Original Badebier | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Original BadebierOriginal Badebier

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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 02-12-2002

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Original Badebier from Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH
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