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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

563 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 58
Gots: 17 | 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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3/5  rDev -25.9%

angolmois, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Raziel313, Jun 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

John_Squires, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -25.9%

plato, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

disemgrowler, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of dmamiano
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.

dmamiano, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of BigHead
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.

BigHead, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of apintofknowledge
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?

apintofknowledge, Feb 22, 2005
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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.

ZimZamZoom, Nov 25, 2007
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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.

AndoBrew, Apr 08, 2007
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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.

cokes, Oct 01, 2002
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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.

packetknife, Jun 06, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Amp, Jul 13, 2014
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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.

rarbring, Feb 09, 2011
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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.

hotstuff, Jul 12, 2003
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body is dark and clear with a very light tan head. Some raisin and molasses under light roasty malt. A thin bitter short finish with slight sourness. Not really impressive.

aracauna, Aug 30, 2002
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3.36/5  rDev -17%

gritz147, Oct 11, 2014
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a regular finger width head that receeds and keeps a good lacing.

It smells like really good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, such as you would find in a sweet european chocolate with french coffee.

Tastes almost like a coffee stout, but lighter. Has an aftertaste like I've just chewed on a coffee bean, not strong, but apparent. Tastes malty, but with only a slight hint of hops at first taste.

Feels like a light beer in your mouth and goes down farel well.

Erdinger2003, Dec 07, 2005
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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.

Douberd, Dec 25, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color. Head is medium sized, white and foamy. Aroma is chocolate and toffee. A medium bodied schwarzbier. Malts are roasted and choclately with hints of toffee. Hops are slightly spicy, Nice subtle, milder tasting Schwartz. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 10, 2003
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown beer, almost black with a big, creamy head.

Smell is roasted and has some light molasses. A good maltiness and some leather notes. The yeast adds a light sulfuric smell.

Taste is mild burned with coffee notes and a light maltbitter. The malt is also present and is light and fresh. A typical bottom fermented beer with a clean profile. This really tastes like a colored lager. Body is quite thin and could be a little bigger.

Absumaster, Nov 18, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Huge head (3/4 of 16 oz glass) that becomes rocky after about two minutes. Long lasting. Excellent lace. Brown color, but clear enough for light to shine through.

Dark, almost bark-like aromas. Very close to an extremely dry stout in smell.

Surprisingly thin body and a relatively high carbonation. Black patent malt flavors makes for a bitter beer. Some light hop.

On the bottle, this beer refers to itself as the black pilsner. In that realm, this matches the profile superbly. However, for my tastes, I prefer fuller bodied beers with more complex flavors.

smcolw, Aug 12, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 5 liter keg.

Eye: Dark brown in color with some of the most beautiful undertones I've ever seen-pinkish dark red brown. Since I'm drinking this out of a 5 liter keg that I tapped last night, I didn't expect to have great head retention or formation today. Last night however, it had great formation and retention

Nose: Full of aromas. Malty sweet, burnt, roasted, and huge smokiness create the aroma profile of this brew. No hop aroma as can be expected.

Tongue: Nice roasty and smoked flavor. Also a lot of sweet malt flavors, bitterness seems to come more from the burnt/roasted grains.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again, though I think it would've been much better had I drained this keg in one day as opposed to letting it sit over night. It's lost quite a bit of its carbonation. I'd really like to try it from the bottle. Feels clean in the mouth with a medium-light body. This is an easy drinking beer that makes for a good session beer.

becktone, May 06, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. pours a dark garnet brown color, almost black, with three fingers of healthy tan head that leaves solid lacings and has good retention.

aroma is lightly roasted with a touch of grain and a note of lightly breaded yeast and floral undertones. a touch of cream is present as well.

taste follows the aroma, with a crisp quality and smoothness that is quite nice. a watered down quality hurts the overall impression.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly creamy texture and a watery feel throughout.

drinkability is decent; a bit thin on the palate and not rich enough to sustain the solid quality that a schwarzbier should have. still, it is well crafted for what it is.

botham, May 12, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a mahogany brown topped by a slight but enduring head.
Some mild lacing coated the walls of my glass.
A slight almost insignificant nose eminated from the brew. Hints, only tiny hints of toasted malt characterized the fragrance of this brew.

Flavor was slight. Once again the whisper of toasted malt comingled with a bit of tempering hops. Much of what I expect from a pils seemed to be missing. A bit of fizz here and there to wake my taste buds.

Despite the shallow pils character, this beer is quite enjoyable as it doesn't seem to be heavily alcohol laden and it's non-descript flavor makes for a mild but refreshing beverage.

Otherwise, in my opinion, there are more "definite" pils to be enjoyed.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 26, 2004
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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