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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
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522 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 53
Gots: 8 | 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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LittleCreature

Australia

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

My original review of this beer disappeared for some reason. Strange.

Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.0

Mouthfeel - 4.5

Drinkability - 4.5

OVERALL - 4.1
A lovely dark german lager that has is malt driven, roasty, yet light bodied and easy drinking. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 06:01:32 | More by LittleCreature
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 22:09:41 | More by SIRIUS2
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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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hanco005

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz flip top bottle into a pint glass. Code on the back of the bottle says "3813153".

A—dark, cola like brown appearance with 1/12 inch foamy cream colored head that disappears in a few minutes, the lacing is beautiful and web like

S—medium strong caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

T—very malty, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malts are everywhere, a touch bitter and finishes pretty dry, a wonderfully balanced taste

M—pretty watery, slippery and thin, not at all what I expected, however smooth and drinkable

D—this beer does not disappoint. I wish I had a few more of these. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:55:50 | More by hanco005
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just arrived today at the store. Looks more like a Dunkel when it is poured. Dark brown with big bubbles. Aroma is faint, but it expresses the roasted malts and light hops perfectly. I could almost mistake this beer for an English mild. Looking one more time at it into the light, it resembles burgundy with head. The flavors are amazing. Bready and toasted, with hints of caramel, and mocha, followed with a dry hop finish that is almost non-existent. This beer is so smooth, I could have a few at a time if I could afford it. Although I wouldn't consider this a Schwarzbier, It is a dark lager that holds up to the most notorious.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 06:21:03 | More by WYVYRN527
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Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft @ Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Stein glass.

A deep dark brown opaque appearance with a two finger tan head. Considerable lacing.

Smell of coffee malt and some light caramel sugar and smoke.

Crisp flavor and mouthfeel contrast its dark and menacing appearance (props to StephenRich for setting the record straight on dark beers). Moderately heavy carbonation with some bigger soda-like bubbles in there too. I had it with a burger and fries and it complemented that very well, with delicate caramel sweetness, a hint of coffee, and some palate cleansing dry hops at the finish. Very low bitterness. This would be a great brew with smoked sausage or ham.

Very fine drinkability. Again not as heavy or menacing as one might expect for such a dark brew. Could do with slightly less carbonation. But a very fine experience overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 00:40:55 | More by Nordicsk8er
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farrago

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely deep head with an aggressive pour, settles into a two finger deep dimpled froth, mostly minute foam with a few larger bubbles, light cream in color, leaves thin but persistent streaks of lacing behind. Semi-transparent mahogany brown to red-orange in color, especially further out from the center. Hard candy caramel and toffee scents in the nose, red grape and cherry fruit, glazed biscuit and bran muffin notes, roasted pecans, some mocha dust comes out as it warms, the hops have a serene consistency that just about eliminates any undesired sweetness to the nose as a whole. Medium-bodied, creamy textured with a soft, pliable carbonation which helps it cling to the mouth pores more than scrub at them. Admirably smooth, the chocolate, toffee, butterscotch flavors pair with the grape, cherry, red berry fruit to guarantee that the mouth entry will be sweet. This even as the hops more pronounced and apt to add a sour twist towards the end. Actually not overly smoky and you're more likely to discern white citrus or rye/wheat notes than smoke specifically. Drinkability is high and the dryness at the end contributes to this. Not a lot of "wow" factor yet it steadily wins you over.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:35:44 | More by farrago
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rtepiak

Poland

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

had this in poland under a different name... urtypisches Schwarzbier... same beer and abv... just a slight different label for that market

wow... pour give a scent of chocolate and roastiness throughout the room. a beautiful near black ruby. great head of bread rising look. and tastes delicious in the first few sips. slight off white with a chocolate, toasted almonds. palate had a great feel to it. really nice body and creaminess that wasn't density but fluffiness. not thick like a stout but voluminous. predominant chocolate with a wonderful feel. even when the head was gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:43:09 | More by rtepiak
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:01:41 | More by CamuMahubah
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meechum

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of the bottle into a flute. Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, a finger of head that quickly fell leaving very little lace. Carbonation was very active

S - A very yeasty..bready smell, with just a very small hint of alcohol hidden very deep.

T - A bready roasted malt taste that finishes with a very small hop bitterness to just cut the roasted flavor..finishes dry

M - Very lively and carbonated..giving a very crisp drink, along with the dry finish makes this excellent

D - Overall a very drinkable beer..the elements of the beer come together to make it very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 03:06:54 | More by meechum
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deg

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice bready smell. Dark brown, a little bit of light shines through. The head was rather impressive and thick, it took quite a while to settle down. A nice bitterness, a little bit of a roasted feel. I thought the beer felt a little heavy and thick in my mouth for a schwarz, but otherwise was quite good.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 22:20:57 | More by deg
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle. Pours a black with ruby red notes. Nice frothy head. Taste is smooth and lucious. Not as roasty and caramel like as other swartzbiers.. One of the better Black Biers I have tasted. Very easy drinking. A bit pricey but worth it. Please dont drink it too cold even though itsa lager.. I had it well chilled but the flavours came out about 10 min out of the fridge and bottle. The drinkabliity is high because of the smooth silky taste it would be a perfect beer in the fall with some smoked pork or bruder basil cheese

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 03:07:34 | More by TinusTime
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bob3701

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a deep dark clear chestnut color with an almost white head that quickly faded into a thin film with minor lacing. Strong malty aroma with some toffee detected. This is a big malty beer sweet with toffee and a slight citrus finish. Very drinkable, wished I had pick up more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 23:46:43 | More by bob3701
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twelvsies

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like this beer. I'm not really well versed in the Germans category and I don't drink a lot of this style, so this was a great change for me. Appears a dark brown almost black coffee color and murky, with a bit of creamy head on top. Smells of pale malts, dust, and mustyness. The dusty mustyness definately comes through in the taste and blends perfectly with the nutty malts and creamy milky flavors. Really a pretty complex beer if you ask me. Excellent creamy mouthfeel and a nice semi-dry finish. I got this beer at the Moan and Dove on a whim and since then I've been getting it again and again. Great session beer, great overall beering experience.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2005 22:16:42 | More by twelvsies
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atis

Finland

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark ruby with airy brownish head and thick slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is simple, but pleasant mild roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth light-medium, very balanced weak roasted character with light caramel-like sweetness.

Overall, seems to be very nice and pleasant Schwarzbier, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 17:52:42 | More by atis
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WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent with a dry lager yeast element. It has a roasted barley aroma that blends nicely with the caramel malts. The taste is great. It has a smooth and rich toated caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of smokiness. It is sweet, but the lager yeast leaves a dry, earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good/adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 22:31:00 | More by WesWes
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with barely any light getting through, topped by roughly two fingers of thick head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Subtle notes of roasted coffee, nice toasted malt with mostly a lager-like clean scent.

T: Big maltiness up front, nice and toasty with the coffee-like kick present as well, but this tapers off and changes dynamically, as is expected. Also, a smidgeon of chocolate flavor shows itself. Has the clean and smooth lager finish, but with plenty of flavor that ends up leaving only the faintest hint of malt in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect level of carbonation, giving a slightly creamy flavor, but mostly smooth and velvety.

D: Quite drinkable indeed, with a solid array of flavor that still maintains balance. Definitely tops other schwarzbiers I've tasted in terms of keeping the palate engaged but maintaining the subtleties of a lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 21:12:58 | More by CharlieMopps
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

It's been a *long* time since I've had a schwarzbier, and I'm glad I had a chance to sample this one. It pours with a deep, deep black color and a thick tan head, almost like a stout. The aroma was that of a nicely roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. It's a bit sharp on the mouthfeel, mostly due to a bit of carbonation. The taste is quite pleasant, with a well-rounded nuttiness and a sweet malty aftertaste. Very pleasant, and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 19:48:24 | More by kaszeta
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ramsey Liquors for $4.29 on 2/12/09. Freshness code 1754412 is lasered on the back label. My first Monchshof beer <applause>.

16.9oz swing top bottle served in a pilsener flute at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Huge hiss as I swing the stopper from its previous home. Absolutely gorgeous color, somewhere between raisin and mahogany... the head is freagin remarkable, light beige and dense as hell. It begins four fingers tall and gradually settles to a gluggy mat. Good lacing, patchy and abundant.

Smell- Rolos candy, toffee, chocolate, custard, caramel, fudge... AMAZING!!! You'd have to be sitting here smelling this beer to appreciate how impossibly amazing this is. WOW, WOW, WOW. If Nugget Nectar is the be-all-end-all hop lover's aroma, then this is the malt lover's dream nose.

Taste- Malty with a nice, mildly tart underlying character... it's rich in flavor without the excessive weight in the mouth. Loads of complex malt manifestations like dark fruit and molasses. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer goes into the mouth without much fanfare, then crackles at the first swish... it's lively and crisp without being too aggressive. So unique and savory, I recommend everyone at least try this once. It really dazzles the senses.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 04:15:05 | More by yelterdow
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ryanonline

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a clear dark ebony color with hues of brown when held to the light. not a lot of head or lacing.

the nose is very hoppy with sort of a fruity scent to it. a strong malt presence maybe some caramel.

the taste is very lightly hopped with a roasty almost earthy finish and a solid backbone of malt.

this feels very clean on the tongue, not to foamy and has a slight dry finish. no real bite to speak of though.

very sessionable, flavorful yet mild, and light in your tummy. not to strong either.

really tasty and light, good for consuming in mass quantities.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 03:55:26 | More by ryanonline
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9oz swing top bottle, with no BB date that is noticeable however I believe the numbers on back label have this encrypted within. There is also a Michael Jackson review stating World Classic & 4 stars **** on the back label. Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights, with a small tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with Euro hops, fairly clean overall.
Taste: Nice light roastiness, nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some hop bitterness going down, balances the flavor out .
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: A fine Schwarzbier very drinkable and very flavorful…a very solid Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2004 21:11:07 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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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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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

08-07-2013 02:50:07 | More by Oelschlager
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Brenden

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 12:49:55 | More by Brenden
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clevelandhops

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-15-2013 14:03:30 | More by clevelandhops
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.