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Klosterbräu Schwärzla | Brauerei-Gaststätte Klosterbräu

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei-Gaststätte Klosterbräu
Germany
klosterbraeu.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ein Bier mit schöner dunkelbrauner Farbe. Leichtmalzaromatisch und milder, weicher, süffiger Geschmack. Sehr gute Schaum- bildung.

Added by UncleJimbo on 10-06-2003

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Ranking:
#9,040
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
pDev:
9.73%
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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a .5L stein. Reviewed from notes taken Summer 2011 at Klosterbrau. 4.9% ABV confirmed. Cost was 2.70 euro.

A: Pours a half finger head of light khaki-tan colour, nice cream, and decent thickness - but poor retention. It's hard to discern the colour in the stein, but it seems to be caramel.

Sm: A light strength caramel aroma.

T: Caramelized malt - especially on the finish. Sorely misses nuttiness, which would complement the choice of malts nicely here. Crappy and simple. Overreliant on its mediocre barley foundation for flavour. Weak. Hopping is floral at best and minimal in presence. There's just nothing going on here. Balanced poorly, with flavour lacking in the second act. This plateau remains even through what should be the climax. Built alright, I guess.

Mf: Smooth and wet; standard fare. Sort of suits the flavour, but is far from custom-tailored to them.

Dr: Pedestrian as hell. Drinks okay, but it's pretty low ABV. Price is average by German standards. Only hardcore fans of the style need apply.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SVD
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of kinolust
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fluffy light tan head. Body is dark red in the light.
Toasted malt and some hop in the nose.
More of the same as in the nose with lots of hop and toasted malt but there's also a hint of something verging on smoke. Seems like I'm getting slight alcohol notes which seems weird at such a low abv.
Lots of carbonation and a medium body.
I thought it was a great Schwarzbier. Easy to put back with some krautspaetzle.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Windigstadt
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nearly pitch black; thick off-white head.
S- Hints of smoke and coffee; just a slight herbal spiciness.
T- A roasty, malty bitterness up front with a slight sweet tang. The roast flavors give way to a hop bitterness in the finish with virtually no malt backbone in between. Hints of licorice and coffee give this nice complexity for a lager.
M- A little fuller than your typical Schwarzbier.
D- It drinks like a big beer, much more so than it's 4.9% ABV would lend you to expect.

Overall: This is a very flavorful Schwarzbier. My personal criticisms are that I would like it to have a little more malt in the middle while toning down the roast malts just a little. Still, not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown-red, almost like Coca-Cola. The liquid is clear. The finger thick head is pale brown. No lacing occurs.

The smell is light and fresh with some dry, roasted barley.

The taste is quite light, too. Dry roasted malty flavours. The aftertaste adds a crispy bitterness and a hint of caramel. It is overall very clean.

The carbonation is strong with lots of creamy small bubbles. The liquid is very smooth.

A schwarzbier with clean and balanced flavours. Not the most complex one I have had, though.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very, very dark brown (almost black) color, with reddish highlights near the edges. The foam was creamy and light brown in color and settled slowly while clinging to the glass. The smell was sweet malt with notes of caramel. The taste was malty and not sweet with low hoppiness, though the hops did come out a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry with medium-full body and strong carbonation, and it was relatively clean overall. This was a good dunkel bier.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My bottle says 5.2% alc, but i'm sure it's the same beer.
Very dark ruby, one lasting finger tan head.
Smell of nuts, low metal and dry dark fruit, roasted malts.
Rich roasted malt taste with a nice dark fruit undertone (prunes, raisin, dates), some sweet burnt sugar and a tiny hint of smoke. Roasted nuts. Faint crisp citrus and dark spices. Rather hoppy finish for its style, dry leaves and roast blending into a nice bitterness (a tiny bit of metal, but not as disturbing as the smell forewarned).
Medium carbonation and almost light body, easy to gulp.
A good schwarzbier with a nice twist from the subtle smokiness, enough to separate it from the bunch.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a glass of this vom Fass at the Klosterbräu Gaststätte in Bamberg. It is a deep, dark brown color, clear yet still opaque. Some glimmers of mahogany and garnet shine through. Head starts at 2" of mocha-colored whipped topping but fades to a fine layer, with decent lacing. Nose is roasty and coffee-ish, though mild. Body is medium, and even a touch chewy. But it does have an above-average carbonation level, producing a prickly/bubbly feel on the tongue. Lots of roasty, dark malts are present in the flavor profile; chocolate and coffee notes abound. It is almost stout-like in flavor. Let it warm and the bitter finish at the outset fades into a pleasant, slightly hoppy ending. Good stuff!! Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of shwami
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a German ceramic tankard from Kloster Kreuzberg.

A: Pretty, dark brown brew with a fluffy, creamy head on the pour.

S: The aroma is faintly smoky and sweet smelling of greenery and roasty malt.

T: Great typical schwarzbier roasty taste, made complex by the smokey caramel back story. Pleasant and interesting.

M: Barely carbonated and slick on the tongue. Somewhat unexpected from a schwarzbier when compared to Kostritzer.

D: Pretty good, particularly since it incorporates a slight touch of local Bamberg smoke as a subtle surprise. I could enjoy this one again.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 27-04-05. Poors out good with not too much head but whats there stays quiet good. Color of foam is yellowish and beercolor is almost black.Nose is malty; lots of roast and also some cara and probably munichmalts there. Just litle and decent yeastaromecomplet the smell. Taste is like a schwarzbier should taste; burnt, sweetmalty and litle metallic. Nice combination and aftertaste is just a hop and roast thing. Also well balanced. Mouthfeel is impressive for a just 4.9 %ABV beer and the drinkability of that beer is cause of the low alcohol also good. Great beer but could have just a litle more alcohol in my vieuw.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery. This beer pours a dark brown with a nice, short lived head. A bit of toasted malt to the nose and mouth. Enjoyable. Decent flavor.

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Photo of dgilks
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5.2%ABV Flip-top, half-litre bottleBBD 19 Jan 2013: poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard @ home on 21 Nov 2012.

Large pop as I opened the bottle, the beer wanted to get out: the glass filled with tanned foam and only half the actual beer left the bottle before my glass almost overflowed with the huge head I'd produced.

Once everything had calmed down a bit I poured the remaining beer into my glass and had a good sniff: toasted/roasted bread/biscuity malt esters in the smell. The taste was also mostly of malts, I found some toffee flavours before stronger dark chocolate and mildly hoppy finish rounded off each sip.

This is one of the better brews I've had in this style: more depth of flavour and body strength from start to finish.

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Photo of bamberger603
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nlriehl87
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of clarknova
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of pixieskid
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crnipeter
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml, BB reads 11. February 2011, into tulip.
Impenetrable to light yet clear, dark brown, nearly black body with garnet highlights, topped by medium, semi-stable tan head.Aroma is rich Munich-like malt, aromatic sweetness and dark chocolate from roasted malt. Clear malty flavor with some metallic oxidation, coffee and dark chocolate from roasted malt. The chocolaty sensation lasts into the finish while aftertaste is roast and hoppy bitterness. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth, creamy texture.
No burnt notes and clean lager character with complete absence of fruity esters.

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Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another unique tasting beer from Klosterbrau. Poured at their brewery/pub in 06/11.
A nearly black brown beer with a small but consistent amount of foam.
This is a schwarzbier with some definite roasty and sweet molasses notes going on, but it also has a whiff of smoke even though it doesn’t actually use any smoked malts (that I know). Little bits of chocolate and liquorice, pop up here and there, too. Like most other beers in town, they’re also not skimping on the hops. While clearly a lager, it reminds me a bit of the flavor profile for a strong sweet stout.
While other dark beers in town tend to lean more in the dunkel or some kind of hybrid direction, this one’s a real schwarzbier at heart. It's a fine one, too. That smokiness is a terrific addition to the roasty and sweet flavors.
Good stuff, and much like their Braunbier, a beer worth going back for in a town with a million options.
If you're only in Bamberg for a day, I'd put this on a list of beers you *have* to try along with Keeseman Herren Pils, Spezial Rauchbier, and Mahr's Ungespundetes.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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