Saturday, January 7, 2012

Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle Schwarzer ABT

I can gather very little about this beer, as the label is entirely in German. While I did take a bit of German in university, it is hardly at conversational level. It comes in a 500mL brown bottle and has 3.9% alcohol/vol. Weak. There is also a list of ingredients: Schwarzbier (black beer), and Invertzuckersirup (liquid invert sugar). Not exactly what I was hoping for: a beer with additives.

When opened, I could smell the malt, a little bit of smoke, and some coffee.  The beer poured an opaque black with a miniscule off-white head.  There were very few microsopic bubbles.  The original aroma was retained, but the order was reversed:  Coffee the most, followed by smoke and malt.

The first sip was exceptionally sweet.  The beer had a medium body, not terribly smooth but not sharp either.  The sweet aftertaste lingered on for a while.  There was almost no hops detectable anywhere in this beer.  While the beer wasn't bad, it wasn't exceptional either.  Not knowing what Schwarzbiers are supposed to taste like, I'd have to say it's middle-of-the-road.  I'd drink it again for a change of pace, but really couldn't see a reason to get it otherwise.

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