Mönchshof Bockbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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Reviews by Zimbo:
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
This girl gives a good and easy three inch slab of head. Underneath the beer is medium darkish copper with some reeasonable beading.
To taste there is fruit, candy sugar, some yeastiness with notes of toffee which are sharpish and lead to an edgy almost metallic end. There is just a flake of chewiness to the body which promises to deliver sticky sappiness which appeals to the palate.
There's alot going on here but it ends up being a cacophony of many flavours which just doesn't bring much harmony or joy.
09-21-2011 20:04:42 | More by Zimbo
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4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a .5L swing top to a steamed glass, the liquid is clear copper brown with excellent carbonation. The head is way tall, tan and leaves lots of lace.
The smell is sweet, lightly fruity with mild hops.
The taste is semi dry at first with fruit and sweetness. caramel sugar and a nice boldness accented by alcohol.
The mouthfeel is better the medium body and a great robust carbonation that is not overly done.
The drinkability is very good, I like the brew. Prosit, MK
11-30-2009 21:24:22 | More by MuenchenerKindl
United Kingdom (England)
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
Half litre flip-top bottle obtained at Nurnberg railway station and reviewed in my hotel room while staying in the city during the 2009 AltstadtFest. The beer had a best before date of 31st Aug 2010, so almost a year left.
An off-white head sat on top of a good looking clear amber coloured body.
the smell and taste was of caramel and molasses, but not overly so, just waek hints really.
I was very dissapointed with this beer to be honest, obviuosly a supermarket/nightshop sort of beer in my opinion, not a well crafted beer at all.
09-30-2009 17:49:03 | More by BlackHaddock
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Tall brown half liter bottle with a flip top. Label is dark, with vertical stripes of black and copper. The Mönchshof symbol features a fat monk holding a big mug. Purity law applies. Best before 1/16/04, I opened mine on 10/26/03.
Nice clear dark copper color under a thin tan head that faded pretty quickly and left only minimal lace. The nose is full of sweet caramel and barley. The mouth is a bit prickly, and heavy with sweetness. The taste starts sweet - caramel and grapes or prunes. Alcohol is present, and there's a good amount of malt lurking here, too. What I don't notice is hops. The sweetness just keeps going on and on, never yielding to a bitter finish. The aftertaste is fruity sweet. This is a nice "starkbier," but not really much like the average Bock. This probably should be characterized as a Doppelbock, although the label does not do so.
10-26-2003 17:55:02 | More by Globetrotter
4.2/5 rDev +12%
A: Dark amber color, thin foamy head;
S: Sweet red wine with scents of hazelnut;
T: Strong, coffee and pitted prunes;
M: Very dry, bitterness, the ABV concentration is evident;
D: The best Bock style i have taken, before it was "noche buena"
11-30-2009 23:14:42 | More by roddwolff
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
A dark copper beer with a thick and creamy head.
Smell is strong (munich) malty and has some sulfur notes. The dark malts give the beer a molasses and mild burned taste. In the end there is some vegetable smell, green and like young beer.
Taste is green malty, but still strong on the malt presence. On top of the malt base there is a mild caramel taste. The vegetable taste is in the taste, but I get used to this after some sips and I do not taste it anymore. The yeast gives some anise notes. Body was medium, not overly sweet.
10-07-2007 08:34:09 | More by Absumaster
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Pours a clear, vibrant copper color. The tall head of beige foam is of average density, with a foamy texture. Retention is very good, and curtains of sticky lace cling copiously to the glass.
S: Bready, caramel maltiness in the nose. A bit sweet. An invitingly spicy and leafy hop aroma fits right in. Some light fruity notes (apple) and nuttiness as well.
T: Sweet caramel and toffee notes, with some mild bread crust notes. A bit nutty. Fruity flavors are noticeable - apple and plum mostly. There is an ample bittering bite of hops, with some spicy flavor. Alcohol isn't prominent, but it is noticeable into the finish.
M: Medium body. Carbonation is light, contributing to a somewhat sticky/syrupy overall feel.
D: A very good bock. Well done, with a nice mix of sweetness, fruity flavors, and appropriate hop presence. Right on for the style, and easily drinkable.
01-15-2011 23:38:10 | More by Clydesdale
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
500 ml swingtop bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget). ABV is 6.9%. Orange to amber colour, large off-white head with an orange hue. Moderate aroma of malts, some fruity hops and bakery, notes of alcohol. Flavour is fairly malty and bready, some caramel sweetness, alcohol is evident but not too much. Some hoppy bitteness and slightly burnt notes in the finish. OKish, but not my favourite bock.
11-18-2005 17:26:15 | More by Sigmund
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Note: My bottle lists this as 6.9% ABV vice 6.6%.
Pours well for a massive 3 finger thick head, with great retention. The body is dark copper in color, which I believe is a bit darker than a standard bock.
In the aroma I detect earthy tones, some sweet bread, light chocolate, and a mild copper metallic like hops presence.
Taste wise it's richly sweet upfront, in the way of a root beer/cola mix, and gives way to an herbal and slight cooked vegetable like flavor.
The beer isn't richly carbonated, but feels a little coarse, and leaves the palate a little dry. There is a slight warmness from the alcohol coming through too.
Overall, this beer is bordering on Doppelbock character, more so than a typical bock beer. The body is maybe in millimeter from being full enough to be a Doppelbock and a little hoppier, but I think it would be splitting hairs.
09-16-2009 16:21:46 | More by TheSarge
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
0.5 liter bottle, dated (best by date?) 26 Jan 10. Pours a completely clear, orange-red color with a fluffy, off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and pale malts, smoke, wood, grain, and yeast. Flavor is caramel and light roasted malts, sweet, dark fruits, and spicy. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, metallic, a touch of alcohol, and hint of bitterness remains. Good beer, nice complexity.
04-06-2010 02:15:29 | More by mtstatebeer
4.8/5 rDev +28%
Huge creamy head fades slowly leaving a few specs of lace. Deep amber, almost brown, colored beer. Rich, sweet aroma is a mix of dark roasted malt, raisins, plums, and a pinch of alcohol. Moderately full body is full of fine carbonation. It's packed full of malty sweetness. Flavors of caramel, raisins, and vanilla up front with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Full flavored, tasty as hell, and highly drinkable. It's damn good.
02-13-2008 20:48:26 | More by HappyHourHero
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
500ml swingtop bottle served into a Guinness brewhouse series true imperial pint glass in Belfort, France. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. A light copper colour. Semitransparent.
Sm: Cream, musty hops.
T: Nutty hops, amber hops, and nice cream on the finish. The climax is a nice culmination, but the hops are meshed not layered. Nice complexity, but certainly still far from unique. Caramelized malt and barley foundation. Built and balanced well.
Mf: Nicely coarse, but wet enough to stay refreshing. Complements the flavours of the body, but is far from a perfect match.
Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. Well priced in Germany. A great beer all around.
06-13-2011 20:17:11 | More by kojevergas
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
Dark amber, very clear, with a fluffy white head which leaves lovely lacing.
Smells like a wooden barrel in a cellar: musty and earthy. Makes me think of cheap manly cologne rather than beer, but, well, it's interesting.
Surprising amount of hop presence, but blends in nicely with malts. Caramel, apples, toasted bread, along with vanilla, alcohol, and golden raisins. The flavors are bold and satisfying instead of hiding in the background.
Mouthfeel is fairly light for a beer with this much flavor.
I couldn't polish off more than one half liter of this, but it's quite good.
03-27-2009 20:08:51 | More by brc
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
One of my favorite styles in german beer; its accentuated hops aroma and low in malt, its dark color and its bottle, made perfect with a snacks, serving in mug and enjoyed at 7 o´clock, smell and taste is good, mouthfeel, up on the average, drinkability too, very recommendable.
10-12-2005 15:58:44 | More by tesguino
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Ahhh i love that hissing pop when you open a flip top lid.
Aggressively poured into a 0.3ml willibecher. I like smaller glasses as i can get 2 glasses of beer out of 1 bottle which makes me feel like im getting more ;) Lacing is very good
A- Dark copper and 4 finger head, that is creamy, thick, pillowy, tan and fantastically long lasting.
S- Lots of lovely munich malt, caramel/toffee, syrup and slight nuttiness
T - Much the same as the smell, very malty with no hop bite at all, toffee/caramel comes through, nuttiness perhaps in the lingering aftertaste.
M- Low carbonation, sticky as expected.
D-This beer had 2 months before expiration date, perhaps a slightly stale flavouring, im sure a fresh tap glass would be a bit more lively but as a typical bock beer, this is very good, not too syrupy, and with alchohol well disguised, its easy to drink too much of this ;)
12-06-2007 21:36:05 | More by seanyfo
Mönchshof Bockbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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