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Mönchshof Bockbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2003)
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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.8/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of saintjulien
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Bierman9
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 0.5l bottle of this in Rothenburg, and enjoyed it on my last night at my Gasthaus, whilst relaxing after packing for the next days trip home.

This bock is a rich, golden/orangey/copper color. Clear all the way through. Slow moving carbo rises intermittantly within. Head is light beige, creamy and fine; solid at 1/4" with excellent stick. A superb looking bier!! A malty, toffeeish aroma exudes sweetness without going over the top. Minimal hopping noticed in the nose, though. Body is easily medium-plus, and creamy-smooth! A pleasure on the palate.

Chewy malt with toffee/caramel notes greet the tongue, with light sweetness lingering lovingly. Hops do appear, but just a cameo near the finish to keep things honest. This is a very nicely made bock, and exceedingly tasty to boot.

Prosit!!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

853

Photo of Ochsenblut
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Ruby, transparent with a 1 finger white head.

S- Yeasty, crackery... really reminds me of a soft pretzel.

T- The malt is dry and doughy (pale malt?). The noble bittering hops are upfront and ultimately the star of the show. The bite fades to a lingering grainy aftertaste.

M- Medium carbonation combined with chewy malts make this a substantial mouthfeel.

D- I didn't have a clue this was 6,9% ABV until I read the menu properly. I hope to make this a constant in my house, as it offers a substantial and balanced malt to hops taste that I personally look for in a session Bock. Overall a brilliant offering by Kulmbacher and something to remember!

Edit: I guess this isn't from the Kulmbacher brewery. Although from Kumlbach, and billed as 'the popular beer from Kulmbach' it is disassociated.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 1L at a Kulmbacher restaurant in Frankfurt. I was surprised to find so few reviews on BA after trying it, it must be not widely distributed because I'd think it would be a popular beer.

The beer had good clarity and a deep copper color, with a massively poofed head, served in an enormous 1L mug. The smell was sweet and malty, it reminded me of the wort aroma you can smell in breweries, nice and inviting. The taste was mostly malt, I didn't get much of a bitter after-taste as I normally see from the bocks available to me in the US (mostly from US breweries). It was fantastic, possibly my favorite bock beer to date.

Photo of wl0307
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 500ml brown swing-top bottle, 6.9%abv.; BB 28/01/09, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark copper hue coming with a very tight and creamy beige frothy head buttressed by rather fine and constant carbonation underneath.
S: light hop resins, sour-sweet caramelised apples, jammy prunes, "meaty" and fat red dates, an assertive edge of caramelised sugar and nutty malts... well-integrated overall. Utterly pleasant due to the rough balance b/w malts and assertive sour fruitiness.
T: sour-sweet fruity from the beginning, followed by "calcium-candy-pills"-like maltiness, prune-ish jam, and slowly-expanding bitterness of hops in the aftertaste... the aromatic edge of German toasted malts comes quite intense and lingers well, as well as being moderately nutty in the undertone.
M&D: even better than Paulaner Salvator, this doublebock shows an even-deeper input of toasted malts that is in turn balanced by a lovely sour fruity edge. The carbonation comes nearly perfect, as soothing as refreshing. All in all, this malty brew is utterly enjoyable and even quaffable by the German Bock standard!

Photo of videofrog
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of roddwolff
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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"

Photo of etherashe
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mega-head, symmetrical lacing, copper-red color. The smell was muted dirty-fruit, like cherry-chocolate.

The taste was a multi-faceted jewel: wok-fried rice, soy sauce and fruit rot. Sounds crazy, yes, but damn it works well. Amazing. Perhaps incongruent for a German Bock, but wonderful nonetheless.

The mouthfeel is smooth and not as thick (syrupy) as most Bocks.

The drinkability is astounding. This is a deep Bock, much more than the color would suggest. It's extremely substantial: not for little boys. And (hell yes!) I would love to try it with some kick-ass Chinese food, probably an Egg foo yung.

This beer is best for special, introspective evenings. And a damned good price too.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another nice surprise in beijing, imported by the same folks that bring in many of the other german brews i've had access to lately.

500ml pop-top brown bottle

dark but clear, burnt sienna color. lots of head gradually fades to ring and a few wisps. decent lacing.

aroma is malty and dark semi-burnt caramel, with hints of dried fruit and trace of earthiness.

flavor is also malty, dark bread and molasses with some phenolic and alcoholic notes. very gentle hop bitterness to balance things out.

lightly syrupy feel; subdued but still lively carbonation gives a crisp edge.

this is decent drinking, and should please bock fans.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, red and brown coming with very tight and creamy beige frothy head buttressed, good cling.
Smell: light hop resins, sour-sweet caramel and nutty malts, tobacco and a little bit chocolate.
Taste: Caramel, bread, well sour balance between sweet fruity from the beginning, followed by, and slowly-expanding bitterness of hops in the aftertaste, as well as being moderately nutty in the undertone.
Aftertaste: Toasted malts and fresh hops that.

Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ;)

Photo of TheSarge
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Florya
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Dougology
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Pepeton
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
:-)

Swingtop 500 ml bottle, with a best before date of January 2007.

Pours a beautiful amber bronze, with a good inch of foamy head and no lacing at all.

Smell is of malts, some earthy hops, little alcohol.

Taste is paradoxically crisp and malty, with some bitterness. Round beer, actually.

Mouthfeel is buttery, with a nice bitter aftertaste, especially in the back of the mouth. Nice beer. Even sweet, or the sweetness comes from México's victory over Iran in the Soccer World Cup?

Drinkability? Well, this isn't a session beer, but I'm still having another. ;.)

¡Salud!

Photo of StJamesGate
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber tan with streamers and a big pile of craggy eggshell foam.
Light sour toffee and flinty grain nose.
Brown baguette, caramel apple, and salted peanuts with a light noble buzz.
Toast and dried apricot finish and drying cut hay linger.
Light with only thoughts of medium, crisp, slight warmth.

On the dry, hoppy side of bocks, and I'm not complaining. Sweetness is restrained in favor of nutty, toasty, salty malts. Soft fizz, super clean finish and at this strength the ABV is still somehow not overplayed. Yum!

Photo of brc
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color, clear with orange highlights. Head is whitish tan, pops up nicely but has no stick or legs.

Aroma is fairly strong, not bad, with a good dose of fruits, a hint of herbal hops, earthy malts, and a little boozy apple.

The flavor is alas a bit too light to be a strong contender in the bock category. Fruitiness is there, both ripe and overripe. Good balance of sweet and sour there. Toasted malt stays out of the way, but comes up short in the backbone. Finishes nutty with a hint of carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkable, but the sour fruit finish might annoy some and the body is a little too light to be considered a standard. Good beer.

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Mönchshof Bockbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.