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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
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529 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 55
Gots: 11 | 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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove.

Presented in a tall Mönchshof mug. A 3/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal of dark grains. Taste is dark malts upfront, with moderate bitterness coming in the middle, and setting up shop, with both carrying through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both very good, this would be big time sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 23:45:29 | More by ppoitras
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Jredner

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weird color on this beer. Initially this poured DARK Black...just like a stout with the same thin head. Then as it settled it turned a dark amber brown while still retaining the pitch black color toward the top of the glass. Smelled of baked raisin bread and stewed candied yams. Taste reminded me of a thin, not too sweet, sweet style stout, but with a thinner mouthfeel. Very narrow range, but if you like sweet, raisin tinged malts, like I do, this is a nice drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 19:22:51 | More by Jredner
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear brown ots of bubbles feeding a big head of small and large bubles mingled leaves lots of lace.

Aroma is nice malt, fruity some caramel, light roasted aromas light chocolate and some light nuts.

Taste is lighter then the smell some toasted nuts, caramel, fruit and chocolate hints light herbal hop finish. Overall not bad but not as roasted tasting or as dark tasting as some of the better schwarzbiers.

Mouthfeel is a heavy light good carbonation level providing a light pep too it.

Drinkability is good but would not be my choice if I was wanting a Schwarz to quench my thirst.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 19:03:13 | More by mntlover
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This .5l swingtop of Mönchshof Schwarz poured a crystal clear dark brown with slight red tones. A thick off-white head dissipates slowly.

Aromas are predominantly of roasty malt with the slightest hint of noble hop aroma.

Mönchshof Schwarz has a nicely balanced clean flavor with elements of clean malt and sweet malt flavors. It has a pleasant hop bitterness that comes through late and lingers.

The body is surprisingly light… similar to that of a Pils. This beer is remarkably smooth and has a slight mouthcoat. It has no astringency, unlike other Schwarzbiers I have sampled, and just the slightest carbon dioxide bite.

Altogether, Mönchshof Schwarz is a highly drinkable Schwarzbier. It has been referred to as a Black Pils… and that is a pretty accurate assessment, it is a unique beer to be certain and different than any other Schwarzbier I have tried. It is easy to see why it has been deemed a “World Classic” and given four stars by Michael Jackson… it simply is that good!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 20:42:33 | More by biergeniesser
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Black Pils! Best I have tasted so far.

A-Deep black body with a garnet hued tone when held up to the light. A huge creamy white head clings all over the glass and holds nicely.

S-Very fresh, earthy notes are a perfect pair with the roastiness in the body.

T&M-Full-flavored throughout, but the nice thinner body feel makes this an enjoyable session brew. The roasted barely definately comes out and is nicely balanced with the small amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A doughy, chewy texture makes this beer surprisingly complex. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle gives a nice grainy spiciness in the glass.

D-Wonderful step into the small world of Scwarzbiers. The nice lager qualities are definately present in this with its remarkable smoothness. This one could be an all night drink. I really didn't think I would enjoy this one so much!

Best thing----Cool Bottle!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 23:44:32 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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hanco005

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz flip top bottle into a pint glass. Code on the back of the bottle says "3813153".

A—dark, cola like brown appearance with 1/12 inch foamy cream colored head that disappears in a few minutes, the lacing is beautiful and web like

S—medium strong caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

T—very malty, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malts are everywhere, a touch bitter and finishes pretty dry, a wonderfully balanced taste

M—pretty watery, slippery and thin, not at all what I expected, however smooth and drinkable

D—this beer does not disappoint. I wish I had a few more of these. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 02:55:50 | More by hanco005
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ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 0.5L flip top bottle. No "best by" date, but I got it only a few months ago and it's been in the fridge.

This beer pours a brilliant mahogany, so clear that you can read the newspaper through it. It has a two finger off-white creamy head, which after several minutes turns to lace. A nice looking beer!

Aroma is malty (roasted malts) with caramel; toastines along with hints of chocolate.

Taste is malty, slightly sweet; the roastiness, toastiness and chocolate also comes through, Very well balanced and really "clean".

A medium mouthfeel; substantive enough to fill your mouth with a caramelly malty sensation.

The bottle label calls this beer a "black pils". That is a decent description. One of the easiest beers to drink that I have run across. Goes down very easy....another 500ml would be very welcome.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 00:54:44 | More by ncbrewerbun
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Vancer

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, according to style, this one is a winner – but somehow I’m just a little disappointed in it, starting with the pour. I mean, it had a nice deep and clear walnut hue – isn’t it suppose to be almost black? Laced the glass well.

Aroma of some deep roasted malts, good again. Then the quaff – a well balanced taste with proper malts, hints of charcoal and an earthy/leathery finish. OK again.

It was rich and creamy, tangy, well carbonated and had a nice lite body to it. One could drink these easily in the summer heat as a change-up from the Hefe’s and IPAs, or anytime in the winter.

*But final note, (self), it is a fairly expensive import. I would go for the NB 1554 before this – it’s more economical and, I think, better tasting and bodied.*

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 14:08:37 | More by Vancer
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A one and a half finger head that turns into a foamy film at the end. Very translucent like dark brown color.

Smell- Only a hint of malt as well as hops, with malt being the dominate one.

Taste- The malt flavor was excellent with some hops in the middle to do some balancing, but then ended with the roasted malts and water.

Mouthfeel- Looks are deceicing, especially if you aren't familiar with schwarzbier. But something this dark is like a lager and can be consumed so easily. My palate was alight with a tasty roasted malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Drinkability- Excellent, I like anything dark in a beer, and this could turn into my regular beer of the day to drink when I want to forget the pain... just kidding. But definetly beckons the drinker to consume more.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 01:38:34 | More by scruffwhor
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coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a very dark crimson bordering on black wiht a four finger choppy head that slowly dissapated and left a thick lace on the glass.

The smell was heavy in coffee and chocolate smells mixed with a nice hop spice undertone.

The drink started with a heavy feeling malt flavor with chocolate and malt followed by a quick hit of hop spice followed by a lingering coffee flavor to finish.

This was a great beer that was very easy to drink. If you can find it buy it you will not be disapointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 23:41:42 | More by coasterfreak75
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Realale

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 19:02:48 | More by Realale
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 02:26:55 | More by Erdinger2003
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 06:21:44 | More by neonbrown82
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 14:58:29 | More by nlmartin
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bcm119

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 04:15:54 | More by bcm119
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tesguino

Mexico

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 15:51:38 | More by tesguino
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LordChesterfield

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 23:02:10 | More by LordChesterfield
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 03:03:11 | More by BeerBob
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nogoodreason

Missouri

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 15:48:49 | More by nogoodreason
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanx patyoda

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 14:12:58 | More by goodbyeohio
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 01:16:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
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karst

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 16:32:36 | More by karst
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jmc44

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:40:30 | More by jmc44
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 21:56:14 | More by kmpitz2
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2005 21:54:38 | More by clvand0
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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