Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
10-22-2007 03:12:55 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
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...
02-17-2003 17:13:42 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
01-01-2008 01:54:38 | More by RblWthACoz
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-05-2002 20:12:07 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
12-08-2003 03:31:20 | More by WVbeergeek
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
05-04-2004 08:25:17 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
12-07-2010 14:50:56 | More by drabmuh
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-19-2005 22:31:00 | More by WesWes
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-20-2011 15:05:05 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-25-2007 01:55:46 | More by jwc215
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
08-12-2007 21:57:12 | More by smcolw
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
08-17-2011 03:43:16 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
02-10-2014 12:17:06 | More by BlackHaddock
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured black with a thin head that faded rather quickly. The smell is very malty and dry and with a hint of powdery yeast at the end. The taste is smooth, light, chocolatey, powdery, and with slowly building bitterness on the finish, although this is fairly subtle. Quite a gentle beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer is very easy drinking- the perfect brew to dispel the myth of strong dark brews for those too intimidated to try a dark beer.
11-13-2007 18:20:23 | More by Georgiabeer
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
This is a 500 mL swing-top bottle, served in a Hennepin glass. The beer is cool.
Appearance: The lager pours a robust brown-black color that tends more towards the brown side. There is significant head, maybe 2 fingers worth, that lingers throughout.
Smell: An aroma similar to a lighter stout dominates. The roasted malts are present, but not to a strong degree.
Taste: The roasted malts dominate, but are closely followed by a pleasing hop presence that is earthy and low-key.
Mouthfeel: The roasted malts provide a nice dry chocolatey character.
Drinkability: A very drinkable beer with a low abv.
04-16-2006 23:04:36 | More by akorsak
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours with a three-fingered light, brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. A deep, amber/ruby color. Nose is very sweet and malty and this is with an ABV of only 4.9%. Starts malty and finishes sweet, smooth and just a hint of bitterness. Good carbonation. $2.65 for 500ml.
10-15-2003 23:27:52 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Nice flip-top bomber.
Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.
Smells mostly of grain and patent malt. Chocolate and charred malt with a little smoke.
Starts out almost dry with a strong patent malt flavor. Very much a heavily roasted malt beer, not all that much else going on here. Strong carbonation hits your tongue and gives this an almost salty flavor at the start of each sip. That being said it does taste better than the sum of all its parts.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a tasty beer I will drink again.
11-01-2011 01:06:04 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-18-2007 05:08:36 | More by DoubleJ
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.