Original Badebier | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Original BadebierOriginal Badebier

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmaggot
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MechMessiah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of clarknova
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tough time deciding where to review this beer as it is clearly the same beer as Bathbeer, which is also listed for this brewery.

Appearance: Pours a pumpernickel color with ruby highlights; the rocky tan head retains well and leaves a few strands of lace behind

Smell: Very bready, with pumpernickel and apple tones

Taste: Opens with a German black bread character, that adds a bit of apple fruit and char by mid-palate; moves in a fruity direction, after the swallow, though the black bread elements linger underneath

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A decent example of the style, though it doesn't come through on the finish - perhaps that is because this is a unique style that is under the radar

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into snifter in Berlin, Germany. Reviewed live. Bottle acquired in beer specialty(laden) shop in Berlin, Germany. ABV is displayed as 5.2%.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of very nice cream, good thickness, and fairly good retention (~2 minutes). Solid non-transparent black colour. Generally appealing. Head is slightly tan but certainly not white.

Sm: Cream, vanilla, unmalted roasted barley, and maybe a slight hint of toffee. It's difficult to discern with me broken nose. A rather light scent, all things considered.

T: Roasted barley, coffee, roasted barley, and a caramel finish. Quite pleasant. Moderately complex, but not necessarily for a schwarzbier. I love the coffee and roast climax; it's not overstated as in some bad stouts. This is somewhere between a porter and a dunkel, and it navigates the in-between sort of twilight zone quite well. Balanced and built rather well.

Mf: Coarse on the climax (where it ought to be), but nicely smooth elsewise. Ditto for the wetness/dryness (i.e. dryness is present thankfully on the climax.) Complements (for the most part) the body and its flavours.

Dr: Very affordable in Berlin, and of fair enough ABV to be a decent drinking beer for getting properly tossed. That said, it's not excellent and shouldn't be high on any list for tasting. Give it a go, lads, but don't expect anything unique and/or exciting.

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Photo of marty21
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with 3 fingers worth of tan creamy head. The head settles to almost a finger worth for the rest of the beer and left walls of lace all over the glass.

S: Tons of milk chocolate with a little toasted/roasted malt in the background.

T: The milk chocolate dominates again with those hints of lightly roasted malt. It tastes watered down though as the taste is a bit thin.

M: Light carbonation with a very light watery body.

O: This wasn’t bad but I don’t think I will be having it ever again. It’s way too thin for me to enjoy. The thin body seemed to water down the taste, which is unfortunate because the chocolate in it did taste pretty good.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seemed like a porter rather than a Schwarzbier but I enjoyed the chocolate roasty notes and the smooth mouthfeel ( not overly sweet was nice too). I found this to be an orginal German beer that went for a more Ale-like flavour profile. I would buy this again

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a creamy brown head. The aroma is a smokey, roasted, chocolatey smell. The flavor is big and malty. The malt is roasty and tastes smoked. The body is chocolatey, and although chocolate and smoke sounds like a strange combination, it works. Lots of carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little light, but there's plenty of flavor. I purchased this beer knowing nothing about it, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of horndecker
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Blackest walnut murk, with a dark tan head, purplish at the edges, huge, fluffy and finely carbonated.

Nose: Big chocolate, caramel and malted milk aromas. Little else, perhaps a hint of roasted malt back there somewhere....no hops aromas.

Taste: Some hops in the taste, a mineral, subtly medicinal hops start, then milky malt, bitter cherry skins. It has a dry, chalky finish. Occassionally reminds me of a chocolate egg cream. A seltzery aftertaste with bitter undertones.

Nice enough, a bit too light-bodied maybe. Still, I might drink it again. But I wouldn't take a bath in it.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color, slight mahogany tones as i held it up to the light.
Good foamy head, light tannish brown in color. Head lasted for a while, not tons of lacing.
Malty aroma, hints of coffee, not a strong smell.
This one needs to sit for a bit and warm up to get all the flavors to come out.
Toasty, roasted flavor of malts, a hint of smoke, which i happen to like. Tiny bitterness in the finish, suggesting a touch of coffee.
Not as dense as a stout, but not watery either.
Very drinkable.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one in the tub, as per the label's instructions. Pours a very deep brown with a big tan head into my tulip. As the head dissipated, it left very little lacing. Smell is of coffee, roast malt, a little hint of orange, dark chocolate, and maybe some vanilla. Taste is sublime, with lots of chocolate and coffee backed by a damn-near-perfect roast malt character that was precisely enough, not too much, not too little. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I expected, with a bit of tiny bubbles dancing on my tongue. Insanely drinkable; I could sit in the tub and drink it all night. I can't tell what the alcohol content is, but it seems pretty high, in the over 9% range. I'm clean, happy, and ready to go to the Foodery to pick up another one of these bad boys.

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Photo of Skidz
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark, wooden brown and sits a deep, dark walnut brown, thin streams of light pierce through. A large, tan head sits on top and fades to a hearty skim, no lacings to be found.

Smells rich and roasty, full wooden appearance and just short of smokey. Dark caramel and powdered cocoa underneath. Dry, leafy sides with plenty of earthy tones as well.

Tastes malty up front, big loads of caramel and toffee, some coffee beans slide by as well. Mild fruity presence of apples. Wooden to the core with a few stray hints of toasted almonds. Finish is very mild, little bitterness present, but gives a good dusting of dry roasted coffee beans.

Smooth and creamy to the deepest dwelling of the beer. Carbonation so fine you couldn't pick it out with some sort of nano-tweezers. Elegant and comfortable in the mouth.

Completely, and undeniably easy to drink. No wonder they reccommend sitting in the tub with one, or in one. I'll pass on the latter, but I'll sure have another one.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle purchased for $3.49 at the Dilly Deli in Cincinnati. "Monastery Fun" pours a deep, opaque, brown with a skimpy beige head that disappears in five seconds. Barely a few beads of lace are left behind.
Aroma is muted, but has notes of chocolate, coffee, wood smoke, and some florals.
Mouthfeel has low carbonation and enough oddities to wind up pretty good. Body is deceptive, beginning medium and finishing light. Seems to feature some mineral water characteristics that I like. Kinda strange, but likeable.
Taste is dominated by dark roasted, sweet malts. Oreo cookies dominate the palate, but this also has a smoky note similar to the Bamberg smoke beers, but not nearly as prominent. Brown sugar flavors and a hint of fruity Concord grapes(or maybe grape jelly) mingle well with the restrained coffee and noble hop bitterness to produce a tasty finish. There is an overall sweetness here, but not cloying like the brewery's Black Abbot(ycchh!).
Very enjoyable, overall, and a good example of a style that I like quite a bit. The label is amusing, to say the least. Wish I could afford to bathe in this as suggested.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger tan head that fades to nothing leaving no lace. Almost black. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts like a mild porter with some roasted coffee at the finish. $3.04 for a 500ml bottle from Oliver's Beverages Albany, NY.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.09oz dark brown bottle. Dated 16.07.04 - the Klosterbraurei's website depicts an elderly gentleman in the bathtub drinking this beer...and bathing in it. Augh!
It pours a black strap molasses black with a big, though fading mocha head on top.
The aroma is nothing to rave about. Some subdued sweet malt and a hint of brown bread are upfront. A light smell of cooked cabbage is noticed.
Strong tastes of molasses, coffee and milk chocolate dominate. A mild smokiness and hint of hops is revealed later in the glass. Later, a very vague taste of buttermilk enters.
Maybe I'm being deceived by the aforementioned bathing image, but I think I detect a slight soapy taste.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A very black beer with a head that fades away to nothing quickly.

Aroma: toasted, roasted malt aroma.

Taste/Body: Somewhat thin body, a roasted malt flavor more expected in a dry stout than a schwarzbier. Long, medium-dry finish.

Not exactly what I'd expect from a typical German schwarzbief. It would make a decent stout, with its dry roasted and slightly acidic flavor.

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Photo of John
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 500 ml. cylindrical bottle with narrow neck. Charming looking picture of the brewery/monastery on the back label. Original Bathbeer – Monastery Fun is printed on the front label. Is it just me or does the idea of “Monastery Fun” frighten anyone else?

The brew pours a dark brown with a tan head that disappeared in a heartbeat. The aroma is dominated by sweetness. Caramel, molasses, brown sugar blend with dark roasted grains to comprise the nose. The aromas are well integrated into the flavor as well as some dark chocolate, coffee and nutty notes. The brew warms and becomes even sweeter. Didn’t get a lot of smokiness like the other reviewers. The flavors seemed to trail off quickly. Thought the body was a bit thin. A good brew but I did not enjoy this as much as Black Abbot and Golden Abbot from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle.

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Photo of Brent
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer set itself up to overcome a serious case of creepyness before my first sip. On the front of the bottle there is a designation "Monastery fun." In my mind "fun" and "monastery" don't go together, unless someone has twisted ideas about fun. On the back of the bottle: "sip one while you take a bath, or, like we do in Germany, add it directly to your bathwater." Is this a beer or bath salts? Just plain weird.

Fortunately, the beer turned out to be rather good. Rich, unsweetened cocoa aroma. The mouthfeel was a bit odd - at first it felt quite rich and creamy, but quickly went thin, rather like a nitro dry Irish stout. Likewise, the impression up front was pretty malty, with chocolate malt, but then a surprising acidic dryness took over, with a tart undercurrent. The finish was clean in a rather astringent way, with little aftertaste. I enjoyed the rich-to-thin, malty-to-tart joyride.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Near black, with a pelucid deep crimson fringe when held to light. Lofty, steadfast beige head leaves dense lace. Mellow baker's chocolate and cookie dough notes dominate the aroma. Trace darkly roasted grain derived coffee hint. Simple, subtle and inviting aromawise. In flavor, intially prevalent is a bittersweet, somewhat parching combination of lightly toasted malt, stately residual caramalt sweetness and drying hop bitterness. Roasted malt presence augments significantly as it warms, lending agreeably smoky and slightly burnt hints. Understated herbal Hallertauer hints add depth. Trace prune like acidity adds to the thirst quenching nature. Moderately dextrinous in mouthfeel and very well carbonated. Almost spritzy. Finishes soft and airy, with fleeting rounded mocha brownie and cracker hints. A quintessential Schwarzbier. Perhaps thinner than some, but well rounded overall. Well crafted and superbly drinkable.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tall brown long neck half liter bottle with a black and tan label featuring a monk holding a mug in one hand and a finger of the other hand to his lips in the "shhhh" motion. Back of the label proclaims this beer good for you both inside and out. Purity law applies. No freshness info.

What a beautiful pour! Deep burgundy brown that is clear as best I can make out in the darkness. The head is light brown, very thick and well contoured, 1.5 fingers deep and in absolutely no hurry to fade. I came close to giving it a 5 for appearance, but the lacing was a little lace than I would have hoped. Still, an utterly beautiful pour - I didn't really want to destroy it by drinking it. Well, yes I did. The nose is smokey, like burning hickory, with coffee aspects. The mouth is very prickly, and surprisingly light. There are lots of flavors here: hickory, barley, rye to open, with a bit of crisp hops to finish. As it warms, the caramel and sweet fruitiness - plum - emerge from the shadows. The aftertaste combines the smokey and the sweet. Very, very nice.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this bottle at Eagle Provisions, Brooklyn; the label is in English ('Original Bathbeer - Monastery Fun'). Very dark but not quite black with a tan head that tires out quickly. Malty, faintly herbal aroma. Smooth on the palate as the carbonation levels are low, the predominant flavour is malt with some roast and caramel notes; more bitterness comes out later on, the finish is quite dry. A bit 'chewy', and quite slick to make an easy quaffer.

Too good for putting in the bathwater as the bottle suggests, my suggestion is to do that with a macro light lager instead!

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