Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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Reviews by Neorebel:
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
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!
08-18-2013 06:00:50 | More by Neorebel
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev -2%
Pours a deep brown with amber tones with a nice creamy looking sticky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.Aroma is buttery with a little iron thrown in definently malty.Taste is big and chocolaty up front with a nice roasted pepper(?) taste that lingers with another touch of chocolaty taste in the aftertaste.Real nice creamy feel to this,wow what a nice beer!
05-06-2004 01:17:39 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance - This is indeed black in color with a nice, black-white head that came up beautifully, showed great attention, and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.
Smell - This is rich and roasty with some spectabular malts mixed with coffee grounds and a slight sugary sweetness.
Taste - The aroma makes its way perfectly at the taste. The roasty character is less robust here but it is extremely balanced. The sugars are raw and again very light.
Mouthfeel - This was my favorite part of the beer. The roasty malts were so smooth and creamy almost like the character of root beer or a cream-based soda.
Drinkability - This light to medium-bodied bier went down extremely well. It is a rare and difficult style to master and they hit the nail on the head here.
11-27-2010 01:27:48 | More by RoyalT
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Dark brown body with reddish-amber hues and healthy, lasting lacing. Aroma is clean and light with notes of roasted malt and sweetish Munich maltiness. Tastes particularly smooth and easy going for the style with moderately strong flavors of burnt malt, even charcoal, and chicory. Some nuttiness. Medium bodied with hops that balance the malt well leaving a relatively dry finish. Easy to drink in large doses. A solid beer. On Tap At Maduro.
04-09-2008 19:14:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.18/5 rDev +3%
Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a wide mouth pint glass.
Pours dark brown to black with a red hue of translucence when held to the light. Modest but attractive light brown head, dissipating quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smells of light molasses and coffee malts. Smell is very appealing and comes on better with a good swirl.
A good long pull was incredibly interesting - complex malts, mostly of the darker variety, are most noticeable with some of that same molasses flavor that was hinted to on the nose. This isn't sweet, but there is a sense of sweetness conveyed through these flavors. Another interesting thing was the texture - you might expect something more viscous in dark beer but it was definitely 'lager-like' in weight. Carbonation is light and actually adds a little creaminess to the texture. The finish is long and malty with more of that coffee flavor coming through in the linger. You definitely get a slight hint of hop bittering at the end as well.
Overall this is a very cool beer! Easy to drink, complex flavors, and something new it seems in every pull. It's a dark brew but it drinks more like a lager or lighter ale. Very good!
07-11-2008 22:09:41 | More by SIRIUS2
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Generous pour into Chimay chalice. Dark appearance, some head, nice lace.
Much bolder flavor than I expected for the style. I expected light - almost lager-like but got bold chocolate with some hop bitterness.
Sour, bitter feel slightly off-putting that affected the score a little.
I nice change of pace from strong over the top IPA's and barleywines.
03-25-2011 01:35:32 | More by NWer
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
I love the swing top head on the bottle. In side that cool bottle is a dark copper color beer with dark red highlights. It has a rocky light tan head that makes good lace. Its aroma is doughy, nutty and toasty. The flavor is sweet with light bitter hops sneaking through nutty and roasted flavors. Its light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall it is very drinkable and has a nice complexity.
05-03-2008 18:19:33 | More by generallee
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Presentation: 16.9 oz flip top brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Very good lacing effect on the glass most of the way down, dark brown colour with reddish hues.
Smell: Clean aroma with some soft sweetness and vague roasted malt.
Taste: Extremely smooth and the medium sized body lays it on as think as it can forming a viscous mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavour varying from coffee to chicory to faint charcoal but with nothing going to the point of overboard or even astringent. Hops are mild with a balancing presence and nothing else to show. Maltiness drops a splash of sweetness but the beer ends up being relatively dry with highly toasted grain flavours in the end.
Notes: A rich dark lager that holds a great smoothness and drinkability. Roasted flavours are perched perfectly on the taste buds and add a light complexity to the palate.
05-05-2002 20:12:07 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
This is my first schwartbier, so I read the BJCP style guidelines before writing this review.
Its not black. Dark brown with some garnet highlights. I got a big lasting tannish head. Very clear. I could see through my glass. Very nice roasted malt aroma with maybe a tough of hops. Darn fine tasting beer. Roasty sweet with a bitterness that I would expect to get from some black patent. Dry. Aftertaste lingers for a bit. Medium to full bodied. Nice drinking beer. Great buy on my part!
06-06-2004 02:11:32 | More by tjthresh
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Swingtop bottle pours a dark, but clear, body that has a mahogany tint when held to the light. A generous, beige head of tightly knit small bubbles eventually recedes into sheets and patches down the glass.
Aroma is inviting, with roasted malts and herbal, almost spicy, noble hops vying for your attention.
Mouthfeel is coating, but is dry and crisp.
Taste begins with a malt roastiness that is close to caramel. The hops presence lends an ideal balance with an assertive dryness. A peppery, spice note is picked up midway through, then a hint of chocolate toward the end. The finish is clean and dry.
Excellent drinkability for this smooth and well balanced Schwarzbier. A style worth looking into.
05-16-2004 20:42:40 | More by merlin48
3.7/5 rDev -8.9%
Appearance: poured out a deep brown/ mahogany, with some red tints , a couple inches of sandy foam that lefts some webby lacing. ( not opaque)
Smell: Fresh brown bread and soft chocolate , hint of caramel , fair amount of roasted grain , hint of hop.
Taste: Pleasant medium body of roasted grainy flavors , very light milk chocolate , some grainy bitterness as well as some lightly grassy hop.
Mouthfeel: soft and dry
Drinkability: A tasty dark brew. Light- yet roasty , interesting and midly complex overall quality. A pretty decent Schwarzbier.
01-26-2007 03:16:56 | More by Byeast
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
I am biased as this is my favorite style of beer, but this beer served to remind me why. I loved the presentation of both the bottle and in the glass. It poured a dark amber/near black with a thick tan head. There was a very malty aroma and the carbonation filled the mouth. The malty aroma carried through into the taste, which gave way to roasty undertones. It did not have as roasty of a flavor as Sprecher, more on par with Kostritzer.
07-18-2002 13:15:04 | More by ryanocerus
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Deep chestnut colored with caramel highlights at the edges, but mostly opaque. A thick two-fingered beige head rises up to a full cap of foam that lingers long.
Aroam of caramel and raisins, molasses, some hop bitterness and tang of currant.
Rich and even flavor of cocoa, faint oak, some smokey bark, burnt espresso, molasses, plum, and lingering hop bitters. Pretty even, no flavors dominate.
Even mouthfeel, a bit powdery and tannic, moderate carbonation upfront, but tingles in the finish. Pretty tasty and drinkable, sessionable, could use more complexity, but maybe that's the traditional style and I'm expecting an inappropriate American-style ass-kicking.
09-06-2008 22:48:25 | More by far333
4.1/5 rDev +1%
Intense, deep brown color with nice head. Low carbonation makes for intense creamy malt flavors, good nutiness and dry features. Hops are barely evident, some huskiness. Very good Dark Lager, longer-lasting flavor than many. Could use a tad more complexity, and a touch thin late in the profile...its a big brewery in Germany, wish it was easier to find here.
03-19-2002 11:28:36 | More by ADR
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
16.9oz swing top bottle not bad eh? Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice but rather petit tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with European hops giving it the traditional European lager aromatics, pretty clean overall. Taste: Nice soft chocolate tones rather fruity with toasted nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some german hop bitterness going down a nice round of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: Excellent Schwarzbier very drinkable and flavorful with the dark roasts stealing the show keeping it light and drinkable at the same time is the key here, solid brew.
12-08-2003 03:31:20 | More by WVbeergeek
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
The more 'black' lagers I try, the better I like them. Pours very dark (though not inpenetrable like Guiness!) with creamy brownish head, looks inviting. Smell is roasted grains, malty, slight hint of smoke, also hints of sweetish fruit, and fairly rich. Though if served too cold, the aroma is killed. Taste is great, reflects the aroma, roasted, hint of coffee/chocolate and caramel, slightly sweet, reasonable body, but never heavy or chewy - easy to drink. Very like Kostritzter, but more of everything - more body, more flavours - richer texture. I have never classed black lagers as session beers, but the more of them I have, the more I imagine they could be, as other reviews have thought. If you enjoy this style of beer, then I think this is an excellent example of the type, and highly recommended.
B'ham UK (but tasted and written while in Tampa FL)
10-23-2006 14:29:02 | More by JohnW
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
Didn't have a snifter so I threw a swirl of this into my Florida Gators freezer mug so I could see the color and it was a brown mahogany but think is it froze so fast that swig tasted like chocolate ice cream!
From the proper mug(as I envision the Germans drink this from ceramic steins unchilled...well the beer is slightly chilled but not he stein...)
Very nice beer...I wasn't expecting such a refreshing beer. I was expecting this to be a bit heavier but this was such session beer!
I keep tasting chocolate ice cream...dry chocolate ice cream...not cloy at all...very fantastic finish and mouthfeel...
German Beer FTW will buy again!
06-15-2011 03:01:41 | More by CamuMahubah
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured from the bottle into a german style mug
A- Near black with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the dimpled mug
S- roasted malt through and through
T- nice hidden roasted flavor with a clean and refreshing finish, ever so slightly bitter finish
M- creamy and smooth, very balanced with just the right amount of carbination
D- a very nice and clean swartzbier an easy drinking german offering.
08-10-2006 21:00:00 | More by mcarroll10177
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
This is a bit of an older one I'm just getting to. Notes are thorough and complete.
This beer lives up to its German name, nearly black with some brown just sneaking in at the edges. A nice billowing cap of brown head with excellent retention leaves sticky lacing in plenty.
The aroma is a little smoky, malty with a barley presence but not neglecting a little bright citrus hops shining through.
The taste is essentially the same, with notes of caramel malt mingling with darker malts offering just a bit of coffee and a barley grains presence with a hint of smoke that's just enough to round it out. This malts presence works in beautiful unison with a healthy dose of citrus hops flavor. This really is what I'd expect from an attempt at a so-called "dark pils." It's actually dryer than one might think, ending up in a nice, balanced, semi-dry territory.
This beer has a medium body, maybe on the lighter side, with more crispness than smoothness.
09-04-2011 12:49:55 | More by Brenden
2.98/5 rDev -26.6%
Appears light black to dark brown in color, translucent when held to light, and a fairly nice off white head. In both the smell and the taste I did notice one flaw, and that was a rusty charecter. I almost reminded me of well-water. I've gotta blame the beer, since my water has never smelled that way and I've never noticed it in another beer. Perhaps it was oxidized? Other than that I have to say the beer was a bit on the week side, not a strong smell, not many specialty malt flavors or perceptable hop flavors, and a bit of that baking soda/carbonation taste as well. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, though. I gotta say I'm a bit dissapointed, especialy since a buddy recomended this beer to me and even got him hooked on the style. I gotta hope I got a bad bottle.
05-06-2006 03:39:17 | More by zjungleist
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.