Bathbeer | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-10-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 21
Reviews by Gmann:
Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured near black, would rival the darkest stouts, a small tan head that doesn't leave much lacing on the side of the glass. Has a mild roasted nut aroma, sweet coffee. The taste is of caramel and roasted malt, more sweet than bitter. Moderate feel, low carbonation, goes down silky smooth. A good brew and fairly easy to drink, definitely worth the $3 I paid. Not sure I would take a bath in it and I hope nobody took a bath in the batch that I am drinking.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer has an opaque dark brown body with a light creamy tan head that last and last.

S- The smell of faint sweet honey starts the dark toasted malt aroma followed by a faint tart alder smoke finish.

T- This beer has a nice dark roasted malt flavor that is dry and crisp with a faint coffee bean note. There is a slight note of brown sugar and maple that is note sweet but pretty dry itself. There is a faint finish of tart smoke.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture and a slight watery finish.

D- This beer has a nice smooth dark complexity with a nice finish flavor that balances the malt flavors and enhances them aswell. Very good session beer.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Woodman's East here in Madison. This "bathbeer" was apparently added to the bathwater by old-timey german-type dudes back in the day. Boy were they dumb back then. "15 07 04" printed on the label seems to be one of those backwards-type european dates. Over a year old...hopefully she holds up.

Pours black with garnet highlights and a tall creamy tan head. Smells of toasted bread, cocoa powder, and other toasted, roasted things. It's toasty, ok? Taste, is also of toasted malts, less chocolate, more burnt coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but well-carbonated. Quite drinkable. I don't know about all that bath business, but it seems like a good session brew, if you're into the dark lager thing that is.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml. Pretty much a solid black pour, whitish head and not much of it. Does lace the glass fairly well though.

Aroma, toasted malt and lighter chocolates, milk chocolate.

Taste matches nicely. Along with that is some herbal hops. Finishes with almost a lactose and chocolate.

Lighter bodied, but coats the mouth well. Extreamely easy to drink.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark reddish chocolate color with a tan head that retained rather nicely.

S: very light, caramel and soft toffee notes and not much else.

T: makes up for the lack of nose. Fruity with lots fresh cherries followed by a nice roasted malt lacing. Light roasted grains and dark caramel sweetness along with a touch of dry chocolate and subtle molasses rounds things out.

M: thin, and slick, but big on flavor.

D: Nice relaxing brew with a pleasant smooth maltiness. Good for a try but wouldn't buy in multiples.

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Photo of Jredner
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is heavily of high quality coffee (un -schwarzbier like in my experience) and roasted malts, toasted breads. Deep black with a firm, index finger thick, lasting head. Flavor is very raisiny in the fore followed by a relaxed maltiness that carries the riasin flavors into the finish. Extremely and delightfully one dimensional. Excellent lacing marks the sippers progress like the rings of a tree track the years.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5 liter bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside CA for $2.69 in fall of 2005. There's a spot on the label for a printed best-by date, but it's left blank.

Pours a stunningly deep dark black, moreso than the darkest stouts, completely opaque, with a nice tan head that doesn't last very long at all. No carbonation I can find.

Aroma is very distinctive, but is really hard to describe. My first thought is smoke, although completely unlike rauchbier smokiness. Maybe it's unburned charcoal insead of smoke. Some breadiness (burned toast?), but there is also a touch of sweetness. Not much else I can find. This main aroma is bothering me- why can't I put a finger on it?

Flavor reminds me of good German black bread (like my grandmother used to bake, not the store-bought stuff) and a slight milk-based sweetness. The burned aroma shows up very distinctly at the end of the swallow.

Mouthfeel- much thinner than expected from its look, but to me this is a huge positive, rich but not heavy. Helps with drinkability.

I had read about taking a bath in this beer, and after I enjoyed the humor of the idea, I didn't expect much from this beer. I'm pleasantly surprised. I like it!

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of twelvsies
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split this one with a friend who picked it up on a whim. Appears a dark brown with ruby highlights, decent tan head floating atop. Smells nice and malty - toasty and chocolaty up front, with a dusty character. Also, a real funky wet sock smell to add to the mix. Taste is even a bit more complex. A nice milky backdrop compliments the sweet roastyness for this beer. Coffee and cream qualities, with the already mentioned dustyness doing it's part. Excellent medium bodied mouthfeel, but light on the palate in a way for a darker beer. Sort of reminds me of a schwarzbier/dopplebock hybrid. Maybe it's just because I haven't really explored the style, but this beer really impressed me. Nice and complex, lots to keep me interested, but not overdone and highly drinkable. Plus, thinking about some German dude pouring this into his bath is just a pretty funny image and a good conversation starter.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was mlaty roasted nuts, with some chocolate. Unfortunately, the flavor was bland, body very watery, and the palate somewhat metallic. I swore I could taste a little soapiness in finish. Not bad for a novelty, but if I buy another one, it will be for bathing vs. drinking.

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Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts along with a lager yeast aroma. It is sweet with fine toffee notes. The taste is good also. It has a sweet burnt toffee flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight metallic taste. It is rich in flavor with a creamy feel. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good brew, but I prefer the two Abbot beers over this one. Still, this is a good drinker.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A distinctive and very colorful black, gold and cream colored label sits affront the ubiquitous standard looking Teutonic 500ml brown glass bottle. The 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 “Original Bathbeer Monastery Fun” and described as “An ancient style of dark beer brewed in the Brandenburg region of Germany. Sip one while you take a bath, or, like we do in Germany, add it directly to your bath water”….WTF!!! Dated 15.07.04, 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: Dark black when unlit, the setting Long Beach Sun penetrates the body and reveals a dark brown middle with some ruby diffractions. The light brown head forms quickly on the pour, stout like the conditioning races underneath the body of the head and helps to form a 2” thick cap. Sadly the head disappears all too quickly.

Nose: Toasted and lightly roasted malt nose with a warm milky coffee ending. Light caramel and low in strength.

Taste: Earthy entrance, lightly roasted malts are detectable. Caramelized malts, some spices, toffee and a feint hazelnut back end finish. Not much sweetness at all here. The tastes are a low-profile mixture of Dry Stout and Dark Lager…but they are never prominent though, making this one easy going but not that rewarding.

Mouthfeel: Reasonable ‘middle-of-the-road’ feels a tad lacking at times, starts thin but the carbonation rises to bolster the lacking body and leave you with some satisfaction after the swallow.

Drinkability: The thin feel and decent conditioning make this dark brew easy enough to handle, even on a hot day, but it does not have much to hold any interest after the one bottle.

Overall: My first ever “Bathbeer” cost me only $2.99, another rarely seen Germanic offering that I picked up at Hollingshead Delicatessen in Orange during a recent visit. Pleasant enough but if I had another bottle I would most probably put this one in the bath long before I would put it back into my fridge!

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A chance discovery in a bottle shop I hadn't been to before, I picked this up on a whim. The quirky label made a good case for a try. I have to say, though, that I'm certainly not sorry I got it. I could see that it was dark and I imagined something like a hearty Bock, which is not far off from reality. Upon pouring, the initial aroma was full of rich, sweet, grainy, maltyness, with a friendly hint of prunes. The flavor was full and rich as well, with complex grainy malt character follwed by a sweet finish with just a bit of toasty dryness to offset the sweetness. I can easily picture sipping this beer while relaxing in a bathtub, as it says they do on the bottle. If I lived in Neuzelle, I daresay I would take more baths.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a absolutely beautiful black color. Massive tannish head that slowly feel to a creamy ring. Spotty lacing present. Smell is fantastic with very stong coffe and chocolate notes present. This has to be one of the best scents on a beer I have ever experienced. Taste is almost as good as the smell with toated malt at the beginning, followed by rich chocolate and coffee tastes, then some dark sweetich fruit (dates, prunes) and a slight hop bitterness that beckons for another taste. Finish is a perfect combination of sweetness and a slight bitterness that blend together to present an extraordinary taste sensation. This is one of the finest beers I have evrer experienced. I have had several beers from this brewery and each one has been exceptionally enjoyable. Even though the label states that this beer can be poured in your bath water, I would never do it because it tastes so great.

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Photo of Graebner
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Fair amount of bubbles visible, especially for a beer this dark.

Smell is complex, grape juice, chocolate, butter, many other minor hints.

Tastes of chocolate, caramel, butter, toffee, a little fruity and a mocha frappachino finish. Quite good.

Feels a little thin, but not poor. Slight cloying, but it's not an IPA, now is it?

Drinkability is good. If it suffers from anything, it's just too rich to drink alot of. Very good beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of gmcfarre
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pt. .9 fl oz bottle poured into Imperial Pint Glass
Disclaimer: I may or may not have taken a bath whilst I enjoyed this beer.

A - Pitch black (think liquid licorice, in color at least) with a minimal light tan colored head. Lacing is substantial, yet its tiny bubbles allow it fall rather quickly.

S - Brown sugar and a sweet breaded scent dominate with slight roasted caramel and cola notes.

T - Lightly spiced sweetness with very little bitterness to balance. Hints of the roasted caramel and cola, but these remain largely overpowered. Aftertaste is sticky sugar that dries ever so slightly. Alcohol is not noticable. Overly sweet and in need of more balance.

M - Light yet creamy with little carbonation. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with a coating aftereffect.

D - Sweetness detracts from the drinkability, but there is enough flavor in this brew that I wouldn't turn one down (probably wouldn't, at least).

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my big Peter Griffin mug.

Not quite but almost to black, more of a very deep brown, cola color. A mild foamy film that depletes to a small ring, left a little to be desired. The sweetest dunkel I think I'm ever gonna smell or taste. Like mix between caramel with brown sugar and some roastiness. The sweetest tasting dunkel I think I'll ever taste. Not a sessionable dunkel due only to the sweetness. But very unique. I'm used to having strong cola, caramel, sugary, toasty flavors all mixed into one with any German beer. At least this strong any way. This beer is very silky going down the throat. A great desert beer. Especially if your desert has caramel in it.

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Photo of walleye
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the bottle with 15/07/04 on the side. poured a deep dark mahagony this a meduim sized tan head that left very little lacing. aroma roasted coffee, cherries, brown sugar and just a hint hops and as it warmed some alcohol popped out. flavor the first thing is the nice smooth sweetness of brown sugar and honey, dark fruits, than the malts and hops make an appearance. I am glad I picked this up good beer.

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Photo of macpapi
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown--almost black--color with a small tannish head. Decent lacing. Little visibility.

Smells of deep, roasted malt. There is also a distinct caramel essence, along with a touch of nuttiness. Pretty full and bold aroma.

Taste is dominated by roasted malt and a bit of hops. There is a little bit of chocolate taste as well, but not overwhelming. On the whole this is a nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. There is a pretty decent amount of bitterness. A robust presence.

On the whole this is a pretty impressive beer. Nice flavor and presence. Good bold and eminently drinkable brew.

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Photo of Ego
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj

half a finger of off chocolate head fades off quickly, great lacing is immediate, rolling the beer around produces a lovely tide rising and falling on the glass, not much light can get through this nearly opaque offering with chestnuit hightlights.

if I was blindfolded I might swear this was a bag of roasted coffee beans.. or a good cup of joe left out to get to room temp. the roast aroma is deep and nearly unreal, it smells like a cup of joe with a hint of sweetness from either cream or a shot of hazelnut, there is a mild smokiness like that of a fire when you wake up in the morning after camping out for the night, smoldering.. not like smoked/bbq meat.

taste etc...
the carbonation is smooth, the slightest hint of prickly nature but mostly it is here in small bubbles to carry this brew and slide it down way too easy, pretty light in the mouth for a dark beer (like a schwarzbier really), the smokiness comes through in the taste as well, and there are little kicks of bitter underneath the nice layer of malts, this is easy drinking for sure, no warming so I would guess the ABV is in the 5% range, there is a nice subtle ash flavor in this as well... damn, I think I could cook with this beer in a second! the flavor is really good but not as amazing as the nose, so I can't go higher on that score, but it is damn enjoyable.

want to be disturbed?
I warned you... "have you ever been to a turkish bath"
for the money this is straight up a great brew, I was totally just picking it up for the lore and the price was easy... from now on I will be picking it up because of how damn tasty it was.. and the aroma is just kick ass. This is easy drinking for a darker brew. This one shows subtleties that american brewers can learn from and employ.

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Photo of dherling
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a super dark brown with a near white head that fell into a thin film. The nose offers malt, slight smokyness, a bit of coffee, some caramel and mollasses, lots of fun stuff. The taste is like sweet coffee, mollasses, cream, caramel, slight dark fruit like sour cherries, and some pepper too. Has a lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A little cloying, but otherwise extremely enjoyable and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Poured into an Ayinger half liter glass.
No brewed on date.

Pours a 2cm head made up of medium sized bubbles. Foam takes a minute or two to fade, eventually leaving a 0.5cm cap atop the body. Leaves excellent, significant lacing after the decline, as well as with each swirl of beer. Body is an opaque, very dark brown to black color with chestnut highlights; almost totally impenetrable.

Aroma primarily of roasted malt with a slight hint of sweetness and char. While I'm not sure I have the freshest bottle of this, I definitely feel the smell of this beer could be more pronounced.

Taste opens with polite and typical lager malt sweetness residing above flavors of caramelized malt, some chocolate malt, toasted bread, vanilla, and faint roasted malt. Malt sweetness mixed with very faint sour char in the back of the mouth as the aftertaste. Not as dark or roasted relative to Sprecher's, but still tasty, lighter and more lager-like than that brew.

Body is light to light-medium, with moderate, slightly peppy, carbonation that fittingly propels everything into the appropriate sensory organs. Slightly watery, but also smooth and easy drinking. Finish is surprisingly dry.

A very easy drinking beer, not quite as roasted or "dark" in flavor as I would prefer, perhaps too sweet. A good schawrzbier, but not one I'd go out of my way to track down in the states.

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Bathbeer from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 25 ratings