Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Pepeton
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
:-)

Pours a dark brew, with reddish, ruby when seen in trough a backlight. Matching dark and bubbly head, and some lacing.

Smell is discrete, of roasted malts, though.

A well balanced and medium beer. Taste starts with a roasted malt presence, that lingers a bit, also some bitterness. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is also discrete, with a nice mild bitter aftertaste.

With my kind of weather, hot 8 to 9 months a years, this is nice everyday beer.

¡Salud!

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of samie85
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours pitch black color with a light tan head.

S-Smoked wood and anise with a bit of chocolate and roasted malt.

T-Smoke and chocolate notes upfront with some roasted malt on the finish.

M-Rich, full-bodied, and creamy mouthfeel with a slight, crisp carbonation bite one the end.

D-A very solid, delicious beer. The best mouthfeel and flavor profile on a Schwarzbier I've had to date.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep dark brown body with ruby highlights. A frothy 1-finger khaki head sits atop and shows some very nice retention an some really good lacing.

S- Roasted malts, caramel, and breadiness. Mostly caramel malts here. Pretty sweet aroma.

T- caramel malt flavor right up front, followed by a slight graininess. A very slight bitterness towards the very end.

MF- Nice moderate body beer with just a slight amount of carbonation. A very nice creamy feel to this one.

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
$3.49
Rudy's Liquors - LaSalle, IL

Monchshof's Schwarz pours like black coffee. Chestnut highlights glow along the bottom of the mug and a dense head of dirty white foam crowns the body. The head reaches two fingers in height and barely falls, becoming craggy and dense as it does. Foam spiderwebs the glass. Lookin' good!

The nose is slam packed full of goodness. A soft roast gets things moving before a smooth nuttiness joins the fray. A little black bread spiciness and a clean earthiness. Mild notes of coffee add to the mouthwatering depth. We have mild sweetness, soft roast, and a welcoming spice.

The flavor profile follows the path the nose suggested. Light roast comes in a wave laying down a solid base. The coffee is more pronounced than the nose suggested and pushes through to the finish. An undercurrent of both nuttiness and earthiness add depth and the spicy black bread rolls through on the finish and lingers slightly after the swallow.

There's a fullness to the body that's absolutely appropriate with an above average heft and a velvety feel. The carbonation is moderate and keeps the body moving. A touch of residual sugar sticks around after the swallow. Highly drinkable.

Monchshof is one of my favorite schwarzbiers out there. It's not as complex as some but the drinkability and enjoyment factor are off the charts. I could drink this by the case and do find myself buying it often. If you haven't had this beer yet and are a fan of the style, get some.

Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love these swing top bottles...

Pours a dark cola brown with whiskey amber edges in the light. Two fingers of solid, dense, light-khaki head top it off.

Nose is toasted caramel rolls with molasses, cooked vegetables, light roastiness, faint leather, and some spicy hops. Very nice.

Spicy bitterness up front that gives way to roasted malt. Slightly nutty. Caramelly sweetness increases into the cookie-ish finish. Lingering vegetal hop notes. Nice. Medium-bodied with a remarkably soft, creamy feel. A great beer and by far the best schwarzbier I've had.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of gabe23
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, clear mahogany pour with a rocky tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a distinct burnt toast aroma, along with some dark chocolate. A slight sweetness of dried fruit can be smelled also.

T - Quite smoky all-around, with chocolate, bread, and coffee notes. Slightly tingly in the middle with some fruitiness. The finish is very clean with almost no aftertaste.

M - Light and lively, which is deceptive given the smoky flavors reminiscient of a stout or rauchbier. Carbonation is fairly light.

D - This is an easy drinking beer with tons of flavor but a light body and ABV. This is a great alternative for times when you want a really dark beer, but don't want to feel weighed down. I like it!

Photo of RoyalT
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tjthresh
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JohnW
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JohnW
B'ham UK (but tasted and written while in Tampa FL)

Photo of mattmaples
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Outstanding smooth, rounded maltyness. Slight drak roasted flavor. Great beer that is very esay to drink. A touch too sweet for what I consider the perfect schwarzbier but DAMN good.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a nice dark brown with a short but long-lasting head. A very inviting brew.

The aroma was of a deep roasted malt, with no coffee overtones at all, which surprised me. Hints of bitter chocolate lingering just at the outside of perception.

The flavor was of strong roasted malt, yet not overpowering, and not burnt like some can taste. It was, however, still crisp and dry, with very good, well balanced hoppiness... as the bottle proclaimed, it was a wonderful Pils.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown coca-cola color with a tan head. Tons of rings/lacing.

Earthy toasted malt, cocoa powder aromas.

Great balance. Some sweet (?), but just at the very outset of the sip, then dries out, then but just the right roasted malt, dry, bitter, cocoa, light coffee taste. Clean brew, pleasant lingering malt and light bitter finish. Great.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A terrific drinkable brew. This went down so easy. Try this.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce swing-top

A - A nice deep dark brown beer.

S - This one smells roasted, nutty, and grainy.

T - Alot of roasted malt and grain flavor, this beer tastes rich and nutty. Toasted bread comes to mind with a touch of sweetness and dryness.

M - Light-medium bodied, this beer offers a mouthfull of great flavors and texture. Moderately carbonated and soaked with flavor.

D - This is a hearty beer in flavor and texture. The flavors and carbonation arent overwhelming making it a good choice for a session. Can be enjoyed year round but better for fall and winter, and paired with food in my opinion. Monschoff and Kostritzer are my two favorite schwarzbiers.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle no. 1959401. Sampled on September 9, 2010. Upon the popping of the ceramic cork you get an immediate aroma that builds to a nice brownish-red pour with about two inches of long-lasting foamy tan head. The scent is full of inviting dark malts with a hint of molasses, caramel and maybe some modest hops as well. The taste begins bold but ends mellow with a pleasant combination of sweet bitterness, raisins, and dry hops at the finish. Altogether, a well-rounded likeable beer.

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.