Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Kyritzer Mord Und TotschlagKyritzer Mord Und Totschlag
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German Schwarzbier
Ranked #15
Ranked #8,754
4.04 | pDev: 6.44%
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
Very Good
Kyritzer Mord Und TotschlagKyritzer Mord Und Totschlag
Notes: Mord & Totschlag ("Murder and Manslaughter") was a legendary schwarz, or black beer, brewed for the knights of Kyritz an der Knatter as early the 17th century. Famous at such far-away places as Hamburg and Lubeck in those turbulent times, this rich, robust German dark specialty beer is now offered to the (presumably) more peace loving connoisseur.
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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of malt, chocolate, smoke, and some dark fruit.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of chocolate (could've used a bit more), a hint of dark fruit (plums, raisins), lots of malt (the dominant ingredient), and a tinge of a smoky quality. A straightforward, focused, if slightly uninteresting, flavor. They did a good job of making a simple and smooth flavor, but it feels constrained. Still, not bad.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid beer, but not one that wows you. Nonetheless, worth a look.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this as part of BJCP training, 8B. Schwarzbier
Pours a semi darker tan creamy rich head, fizzes up and fades back a bit, then great retention after, little lacing, very dark color, but some garnet ruby light sneaking through and clear

Nose lots of dark malts, a little bready malt, very dark roast and almost coffee like roast but not burnt, a little dark chocolate and hint of caramel, a hint of herbal hop

Taste more rich dark malts, bread crust and bready malts in general with roasty notes, a little dark chocolate and coffee, a dry roasty bitterness with mild powdered cocoa, a little hop bitterness added as well, a little sweetness kicks in late with a flash of warming alcohol, the sweetness dries quite a bit and finishes quite dry with a bit more warming alcohol, lingering roasty notes and some bitterness to balance, smooth soft lagering

Mouth is medium bodied, high fizzy carbonation, little warming alcohol, smooth finish without astringency

Overall pretty good, matches style very well except much higher alcohol, enjoyable and light yet a nice roasty bite with a little warming alcohol but still smooth and balanced

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im not sure why the beer nerds and the traders and the hype guys dont care about german beer, a good one is a special thing, and the good ones seem to be less and less available here in the states, i feel lucky to have found this! a beautiful black lager type, with the classic dusty german roasty malt profile and mineral forward yeast profile, patiently fermented, but not as dark as many beers i have had in this style and not as heavy either, it drinks reasonably light for what it is, and its more dark amber than black or even brown really, but nicely heady and lacy in the glass and with a ton of character. its grain driven to be sure, but the yeast and the minerals in the water profile do contribute quite a lot, and i found this to have some nice roasted depth of flavor to it, perfect for the fall time of year, and rather drinkable for what it is, more so than many of these. i had never seen this package around before i found this one, but fairly priced and delicious, one i would buy again when i get the itch. the fact that nobody cares about this stuff is crazy to me, its great beer!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

Cake like, and very evenly forming tall and rich head. Light tan in color, with very fine bubbles easily reaching to a good growing three fingers, filling up like an almost dark Guinness. Deep dark reddish brown body c olor, with a superb dark ruby highlighted edge. Aggressive and unique looking brew, great stuff for the eyes to feast on.

The aroma comes out slightly sour grain like, but with touches of real dry char and ripping roasted barley. Real dry flavor sensing on the nose, with minimal chocolate tones and a much bigger grain like husk quality. Interesting not sure where this is going, doesn't quite hint infection or intended sourness but maybe?

Real interesting palate if very unexpected. No intended sourness, and not infected but a real unexpected flavor. Very dark rich mineral body and flavor, has touches of light coffee and sharp roast and grain. A faint hint of dark cocoa powder on the finish, even with matching bitterness but very subtle. Chewy yeast like profile interestingly, with this cake batter like lightness but with a dense taste.

Real neat schwarzbier, great stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a fluffy white head, and a good bit of lacing.

This smells like sweet creamy chocolate, fruity esters, and roasted malt.

This has a really surprising level of chocolatey goodness- it's nearly stoutlike in it's decadent. There's a slight hop character, but it's very subtle. There's a nice roasty character, and a fruity finish. This may just be the best schwarzbier I've ever had.

This is very creamy, with a light but substantial enough body, and a normal level of carbonation.

This was a really nice surprise- it's not often I have a beer that's completely off my radar and it's this good.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like any other scwarzbier in the glass, very cola like, dark in the core with red edges. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, sweet coffee. Taste follows the nose but this is quite a refreshing beer. Very crisp on the taste with just the right amount of carbonation. Wish most American craft breweries were making this style. If they need to look for some inspiration look no further than Mort Und Totschlag.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown color with frothy beige head. Aroma has toasted malts, bread crust and some burnt sugar. Taste is sweet at first with crunchy bread crust notes but gets more bitter with earthy hop notes and toasted malt. Medium to light body and medium carbonation. Overall it's quite good and easy to drink for its ABV.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle, no date.

The beer pours very dark brown with ruby highlights. Despite how dark it is, you can see clarity around the edges when held up to the light. A frothy, tan head sits on top and is persistent throughout the duration of the beer.

Aroma is mostly milk chocolate and freshly roasted malt with hints of coffee and smoke. Freshly roasted malt dominates the flavor but never comes close to tasting burnt. Medium bodied and lightly bitter in the finish with a creamy texture feel to it.

One of the strongest schwarzbiers I've ever had in terms of alcohol strength and roasted malt character. This was downright delicious though and so easy to drink. This year is off to a good start beer-wise. Cheers!

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Photo of drmeto
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours the darkest of brown with only faint hues of light coming through and a big,foamy,beige head
-coffee,licorice,black bread,medicinal,nutty,woody,syrupy,cooked potatoes
-blueberries,licorice,black bread,spicy,nutty,syrupy
-light to medium body
-low to medium carbonation
-faint alcohol detectable
Very much a good Imperial Schwarzbier

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts with lighter notes of brown sugar/molasses.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark and roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of brown sugar/molasses. There are light flavors of chocolate and a hint of licorice/anise. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very enjoyable and quite rich for the style - I notice some aspects of baltic porter present in the flavors and aromas as well. Easy to drink and definitely worth grabbing if you enjoy a dark lager.

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Photo of TH28
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. No production date visible. Appearance: Jet black with a touch of deep ruby under light and clear. Thick khaki foam head with scent lacing. Aroma: Fresh coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste: Light roasted malt with a touch of sweet chocolate, with moderate bitterness accentuated by the roasted malt. Mouthfeel: Light body with some slickness on the tongue, moderate carbonation. Finish: lingering roasted malt with a touch of chocolate. Malt forward. Overall: Good schwarzbier. Roasted malt character is dominant but not overpowering, with a nice milk chocolate complement. Very drinkable considering the high roast character.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0,5L capped bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date. Cool label. Murder and Manslaughter! Und keine Angst!

A: Deep, dark amber-brown body. Opaque black in the glass. 1 finger of creamy, tan head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Rich roasted malt with coffee, lesser chocolate notes. Earthy hops lurking in the background. Faint smoke. Molasses and toffee as it warms.

T: Full-bodied, roasted malts up front and throughout. Nuts, coffee, dark chocolate. The hops build slowly to bring about a mellow, chocolatey bitterness and slightly dry finish. Savory chocolate notes and a hint of smoke linger in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is consistent 7% ABV.

M: Moderate to low carbonation with a medium to full body. Certainly more viscous than your typical Schwartzbier. A tad sticky on the lips as it goes, but smooth, creamy and satisfying on the palate.

O: Drinks more like a Doppelbock than your typical Schwartzbier, which usually has more of a lager feel to it. Regardless, this one's tasty. Wish I had more.


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Photo of kilo_005
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half Litre on draught in a standard German beer glass. Note: had this in US not Germany.
A: very dark and a lot of head, similar to what you'd see in an English dark beer. Head lingers for a while.
S: I wish you could smell the hops a bit more. You mainly get mild black fruit and chocolate hints.
T: incredibly good. There's a lot of milky chocolate taste, with a perfect amount of bitterness and bite from the alcohol. It's hard to get the balance right on all these things and they did it.
M: you get this nice lingering bubbly feel on the tongue. And this is so tasty you want to keep going back for another sip.
O: this beer is great. To me it's very different than other Schwartzbiers, and seems more like an English style dark ale albeit with higher alcohol. But they really nailed the flavors and carbonation on this.

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Photo of Tilly
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown, almost black with a thick foamy 2" head.
Not much in the aroma department but mild malt, chocolate.
Tast is different. Great malt, grain, chocolate, molasses and a hint of smoke.
Nice mouth feel. Clean, crisp witha pleasant carbonation.
This is a truly a wonderful Shwarzbier. I think any stout or dark beer drinker would truly enjoy this beer

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Photo of Svingjo
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a mousse like finger thick tan head that has a long retention. The nose leads with roasted malt, smoke, bread, molasses and coffee. The taste follows much of the same characteristics, but there is a finishing sweetness and slight alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is subdued.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's been awhile since I have had a German black lager nice to see this in the beer aisle today.Pours a deep cola color with some ruby highlights when held to the light,a large fluffy tanMildly roasted grain,chocolate,and brown sugar in the nose although not overly sweet smelling. crown atop.This beer does not seem nearly as big as it is,flavors of molasses and lightly roasted nuts,a metallic tinge in there as well,as I drink more chocolate comes into play more.Man it slides down easy,a killer schwarzbier.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the big pint bottle in a pint glass, this fine schwarzbier pours a deep dark brownish black with molasses, light chocolate, and light grains on the nose, a thick tan head, and great webbed lacing. Flavors are mildly nutty and chocolaty on the front and sides, a mild grain aftertaste comes through on the back with a nice molasses flavor coming through with a clean robust creamy finish. Excellent.


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Photo of BeerIsland
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Purchased at Ryan and Casey's in Greenfield MA;came in a big fat bottle. Served this to my family on the deck overlooking the Atlantic at LBI this past weekend. It was a clear hit; malty and rich , well balanced, and deliciously clean. I'd get it again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%

Great label, and name translation: "Murder and Manslaughter". Nice.

The pour from the 500ml into a trusty glass boot is dark brown with reddish highlights and a nice beige head. Lots of straight up German lager/bock-type flavors, despite it's highish ABV for the style there's no mistaking this for a stout which I appreciate in a schwarzbier. Good amount of husky cereal graininess, but ultimately leans towards the sweeter side with cola, caramel, brown sugar, and light chocolate tones. Bits of smoke and dark fruit. Smooth kinda light mouthfeel, wouldn't guess this was 7.2%.

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Photo of joe1510
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

Mord und Totschlag - Blood and Thunder

I haven't seen this guy around before. A black liquid fills the mug and chestnut brown highlights surround the interior of the glass. The beige head is instantly creamy and billowing, reaching over two fingers in height. As it settles it becomes frothy and leaves chunks of lace down the mug. The head doesn't fall much short of a finger in height throughout. Looking good!

The nose on this schwarz is rich and robust, more intense than most out there. Roast is soft throughout with a pleasing nuttiness along the way. Mild dark berry notes and cream add a touch of sweetness. The hop profile is a touch grassy but leaning more toward herbal. Good complexity in this one.

Roast again leads the way but is soft and inviting. There's a noticeable husked graininess in the middle along with mild grassy bitterness. The backend brings notes of lightly sweet dark berries and a drizzle of cream. The hop profile sways toward herbal on the swallow but carries some of that grassiness along for the ride.

My only complaint, and it's minor, is that the body is a touch heavier than its insanely poundable brethren but that's to be expected at 7.2%. With that alcohol in mind this guy is surprisingly drinkable, dangerously in fact. The carbonation adds silky creaminess. A mild bitterness lingers long on the tongue.

Mord und Totschlag is an excellent schwarzbier, one of the better I've had recently. It's richer and fuller more so than lighter and highly drinkable. More Duck Rabbit Schwarz than Kostritzer. I would like to see this one around my neck of the woods being as I'd like to drink it more often.

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Photo of popery
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very dark cola brown. It looks black sitting next to me in its dimpled mug, but there's brown at the edges, and you can see some color throughout with the help of direct light. The head rises with a rocky puff of light khaki bubbles but falls away pretty quickly, leaving behind a decent coating of lace. Mild milk chocolate sweetness in the aroma. A little bit of treacle, molasses, brown sugar. Maybe a little bit of smoke and roast. Cocoa. Light vegetal note. Taste has more of that milk chocolate flavor. Fairly sweet. Tastes like chocolate shot through with sugar crystals. Mild smoke, roast and vegetal hops in the finish. Mild coffee. A little of bit of nutty malt. A little muddy. Mouthfeel has some effervescence but it's pretty smooth. Fairly light for a sweet 7.2% abv beer, but there's some body to it. Interesting beer. It's essentially a strong schwarzbier. Gets a bit sweet and chocolatey without enough depth to it. Still, it's enjoyable enough, and the name and label art are fantastic.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—traces of dark reddish brown are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark and smoky malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more complex and has additional notes of licorice and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a fuller in body compared to other schwartzbiers and seems to be a hybrid between this and a Baltic Porter.

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tapered mug, with two fingers of light tan foam initially. Spotty flecks of foam in the glass and a thin ring after a few minutes. Body is black, as to be expected, brownish as it's poured.

Lightly sweet molasses, mild roast, some graininess when swirled.

Taste is good, a little sweet for my taste but nowhere near the cloying Badebier from this brewery. Mild nutty roast, lingering aftertaste. Fairly full bodied with a little hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Consistency of a Porter or similar. Moderate carbonation. Overall it's a good schwarz, a bit pricey at $5, but worth a try.

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Kyritzer Mord Und Totschlag from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 66 ratings