Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
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616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 69
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 BillyBoysPie
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wirsthaus Max and Moritz, Berlin. Go there if you're in Berlin.

Served in a tall pilsner-style glass. Inch of tan head, beer is black, few notes of other colors. Lots of lacing for the duration of drinking. Large pattern.

Smells like chocolate from the Black forest. Also some coffee, but not much bitterness perceived through smelling. Rich, even just smelling the beer.

As the fragrance suggests, a very rich and velvety example of the Schwarzbier. Heavy bitter chocolate and coffee. Dense, and layers of the chocolate flavors. Great fun to drink with Eisbein - pork knuckle.

Thick and delicious beer, heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. I prefer this from the tap as opposed to from the bottle.

Great schwarzbier. Worth trying.

Photo of HogHill
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mönchshof came in a cool flip-top bottle and poured a dark brown color, very reminiscent of a cola. Half inch head of tan foam capped this schwarzbier. The nose is mostly roasted malts. Tastes surprisingly light for a beer of this color, definitely a lager. A good brew and very drinkable at just under 5%.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn't have a snifter so I threw a swirl of this into my Florida Gators freezer mug so I could see the color and it was a brown mahogany but think is it froze so fast that swig tasted like chocolate ice cream!

From the proper mug(as I envision the Germans drink this from ceramic steins unchilled...well the beer is slightly chilled but not he stein...)

Very nice beer...I wasn't expecting such a refreshing beer. I was expecting this to be a bit heavier but this was such session beer!

I keep tasting chocolate ice cream...dry chocolate ice cream...not cloy at all...very fantastic finish and mouthfeel...

German Beer FTW will buy again!

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured beautifully. Dark brown that fades to medium with slight red highlights at the bottom of my pilsner glass. Creamy, tan head receded to a light cap. Laces pretty thin.

S - Pretty strong, grainy nose that's pretty rich with chocolate notes. There's a soothing, toast-y scent that's a little more delicate than I've experienced with the style.

T - The nose comes through pretty well here and is really representative of the flavors. The chocolate notes are really great and really wrap in with the toasted grain flavor, which are balanced by just enough hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Overall, seeing as this isn't far removed from a dunkel, it's worth noting that this is less astringent and carries smoother, chocolately taste in comparison.

MF - Thin, but it still provides some body. It leaves the overall impression of being silky, which was a bit surprising and really nice. Carbonation is moderate and almost seems to...burst.

D - Fantastically drinkable. There aren't any off qualities to it, the chocolately notes keep pulling me back for another sip, and at 4.9%, there wouldn't be anything to stop someone from drinking it all day/night. I really wish the style was more popular, and I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bier a few times and finally had the chance to write a review.
Had it in a half litre bottle.
A: Nice pour; rich, dark brown, almost black. Slightly see through at the edges. Good 3-4 inch thick head that stays for a long time. Good lacing around the glass.
Smell: Chocolate and weak coffee smell. A little brown-sugarish.
Taste: A good overall taste, not as rich or full of a taste as other schwarz biers. A funny thing came to mind...it is almost like a light chocolate pie taste. (just had one the other night).
Mouthfeel: Nothing bitter about this bier. Sits well and goes down easy.
Drinkability: This is a good bier to have for an afternoon with the guys. The ABV is just right, making this a bier that you can have a few of and not worry about it.
Overall, a good but not great bier. I will definitely have this again but there are other schwarz biers that are better.
Enjoy one.

Photo of finepaws
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool flip top bottle. Poured a nice blackish brown, with a medium tan head. Very creamy bubbles. Smells malty with a smoked coffee flavor. Something like bittersweet chocolate. Dry like a merlot. Sweet with a slightly bitter after taste.Good carbonation mouth feel. This is an easy drinking beer. Bottle says it's a pils. Really? Maybe I need to look at pils beer again. Good beer to start Octoberfest with.

Photo of Kudashov
2.55/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

With Portishead on the Hi-Fi it is time to break into this bottle . 22 .oz bottle poured into a pint glass . Dark brown color with a thick off white head . For aroma there is not much to smell . Again my sense of smell is not that great . For taste it is Ok . A bit watery but there is some flavor . Coffee , caramel and toffee . Not as bold as I would like . For my first ever Schwarzbier , it was not bad and I will try another . Thanks to James at Beverly Wine & Beer for picking this one .

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of BigHead
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark beer from the pour, with an aroma not largely detectable, but still had a nice roasted malt, coffee type smell. The flavor of this brew was nothing to write home about, I was expecting more and I didn't get it. The flavor reminded me more of a golden pilsner rather than the dark color would lead you to believe. I would drink it again if it was given to me.

Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of osusullins
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Schwarzbier.

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. Nice tan head.

Smell is subtle chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste is of roasted malts and subtle chocolate and nuts. Lager crispness and light body. Doesn't linger at all. Easy to drink, very nice version of a schwarz. May the schwarz be with you.

Photo of MikieV
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, near black with a thick, pale head.

Medium roasted flavor with some smokiness. Some heife weisen flavor sneaking in, but not overwhelming, which is fine with me.

Very smooth mouth feel. Dry, very little aftertaste. Very easy to drink.Not thin, but not thick.

Photo of nogoodreason
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of Deconstructionis
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with robust, sudsy head which persists and coats the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with a roasty and caramel tinge. The taste is malty and almost but not quite sweet with the balancing bitterness more from the darker roasted malts than any discernible hops. A slight hint of coffee and cocoa in the aftertate so it finishes clean. The carbonation is medium and it's deceptively light-bodied for a dark, flavorful beer. It's very drinkable and perfct for this time of year when the weather is begiining to warm but still cool.

I'm a fan of this style and this a very good schwartzbier.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Very nice, getting some nice malty overtones. Chocolate, mocha possibly.

Mouthfeel Relatively low end of carbonation, nice oily feel on the palette with some creaminess.

Appearance
Poured into 20oz plastic cup as it was all I had and against the light none is making it through, completely black.

Taste
As scent hints, some chocolate and mocha I believe in there with the maltiness driving this some bitterness on the sides of the mouth but not enough presence to overshadow.

Drinkability
Rather, this is really nice. A bit of body but not so much so that it would be overly filling. Could session this easily.

Overall
Great beer, good aroma and appearance. Didn't hold a head well but could be due to plastic cup.

Photo of mmmbirra
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

0.5 liter swing top bottle. Labeled "Naturbelassenes Schwarzbier."

Quite dark. Black until a few ruby highlights appear when shown to light. Off-white/tan head. Thick lacing most of the way down the glass.
A strong mocha aroma emanates, heavy on the bitter chocolate with a little acidity coming from the dark malts.
The flavor isn't as pronounced as the aroma but is nice. Some bitter chocolate again with that slight acidity really coming through. Dry.
Silky smooth, like any good Schwarz should be.
The nose led me to believe this would be a little richer than it actually is, but overall it's a fine beer.
The roast and acidity lingers for quite some time, and calls for another pint.
There really should be more schwarzbiers in the world, or at least more of the existing ones should be available to me.

Photo of RunawayJim
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard tumbler pint. Beer pours a dark brown opaque color with a creamy 1.5 finger head that lingers around for a while then disappears, but leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as the beer is drunk.

The beer smells of chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is very nice and smooth with a milk chocolate flavor and slight roasted and caramel malt undertones. Almost no bitterness to the taste at all, though there is a little to round it out. It's amazing that this beer isn't a stout as it could easily be mistaken for one.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with ample carbonation, but not too much. The beer feels a bit creamy and full bodied.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. I wish I had more, but I only bought the 1 bottle. I could easily drink this all night.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma - Low munich malty aroma. Worty; smells like the mash tun. I didn't pick up any hop aroma.

Appearance - Clear dark brown with nice ruby highlights. Tan head with good head retention. Head poured about 1 finger width.

Taste - Munich maltiness, low roast, low bitter chocolate. Not astringent. Extremely low perceived bitterness. Very low noble hop flavor. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth all the way through.

Overall Impression - This a really good beer. I do much of my evaluations of beer based on the BJCP guidelines. I use BJCP because I feel that they are the most defined, and this Schwarzbier fits the BJCP guidlines perfectly. It's not very often that I find a beer that fits so well into the style guide. Give this beer a try.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and reds blend into an opaque liquid topped by 4 fingers of off white head that paints the glass all the way until the end. A beautiful beer.

S: Caramel malts and lightly tossed grains. No hop aroma.

T: Chocolate malts and cereal grains with a noble hop kick. Clean palated and up front.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: The very definition of quaffable. Refreshing during the day and replenishing at night.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that Schwarz (Shvahtz) beers were supposed to be black, hence the name. The bottle even says "the original black". This beer is a dark ruby red. Guess I'll ask my German expert Ungespundet. Anyway that's why I knocked the appearance a bit. Otherwise it had a wonderful off white head that stuck around and laced well.

The smell was of dark, roasted malts with a hint of hops creeping through. Nice but not fantastic.

The taste was also a bit on the light side for the style, but has a nice roasty caramel woodsy mix that is delightful.

The beer drinks easy and is not heavy at all. Really enjoyed the complex flavors. A very good Schwarz but not the best. (KlosterBrauerei)

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my sniffer it had a dark brown color with relative clearity (for being a schwarzbier). The aroma had a perceived sweetness in combination with a grainy, cereal quality. The flavor was very smooth, slightly dry with hints of spice and sourness. Because of its smooth, lagered taste, this beer has amazing drinkabillity.

Photo of BeerShirts
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very Dark Brown with little light passing through, thick tan head that slowly drops down to a nice thin layer

S- A caramel and roasted malt with a little bit of a sweet hop smell

T- A strong roasted malt hits you fist with hints of Caramel and coffee, a sweet finish that is from the hops but more so reminds me of the dark fruit tastes you get from a Bock

M- Light to Medium body with light carbonation

D- I will be buying more of this beer. This is a great light dark beer. Very rich in flavor but not going to make you feel as though you just had a meal after a bottle or two.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with red hues. Had a decent head with sticky lacing. Initial aroma was of coffee that turned to slightly burnt chocolate with hints of black peppercorns. Tastes like a light Porter with a toasty/chocolaty finish. Great carbonation with a surprisingly light mouth feel.

Photo of biergeniesser
4.42/5  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!

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.