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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 634
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic little beer. The beer has a nice presentation with a very long neck and swing-top bottle. An excerpt from the back lable boasts a complementary phrase by Michael Jackson. With our without his praise, I recognize the quality of the brew, but lack the same degree of enthusiasm as he. The beer pours a wonderfully dark brown color with nice clarity, creamy head formation and stubborn 1/2" retention. Laces well. Aromas a light on the roasted end, giving a chalky, powdery scent. A boost of light caramel supplies the scent of malt, but no real hops detected in the nose. Flavors of well-attenuated caramel malt sets the stage, while the black malts give a mild, dry, coffee-like nuance to the edges. Hopped only to offset sweetness, the hops to marry into the bitterness of black malt well for a complex bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the light caramel flavor. Texture is medium- better than most lighter Schwarzbiers. Powdery, chalky, and dry in the finish with a light linger of coffee and caramel. Not my everyday beer, but pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with flecks of ruby. It had a pillowy, caramel colored, three-finger head that ledt some lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malts.

T - It tasted of dark roasted malts. There was also a nice hop presence. It had a slightly bitter bite.

M - It was dry and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Maybe not worth the price but still quite good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent dark brown with generous contributions from red and orange so that it appears dark copper when backlit. The sand colored head is respectably firm and, although it at first appears to be somewhat sticky, doesn't grace the glass with much lace.

The nose is comprised of gently roasted malt, cocoa powder and nuts. It's enjoyable, but is too laid back. The flavor profile is a bit bolder and is more enjoyable yet. It's a relatively light commingling (consistent with the style I assume) of mild milk chocolate and toasted walnuts. I don't taste hops per se, although a modest amount of bitterness appears late in the mouthful and accompanies the clean, dry finish.

While Monchshof Schwarzbier fails to bowl me over, it does impress with quiet competence. In fact, it would be the perfect beer to show drinkers of Michelob Amber Bock, St. Pauli Girl Dark, Heineken Dark, etc. the error of their ways.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber tones with a nice creamy looking sticky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.Aroma is buttery with a little iron thrown in definently malty.Taste is big and chocolaty up front with a nice roasted pepper(?) taste that lingers with another touch of chocolaty taste in the aftertaste.Real nice creamy feel to this,wow what a nice beer!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mellow Mushroom tonight. To be honest was suprised when I saw it in the cooler so I decided to give it a shot. Poured a rich deep dark brown, essentially black with a smallish offwhite head of around an inch. This nestled down to just a ring around the top and some decent side glass lace. A good burnt grain aroma coming off of it. A touch of caramel with some nuttiness to it. The taste was nice and smoked, very well done. Not over powering at all, just enough of a hint of it against the grain back to let you know it was there. A touch of yeast in the front and a dry finish. Great light feel and a medium bidy went down well with amble carbonation. I easily could have had another, but they charged way too much for the one bottle to begin with. Overall this was more then decent and I really enjoyed it. I will have to check out some local stores to see if I can find it cheaper as this would make a great little brew to have around sometime.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with mahogany-hued edges and a full, frothy head.

Smell: Soft aroma of roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate, dark caramel, and fruit.

Taste: Dark maltiness with enough roasty hints and dark caramel to bolster this humble lager. Light touch of chocolate and fruit. Mild hoppiness with very little imparted bitterness, but enough to clean up the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly easy-drinking, competent schwarzbier.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice appearance with a clear deep-burgundy/dark-mahogany color and a full tan head. The head dissipates shortly to a thin collar but it can be brought back up with a simple swirl of the glass, and it continues to leave spotty lace throughout the serving. The nose is limited but clean, and displays only a mildly nutty touch of caramel and some minor deep roasted malt. It doesn't do anything to draw you in, but it certainly doesn't push you away - it's simply neutral. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation that's gently crisp in the mouth. Again, it doesn't add to the beers character, but it doesn't detract either. The flavor, thankfully, offers more with some light toffee and caramel upfront, followed by a mildly chocolate note that dissolves into gentle roastiness and light acidity in the finish. It's dry with some lingering maltiness and a touch of leafy hops that leave you looking for more - and yet that adds to its drinkability! However, I'm not sure if there's enough there overall to make me want to ask for another...

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Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz flip top brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Very good lacing effect on the glass most of the way down, dark brown colour with reddish hues.

Smell: Clean aroma with some soft sweetness and vague roasted malt.

Taste: Extremely smooth and the medium sized body lays it on as think as it can forming a viscous mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavour varying from coffee to chicory to faint charcoal but with nothing going to the point of overboard or even astringent. Hops are mild with a balancing presence and nothing else to show. Maltiness drops a splash of sweetness but the beer ends up being relatively dry with highly toasted grain flavours in the end.

Notes: A rich dark lager that holds a great smoothness and drinkability. Roasted flavours are perched perfectly on the taste buds and add a light complexity to the palate.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured into a 1/2 liter mug, a translucent dark brown with a nice off-white head. Big malts in the aroma, mild undertones of coffee and cocoa. General schwarzbier goodness in the taste: dark roasty malts, caramel and molasses, with light notes of tobacco and coffee providing a sense of bitterness to balance the overall smoothness and give a drier finish. Smooth, heavy-medium mouthfeel, and very easily drinkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice crème head. Nose is very malty with a sweet tone to it. Flavor is beautiful robust. Thick malts that seem to have a spice to it abound. On the end I get some nice coffee tones. Feel has a good carbonation and a thick liquid feel. Nice and hearty and thick. Well worth trying, and even better on the bottle as I have had it on tap before.

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Photo of superspak
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark brown color with a small foamy light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruits, and roast/yeast earthiness. Light amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, toffee, molasses, light dark fruit, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier style. All around good robustness and complexity of roast/bready malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

16.9oz swing top bottle not bad eh? Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice but rather petit tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with European hops giving it the traditional European lager aromatics, pretty clean overall. Taste: Nice soft chocolate tones rather fruity with toasted nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some german hop bitterness going down a nice round of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: Excellent Schwarzbier very drinkable and flavorful with the dark roasts stealing the show keeping it light and drinkable at the same time is the key here, solid brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Huge head (3/4 of 16 oz glass) that becomes rocky after about two minutes. Long lasting. Excellent lace. Brown color, but clear enough for light to shine through.

Dark, almost bark-like aromas. Very close to an extremely dry stout in smell.

Surprisingly thin body and a relatively high carbonation. Black patent malt flavors makes for a bitter beer. Some light hop.

On the bottle, this beer refers to itself as the black pilsner. In that realm, this matches the profile superbly. However, for my tastes, I prefer fuller bodied beers with more complex flavors.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, toffee-toned appearance, with a thick, full, frothy head.
Aroma, nuttiness is foremost, a bit of coffee, and caramel.
Taste: Brisk, neat little hops, fading quickly into lush malty bed. Flavor continues as a nutty, caramelly thing, nice and tasty, but nothing too fabulous, not unseating any king of the schwarzbier throne with this one, no, sir.
Biscuity, toasty malt, well-appreciated, but not too spectacular. High in carbonation, fizzy, creamy, tasty, just enough.
A decent roll in the hay, but not a beer I'd give a second phone call to, unless I was desperate.

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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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent with a dry lager yeast element. It has a roasted barley aroma that blends nicely with the caramel malts. The taste is great. It has a smooth and rich toated caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of smokiness. It is sweet, but the lager yeast leaves a dry, earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good/adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

I knew that I had another Schwartzbier held in abeyance so when I spied this one on the shelf at Hunger-N-Thirst, I decided to pull the trigger. That, and it is a snazzy bottle!

From the bottle: “World Classic [-] The Original Black Beer”; “Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516”; “’**** - WORLD CLASSIC’ – Michael Jackson”; “Monchshof Schwartzbier – ‘the Black Pils’ – is a brewing wonder, and a beer lover’s dream. Supremely drinkable, dry and beautifully hopped, yet loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.”

I hated to break the seal on this wonderful bottle, but once it was Pop!ped and the swing top swung, I began the pour in earnest. The pseudo-cascade was quick and formed a finger of dense, deep-tan head that looked like a muffin top. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a pronounced maltiness, almost like being in the malt room itself. It was earthy, slightly grassy and exactly what I was hoping for. Mmm. I broke out the pretzels for this one! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was chocolaty, slightly grassy, eminently drinkable. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt really leading the way, but not so aggressively as to be cloying.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

A bit murky looking color and appearance, but a real nice mahogany and reddish colored body, with some nice rising faint bubbles. Head is easily three fingers tall, foamy, full of swiss cheese retention and coffee cocoa brown in color. A little bit of soapy lacing. Neat looker.

Real nice clean aroma. Light powdered cocoa, hints of light cream and drip poured diner coffee. Some fresh ripping grain to match. This is very solid.

Palate comes with a lighter body than I expected, but more than delivers on the taste. Light amounts of milk chocolate and wafer like crispy malts. Small hints of milk and coffee finish, with a hints of clove like aroma. Slightly fruity interestingly, with a dry aftertaste and grain aromas that really last.

Overall a real clean and refreshing Schwarzbier, good one to know about, but probably enjoy Kostritzer a bit more.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks, and it's been overdue for a taste run. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, it's a lighter black body with a creamy head. The smell brings out fudge and brownies, grain, and a little rust. This beer is a little sweeter than other's of this style, and that makes this a winner in my book, hinted with more fudge, and raisin notes.The bitterness is light on the palate and is lifted after a brief stay. This was almost like drinking a chocolate brownie shake. It's a damn smooth beer. I was even tempted to make a float out of the last half of this beer! I might save that experiment for another day.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, huge sticky foam, goes away fast leaving a nice half finger lace.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts and some low dark fruit.
Initial taste is rich malt, roasted but also sweet, with roasted dark bread, whole grain and slight chocolate cake. Notes of sweetened espresso coffee, caramel, low toffee. Dark fruit, especially raisins and sugared dry figs. Some citrus peel also, dark spices, cocoa powder. Earthy feel, mixed with a clear nutty flavor. Hop presence mild in the finish, with some mild bitterness, helped by the roast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, unfiltered, with low carbonation, a nice warm alcohol, typical for a schwarz.
A nice example, fresh and tasty. Great stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing top bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a medium frothy light tan head with some thick lace.

S: Dark bread/pumpernickel with a hint of molasses and dark fruit. Sweet malt character.

T: Strong dark malt flavour with a mild roast character. Tons of dark chocolate, tasty full malt flavour.

M: Light-bodied for the most part, very clean, smooth, definitely shows its lager character.

O: A really good German made black lager here. If you want to get into schwarzbiers this would be a good place to start.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0.3 Litres: on tap in Dicker Vertin, Charlottenburg Berlin on 22nd Jan 2014.

Pours a dark brown to black colour (what a surprise) with a full tanned head of sticky foam that sent me to wash my hands after picking the glass up the first time.

Semi-sweet malts rule this brew and they let you know straight away by the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas waft around the glass and fill the air.

Those same malty aromas appear in the mouth as the malty molasses within the brew give of their flavours.

I've knocked Schwarzbier body depth before, this however wasn't weak and watery like so many: this had a good robust feel to it, almost rich and creamy in fact.

One of the better beers I've had in this style.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.