Original Badebier | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Original BadebierOriginal Badebier
Very Good
38 Ratings
Original BadebierOriginal Badebier

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by mjohn27603:
Photo of mjohn27603
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They Americanized the name of this bottle calling it "Bathbeer" instead of the German. "Monastery Fun" is also printed on the label. Pours a dark brown. Head initially took up 3/4 of the glass. Taste is of roasted character. The most noticeable characteristic of this beer is it's mouthfeel and body. It is very soft in character and light on the tongue. $2.99 bottle. This is very drinkable but not leaving me with much of an impression other than the subdued roasted character. Carbonation is very slight. Made with soft water? I can think of more adjectives for the mouthfeel than the taste.

 594 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

 1,136 characters

Photo of ADR
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Schwarzbiers...a really charged bottle, lots of pillowy foam that holds rocky shapes well. Cloudy and very dark brown, a few chunks. Smell is sweet with a touch of cranberry, pretty nice. Taste is unusual, a hard-to-describe malt and a touch of berry but with good hops too. Medium-bodied to me, but surprisingly light on the tongue. Malts taste "roastier" as it warms up...very nice beer here, finishes well in the swallow, too...

 440 characters

Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The closest shade mahogany can be to black. Only shadowy light is emitted through. Tan cap above.
Big smoky nose. Rauchschwarzbier? Woody, grilled and smoked sausage and black malt.
Begins with more of this smokiness. Meaty and woody at first, settling quickly into a burnt brown sugar and sub caramel sweetness. Black malt twangs its way through the middle. Still smoky come late, with just the tiniest addition of drying hops.
Light bodied and quite drinkable. Not all that complex. Just dark and smoky. But tasty!
This was purchased on a whim. It was not at all as expected. But I'll gladly take it.
Ignore the advise on the label and don't bathe in it.

 662 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black robe capped by a thin & creamy light tan head that holds OK, and then drops to a thin collar and surface covering. The aroma offers a very nice ceral-like maltiness with notes of light caramel, toffee and some very soft background roastiness. The body is light/medium with an exceptionally fine and mild carbonation that's smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor reflects the maltiness found in the aroma: mild and softly caramel/cocoa-ish with a cereal-like character. There's also some very light apple-like fruitiness but it's generally masked by the maltiness. It's very well balanced considering the delicate nature of the malt. The bitterness is barely noticeable up-front, and appears only minimally in the finish along with some residual maltiness and a touch of roasted character (clearly no roasted barley is used, but rather deeply kilned malts as there is no acrid character). This beer is quite one-sided, but the malt flavor that's there is very nice and although it has some dark malt character it's actually quite light and refreshing. Very well done.

 1,100 characters

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!

 579 characters

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

 905 characters

Photo of Gusler
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer on the pour a very deep garnet with a modest light chocolate head that is frothy in texture and the lace a fine and clinging sheet to coat the glass. Nose malt, caramel, lightly toasted grains, front is malt and ambrosial the top is skinny. Finish is purposefully carbonated, minor league on the hops, dry aftertaste, overall the flavors improve a bit after resting, but all in all just an average beer.

 410 characters

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.

 1,060 characters

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.

 928 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark beer. Big bubbled tan head quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Big roasty sweet aroma. Falvor is toffee, burnt malt and a hint of smoke. Some raisin flavor as it warms. There's that lager taste to it, but it's almost completely covered up by the strong malty flavors. Hops are very low in the profile.

 313 characters

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.

 274 characters

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.

 603 characters

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.

 1,390 characters

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.

 437 characters

Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why, just picked up this half liter bottle on a whim. No dating of any sort. Something on the back of the label about adding a portion of the beer to one's bath water while sucking on the rest while you bathe. This beer poured the deepest brown with a light brown head, wheraes I was expecting something a bit lighter, maybe deep straw colored. I should have read some reviews beforehand and learned it was a schwarzbier. Not what I'd tend to add to bathwater. Brown bottles are great for blocking light out of homebrews and such but sometimes can be confusing for discerning finishing color in a "commercial" brew. I honestly was expecting a paler color by inspecting the beer in the bottle. I'd suppose that I'd stereotyped a German brew. I'm delightfully amused by the pouring color. Malty aroma with an underlying bock funkiness. Yeah, got that yeasty bock funkiness in the taste, too. Mineral content noticable. Delicate and mild, though. Almost like an ale. Once the color and the expectations come into place, it make for one wonderful brew. Very candid and thorough. Don't know how to explain it, just schwarzbiery good. Wish I could find this on a more consistent basis. A bit like a porter, but lagerish. A little bit beyond expectation.

 1,258 characters

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

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.

 851 characters

Photo of stoutman
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Neuzeller Kloster-Brau Bathbeer pours to a jet black color with a huge rocky head formation that fills your glass with foam, so much foam in fact that you must wait a few moments before pouring more beer. Most likely all that foam is intended to add bubbles to your bath. The nose is roasty and slightly smoky, the palate slightly smoky, chocolaty, very lightly phenolic, reminiscent of smoky porter, smooth and clean. The balanced finish has a touch of roasty bitterness. This is a classic German dark brew with a bit more character than most. TASTY und PROST!

 561 characters

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bathbeer? Okey dokey, I'll bathe with this beer, but I'd rather drink it. Label is funny, but the beer is dead serious. Very dark with garnet tinges, the head was lively and beige in color. Lighter lacing than I would have suspected. The nose is smokey and very nice with the addition of toasted caramel malts added into the mix. A bit overly sweet and lacking as much toasting as expected from the nose, the body is thin and lacks crispness and body -disappointing for the look and smell. Drinkable enough, I'd likely switch to something of more body.

 552 characters

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.

 502 characters

Photo of clarknova
2.5/5  rDev -34%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Original Badebier from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 38 ratings