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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: 39 |  Reviews: 31
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

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 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 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.

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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 gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of MechMessiah
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

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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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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.

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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 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 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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 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 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 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 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 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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