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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

504 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 504
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%


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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NWer

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous pour into Chimay chalice. Dark appearance, some head, nice lace.
Much bolder flavor than I expected for the style. I expected light - almost lager-like but got bold chocolate with some hop bitterness.
Sour, bitter feel slightly off-putting that affected the score a little.
I nice change of pace from strong over the top IPA's and barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:35:32 | More by NWer
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teromous

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a creamy tan head. The head stays up about the width of a thumb and laces excellently. In the light the glass shows a rosy black color.

S: There's a roasty smell with some oak scent. It is also metallic.

T: It tastes a little watery and not too bitter, but very smooth with chocolate hints. It's a very mellow dark malty beer. It's perfect for people who like dark beers but aren't fan of robust bold flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is great. It's very smooth and no bitterness clings to the mouth at all. It has a nice sweet aftertaste. A very pleasant drink.

D: This is incredibly drinkable. It is mellow enough that a person could have many beers without getting overwhelmed by it. I assume that because mine was a bottled import that it this would be fantastic on tap in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 17:31:51 | More by teromous
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dasenebler

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

.5L swing-top in Germany, best before 9/14/11. "Urtypisches Schwarzbier" on the label. 4.9% ABV.

Pours a dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. A thick, creamy beige head forms atop the glass, creating a nice mound in the center and retaining at two fingers. Combined with the the textbook lacing, I must say this beer looks perfect.

The aroma is fine, with some subtle roastiness and charred wood.

Flavor is nice and dry, though full-flavored. This is a lighter dark beer, but it's far from watery. There are some stout-like flavors of highly kilned malt, and also a pleasant bittersweet chocolate finish. Well attenuated and somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth, with fine carbonation, a swift finish, and some hard-water character.

Overall this is probably the best Schwarzbier I've had, and I was very happy to find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:31:57 | More by dasenebler
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Deep roasty earthy nose, this is actually quite dark almost reddish brown with a big rocky magnolia head. The liquid shines a rusty sparkle throught much of the glass. An element of fizziness starts things off before the tongue encounters lots of dark chocolate along with a smooth but firm earthy darkness which coats the mouth. Long aftertaste, this is intense yet shows incredible balance and a lightness of touch which is as far away from dilute as you could ever ask for.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:15:30 | More by Zimbo
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rarbring

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is red brown with a tan head leaving some lacing.

The smell has toasted malt and some chocolate aromas.

Initially rather sweet, brown syrup, some sour fruit notes, a slightly bitter finish.

Medium high carbonation, small lively bubbles, a medium body, rather refreshing.

An accessible beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 20:29:23 | More by rarbring
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

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

Pours out black as night, good full, tan head forms up, good lacing. There's a bit of chocolate in the nose, some grainy notes and some roasted malt. Very nutty, roasted character in the taste, nice and smooth with an enjoyable hop presence that is noticeable towards the end of the sip. Very bready and malty, slightly dry with a solid medium body. Two thumbs up for drinkability, extremely refreshing and crisp, nice light abv. An all around good beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 23:36:48 | More by jsdunlop
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light-tan head that hung around for a little while before fading to a thin wisp. Body is very dark brown, almost black, with hints of ruby when held to the light. Excellent clarity.

S: Malty sweet aroma... caramel and bready malt coming through. Nice mild roastiness without any accompanying bitterness; coffee is present, as well as dark chocolate.

T: Mostly roasty flavor, but not burnt, with a bit of chocolate in the taste, as well as some malty sweetness.

M: Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Very tasty, easy-drinking Schwarzbier... a style that is ignored far too often.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 20:45:01 | More by berley31
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atis

Finland

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark ruby with airy brownish head and thick slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is simple, but pleasant mild roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth light-medium, very balanced weak roasted character with light caramel-like sweetness.

Overall, seems to be very nice and pleasant Schwarzbier, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 17:52:42 | More by atis
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Fun flip top bottle served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is clear but dark brown, almost ruby in the light. Thin head of tan bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

It is much roastier than I was expecting but it has a nice simplicity to it. Smells very good.

Beer is light to medium in body and has a little sweetness at leadoff. The second flavor is some yeast in the midpalate and mild bitterness from the roasted grains at the back. I enjoyed this beer and put it down rather quickly. It is a fun drink. I would have it again but I love some lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 14:50:56 | More by drabmuh
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet swing-top bottle I picked up (mainly for the swing-top, I wanted one so I could split bombers over more than one sitting--I wanted the beer too though). Pours a nice brown-black with ruby highlights. Nice pillowy tan head. Really a pretty beer. Nose is clean, roasted malts mainly, same with the flavor. This is a really nice example of the style, showcasing a bit more depth than others that I've had. Lighter mouthfeel, but that's consistent with the style. Very drinkable, glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:07:59 | More by LordAdmNelson
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omahawk

Nebraska

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - near black, almost opaque with some slight red tints. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell - Chocolate and sight roast smell.
Taste - Smooth pilsener backbone, with hints of roast, but not as much as many American examples I've had. Complemented by some chocholate, but taste is more subtle than the color. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with low to medium carbonation. Slightly watered down taste, a little more body would be my preference.
Drinkability - A nice change of pace from the usual, and I could see having more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:22:03 | More by omahawk
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pillowy head with great retention and sticky lacing

very mild nose with basic bready malts

flavor was very balanced. definitely roasted malts with a slight charred sugars. has a dry astringency in a good way making it quite quenching. dry hop finish that fades just in time for the next quaff. does have hint or sourness in finish.

good mouthfeel, that is slick over the tongue and drinkability is very good.

like this beer

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:59:11 | More by OatmattStout
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is indeed black in color with a nice, black-white head that came up beautifully, showed great attention, and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is rich and roasty with some spectabular malts mixed with coffee grounds and a slight sugary sweetness.

Taste - The aroma makes its way perfectly at the taste. The roasty character is less robust here but it is extremely balanced. The sugars are raw and again very light.

Mouthfeel - This was my favorite part of the beer. The roasty malts were so smooth and creamy almost like the character of root beer or a cream-based soda.

Drinkability - This light to medium-bodied bier went down extremely well. It is a rare and difficult style to master and they hit the nail on the head here.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:27:48 | More by RoyalT
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door, 11/24/10.

A-Deep ruby brown with a thin off white head. Surprisingly nice lacing.

S-Roasted malt, some nice chocolate notes and a background of creaminess.

T-Roasted malt with some nice sweet caramel in the front and some sweet cream.

M-Light to medium bodied, maybe a bit more watery than I'd like.

D-A perfectly nice example of the style but nothing all that special.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 02:56:37 | More by sholland119
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this at my local place for 5.00

A - Greeted with a "pishhh" from the Grosh type swing top which locks in the freshness. A nice semi dark brown (lighter than expected) beer with a hefty inch of head.

S - Slight coffee and cocoa nips on the nose with a mild hint of burnt coal and leather.

T - MMM. Chocolate assault that easily rounds to a bitterness of coffee and malt in the finish. Really wanted more flavors but they are vivid and constant. Very nice.

M - I really appreciated that it drank like Guinness with less bitterness.

D - Man do Germans got this down! It was a surprise to find this much flavor in a beer but it might be able to use more smoke, but DON'T change a thing! A perfect brew! Shame it's 5.00 a bottle but one must pay an imported price for a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 08:47:17 | More by DrDemento456
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Rayek

Colorado

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

A: Deep mahogany with good clarity. Soapy tan head has good retention and leaves behind substantial lace.

S: Baking chocolate dominates, with grass, lemon and molasses aromas in the background.

T: More baking chocolate, plus some molasses. Bitterness comes on with a lemon tartness and a bit of grass. Finishes with linger molasses and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium body feels just about right.

D: A very nice example of this style. Low ABV makes it eminently drinkable. I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:53:19 | More by Rayek
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Nomad1219

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with this style and I am not sure how it stacks up against the others in this style. It is a dark ruby hue not quite as dark as a porter but in the same color range, good sized light sand or stone colored head with good lacing as it subsided. Its scent was mostly roasted and which carried over into its flavor there is some hops aroma. The taste here again as like a half breed as if I had left a pils and a porter alone in the refrigerator, lighter but still roasted and bitter sweet chocolate. overall a good drinkable beer. I hope to find some others in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:34:33 | More by Nomad1219
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megahurts4

Louisiana

1.38/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarz

Appearance: Dark brown with some lacing.

Smell: Cream, slight chocolate, but almost foul and not pleasant.

Taste: Watery, faint chocolate cream, roasted/burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery.

Overall:
Ok. This beer isn't that great. It is drinkable, but almost flavorless with a sour and almost foul nose. It leaves me wondering if there is something wrong with my bottle. It has an almost-creamy texture and a hint of flavor.

Hopefully, I will try another and my review will change.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:12:43 | More by megahurts4
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown coca-cola color with a tan head. Tons of rings/lacing.

Earthy toasted malt, cocoa powder aromas.

Great balance. Some sweet (?), but just at the very outset of the sip, then dries out, then but just the right roasted malt, dry, bitter, cocoa, light coffee taste. Clean brew, pleasant lingering malt and light bitter finish. Great.

Medium body, good carbonation.

A terrific drinkable brew. This went down so easy. Try this.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:03:59 | More by OtherShoe2
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, served in a stein.

A: Black with some hints of brown showing through around the walls of the glass. Thick creamy off-white head.

S: Huge smell of toast, a good amount of roastiness and some coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very robust flavors of toast from the outset, some nuttiness, a great deal of roasted malt flavor and rich semi-sweet dark chocolate. Finishes roasty and dry with a hint of a metallic taste.

M: Wonderful schwarzbier mouthfeel: A bit of a milky texture, but light in body, clean, and crisp at the same time. Low to moderate carbonation.

D: Drinkability is through the roof. Damn tasty and light in body. I wish I could drink it all night.

Notes: Schwarzbier is a style I have grown to love of late. This may be the best one I've had so far.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 00:05:03 | More by ryan1788a5
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Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

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

Served on draft @ Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Stein glass.

A deep dark brown opaque appearance with a two finger tan head. Considerable lacing.

Smell of coffee malt and some light caramel sugar and smoke.

Crisp flavor and mouthfeel contrast its dark and menacing appearance (props to StephenRich for setting the record straight on dark beers). Moderately heavy carbonation with some bigger soda-like bubbles in there too. I had it with a burger and fries and it complemented that very well, with delicate caramel sweetness, a hint of coffee, and some palate cleansing dry hops at the finish. Very low bitterness. This would be a great brew with smoked sausage or ham.

Very fine drinkability. Again not as heavy or menacing as one might expect for such a dark brew. Could do with slightly less carbonation. But a very fine experience overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 00:40:55 | More by Nordicsk8er
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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

Bottle no. 1959401. Sampled on September 9, 2010. Upon the popping of the ceramic cork you get an immediate aroma that builds to a nice brownish-red pour with about two inches of long-lasting foamy tan head. The scent is full of inviting dark malts with a hint of molasses, caramel and maybe some modest hops as well. The taste begins bold but ends mellow with a pleasant combination of sweet bitterness, raisins, and dry hops at the finish. Altogether, a well-rounded likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 22:17:33 | More by puboflyons
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

What do you know about dark beers? Do you believe that they are all heavy and rich? That they should be be thick and creamy with a huge density that you could relate to a roast beef sandwich? Before you read on, let me assure you that this does not have to be the case. The world of beer is filled with stereotypes, misconceptions, and myths - this happens to be one of them. The idea that all dark beer is rich and robust proves how little the general public really knows about real beer. But the best way to fix a lack of understanding is a touch of experience, and thats where the fun begins.

There is also no better place to begin that the Monchshof Schwarzbier, a German Schwarzbier of unparalleled quality and heritage. This Schwarzbier defines the style - it comes in a 500ml German swing-top bottle, is 4.9% avb, has clean and moderately light malt and roast flavors, shows cocoa a touch of bitter chocolate at the end, and looks magnificent in a glass mug.

This style of beer, although may seem menacing and dark, is a crisply clean lager. The yeast that creates rich body, fruity flavors, thick malts and deep and penetrating character will not be found in this beer. Instead, the yeast that creates clean, smooth and elegant beers is used; one that lets the malts shine through on its own and requires a longer period of maturation in the cold - lager yeast. This is all what you should expect from this beer, and then some.

I opened the swing-cap bottle cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a glass mug. Its not often anymore that I pour beer into a mug; they don't trap the flavors and aromas of a real beer very well, and the thick walls can distort the color and appearance of the beer. The Monchshof Schwarzbier seems to have been designed for this type of vessel though, and I can think of no beer better suited for a clean glass mug.

The pour was very easy and clean building a rush of foam initially, then resting gently as the beer rose creating a 1 and a half inch tan to khaki colored head. The beer glowed rich brown and black from the center, but shone with amber rich burgundy, deep reds and golden browns with light touches of dark copper towards the edges. It was completely transparent, although relatively dark, but not black. I loved the creamy and airy froth of the foam. Very appetizing.

The nose is succulent and tantalizing; its is all soft roast, gentle dark malts, clean cocoa, creamy nuts, and hints of field freshness. Really? This out of a black beer? YES! It is not very pungent, the beer is only 4.9%, but it is very aromatic. I would love an imperial version of this! It shows great roundness of flavor, soft toasted aromas, and a creamy overall sensation. I'm ready for it.

Let in a big gulp of the Schwarzbier, and let it in easy. Really it will be easy. A cool, lightly crisp, but utterly soothing wave of clean roasted dark malts will dance over your tongue like you have never felt before (most likely never). Theres milk chocolate, creamy walnuts, almonds and hazelnut. Cocoa powder meets toast, lightly roasted coffee beans, and a hint of herbal bitterness. All of this is light, clean, silky, and supremely refreshing. This redefines what you think a black be can be.

This beer is lighter, yet more flavorful than many of the world's best amber or pale beers. Please don't judge a book by its cover, or a beer by its color. Cause you have no idea. The Monchshof finishes cleanly with a delicate nut and cocoa sweetness, hints of malt again and a hop freshness. A touch of dark dried fruit comes in a bit over your cheeks, but overall this beer is a smooth roasted coffee milk chocolate. In beer form of course.

This beer would be excellent with sausages, anything grilled, pub fare, soft cheeses, light chocolate or coffee deserts, and with snack food. But first, enjoy one on its own. Its worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:44:37 | More by StephenRich
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Malty aromas fill the nose, which has notes of dark roasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by dark roasted malts and has a slight amount of bitterness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and a bit dry on the palate but isn't very rich or heavy.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the low alcohol content definitely makes it sessionable, particularly if you are looking for something dark but not filling during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 15:31:56 | More by metter98
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bark

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pitch-black; the three finger head is pale brown. Lots of lacing occurs.

The strong smell is malty, roasted and dry. Some grassy hop-notes. Hints of beef stock, dry wood, heavily roasted nuts and a touch of yeast. It is a bit raw.

The taste is medium dry with lots of roasted malts with a distinct note of roasted/fried nuts and a touch of black pepper. The mellow aftertaste got dry notes of minerals and pumpernickel bread with some sour-bitter notes. The bitterness is mild.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is light to medium smooth.

A bit too much minerals and sourish notes for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 07:01:03 | More by bark
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.