Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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87
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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:
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Added by pezoids on 10-17-2001

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819
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1,825
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
17.78%
 
 
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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a sizeable head of pillowy, dense tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a ring of foam and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Sweet Munich and roasty black malts with aromas of pumpernickel, black coffee, molasses, icing sugar, cocoa powder, nuts, and birch smoke. Faint, grassy hops.

T: Rich biscuity, roasty, and bready malts with overtones of slightly sweet rye bread, black coffee, black molasses, and cocoa. Roasted barley and grain, nuts, and faint grassy, earthy hops towards the finish.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is exceptionally dry, balancing the robust roasty flavour cleanly.

D: An excellent, archetypal example of an uncommon style, offering rich, roasty flavour with the usual refreshing lager drinkability. A must-try.

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

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. Now this was one of the better ones in the pack. It poured a black color witj a long lasting head. I like Schwarzbier and this one was very good but I have had better. If I could find this again I would buy a few!.

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Photo of steelreign
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Being as dark as it was, I expected a little more of, well...everything. Slight roasted grain aroma with hints of hop leaf. Not much in the way of body, but overall, the taste was quite malty and sweet - not bad, but nothing outstanding. If this was the only craft beer on tap at a bar, I would definitely drink it all night. Enjoyable on a somewhat reserved scale...

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Photo of anders36
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark burgundy almost black brew with a grey head that disappear quickly. Has a very roasted malty smell. The taste is also roasted, but not not as roasted as in a stout. The mouthfeel is a little thin. I expect a little more mouthfeel from a dark beer. It is not a bad beer, but i had expected a little more out of it.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the German club in Berkley at lunch with Teaser. I must say that the Bratwurst they do is absolutley awesome!

Poured a very dense black with a tight foamy tan head of about 2cm in thickness. Served in a pint glass.

Smelt nice, plenty of malt, chocolate and a hint of roastyness. No real hops to speak of, very clean, a touch of spiceyness.

Tasted quite thinner than you'd expect from the look and smell of the beer, but I guess it is a lager... Plenty of malt, nice hits of chocolate and that slight roastyness again. Finished dry and sweet, with a lingering chocaolate character.

A good drinking German Schwartzbier. Certainly a session brew, if it was available more often down here.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first schwarzbier. Schwarzbier I guess - it was a pitch black colour with a tan head and lace that clung all the way to the end. Nose of malt with the slight hint of coffee. Not too over powering, but very tasty. A little thin in the mouthfeel. I expected more really. A good aftertaste of roasted hops and even malt. I could have stood a slightly stronger taste but this was a good beer. I'd have another.

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Photo of sockeye101
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black with redish highlights and a tan, one finger head that left nice lace. Aromas were malty with a hint of prunes/raisins and a bit of roasted goodness. Tastes are focused on the malts with a nice roasted malt flavor that follows with just a hint of coffee. Very little hop bitterness in the beginning and none on the back end. Mouthfeel is thin, a bit watery but appears to be right on par for this style. Overall a very nice beer that does well by not doing a lot, a nice clean, crisp beer.

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Photo of OlaB
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pitch black color,gives of a decent amount of head that disolves rather quickly.decent lacings on the glass.

S: roasted malts and cofee. Not really a lot of aroma on this beer.

T&F: I am more satisfied with the taste.roasted malt and cofee notes.slight sweetness in the taste . The hops gives of a balanced and bitter aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinkable. Good to be such a light and dark beer.

O: was a interesting beer type to try and It was enjoyable and easy to drink. I would like try more of this beer type, since I start to apreciate more and more malty beers. All in all it was a positive experience.

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

Pours out with a nice, foamy head. It retains this to a degree throughout. Dark in color, as you might expect. Very mild roasted scent.

Smooth and remarkably clean, crisp taste. Not unusual for a German beer such as this one. Nothing elaborate or "extreme" here. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.82/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours clear black with a nice one finger head that fades to a nice full ring and a cap in the center with delicate lacing. Very attractive!

The aroma comes across to me as straightforwardly caramel malty and some fruity notes like raisins and some light floral hops. Gorgeous!

The beer tastes pretty much the same. It starts off lightly caramel malty sweet and stays that way through the sip with some very mild raisin or prune notes along for the ride and finally it finishes with only the tiniest of hop bitterness, dryness and black pepperiness. LOL It's well balanced. A little roastiness comes through just as you are about to take another sip. WOW!

The mouthfeel is creamy and smoothly sweet with light body and moderate to light carbonation making this beer very easy to drink! It has a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I am going to have to concur with the BA guys and conclude that this is world class. It was a pleasure to drink and I really can't find any fault with it at all! It's light enough that the sweetness is not annoying and it serves to balance it also. 5 out of 5! Highly recommended!

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

The beer appears a dark black with red hues when looking carefully. The head is retained for a moment. This beer smelled of stinky cereal when it was first poured, but once it settled, I get some smoky, nutty, and some spiciness to it. For all my apprehensiveness, this beer hits it out of the park. The malty flavor takes over the palate. The hop character is downplayed, but I enjoyed the malty backbone on top of the unmistakable Germain crispness that their lagers tend to have. The body is light, and very lager-like. Overall, I'd definitely drink it again. I'd say this is a perfect Fall beer for all you porter and stout fans. A great buy.

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Photo of jj21
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown with quickly disappearing tan head. Malty aroma was present, but not very strong. Struggled to get any smell at all. Sweet earthy taste. Very nice and clean bitterness. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Easy to drink for being such a heavy style.

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Photo of teg8612
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the one that features Goethe reclining with a glass of this same beer in his legendary, literary hands.
A- Very dark, nearly black. Small creamy heads.

S- Mellow sweat cocoa. Nutty with roasted coffee beans.

T- Good malt character. Soft and smooth, very creamy. Light chocolat and coffee notes. Not big but subtle and complex. Breaks down as it warms and becomes thin.

D- This is my favorite Schwarzbier. Goes perfect with brats. There maybe more robust beers in this style but the drinkability isn't what this one is. Very smooth and drinkable. Light enough for summer drinking and a good alternative to heavy winter beers.

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Photo of edificio5
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I came across this beer by accident. I was in the Growler and Grill in NY and they had this on tap and in bottles. I purchased some bottles and the beer was well balance, smooth and tasted good. The tap version of the beer was as smooth virtually identical as the bottle version. For me this was just the perfect beer. Amongst the best I have ever tasted. Personally I am into dark beer and not the hoppy type. I hope this helps. Great beer!!

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

Apperance: Nice large head, which leaves alot of web like lacing. Almost black in color.

Smell: Roasted sweet malt, not too much for the nose really.

Taste: Sweet roasted malt, mild hop flavor. Smooth and a bit dry near. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall: A good easy to drink beer. Worth a try, still I like the Sam Adams Schwarzbier a bit more.

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

A- Dark black, light tan head of about a cm. Shiny like molasses. Small bubbles.

S- Reminded me of a bock. Mild roasty notes.

T- I was expecting it to be very heavy, but it is surprisingly light. It was not watery at all though. Rich.

M- Great mouthfeel. Rich, without being heavy.

D- Great drinkability. I wanted another after I had the first.

I would love to pair this with BBQ or a burger. Dark beer goes well with them, but it is hard to find ones that aren't overly filling. Great beer all-around.

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

This is my first sample of the style so I'll reserve giving it higher than a 4 until I try some other examples, but if all of them are this good, I will really like the style. The generic style description claims that the bitterness in Schwarzbier comes from hops, but in all honesty I'm not a huge hops fan and I don't taste a whole lot of hops in this. The bitterness is definitely a malt bitterness, but it's not in the least bit heavy or filling.

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Photo of larsee01
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A--12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Deep burnt chestnut--nearly pitch black. Big creamy tan head.

S--Light but rich scent. Mineral-ish. Lightly sourdough. Ghosts of burnt coffee.

T--Kicks off with a rich, deep coffee taste. Light bitter quickly shifts to a bready, mildly sweet maltiness. Well balanced.

--Medium-bodied. Smooth and finishes nicely dry.

D--Darker and richer, but what can I say? Drinks like a lager! Went down really nice and easy.

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

A - Black with garnet highlights in corners of glass, tan head with light lacing, good clarity.

S - Musty maltiness with leather and grain. Some noble hops and roastyness.

T - A subtle roasted character follows the initial upfront malt. Clean fermentation character with a little carbonation acidity. Alcohol presence is light.

M - Light and zingy.

O - A very refreshing favorite for the warmer months. Good example of this highly drinkable and sessionable style.

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Photo of monorailred
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting in a restaurant in Hamburg Germany...I guess they must think Americans are beer ignorant. I could not get the waiter to tell me details on the beers available. Only could get "pilsner or dark." Maybe it was just a combination of non - existent Germany and good (but not great english!). Knowing the pilsner was Bitburger, I chose the "dark" in the hopes it was a good and new beer to me.

I was rewarded.

This is a very good beer. Very dark with pretty good head retention. A great smell and very pleasant on the palate.

A nice "accidental" discovery that paired quite well with the weiner schnitzel.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great german dark, with clear compelx flavors and nice feel.

Medium beige head (dissipates quickly).

Taste is slightly fruity, but overall almost stouty with slight charcoal or ash, and coffeeish flavors.
Finish is hoppy but not bitter, and leaves little to no aftertaste.

Great beer, that's both thirst-quenching and appetite-opening!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Drank this eastern German classic often while staying in Dresden last summer. Lovely looking beer, with the typically German huge blooming, long lasting head--which leaves lacing on the glass as you drink. Has a very deep brown color, fully black unless you hold it up to the light.

S-Has a nice VERY DARK chocolate malty nose, with no apparent hops in the aroma

T-Lovely dry smooth taste--if you closed your eyes you would not know it was black, you may guess it was a light amber. They call this a "black pils" and that is about as good a description as any. The dark malt just makes this lager more interesting than just about any other lager. VERY well balanced between the gently roasted (and completely un-bitter) malt, and the noble hops. Leaves a clean, typically German hop aftertaste. Made just outside of Leipzig, and supposedly the poet Goethe's favorite beer. What a classic Türinger style!

M-Has the mouthfeel of a lighter beer, like a pils or Munich Helles. Crisp, and light--very unlike say a stout or porter.

D-Like most German lagers this is very drinkable--a nice session beer--you can sit all night having them with your friends (at the right bar...). Not filling--the only thing super dark is the color.

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Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in half-liter tankard at Ludwigs here in Philly.

Black, as the name suggests, in color. Thin, fine tan head on top, which dissipated to a patch in the middle of the glass. Some light lacing throughout, but not much.

Aroma is light, but is dominated by roasted malts, coffee, and caramel.

Flavor is also light, but not missing - roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of charcoal. The flavors become more pronounced as you drink more, and as the beer warms.

Light bodied, smooth, and clean. Very drinkable and makes for a great session beer. A very good example of the style and highly recommended. Also makes a good warm weather beer and thirst quencher.

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

Very nice pour with exceptional two finger head. Dark appearance with a very attractive aroma of medium roasted coffee and caramel... Had this beer once before and really enjoyed it. Bought it again just recently just to remind me how smooth this beer is... I could de-finitely have this beer stocked up in the fridge.

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

Pours a deep black with a fluffy head that clings to the glass.A mildly sweet malty aroma, with a trace of roasted coffee beans. Taste if very mild with smooth malts and grains. Hops slightly present in the background. Overall feel is thin and non-obtrusive with a slighlty wet finish. One of the better schwarzbiers

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