Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
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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

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Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

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1,945
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Photo of shererjt
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear, deep ruby red to black color with moderate carbonation and a thick, long-lasting tan head. Beautiful. Nose was clean with roasty notes; somewhat cola-like. Light-to-medium body. The lingering roasted malt flavor was what stood out. Well balanced. Had a tiny bit of bitterness very late. Exceptionally lager-like in that it had next to no fruit flavor. Though the roasted malt was significant, it was not overpowering. A bit of creaminess pushed the mouthfeel above average, and the drinkability rivals the all-time greats. I could drink this stuff all day.

Wow. Wonderful beer. The tasty standard-bearer of the schwarzbier style, IMHO.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Serious dark brown, almost black in color with a thick tan head that quickly settles to a thin film on the surface. Sticky lace coats the glass, and carbonation is subtle.

S: Dark malt up front, with a touch of coffee and toast, with some floral hop notes on the backside.

T: Pretty much like the smell. Roasty, with some espresso and chocolate notes, along with some fruity elements. Grassy, floral hop notes dry out the finish.

Notes: Flavorful, yet light in body, and very silky on the palate. An all-around well-made Schwartzbier. Very sessionable at 4.8%. It's a balanced brew, and an easy find for this style. A dark bear that suits all seasons.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is a jet black colour with tan head

smell - faint, but picking up roasted malts, cocoa

taste - this is pleasant, roasted malt, coffee, smoke

mouthfeel - medium bodied beverage, slightly bitter upfront, with nice aftertaste, decent amount of carbonation

drinkability - you could easily drink 2 or 3 in one setting

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a good looking black with dome dark magenta hues showing on the sides of the glass. A bubbly off white head. Decent lacing. The scents are mild creamy coffee. Some toasted bread and nuts. Clean scents but a bit on the weak side.

The flavors start with a heavily toasted dark bread flavor. Malty toffee and creamy coffee find their way through. There is a simple but slight floral hop bite. Unfortunately there is a mild sour aftertaste. It is unpleasant but it retreats quickly and it would not keep me from ordering this beer again.

It is medium bodied and has a clean carbonated mouthfeel. This beer is quite smooth, it has a nice dry quality and is an easy beer to drink more than one in a session. Overall, a well made and very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of great7dividers
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This shwarzbier pours a lovely deep brown, with some reddish tints as you look in direct light. A light brown head sits on top and rounds out a very inviting appearance.

The aroma is very light and has a slightly grainy quality. The taste is surprisingly delicate with coffee type overtones, and a very light malty presence that actually spreads and improves with the extended taste of the beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a slight biscuity texture.

Drinkability of this beer is suprisingly easy. As a result of the delicacy to which the flavor and feel hits your palate, Kostritzer's schwarzbier is easy to enjoy, but flourishes to leave an excellent carmel laced aftertaste that I found encouraging another drink.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml.

Pours a dark black not quite pitch black though. Some tones of dark brown around certain parts of cup. Nice big receding foamy tan head with lacing. Can smell bread and roasted malt. Smell def. leans towards a lager. Can taste nice bitter hops hidden behind a front of roasted malt and creamy coffee taste. This is very smooth and may look stoutish but it will suprise you. All in all this is a very drinkable beer. It was nice to mix this into my winter beers.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

30 cL at the Pinte Bar in the Marriott Heidelberg on 6/18/11. Served in a goblet.

Dark with some visible light. Fluffy big head and nice lace. Big caramel candy aroma, like the soft chewy candies you find. Soft mouth feel, some carbonation, but very subtle. The flavor is a scaled back version of the aroma. There is a bit of acidity and very light earthy hops. Medium-heavy body.

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark brew with a ruby tint. A monsterous head rests a top the beer and lingers for several long minutes. After it finally subsides, patches of lacing linger to keep it looking good. Very nice looking beer.

S - Dark malt, black currant and faint elderberries. Gives a generally "dark"aroma.

T - A smooth dark malty flavor with a bit of dark fruit (black currants mostly) presence. The aftertaste is a lingering maltiness.

M - Pretty smooth, medium bodied and refreshing.

D - Very good, this beer is very pleasant and as sessionable as they come. A nice treat. The mini keg form is also good.

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Photo of Raime
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - I will be the first to say this is not an impressive looking beer. Pours a slightly transparent black with a small tan head that disappears quickly without leaving a spot of lacing.

Smell - Dark breads and sweet candy with a touch of dark fruitiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Dark fruits and plum with a high dosage of dark breadiness and a sweet, almost tart cherry finish upon swallow.

Feel - Sits full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation and coats the mouth with a lingering sweetness aspect.

Overall - This is the epitome of a style I have never particularly cared for in the past. But as my palate has developed over the years, I have started appreciating things for what they are stylistically instead of comparing everything to world-class IPA's. This beer would be great in the colder months of the year, From October through February around a nice toasty fire with a well-done steak.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sdm9465
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npachl
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulyB83
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint can into a pilsner hourglass. Looks like it was canned on 09/13/2013 and best by 09/13/2014...hmm.

A- Pours what would appear to be black until you hold it up to the light and a small amount of light comes through revealing a deep deep walnut. A small light brown head that sticks around.

S- Light notes of raisin bran, like a doppelbock lite. Some fresh hay in there.

T- Again some very light raisin bran flavor. Not really getting anything in the way of hops. A bit watery.

M- Light, easy drinking.

O- I think this is like the first or one of the first beers of this style ever brewed, so I guess it is a bench mark for the style. Very much like a light German pilsner but with a bit of a doppelbock aspect to it. It refreshing and something you could call sessionable. If I saw it on tap and wanted something light I wouldn't hesitate to order one. I've had a few American examples of the style and they weren't quite as good as this one.

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Photo of JEdmund
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in bottle at a mini grocery store in Guatemala City for a buck and some change per bottle

Appearance
One-finger light tan head; pillowy and subsides normally; nearly black, but the edges of the glass show a deep molasses color; head levels to a quarter inch and sits around, leaving little lacing

Aroma
Some toasty grain, slight metallic, and a bit of hops; something familiar and I think it must be a German or European malt I've had previously

Taste & Mouth Feel
Somewhat bitter at the front, followed by a pleasant bready/toasty flavor; fairly thin body and mild carbonation; more and better flavor comes out as it warms, as well as little to no metallic flavoring; the texture also becomes a bit creamier

Comparisons
I've never tried this style before, so there's really nothing to directly compare. I'd place it between a brown ale and a porter in the dark beer realm. It does seem familiar.

Overall
I was initially more impressed the first time I drank this, which coincidentally was out of the bottle (and not in a glass). It seemed to retain the carbonation better in the bottle and I didn't pick up as much on the faint metallic flavor. This is the first Schwarzbier I've ever had, and I like it a lot. It's not as heavy as a stout or porter in the roasted flavors and malts, but it has a nice subtlety to it and I really like the toasty malt flavor in it. It's by far the best beer I've tasted in Guatemala. Thank you, Germany!

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pilsener glass. It pours a deep, dark mahogany with cola hues and a thin, khaki colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of dark malt, tobacco, and a whiff of chocolate. The tobacco is the first taste, along with dark roasted malt. I don't taste the chocolate I smelled but there is a hint of hops and caramel at the finish. This beer is quite thin and with its low ABV of 4.8% it is smooth and drinks easily. It's a little thin and watery. Overall, it is okay but not as flavorful as I would have hoped.

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Photo of DioS
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chaz01
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from beer of the month club, poured into a goblet type glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque with a tan colored head.

S: Notes of milk chocolate and cola in the aroma.

T: Creamy milk chocolate taste with light toasted grains and just a bit of hops. Chocolate malt notes in the finish.

M: Lite to medium bodied, good carbonation.

D: Not what you expect from a dark beer, but this is a classic for this relatively unknown style in the states. The beer drinks like a lager, yet has tons of flavor. Nice session beer or something new to try if you can find it.

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Photo of paresis
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bookseeb
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown having a light tan head with the aroma of honey, dried prunes and sweet malt. Has a muted sweet roasted malt flavor that goes down leaving a dry light bitter aftertaste, with a light - med mouthfeel. Overall not a bad beer one could enjoy.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep near black brown. Tan head rises two fingers and leaves abundant lacing.

Aroma is very lager-esque. Clean with slight roasted malts.

Taste is pretty clean as well, very roasted malty with hints of chocolate sweetness. A bit leathery. Finishes fairly roasted.

Pretty neutral mouthfeel, a little carb tingle and fairly light bodied.

No problem having another, easy drinker.

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Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost opaque black, a little brown light transmission at the bottom. Good 1/2 inch tan head that rises on a hard pour. Sweet malted milk aroma. Caramel and slight nutty flavors, approaches a chocolate milk in mouthfeel -- less than medium-bodied but low carbonation gives a nice impression. Little sense of hops and a slight fade to wateriness at the finish. All-in-all, very drinkable and completely pleasant. Maybe my tongue wanted to be challenged just a little more.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,945 ratings
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