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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 66
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malt with a touch of chocolate toffee greet the nose.

Taste brings sweet roasted malt flavor, with coffee and faint hops evident.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard to find this beer on Beer Advocate, can't figure out how to spell it with the o. Anyway, tried this out from a fellow Carolina Brewmaster at our annual Memorial Day BBQ. Cam eout of a flip top bottle. Not a very dark Schwarzbier, smells like roasted malt. Coffee and caramel taste and finish. Thin body. Nothing great, but glad I tried it.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice burnt grain with some light toffee sweetness.

The taste consisted of a burnt grain with elements of coffee and cocoa. A noteworthy toasted pumpernickle finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an enjoyable schwarzbier. Good drinkability.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep garnet color that looks black unless the corner of the glass is held to the light. There was about a 1/4" head of off white bubbles that was there at the first pour and was still a solid layer of foam even a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: Has a clean and dominantly malty aroma with plenty of Munich malt and plenty of other toasty aromatics. There is no real roast to speak of in this aroma even though the beer is black. There is no hops noticeable in the beginning, but as the beer warms a bit, there is a subtle floral presence coming in that I am assuming is from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is perfectly portrayed by the aroma. Plenty of toasty malts that lead the profile all the way from the nose to the finish. There is a whole bunch of sweet caramel in here that leads into the finish which has no alcohol and a super subtle acidic feeling that pokes its head in really late after the sip. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty dry and well attenuated and leaves your lips squeaky clean after drinking.

Opinion: This is a really refreshing beer and a fine example of a Schwarzbier. I believe that I was fortunate to have a pretty fresh example of this beer as it shows no signs of oxidation or age that you often get with swing-tops. I didn't feel cheated in any way with such a low gravity beer, and I would certainly drink this one again. Give it a shot if it is available in your area.

Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid white head that persist. A deep brown colour, bordering black. The aroma is like an eisbock, so full of malts! It carries the complex nuances of a barleywine or strong Belgian, with hints of raisons, figs, dark fruit and an abundance of dates. A good smoky (tobacco like) character of smoke. The body is thick and malty like a dopplebock with a good deal of roasted barley. The smoke character ties all the flavours together well. Fairly light bodied considering how much there is going on... really impressed.
Special thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for the sample!

Photo of pacond
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall 16oz mug with Monchshoff logo on it

Poured a cola like color, you can see through it, but it is black. Nice big thick head, good carbonation but it goes away soon.

I can smell the malty aromas, real toasty. But there is a sweetness to this brew.

Tastes really malty, with a sweetness to it. The beverage is well balanced and very drinkable. Nice roasted malt flavors, not too strong. The mouthfeel is right on. Others in the style I have had are thin and have a strong alcohol presence. But this is not thin or thick and is very drinkable.

Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of shroompod
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of BuckSpin
4.33/5  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.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.88/5  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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.98/5  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.

Photo of Kudashov
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
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 .

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  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.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  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.

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of stoutman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Will46andbrew
4.45/5  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!

Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.