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Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
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385 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
657
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

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Reviews: 385 | Ratings: 657
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one "sinister" beer due to it's dark, black appearance....yet it is wickedly tasty!!

S = Caramel, roasted coffee, and woodsy element in the background.

T = Fantastic mixture of sweetness (caramel with a hint of butterscotch) and a very faint hop bitterness near the end. The slight bitterness quickly disappeared, leaving a long finish of semi-sweet caramel bread.

MF = Thick, creamy, and smooth as velvet. The carbonation was moderate.

Overall, this is the best Schwarzbier that I've ever tasted, and one of the best beers, regardless of category, that I've had.

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Photo of gabe23
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, clear mahogany pour with a rocky tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt with a distinct burnt toast aroma, along with some dark chocolate. A slight sweetness of dried fruit can be smelled also.

T - Quite smoky all-around, with chocolate, bread, and coffee notes. Slightly tingly in the middle with some fruitiness. The finish is very clean with almost no aftertaste.

M - Light and lively, which is deceptive given the smoky flavors reminiscient of a stout or rauchbier. Carbonation is fairly light.

D - This is an easy drinking beer with tons of flavor but a light body and ABV. This is a great alternative for times when you want a really dark beer, but don't want to feel weighed down. I like it!

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Photo of udouche
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml swing top bottle into a 16oz Pint (redundant) glass

A - Poured a thick, three finger, light colored foamy head. As the beer settles it is a deep black with reddish hues in the thinner parts of the glass at the bottom. Lacing is full, but light. Not too sticky.

S - Very mild presence. Coffee and dark chocolate are the most present aromas. Some hidden pockets of carmel and a warm breadiness. The dark roasted malts are the clear owner here.

T - Toasted malts and mocha right up front. As it settles I get the carmel and pull some mild hops and smoke. It gave me a sweet yet clean wash.

M - Light bodied, like I would expect from a lager. The carbonation is crisp and helps to give a clean dry finish.

O - Although not super complex, that is what the style calls for. The balance of front flavor and mellowing backend makes it a great session beer.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Beer pours a deep brown with amber tones and has a creamy two finger head, it leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is buttery roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste varies from coffee to charcoal and chicory with a touch of chocolate in the finish and a hint of spice (pepper?). The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, it’s a medium bodied beer and somewhat dry by the end. This is an excellent example of the style its complex on the palate yet easy to drink and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good beer.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am biased as this is my favorite style of beer, but this beer served to remind me why. I loved the presentation of both the bottle and in the glass. It poured a dark amber/near black with a thick tan head. There was a very malty aroma and the carbonation filled the mouth. The malty aroma carried through into the taste, which gave way to roasty undertones. It did not have as roasty of a flavor as Sprecher, more on par with Kostritzer.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a german style mug

A- Near black with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the dimpled mug

S- roasted malt through and through

T- nice hidden roasted flavor with a clean and refreshing finish, ever so slightly bitter finish

M- creamy and smooth, very balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- a very nice and clean swartzbier an easy drinking german offering.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foam was wheat in color, fluffy and smooth. The color pretty much opaque w/ a redish hue in the light. The smell was simple, but complex smells of flowers and carmel. The taste was deep and smooth, flowery, roasted barley, hints of wheat, a coffee undertone and even a woody highlight. Mouthfeel - smooth, deep-bodied and semi-viscous. Drinkability - deep, good and smooth. Great session!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug
L: Very similar to a porter. Thick, fluffy head that condenses, yet lingers. Some nice lacing.
S: Some of that roasted, chocolaty malt you would expect. Also some cereal grains. Not much on else though.
T: Once again cereal grain, with a little sweet milk chocolate. Very milky and sweet.
F: Frothy, smooth, and clean. No astringency or bitterness you would expect from a porter. Refreshing, with a touch of carbonation.
O: Been a big fan of this style, had more than my fair share of Kostritzer. This beer is better in my opinion. Everything you would expect from an awesome porter with the ability to be sessionable, perhaps. Also just incredibly well rounded, subdued in the right way, bold in others. Big fan.

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

A clear, dark reddish-brown Schwarzbier with a moderate rocky tan head. It smells like roasted malt. At first I taste the malt, then the roastedness, with a bitter coffee-like finish. The body was thin to firm in my mouth. Overall, I found this an okay Schwarzbier, but not extraordinary.

This beer came in a 1pt. 9 fl. oz. "flip top" bottle.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

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

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

It's been a *long* time since I've had a schwarzbier, and I'm glad I had a chance to sample this one. It pours with a deep, deep black color and a thick tan head, almost like a stout. The aroma was that of a nicely roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. It's a bit sharp on the mouthfeel, mostly due to a bit of carbonation. The taste is quite pleasant, with a well-rounded nuttiness and a sweet malty aftertaste. Very pleasant, and very drinkable.

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Photo of thelagerheads
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being as I am a self-professed intuitist and a novice cockswain on the draught boat I go by a completely different set of beer standards than some dude who makes love to a row of barley like it's a buxom and swanky woman. I'm in it to become more ignorant and farcical than I presently am. Plus I'm thirsty and heading for diabetes, amputation, adult diapers and musty white pubes so I might as well get some olfactory bliss and whatever the hell the pansophist's euphemism for sense of taste is while I'm able. This stuff is akin to Samuel Adams Black Lager but with some thousand dollar black licorice stuffed into its pretty mouth. I could see me waltzing with this beer and settling down in Denmark to raise my fourteen illigitimate cyclops sons all named Adolph with her (again with this humanizing!). To and fro, my arm lifting the swingtop and spinning the little lusty tramp around and around my mouth like a mouthful of liquid gold and black jelly bird eggs. Happy birthday little ones! All the rings of Saturn and a milky way of stars for this special one.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of HogHill
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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%.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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!

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of finepaws
3.95/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Kudashov
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
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 .

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BigHead
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of osusullins
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of MikieV
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.