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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
9.77%
 
 
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7
Gots:
1
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0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 21
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.51/5  rDev -12%
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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2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

C-

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half litre serving in a willibecher at Klosterbrau, Bamberg

Klosterbrau schwarzla

A- Stout black body with very light getting through showing some ruby highlights with excellent clarity. Off white head produces average retention and lacing.

S- Milk chocolate, treacle, sultana cake

T - Light smoke and dark chocolate with toasted malt coming through mellowing with a cake sweetness. Finish is clean with a lingering light hop note.

M - Medium carbonation and body

D - Extremely tasty with superb aroma. Enjoyed very much.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of stevoj
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice fluffy foamy head into German lager glass. Head remained, leaving ample lacing on the glass. A deep, dark coffee brown, almost no light gets throughthis one. A hearty malty smell followed by some nice roast grain flavor, with no bite or bitterness on the tongue. Zehr lecker!

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of shwami
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased one bottle from Kaufmann in Bamberg.

.5L bottle served in a Schwarzbier glass.

A- Nearly black, dark brown hues in the light; three finger tan head, had to pour in two steps. decent retention and lots of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, nearly sweet toffee notes.

T- Roasted sweet malt, touches of coffee and bitter chocolate lingers on the tongue.

M- full bodied, medium cabonation.

D- This is a great beer. Retains my opinion as an excellent beer in the bottle and at the tap. Served with hard cheese and crackers made a great pairing.

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had at the brewery. one of the best black laf=gers ive had

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: bif coffee, dark, carmael, chocolate

taste: Coffee, carmelized malt, dark rich flavors, great, malt backbone

mouthfeel: medium bodied but heavy for style, good carbonation

drinkability: well balanced, equally drinkable lager.

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4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap from Klosterbrau in Bamberg.

Deep dark brown with a almond head that dissipates quickly without much residual.

Cinnamon and hints of cocoa with some floral hops on the nose.

Toasted nuts and caramel are the first things you taste, but the floral hops finish the beer out and linger in the mouth.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Bold enough to support the flavors and thick enough to linger. Not much bite

Highly drinkable. Full bodied with full flavor, but remarkably smooth and enjoyable.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml swing-top BBE March 12 09 (seven months ago). Opens with a bang and pours dark brown/black with a large light beige head. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet roasty malt with some caramel. Light diacetyl and a bit of oxidation. These two come out even more in the flavor, but the nice roasty character that's supposed to be there is not lost. Sweet over all, with some chocolate notes. Very full, creamy body that's quite impressive for the ABV. This would be a very nice beer fresh, I'm sure, so I tried not to let the off-flavors affect the rating.

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3.83/5  rDev -4%
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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3.99 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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