Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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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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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kaseydad
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The poet doth noet what is good. The label is pretty cool of the poet just chilling with a Schwarz....

Pilsner pour and am met with a black bubble pour with a small beige head. Some nice burgundy streaks and nice lacing also.

Aroma of dome dark fruits, black licorice, earth and some light coffee characteristics.

Easy drinking for a "black lager" and nicely carbonated. No aftertaste whatsoever which is a nice change.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Low alcohol = multiples.

A nice beer for the style and very happy I tried it. Worth the effort to find.

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Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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 Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had a Köstritzer was at a restaurant in Ginowan City, Okinawa back in 1998. I even bought a Köstritzer glass, my first piece of glassware that wasn't a pint glass, to commemorate the occasion. Now, nearly six years later, I decided it was time to reacquainte myself with this schwarzbier.
Poured from a 12oz bottle, it had a color of dark chocolate with some ruby highlights, a lumpy brownish-tan head, and nice streaky lacing. It had a nice roasted malt aroma tinged with coffee and cocoa and hints of caramel and nuts. The taste had a mild chocolatey flavor and some caramel sweetness up front. A more earthy grain flavor came across mid-range before a lightly spicy hops note finished things up. The feel was medium/light, clean and dry.
Drinkability was really pretty good. It's got a nice balance and no one flavor seems badly out of place. Worth giving a try if you see it.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

09/18/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Notes are cryptic. Caramel. Hops!! Burnt.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of neonbrown82
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a decent example of one my new favorite styles. Pours to a black color with ruby highlights and a decent creamy head.

The smell is a bit weak. Only a bit of sweet and nutty aromas shining through.

The taste is very light and crisp while still maintaining some full-flavored beer tastes. A bit of chocolate roastiness with a hint of smoke. Still quite sweet. Not much of a hop bite in this schwarz, unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a thin body. Very quenching. When paired with some gourmet sweets from the Amana colonies, it almost tastes like a coca-cola.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark brew with a ruby tint. A monsterous head rests a top the beer and lingers for several long minutes. After it finally subsides, patches of lacing linger to keep it looking good. Very nice looking beer.

S - Dark malt, black currant and faint elderberries. Gives a generally "dark"aroma.

T - A smooth dark malty flavor with a bit of dark fruit (black currants mostly) presence. The aftertaste is a lingering maltiness.

M - Pretty smooth, medium bodied and refreshing.

D - Very good, this beer is very pleasant and as sessionable as they come. A nice treat. The mini keg form is also good.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut amber with a reddish brown head of rocky foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Aromas of fresh bread, toasted grain and honey. Tastes nice, roasty and sweet malt with some dry fruit and very little hop present in the flavor, just enough bittering to balance the mildly chalky smooth finish. Medium light bodied, smooth and crisp. A good session beer for sure.

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Photo of rand
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to weizen glass

Pours a dark brown, which gives off a reddish hue as light passes through. Forms a nice, foamy head with tight carbonation but lacing is minimal. It smells of smoky, roasted malts and molasses, but the nose is faint. It's a balanced, pleasant smell but you really have to inhale to pick up the profile. It goes down dry, and the bready, slightly sweet roasted malts jump up to the front. This is followed by dark chocolate, some dried fruit like prunes or raisins, and a nice dry finish. Exceptionally balanced.

With the dark, somewhat oily complexion, you would expect something rich and chewy, and this is definitely more full-bodied than most lagers, but it's fairly light on the tongue. And it's exceptionally drinkable - finally the hot summer nights have arrived in San Diego and this is perfect for the occasion. A dry, well balanced and refreshing lager, and obviously one that has been perfected over a long history. I'll be looking for more of these.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of axeman9182
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this bottle at the Cloverleaf Tavern, and it was served with a pint glass.

Kostritzer Schwarzbier doesn't quite live up to its name, pouring more of a dark brown than actual black. There are a generous amount of mahogany highlights, and about a finger of khaki colored highlights. Head retention is brief, and there's not realy any lacing to speak of. The nose is lightly roasty, with a suggestion of milk chocolate. There's also an earthy quality there. The flavor takes that roasty, chocolaty base and adds a subtle nuttiness as a second background note along with the earthiness. The body is pleasantly full for a relatively low alcohol beer. The carbonation starts off fairly bubbly, but mostly dies off by mid palate. Schwarzbier isn't a style I find myself ordering all too often, but Kostritzer's renditionof it is fairly enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dasenebler
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, Germany.

Pours a very dark brown, near black, with chestnut highlights. Frothy head dissipates but laces fairly well.

Aroma is lager-like and clean, with a hint of toasty and roasty malts.

The flavor is nice. Drinks very easy and smooth, but also packs a good amount of tangy roast and chocolatey malt into the flavor package. Improves as it warms. Slightly milky or lactic, and reminiscent of a porter or milk stout. Clean, dry and roasty finish. Rivals the Irish stout in terms of being a sessionable dark beer. The mouthfeel was well-carbonated with fine bubbles, though slightly water.

This is one of the best Schwarzbiere available. However, Köstritzer is much better on-tap. The bottle lacked the creamy mouthfeel and pleasant sweetness, though the drinkability remained intact. A solid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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