Neuzeller Kloster-Brau Porter | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Neuzeller Kloster-Brau PorterNeuzeller Kloster-Brau Porter

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Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Dentist666
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pourd into english pint. Under name "Refugium Mannerstolz".
Pours clear dark brown beer with beige head, good retention.
Smell - hell malty, roasted, smokey, hints of sulphur.
Taste - sweet, somewhat boozy, roasted, round, dry on palate.
Oily, medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; medium, light brown head

Aroma: Sweet malt; light hops; slight roasted grain; woody; some smoke

Taste: Starts off with quick zip of sweet, warming alcohol; roasted grains near end; ends with sweet, honey like aftertaste

Remarks: Very interesting; good for cold nights

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a less than impressive head; while the retention is not noteworthy, it does leave squiggles of lacing behind

Smell: Grainy and chocolately

Taste: Chocolate and hay, up front, with a developing sweetness of dark fruit; malted milk ball flavors in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not quite sure whether this is really meant to be a Baltic Porter as it sure comes up short on that front; a Robust Porter, I could understand, though it is still not a great example of that style, either

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a virtual black color with a moderate head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted nuts, dark berries, woody a bit boozy for some reason.

T: Mild dark berry sweetness with bit of caramel thrown in. nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy with no real presence of alcohol.

O: Easy drinker. Another good Baltic Port to enjoy on a quiet evening relaxing.

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Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color that appears black in the glass. One finger of head forms and quickly settles to a thin film. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is the best thing about this beer. Rich chocolate and fruit notes. Also has that particular European lager yeast aroma.

The taste does not live up to the aroma. Not much seperating this from a Euro Dark Lager. Much more sweet than anticipated with a grape juice quality. Just a faint roasted malt note. No sign of alcohol.

Needs more depth of body. As is it is thin but is nicely carbonated.

Disappointing Baltic Porter. Certainly not in the top teir of the style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass stein)
A- This beer pours a dense black body the color of superman's hair with a few bubbles of tan making up the head. The body is too dense to see any sign of carbonation. S- The aroma of prunes and raisins takes on an inky quality as the beer warms. There is also a light watery note to a rich molasses aroma that has some gingerbread spice to it. There is a faint caramel melanoidin aroma that has some raw grain and dark toffee notes in the finish.
T- There is a berry and water flavor that leads to a mellow roasted malt flavor with some melanoidin quality and no bitterness. The finish has a molasses flavor with some light gingerbread spice notes coming through when it warms. M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a water texture and no fizz or alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has qualities of porters and bock with a rich and creamy flavor but no carbonation really interferes with the enjoyment. The aroma has great dark fruit and molasses cookie qualities but they just don't come though in the taste which is unfortunate. This is a nice beer to drink and with a little more carbonation it could really be great.

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Photo of Jips
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Color: Dark amber brown w/ dark tan head about 2 fingers
-Feel: slight carbonation and smooooth, just a hairy watery
-Taste: sweet and dark malts w/ a hint of coffee
-After: watery sweet slight alchy taste

Decent, will get again if sweetooth is callin'

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night in a coal mine. No head at all, no lace, either.
Smell is whiskey, oak, roasted malt, dark fruit, smoke. Smells like it is a sipping beer, erroneously. Really well balanced.
Taste is exactly the same, roasted malt, whiskey, oak, smoke, and dark fruits. Balance is carried through as well.
More watery than expected. Medium body with extremely light effervescence, almost non-existent. Quite a good brew, it would be stellar if there was more body, 4.5 easily on both mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium looking light brown head with decent retention. Head fades and pops down to a decent foam cap. Black body with medium carbonation evident. A nice cap remains and leaves lots of nice lacing down the sides of the glass, including some beautiful rings. If the head was thicker and it wasn't so loud, this would be spectacular.

SMELL: Mild nose with a bit of roasted malts, slight hints of chocolate and some wooden notes. Fine, but not nearly bold enough for the style.

TASTE: Some roasted malts and earthy qualities, with touches of caramel sweetness in the back. Slight hints of bitter chocolate and wood notes at the finish. After taste is quite long lasting with a bit of bitterness and some sweet wood. Nice enough, but like the nose, it needs to be a little bolder to stand out from the rest.

PALATE: Medium body, creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth but leaves a burn at the finish. Quite unnecessary, especially given the ABV. Finishes quite dry, bordering on astringent. Average at best.

OVERALL: If I saw someone drinking this at the pub, I'd definitely want one. After trying it, however, I probably wouldn't go back for another. A great looking beer the whole way, but it didn't deliver anything after that. That said, this is decent enough, and a welcome attempt at an English style Baltic porter by a German brewer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Rich, roasty and very full bodied, Neuzeller Porter is brewed in the grand tradition of Eastern European porters."

Near black color (no light shines through). Good starting head, but it recedes to a single layer of fine bubbles. Good lace.

Earthy, with a dry cocoa flavor to the nose. Some sour milk aroma also.

Thinner than I expected (given the bottle claim). Creamy, semi-sweet chocolate flavor--reminds me of chocolate milk. Very light hop. The aftertaste is similar to unsweetened cocoa. I imagine there was plenty of chocolate and dark crystal malts to create this flavoring. A touch of sherry in the background. Easy to drink.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown/black colour, with a slight carbonation and a small tan head. Very grainy on the nose with hints of chocolate, and vanilla. Quite chocolate dark malt flavours with a sweet bready edge. The finish is less sweet with more of a nutty taste and a warm alcohol. Medium in the body with a fairly active carbonation in the palete. An interesting porter, with some strong flavours. Well worth a try if you're into your porters.

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Photo of Redrover
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz dark brown bottle. It looks like it was a returnable bottle due to the wear. That tells me that the export version is the same as what they serve locally. I like the label.

Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is dark brown with garnet highlights. Very small & quickly disappearing tan head. Looks like a glass of flat cola.

The nose is of molasses, dark fruit and roasted grains.

The beer is sweet with lots of molasses, raisins, lightly toasted brown bread, and a hint of coffee. Everything works together in this beer and the flavors continue to develop as it warms. I also get a whisper of wood smoke and a hint of caramel late. The alcohol adds a bit of heat but is not overpowering.

The carbonation level is extremely low to almost nonexistent. It is smooth, but give me a few more bubbles!

I liked this beer. Nice to see a German Porter. I have to recommend it Mr. Porter (AKA as Autumnal Dave).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate and light roasted malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice enough mix between some black chocolate with light dry roasted malt with lingering sweetness at the end. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Not overly complex but well done and easily drinkable.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Next to no head retention, deep charcoal color, brownish hues. Lots of charcoal in the smell, notable presence of alcohol as well. Taste is charcoal, burnt burnt burnt. A bit rough on the first sip, no diactyl, heavy malt presence. Sourness comes from the charcoal character. No sweet flavors at all.

It would go very well with a big old piece of beef.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a midnight black color and a totally thick consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, foamy head and decent lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, but also some traces of chocolate and coffee.

T: Not as dynamic as some other porters, but still nicely done. Had a big malty character, chocolate and mild traces of coffee in the finish.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this isn't like a lot of porters we get in the U.S., it's stilll drinkable and well made.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a midnight black with touches of light coming through on the outer edges,hard to generate a healthy head,what I did manage to stir up was a creamy,tan,half fingers worth that lasted all of ten seconds.The nose is powerful and direct,dark fermented fruits and leather(almost smelling like raw meat in a way,nice!!). This is over the top sweet,and I kind of enjoy it. Dark fruit and berries make up a unique tart sweetness that carries straight through to the finish. Hints of chocolate covered cherries midway,with some light smokey sausage flavors are unexpected,but interesting and subtle enough that they don't seem out of place. The body is a bit thin for the richness in flavor,carbonation is light and the finish is slightly dry. I would drink again,one large bottle at a time is all I could enjoy.

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Photo of charliedango
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a porter. I have yet to find a porter that compares to this. Standard to typical porter delivery, poured from 1 pint 9 oz bottle into pint glass. It has a richness with mellow carbonation creating a taste not found in many other porters on the market. If there is a better porter out there, I haven't tried it yet. This is my current benchmark on which all other porters are judged.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to the liquor store looking for a new beer and a woman in the import isle suggest this one. Evidently, she knew what she was talking about. The beer pours a flat black with a thin, slightly off white head on top leaving behind a few spots of lace on the glass as it dissolves. A strong roasted malt aroma with notes of raisins and toffee hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a nice crisp tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly a crisp roasted malt with notes of raisins, plum and toffee. It finishes sour leaving behind flavors or roasted and caramel malt.

This is a definitely a full flavored beer. An interesting German take on an English style of beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly great pour, for such a high alcohol content. Very, very black with a retentive tan head that's more than respectably large.

Smells of intense alcohol, rum, plums, and raisins. A little stale, perhaps? I don't know if it is, or if this is just some decent aged complexity--7.1 percent is kind the mid zone.

Anyhow, it smells kind of like staleness and kinda like nice complexities. Staleness takes the fruit over the edge and blots all else out. This has the strong fruit, but also a good kick of spice and molasses.

Tastes remarkably smooth. Very light carbonation. The flavors all rush in all at once, very intense. Big fruit, big spice, ending on a kick of mollases and a zing of alcohol.

Intense and uneven, but worth a try. Might be better fresh. Then again, it might be better after it's aged a bit. I--I just can't tell.

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Photo of Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is mildly smoky, but sweet like maple sugar encrusted smoked ham. Also holds some chocolate, fruitcake, rum raisin and coffee. Smells very pleasant. Body is dark brown to black with a diminishing pinky thin mocha head. Fore is brown sugar, raisins, mild smoked flavors, maple sugar and molasses. drinks like a desert beer and would cap off a meal of spiced Christmas Ham beautifully.

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Photo of klewis
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This has a date of 12/7/04 - I'm not sure if this is a bottled on or drink by date. This was purchased from a beer store that I trust where I hadn't seen it before, and it didn't have any dust on it, so it seems that maybe it is the former. But then again, I don't see it currently listed on their website...

A: Pours dark brown with a good sized head that makes a late entrance. Plenty of lacing.

S: Rich, malty bock-like smell with fruity aromas.

T: Big wet cardboard taste. There is some fruity flavor in there too, but lots of oxidation. Slightly bitter in the finish.

M: Described as full-bodied on the bottle, I found this one to be quite watery. It's smooth, but I think that is just allowing the cardboard taste to come through more.

D: It seems like I got an old bottle. Even without the oxidation, I don't think that this beer would be that great anyway.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with moderate tannish puffy head. Quickly fell to a thin ring leaving extremely attractive lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is an intricate mixture of rich dark coffee, dark chocolate, ripe darl fruits, and toasted malts. Taste is also very rich, with the dark fruits (prunes) dominating, but the coffee and chocolate lending showing their representative presences. Finish is more roasted maltiness, little bitterness to be found. Alcohol is completely hidden. I bought this beer having no idea what I would be getting, but I was well rewarded for my efforts. This is an absolutely great beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at LaBodega in Riverside in late 2005 for $2.89.

Pours a black as night (but watery looking) that has the slightest of tan bubbles when the beer is swirled in the glass. Head? No way.

Aroma is slightly sweet, roasty, bready, malty, with a slight hint of chocolate. Flavor follows through, where the sweetness intensifies to sweet cream, almost like melted ice cream. Very desserty, but not rich.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, which really works in keeping this drinkable.

I like this beer.

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Photo of woemad
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a euro-bomber of this at Huckleberry's in Spokane, primarily because I've never seen a porter from Germany before. When I think about it, there's really no reason why there shouldn't be Baltic porters from the Fatherland, considering northern Germany's Hanseatic past. I love Baltic porters, and it's not that often a new one comes my way, so I was really hoping to dig this one. Only just now noticed the date on the bottle: "12 07 04." There's no explanation as to whether this is the drink-by date or the bottled-on date.

Poured a very dark brown that only showed the tiniest ruby color when held up to bright light. Miniscule tan sliver of a head that nevertheless hung around for several minutes, then receded to a small foam collar. Decent amount of lace.

The smell was weird. There are the classic Baltic porter elements in the nose, but they are not in the order of magnitude that is correct for the style. This is sweeter smelling than it should be, despite the fact that robust, roasty, coffee & dark fruit flavors that should be here are here. They are just more subdued than they should be. The most stand-out scent is the chocolaty sweetness, which in my opinion should be more in the background. There's also a vanilla component that is more prominent than it should be.

This is one confused Baltic porter. While, like in the nose, all the classic elements are there, they are at the wrong levels. This is too sweet tasting for the style, almost cloyingly so. The sweetness is like the crazy-ass monks/brewers decided to dump a buttload of molasses, chocolate and vanilla into it. As to whether this is an attempt to dumb down the style or an attempt to be innovative. The result is the same: a tragically flawed example of what is normally one of my favorite beer styles.

This is a little too thin to be considered a "very full-bodied" (from the label) beer. I have had worst examples in this regard, but not by much. This also seems a little too flat. I know this style isn't supposed to be a carbonation bomb, but it could use a little more.

This is drinkable, but it's still a big disappointment for this Baltic porter freak. That Sinbrychof I've got stashed is singing a siren song, and I'm not sure I can resist it much longer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Double chocolate fudge brown with cherry-hazel highlights. The small, dark beige head is practically a non-foamer. It starts out at one finger and looks to be in no hurry to depart. A thick collar of lace helps a little.

This is a good nose for a Baltic porter. It's deep and rich with plenty of semi-sweet chocolate, a lesser amount of coffee with cream and a generous lashing of sweet vanilla liqueur. The aroma calls to mind Black Abbot, the (disappointing) schwarzbier from this brewery that I had a few weeks ago. I can only hope this beer tastes better. If the nose is any indication, it will.

Although this offering is better than Black Abbot, it's far from an outstanding Baltic porter. It tastes like some sort of artificial sweetener was added. I doubt that malt is responsible since the beer tastes and feels undermalted to me. Not a lot, but a little. The flavor follows the nose, except that chocolate has been toned down and coffee and vanilla have been amplified.

I can also appreciate sticky dates and molasses, but the piquancy that I usually associate with molasses is missing. In short, the flavor profile is a hodgepodge of elements in which the whole is less than the sum of the parts. I still can't escape the notion that there are artificial flavors or sweeteners present.

Thankfully, there's no hint of alcohol other than a mild prickle on the tongue that I had to go looking for to find. The mouthfeel is what I like to call 'faux medium'. It feels medium due to a slight syrupiness, but doesn't hold together very well and is, at bottom, thin for the style. A disturbing lack of carbonation doesn't help.

I don't know what kind of reputation Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle has among Germans, but as far as I'm concerned, after drinking two of their offerings, they aren't to be taken seriously. I give credit to the brewers for attempting a style that one doesn't usually associate with Deutschland, but they're going to have to do better than this.

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