Köstritzer Oktoberfest | Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

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Köstritzer OktoberfestKöstritzer Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei GmbH & Co.

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

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Added by SheepNutz on 09-01-2002

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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 103
Reviews by DarthMalt:
Photo of DarthMalt
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one can run with the best of them.

Nice head w/ good, dense top layer. Color is definitely on the lower bound of the SRM scale. Typical, nondescript snort-of-lager scent.

Toasted-biscuit malt flavor, like in a good ale. Great fresh hop-flower flavors, which do not fatigue the tongue. Finishes with a good waft of estery plum. Cute little tinges of hop wave bye-bye.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pours clear light orange amber with a big creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet, almost sugary, toasted malts and toffee.

The flavor is the same - sweet sugary toasted malts with a dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent Oktoberfest. Too sweet and toasty for me.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Weathered pale amber, very clear with a patchy white lace.

Smell: Clean and aromatic malt in the nose, good amount of toasted character with a faint caramel.

Taste: Crisp with a creamy back, moderate body with a stable malty mouth feel. Toasty biscuity malt character with a full graininess throughout. Fresh hoppiness with a modest but ample bitterness. Hop twang lasts with an herbal leafy flavour underneath the graininess.

Notes: Quite impressive and one I’ll search out every fall season. Lots of depth without being too thick.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill-hazed orange/amber, nice 1/2 inch head that's cushiony. Slight sense of mellon and citrus rind to the aroma. Malty flavors, nutty, a little toffee but a slight sense of cardboard/canvas. Hops are not distinctive, a little gravelly. About right light/medium bodied mouthfeel. Not bad, but not wonderful with slight off tastes...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Forms a solid amber orange body with a decent sized creamy white head that leaves speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma: A biscuit bready like nuance with the caramel and vienna malts kicking up their heels in the background takes on a toasted nut charactertistic, but very tame. Flavor: A bit one dimensional not as sweet as I would like from an Ofest seems more like an amber than a Oktoberfest in my opinion usually pretty found of this style this one just seems off the mark. Bready tone without the signature toasted nut syrupy flavor very bland overall. Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy light to medium bodied lager. Drinkability: Many better Ofests out there but I guess it's worth a try.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad, sweetish to begin with, finishing off dry, more hops than i expected in an Oktoberfest, which i thought was a good thing, not as sweet as other O'fests, highly quaffable, but not overly interesting, quite solid.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a fairly deep amber. A white head was tight and sticky, staying around in some capacity the whole way and leaving some nice lacing behind.
There's a nice malt with a touch of sweetness and toastiness in an aroma that isn't hard but isn't bland, either.
There's a bit of hops character to balance this one out, and the toasted grains character is perhaps most prevalent. There's a citrus nip and a mix of nutty and tangy just underneath.
This one's moderately both crisp and smooth in a light to medium body. There's enough thickness to support this brew without being overdone.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.86/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Small things are getting done in the basement...
Glassware: Samuel Smith lager...
Appearance: Golden orange body; slow effervescence; nice white head remains consistent down the glass...
Aroma: sharp, fresh malts--pleasant but undistinguishable from others...
Palate: smooth, slightly effervescent body that produces little aftertaste--and little more of distinction...
Taste: quite a pilsner in taste and texture.... the pitchiness of the malt is more like corn or biscuit... a bit sharper than expected...
Overall: Bought in H-town to continue my quest to drink what I have not yet--especially in Oktoberfests--this one seems to strike an odd balance between a dirty pilsner and a crisp, fizzy (almost cheeselike) biting lager...neither of which is really what I was looking for...

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Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden-amber body, off-white head rapidly dwindles to nothing.
Toasty, grainy malts on the nose. Underlying malty sweetness and touches of hop spice.
Toasty malts dominate the early section, alternating with pronounced grainy hues. Faint toffee sweetness comes in later, prior to the herbal, and lighly spicy hops at the finish.
A decent festbier template, just not overly exciting. Tasty, but too simple.
Stays very drinkable with steady light-moderate carbonation.
Middle of the road.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Sam Adams pint, 'Best before: 01.07.10'.

I'm drinking this five months past its prime but it's still good with a crystal amber body and a creamy, healthy head the color of an old book's yellowed pages.

Buttered bread, saltine cracker, and nuts.

This beer is now dominated by nutty flavors. Rich, buttery nuts and bread are complemented by some salinity to make up the malt. Hop flavor is nowhere to be found (recognizeable bitterness) but the yeast is clean and saltine-like. Altogether this is warm and comforting and an acheivement for a non-Doppelbock lager. It pulls all this off with very low sweetness.

In the mouth it is full, and more importantly rounded. There is a full malty but savory body with ample carbonation.

This is probably the most comforting and best lagers that I've ever drunk. It's making me want to attend Oktoberfest even more.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.92/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a nice dark malty look and taste. But the mouthfeel was a little watery, so it couldn’t hold its own in our tasting of many Oktos. Noted more melanoidins than in other beers. Light mouthfeel meant its taste overall was lighter. Also had a hard water profile you don;t find in Bavarian Oktos, which allowed the hops to taste a little spicier.

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Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jackndan
2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After a long season of O-fests, this does not make the grade. Decent amber color, somewhat spicy aroma, but the taste was lacking in comparison to the O-fests I've had thus far. The taste was there, but just did not have the full bodied tastes, the spices, that mark a great O-fest. Not bad, but not worth another look.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale copper color with a nice 2 finger head that quickly dissipates into a light ring. The aroma is of bready malt and some caramel. Didn't pick up much munich malt characteristics like I do with some other German Oktoberfests. The taste is of a sweet caramel bready malt, again not heavy on the munich malt characteristics, with a noticable bitter hop presence which gives the brew nice balance. The brew has some mineral/metallic flavors as well. Moderate body with fizzy carbonation, crisp and balanced. A nice enjoyable Oktoberfest. Not as doughy as most but has a nice balance between the sweet malt and hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of bierman2000
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied Oktoberfest with very little malt aftertaste or at all in the bottle. Light amber color with a floral nose this beer is thin in all senses.. tastes, malt, and balance for this style. The beer is not very drinkable because the flavor and balance are just not there.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is good, malts and slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality oktoberfest worth checking out.

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Photo of Jredner
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy honey aroma and flavor. I mean HUGE honey flavors to the point that It seems they must have used honey in it. Seems thin in body for a fest beer, but has a certain zing to it flavor wise.

I’m becoming a fan of this brewery. They have some very low profile but flavorful products.

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Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours with a big tan head. Clear coppery amber body. Good head retention and lacing. So far so good.

Smell: Exactly as a traditional German Oktoberfest beer should. Nothing exceptional or out of the ordinary.

Taste: Feels like it has more body than most German O-fests. Creamy mouthfeel, toasty malts, mild hop spice and bitterness. I wish I had a keg of this stuff.

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Photo of Murph
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent tan head that fades a bit too quickly, a bit too light for the style imo. Sweet toasty maltiness in the aroma with only the barest traces of hops. Sweet toasty maltiness but the balancing hops fall a bit short and leave the beer tilting a bit too much towards the sweet side. Good medium-light body to this one and decently quenching. Not a bad brew but not one of the better Oktoberfests that I've had this year. A bit too sweet and not quite toasty enough. This would make a nice session brew but I would prefer other fests first.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of Kostritzer's Schwarzbier and so it was a no brainer to pick this up when I saw the distinctive, brightly colored packaging in Hanover (PA) this weekend. Put the case in the shopping basket and some guy comes up and says, "Hey, is that any good?" I couldn't tell him then, but said, "If it's made by Kostritzer, it can't be bad." He nodded his head, picked-up a case and headed to the checkout. Glad I suggested it. It was well worth the trip--and the case.

Poured into the glass with a fluffy beige head, nice golden to amber color (lighter than your typical marzen), nice lacing on the glass as the contents were emptied. Sweet (but not too sweet) malty hops in the nose--nice balance--and the taste was the same. At first I wondered if it would be too sweet, but a subtle hops tartness, thinner mouthful, and a zesty carbonation combined to make for an extremely refreshing and drinkable combination. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's a bit late to be picking up a fall seasonal but when I spotted this on the shelf I figured "one wouldn't hurt, right?" Poured with a clear coppery color, a foamy ½" off-white head and some fine carbonation that resulted in some light lacing.
The smell was a pretty enticing blend of sweet malts, caramel and butterscotch, and some floral hops. The taste followed suit nicely with a hearty malt flavor and a smooth, sweet butter toffee taste up front. A lightly spicy, herbal hoppiness pervaded the finish, adding a nice balance to what otherwise would have been a hugely oversweetened and off-balance brew. The mouthfeel was medium, smooth and a touch watery.
Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest brew. Worth checking out if you see it.

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Photo of tfidler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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