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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei-Gaststätte Klosterbräu
Germany
klosterbraeu.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

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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20
Ratings:
38
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
13.38%
 
 
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of crnipeter
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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 jmhart
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Photo of Windigstadt
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Derek
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery, kept refridgerated, best before 27 04 06.

A: Black, pours a huge, creamy off-white (almost tan) head. Pour retention, but initially it leaves a little lace.

S: Malty (bread & nut), molases, a little mocha, hint of floral/grassy/spicy hop flavours (a light blend of continental, nobel hops?).

T: Only slightly bitter, with a little roasted/burnt malt. Quite malty, bread, molases, slight fruityness. Pleasant (but light) nobel hop flavours (a little grass & spice).

M: Moderate, malty body (surprising for its strength), moderate carbonation. Very smooth & pleasant.

D: Very drinkable.

There's so much good beer in Bamberg, but if you're ever there, do yourself a favour & give this one a try!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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 paterlodie
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -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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