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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
90
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504 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%


Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002)
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joe1510

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
$3.49
Rudy's Liquors - LaSalle, IL

Monchshof's Schwarz pours like black coffee. Chestnut highlights glow along the bottom of the mug and a dense head of dirty white foam crowns the body. The head reaches two fingers in height and barely falls, becoming craggy and dense as it does. Foam spiderwebs the glass. Lookin' good!

The nose is slam packed full of goodness. A soft roast gets things moving before a smooth nuttiness joins the fray. A little black bread spiciness and a clean earthiness. Mild notes of coffee add to the mouthwatering depth. We have mild sweetness, soft roast, and a welcoming spice.

The flavor profile follows the path the nose suggested. Light roast comes in a wave laying down a solid base. The coffee is more pronounced than the nose suggested and pushes through to the finish. An undercurrent of both nuttiness and earthiness add depth and the spicy black bread rolls through on the finish and lingers slightly after the swallow.

There's a fullness to the body that's absolutely appropriate with an above average heft and a velvety feel. The carbonation is moderate and keeps the body moving. A touch of residual sugar sticks around after the swallow. Highly drinkable.

Monchshof is one of my favorite schwarzbiers out there. It's not as complex as some but the drinkability and enjoyment factor are off the charts. I could drink this by the case and do find myself buying it often. If you haven't had this beer yet and are a fan of the style, get some.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:32:47 | More by joe1510
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0.3 Litres: on tap in Dicker Vertin, Charlottenburg Berlin on 22nd Jan 2014.

Pours a dark brown to black colour (what a surprise) with a full tanned head of sticky foam that sent me to wash my hands after picking the glass up the first time.

Semi-sweet malts rule this brew and they let you know straight away by the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas waft around the glass and fill the air.

Those same malty aromas appear in the mouth as the malty molasses within the brew give of their flavours.

I've knocked Schwarzbier body depth before, this however wasn't weak and watery like so many: this had a good robust feel to it, almost rich and creamy in fact.

One of the better beers I've had in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 12:17:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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Jsteez

China

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a humpen German beer mug and a pint glass.

A-Deep black with some hints of deep red, but very black; nice tan and creamy 1 finger head; nice sticky lacing left on the glass and on the surface of the beer.

S-quite malty; semi-sweet chocolate; perhaps some ground coffee beans. Fresh.

T-Black licorice, semi-sweet chocolate, and black coffee. Hints of toffee. Very balanced. It was bitter-sweet and that's exactly the way I like them! The aftertaste had a mix of sweet choco, bitter choco from the hops, black licorice, slight alcohol; creamy and malty.

M-I have had several schwarzbiers that range from light, medium, and full bodied. This beer was medium to full bodied, but crisp and easy to drink. Could easily have a couple in one sitting. So creamy, smooth, and soft!

Overall, I recommend this to everyone. I felt like drinking another on my way home in the cab, but I didn't' have one to drink. It's quite a nice brew and it complements German schnitzel and kraut. It's one the best schwarzbiers I've had. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 02:49:28 | More by Jsteez
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dcmchew

Romania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, huge sticky foam, goes away fast leaving a nice half finger lace.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts and some low dark fruit.
Initial taste is rich malt, roasted but also sweet, with roasted dark bread, whole grain and slight chocolate cake. Notes of sweetened espresso coffee, caramel, low toffee. Dark fruit, especially raisins and sugared dry figs. Some citrus peel also, dark spices, cocoa powder. Earthy feel, mixed with a clear nutty flavor. Hop presence mild in the finish, with some mild bitterness, helped by the roast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, unfiltered, with low carbonation, a nice warm alcohol, typical for a schwarz.
A nice example, fresh and tasty. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 15:55:51 | More by dcmchew
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 12/14/13. 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle with a ceramic stopper was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a deep opaque black hue in color with a 1-finger beige foamy head. LOTS of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is even better and very smooth with bitter-sweet chocolate that is perfectly done. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation. A great brew!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 22:25:26 | More by BeerWithMike
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mmmbirra

Italy

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

0.5 liter swing top bottle. Labeled "Naturbelassenes Schwarzbier."

Quite dark. Black until a few ruby highlights appear when shown to light. Off-white/tan head. Thick lacing most of the way down the glass.
A strong mocha aroma emanates, heavy on the bitter chocolate with a little acidity coming from the dark malts.
The flavor isn't as pronounced as the aroma but is nice. Some bitter chocolate again with that slight acidity really coming through. Dry.
Silky smooth, like any good Schwarz should be.
The nose led me to believe this would be a little richer than it actually is, but overall it's a fine beer.
The roast and acidity lingers for quite some time, and calls for another pint.
There really should be more schwarzbiers in the world, or at least more of the existing ones should be available to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 18:22:20 | More by mmmbirra
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Monchshof Rauchbier pours a deep opaque black hue with an off white puffy head. Great lacing and overall appearance. I've had this a few times, once on tap, now I am reviewing the bottled experience. The aroma is so full of roasty malts, it's almost savory. Very mouth-watering. The splendid taste had more of the aforementioned aspects, as well as chicory and coffee, and some faint hops. All very, very balanced and smooth. What a full mouth feel one gets with this for such a low ABV beer! Truly a triumph of a Schwarzbier, definitely my new favorite of the style (I love German Beer). Order it with confidence, and have a couple at only 4.9%! Prost!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 06:00:50 | More by Neorebel
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Markus2969

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had cocoa and hops taste. Dark smell with a little tobacco hint, good mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. When i first saw it i thought it was going to taste like a stout or a bach bier. I was happily surprised with my first drink. Drink this one slow to enjoy every drop!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:09:51 | More by Markus2969
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, mahogany color, with a towering head of light tan foam; lingering is good, delicate lacing remains down the length of the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Mild aroma of burnt toast. Slight coffee notes.

T: Hardly any malt sweetness, it goes straight to toasted grain, faintly acrid tasting. There's also some coffee acidity. Hops are mildly bitter, which is fitting given the lack of sweetness needing balance.

M: Moist, very slightly chewy, but a little low on the carbonation (because it all ended up in the head?); also a little dry in the finish.

O: Not complex, but enjoyable; it remindes me of a "light porter" if there is such a thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 13:42:46 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier has a very thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, yet dark, ruby-brown appearance, and a lot of splotchy lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mild- toasted malt, dark coffee, dark bread, and sweetness. Taste is mild as well- sweet, malty, toasted, chocolaty, some coffee, and a bit of hops, but not too much. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Another winner from Kulmbacher, this gets an excellent score from me. Get some!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 17:55:46 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Douberd

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at home. Poured into a lager glass. ABV 4,9%.

Very dark brown colour, semi-transparent once held against a light source, two fingers of off-white head with average retention and lots of activity in the glass.
Smell of dark roasted malts and coffee, very pleasant.
Taste follows very close the smell, lots of roasted malts and coffee, slighty bitterness.
Low carbonation and light to medium on the body.
A nice alternative to a lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:28:38 | More by Douberd
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udouche

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml swing top bottle into a 16oz Pint (redundant) glass

A - Poured a thick, three finger, light colored foamy head. As the beer settles it is a deep black with reddish hues in the thinner parts of the glass at the bottom. Lacing is full, but light. Not too sticky.

S - Very mild presence. Coffee and dark chocolate are the most present aromas. Some hidden pockets of carmel and a warm breadiness. The dark roasted malts are the clear owner here.

T - Toasted malts and mocha right up front. As it settles I get the carmel and pull some mild hops and smoke. It gave me a sweet yet clean wash.

M - Light bodied, like I would expect from a lager. The carbonation is crisp and helps to give a clean dry finish.

O - Although not super complex, that is what the style calls for. The balance of front flavor and mellowing backend makes it a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 14:46:03 | More by udouche
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sennoma

American Samoa

4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, dark, rich, warm, everything you want in a dark beer. Nothing heavy or cloying -- smell, taste and finish are all clean, almost crisp if that makes sense with such a rich brew. Just delicious. Sip on its own or pair with strong tasting foods -- I tried it with Huntsman cheese (stilton and gruyere) and roasted brussels sprouts and although it sounds odd, it was a superb match.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 04:25:41 | More by sennoma
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 5 liter keg can of this for a party. I have a small kegerator that takes these size cans. It chills them has a built in air compressor used pressurize the keg and dispense the beer. Unfortunately, it uses air not CO2 so the beer only lasts about 48 hours.

This poured out of the tap like you see Guinness poured at a bar with black beer and dark brown foam swirling around in the glass. The foamy mix eventually settles down to be beer on the bottom and foam on top with a large head and fairly high carbonation.

This is a lighter bodied black beer true to the style. It has subtle sweetness with super creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable and was a big hit with this party.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 04:05:50 | More by jdkitchi
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Molasses colored beer, maybe a finger's width worth of slightly off-white head on top of the beer. The head dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted grains, molasses (maybe that just pops into my mind because that's how I described the color). A nice smelling beer.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Caramel, coffee, toasted malts, a little bit of a grainy taste. Sweetness gives way to a malt bitterness in the middle. The finish is a little weak. While there is a woody hop presence, there isn't enough to balance out the front end of the beer. That makes me want to keep drinking it constantly so the initial flavor doesn't fade out and leave me disappointed.

M: Moderate body, above-average carbonation.

O: A great tasting beer, but out of balance, which leaves me wishing for more hops. The roasty flavors are great, the malty goodness up front, the coffee, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 21:08:01 | More by DaveBlack
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RochefortChris

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured black into a weizen glass with a nice creamy off white head. Nice roasted aroma and full mouth feel. Taste consisted of coffee notes with roasted chocolate and slight licorice. The best part was it was not overly heavy making it a great session beer. Overall a very delightful beer and one I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 18:53:25 | More by RochefortChris
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Steve, 500ml swing top into a tulip.

Fairly black in terms of body, tan head sits atop for quite some time. Great retention and lacing. Nose has chocolate, light hopping, some earthy qualities, slight roast and some sweeter almost caramel/molasses underneath. Taste has subtle chocolate/roast more pils hopping, some mineral quality to the water. Light bitterness in the finish. Light mouthfeel, lower medium carbonation. A very good schwarz, probably the truest schwarz I've had in the vein of the 'black pils' descriptor.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 22:09:20 | More by liamt07
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Dark reddish black with a thick two-finger tan head of creamy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S – Nice strong aroma of dark roasted malts and caramel. Mocha-esque.

T – Wow. Powerful dark roast flavor, with none of the “graininess” sometimes associated with dark lagers. Caramel malts make their presence known. Esters of nutty toffee, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate as well. Bavarian style hops lurk way back in the flavor profile, but you can taste them if you look for them. Slightly smokey. Fruitiness comes out as it warms. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet. Smooth. Delicious.

M – Light bodied, with medium carbonation, but with an amazing creaminess that really makes this beer stand out. Dry finish.

O – This is the first beer in a while to really blow me away unexpectedly. The combination of flavor richness, balance, and the creamy mouth feel makes this a real winner. Proof that a beer doesn’t have to be super extreme to kick ass. A new fave.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:53:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
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tenesmus

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Demi-litre bottle with flip top, goes off with quite a snap when opened.

Pours out a mahogany red appearance with effervescent dense light tan head foaming over, nice lacing down the glass.

A whiff of toasty barley, chocolate and coffee on the nose, a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is more impressive, bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, walnut and dark fruits, cherry and prune, some hints of tobacco, a little smokiness. There is a pleasing sweetness and some hop structure in the background as well as a vegetal undertone. A lingering bitter aftertaste.

Very nice beer to sample, super smooth on the tongue, a light carbonation provides lift, the experience is cleansing and very accomplished.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 19:35:33 | More by tenesmus
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kraypd

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flip-top bottle poured into a glass in Germany.

A – Pours nice with deep black color with a strong off-white head. The retention is good with nice lacing.

S - A nice roast aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Very balanced taste with roast malt, chocolate, coffee flavoring. Residual sweetness adds a very slight fruity flavor which is balanced well against the roasted flavor.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O – This beer was a nice surprise to me. Definitely one of the best Schwartzbiers that I have been able to try. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 20:00:59 | More by kraypd
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Coffee, chocolate and yeast.

T: Yeast, roasted barley, toasted malt, grassy and citrus hops with a coffee/chocolate mocha finish.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and medium to thin level of carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 21:49:55 | More by DaftCaskBC
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SLeffler27

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear black walnut is very dark with dramatic, fine carbonation coating the pilsner glass. A big, creamy, beige head slowly turns rocky, leaving sticky patches of lace.

The aroma is that of dark roasted malt, sweet, with some chocolate and the suggestion of nuts.

The flavor profile, while close to the nose, accentuates roasted nuts. Balance is better than anticipated up front, however, the middle is dominated by malt. The finish is modest. Generally speaking, this beer lacks layers of complexity, however, it is well done, with some fruitiness. Bitterness detracts as it warms.

A medium body with satin texture and modest carbonation. Alcohol is absent from this crisp and refreshing beer.

A good summer afternoon beer, however, it lacks the pop I had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:40:42 | More by SLeffler27
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black w/ a two finger, super dense cocoa head. Major pop when the top comes off this one- like a gunshot. There's a good amount of lacing on my CBS snifter. The nose is roasted malt, nuts, and maybe some cocoa in there. Not a super strong nose, but very balanced and pleasant. The taste follows the nose profile, with a little bite hiding beyond all the malty goodness. Feel is medium, super smooth and silky. Malt dominates throughout. Overall, this is a very laid back, malty, solid brew. Definitely a good session brew that I'd have again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:50:37 | More by jayhawk73
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: From a 1 pint flip top bottle. The beer is black with brown hues on top is an off white head around an inch thick.

Aroma: Figs, little notes of grapes, wild berries and even some blue berries. Wisps of pumpernickel, herbal, floral and some citrus hops.

Taste: Sweetness up front, brown bread, floral hop, smokiness with bits of woodiness. Dark berries are in the back along with touches of herbs. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is fairly smooth.

Notes: An amazing lager even though there are not alot of Schwarzbiers this is a remarkable treat and I will pick this one up again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:25:57 | More by horshack7
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not very experienced in Schwarzbiers, so here it goes.

Pours light black with bright red hues. fizzy head that disappears. Still looks beautiful.

Smell is amazing. Its like a German Pilsener made with roasted malts. Roasted malts dont dominate, but make the presence known. Smells light and sweet as well.

Taste is really good. Underlying sweetness. Roasted presence, but not that much. Very balanced and smooth. Goes down very well. Good German Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 01:10:31 | More by VncentLIFE
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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.