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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of tkarsies
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle cool into pint glass. Pours dark brown/black that appears opaque sitting on the table. When held to the light, there are some ruby tones present. Small tan head that quickly fades to some lacing.
Roasted and sweet malts in the nose. Tastes similar to the smell with malt predominant. Sweet with some roasted malt. Tastes like a very mild stout although much less filling--nice when I want something lighter. There is some hop bitterness, although most of the bitterness seems to be from the roasted flavors.
Very smooth. This has a lighter mouthfeel than expected with a fairly light amount of carbonation. This drinks very easy. Low ABV plus its smoothness make this a nice winter session beer. This is my favorite Schwarzbier to date, and I definitely plan to visit this again.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a thin, tan head that dissipated quickly. Color a deep black, showing some ruby highlights when backlit. 42 degF. Caramel malt aroma with no hop. Flavor is also a caramel malt with a bit of a carbonic bite. Hop bitterness only becomes evident at the very end of the finish. Overall, very smooth drinking with subtle tastes that belie it's dark color. I will drink this warmer next time. Aroma 7, Appearance 1, Flavor 12, Mouthfeel 3, Overall 6 (29/50).

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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown (almost black) with red highlights and a dirty brown small bubble head that leaves small spots down the glass.

Smells like a lager with a little extra roasted malt and grass.

Tastes like a lager with some roasted malt, grass and caramel tossed in. Nothing terribly special but definitely better than a typical lager offering.

Completely foams up and fills the mouth, actually kind of weird. Finishes clean and slightly dry.

Light, clean and has some interesting flavors that can keep these coming. Still, not a huge beer to talk about, but decent.

Got as a freebie from my uncle who dislikes those "fancy beers." He might have liked this one...

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark with a moderate head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of honey and malt, with a little chocolate underneath. Tastes very much how it smells. Honey, malt, and chocolate. Finishes with a nice sweetness that isn't cloying. Mouthfeel is creamy. Not a very complex beer, but certainly enjoyable to drink.

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

Poured into flute glass. Not much head if poured slowly, fizzes down to narrow, faint rim.

Malt, very faint roast.

Nice roasted character. Not overly complex, but very pleasing. Chocolate, rye toast.

Mostly smooth mouth.

For lovers of Dunkel Lager, Dry Irish Stouts, Porters, Old Ale, rye lager, and, of course schwarzbier.

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

This beer is DARK! The only other Schwarzbier I've had was Saranac's Black Forest. This beer is at least as dark, if not darker, than BF. The head is a soft, light beige, with average-sized bubbles; not sticky, but slow to dissipate.

Smell is malty, and not overtly hoppy. I can tell this beer is going to be sweet.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer. It is deeper than Saranac's, with some chocolatey undertones. Deep, but refreshing. Light with a nice hoppy finish.

I could drink lots of this beer.

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Photo of kingothewoods
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served at the bar in a pint glass. Thought I would try this authentic German beer. Absolutely no head.... well very little but it disappeared.

S - Smells kinda strange to me - almost a mushroom aroma but also some hints of fruit.

T - Pow... you get the feel you are in Germany. However, you kinda get that first taste on your tongue that is again kinda like mushrooms.

M - Weird one on the feel but I would like to drink this one from a stein.

D - I had another one at the bar but that's probably enough, onto another beer.

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Photo of schanker21
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with a tan one finger head. When held up to the light, one can see a ruby color seeping through at the edges. Head fizzles out fairly quickly and leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Quite different from other Schwarzbiers that I've tried. Smells more like the Spaten premium lager I drank yesterday, but with a little more of a roasted character. Vegetables and roasted malts stand out.

T- Also quite different from anything else I've had in the style, at least at first. While it's still cold, the overwhelming taste is of some sort of vegetable soup. As it warms, more of the traditional Schwarzbier roastiness starts to pull through. Ah yes, this one keeps getting better as it goes on and so does my rating. Very well-balanced and an excellent representation of the style. So from now on, I'll remember to drink this a little warmer than I would most other lagers.

M- Very smooth like a Schwarzbier should be. I love this style because it's pretty light, but still packs so much flavor.

D- This is getting added to my list of all-night session beers. Easy to drink, not too filling. My only regret is that I don't have a Bratwurst, some Sauerkraut and some Spätzle to go with this. That would be prefect.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The black beer with the blonde soul".
If you drank this blind folded the first thing you pick up is a hint of coffee and roasted malt. You'd definitly know that it's a dark beer. Maybe a stout?

The first sip would give it away.This is no stout. It's wierd; just a very faint taste of coffee/ chocolate. It's more on the malt side. Right about now you'd be removing the blind fold."I knew it was a dark beer!", you say.
After another sip, you'd be confounded.
Leave it to the Germans to brew a beer like this. The more you drink, the less you notice the malty chocolate notes. It's amazing. It's as if it tranforms into a really good lager. Funny, it sure doesn't look like any other lager I've ever had before.
This is definitely a session beer.Soft on the palate, easy on the abv, tastes very refreshing. This is a really good beer.

I got this one through a recent beer split. I met a few people throuht B.A. and at the River St. Ale House. We all agreed that the Pa.case law sucks. We decided to do some case splits and we all have been introduced to some really great offerings. Hat's off to Lucky Joe for picking up this one.

I will make sure that I have this one on hand. I like it, and you should try it if ever see it around.

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Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a Kings pint glass. Stunning visual pour with dark red-brown crystal clear body topped with big head that fell fast. Aroma of roasted coffee and toffee. Mouthfeel was clear and crisp with a touch of maltiness and burned sugar flavors. No discernable hops flavor in bitterness or aroma. A delight on a hot day.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Appearance is dark brown to black with foamy, beige head.

S: Aroma is roasted sweetness, bread, with some slight coffee and vanilla notes.

T: Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, and toast. Very little discernible bitterness.

M: Palate is light- to medium-bodied, thin texture, foamy carbonation, and a sweet finish.

O: Overall a decent beer and a classic of the German Schwarzbier.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0,5 L bottle purchased from my local Edeka supermarket; poured into a glass.

A: very dark brown, almost black, yet transparent. Pours a thick head which dissipates down to about 1/4 inch, but retains its opacity and leaves nice lacing. Looks delicious.

S: sweet, very malty. Some fruity overtones (apricot, maybe plum?) and some coffee-ish notes. The smell is very... liquid. Terminology fails me.

T: Roasty. The malt flavor is very up-front, prompting comparison to rye bread. Earthy, well-developed flavors; not incredibly complex, but this beer isn't shy about its taste.

M: Better than some of the other schwarzbiers I've had here, but nothing to write home about, per se. It's a bit lighter than I would like, but that might just be personal preference. Feels light and vaguely oily on the tongue, then goes down smooth, leaving a bit of oiliness behind.

D: I feel confident in my ability to knock back quite a few of these. The boldness of the flavor might become overwhelming after a while, but I bet I would enjoy the first three or four quite a bit before then.

All in all, a pretty solid offering, and a welcome departure from my standard Erdinger and Warsteiner (the Edeka doesn't have that great of a selection, unfortunately).

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Photo of schrist275
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served just a few degrees below cellar temp, just the way I like them. The color so red brown that in the dark corners of the glass, it looks black. (Humor). The head that develops slowly dissipates into a fine rim hugging off-white lace. As you move the glass to your face you notice that you are not getting hit with carbonation, a good sign if you ask me. As the glass rests on your upper lip and you breath deep the aroma of this nectar, a slight hint of ???? with a very little touch of chocolate. As the beer goes into your mouth, you are overcome by a nice light on the tongue feel that is not normal with a beer so dark. The flavor is that of a nicely browned/lightly burnt chocolate (first flavor) and then develops into a nuttier flavor that hangs around your mouth. Absolutely worth having during Fest times, Great with any sour style german foods. Love it.

Alcoholic Content by the way is 4.8%

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large porcelain stein.
Very creamy head that lasted almost until the bottom of the stein - so creamy in fact that I couldn't even see it was a dark beer until I'd almost finsihed it!
Slightly sweet with some hints of liquorice in the malts
Very easy drinking and tasty. Not your typical german beer.

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

Liquor Barn Ultimate Brew Crew Jul '06 - German Lagers

A: Tall tan head with large bubbles. Very dark brown beer. It's still translucent though.

S: The aroma of roasted malt dominate.

T: Flavor is also dominated by roasted malt with slight bitterness.

M: It's a very smooth, light bodied beer with low carbonation

D: Very drinkable. I was worried about this one as I don't care for stouts and porters very much.

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Photo of MP72
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance = Was almost black like a good porter or stout with a great off white head.

Smell- was mild I didnt get too much in the way of smell except some graininess and malt.

Taste - very nice hop presence and lightly refreshing without the heaviness of its ALE counterparts.

Mouthfeel- was light and pilsner like , very smooth. refreshing is a word that keeps coming to mind.

Drinkability was very high i really enjoyed the smoothness and low ABV. Kostritzer could be a great session beer.I am really beginning to appreciate this style.

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Photo of beerorRIP
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on draft, from notes a week ago: pours a nice deep dark black with a one finger off-white head. the body is has some ruby highlights in the edges. the head reduces to a small ring of foam and not much lacing it all.

a smell of bready malt is there a touch of caramel and not much else. simple and effective.

tastes really nice. a nice dry malt taste with some hop bitterness in the end. a touch of herbal, spicy hops but just enough to keep the malt from being overwhelming.

the mouthfeel is nicer on draft for certain than a bottle. a slight creaminess to it, the carbonation is light on the tongue.

so easy to drink. it goes down so nice. i'd like to have more of this on draft but not so easy to find it.

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

Appearance is dark with reddish hues.

Smell is soft and scarce. Malty.

Taste: Chocolate malt nuttiness with a smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, full and appropriate.

Drinkability: A decent session beer that will not surprise you or change your persective on beer.

Review is a-bit rushed to beat the girlfriend's arrival. I apologize.

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Photo of jenbys2001
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark, nearly impenetrable amber color and smells exactly like a gingersnap cookie. However, in spite of its dark appearance this beer has a very light, thin taste. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and the beer is quite bitter. However, there really just isn't a lot of flavor to this beer. I couldn't discern much past the bitterness.

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

Wow, this IS a black beer. Like, imperial stout black. Wonderful head, though not long-lasting. Smells like a lager, that's for sure. Roasted coffee and malt are dominant. The taste is light enough to warrant a good drinkability rating, but it's also very satisfying. Some chocolate and coffee, licorice, and a hint of Belgian-style "spiciness". Leaves some fairly impressive lacing. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste. A wonderful offering that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of audiojon
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm admittedly not a lager fan, and have had only one other schwarzbier to date. That said, this brew was decent. It looks great, nearly opaque, and forms a nice head, but the smell and taste just aren't there for me. It smells almost like a macro to me, and the taste is fairly typical (and boring) for a lager. I gave it a shot, but probably won't be buying this again. Actually, I'd give it another try on tap, in Germany, but my next vacation isn't for quite a while anyway.

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Photo of Sleestak
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the past and remember it getting me hooked on schwarzbiers and dunkel lagers. Now's my chance to finally review it. At first glance this beer looks black with ruby highlights around the edges, but held up to the light it shows itself to be a dark ruby. A thin mocha colored head doesn't last long. Smells very sweet with roasted malts. A roasted malt flavor with some honey sweetness as well with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are some coffee/chocolate flavors but they aren't prominent, just hints of them in the background. A medium mouthfeel works perfectly, not too thin not too thick. This is a good sessionable schwarzbier.

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Photo of Alequine
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is simply a black lager. It isnt heavy, viscosity is light, slight see through, no head. Light, tan lacing. Slight smokey malt aroma. Little bitterness in the mouthfeel with a taste of slight burnt roasted malts. Smokey, light bitterness at the finish. I didnt' find this beer outstanding at all.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

500ml can and 33cl bottle

Appearance: dark brown with little carbonation which builds a 1 finger head that dissapeared really fast.

Smell: tobacco notes, coffee, malty sweetness, some cocoa too. The best of this beer in my opinion.

Taste: cocoa, tobacco, coffee, caramel, just like the smell. A little weak.

Mouthfeel: this was dissapointing...no carbonation and watery. I was expecting something with more body, stronger and creamy. None of that happened.

Overall: I found it pretty similar to La Trappe Dubbel although they're different styles of beers. Smell and taste were good although a little weak, and the mouthfeel didn't make it for me.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a fluffy tan head the dies quickly. The aroma is sweet malts, light coffee, and a touch of spice. Flavor is malty and semi-sweet, the middle has an almost sweet dark bread quality and licorice flavor, but finishes crisp and hoppy. Medium body, not a lot of meat or carbonation.

I really liked the flavor was complex but not over done. Good balance, easy going down, would make a good session beer.

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