
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with a half-inch tannish-brown head that quickly fades to a ring.

S- Smell of sweet, roasted malts and notes of coffee.

T- Taste is very complex. Sweet roasted malts and flavors of a dark, thick bread stand out the most. Slight taste of coffee as well.

M- Pretty smooth with medium carbonation.

D- I wouldn't drink more than one of these at a sitting; definitely not a session beer for me. But, that one does go down ok.

Overall- This is the frist schwarzbier I've tried, so I cant compare it to any others. But, it is a very complex beer; worth trying at least once.

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very beautiful looking beer. The head is absolutely amazing, with perfect color and form. It laces like cream on the glass. The color is a very dark brown or black, depending on how much light is on it.

S: This has a mellow caramel scent, with some hints of roasted grains and some slight notes of coffee. It's not a very powerful, complete smell though.

T: It's well balanced on the actual flavors, with a coffe-like flavor to it, and some sweetness like dark chocolate. It has a very light bitterness from the grains, but I get nothing from the hops. The overall impression of the flavor is that it is a bit weak, but because every flavor sits equally in balance, it is average.

M: These types of beers aren't always full-bodied, but I still feel that it is a bit too light. The carbonation is very good, which wins it points, and it coats very well.

O: Overall, this beer is a bit weak for my tastes. Not accounting for personal taste though, it is a pretty good Schwarzbier. In Germany you'll find a much richer beer because the flavors tend to stand out a bit more. I feel that when it is fresh, the body is a little more pronounced, and that could be why this one seemed a little weak.

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Photo of froghop
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, medium size tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and a little smoke.

taste is of grain, sour malt, toastiness, bakers chocolate, slight bitterness, and a slightly dry ending.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep brown in color. Quite a nice tan head that fades all too quickly. Low aroma-very slight trace of roasted malt. Malty flavor dominates. Low hop and roasted bitterness. A tad metallic. Faint biscuit flavor. Very nice body-holds up well. Not thin or watery-helps the slight lack of flavor. Overall a good beer. Well worth trying on a regular basis.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color. Nice tan head on top followed by some cloudy residue down the glass. Slightly metallic on the nose. A bit of a nutty nose, including walnuts. Taste is decent. A bit watery and thin body. Roasted cocoa malts. Pleasent toffee on the palate and well balanced. Easy to drink and a decent, not great, session beer.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with a nice, foamy head. It retains this to a degree throughout. Dark in color, as you might expect. Very mild roasted scent.

Smooth and remarkably clean, crisp taste. Not unusual for a German beer such as this one. Nothing elaborate or "extreme" here. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

All in all, not a bad dark German Lager. Beats many other local offerings here in Texas. Taste is not as strong as I hoped for. It is a smooth, drinkable black larger with no offensive notes. For the style, it's worth seeking out. Picked up a six pack at Spec's in San Antonio. This is a quality product that the German's are known for. I would buy again.

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Photo of Morris729
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and rocky tan colored head that eventually dissipates into a creamy and sticky lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and grains. Taste is dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy but is a bit thin. A nice Schwarzbier, but nothing special.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft pint at Bierbrunnen Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a mild earthy hop. Unexpected sweet and sour grass and earth hop taste backed by roasty malt. Went well with Wiener schnitzel and potato salad. Could session this one in the biergarten...

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Shows a lean, but solid black with a creamy tan froth and little to no lacing. Soft aromas of roasted grains, chocolate, citrus, coffee, & subtle roasted nuts follow through on the palate. The beer is dry with a thin mouthfeel and medium finish. Overall this is a good example of the style, but nothing that absolutely Wows me. Good, not great, but good.

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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 GreesyFizeek
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

The smell and taste is fairly similar. A smaller than hoped for amount of roasted malt, some chocolate, a clean lager taste and finish, slight bite from the carbonation, some smokiness, and a piney aftertaste. Other than the pine-like aftertaste, the hops don't really play much of a part here.

Light to medium bodied, slightly watery and weak mouthfeel. Still pretty drinkable.

This one was ok, but not really a world beater. Would like to have tried it a bit fresher as it was probably better.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

with a black body to more than live up to the style, Kostritzer pours two and one-half fingers of slightly tan head that is quite durable. The smell is a bit weak, with hints of caramel and roasted malt emerging after some coaxing. These flavors emerge more in the taste which, with its roasted aroma, is vaguely reminiscent of porter. Smooth, but lacking in carbonation.

A fairly good representative of the style, this is pretty decent. Nothing overwhelming, however. One I might return to again eventually.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kostritzer- Schwarzbier

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Dark black with a small but tight bubbly head. Good light lacing.
S- Sweet sugary dried fruits like raisin and plum. Light touch of toasted grains and chocolate.
T- Sweet sugary malt with hints of chocolate, raisins, prunes, cherries, and caramel malt.
M- Sweet and chewy with a sweet malty finish.

Overall- nice and sweet. Easy to drink a 2 pinter.

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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 cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark dark brown with a creamy head that thinned out quickly. Smelled very malty. Taste was malt dominant that thinned out and left an aftertaste that I didn't enjoy. I was underwhelmed by the beer and was left wanting something more. It seems to be lacking something although I'm not sure what that is.
It is an ok beer that that I would try again but I definitely won't go out of my way to do so. Worth trying.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very deep amber under a strong light, otherwise appears black, with a decent tan head, which retains well, with thick patchy lacing.

Aroma: Prominent coffee aromas, toasted, and dark notes, and slight herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with a mildly sweet chocolate notes, soon turns to toasted malt flavors, finishes with a mild herbal hop note, and a lingering, moderate burnt coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, but a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: Interesting, and quite pleasant, very drinkable.

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Photo of likethetaste
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. Now this was one of the better ones in the pack. It poured a black color witj a long lasting head. I like Schwarzbier and this one was very good but I have had better. If I could find this again I would buy a few!.

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Photo of ouser31
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was told it a great black beer and saw it in a 500 most wanted beers book... apperance and smeel was really good! taste was good! it was real smokey and roasty tasting to me... still a decent beer one i'll for sure have again but not what i was expecting at all...! Good Beer though!! give it a TRY!!

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at The Viking in Spokane for $4.50.

Poured a very dark brown with a huge tan head.

Smell reminded me of a brown ale. Sweet malt, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma was detected.

Taste was like a lager version of a brown ale. Caramelish sweetness, with a very mild backdrop similar to coffee. Not a terribly complex brew. Also a slightly alcoholish taste, surprising given the relatively low alcohol content indicated here on BA (there's no abv listed on the label).

I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin, but I freely admit I'm more of an ale drinker.

This is a perfectly good dark lager. Is it great? I don't think so. But it's certainly good. In any event, it was cool to find a schwarzbier in a bar outside of Germany - the only place I'd previously had one.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An alright schwarzbier which suffers from one major flaw. Nice roasted characteristics which aren't too strong.

I can't pick up much of a smell.

However, the problem is in the taste. There is an alcohol astringency at the end of the sip. It isn't completely horrible, but it is a problem that flows to mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark cherry red color, wiht a slight fizzy tan head.

S: Liqour, and licorice on nose along with some rum raisin, dried cherries, and dark caramel.

T: Very smooth flavor, dark maltiness but light on tongue with some earthy dry bittering hop presence. Theres some chocolate notes as well that really stand out. Good per style.

M: oily texture on tongue, dry bitterness with a light mouthful and dry finish.

D: decent drinkability. overall average going down.

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Photo of jhartley
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Pours a dark black body, dark brown soap bubble head.
Smell is of light roasted malts and smokiness.
Taste has a hint of roastiness and plenty of licorice and a light amount of hop bitterness.
Feel is medium to light with a clean finish.
Overall an okay beer I wouldn't really look forward to having again. It wasn't bad it just didn't have enough flavor for me; perhaps I was expecting something else.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the Chicago Brauhaus

Poured from the tap into a Hofbrau mug.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights and a foamy tan head with some slight lacing.

The smell is a bit toffee, and caramel flavor. Some sweetness is there with the little bits of sugar that come out. Some coffee is present in the aroma and leaves abruptly.

The taste is quite nice with a dark malt flavor that hits the tongue first and it full of a toffee and maple flavor with some coffee flavor that gives way to a bitter hop flavor that is gone before you can place what hop it is. A smoky wood flavor is there to greet you at the end but is also a quick flavor that is gone in just a blink of an eye.

The feel of this beer is smooth like silk and just the right feel for a beer that is filled with malt but still has a great finish to it.

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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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3.88 out of 5 based on 1,871 ratings.
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