Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,901 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:
1,901
Reviews:
837
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
289
For Trade:
1
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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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Photo of John_Squires
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

500ml/16.9 fl oz bottle with a classic plain and simple black label that has "Köstritzer" in big white letters, the brewery crest, a few German words, and who bottled the beer. Above the main label is a black neck label shaped like a ribbon with the brewery crest and what year they started, 1543. The back label has the US importer's name, US Government warning, refund prices, who brewed and bottled this beer, barcode, and some kind of code on the far left and right side. One one side, the letter "C" is notched and on the other, the number "9" is notched. I guess it's some kind of weak best before date that nobody (other than the brewery) can understand.

Appearance: When poured into a Bell's Brewery pint glass, the beer really wasn't that black. To me it was more of a dark mahagony with a few ruby red highlights. The head of foam was a light tan color and about half an inch in height. I honestly thought it was going to be bigger and better than that. It didn't really doesn't matter how big it was because it quickly dissipated into a few light tan rings and barely any lace in the glass.

Smell: Not the richest aroma in the world, but a nice decent one nonetheless. The aroma was filled with dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, a pinch of caramel, a few dark fruits like the plum, and wheat bread. Not just any run of the mill store bought wheat bread, old, stale, and grainy wheat bread that you just throw out your window for the birds to eat. I thought there was going to be some hops in the aroma, but I guess the old and stale wheat bread covered it up.

Taste: It had a flat out average taste that contained dark roasted malts, a dab of dark chocolate, a drop of molasses, a dark fruit or two, and malted grains. It was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. It tasted more like that Köstritzer loved to malt every grain they could get thier hands on and then put it in their beer. At least there wasn't any old stale wheat bread in the taste.

Mouthfeel: It was light like it was suppose to be, but I felt that my bottle was overly carbonated. Sometimes the carbonation covered up all the little flavors that were contained in this beer. Not only was there that, but the aftertaste was that overly carbonated malted grains. Don't ask me how they put carbonation into grains, Köstritzer was the one that managed to do it.

Drinkability: Overall, it was just an average beer that I would like to give another chance down the road. Hopefully the next time I pick up another Köstritzer, there won't be some much carboantion tucked inside it.

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Photo of EricVonStein
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

darkest brown, nearly fully black. Thick mocha coloured head of two fingers, fades back to a thin covering in a minute.

light on the nose. lots of dry grains, black liquorice, the sticky kind your eastern european grandfather would give to you as a kid, thinking it was a treat a 5 year old would love... dark rye bread. surprisingly, for me, no hint of burnt caramels or coffee, this could be a different kind of dark beer than Im used to.

some salty sweet notes on the front, like salted toffee or salt and dried prune or fig. rye toast and roasty grains come in the middle. burnt crust and a bit resiny. to be honest, not a whole lot of depth of flavours going one.

light body and smooth on the tongue with sharp carbonation. a bit thick which is nice.

Overall not a whole lot here im afraid. some burnt grains and malts but no real complexity or depth to any of the flavours. As a lager its easy drinking and ready for multiples, but that in itself isnt enough to make me go for it again.

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Photo of RickyS
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of porterman66
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jasonPsager
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of woscar
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of hanwong
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and only slight transparent with a white head. Despite the inability to see through it, high carbonation was evident on the sides of the glass. Overall I found the beer to be quite watery and the flavor profile pretty, for lack of a better word, blah.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of PorterThwarter
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,901 ratings.
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