Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Köstritzer SchwarzbierKöstritzer Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
72.9%
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3.91 w/ 1,914 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:
1,914
Liked:
1,396
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
12.02%
Alströms:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
123
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298
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Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So glad I finally found this on tap somewhere (the way it's supposed to be). Poured into the brewery's trademark 500ml mug pilsner glass at Shotwell's.

Wow, I was surprised with how opaque looking this beer is. Granted, I've had my fair share of schwarzbiers in the past, but none of them seemed this blackened - indeed, this looks just like a porter, rather than any lager I've seen. Looks reddish when held against the light, but that's about it. A frothy tanned head coats the top of the glass, and although it dissipates into a ring quite often, every long sip would agitate the beer enough to bring it back about 2 fingers worth. For the style, this is eye candy, plain and simple.

Smells terrific - roasted, slightly fruity, and grainy in the same vein as freshly baked dark bread. Big notes of roasted barley, similar to pumpernickel, as well as cashews, light espresso, and cacao nibs (it's resemblance to baker's chocolate is astonishing). Contains a dark fruit profile akin to raisins or cherry pits, but it's quite subtle. Light peppercorns, brief zestiness, but overall a roasted profile that permeates aggressively throughout. It also gets a bit smoky at the finish as it warms up, which, combined with the roasted barley and chocolate flavor, creates a very warm, vibrant schwarzbier.

Wow! This is roasted as all hell, in the same manner that a good English porter tends to be. This completely transcends the style as far as I've ever known it, and rather than pit a caramelized grain and crisp toasted malt character together, this ups the ante with a roasted, chocolate and coffee bean bitterness that is malty and rich throughout, with a permeating smoky and grainy power that does not let go, even minutes after sipping it. It's really all about the roasted barley character here, but definitely some dark fruits make themselves noticeable, as well as a slight hop zest and earthy character that makes this very robust and memorable. Carbonation is spot on - plentiful and playful, and the feel is wet and refreshing, in spite of the ridiculous barley astringency. As time goes on, the palate fully adjusts to this and it gets easier and easier to drink. What a fabulous beer - definitely a sipper, but quite simultaneously crisp and refreshing.

This is, quite simply, one of the benchmarks for what a schwarzbier should be, and what it's capable of doing. There's a barley kick in here that's unlike your typical dark lager, and it simply DEMANDS to be paired with bratwurst and brown mustard due to its robust, smoky, slightly charred flavor. Really good, and I could easily have two of these in one session. Highly recommended!

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear very dark brown with a one-finger khaki colored head, which dissipated quickly. Patches of lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of roasted grains, black coffee, chocolate, and a hint of spicy hops. Smells amazing.

T - Rich, dark roasted grains forward, without hardly any of the sweeter elements indicated in the nose. Earthy hops make themselves known in the finish. Not at all complex, but the flavor that is there is excellent.

M - Light bodied, with slightly spritzy carbonation. Somewhat grainy. Finishes extremely crisp.

O - I found myself wishing it was just a tiny bit creamier and just a tiny bit sweeter. But overall, one of the better examples of the style. Would gladly drink again.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt, no hops
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to an incomplete layer
Lacing sketchy
Body clear, dark amber
Flavor slightly sweet, malty, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

A very nice looking, sessionable beer, one I’ve enjoyed on tap and in bottles, in both the US and Germany

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had previously had this in a bottle and food it very good but not overly impressive. Although I still have had one or two that I think are better, having had it again on tap, I have found it to be better than I previously felt, which is not always the case.

On tap, almost black, it has a large tan head that slowly shrinks to lasting thin foamy top and leaves a little bit of lace.

The aroma is mostly molasses and toasty bread with licorice and a hint of earth.

The taste is toasty with elements of prunes in red wine, licorice, earth, and hint of chocolate. I found it on tap to be less dry and thin of character, only slightly dryish with a light sweetness and light toasty-licrorice bitterness. It is smooth and very easy to drink. On tap, the body was slightly fuller and more satisfying than when I had it in the bottle, when it seemed thinner.

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Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 72.9% out of 100 with 1,914 ratings
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