Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,889 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,889
Reviews:
834
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
117
Gots:
286
For Trade:
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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours black with a lasting off-white head.
Nose shows sweet malt, chocolate, soft roasted malt and hints of cooked vegetables. Somewhat faint.
More roasted malt as a flavour, but still on the gentle side. Some chocolate and nutty hints, but that's pushing it, it's pretty restrained. Some of the cooked vegetable character comes through.

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Photo of Popsinc
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Pours black with a small tan head.

Smell: Very light nose. Light black licorice sweetness but otherwise very bland.

Taste: Again, very mild on the tongue. Semi-sweet for the most part. A light black licorice sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average bubbly, off-dry.

Drinkability: It was ok. I haven't had many schwarzbiers before so who knows? Average beer in my book.

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Photo of djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of RichardMNixon
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rangr514
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Dougology
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of CVC
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Came in an olive green 500ml glass bottle.

This beer pours a really dark, opaque ruby/brown color with a foamy, tan head. It took a few minutes for it to dissipate. There is a faint malt smell present, and maybe some roasted nut, but it's hard to tell. The smell is not very distinct or pungent.

Wow, this beer is surprisingly sweet for a schwarzbier. Judging by it's presentation, color, and smell, you would think it would be a burnt, nutty flavor. Nope! It's like coffee. Sweet, smooth, hardly any carbonation, and does not taste alcoholic. It's as drinkable as coffee, too.

To be honest though, the appearance is probably the best thing about this beer. The smell is weak and it feels almost like water going down. So, to look at the bright-side, it does go down easy. I really wish the taste had more kick because it has some nice flavors, but they're just way too subtle.

Maybe that Mongolian barbecue dinner I ate just a few hours prior to drinking this beer had a serious effect on my senses... It's certainly possible, but either way--I probably won't be buying this beer again in the near future.

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Photo of soonerlight
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Luiscorreia
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of kiya
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City (CA).
Pours a pitch black color with a frothy head that dissipates to thin puddles in less than a minute.

Nose is of roasted nuts and moldy grass, i'm trying to reach for more but can't detect much else in the nose. Let the beer come up to temp and it's still hard to tell what's going in there.

It's mellow in the front with a bit of bitterness, i think this beer would benefit from a bit more hoppiness and/or sweetness. The creaminess of it combined with the buoyancy is what saves this beer. It's not very deep nor is it very interesting. A black lager should combine the best of a traditional lager with notes of nuts and a roasty finish. This does none of that.

The mouthfeel is ok, the carb is fine but borders on too strong. Overall it's lacking in almost all dimensions for me.

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Photo of Brent
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very mild, with subdued roasted malt aroma and flavor. Aroma was slighty metallic, and there was a trace of metal in the flavor as well, but it was not prominent. Not particularly impressive.

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Photo of beerwolf77
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a dark brown almost black color with crimson edges. The dark tan head is huge, almost three inches and super thic. It just sits there staring at me. However after receding it leaves just a trace of slick lace.

The aroma is roast malt with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and maybe a twinge of dark fruit.

The flavor is very weak. What is there is bitter roast malt with a metallic undertone. Some black coffee in the finish but not pleasant at all.

Medium to light body. Rather thin. moderate carbonation,

Overall a huge dissapointment. I figured a schwarzbier from the motherland would be bolder then this. Aparently america has stolen this style away as well.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
June 20, 2008

Readily available shwarzbier at my local liquor store for those who are curious as to where to find this one. Lovely looking black cherry with a foamy beige head. Aroma is alright. Tastes good, burnt chestnut type taste to it. Malty. Not my style but a good beer and surprisingly easy to drink. I had a couple more after I finished the first.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color brown ruby, clear. Foam beige, high and medium durable, fine to medium grained, leaves little marks on the glass.
Aroma very clear, lightly roasted, slightly nutty, a little poorly and not very intensely.
Taste also delicate, roasted again notes of walnut and slightly baked crust of dark bread. After heating has dark fruit in the amount of hard moderate, and that's it.
Gentian delicate burned. Beer disembodied, drink a little like water, too smoothly.
The loading medium toward high.

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Photo of boss302
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kostritzer Schwarzbier draft

A Dark, brown when held to the light, nice thick head, stayed the whole glass. 4 

S Roasted malt chocolate aroma. Not so much hop aroma. 3 

T Dark malt, chocolaty flavor. There is some phenolic taste. I have had better Kostritzer, so this may be an issue with this draft. 2.5 

M Thin, carbonation is right. 3.5 

D Would be hard to have another. 3 

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Photo of BWood
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: black with khaki head that drops down.

S: just smells of beer to me. Budweiserish

T: better taste than anything else. Typical German beer. Not bad .

F: tongue coating

O: far better German beers available. Pass

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Photo of loren01
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark black color, good sized tan head. Good lacing down the glass
S: Coffee, sweet bready malts
T: Coffee, slight harsh maltiness also slight hint of chocolate
M: Light very thin bodied beer.
D: Drinkability is ok, but I probably wouldn't seek this beer out again.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.91/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first schwarzbier and I already think it may be my last. The color and head (body clone of a stout) we wonderful. The aroma was a little weak and uninteresting. The taste was just foul. It started out like a crisp pilsner and was followed with a piney, oatmeal combination. It was not a pleasant taste. It is just hard to grasp a black lager that has such an identity crisis. Too many half-ass beer styles wrapped into one.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap at the Up North in Madison, WI.

Dark purple-black, chestnut hewed body with a sticky tan head. Nose is overwhelmingly made up of roasted black malts. Taste is no different. Sweetness is average for style. Little to no hops to speak of. Watery. Thin body with high level of carbonation makes this feel like a black American macro is some respects. Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of Mustard
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 17oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; $1.79 from the Wine House in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish-black with a fine, off-white, two-fingered head; good retention; heavy lacing.

Smell: Hints of roasted caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted, semi-sweet caramel malt up front with a light, earthy hop-bitterness to finish; faint notes of black licorice and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light and creamy and a tad overcarbonated.

Notes: All in all a bland, timid entry; best thing here is the beer's look.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at yardhouse, Irvine, CA. Dark in color like most schwarzbiers and smelled of light malts and European hops. Taste was smooth with light malts, hops, and had a dry finish. Tasted more similar to a lager. Very drinkable any time of the year.

Think I wanted something more similar to an American version of a Schwarzbier (SN has a good one).

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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 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 Waveoff
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jcalabre
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled on 19 June 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This was a pleasant surprise at a lager/pilsener tasting. Nice flavor, not too heavy. This is a good hot weather beer. Definitely a cut above the typical lawn mower beer, I'd have it again

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,889 ratings.
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