Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
Clear walnut with some deep garnet. Very large, very fine slightly sticky light brown head settles slowly to a complete rocky cap leaving nice lacing.
Touch of toffee leads over dark, slightly husky chocolate. Just a touch of roastiness as well. There's a solid malty goodness lurking below to support it all. Complex, interesting, and well-balanced.
Heavy side of medium in the mouth with excellent rich malt of the bready sort. Roast and chocolate notes are there, as well as a touch of dried cherry fruitiness. Complexity, interest and balance again.
Excellent soft, filling mouthfeel - seems to get into every crack and crevice of the mouth. Great length with a touch of spicy bitterness at the death that simply begs you to take another sip.
Drinkable? This is one of the magic brews that simply disappears from the glass leaving only a lingering smile. Genius beer. Easily abused, and nowhere near the same experience when it is. Please buy from a reputable retailer.
12-08-2005 19:02:48 | More by Realale
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Pours a regular finger width head that receeds and keeps a good lacing.
It smells like really good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, such as you would find in a sweet european chocolate with french coffee.
Tastes almost like a coffee stout, but lighter. Has an aftertaste like I've just chewed on a coffee bean, not strong, but apparent. Tastes malty, but with only a slight hint of hops at first taste.
Feels like a light beer in your mouth and goes down farel well.
12-07-2005 02:26:55 | More by Erdinger2003
4/5 rDev -1.5%
This is a quality schwarz, though perhaps not my favorite of the style. Pours to a nutty brown color, fairly clear, with a good carbonation. The head is a bit thin, but it retains at least a centimeter throughout the glass.
The smell is the only thing disappointing. Has a little bit of a wet cardboard aroma. A bit of a berry resides under the offending smell, along with a light malt aroma.
The taste, thankfully, does not seem to be suffering from oxidation. Lightly sweet, only a hint of smoke, and even a smaller hint of roastiness. A small berry flavor finishes it off. Not one of the hoppier schwarzbiers I've tried, but it's good.
11-30-2005 06:21:44 | More by neonbrown82
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
Served from the bottle into a pub glass.
Appearance: This beer pours almost straight black. The head was toffee colored and resolved to a thin film.
Smell: This beer has spicy, roasty, and toasty coffee malty smells.
Taste: This beer has a nice malty forward taste. The finish is spicy hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a buttery mouth feel. The beer is meduim bodied. A very drinkable beer overall.
11-25-2005 14:58:29 | More by nlmartin
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Flip-top bottle. Clear dark burgundy color with a fine, frothy tan head that leaves some lace. Has a dusty dark roasted malt aroma, with powdered cocoa and subtle noble hop notes. Nose opens up with dry roasted chocolately malt with a soft herbal hop astringency. Dry and roasty mid-palate; slightly coffee-like. Richly flavored, smooth mouthfeel but fairly thin; turns slightly grassy towards the finish, which is quick and clean. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Flavors harmonize well and are difficult to differentiate, which is something I like about lagers. I'd happily drink several of these if they weren't $3.50/bottle.
10-26-2005 04:15:54 | More by bcm119
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
german Black beer whitout the great of the english; mouthfeel and taste well ballanced in bitterness, malt and hops; good whit kielbasa sausage, salads, american food, much better if serving in a pilsner glass, recommendable, smell like a characteristic german beer, made by expert brewers.
10-12-2005 15:51:38 | More by tesguino
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
This beer poured almost like a dry stout, but without the nitro bolstered head. The taste is initially of a very light porter and with a clean aftertaste that becomes a fruit sensation on the palate. The hop/malt balance is the real achievement here and it really contributes to the supreme drinkability. It's just right. In other words- the mixture of great roasted malt characteristics of a porter with the clean zesty taste of a lager with an absolutely astounding hops balance. The smell upon opening the bottle is not an effective contrival of the taste that this beer is hiding as it only gives you an idea of the rooted flavor that is to be unleashed, the supreme balance and sublime flavor. Great bier. Recommend. I'm drunk.
10-06-2005 23:02:10 | More by LordChesterfield
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
Mönchshof Schwarzbier pours Schwarz (Black) from a 1PT .9FL OZ blackish brown glass porcelain (on closer inspection... white plastic swing top stopper) glass bottle. Light tan head of fine foam bubbles went to well over two fingers in height before collapsing to a well defined ring with large islands of foam and lace all along the side of my 48oz beer stein.
Nose is a major malt event with wave after wave of malty sweetness washing over the olfactory organ.
Palate is sweet barely malt with some burnt elements followed by the dry bittering of hops.
This brew starts sweet, then migrates to a well bittered brew with a drying finish. Not a porter and not a stout, but not too far from either. In retrospect I believe that some of the dry stout offerings are in fact more of a Schwarzbier than a stout.
This is an incredible offering from Kulmbacher Brauerei and in my humble opinion, a must try!
09-21-2005 03:03:11 | More by BeerBob
5/5 rDev +23.2%
Is there really anything wrong with this beer? I don't know. Some people claim it's thin, some claim it's watery. Some people are silly. This beer is one of the best examples of the balance and refinement present in German brewing.
It pours a deep, deep ruby. In the broad part of the glass it's black in narrower parts it's reddish brown. The head is a tan sticky beauty.
Nose is of soft, clean malts, a nice chocolate roastiness and a fair smattering of noble hops. It smells so good, yet so refined. This is not a big beer, not at all, but it's still so deep.
It's dry, but somehow still has a malty sweetness rounded out with a refreshing bitterness coming from the roast and the perfect level of hopping. Finish is smoth and clean with a subtle lingering bitterness. It's so nice. Round and smooth, but still dry and refreshing. There's a faint, metalic tang of the water in here as well. That's right you can taste the water. What's wrong with that?
Ridiculously drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. A session beer and then some.
Soft and subtle yet flavorful and deep. Perfect. What craftsmanship.
09-01-2005 15:48:49 | More by nogoodreason
4/5 rDev -1.5%
held up to the light, this is far from clear but gives off a dark crimson fuzzy glow without shining through. interesting. not much head, thin ring is all. buttery nut aroma. beery. mild. flavor is a subdued mix of caramel and chocolate.. no off flavors, no extreme bitterness, no sourness. this is probably the smoothest and most drinkable dark beer i have ever encountered. burnt sugar flavor without being sweet. nutty without extreme bitterness. slight hint of wheat or something fresh and crisp in this beer.. slightly botanical and this gives the beer a basic edge and counterpoint to the silkiness. hard to describe, but very likeable without stepping outside of the box. perfect session german. will try this again, would probably be something stellar on tap.
08-25-2005 14:12:58 | More by goodbyeohio
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Picked up a single from Steve's Liquor on Mineral Pt Rd here in Madison. My second schwarzbier after Sprecher's deliciously intriguing Black Bavarian lager. They're few and far between, but I always have my eye out for a new schwarz. How could I pass this up, it's called Schwarz.
Pours a burnt red/amber color with a two-finger+ off-white head with nice lacing and retention. Nose is grainy/oaty/malty-sweet, with a hoppy bite. Taste reminds me of a subtler, more-balanced version of the Baltika 6 Porter which I enjoyed. Much more hop presence in this one, but the highly-roasted malt character reigns supreme, especially as it warms.. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing, crisp but not watery like Guinness. This is the epitome of a solid sessionable, refreshing dark beer. Doesn't wow you, but solid as a rock all around.
08-08-2005 01:16:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Black lagers have become fashionable since the fall of the Berlin Wall when examples from the East were rediscovered.
Half Liter swing ceramic topped bottle served @ 45-50°F in a 0.4 L Rastal sniffer. From The Chef's Pantry - newly added to their growing selection.
Pours clear redish brown with a 2 finger head that receeds slowly leaving rings of lace and sheeting the sides of the glass with each tilt.
Aroma of slightly sweet malts, and under currents of dark roasted grain (almost coffee) and mild chocolate. Some alcoholic aroma as it nears room temp.
A well balanced taste with mild hops, black malt and highly toasted grains dominating a bready sweet malt start. A crisp dry lightly acidic finish. Overall very drinkable but not comming across as complex.
The creamy mouthfeel is about medium as was the body both helped by an active level of CO2.
Very drinkable as it warms and mellows and softens. A very interesting if not " World Clasic" Schwarz beer from the brewers of the Monks Courtyard in the north of Bavaria.
08-03-2005 16:32:36 | More by karst
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
Pours a dark brown - a bit light for a schwarzbier.
Aroma is rather light, a bit of a malty sweetness is evident.
Taste is better; slightly bitter and pronounced flavor of roasted malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee swirling around in there.
Body is lighter than expected, moderate at best.
The brew is very smooth and quite drinkable, almost like a lager or pilsner that forgot what color it should be. Surprisingly light, but unique. Worth a taste, though I don't know that I'd buy another.
07-26-2005 01:40:30 | More by jmc44
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Thanks to Luckysevens82.
The beer pours a deep mahagony-red color with a 2 finger head that falls to a nice quarter inch over the beer. The nose is toasty malt with a light caramel sweetness. Not what I was expecting. The flavor is a bit better. Some nice burnt notes with a bast of nutty roastyness. Not too shabby. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer. I like the flavor. It could be a bit darker for a schwarz.
07-09-2005 21:56:14 | More by kmpitz2
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a dark brown with a medium head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very weak, hints of caramel. The flavor has some dark maltiness, but seems to have some tannins as well, making it slightly harsh. Little sweetness. The body is much more thin than I expected. The drinkability is good.
07-09-2005 21:54:38 | More by clvand0
4/5 rDev -1.5%
This is only the second schwarzbier I've tried, and I really like this style. For something called a schwarzbier, isn't this more like a braunbier? (Thank you GER1120)
Anyways, I actually like the color, which is something like a dark brown with a nice ruby edge. Nice foamy head that eventually dies down to a ring of lace.
Sweet malty smell, with some roastiness thrown in. Bitter roasted flavors that aren't overpowering. Coffee, very small amount of charcoal, some caramel. Not to bitter, some bitterness is from the hops, but mostly from the roasted malts. There is a sweet malty flavor there too, that artificial grape lollipop flavor that I normally would hate, but here it's just enough to notice, and actually adds to the overall enjoyability of this brew.
Mouthfeel is also very nice, crisp and light, not to carbonated, I could easily drink many of these beers over the course of a night.
06-29-2005 04:56:40 | More by futaboots
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Dark chestnut brown in color with good clarity. Auburn highlights when held to the light. Medium sized head of creamy brown with decent retention and spotty lace.
Aromas are chocolate, weak coffee, dark and toasty malts, and a distinct nutty character.
Flavors of darkly roasted malts dominate, with nuances of cocoa, coffee, leather, sandalwood, and Noble hops in the finish.
Medium in body with a somewhat grainy and creamy mouthfeel that at times feels a bit waterey.
Overall, very good and certainly something that I'd enjoy again. I'm expanding my lager horizons.
06-26-2005 19:47:11 | More by AlexJ
4.63/5 rDev +14%
Poured almost black, with deep golden accents, topped by an abundent white head. Bread and clover honey aromas, somewhat fruity. Sweet starting. Carmel and hazelnuts with a mild bitter finish. Light in body, medium carbonation and a dry finish.
The label on the Monchshof Schwarz proclaimed it to be a world classic. The beer didn't disappoint. The body was a translucent deep brown, accented by bronze. The head acted as a billowing cumulous cloud. The taste was sublime. I believe the label was right. World Classic or damn near it.
06-22-2005 01:01:17 | More by frazbri
4.53/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours a crystal clear deep translucent brown color with hints of red and a dense two-finger tan head. A thing of beauty.
Bouquet is mild yet thoroughly enjoyable with a nice blend of dark caramel, raisins, mocha and some grassy hops.
The flavor features a nifty little tug of war between the caramel and mocha flavors. The finish is crisp and bitterness is at a very respectable level. This is a hell of a session beer- nothing becomes dominant, everything is in perfect balance and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting even after a couple. A classic.
06-12-2005 02:30:19 | More by TongoRad
4.88/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours a deep, deep brown (not black, in spite of the name). Decent, but not overwhelming eggshell colored head, which disappears fairly fast, leaving the faintest trace of lace along the edge of the glass. While the beer isn't black, it is crystal clear.
The first smell that hits me is the faint acrid odor of black malt. Some spicy hoppiness in the aroma as well, but more roasty malt than anything else. The smell matches what your eyes tell you it should smell like. Some toffee, some coffee, a little bittersweet chocolate, perhaps even a trace amount of licorice are hiding in the aroma as well, but it always comes back to that dark grain smell.
Taste is markedly bitter, right up front. I honestly can't tell if I'm tasting hop bitterness, or the sharper bitterness of the dark malts. Either way, this one is assertively, yet cleanly bitter. Coffee that was in the aroma comes up front in the taste, but it's a very clean coffee, not oily or burnt at all. Close on its heels it the chocolate taste. Not a Hershey bar, sickly sweet chocolate, mind you. More a baker's chocolate, dry and unapologetic. The toffee is here as well, but without butter, as I don't detect even the slightest trace of diacetyl in this beer at all. None of those flavors hang around a long time, as they fade into a very pronounced, yet pleasant hop bitterness which lingers into the aftertaste. The coffee flavor remains in the aftertaste as well, reminiscent of having had a good cup maybe 10 minutes ago -- barely perceptible, but still there. Remarkably balanced, with none of the trace flavors, nor the hops ever gaining dominance over any others. And almost unbelievably clean tasting. Nothing jumps out at you with a "what the hell was that?" assault on the taste buds, yet there's more than enough character here so you're not wondering if you actually drank anything. This may be the easiest drinking beer I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is pure German lager -- light without being watery, carbonated without being prickly, lasting without being oily. Very, very good.
I never thought I could give a "5" for mouthfeel. After all, what is the "perfect" mouthfeel? This one deserves it, though.
An eminently drinkable beer. This is by no means a "one and done" brew, but one a person could savor all night. There's plenty here to keep your interest well into the evening, yet nothing that stands out so as to begin to wear on the drinker. Truly outstanding.
06-08-2005 02:10:34 | More by jokelahoma
3.25/5 rDev -20%
Deep auburn with an off-white frothy head that held if uneven. A very slight bit foggy which wasn't expected. A very oat-bread sort of smell to it with some citrus at the end of each whiff. Not too sweet with good hoppiness on the finish. Almost dry but not quite. Not really memorable though with a bit too much carbonation. Alright drinkability.
06-06-2005 00:36:47 | More by packetknife
3.98/5 rDev -2%
1pt 9fl oz bottle with a nifty swing top and a rather amused looking monk on the label.
Pours a deep brown (almost black, which makes sense) with a surprisingly creamy slightly off white head. Retention is okay, but lacing is very very nice.
Smell is black malt, roasted character, some spicy german hops, slightly smoky aroma, and just a little bit of chocolate and caramel.
Taste is very crisp and smooth, still slightly smoky, definitely a little caramel in there, as well as the roasted malt character. German hops are definitely present.
Very smooth and very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is pretty good as well, not too much carbonation, but definitely well balanced. Definitely something I don't get to try too often, and I like it.
05-29-2005 01:09:25 | More by LuckySevens82
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
04-26-2005 15:47:20 | More by alexgash
5/5 rDev +23.2%
An upfront admission -- I would have liked this to be a bit darker. So why the perfect 5? Well, that's a fairly minor flaw for an otherwise flawless beer. This has vaulted into my "desert island" beer list, a brew which I hope to never be without.
Sugary chocolate-vanilla and whiffs of nutty, dry bread mingle with a mild herbal hoppiness for an open invitation to take the first sip. Surprisingly milky in texture, the body remains light. Woody, chocolate malts provide a very robust, sweet malt flavor that's bordering, at times, on having the essence of dried cherries in the background and that's balanced *perfectly* by just the right amount of hops. For all its interesting malt flavors, this remains a refreshing beverage with a clean finish. Absolutely one of the most drinkable beers on the planet.
04-22-2005 02:11:06 | More by marburg
3.6/5 rDev -11.3%
25 oz brown bottle with a "ceramic" swing top, no date.
This schwarzbier poured a clear, deep garnet color with creamy, light brown, sudsy foam that settled slowly but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with a touch of caramel and chocolate, but overall a rather modest aroma. The taste was malty: caramel, cocoa, with a hint of sweetness up front. There was a good balance of tangy hops in the background behind the malt, and a bit of hop bitterness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium body and modest carbonation. The malty flavors lingered briefly. This was an easy to quaff schwarzbier. Not bad at all.
03-10-2005 04:58:29 | More by UncleJimbo
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.