Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
73%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 1,913 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
Ranking:
#6,116
Reviews:
841
Ratings:
1,913
Liked:
1,396
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
12.02%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
123
Gots:
298
Trade:
1
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle to a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a deep brown/black. There is a nice three finger off white head that seems to last a while before breaking and leaving behind some lacing but little else.

S: malts and a very subtle smokiness.

T: the malts are there again, but the finish is a bit roast/toast.

M: smooth and creamy with a lower than expected carbonation.

O: I really didn't know what to expect with this beer, having never had a schwarzbier before. I was really surprised by sessionability/drinkability of this beer. I could have easily had a few more, if they were available. While I would not say that this is the most spectacular beer I have ever had, I would happily have more, and would gladly share it with friends.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Two fingers of head, check, good amount of lace check, head retention, well two out of three ain't bad as the head vanished at the half way mark. The body is a deep, nearly black brown that reveals not the carbonation in it's body.

Smell: Dark roasted malts dominate the nose, with touches of coffee in the background. There are also some creamy and yeast notes I'm picking up as well. Warming helped it's case somewhat but wasn't overt.

Taste: It starts with a semi-sweet malt taste that reminds me of chocolate chips, it then turns to a slightly burnt toast taste with a hint of dry espresso and ending with a grainy almost hay-like lager snap with a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is certainly the strength of this one, as it seems to bring the beer in waves, which coincidentally make the beer taste almost, disjointed in some ways, but it also adds a certain crispness to it all. The big complaint on this one though is there is an underlying bitter burnt taste that permeates the beer and extends into the aftertaste. It doesn't build upon itself because of the crispness but, it's there.

Drinkability: There is a great lager crispness to the beer, but I'm to understand that the style, despite it's dark appearance is supposed to be lighter. In this case, I'd say this beer is a slightly towards heavy medium. It settles down nicely and has a nice smoothness though.

Final Thoughts: All in all a positive experience with the pros outweighing the cons. I kinda get the feeling I'm not being quite as charitable with this review as I should, this being my first Schwarzbier, but I've had other dark lagers and Dunkels before which seemed lighter and more flavourful. Either way, I'd recommend it, there is certainly nothing wrong with this offering.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 73% out of 100 with 1,913 ratings
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