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Schwarzer Abt - Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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BA SCORE
66
poor

42 Ratings
THE BROS
38
awful

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 42.42%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 08-20-2002)
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Photo of stcules
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Almost black beer with highlight of mahogany and rubies, with cappuccino foam, not too thin and compact but very persistent.
The smell is characterized by roasted malts and dark, a little roasted, a thread of smoke with hints of chocolate and cappuccino.
At the taste strand out clearly flavored licorice effect (seems it was intentionally added) that then it is quite exaggerated and cloying. In the background you still perceive the roasted and toasted malts. In the aftertaste too the licorice has an initial impact which then gives way too sweet caramel (maybe candy sugar).
Then the beer is not convincing right to the end, because the addition of sugar (specifically declared on the label) damages the ease of drinking beer.

stcules, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Basically black. Sure, it's dark ruby if you hold it to a light. But look at it sitting there. It looks black. Gray-tan foam above.
Roasty and minorly smoky nose.
Begins with a grilled meat and smokiness akin to their bathbeer. Then in rushes a huge wave of saccharine sweetness. Hello, Sweet and Low! Lingers over-sweetly, as brown sugar creeps in. Hopping is not of note.
Thinnish and relatively drinkable if you like your coffee with 6 packets of artificial sweetner. Otherwise, it's a bit hard to swallow.

This became more palatable as I acclimated myself to the sweetness. But unless you crave raw sugar, this is not something I'd recommend. Their Bathbeer (Badebier) was eons better.

cokes, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish almost black in color, nice wispy brown head that leaves a good lacing in my glass, faint roasted coffee malt aroma, decent roasted malty flavors, light bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, it has a nice roasty bitter finish, average for the style, decent.

maxpower, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is made by the Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle and it has a catch, at bottling a dose of invert sugar is added to the bottle. It is very sweet and nutty with a mild roast character. The color is black to deep garnet/red (but only if held into the light). This beer has a low body to sweetness ratio, the closest beer, that I have had, would be Mackeson's triple stout, but it does not have the fullness of body that milk stout has. Of course the Schwarz cannot be labeled a beer in Germany as the sugar added at bottling violates the Rheinheitsgebot. The brewery has been brewing beer using invert sugar for hundreds of years, ever since that upstart beer purity law was adopted they have no longer been able to say that it is beer. See the Reinheitsgebot is not the end all and be all of brewing, though I will admit that this beer is not incredible, interesting though.

Gueuzedude, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like all Neuzelle beers I've had, opaque black, a little brown light shows through. Tannish head, milky and leaving very delicate lace. Extremely malty aroma, blueberry pancake syrup and grains. Man this stuff is full, but jeez, its sweet -- sugar on berries, Frosted Flakes in the morning, the hyper sucrose raisins from the Raisin Bran box -- all lay in the mouth like a milkshake that's just recently melted. Carbonation is very low and the end is marked by just an uptick of cough syrup phenols and a speck of brightness. The bottle talks about a "roasty" flavor, I don't see that getting much traction in how it plays out. If you are in the mood, its drinkable, if you're not, its gloppy and cartoonish. It shares many malt flavor similarities to its dark brewery siblings from Nuezelle, but the degree varies. Though its been some time, the Badebier comes out as the best for me, this is like an evaporated milk version.

ADR, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(500 ml bottle, bought in Norway). Pours with a good lasting head, colour is black (= very dark brown to ruby). Very nice aroma of hayloft, some barnyard, molasses, dark syrup, coffee and German bakery. Flavour and aftertaste have interesting rich malty notes with some roastiness, but are unfortunately ruined by the invertsugar syrup which has been added to the brew. Must be another beer for "convalescents and nursing mothers".

Sigmund, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque blackness with a smallish tan head. It looked a little thin and watery and tasted slightly thin but not as thin as it looked. I would have to say this is by far the sweetest beer I have ever had. It tasted like straight sugar, more sugary than coke. The were some other flavors like molasses, roastiness, and hops but they couldn't sway that sugary front. I drank this one fast because it was so easy going down and the lacked of complexity or thickness made it very uncomplicated. Truly an interesting beer.

granger10, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.58/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Velvety opaque blackness. Eternal night. Really. Head is pronounced but lacks any retention whatsoever. Lightly smoked roasty aromas. Very subtle, though. Aroma is not powerful by any means.

Immediate flavor is a one-dimensional sugary taste. Feels like licking sugar-coated satin sheets. Almost eeriely smooth. Candy-like.

With an even stranger twist, the sweetness is almost entirely mopped up in a bizarre re-emergence of the light roasted presence from the aroma. Hinting at flavor more than engaging the tongue. Then again, perhaps that's just the case in comparison to the initial wave of sugary flavor.

Perfectly constructed mouthfeel for a schwarzbier. Smooth, silky, and light -- despite the visual indications to the contrary.

Pretty damn drinkable if you can get past the intense genesis of the taste "experience."

marburg, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.68/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, light brown head on top of a typical schwarzbier body. Sweet, coffeeish, roasty nose. Sweetness reminded me of of cola. Taste was slightly roasty up front. Tasty juicy malt was not too think. Mouth feel was slick and not too carbonated. All of the beer I've had by these guys have been perfectly carbonated. Bitterness from hops pairs well with the black malt astringency. The beer was a bit thin, but I've found this to be thie the case with the style. With that in mind, it's body was just fine.

yen157, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had set this out on the counter before drinking, and upon popping the cap I got a bit of a foam-over. No big deal....into the glass with no probs....has a deep chestnut color, with no transparency whatsoever. Head was initially quite large, rocky, and light tan in color. After a few minutes it shrank to a fine, 1/4" layer. Not much lacing to speak of, though. Nose was a roasty, slightly cola-like offering, yet it was not overly pronounced. I found the body was about middle of the road, yet it was quite carbonated, and really fizzed up and became bubbly on the tongue. The flavor characteristics were a bit hard to pin down. It had a somewhat roasty aspect to it, with a hint of chocolate, yet there was a fair amount of sweetness throughout. Bottom line is that I rather like this bier...it has a certain "je ne sais quoi".... Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

521

Bierman9, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of Shiredave
3.88/5  rDev +47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty beer, looks almost like Guinness, tight, tan, ever present head, but not as brown, with a deep burgandy, nearly purple caste in the light. Very dark for a schwartz.
Aroma is clean and light- ripe plums with some smokiness.
Soft on the tongue going in, intensely sweet with flavors of carmelized dark grains and juicy plums and pears. Sweet, rich German malt flavors coat your mouth making you think your drinking something much bigger and stronger than a < 4% beer.
Finish is clean, with a nice husky grain and mild hop bitter aftertaste. Totally recomended if you like dark lagers and Double Bocks. May be too sweet for some.

Shiredave, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a lager? This tastes more like a porter than anything else. Granted I had this after a few Weiss beers, but the cocoa and coffee notes were the overwhelming influence on this bier. Pours a nice dark dark black with a tan head that hung around long enough for a cup of coffee. Very different from the other black biers I have had, much deeper in flavour and richer in the mouth.. I would like to give it a higher score, but against the type it doesnt hold up, but it would make a great porter

TinusTime, Jul 15, 2004
Photo of fattyre
4.35/5  rDev +64.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear very dark red/brown with a large tan creamy head and a firm mouthfeel. The smell is a smokey malt with hints of coffee-very pleasant. The taste is a smokey very sweet malt with little or no hop character. I really enjoyed this beer and think it would be very good as a dessert beer although I could really drink it any time. The sweetness could be overpowering though, and if you find the thought of sweetness and beer not very palatable you might want to pass on this one.

fattyre, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
4.63/5  rDev +75.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, very dark red-brown Black Lager with a largish tan, creamy head. The smell is sweet and malty along with coffee. The taste is also SWEET and malty finishing like strong coffee. The texture in my mouth is firm. I found this beer to be fabulous, although very sweet; I would drink more as a dessert beer.

(source: Savannah, GA)

Bunnyhop, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +81.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every once in a while a beer comes along that makes you stop everyting else you're doing and focus on it. This is one of those beers. Black and opaque color, luxurious, sticky tan head. Dark roasty sweet, chocolatey, trace alcohol aroma. Those elements are noted in the flavor as well as some molasses. Mouthfeel is substantial, grainy, almost gritty. I had to restrain myself from chugging this rich, smooth treat. Truly an exceptional schwarzbier. Seek this out.

John, Aug 20, 2002
Photo of ledemie
4.88/5  rDev +84.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am very surprise about the other ratings, my bottle came straight from Germany, a friend brought it ( a German) and recommended it, I wonder if they do not travel well or are too old...

v: Black and opaque color, luxurious, sticky tan head.

S:Dark roasty sweet, chocolate, molasses, a really nice beer.

M: is nice a smooth. silky smooth light body.

D:Truly an exceptional schwarzbier. Seek this out. the balance of that beer is outstanding, still do not understand the F grade of this beer, I guess it was a bad bottle...

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ledemie, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of brakspear
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! What an amazing beer to stumble upon. Best German Schwarzbier I have tasted. The Black Abbott is a beer to search for....

Pours midnight black and appears very well carbonated, but not overly so. A nice soft tan head forms and perches on top like a cloud. The aroma is rich, earthy, and breadlike with crisp roasted chocolate undertones. The taste is mellow and smooth with no harshness: chocolate, roasted -- perfect. The mouthfeel is also rich and thick, but not cloying. A great, great beer for those who can appreciate its ebony richness.

brakspear, Oct 10, 2002
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Schwarzer Abt from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
66 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.