Köstritzer Schwarzbier | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

very good
1,908 Ratings
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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Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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 CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of BergBeer
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tafyob41
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 dcisco44
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of korguy123
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Deep rich dark brown that is as close to brown without being black. Two finger light tan head. Lacing is slightly spotty.

S- Slight grain, there is a light chocolate and coffee. I'm getting an odd medicinal smell I can't seem to put my finger on.

T- Subtle coffee and cereal. The medicinal smell transfers over and presents itself in the form of smoke and juice (grape comes to mind)

M- Light bodied, good carbonation.

O- Definitely new style to me. The medicinal aspects to this are a little odd in my books.

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Photo of robertjskelton
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Somewhere between charcoal gray and jet black lies the shade of this beer. Deep, velvety, rich color. The head is a muted, dull, grayed brown (in contrast to the rich, earthy brown of a stout). Aromas are subtle, leaking hints of fragrance. Ashy roasted grains and burnt cloth. Much cleaner though than such adjectives might indicate.

Incredibly smooth. This is what a schwarzbier should be -- dark in color, robust in flavor, and lighter in body that you'd ever expect from looking at it. Satin texture. Easy drinking. This is why schwarzbiers (and maybe dopplebocks) reign supreme among lager styles in my book. Just puzzling perfection in a glass.

Blended chicory, coffee, lightly roasted malts, mild sweetness and balancing hop presence. Cleans up nicely with a moderately dry finish and doesn't linger.

It doesn't get much better than this for a lager, folks.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown,with a red hue when held up to light. Creamy tan head,with very good retention,and lacing.Aroma,is bready,with sweet earthy undertones. Body is light,with some carbionation. Taste is of bread,butter,and molasses. Finishes nicely,with a little bitterness. Very good!

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Photo of npendres
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured to an almost black color though some light does make its way through giving off some deep red highlights. Nice sized tan colored head that seems to have fair retention, fair retention. The aroma comes across as roasted malt with a slight astringency. Some chocolate aromas and a slight alcoholic aroma which is surprising based on the %4.8 ABV. The flavors are nice roasted malts, slight nuttiness, Slight bitterness at the back end. I do have a few knocks against this brew, first it seems a little watery and second it seems to be missing something as the flavor starts nice then breaks to a hollowness where it almost feels that something is missing though I can't figure out what. The alcohol aroma does not translate to the flavor at all. The aroma was much better than the flavor. Goes down easy though I still can't get past the feeling that something is missing.

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Photo of MisterClean
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at yardhouse, Irvine, CA. Dark in color like most schwarzbiers and smelled of light malts and European hops. Taste was smooth with light malts, hops, and had a dry finish. Tasted more similar to a lager. Very drinkable any time of the year.

Think I wanted something more similar to an American version of a Schwarzbier (SN has a good one).

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Very attractive beer coming out of the bottle. Jet black in the center, with only slightly lighter browns at the edges, atop which sits a head of fluffy taupe foam. Bready aroma with hints of sweet malts underneath. What I will call the "brown bread crust" aspect of the aroma is gorgeous. On the palate, doughy right off the bat and very dry. Roasted malts come out to play next, displaying pronounced malt bitterness. No sweetness comes out in this beer at all. The finish is bone dry and very long. Mouthfeel is huge for such a low gravity beer, thanks mainly to the effervescence of the carbonation. This is one excellent schwarzbier. It could use some more complexity, maybe some nice coffee notes, in the palate, but the flavors that are here are sublime. It's also uncompromisingly dry, which I like. Awesome stuff.

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

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with an old-fashioned, kinda creepy looking guy on the label...no freshness date to be found

Appearance: Dark brown/black beer with a creamy ivory cap with good retention

Smell: Mild, toasty malts with a touch of roasted grains...this is smooth and simple, not a lot going on, but pleasant

Taste: Nice toasty and very light roasted grains, a light minerality on the clean finish...again, very simple, but nice

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: Tasty, drinkable black lager...this is a bit simple, but a nice dark German quaffable beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in the fridge.

The head is very big. It's beige and foamy. It collapses unevenly: pillowy. Sticky thin lacing. The body of the beer seems black, but it's fully garnet against the light. I smell sour toffee and nuts. The taste is a little dusty in the front, with some corn syrup. A watery, thin middle shows a little tang, but there's the corn syrup again. The finish is bitter, darkish, slight. Again, there's some water and corn syrup.

I think this is what a black NA would taste like!

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

Black with dark mahogany highlights. Mild to moderate sized head, brown and bubbly.

Sweet fruit, grape/apple, and soft caramel. Tart/bitter edge with roasted/toasted vibe.

Smooth and thick delivery of ripe fruity bready malt and then flowery hop. Toasty light caramel body. Rounds out with a little tart pucker, giving it a nice grape vibe. Deeper are dry chocolate and roasted flavors. Finishes bitter and fairly dry.

Deep and complex brew. Nicely balanced. Exemplifies the style nicely.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of hayesjw
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of scottoale
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall, skinny brown long-neck with three foiled labels and a bottling/freshness code notched (A,5) on the rear label. It pours a nearly black, brown with a finger of greyish-tan froth.

The smell of this brew is what really liked about it...sweetish malt stands out with some earth and a kind of must, along with some wood notes. Just a light malty sweetness that begs too be drunk.

Lightly roasty malt with mild sweetness and oaky flavors prevail. Almost nutty at times with a good carbonation and just enough hoppiness to balance things to a "T". Clean on the finish.

Light-medium in body with the alcohol seeming non-existant, giving this brew extremely good drinkability. Very enjoyable Schwarz, one of the best I've tasted.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Köstritzer Schwarzbier from Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.
3.88 out of 5 based on 1,908 ratings.
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