Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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1,895 Ratings
Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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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Photo of FrankHashimoto
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jimbotrost
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ML can purchased at LCBO in Sarnia. Pours a deep dark black with a nice light brown head. Aroma jumps out at you like a malthouse. Very dry, somewhat bitter not roasted but big and chocolately. Body is dry as is the finish. Malty flavor shine through in this style Great beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 7/21/12.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some dark fruits (especially grapes). Taste is of dark malt, grape-like fruits, and some mild roast flavors. A fleeting shot of bitterness after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a lower level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier that is easy drinking.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a black color with red undertones. A good sized tan head develops with good lacing as well.

S: Some light roasted malt with a touch of hops.

T: A dark bready malt flavor dominates the palate. It's finished off with a very nice hop presense. The finish is clean and dry.

M: Active carbonation, very smooth and very well balanced.

D: An extremely drinkable beer. It's clean and even light and refreshing for such a flavorful and dark beer.

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Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
A- Very dark, nearly black. Small creamy heads.

S- Mellow sweat cocoa. Nutty with roasted coffee beans.

T- Good malt character. Soft and smooth, very creamy. Light chocolat and coffee notes. Not big but subtle and complex. Breaks down as it warms and becomes thin.

D- This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Goes perfect with brats. There maybe more robust beers in this style but the drinkability isn't what this one is. Very smooth and drinkable. Light enough for summer drinking and a good alternative to heavy winter beers.

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Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black in color, with some mahogany reflexes. Brown head, not too much, but good.
In the smell malt and roasted caramel, but even candy sugar, and the aroma of fresh hop.
In the taste the sweetness permeates the palate, in an uniform manner, but it is well balanced by the bitterness.
Medium-medium-low in body.
In the aftertaste, after an initial hit of sweetness, it comes out sharp the bitterness. Even liquorice and cocoa powder.
Well balanced.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey (KingG) for this bottle.

Pours a dark chestnut color with very active foam, about half my glass was quickly filled with foam but it does settle rather quickly. There is a nice thick quarter inch of foam that retains very well the whole time.

Subtle aromas of toasted hazelnut, coffee, caramel, mint chocolate chip, toasted bread, and earthy yeast. There's also some dark fruits in there like raisins and just a bit of fig. I'm also picking up a hint of caramelized fruits. Subtle aromas but well blended together.

Tastes of toasted bread with some raisins and a tad of smoked malts. Lots of bready malts with a touch of dark fruit in the finish.

Drinks pretty easy, one could say sessionable.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nearly black with some milk chocolate highlights on the edges,a thin tan head dissapates quickly leaving behind some thin spotty lacing

S-dark roasted malts and a nuttieness along with some bitter sweet chocolates

T-rather suprising considering the first impression which is black beer black flavor,it starts very light on the tounge with a soft nutty backbone that fades to some hoppy dryness that is very casual and blends well with a light slightly burnt coffee after taste

M-not as creamy or as thick as it appears,light body combined with a dry ashy finish is very enjoyable

D-you really can't judge a book by it's cover,nor can you judge this brew by it's color!

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Photo of beerman207
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black color with a thick tan head that leaves good lacing.

S- roasted malt along with some mild fruit coming to the nose

T - Tastes of malt and perhaps some raisin. There's a coffee presence that comes in for the finish - nice.

M- Decent carbonation - smooth

D- Good brew that is very close the stout style. It's definately the darkest lager I have ever tried.

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Photo of Geoffq
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sigmund
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Das Schwarze mit der blonden Seele." Fairly weak but decent aroma, smells like German Schwarzbrot. Roasted malt flavour with coffee and burnt toast. A bit watery mouthfeel (is that what the brewers describe as the "blonde soul"?) By all means, this is a very drinkable Schwarzbier, but the style unfortunately seems to lack the rich velvety mouthfeel of a stout or a Baltic porter.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Winzer Stube in Hudson, WI.

A - This beer pours a dark black body with a tan brown head that is about two fingers thick and nearly pouring over the edge of the glass. The dark black body omits no light whatsoever. Minutes after pouring the head is still present.

S - Malts are present but not as strong as I expected. Chocolate, cream and a nice sweetness are also present but nothing more beyond that. Overall the smell is pretty toned down but there are a few things here that get your mouth watering.

T - Slightly roasted malts along with a nice chocolate cream aspect that keeps things interesting. Good flavors but this beer is too subtle for me to get an extremely great score. For the style, though, it seems to fit.

M - Light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Plenty of roasted malts up front before a nice serving of carbonation cleanses the palate. A chocolate cream aspect provides for a silky aspect that finishes smoothly but with a little excess carbonation.

D - This is a great beer that can be a change of pace from the heavier beers during the winter months. To me, this seems like a toned down Dunkel, which I tend to like more, but this is still worth a try.

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Photo of Hephaestos
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jheimiller
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, first time they've offered in in these 500ml bottles as opposed to the cans. Poured into a tulip.

Appeared essentially black in the glass, with a healthy light tan/eggshell head that looks quite creamy. Mild retention and moderate lace. Plesant nose of roasted grain, chocolate, caramel (like straight off a caramel apple, distinctly) and molasses. Taste has more of the grain upfront, some noble hops bitterness and mild chocolate in the finish. Good creamy mouthfeel, and lingers for a bit too. Decent drinkability, good beer overall.

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Photo of SebTBL
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Smak_Hermann
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stephens101
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style that I rarely get to, and a fact that I'm aiming to change.

Dark brown, near black core with ruby red edges. Head tops off small and quick. Aroma of faint malts, grass and light fruits. A little perfume-like as well. The ultra-crisp mouth-feel is noticed right off the bat, followed by some slight sweet malt notes, tea leaves and distant, light fruits. Light-bodied and a bit toasty after a few drinks. Simply wonderful drinking.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nodder
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ByTor2112
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one fresh off the container from Germany from my boss' father. Thanks to Franz Mueller! Pours a dark brown slightly opaque.
Aroma- a slightly roasted smell, with the hops present on the nose
Mouthfeel-If you close your eyes, it is almost like drinking a regular lager-until halfway through when the dark characteristics emerge. Good roasted, bready flavors and the finish is clean and on the dry side. Hops are mildly present throughout and there is a weak coffee flavor, but mostly bitter from the dark roasted malt. Excellent for the style and I looked this up in Michael Jackson's book and this is one the " original " Schwarzbiers- so I got a hold of a good one.

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Photo of anders36
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark burgundy almost black brew with a grey head that disappear quickly. Has a very roasted malty smell. The taste is also roasted, but not not as roasted as in a stout. The mouthfeel is a little thin. I expect a little more mouthfeel from a dark beer. It is not a bad beer, but i had expected a little more out of it.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another round of thanks to guinnessdoc for this one. I'm working on the Christmas stuff, dood. Slowly, but surely.

This one's a dark chestnut color. Quite a bit of light shines through and gives it nice garnet highlights. On top is a light tan colored head that stretches nearly two fingers. It didn't stick around too long and left a light lacing on the glass.

It's a tad weak on the nose, but is still above average. Given the style, it's much more malty than I expected. There's a very healthy dose of roasted malts. Smells like they're the primary feature here. A little cocoa-esque chcolate malts follow. Grains and earthy notes are present. Smells like there's a faint smoky aroma. It's definitely above average, but needs more muscle to accomplish more.

The flavor is easily a notch above the nose. Malts are nice and in the forefront. It's a mix of roasted and chocolate varieties. Roasted malts are the stronger of the two. The chocolate variety adds a nice, complementary cocoa-ish flavor. Barley is prominent throughout and gives it a grainy, earthy vibe. The finishing touch is that faint dash of smoke that emerges on the finish. I like that quite a bit. It's not complex or deep, but features a satisfying overall flavor.

Its body is light and goes down very easy. Carbonation is mid-range and doesn't offend. It's not quite smooth and feels slightly watered down. Drinkability is good. This is easy drinking and features a modest 4.8% abv. There's enough flavor to entertain me for a while, but not enough to consume an entire night by any means.

Köstritzer Schwarzbier is pretty good all around. Yeah, the nose is a little weak and it needs more body. But, for what it is, it's not bad at all. Much better than the Schwarzbier I had last night. I also like the 500 ml serving size quite a bit. It's perfect. Not too little, just enough. Sure beats the puny one you're drinking. Don't try to hide it. I can see my Schwarz is bigger than yours.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,895 ratings.
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