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Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Schwarzer Abt (Black Abbot) - Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Schwarzer Abt (Black Abbot)Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Schwarzer Abt (Black Abbot)

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 34.36%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2005)
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Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a rich malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's sweet with a fruity yeast aroma. It's creamy with a chocolate feel. The taste is perfect. It is smooth and rich with a sweet burnt toffee flavor. It goes down very easy and finishes creamy with a fruity yeast character. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. It is by far the best I've ever had tried of this style. I love everything about it; a good drinker. It's 7% abv., but you would never know it.

WesWes, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +79.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I brought this one back with me from a trip to Tennessee, but they now carry it in my area. Oh well. Pours a very dark color with a small head that doesn't hang around too long, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a lot of silky chocolate and roasted malts, slightly sweet. As kmpitz2 said, the flavor is very much like milk chocolate. Silky smooth and the body is right on. Drinkability is great. I'll be having this one again.

clvand0, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +77.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this. Its hard to believe that I'm the first review. It pours a nice black color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is divine, with big roasties, chocolate and a slight coffee hint. I'm excited to taste it. The flavor is almost like milk chocolate. Wow. Sweet and chocolatey and so easy drinking. This is a treat. The feel is moderate to thick, with a very light carb. I could sit and drink this beer all night. Very easily.

kmpitz2, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of BillSiel
4.2/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really impressed with this beer. After slowly enjoying a tall glass and passing it around my household, I eagerly looked for more information about it and found such an amazing array of disparaging reviews here.

Let's not misjudge someone else's beer culture. Yes, there is plenty of sweetness here, but it accents the rich malts of the recipe. The flavors are clean, roasty, chocolaty, full and yes sweet - not accidentally but with a purpose. Much has been told of those old German beers consumed during Lent, but this beer would be much more practical in comparison to those very strong dopplebocks.

The old beer community near this far eastern German brewery cares not one wit about the rest of the world's opinion - this recipe came before and will go on - that's what this beer say to me.

BillSiel, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this one thru Beergeek.com @ $3.29 for the 500ml. Pleasant find, quite a nice pour, with a black body topped with a brunette frothy head. Biggest disappointment was the aroma – just some subtle hints of chocolate malts. Taste improved dramatically; earthy, leathery, malty with a touch of anise. Medium bodied & rich throughout. Fairly sweet finish, it hides the 7% well. Very tasty – makes a good summer drink or for dessert.

Hey, the back bottle label notes: “During a fast, nothing will sustain you like Black Abbot”. Well, there ya go!

Vancer, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +44.8%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of marcobrau
3.63/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brewers aren't kidding around when they call this a black beer; no light penetrates through my mug. This lager foams up real good and and leaves a nice little ring of foam. The aroma is quite wonderful, suggesting cocoa and bits of charcoal. This is ever so silky smooth schwarzbier is quite sweet, with a lot of cola-like sweetness from the start to the finish. This beer loses its carbonation quickly and ends up tasting a bit like a flat RC cola. There's actually a bit of jager-like spicines and flavor to this beer. Perhaps the addition of a small amount of licorice? Still, this beer may be a bit too sweet for my taste.

Overall, a very interesting schwarz for sure and one that may scare some people (especially hopheads) away, but is worth trying.

marcobrau, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of megahurts4
3.58/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neuzeller Klofter-Brau Black Abbot

Appearance: dark brown, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: caramel apple.

Taste: roasted malts, slight apple, and faint toffee.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. It is slightly watery, but full of flavor.

megahurts4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of drzauis
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle.

Very light head, and very light lacing around the glass.

Initial smells are strong of caramel, hints of coffee and sweet malts.

Taste profile is very similar to the smell, dominant caramel flavor with hints of liquorice.

Mouthfeel is very light, body is small and carbonation also very light.

Aftertaste is an overpowering sweetness, almost to the point of making it unpleasing. I find this aftertaste spoils the rest of the experience of the beer, which has some complex and interesting elements to it.

drzauis, May 05, 2012
Photo of horndecker
2.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

May the schwarz be with you? Maybe not this particular schwarz.

It's black, yes, with a one finger fine, creamy latte-like foamy head, but it's gone pretty quick. Nice shreds of lace cling.

The nose is turkish coffee, cocoa, a little soy and chocolate covered cherries. Kinda nice so far.

The taste is a surprise. Big hit of sweet light chocolate at first, and a mineral, almost watery raspberry tinge. There's an element of roasted malt which surfaces after the sweetness. A mildly bitter herbal aftertaste is the only indication that there may be some hops present.

Decent carbonation combined with the mineral chocolatiness produces the impression of a chocolate egg cream. The back label says "rich, roasty and very full-bodied". Actually seems rather not so very full-bodied. Has the body of a soda pop, maybe a bit syrupy - a fountain coke.

An odd juxtaposition of flavors. the cloying sweetness overpowers the malt and the whisper of hops. Not a good balance.

Tried to like it, but it ain't workin'.

horndecker, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml Bottle poured into a strange looking mini-stemmed goblet glass (badged by the brewery) in ‘Aufsturz’, Berlin.

This is a true ‘schwarzer’ beer, it is black: well almost anyway. Very dark brown really: with a lighter brown head that produces good lacing as the beer level falls.

The smell and tastes are very similar: sweet. Malty molasses dominate both with a nut chocolate bar feel. The bodyfeel was OK, even with only 3.9%ABV it held together well and seemed rich and almost creamy in texture.

Overall the beer is just too sweet and although I enjoyed the first half of the bottle it was a chore to finish it: in fact I passed it around the table for my wife and two friends to try, sickly sweet was mentioned in their thoughts.

BlackHaddock, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
2.75/5  rDev +6.2%

JeffreyJDavis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of beerkittycat
2.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is a deep black-brown with a minimal rocky tan head. Aroma has deep malt character with notes of raisin, burnt sugar, and just a hint of smoke. This just smells "German" too, with notes of melanoidans and flowery noble hops. Taste has some wonderful malty notes of the same character as the aroma....aaand that's where it all ends. This was sooo sweet and overpoweringly cloying that I could not finish this beer. It's got some really wonderful aromas and complex malty flavors but the sweetness is just to overwhelming. Maybe this is intended by the brewer for the style and I just don't get it, or maybe something went horribly wrong between the brewery and my glass. Either way, I really wanted to like this beer because of it's potential. Darn.

beerkittycat, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of chilidog
2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some good reviews below; I agree with most of them.
I bought thisone for the "New Beer Sunday" posts for a fair 2.99.
It poured ok, very dark, black as the name implies. The tan head was small but stable as it formed a thin film accross the top. Carbonation was moderate for this seemed to be a fair bodied beer. I thought by its appearance that it would be thick and heavy. I thought the mouthfeel had alittle water to it.
The aroma was of bakers chocolate and licorice. The taste was and mouthfeel go hand in hand, found it hard to take it all in. Very syrup like. Bakers chocolate, licorice, malasses, candied sugar and yes root-beer soda syrup. I don't think even my dentist would like me drinking this beer everyday. Far to sweet, but not raw sugar, in a bakers kind of way.
I had trouble taking in the whole bottle. It didn't get any better as it warmed. I used the last third as I was cooking Sunday dinner. I forget what we had, but in the pot it went. cheers.
Two weeks from taste to type.

chilidog, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of chinchill
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle served in pint glass

A: nearly opaque, but rather brown for style. Small, short-lived head.

S: slightly sweet, caramel malt; not bad, but very light

T: sweet! Probably the sweetest beer I've ever had. Think, beer soda. Certainly way, way sweeter than is to be expected for a schwarzbier. Other flavor components in there, but the sweetness is just overpowering. I'm drinking this rather cold; if it warms up it is likely to taste even sweeter.

M: too thin and watery; low carbonation.

O - very disappointing beer from a monastic brewery. "ultimate German dark beer" (on label) ... not even close. {The ultimate would be the black beer from the Bavarian Weltenburg Brewery, in my experience).

chinchill, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Arborescence
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Black. Pours a creamy two finger head.

Aroma: Malty, with a hint of liquorice. Very mild though.

Taste: Kind of a malt liquor flavour, not much depth or character.

Mouthfeel: Lightish body, low to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Nothing to impress.

Arborescence, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of tavernjef
2.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ink black with a dark brown coating. Very small yet firmly set off-brownish cap sits on top quickly disappearing to nothing but a very tiny collaring. Lacing is thin and close to minimal amounts with some broken blobs and sporatic dotting.

Aroma is darkly sweet of flat root beer and old molasses. Very sweet waftyness about it. Sugary chocolate cream pie filling makes an appearance quickly after it sits.

Wow. This is way too sweet. For a schwarzbier this is all wrong in my book. Awefully sweet with flat root beer soda sugar mixing with flat, old molasses, black licorice candy without its spice, silky chocolate milk, and Hostess cup cake toppings. Slightly tangy under its sweetness along with a sliver of roast. But all towering sweet, no doubt about it. Yuk.

Feel is syrupy and a bit heavy with a slick easy texture that seems more like very flat soda. Not sure where to begin or where to end with all the things wrong with this beer. I'm wondering if there's some off bottleing or old bottles or what?

tavernjef, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison. Their Bathbeer was decent, thought I'd give this one a go.

Pour was pretty good looking, dark black with a finger of khaki head and some spotty lacing. Smell is pungent, sweet chocolate and coffee malts, with some mustiness. Taste is where this one gets lost, real lost. As some have aptly stated before, flavors of flat diet soda and old coffee with afterficial sweetener dominate here, very cloying. I actually shuddered with the first few sips. I don't know if I'll be able to finish this one, put the rest in the freezer as it was getting worse as it warmed and I'm not one to waste a brew, no matter how bad. A real disappointment here as I've come to appreciate a good schwarzbier. Sad. Anyway, I'd say if you're into day-old diet pepsi off-flavors in your beer, this is right up your alley. Otherwise steer clear, towards something like Sprecher's Black Bavarian, a black diamond in the rough.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of rredshift
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%

rredshift, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours a cola black with brownish edge hues. Minimal head despite the rough pour. Light mocha head with good striped lacing.

Aroma - light crackery grain, some buttery diacetyl. After it settles it has a very butterscotchy nose. Okay, but is that how a schwarz should smell?

Taste - sweet malt, very sweet. Roasted grain, light diacetyl, coffee with sugar - make that sugars... No hop presence, which is desperately needed to take some of the edge off the overdone sweetness. Missed opportunity, I think with one-third the sugar this beer would contend.

Mouthfeel - thin and with low carbonation. My first thought is that this beer was flat, but I think it's where they intended.

Drinkability - way too sweet for me to session, though I reckon that provides some additional sustenance during a fast.

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of Bung
2.4/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml. Pretty black, little brown edges. A thin white layer.

Aroma has light roast, molasses. Some anise and licorice maybe.

Taste- it is sweet. I get a ton of molasses. Some off cardboard flavors. Finishes with sweet molasses, brown and candy sugar. Bottom line, sweet.

Thinner bodied, the sweetness doesn't thicken it up. Not an easy brew to put down in spite of the low abv.

Maybe for getting a cola drinker into craft.

Bung, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.35/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 ounce bottle. Black Abbot pours out a nearly black color with almost no head. The aroma is chocolatey and overly sweet smelling. Even the sweet smell didn't prepare me for the flavor. It tastes like a cup of sugar was dumped in this beer. Sweet and chocolatey with little carbonation. There's a little bit or roasted malty flavor, but it is dominated by the sugary flavor. The finish is the worst part - it leaves a taste in your mouth like you ate a spoonful of sugar. This is a real disappointment. I'm surprised, since their other Schwarzbier (Badebier) is pretty good.

beveragecaptain, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours an opaque ebony, with a one and half finger head of biege cream. Good retention that leaves sticky sheets of lace. Roasted barley nose with faint dextrins and coffee notes, and a bourbon or oak-aged aroma. The taste is very sweet upfront, like under-attentuated. Roasted and coffee flavors, with an overall artificial sweetener taste. Drying aftertaste with a charred flavor and faint herbal hops. Nearly flat carbonation and full body give a creamy mouthfeel, but allow the unbalanced sweetness to become cloying. Final swig is very residual despite the herbal hops pulling through. This starts out nice, but I can't say it was easy to finish.

PBRstreetgang, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of wisrarebeer
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: great tawny head, near opaque in color
S: somewhat light, a bit of caramel malt, slightly sweet
T: yuck!, sweet, cloying, thin, very disappointing at $4.99 per bottle and a monastic brewery, not at all what I expected.
M: thin, sweet, watery
D: not, somewhat diacetyl too

If this is their flagship beer (as written on the bottle), look out! One of the most disappointing German beers I've ever had.

wisrarebeer, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: A distinctive looking black, gold and cream colored label sits affront the ubiquitous standard looking Teutonic 500ml brown glass bottle. A cream colored middle section has a dark blue triangle that has an image of a jovial looking Monk fondling a large golden stein. Brewed by “Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu” and listed as “Black Abbot Lager” and listed as a “Rare Black Beer from Germany’s Monastery Brewery Founded 1589…the taste of paradise”. Dated 14.07.04, which I presume (hope!) is the actual bottling date as this was advertised as a new brew at the store where I bought it.

Appearance: Very dark black body which had a murky look to it. Quickly after the pour the tan colored head relaxes to a thin covering, creamy looking but thin.

Nose: Sweet molasses and sweeter chocolate malts punctuate the aromas. Horribly sickly, I didn’t spend too long sniffing this one.

Taste: Light milk chocolate drenched in a sickly black treacle sweet middle. I struggled to get beyond this part of the Black Abbot to be honest and lost interest in even trying to explain this, but if I could sum it up quickly it would be something like “tastes like a Fizzy Sweet Supermarket brand Cola meets a Cold Cup of Coffee and 10 spoonfuls of Sugar”. Far too unbalanced & extremely heavy on the sweetness. Not good.

Mouthfeel: Nice enough but by now the Mouthfeel was the least of my concerns. The conditioning supports the brew nicely though but the sickly nature means that I couldn’t care less if it did because it’s like one of the sugary cheap and nasty Sodas which I love to hate.

Drinkability: I didn’t actually finish the whole bottle; I had some hot food calling my name from the Oven so I left the last third of the bottle, good job I guess as I really didn’t take to this one.

Overall: As with the other Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu brews, this cost me only $2.99 for yet another rarely seen Germanic offering from Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange during a recent visit.

The Black Abbot is simply far too sweet for me, disappointing.

TheLongBeachBum, Jul 31, 2005
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Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu Schwarzer Abt (Black Abbot) from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
66 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.