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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

531 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 55
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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w3chicago


1/5  rDev -75.3%

12-30-2012 23:38:21 | More by w3chicago
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megahurts4

Louisiana

1.38/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarz

Appearance: Dark brown with some lacing.

Smell: Cream, slight chocolate, but almost foul and not pleasant.

Taste: Watery, faint chocolate cream, roasted/burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery.

Overall:
Ok. This beer isn't that great. It is drinkable, but almost flavorless with a sour and almost foul nose. It leaves me wondering if there is something wrong with my bottle. It has an almost-creamy texture and a hint of flavor.

Hopefully, I will try another and my review will change.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:12:43 | More by megahurts4
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JDV

Texas

1.58/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at HopLeaf
Pours a clear dark copperish color with light lacing and head. Smell is like band-aids and malt. Taste is roasty but very thin and watery. Almost old and stale tasting. Just a mess. Wouldn't recommend this based on my sample of this beer at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 19:35:50 | More by JDV
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Nolegirlmitch


2/5  rDev -50.6%

01-10-2013 23:23:52 | More by Nolegirlmitch
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Feh! With all the hoopla around this beer, I expected more. Nice appearance, brown and toasty looking with a decent head that held dents quite firmly. Good aroma, with all the roasty smell I've come to expect from a schwarzbier, with enough hops to remind one that this isn't an ale. But the taste... thin, lifeless, watery; no body to speak of and no reason to have another. I bought this expecting more from the brewery that produces Kapuziner!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 01:10:49 | More by gfreed
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beerbrains

Nebraska

2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

10-30-2012 04:34:50 | More by beerbrains
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Kudashov

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With Portishead on the Hi-Fi it is time to break into this bottle . 22 .oz bottle poured into a pint glass . Dark brown color with a thick off white head . For aroma there is not much to smell . Again my sense of smell is not that great . For taste it is Ok . A bit watery but there is some flavor . Coffee , caramel and toffee . Not as bold as I would like . For my first ever Schwarzbier , it was not bad and I will try another . Thanks to James at Beverly Wine & Beer for picking this one .

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 11:50:39 | More by Kudashov
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

07-28-2012 01:17:13 | More by rderedin
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zjungleist

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 03:39:17 | More by zjungleist
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draftpunk

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-07-2013 23:03:58 | More by draftpunk
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angolmois

Nevada

3/5  rDev -25.9%

11-29-2013 04:11:17 | More by angolmois
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -25.9%

06-01-2014 07:22:20 | More by Raziel313
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John_Squires

New York

3/5  rDev -25.9%

09-22-2013 19:56:50 | More by John_Squires
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plato

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -25.9%

04-06-2013 00:36:43 | More by plato
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-16-2012 14:29:59 | More by disemgrowler
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium dark drown...porteresque
rudy shines through as its held to the light
Big head. Almost rocky.
Smell is somewhat pale...licorice maybe noted.
Taste is of black licorice and dark malts...bitter.
Good mouthfeel. Although bitter.
Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 20:40:30 | More by dmamiano
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BigHead

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark beer from the pour, with an aroma not largely detectable, but still had a nice roasted malt, coffee type smell. The flavor of this brew was nothing to write home about, I was expecting more and I didn't get it. The flavor reminded me more of a golden pilsner rather than the dark color would lead you to believe. I would drink it again if it was given to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 16:49:34 | More by BigHead
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark red mahogany (not as black as I was expecting) topped by a thick tan head with good retention. The aroma, well, not much there... a slight toasty scent, but one of the least fragrant beers I've ever drank. The taste started with mild, malty sweetness with a slightly burnt toast finish (which isn't good for my English muffin, but great in a beer). Some root-like and woody tastes were in there too. Bitter hops melded with the burnt toast flavors in the finish.

Nice level of carbonation, and a very smooth and drinkable brew. More mild than what I hoped, but this is a new style for me.

On a pairing note, didn't pair quite so well with sausage and black beans as was suggested to me.... just made the beer slightly less bitter, and the food slightly less spicy. But it went surprisingly well with my poundcake for dessert... the flavors in both blended and evened out nicely... who would have thought?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 02:51:22 | More by apintofknowledge
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice deep brown color w/ pretty auburn edges when held up to light. the head is nice and thick and tan.

Aroma of roasted malt, with some hops shining through, albeit subtly. The taste is also roasty in nature, I get a bit of a metallic or tinny taste toward the end. Finishes dry with a bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste, though it falls off quickly.

Light bodied, and nicely carbonated, this is real smooth in the mouth. A good drinkable Schwarz. I would recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:21:09 | More by ZimZamZoom
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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*i did not mind would not buy*

app: dirty cola water.. not bad or good..

smell: some toasted malt some bitternes in the nose, not many a hop .. rich, but smells like a potential headache beer.

taste: rich chewy, yummy not bad at all, good black toasty malts but a bit A BIT spoiled, .. but good none the less.

mf: fine.. not good but not bad.

drinkable: ?? yes, but a bit bottle in it. other wise good.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 01:00:30 | More by AndoBrew
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy in color, with a sizeable tan head which fades somewhat quickly to a skimming.
Deep sniffs produced very little in the aroma dept. Black malts are about the only thing to be notice. Maybe a touch of carmel sweetness.
Everything about the taste seems tentative. Starts with non-assertive carmel/toffee flavors, followed by timid black malts. Wimpy chocolate hues dance on the periphery, too afraid to enter. Finished with some passive hops, that don't add much character.
Body is similarily weak. Watery, and passive.
On a plus note, it is very simple to drink and not think about. There's nothing offensive here, just nothing memorable.

Afterword: I let this sit for about 30 minutes. Upon returning, some roasty tones settled into both the aroma and taste. There wasn't much beer left, so I'll have to stand by the ratings I posted. But it seems like a better bet at room temp...still pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2002 19:26:54 | More by cokes
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packetknife

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep auburn with an off-white frothy head that held if uneven. A very slight bit foggy which wasn't expected. A very oat-bread sort of smell to it with some citrus at the end of each whiff. Not too sweet with good hoppiness on the finish. Almost dry but not quite. Not really memorable though with a bit too much carbonation. Alright drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 00:36:47 | More by packetknife
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Amp

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

07-13-2014 19:32:31 | More by Amp
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rarbring

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is red brown with a tan head leaving some lacing.

The smell has toasted malt and some chocolate aromas.

Initially rather sweet, brown syrup, some sour fruit notes, a slightly bitter finish.

Medium high carbonation, small lively bubbles, a medium body, rather refreshing.

An accessible beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 20:29:23 | More by rarbring
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a very small tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. This beer had good lacing and I observed some carbonation with this beer. The body was clear and the hue was dark brown. The mouthfeel was light-medium and smooth. The nose was a bit citrusy and malty. The flavor was roasty and somewhat burnt.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 10:06:01 | More by hotstuff
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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.