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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

565 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 60
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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Photo of becktone
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
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popping the flip top released a fair amount of pressure. Nice head. Some color coming through a light.

Smell is all Malt Bomb.

Taste was actually a letdown after smelling it. The malt is still their , just a little less pronounced. No dark malts come through.

Mouthfeel is medium to light , good carbonation.

Overall a beer that is highly sessionable with a nice malty taste

shroompod, May 03, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a classic dimple stein glass mug

Opened with a "POP" and poured thick & brisk. Surprisingly strong chocolate, fresh, sharp, acidic black coffee, roasted nuts, dry, a little dusty, English biscuits, crackers, more like a porter or stout....very nice. As it warms maybe some dried cherry and even a peep of black licorice are noticeable. Deep, rich, earthy roasted malts are present, the last of the bottle brings a creamier, sweeter tone, more blonde coffee in aroma. Head was a fat, thick, sticky sculpted 2 fingers of mixed ivory foam that floated like sea foam, eventually settling to a silent 1/8" carpet that didn't budge and laced like curtains.

Its the deepest, ruddiest, port ruby burgundy, thick, almost opaque, light curling around the edges and bottom, a magnificent beauty to behold.

Hmmm, the chocolate and black coffee from the nose are deliciously present on the tongue in a semi-sweet creaminess thats even, velvety, smooth, very well balanced, but yet is also refreshingly light and crisp with roasted malts and a cracker-esque dryness that provides a "crunching" tongue clearer to the overall gestalt of the brew.

Faintly sweet fruit (warm raisin, dried black currant) comes alive on the palate as it slightly thickens, the black coffee, baking chocolate & toasty malts subdue, yet remain as a counter balancing presence. It finishes with more of the same it started with and leaves a pleasingly bittersweet, dulled mocha aftertaste that coats the mouth like a Dry Stout, dry, crisp, chewy...nice.

What a wonderful beer. Kulmbacher is slowly becoming my favorite non-American brewery with their solid offerings. This was a lush treat, admittedly unexpected in its depth, yet crisp & clean and very easy to drink. It could easily be mistaken for a lite Porter, but its dry crispness & ease of drinking set it apart. A wonderful beer for a summer's evening, I could see it paring beautifully with a killer char-grilled steak or even a big ol' burger, as well as a iced chocolate dessert. If you like deep, rich, almost lush Schwarzbiers or even Porters, definitely check this out, I recommend it highly.

BuckSpin, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
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
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a caramel ruby color, nearly two fingers of light mocha froth on top.

Aroma - rich roasted grain aroma, hints of coffee beans. Captivating!

Taste - lots of roasted character, I can almost taste the fire this malt was kilned from. A trace of sweetness on the leading edge, the swallow brings out a flood of roasted flavors once more, warming up this time with roasted coffee and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, medium carbonation, a good solid beer body to this one.

Drinkability - great flavor, fine sessionability, and a reasonable price.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good black beer, yes lots of dark malt and roast.No coffee nor chocolate, just balanced. Well carbonated, a good scattering of lace. Easy drinking mid mouthfeel, very drinkable. On the sweet side though dry finish and a bit peppery. Good brewery.Liked it.

Sammy, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black but with amber light coming through the beer. Off-white half finger head stays a long time and leaves sticky lacing in it's wake.

Aroma is very light...a little sweet toasted malt and roastiness comes through.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with slight carbonation.

Light and clean flavor with nothing dominating...everything balanced and again, just a hint of roasted malts.

Very light and refreshing Schwarzbier.

IntriqKen, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark until held to the light which reveals dark crimson-ruby highlights. There is very little head to speak of. Smell is sweet; mostly of lightly toasted amber malt, slightly of cherries and chocolate. The taste has a good amount of depth, with lots of layers of flavor. To start, there is a slightly sweet maltyness, followed by an acidic slightly burnt malt bitterness and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavy but not dense and has little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; enjoyable as well.

gmfessen, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
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 .

Kudashov, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

flip-top bottle -

Pours dark brown with a large bubbly head that soon bubbles down to a thin cover.

The smell is of dark, roasted malts with some subtle fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet dark and caramelish maltiness balanced by a chicory-like bitterness. There is a subtle pils-like grassiness. Malty, but with a noticable hop bitterness. Dry finish.

The body is creamy in a lighter side of medium body. Smooth. Drying.

A nice, classic schwartzbier.

jwc215, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma isn't strong, but I can smell roasted malt, caramel and some chocolate. It tastes like roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate, but finishes bitter and a little bit acidic. Mouthfeel is light, and it's smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, I think it's nice and refreshing and it's easy to drink. It's a good Schwarzbier, I'd definitely buy it again. I think it would be a decent choice as a session beer too.

bluejacket74, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque copperish black. Malt sweetness and some roast in the nose. The palate features deliciously smooth notes of caramel and toffee, along with some roasted grain. Mild burnt bitterness in the finish.

Ahhh, a true schwarzbier; almost entirely black in color but with mellow roast malt character. Overall, a very easy drinking brew with a deceptively dark color.

Recommended.

arguemaniac, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, with a coffee-foam head perched atop the body. Tons of roasted malt in the nose, but also bitter chocolate and a winey acidity. Very bitter, without being acrid, on the tongue. Considerable acidity kicks things off and stays on the tongue throughout, while bitter chocolate and dark bread crust notes come and go, before the bitterness makes for a finish that's quite dry. Highly carbonated mouthfeel makes this beer feel fuller than it actually is; it seems pretty low in gravity and very smooth (the lager thing). Overall, this is an excellent schwarzbier, rich in flavor but small enough to be sessionable. Very good, if simple, flavor execution.

geexploitation, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured out a deep brown/ mahogany, with some red tints , a couple inches of sandy foam that lefts some webby lacing. ( not opaque)

Smell: Fresh brown bread and soft chocolate , hint of caramel , fair amount of roasted grain , hint of hop.

Taste: Pleasant medium body of roasted grainy flavors , very light milk chocolate , some grainy bitterness as well as some lightly grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: soft and dry

Drinkability: A tasty dark brew. Light- yet roasty , interesting and midly complex overall quality. A pretty decent Schwarzbier.

Byeast, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of stoutman
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with a fizzy brown head. Transparent and dark red when held up to a light. Very sweet and malty aroma with hints of chocolate. Nicely carbonated, with a mildly fruity flavor up front, with some nutty, roasty characteristics. Mellow and rich with a nice bitterness. Finishes with an earthy hop bite. Quite a tasty beer.

stoutman, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Beer pours a deep brown with amber tones and has a creamy two finger head, it leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is buttery roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste varies from coffee to charcoal and chicory with a touch of chocolate in the finish and a hint of spice (pepper?). The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, it’s a medium bodied beer and somewhat dry by the end. This is an excellent example of the style its complex on the palate yet easy to drink and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good beer.

Kookiekwan, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of tugdriver7
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, the bottle is a keeper. Nothing is more fun than impressing your macro-loving buddies by popping a flip top from Germany and pouring a nice glass of black bliss. Monschshof looks good literally as it is coming out of the bottle. It pours a dark, potent brown/black with a gorgeous tan head that disappates quickly, but laces the glass nicely. A bit bubbly at first (surprising, given the flip top), but settles down to a silky smooth mouthfeel. The taste is dark chocolate, toasted malt and a bit of burnt coffee with a downright refreshing fruitiness to tie it all together. Truly a great black beer and, though a bit pricey, worth the occasional venture to the "expensive" import aisle.

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Will46andbrew
4.47/5  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!

Will46andbrew, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This whole experience was slightly better than average. It poured a dark red colour, crystal clear, with a huge, foamy cap that left thick, sticky lacing. Much light (colour) than I was expecting. Smell seemed fairly balanced with nice, sweet malts, as well as an earthy hoppy smell. Taste was heavier on the malt side than the hop side, and had, what seemed to me, a bit of a wood-like taste. Interesting. Mouthfeel was nothing special. Smooth, drinkable. Just a mark or two above average. Not bad.

SilentSabre, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with modest tannish head.
Smell is a fine combination of dark druits, toffee, and caramel.
Taste also shows caramel and dark fruit, along with some nice roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and adds some bread-like notes.
A nice beer, but nothing great.

tgbljb, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of JohnW
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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)

JohnW, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz flip top bottle. Pours black in color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. Aroma is clean with roasted malt and cocoa. The smell is really nice, there just isn't enough of it as it is too faint. Taste is delightfully smooth roasted malt, coffee and a faint taste of chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is good but it is lacking that extra punch. Overall, this is a good beer that would make for a great session with it's low ABV.

cjgator3, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of veech
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is an absolute as a session beer. It has everything you drink porters and stouts for: the chocolatey roasted malt flavors without a lot of the heaviness that said beers possess. It doesn't have a huge mouthfeel but more than adequate. Overall, I found this to be the best of all worlds and will visit this one again and again. Yet another reason to visit Germany for sampling. I give this my highest recommendation.

veech, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap and in the bottle in several Bay Area locations as well as back on the east coast. It's a good schwarz for sure, it's no death and taxes, but than what is? Nice bottle and a good pour a dark milky chocolate black with a small little off-white, coca head of foam that leaves some decent lace. Aromas are all chocolate malts, and a bit of roast with some nice German hoppage going on as well. Taste is quite good as well, roasty with some definate chocolate hints and a nice bready maltiness that is full of depth and character. The hops balance nicely, but don't have an in your face profile to them. Mouthfeel is creamy a and a bit burnt/acrid, in a good way. Drinkability is also very good. An A1 schwarz for sure!

francisweizen, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a german style mug

A- Near black with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the dimpled mug

S- roasted malt through and through

T- nice hidden roasted flavor with a clean and refreshing finish, ever so slightly bitter finish

M- creamy and smooth, very balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- a very nice and clean swartzbier an easy drinking german offering.

mcarroll10177, Aug 10, 2006
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
89 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.