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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 374
Hads: 628
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 76
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of Jsteez
4.58/5  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!

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Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A suprise find at the CT River Brewers Festival.

This beer poured a very dark black color. There was a thick tan head along with it. There was a big malt sweetness to the nose. Nice hint of roastiness and chocolate in the aroma. Full bodied beer with a hint of chocolate to the taste. Not really sweet at all. This was excellent! It might be one of the best of this style.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Toffee hue with significant red highlights. Nice just off white head with good and thick retention. Sticky lacing left behind on glass as beer is imbibed.

S: robust and hearty sweet malt aroma with slight caramel and bready notes. Subtle coffee like roasted aroma. Clean lager yeast character balances.

T: Good malt flavor that is sweet and rich. Roasted flavor is very subtle with nice lingering finish. Some hop bitterness at the end. Again, clean lager character balances. This is a great tasting beer.

MF: Smooth, very smooth. Medium light body. Moderately high carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Quite drinkable. To me an ideal gateway beer to turn BMC drinkers on to their different options.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, soapy, tan head that has excellent persistence. Sweet, toasted malt and slightly floral hops in the nose. Deep, deep burnt umber color is practically black. Starts with a slightly acidic toasted malt. Notes of cocoa and a little bit of coffee as the hops create a mild bitterness that has floral notes. Smooths out to a ridiculously creamy, cocoa flavor that blends with toasted malt. Finish is a touch of floral hops wafting over toasted malt. The mouthfeel on this is hilariously smooth and creamy; absolutely perfect.

This pretty much sets the standard for Schwarzbiers. One of the first biers I really fell in love with, and it's still excellent to this day.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
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!


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at my local place for 5.00

A - Greeted with a "pishhh" from the Grosh type swing top which locks in the freshness. A nice semi dark brown (lighter than expected) beer with a hefty inch of head.

S - Slight coffee and cocoa nips on the nose with a mild hint of burnt coal and leather.

T - MMM. Chocolate assault that easily rounds to a bitterness of coffee and malt in the finish. Really wanted more flavors but they are vivid and constant. Very nice.

M - I really appreciated that it drank like Guinness with less bitterness.

D - Man do Germans got this down! It was a surprise to find this much flavor in a beer but it might be able to use more smoke, but DON'T change a thing! A perfect brew! Shame it's 5.00 a bottle but one must pay an imported price for a great brew!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.51/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear deep translucent brown color with hints of red and a dense two-finger tan head. A thing of beauty.

Bouquet is mild yet thoroughly enjoyable with a nice blend of dark caramel, raisins, mocha and some grassy hops.

The flavor features a nifty little tug of war between the caramel and mocha flavors. The finish is crisp and bitterness is at a very respectable level. This is a hell of a session beer- nothing becomes dominant, everything is in perfect balance and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting even after a couple. A classic.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with robust, sudsy head which persists and coats the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with a roasty and caramel tinge. The taste is malty and almost but not quite sweet with the balancing bitterness more from the darker roasted malts than any discernible hops. A slight hint of coffee and cocoa in the aftertate so it finishes clean. The carbonation is medium and it's deceptively light-bodied for a dark, flavorful beer. It's very drinkable and perfct for this time of year when the weather is begiining to warm but still cool.

I'm a fan of this style and this a very good schwartzbier.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up at the Augsburg Haus in Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours very dark, though not quite Schwarz in color, with deep ruby highlights showing through when held to the light. A large off-white head rises to a mountainous peak and falls slowly, leaving thick rings of lace behind.

A wonderfully delicious roasty, toasty, chocolaty aroma wafts into the nose.

Medium-bodied, this one caresses the mouth with its incredibly rich smoothness and light carbonation. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors perfectly complement the roundness of mouthfeel, being balanced by just a hint of hops in the middle and falling down smooth with a slight roasted bitterness.

Oh, what a quaffer. This brew goes down smoothly, easily, and delightfully. Light in alcohol, this makes the perfect session beer, with enough flavor and feel to keep you wanting more. A superb example of a decidedly difficult-to-find style.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny brown with mahogany tones and a low creamy tan head whcih leaves light bits of lace. Light sweet, roasty, and hoppy aroma. Rich roasty malt flavor balanced nicely by classic european noble hops. Light bitter chocolate finish and lingering aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with a light dry finish.

Per M.J. - B.C. book: Color 55 EBC, 12.5 Plato, 1050 O.G., 26 IBU.

(16.9 oz Swingtop)

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Photo of kraypd
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones and was very impressed!

Rich dark mahogany in color, nice head, but it faded a bit quickly. The aroma was a mixture of malty-fruitiness.

David refered to the taste as 'Aventinus meets Salvator.'

I found it very fresh, very mild, very Germanic. I mean that the beer was so fresh and tasty, it was like I was drinking it in Germany...the beer had been handled very well.

Again, the taste was very mild. It was not sweet (yay!), and the carbonation was just right, not over the top at all. The malt flavor was there, but the body was so smooth, not cloying at all.

The drinkability of this beer was awesome. Would get again in a second. pat

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Photo of bboven
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown body with ruby highlights and a great head and lacing.

Strong roast, caramel, chocolate, and molasses in the aroma.

Very sweet taste with caramel and butterscotch throughout.

Smooth, mellow carbonation.

This is a hell of a beer. I will definitely be seeking it out in the future.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: Very cool swing-top bottle. States that it's brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Reading that it's "malt liquor" makes me chuckle a bit but whatever keeps the government happy.

Aroma: A light biscuity sweetness, toasted rye bread, light fruity notes that all meld wonderfully together. Nothing is prominent and all is well balanced here.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown with a sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More biscity, bread-crust flavors. A bit of background sulfur but nothing off. Just adds to the complexity. Some light hop bitterness that helps balance all the dry malty flavors. Finish is clean, slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate carbonation with medium body. No alcohol heat and no astringency.

Overall impression: Wow. A very impressive beer. I love the malt complexity with the background hop bitterness to balance. No harsh roastiness and a rich color. Immensely enjoyable and strongly recommended.

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Photo of Markus2969
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malt with a touch of chocolate toffee greet the nose.

Taste brings sweet roasted malt flavor, with coffee and faint hops evident.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark brown/red, almost black, very thick tan head, tons of lace, great retention, looks good. Smell is sweet, very malty, nice roast, figs, dark fruit, toffee, raisins, bready, bit of smoke and a touch of iron, fantastic aroma. Taste is very malty, toffee and figs, sweet raisiny middle, malty like a good doppelbock with that hint of roast, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, awesome beer. Maybe the fullest body I've ever felt on a 5%~ beer, not cloying at all, just thick and malty. Excellent!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, served in a stein.

A: Black with some hints of brown showing through around the walls of the glass. Thick creamy off-white head.

S: Huge smell of toast, a good amount of roastiness and some coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very robust flavors of toast from the outset, some nuttiness, a great deal of roasted malt flavor and rich semi-sweet dark chocolate. Finishes roasty and dry with a hint of a metallic taste.

M: Wonderful schwarzbier mouthfeel: A bit of a milky texture, but light in body, clean, and crisp at the same time. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is through the roof. Damn tasty and light in body. I wish I could drink it all night.

Notes: Schwarzbier is a style I have grown to love of late. This may be the best one I've had so far.

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Photo of sennoma
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of udouche
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, getting some nice malty overtones. Chocolate, mocha possibly.

Mouthfeel Relatively low end of carbonation, nice oily feel on the palette with some creaminess.

Poured into 20oz plastic cup as it was all I had and against the light none is making it through, completely black.

As scent hints, some chocolate and mocha I believe in there with the maltiness driving this some bitterness on the sides of the mouth but not enough presence to overshadow.

Rather, this is really nice. A bit of body but not so much so that it would be overly filling. Could session this easily.

Great beer, good aroma and appearance. Didn't hold a head well but could be due to plastic cup.

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Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown almost cola color with a medium light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was slightly roasted coffee and lots of toasted grains. A small peppery hop sensation creeps in as well.

Taste was decent when cold but really opened as the beer warmed. A strong maltiness holds the base of this beer. Hops are noticeable but moreso as a balancing act rather than imparting any particular flavor or extra bitterness. Toffee and caramel are the most prevalent flavors. Slight nuttyness expands as it warms. Finish is drying with a slight coffee and grain flavor. Short but I like it.

Not nearly as acidic or rough as the other Schwarzbiers I have tried. Body is slightly lighter than I was expecting but that made for easy comsuption and smoother drinkability. It also let all the flavors out to the forefront and there were no mistakes to this brew.

Not the most complex but dangerous easy to consume.

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Photo of Will46andbrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've only had a few different schwarzbiers, but this is my favorite. The appearance is dark with a nice small head. The beer looks strong, but it has a smooth taste. I've had this on tap and a bottle, far better from the flip-top bottle. I've bought this several times without dissapointment!

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Photo of MikieV
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, near black with a thick, pale head.

Medium roasted flavor with some smokiness. Some heife weisen flavor sneaking in, but not overwhelming, which is fine with me.

Very smooth mouth feel. Dry, very little aftertaste. Very easy to drink.Not thin, but not thick.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Black Pils! Best I have tasted so far.

A-Deep black body with a garnet hued tone when held up to the light. A huge creamy white head clings all over the glass and holds nicely.

S-Very fresh, earthy notes are a perfect pair with the roastiness in the body.

T&M-Full-flavored throughout, but the nice thinner body feel makes this an enjoyable session brew. The roasted barely definately comes out and is nicely balanced with the small amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A doughy, chewy texture makes this beer surprisingly complex. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle gives a nice grainy spiciness in the glass.

D-Wonderful step into the small world of Scwarzbiers. The nice lager qualities are definately present in this with its remarkable smoothness. This one could be an all night drink. I really didn't think I would enjoy this one so much!

Best thing----Cool Bottle!

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.