Neuzeller Kloster-Brau Porter | Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

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Neuzeller Kloster-Brau PorterNeuzeller Kloster-Brau Porter

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by yen157 on 04-20-2004

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by ElGuapo:
Photo of ElGuapo
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich dark brown pour topped in a pretty large amount of tan head. Nice roasty aroma as well as lots of chocolate.

The body is medium to full, which I would like to be a bit heavier, but it still does pretty well. Mild carbonation compliments the fine smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is right where you want it to be. It is very dark with some fruits hidden behind a pretty intense choclate and coffee character. There are lots of burnt and roasted flavors coming out as well. The drinkability is also excellent. This one could use to be a bit thicker, but the flavor is all there, and everything else is quite good.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thick pour, verges on completely opaque brown with a bright umber frothy head of almost 1/2 an inch. Complicated dripping ring lace on a pint glass. Aroma is sweet, lots of malted milk and just a touch of estery fruitiness. Carbonation is low and the body settles on medium, just shy of silky but fairly slick. Flavor starts very sweet, maple syrup over peaches and with lots of cane sugar. Finishes as it starts, heavy, malty, and perhaps a little nuttiness. Light sense of a papery flaw, but that happens in such a malty brew. Pretty obvious and too saccharine, a little cloying as well.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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 cokes
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flat black under a modest brown dome.
Obviously malt-heavy nose of molasses, chocolate, and prune.
Begins all brown sugary and nearly heavy-handedly sweet. Milk chocolate and raisins swell up, furthering the confection sense, and imitating Raisinettes. Steers clear of any true roastedness. A red grapey vinousness lurks on the latter part. Hopping is cleansing but void of any true noteworthiness.
Moderately heavy in the mouth, but strange of feel. It's general oiliness is offset against a bizarre sense of grit.
All told, a nice rendition in the Baltic mold.

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Photo of morimech
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Jredner
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Dukeofearl
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 pin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Mark_Eck
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TastyTaste
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost completely opaque black, with a little light peaking through on the bottom of the glass, revealing a reddish maroon color. Not much of a head on the pour, just some little tan bubbles around the outside of the glass. Chocolate, cherries, buttterscotch, and molasses are all present in the nose. Initially sweet and metallic, finishes with grainy flavors, coffee and lots of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is velevety smooth, with almost no carbonation. Gets a little annoying with it's barrage of sweetness. OK, but kind of dissapointing.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Kclingers. I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep chocolate brown with a creamy tan 1 cm foaming up easily and resting on the surface effortlessly.
Aroma is very roasty with espresso notes and some rich chocolate. Some raisin notes as well mixing for a very enticing nose.
The first sip reveals a fairly thick body and fine tingly carb that tickles my tongue each mouthfull.
Flavor starts with a bit of sweet chocolate and maybe some berry fruitiness, then rolls to espresso bitterness and roasted malt. I also get a faint hit of anice at the end.
Interestingly the lingering flavor is not the espresso but the sweet berry chocolate on my lips. Almost a sticky hard candy feel left on my lips after each sip.
The beer is very smooth and silky on the swallow and the ABV is hidden very well. I enjoy this beer a lot and would recommend.
Check it out!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger,creamy light tan head that fades slowly leaving an even lace. Black and opaque. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate. Starts and finishes with a roasted chocolate/coffee flavor, better as it warms. $4.70 for a 16 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 WanderingFool
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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 soju6
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Redrover
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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 garymuchow
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma presents a deep dark malt with a sweet molasses/honey contrast. Bits of roast and chocolate. Core is rather sweet, but not unpleasing to me.
Black, black, black. No light through it. Thickish tan head. Lots of lacing.
Sweetness again notable, but with deep dark malt/roast foundation. Sweetness again has a mix of characteristics (maple?). Flavors lose robustness as it sits, but I like the blending. Long mildly dry but somewhat bitter finish that shows nice flavors.
Adequate softness to carbonation. Maybe a little thin.
I like this. This could be too sweet for some (many), which makes it less porter like (and more German, like a schwartzbier, an ale version? but even sweet for that). I appreciate the complexity and blending of flavors.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of patent, chocolate, and roasted malts. It is quite dry and earthy with a slightly warm edge. The taste is good. It has a smooth, rich malty flavor that boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It goes down easy with a warm, dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is good drinking porter. It's a little on the dry side, but it still has excellent flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: The last offering in my recent quadrilogy of Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu brews. A distinctive looking black, gold and cream colored label sits affront the ubiquitous standard looking Teutonic 500ml brown glass bottle. A cream colored middle section has a dark blue triangle that has an image of a jovial looking Monk fondling a large golden stein. Brewed by “Neuzeller Kloster-Bräu” and listed as “Neuzeller Porter” and listed as a “Rare Black Beer from Germany’s Monastery Brewery Founded 1589…the taste of paradise”. Listed at 7.1%. Dated 12.07.04, which I presume (hope!) is the actual bottling date as this was advertised as a new brew at the store where I bought it.

Appearance: Sumptuous dark brown body that appears dark black at first. The head forms into a well behaved light brown uniform covering which lasts for the duration of the drink and remains at a solid ½”. Average carbonation tends to appear lazy at times whilst the lacing remains as a scattered smattering.

Nose: Coffee-ish and roasty, reminded me of those dark chocolate Walnut Whips that I used to eat in England years ago. Cocoa powder and some roasted chestnuts. Fades in strength occasionally.

Taste: Rich and roasty, as described, but it has a sharp dark malt persona and a lingering roasted chocolate feel in the finish. Walnuts strike the back end and echo with a nutty tannin finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, it has a nice slick feel which aids in balancing the sharp malts and rising nutty feel. Uncomplicated and rather unassuming yet it does the task of supporting the flavors adequately and it helps to smooth things into a nice rounded presentation.

Drinkability: I managed this between sticking my laundry into the washing machine and having to rescue it by sticking it into the drier. Not that bad but somehow it lacked some Porter-esque qualities…I am not ashamed to say that I would have problems discerning this offering from the other dark brews which Neuzelle produce.

Overall: “•Echt Stark, Echt Deutsch•” says the label. That’s about how I would sum this one up. Well that and the fact that this tastes just as much like a Schwarzbier as it does a Porter. Cost me only $2.99, but I’m rather ambivalent about this. So-so.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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 yen157
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Almost black body with cola-brown highlights topped by a creamy, foamy beige head. Strangely sweet cardboard malt notes and a touch of toasted fennel seed and charcoal. When the bottle was first poured a deep sniff was painful due to a seemingly acidic element that quickly dissipated. Robust flavors smoothed over by fairly light carbonation and body. Good flavors which include ripe plum and white bread crust are carried along into a moderately long and salty finish.

The body is a little thin for such low carbonation, but this is a tasty brew none the less. The 7.1 alcohol by volume is not noticeable besides adding to the flavor profile. I would buy this again, especially given the fair price of the Neuzeller brews.

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