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Schwarzer Abt - Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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BA SCORE
67
poor

43 Ratings
THE BROS
38
awful

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 41.89%
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 allengarvin
1.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Dark dark black, with a head that fades away quickly.

Aroma: Jelly-belly cappacino jellybeans. Really.

Flavor: A bit of malt up front followed by a cloying sweetness. Really cloying. Thin body. Not a long aftertaste, fortunately.

I have a low tolerance for most sweets, and I never add sugar to tea or coffee, and I eat maybe one or two cookies a year. I appreciate the malty sweetness in some dopplebocks, but the sweetness of this beer lacks any balance. To my taste, it is very one-dimensional, and not drinkable at all.

Photo of Brent
1.55/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Simply ghastly. Poured a nice black with a nondescript sweetish roasted malt aroma. On first sip, I was a bit shocked - quite sweet, and I though "hmm, a sweet or milk stout?" The sweetness swelled to unbearable heights. I tried to hang in there, but after a couple more sips, I could stand no more. It was as if someone had dumped the entire sugar bowl into the beer, and then added a few more lumps for good measure. This from the brewery website: "A black beer, manufactured after an old monastery prescription, which may be called however not beer and on that already much was reported in the so called "beer war". The beer, about everyone speaks, a fascination." A monastery prescription? Certainly, I've had medicine that tasted better than this.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.1/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in a brown long neck half liter bottle with a black and gold label featuring a happy abbot holding a mug and wagging his finger. Ingredients include invert sugar syrup. Yuck. Best before 11/5/04, I opened it on 8/4/04.

Pours a very nice deep yet clear burgundy under a lovely tan 2+ finger tan head that recedes slowly leaving significant lace. The nose is a bit sweet, but there's still lots of caramel to keep you interested. The mouth is fairly well carbonated and quite light. The taste is all sugar syrup. Wow, this is way too sweet. I'm searching desperately here for signs of the beer that goes with the sugar. OK, a touch of caramel (also sweet), and a hint of hops in the finish that try to fight their way through the sugar cane forest. They don't exactly make it. Like the proverbial spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, this is way too sweet to be good. No, no, no...

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev +33.2%
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".

Photo of TinusTime
3.98/5  rDev +50.2%
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

Photo of granger10
3.58/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

Photo of yen157
3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
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.

Photo of marburg
3.58/5  rDev +35.1%
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."

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of cokes
2.83/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Shiredave
3.88/5  rDev +46.4%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
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

Photo of fattyre
4.35/5  rDev +64.2%
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.

Photo of Bunnyhop
4.63/5  rDev +74.7%
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)

Photo of Todd
1.4/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 0.5l bottle purchased and consumed in Berlin, Germany. Freshness date and map to the brewery on the back. What got my attention was: "Die Rarität aus Schwarzbier mit nachträglichem Invertzuckersirupzusatz" ... which transaltes to: "The rare piece from black beer with additional Invert sugar syrup additive." Hmm? Sugar syrup in my Schwarzbier!! Sod that!!

Appearance: Pours a black beer with fine ruby edges, topped with a creamy, tight, tan lace head. Mediocre retention.

Smell: Coffee syrup-like aromas, some caramel. Seems odd. Contrived.

Taste: Raw sugar sweetness up-front that's hard to shake. Burnt sugar next with some earth notes and day old stale coffee. No discernable beer characters of malt or hops. Flavours linger into the finish, too long and to the point of nearly making me feel ill with sugar shock.

Notes: Way too sweet, in fact after drinking half the bottle I got a head rush, followed by a head ache. Absolutely disgusting and an utter disgrace to the Schwarbier style!

I'm not surprised though given all of the new "sugar+schwarzbier" and "cola+schwarzbier" products that are hitting the German market nearly as fast as alcopops hit the US -- the schwarzbiers are pasteurized and the sugar added.

Very disappointed.

Photo of brakspear
5/5  rDev +88.7%
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.

Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +81.1%
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.

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Schwarzer Abt from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
67 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.