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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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 32.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-22-2005

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Photo of marcobrau
3.65/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Arborescence
2.68/5  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.

Photo of tmitch75
2.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Cool 500ml bottle so I thought I'd give it a try. Color is black as night, opaque, with a thin tan head.

Smell is predominantly roasty chocolate with coffee and a hint of anise. Pretty good so far.

Here's where it goes south. The taste is surprisingly sweet, cloying, with slight cocoa and vanilla. Just way too darn sweet.

Mouthfeel is syrupy with no carbonation at all. Quite disappointing.

I tried to fight through, and I might've made it if it was only 12oz. I tried to let it warm (partially because I couldn't bring myself to drink it), but it didn't help at all. This turned out to be a rare drain pour for me.

Tasted on 11/11/08.

Photo of horndecker
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
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'.

Photo of boddhitree
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bad Neuzeller in eastern Germany was up next. I'd had their Schwarzes Abt (Black Abbot) before and wasn't impressed, but I thought on tap, maybe it's better. NOPE. It was still a 3.5% dark, syrupy, sickenly sweet malt mess and not much else. Damn, suckered in by their marketing again. A 2-.

Photo of beerkittycat
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
1.67/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My recent criteria, in the last few weeks before leaving Germany for more tropical shores, has been to go to the local beer shop, and buy every beer priced at or above about euro 0.85-1.0 per 0.5L bottle. I go maybe twice a week, and in this way choose maybe 8-odd beers each time - thus perhaps 2-3 hopefully good beers to enjoy per night. This selection strategy narrows the field down to about the top 20% or so, of the (maybe) 300-500 beers on offer..

With the idea that expensive should somehow hopefully loosely equate to good, this exercise is intended to give me a last blast through the huge German and central European offering, before heading to Singapore, and being resigned to only getting expensive swill, or hideously expensive imported mediocrity.

This 'Black Abbot' beer was one that came into these criteria, but what a jaw-dropping surprise!

A: Black. But very very dark chestnut when held up to the light. 1/2" pale caramel head that held up well.

S: No discernible smell to me.

T: Truly jaw-dropping. I have never had a beer anywhere approaching this. It is like a cola (Pepsi?), with extra sugar added. It was my first beer of the evening, so I had a clear palette and yet there was nothing in it that would make me identify it as beer, or for that matter any alcoholic drink. If blind-folded, I'd guess sweetened Pepsi. Last guess? Sweetened Pepsi. That is how strange I found it.

M: Like Pepsi

O: Perhaps the most surprising, disappointing, and unpleasant beer I have ever encountered in my life. The 2nd half got poured down the drain, and I cannot even imagine if, never mind when, I might have ever done that before, that dear reader is how dreadful this relatively expensive 'beer' was for me.

Photo of drzauis
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Photo of 108Dragons
1.83/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Had high hopes for this after seeing how it was brewed in a monestary and all. I had a german hefe weisse just before this and couldn't believe the taste of this. Cleansed my palate and started over affirming the flat Dr. Pepper taste of this undrinkable "beer". Poured it down the drain.

Photo of BillSiel
4.2/5  rDev +59.1%
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.

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