Mönchshof Bockbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2003

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Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 33
Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 TurdFurgison
4.32/5  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 StJamesGate
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Bierman9
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
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 BretSikkink
3.82/5  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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better German 'normal' beers. In fact almost all beers in Germany are normal, only a few are mindblowing.

This was a pleasant exeption in the beermass. Bottle best before december 2012.

Poured in my Struise glass as always this beer looks like tea, a nice brown colour. Thick head, five fingers. Some carbonation but not much, a pity.

Decent smell of malt and some light citrus notes. The foam sticks nicely in the glass.

Sweeter taste than for a normal German beer with some bock feeling at the end. Not bad, try it when you see it.

Photo of paterlodie
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 26-01-06. Nice and lasting head leaving laces, brown and clear beer. Nose is sweet, malt but not fresh, cardboard, no hoparome noticeable. Taste is sweet, roasted irish coffee and litle bitterness. One whereby you keep asking yourself what you mis. Mis freshness and taste overal, laks caracter so no highlight alltogether. Postives: easy drinkable, oily mouthfeel, clean.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 HappyHourHero
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
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 dasenebler
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L swing-top, best before 11/3/11.

Pours a lovely ruby-amber hue, with a decent bubbly head. Lacing is good, retention is average.

The aroma is rich and bready with subtle notes of raisin and fig.

The flavor is satisfying. Plenty of malt to go around, though not too sweet. Toasty, caramel-like aftertaste. Only problem is the alcohol is detectable in flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the carbonation is soda-like and not convincing.

Nicely balanced Bock here. Doesn't make me want to go out and grab a case, but it's tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Sigmund
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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 cypressbob
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a brown coppery body. Thick white head with pretty poor retention

Smell, lots of malt, bit grainy. Slight sweetness and a bit musty

Taste, bready grainy mouthfeel. Almost papery mouthfeel, bit of sweet malt on the finish

Not a great bock but not awful, limited in flavour

Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear copper body with a big, cream colored head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty sweet; caramel; dried fruit

Taste: Smooth; juicy malt; sweet on start; slightly bitter mid and finish; a little too syrupy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of baggio
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copperbrown with a 1mm thin lace that stays there during the entire session.

S: Smells of hops, candy and malt. Kind of faint.

T: Malt, oatmeal, banana marshmallow and honey. This beer is very, very
well balanced for a bockbier. Impressive.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, bittersweet taste that lasts quite a bit.

A very nice bockbier that more people should try. Still, i would not have
more than one bottle of this per session.

Photo of Zimbo
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drmeto
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear copper with a small,offwhite head which quickly dissipates
-low-medium carbonation
S:
-Plums,raisins,caramel,toffee
T:
-Follows the nose plus a slight breadiness on the finish
F:
-medium body,medium-high carbonation
-too much carbonation for the style
O:
Not as complex as the top examples in the style and overcarbonated.
Still, a solid Doppelbock

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Mönchshof Bockbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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