Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,901 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
Ratings:
1,901
Reviews:
837
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
289
For Trade:
1
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Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into a flute in sachsenhausen, frankfurt am main, germany. pours black with garnet highlights and a single finger ofg off white creamy head.

aroma is of subtle roasted malts with notes of mild caramael and chocolate mixed in. a subtle earthy base rounds out the profile.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more character and concentration.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture and a smooth finish. aftertaste is of lingering roasted malts.

drinkability is excellent. this is a mild and smooth brew with phenomenal profile and proportioning. prost!

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zylod
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 therica
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. I totally agree with Jason's (The Bros) review.

Mine had punches on both side edges of the rear label designating A-7 bottling.

A= total black, but if you hold it to strong light you can see some dark mahogany at the edges (assuming it's poured in glass). Mild tan head (1 finger in my 1/2L glass stein), nice lacing down the glass for a while.

S= nice robust traditional hops, roasty whiffs of malts and some nutty hints. No carbonation-burning in the nose. Catch a good whiff after it's poured and before you start to drink, because it's a lot harder to find afterwards.

T= if someone blindfolded you and you drank this, you might not know it was a dark beer except for the slight lingering tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, black molasses and possibly some rye. On the other hand it's definitely a quality and traditional black beer, an old standard for many which followed. Every now and then I'd catch a nice bold bready taste and nose when I took a gulp. Toasted caramel sweetness, or maybe it's buckwheat honey. Hints of black cherry as it sits for a while. Balanced carbonation. I'd go on but the beer just ended, darn. Dark-bread scents lingering up from my stomach afterwards, but no hefty bloated belching.

M= very nice, a light bitters and toasted taste on the tongue with some black molasses and light caramel sweetness or buckwheat honey, whichever-- causing mild salivation.

D= I suspect that anyone who likes good beer, even light ale fans, would enjoy this, whether one bottle or session. We had a 6-pack at a tailgate party where the guys next to us were drinking St Pauli Girl and they really enjoyed the bottles we gave to them in pity.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Troville1990
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Morris729
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black ruby in color with a thick and rocky tan colored head that eventually dissipates into a creamy and sticky lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts and grains. Taste is dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy but is a bit thin. A nice Schwarzbier, but nothing special.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: a standard embossed light brown 330mL bottle with a decent macro label. Looks the part.

Appearance: pours a dark brown with a light brown highlight around the edges of the glass. A great finger-and-a-half tan head hangs around for a decent time before dropping to a half-finger. Decent lacing.

Aroma: roasted malts - coffee predominantly - with raisins, maraschino cherries and some berries. Some caramels also.

Taste: the flavours in the aroma are all present on the palate, are well combined and come through quite strongly. It is also quite a smooth flavour - this is a good beer!

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through - particularly the caramels and heavy fruits.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation - clean and crisp. Somewhat smooth too, which is nice for a schwarzbier.

Overall: this is a really tasty and easy-drinking German Schwarzbier (quickly becoming one of my favourite styles). If we can get great dark lagers like Monteith's Doppelbock and this imported for around AU$50 a case, why can't we get any Aussie equivalents for less than generally AU$80? Ruddy Aussie government. Rant aside, this one is great value and very sessional.

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Photo of npachl
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a lovely black hue with a creamy tan head. The beer has a very rich look to it.

Smell: The aroma seems quite minimal, though you can notice the roasted malts.

Taste: The beer has a great flavor of bold (yet not overpowering) roasted malts. Perfect amount of roasting, and the perfect amount of hops to compliment the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with low carbonation (yet slightly tingly) and slightly dry aftertaste. Gives a substantial and filling feeling without seeming overbearing.

Drinkability: Things seem well-balanced and in proportion with this beer, making it thoroughly drinkable. Alcohol is not overbearing at all.

An extraordinally enjoyable beer. If you haven't tried a schwarzbier before, be sure to give this a try; it maintains an excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. My only real complaint is the smell, as it's a bit lacking. Though possibly not the most dynamic flavor, this is certainly one of my favorites.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- some nice slowly cascading bubbles trickle down from the very attractive tan head. body is a deep dark clear maroonish-brown with bright shiny orange highlights at the bottom of the glass. foam retention and lace are both fantastic as the head almost refuses to settle and the lace is sticky and chunky. i guess that poet dude coulda dropped a few lines about this look.

S- clean with floral and grassy hops and a bit of caramel malty sweetness. subtle cocoa aromas come out as the beer warms a few degrees. also a bit woodsy and metallic.

T- not a huge flavor machine, but not meant to be either. complex and subtle flavors abound, starting off as a balance between vinous hop flavor and chocolate milk. nicely toasty, slightly roasty, cocoa, and some very faint coffee. let's say mocha. hints of wood and tobacco are present, as are old dried out dates and figs whose sweetness has been replaced by a leqafy tea like hop bitterness. finishes somewhat nutty like a walnut chocolate skins n' all.

MF- so light for such a dark beer but that's not to say the brew has no substance. it's soft and rolly and suitably carbonated but it's not heavy. it feels so me (aside from the powdery roasted grain feel) to be about as hefty as a helles or a lighter end oktoberfest. bubbles are tight and carressing, not too aggressive, and compliment to roastiness perfectly. leaves some tannin dryness on the cheeks.

D- easily a session beer. low abv, great flavor, and a not-so-heavy body are the reasons why i could put away a sixer no problemo. so glad this one fell into my lap.

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Photo of Loveyourbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Pours an extremely deep ruby brown color with a dense tan head that subsided into a film after a few sips. There’s a complexity in the aroma. Whiffs of smoked and burnt dark chocolate, brown sugar, candy, sour tarts and yeast. The taste is delicious with roasted notes of chocolate and nuts. The finish is clean and the beer is very smooth and flavorful – but not overwhelmingly so, which makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 7/4/11. Reviewed from notes; originally 6/24/10.

A- Pours a dark black with a 2 finger, glistening brown head.

S- Smells doughy and bready with some roast malt with some spicy oktoberfest like hop notes.

T- Bready and doughy much like the nose with just a hint of roast malt, spicy hop , and dry chocolate finish... a very understated taste.

M- Very carbonated, almost too much, it negatively affects hwo you taste this beer. I would say it's thin bodied.

D- The level of carbonation hurts the drinkability. Overall a bland take on the style. I expected much more from this one.

* Aggressive swirling makes the carbonation recede and brings to the forefront the flavor profile that was hidden by the carb. Not a bad brew once you get by the pesky carbonation.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

A:
Almost pitch-black opaque color with thick foamy tan head with great retention, it slowly sinks to silky layer atop and leaves some sticky lacings here and there.

S:
Very malty aroma comprising of dark Munich malt and roasted malt, there is also a note of cocoa, creamy and dark chocolate, butter and bread.

T:
Predominating by charring character of roasted malt but not too over as there is some slight sweetness from caramel, dark bread, cocoa and creamy chocolate as leverage, the bitterness is so delicate and refined by roasted malt as a main actor while hop and dark chocolate make a plus.

M:
The body is light to medium with smooth mouthfeel from fine crispness and carbonation, dry and quite refreshing finish.

O:
Great, rich, deep, very easy drinkable and so worthy, it is an ideal session beer or a beer for every household.

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Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola black with a large, off-white head. A malt-forward aroma that gives way to a slight sourness up front in the taste, followed by a nutty, cherry malt flavor balanced by a decent hop bitterness. Fairly light bodied and easy drinking.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Joe's in Fullerton.

A- Finger width off-white head, deep dark black body. Intimidating looking beer.

S- Roast barley and malt smells.

T- Dark and roast flavors. Not complex but definitely tasty.

M- Thicker body with a watery finish, some chewiness to it.

O- It was fairly good, all things considered. Might like to re-review it.

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Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,901 ratings.
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