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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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588 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 64
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of cilldalua
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a European living in NY how did I have to wait until I was in Mexico city to find this?

I am not saying it is the best beer in the world but it is really good so shame on NY and particularly the German pubs for holding out on us.

Anyway on to the beer. Pours a very nice coffee color with a good head that goes on to the end. The smell is all coffee which is a recurring theme but with lots of malt behind it. The taste is coffee again but its very level, certainly not overpowering. Its much lighter then it looks but it does linger on the tongue. All in all, you could spend a day in spring or autumn drinking these with no regrets.

Photo of ryanonline
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color with reddish tones, the foamy head has a finger in thickness without consistency;

S: Roasted malt and dark fruits like figs and prunes;

T: Malt essences with coffee and chocolate, also some orange;

M: Dry with a prickly bitterness, the end is bittersweet like coffee without sugar, and medium body;

D: Very tasty, definitely to drink it without food.

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very dark brown color with a nice creamy white head that left plenty of clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel and fermented red grapes. The taste is of a watery milk chocolate, similar to Nestles Quik. There is also a raisin & carob presence. The roasted malt is very light and does not add much flavor to the brew. The feel is light with soft carbonation; finishes sweet and slightly sticky. A very average swarzbier. I was hoping for more of a roasted malt presence. I always question the freshness of these German brews that I get, perhaps this was on the older side. I still prefer the Sam Adams or Sprecher Schwarzbiers.

Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great poured into a tall weizen glass, as it presents a dark mahogany body and a large tan head, which dissipates to a film an leaves nice spots of lace behind. The nose is quite subtle, but has nice notes of caramel and lightly roasted notes, mixing in with a touch of tobacco. Likewise, the flavour is quite straightforward, with caramel, nut and cocoa flavours melding together into a pleasant whole. Quite simple, but nicely done, and it doesn't last long in my glass. Body is medium-light with a moderate carbonation.

This was a pleasant drink, though not really a memorable one. It's a well-constructed schwarz that I probably won't look for again.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a Keg Can. A rich brown in color with a massive foamy off white head. A bunch of lacing is notable.

Smells of bready malts.

A soulful, uplifting brew with some roasted malts and nutty notes. Bitterness is there just enough to balance. Smooth and simple/

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is very low.

Drinkable brew from the heart of Germany. Good for extended sessions.

Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seems like the color of cola as it is poured...but held to light, it is much more transparent and reddish, like an extreme cream soda. beautiful thick lacing and a head that settles very slowly, retaining a jelly, jolly sort of consistency. very nice to gaze at...

first nose notes are the maltiness, followed by that slight burned/coffee/chocolate aspect. catching some yeastiness and perhaps hops. a little fruit.

i don't know, but if i was blindfolded, i would've immediately guessed i was having a Guinness Draft. In Ireland...even the head's retention looks creamy like GDraft. always right on the edge of going bitter or burnt, those playful elements hold back and keep things incredibly tasty and smooth. not challenging, but i wouldn't want that here. nothing to search for...let it find you. this is definitely a delight. not a beer for simple palates at all. i'm impressed.

the quote on the back from expert MJackson is fitting: "a brewing wonder"...creamy mouthfeel plays on the one extreme with the carbonation. just simply quite drinkable and quite a session brew for sure.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Photo of theboozecruise
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one came in a 1pt9oz bottle with a plunger top, poured into a plisner glass. It pours dark, but not black like the style claims... good carbonation, large head with LOTS of lacing. I like the appearance of this one... looks like a fresh tasty beer to me.

Smells of dark malts... a definite roasted flavor to it, nothing else comes through, but this is one of the more dominant aromas I've experienced in a while.

The taste is mostly the same, the malt hits the tongue with a balance of the roasted flavor.. and then it fades to the roasted flavors on the aftertaste. It's good, but could really use something in there to spice it up. I guess this is one of the limitations when adhering to the German purity laws... this could be awesome with some extra spice or barrel-aging but instead it's just very good.

Mouthfeel is nice, you can feel the carbonation... needs a little more balance to be really drinkable I think. The one dominant flavor could get old pretty quick.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contrary to its name, this beer is not black. It is definitely dark, with copper highlights--but not black. The aroma is distinct. Toasted husky grain aromas linger overhead mixed with a blackened wood character. The head is worth noting for the trail it left on the glass.

The medium bodied beer is smooth and tasty. Toasted malts express a malty coffee flavor. A wisp of smoke seems to pervade this beer. It finishes with a very light presence of spice. The palate is left dry, wanting more.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date only an ambiguous code that I can not read.
Appears black from a distance but when light penetrates is a dark garnet.
Some slight roasted character is present but not overwhelming, with a pleasant toffee aroma.
Subtle vanilla character that is never enough to be cloying. Roasted character is present once again in the taste but not the primary taste. Sweetened coffee also comes to mind while alluding to candy in the finish.
Crisp and medium bodied for a lager.
I want more...much more.

Photo of Monsteruss
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foam was wheat in color, fluffy and smooth. The color pretty much opaque w/ a redish hue in the light. The smell was simple, but complex smells of flowers and carmel. The taste was deep and smooth, flowery, roasted barley, hints of wheat, a coffee undertone and even a woody highlight. Mouthfeel - smooth, deep-bodied and semi-viscous. Drinkability - deep, good and smooth. Great session!

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wirsthaus Max and Moritz, Berlin. Go there if you're in Berlin.

Served in a tall pilsner-style glass. Inch of tan head, beer is black, few notes of other colors. Lots of lacing for the duration of drinking. Large pattern.

Smells like chocolate from the Black forest. Also some coffee, but not much bitterness perceived through smelling. Rich, even just smelling the beer.

As the fragrance suggests, a very rich and velvety example of the Schwarzbier. Heavy bitter chocolate and coffee. Dense, and layers of the chocolate flavors. Great fun to drink with Eisbein - pork knuckle.

Thick and delicious beer, heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. I prefer this from the tap as opposed to from the bottle.

Great schwarzbier. Worth trying.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 LittleCreature
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep brown, very clear when held to the light, with 2 fingers of creamy tan head.

S - Bready with caramel and toffee and lightly roasted grain. Crisp lager aroma. Nutty.

T - Nutty and bready with chocolate, caramel and toffee. Clean and crisp. Burnt toast.

M - Light with low carbonation. Dry with a burnt toast lingering aftertaste.

D - Very tame compared to the American versions but comes to life a little as it warms. Reminds me of English porters vs American porters. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a rich tan head that holds up very well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is mostly similar to the smell with a distinct roasty profile with notes of chocolate and caramel. The taste is a little watered down and not as strong and lively as the aroma.

Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel but feels a little watered down. Overall pretty solid, worth a try and an easy drinker.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured beautifully. Dark brown that fades to medium with slight red highlights at the bottom of my pilsner glass. Creamy, tan head receded to a light cap. Laces pretty thin.

S - Pretty strong, grainy nose that's pretty rich with chocolate notes. There's a soothing, toast-y scent that's a little more delicate than I've experienced with the style.

T - The nose comes through pretty well here and is really representative of the flavors. The chocolate notes are really great and really wrap in with the toasted grain flavor, which are balanced by just enough hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Overall, seeing as this isn't far removed from a dunkel, it's worth noting that this is less astringent and carries smoother, chocolately taste in comparison.

MF - Thin, but it still provides some body. It leaves the overall impression of being silky, which was a bit surprising and really nice. Carbonation is moderate and almost seems to...burst.

D - Fantastically drinkable. There aren't any off qualities to it, the chocolately notes keep pulling me back for another sip, and at 4.9%, there wouldn't be anything to stop someone from drinking it all day/night. I really wish the style was more popular, and I'd love to try this on tap.

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

Hmmm this is a very good Schwarzbier - think refreshing stout

Pours a very dark Hazelnut brown almost schwarz

i smell hazelnut roast almond chocolate faint aramel

tastes divine

decent carbonation slightly prickly and only leaves a very faint coating in the mouth for such a dark beer

Drinkable guys

Photo of farrago
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

flip top bottle into brooklyn pokal

A - the head slowly forms but eventually there is enough for about one fingers worth; the colour is light brown. some lacing, though not much. the body is a dark brown until it is held up to the light and then brown-red hues shine through.

S - oh! wow, this is quite chocolaty, so my lady likes it. the nose has very strong malted chocolate component, which is right in the fore ground. once one can get past the shock atack of the malts and coco powder, there is a slightly nutty aroma to be had. once it warms up there some alcohol show itself

T - the taste is a good reflection of what the nose it. the initial taste is almost like a perfect beer form of a malted milk ball. it's malty and very chocolaty. the finish is more malty than chocolaty, and the aftertaste is more malty than dark chocolate. a fairly one sided taste, but for those who like an actual chocolate flavoured beer.

MF&D - smooth, crisp carbonation, and a medium body makes for a delicious experience. a good brew for those who want a beer in the winter, but dont want to have to chew their beer.

Photo of TLove
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Dark, shiny, opaque black with deep tan head and fizzy retention. Great, yeasty, chocolate smell with a decent amount of spicy flavors and coffee. Strong and grainy for a supposed black pils. Smooth and a little too sweet, but decent carbonation and good body.

Sweet, tart, and a tad bitter, but for the most part pretty drinkable and well-structured.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swing-top bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Number on the back but no date. World Classic rated by Michael Jackson.

A - Dark, almost black, mahogany color with a thick, large tan head with good retention. Started turning rocky and left lacing as it shrank in size.

S - Strong yeasty black malt aroma with little else behind the potency. The yeasty smell reminds me of the smell in the air around the Pabst brewery as a child. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee notes.

T - Bitter black malts with a touch of coffee and some caramel flavors that finish clean with a cocoa neutrality.

M - Begins bitter but ends dry and clean. Medium bodied with a neutral level of carbonation.

D - A delicious schwarzbier that is easily consumable!

Photo of ajayma
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK
Deep mahogany in color. Head is whippy and rocky, and fades from a redish foam to chalk-white at the top. Head fades but leaves a sticky lacing with each gulp.

AROMA
Toasty malt, maybe a faint whiff of molasses.

BODY
Medium-light in body, very smooth down the hatch. Tame, tiny carbonation.

FLAVOR
Begins and ends with a firmly toasted maltiness and a gently roasted bitterness. If there are hops they don't make themselves apparent--it's all about malt here. Finish is fairly dry and reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee.

AFTERMATH.
Flavorful but not filling. I'd love some smoked fish to go with this. Or perhaps lasagna, with that meaty sauce and those charred bits of crust...

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had out of a plastic mug, served from a part keg at an outdoor concert. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick tan head. I guess I should rate this down since its not black like the style suggests, but it looks nice so I'm not. Smells roasty, and of dark chocolate. First thing I noticed about how it tastes is that it has a earthy, somewhat metallic character to it. Not what I expected but I like it. Chocolate and roasted flavors dominate. Creamy head, but sharp, highly effervescent finish. I liked this beer. The earthy character makes it stand out I guess.

Photo of gfreed
2.45/5  rDev -39.4%
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!

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.