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Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
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3.91/5
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1,938 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:
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Added by stirgy on 10-17-2001

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#6,575
Reviews:
844
Ratings:
1,938
pDev:
12.02%
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this brew at RFD in Washington DC. The beer came chilled in a pint glass. The brew is very dark brown almost black in color. Some deep ruby tints when the glass is held to the light. Only a fine edge layer of tan head is left when the pint arrives. Aroma is mild but roasted malt and faint smoky scents are present. First sip reveals a slightly bitey carbonation that is more than I expected and a thicker than average body. Flavor is malt and malt with some roasted hints and also a mild coffee hit. Finish is some toffee and a little grainy. Overall a tasty brew but the finish is a little lighter than I would have thought.

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

Slightly sweet with a great warm taste of dark caramel. A nice brownish black with fine off-white head. Decent carbonation. Tang of hops with a nice touch of bitterness, more that some other Schwarzbiers. A very modest biergarten kind of brew, but an excellent example of the style. Just the thing for meat loaf and mashed potatoes.

Enjoyed at the Kasierhof restaurant in OB, San Diego, which BTW has a good selection of draft German beers.

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

Poured from bottle into a standard english beer mug
Appearance: coca-cola red with a 2 inch head that fades away quickly leaving a minimal head. The lacing is ok in this beer.

Aroma: Burnt malts, caramel, and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied well carbonated
Taste: Fresh malty with caramel notes.

Overall: This beer was a treat to drink, it did not taste like its aroma. In appearance and aroma this is very close to a standard milk stout or porter. The taste is refreshing with a lot of carbonation. Yes it tastes like a lager, a good one! This would be a good alternative to a standard session beer!

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

A - Near black with near white full head, leaves to disk with lots of lace.

S - Earthy, base malty, nice.

T - Very straight forward malt, gravelly mineral finish, end very clean.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, good balance.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

9/27/13 Just tried it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. Delicious!

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Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-liter tankard at Ludwigs here in Philly.

Black, as the name suggests, in color. Thin, fine tan head on top, which dissipated to a patch in the middle of the glass. Some light lacing throughout, but not much.

Aroma is light, but is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor is also light, but not missing - roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of charcoal. The flavors become more pronounced as you drink more, and as the beer warms.

Light bodied, smooth, and clean. Very drinkable and makes for a great session beer. A very good example of the style and highly recommended. Also makes a good warm weather beer and thirst quencher.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. plastic cup (classy, I know) at Oktoberfest on the Minneapolis Riverfront.

A-Big tan head receded relatively quickly. Dark brown beer looked deep and luscious, though clarity was difficult to discern in the clouded-white class. From my evaluation, though, I'd say it looked pretty clear, considering its darkness.

S-Herbal hoppy aromas give way quickly to a pleasant, light choco-malt. An overall clean, minimal aroma.

T-Slightly spicy hoppiness mixes nicely with a slight roastiness, overplayed by a bit of chocolate. Very crisp, finishes slightly bitter-roasty, but clean.

M-Medium, almost medium-ight body with an appropriately springy carbonation.

D-Highly drinkable. This may have been artificially propped up with the ambiance of the Oktoberfest and the interesting polka contest that was going on while I sipped this brew.

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

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Very dark, some tan head that retains very well. Good lacing. S: Light roasted malts, some earthy hops. Light coffee. T: Pretty much the same as the nose; roasted malts, light hops, coffee. Bitter, dry finish. M: Moderate carbonation, creamy. D: Simple but well-balanced and very, very drinkable. A great session beer. Nice and light, refreshing.

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Photo of anon
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black save for the light hitting it just right, showing the true deep dark brown colour.

Head comes through nearly an inch on the right pour, dissipating quickly leaving a thin layer throughout with very light lacing.

Aroma is nice but quite faint compared to other schwarzbiers that I have tried. Dominantly malty with a slight caramel hint and a trace of coffee.

Taste and mouth feel are where this one shines.
Lots of malt and caramel flavour, with some cocoa showing through, slight coffee and some dark fruit in the backbone. Drinks nice and smooth. Great.

Overall, ive had better schwarzbiers, but this one is still excellent and i'd definitely have a few more.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a deep black beer with a puffy, light tan-grey head that leaves great lacing. The aroma is light in quality, dark in tone and of light roasted malt. It is medium bodied-- smooth but acidic. The flavor is charred, burnt and solid. Deep malt and wooden hops mix with a smokey flavor. The after taste is of Lapsang Souchong. I didn't know it would be so smokey!
(rated May 2, 2007)

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Photo of SadMachine
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curlybird
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbrown
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdkrenz
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a thick rich humucky top.

S - Subtle coffee and cocolate aromas witha slight accent of anise.

T - The flavor is mainly of black licorise but there are coffee and chocolate present. The long roasted grains are tasty and well balanced.

M - The feel is slightly coarse on the sidesyet smooth and soft in the middle.

~ For a darker brew this goes down very well. I'm a big fan and will recommend this to friends.

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Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is dense black. Small ring of head holds on to the side of the glass for sometime.
The nose has dark almost burnt coffe aroma. The taste has a cola and coffee twang with some dark fruit like plums and elderberry. The mouthfeel is sort of dry for such a malty brew? I like this beer don't get me wrong. The low abv. makes this real drinkable brew.

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Photo of scootercrabb
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TongoRad
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine looking beer- translucent brown with rusty orange highlights and a kick-ass tan head.

Aroma is more gentle than one would expect. Roast malt leads the way but ther are some black bread and raisins in there as well. Swirling brings out a breath of fresh spicy hops.

The palate is a straightforward blend of the dark bready character, roasty malt, the raisins and a touch of caramel. Bitterness is clean, quenching and more than adequate.

A fine brew that gets better with each successive glass.

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Photo of svenness
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown, creamy tan head that quickly dissipates, medium to low carbonation
S: Faint hop and malt notes, some coffee
T: Dry, crisp, light roast, a little fruit in the background
F: Light bodied, soft
O: Very refreshing lager but overall this sample was not very fresh tasting, it probably sat on the shelf for a while, not seeing any canning date stamps on it.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmaples
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an easy drinkin' black lager. Light lager body and clean flavor. Light bitterness and roasty malt flavor that lingers slightly. Could have used a little more dark raosted flavor to puss it into the 4.0 range but it looked and smelled good. All and all a good Schwarz.

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Photo of kkazemi
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Clydesdale
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep reddish mahogany color, with some visible carbonation. The tan head is fairly large, creamy, and chunky, although retention could be better. Some solid lacing.

S: Roasted dark malts, nuttiness, and some earthy aromas. A mineral character as well.

T: A healthy dose of roasted dark malts provides some sweetness. A considerable nutty flavor, with a mild, mineral and earthy bitterness. A touch of sourdough bread crust as well.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. A bit watery and slightly astringent.

D: Nice and drinkable, although not overly exciting. This improves considerably as it warms and as I continue drinking. An interesting style for sure. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a deep mahogany red / almost black colour... Creamy tan head poured very big and foamy then faded to fine layer... lots of thin sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toasted maltiness, dark fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), slight smokiness, light spicy hops, brown sugar / light molasses notes, nutty, nutmeg hints, slight woodiness...

Taste – Roasted maltiness, nice fruity hoppiness, bitter fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), faint dustiness, nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, bready notes....

Feel - Quite smooth with slight sharpness underneath. Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - A good example of the style... Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of GreenCard
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich dark reddish brown just barely opaque, thick resilient head stratified with sudsy bubbles underneath a creamy layer, fine lacing all over the glass

Aroma: luscious aroma of dark bread, dark caramel, notes of coffee and chocolate, clean

Flavor: a terse malt base balanced by the bitter roasted grain and a mellow thread of noble hops, bittering is just enough to balance, somewhere in there is the taste of crackers and a very subtle vegetal note, the finish is dry with a coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, crisp carbonation, soft palate

Overall Impression: The "Original Kostritzer Schwarzbier" according to the neck lable. Great beer. Solid. An archetypal schwarzbier, though I typically prefer them a touch maltier, sweeter.

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Photo of FrankHashimoto
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,938 ratings
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