Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
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Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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Photo of baiser
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful looking beer, with a stout like appearance. Black body, creamy tan head, good amounts of lacing.

Taste was malty, sweet, caramel with a clean hop bite. Slight sourness, metallic but otherwise very tasty. Very drinkable. Great lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great looking lager, it is very dark an looks black in the glass with a bit of dark red-brown at the edges. Head is a contrasting white which laced well. Smell was dark chocolate and bread. Taste was very good will some roasted malts and more hops than a typical stout, and a biscuity flavour and a nice bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was light, and very smooth. It may look like a stout because of its blackness, but it is a lager through and through. I could drink this all day, and I probably will. In short "Das Bier für Sie!"

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Photo of baugherlager
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This actually the first schwartz beer that I had tried. I was very impressed by the appearance of this beer. It pours black but not like a stout of course.

I couldn't detect too much aroma from this beer. Just a hint of chocolate, and hops.

The taste was a little less that what I expected. The taste is of a lager that has a little more maltiness to it. I didn't detect too much tomato soup though. This beer is not overpowering by any means.

This beer was fizzy with a decent head that didn't last but did continue to leave a slight ring with some lacing down the glass.
Mouthfeel like others have said is kind of grainy which I found pleasant.

Overall a decent and unique beer. I think I might try this again especially with some good German food, and also to see if I can detect the tomato soup taste.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass, this truly is a black beer. Body is opaque black, with a fizzy white head of an inch that fades into a persistent lace. The beer is obviously less viscous than a stout. Cool. Black lager.

Smell: A sweet scent of malted barley is reminiscent of dried fruit and some soft alcohol.

Taste: More dilute than one might expect, this really is an easy going lager with a different color. Smooth malts lend a flavor of dark fruits, light brandy. In many ways similar to a Belgian Dark Ale, only less intense, easier to consume. In the finish exists a light grassy taste of German Hallertau or perhaps Sazz. Very easy to drink. Very nice flavor, not too overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Thin. American Macro thin, but it seems to work with this beer. Not one to sip and ponder over, this really is more of an everyday drinker.

Drinkability: Very good. It looks like it might be too much to have over and over, but the mild flavor and light mouthfeel make this easily drank and quite satisfying. I can see what Goethe found these so tasty. It’s like a crazy German Schlitz or something. Quite interesting.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark ruby body, black when not exposed to much light, slight fomay tan head, poor retention and some lacing

Smell, limited, slight roasted malt, not much else, some slight chemical aromas

Taste, dry and malty, slight chocolaty body although very faint, almost like a watered down guinness extra stout

Not bad, quite a thin mouthfeel but backed up by a fair degree of flavour

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours absolutely black, pitch, freaking black. Black as deepest space, as seen through the darkest sunglasses on the planet, with a burlap bag over your head, while sitting inside a photographers' darkroom during a power outage. I love it!!! A big, thick , chewy head that drops slowly to about 1/4 ". Good lacing through most of the glass.
Smell was malty, sweet, a little fruity, with a hint of something I couldn't place and slight hops.
Taste was excellent, roasted malts, some fruit (orange and maybe prune?), some hops, a little grassy then light coffee at the end. Great complexity.
Smooth with a light to medium body for the color but much fuller-bodied than most any other lager you could mention, not thick enough to be creamy (like a porter would be) but I keep trying to think of it that way. Not overly carbonated, just nicely effervescent all over the tongue.
Drinkablity is great! This is "the beer" to give someone that hates dark beer but likes wheats or lager or even pale ales. A mental classification breaker. Much better than any other dark lager I've ever had. Looks and drinks almost like a lighter-weight porter. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of aaronbeach69
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served in glass 7/8 inch head, however it faded away and the lace didnt' stand up too strong, very dark, black, maybe a hint of crimson.. but pretty much all black

smell: its a little roasted and a barely a hint of lager freshness

taste: very refreshing and a much lighter beer than you would expect from the somewhat bold look and smell. This is a very non challenging beer, somewhat roasted but almost no bitterness, very smooth, somewhat of a tinge on the sides of your tounge. Roasted flavor. but very subdued compared to say, any stout I have ever had

mouthfeel: light, not very thick, almost like pop, the foamy thickness just doesn't hold up. But a good mouthfeel for waht I expected fromt he schwarzbier

drinkability: it's real high point... I could just sit and drink a gallon of this.. not a hint of alchohol, not very roasted, not bitter, no esters, very refreshing, a very "chill" beer. Drink a few of these cold and enjoy their ease. I good beer that wont challenge you in the slightest. A good beer to give those scared of dark beer :)

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours like a fizzy porter, just a tad less black than a stout. The tan head is fluffy and large but also shortlived. Aroma is of roasted malts and believe it or not Campbells Tomato soup, I might be crazy but it really smells like it, and not in a bad way. There are tonnes of bubbles emerging from the blackness, its very interesting to look at. The taste is of roasted malts, rye or pumpernickel bread, chocolate malts and very subdued hops. It completely lacks the bitterness of a stout. It has a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. A very interesting brew that I will try again if I get the chance.

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Photo of stoutman
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a large light brown head. Average strength aroma of toasted nuts and coffee, with notes of wine, and wood smoke. The aroma is wonderful and the taste is full and rich, with hints of red pepper, figs and chocolate. Fairly thin, and lightly sweet with some hop bitters to sop it up. Cereal, coffee, chocolate later on. Dry finish. Pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautifyl red black body with a cola colored smallish head.

Simple toasted malty aroma.

Roasted malt rich with notes of cola. Never had such a chocolate profo;e om a schwarzbier. Absolutely delicious. I am definately comming back to this beer. Light hops and lighter bitterness.

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Photo of merlin48
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Marikka's German Restaurant and Beer Bar in Lexington, Ky. In a Spaten pint glass, the body is a deep and dark mahogany, with some light shining through when held to some light. Gorgeous three finger tan head is rocky, retaining well before fading into some immense, sticky, patch lace.

Aroma is not as robust as expected, but is dark malty sweet, with a nice floral hops balance.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and has a mild, herbal hops bite.

Taste is intriguing, and has malty notes of chocolate and toffee that are balanced by lavender floral hops and a note of anise. Finishes slightly dry, with a crisp and refreshing aftertaste. Very well crafted, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of chriscolby
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out very dark -- almost as dark as as a stout -- with a moderate, cream-colored head. The beer looks beautiful. The aroma shows a lightly sulfury lager nose with a faint hint of chocolate malt. The flavor is malty and rounded, with only a slight hint of debittered dark malt character. (You would never guess the beer was this color if you tasted it blindfolded.) Hopped only to the level to keep the malt from getting chewy or cloying. Very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer shows an enormous amount of brewing finesse -- from getting that much color into a beer without introducing any bitter dark malt character to the delicate and well-integrated balance of all the ingredients in the beer. Proof that a beer doesn't need to be hugely alcoholic or over-the-top hoppy to be great, in my opinion.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly moved into my top 15 since I had it on tap at Sean Bolans in Baltimore. Searved in a long stemmed Kostritzer glass, beer was dark almost blackberry color. Smell was of annisette/black licorice and roasted malt. Taste... wow, what a smooth yet complex beer. Hints of roasted malt, chocolate and a nice subdued black licorice finish. Overall probably my favorite of the style. Ken better get this back in soon!

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black (of course) with a thin, creamy brown head with good lacing. Almost no nose to speak of, just a whiff of roasted malt. The beer itself tasted pretty good though, a roasted smoky malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and a bit of sweet hop flavor. A little thin for me but goes down smooth, a good drinkable beer.

I had never seen nor heard of this stuff before (had it on tap at the Silver Swan in Manhattan,) had to scour the net for info and it looks like Bitburger bought this brewery in Bad Kostritz awhile back, apparently because the mother of one of the principal owners of Bitburger drank this while nursing him. Gotta love those Germans.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dollar off at D's plus it's an old favorite of the style. Appearance: Dark coc-cola like caramel dark brown amber with a full tan head that quickly dwindles in my pint leaves nice rings of lacing. Aroma: Herbal grassy hop note with mild dark chocolate and hints of coffee not bad at all. Taste: Great mix of darker malts and herbal toned noble hops clean finish after the cold conditioning with hints of chocolate and coffee very quaffable. Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied great stuff smooth as all hell. Drinkability: Definitely gets a thumbs up great appetising brew that is a staple for the style, mass produced yes good hell yes.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was good. It had a nice dark amber color to it, almost black. The head was a tan color and started out big and thick, but then died out to a semi-thick laceing. The smell was super malty and had tinges of alcohol in it, with dark fruits. The taste was similar, but had a little bit of a smoke thing going on. Mouthfeel was nothing special, just the average. All in all a drinkable beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 33cl brown bottle with a black and gold label featuring a coat of arms. Purity law applies. Best before 4/30/04, I opened it on 5/3/04 - just missed.

Pours a clear deep burgundy under a two finger beige head with some contour, good retention and streaks of lace about half way down the glass. The nose is very mild, with just a hint of caramel. The mouth is medium carbonated and light in body. The taste is mild, with a touch of burnt malt. The finish features a good if mild hoppy bite. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste, where a bit of sweetish malt rejoins the party. This is a good refreshing drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unclouded near-mahogany brown with quite a bit of red when backlit. The head is light 'toast brown' and appears to be fairly sticky. It falls unevenly over several minutes time and leaves disappointingly little lace. The nose is of lightly roasted black malt with some earthiness, some nuttiness and the unmistakable, but faint aroma of chocolate.

I've never had a schwarzbier before, but this one reminds me of a weak porter. It's malt-dominant with flavors similar to what I described for the nose, although the chocolatiness seems to have vanished. The finish isn't all that different from what came before; the flavor simply fades away, leaving the mouth clean. The mouthfeel is lager appropriate so I can't be too critical. I prefer a bigger body, but I recognize that that wouldn't fit the style.

Interesting that Kostritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei has named themselves after a specific style even though they brew others. Despite my love for bigger beer, I found this one to be enjoyable and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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 tjd25
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great-looking dark opaque color. The head’s pretty too, and doesn’t want to disappear. Fine and foamy. Dark malts and grapes in the smell. Complex and refined. The smell is very enjoyable. Dark, almost roasted malts, woody. Some refreshing winy grapes aspects. Some chestnut maybe. The mouthfeel is great and full, no bitterness, a floral hoppiness. The complexity of this beer doesn’t make it less drinkable. A good pick.

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Photo of soper2000
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Chumley's in Lafayette. Pours a pitch black with a miniscule tan head that quickly disappears. Smell is syrupy sweet with some hints of roasted malt. Taste backs up that sweetness. Very sweet malty taste, this would definately be a dessert beer for me. Mouthfeel is very light and thin for me. I don't know how much of this I could have without that flavor overwhelming me. Worth the try, i just won't be coming back that often.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured darker than any other lager I've had myself. It looks good in the glass, with minor head and lacing.

It smells almost like it has a touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is similar, dark and thin with that crisp lager finish. Smooth and slick in the mouth, this has a surprisingly light but satisfying feel. Quite nice, if you ask me.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased at The Viking in Spokane for $4.50.

Poured a very dark brown with a huge tan head.

Smell reminded me of a brown ale. Sweet malt, with a hint of caramel. No hop aroma was detected.

Taste was like a lager version of a brown ale. Caramelish sweetness, with a very mild backdrop similar to coffee. Not a terribly complex brew. Also a slightly alcoholish taste, surprising given the relatively low alcohol content indicated here on BA (there's no abv listed on the label).

I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin, but I freely admit I'm more of an ale drinker.

This is a perfectly good dark lager. Is it great? I don't think so. But it's certainly good. In any event, it was cool to find a schwarzbier in a bar outside of Germany - the only place I'd previously had one.

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

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light which also reveals very fine carbonation bubbles. A tan head, about 1 and a half fingers to start, leaves patchy rings of lace down the glass. Smell is a mixture of dark bread and malty notes. Flavor is similar to the smell with the addition of coffee tones and hops which add a slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel was very smooth but a bit thin. Pretty drinkable... I could drink a few of these! Not very familiar with the style, but I liked this a lot!

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Appears to be black but upon closer examination is actually a very deep mahogany color.
Smell is malty and lightly roasted.
Taste is very light bodied mouthfeel and depth of flavor compared to the appearance, with only a hint of roasted malt and hops. Similar in style to AB Amber Bock, but better. Easily drinkable. It may be the style of beer but it left me wanting more complexity to the flavor of the beer.

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