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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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 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!

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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 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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly cloudy brown color, with a huge rocky tan head. On the nose are aromas of caramel malt.
On the palate it is nicely sweet, caramel malts, hints of coffee flavor, toasted grains, tiny chocolate notes and lightly hopped. Improves well after warming a bit. I’m becoming a big fan of the Schwarzbiers! ….good stuff…

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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...

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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 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.

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

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.

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Photo of budsboy
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bathbeer is indeed monastery fun. Not that I would know.

Deep, strong coffee color, only traces of light through the edges of the glass. Very little head ... and it's gone.

The smell of this one ... I can't rap my nose around, very faint and almost not present. I think I smell glass.

But the taste, wow, much bigger than I expected. Coffee is most prevelant with sweet and bitter dancing around in there ... nice, interesting.

Mouthfeel is better as it gets warmer. This one was stuck in the fridge. I couldn't wait, and drank all too soon, me thinks.

Easy drinking, very pleasant beer.

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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.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It seems bathing in this beer is considered Monestary fun! I guess you find fun wherever you can in a Monestary....
This pours like a stout; dark, ruby black, nearly purple when back lit. Tall, rocky brown head - lots of black malt aroma of coffee and smoke with rich doppel bock sweetness. Flavor is roastier than a typical doppel bock, almost but not quite stout like. Labled "Beer" and not Lager as the Abbots are, I'm assuming this is an ale. Fruity flavors of currents and carmelized sugars in a velvety smooth , slick on the tongue medium bodied dark ale. Chalky, dry hoppy finish with notes of raisins and maple. Very different and easy to drink beer. Sort of like a cross between a dry stout and a bock.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this better than the Blackened Voodoo Schwarzbier because it was not as overly carbonated. Black color and decent head/lacing. I can't see dropping $3.50 to add this to my bathwater though. Usually you take a bath to get rid of the beer smell, not vice versa. Fairly sweet malty maple flavor with coffee notes. I'd have this one again.

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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 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 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.

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