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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 635
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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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 DrewHodges
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4/9 tasting. .5L swing-top poured into tall glass beer krug

A-pours dark brown, nearly black, but not inky, more watery color, huge brown foamy head, sticky and light, with fantastic lacing all the way down

S-bursting with roast coffee malt, smoky meat, brown sugar and toffee

T-incredible flavor, a balanced maltiness and some dank hop bitterness, a little tangy, molasses

M-light carbonation for a lager, but above avg mouthfeel

D-extremely drinkable all-nighter, would pair well with any meat

One of my Top 10 all-time favorite beers

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Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick and tan foam. Fluffy with good retention. Lacing from the foam as well.

The aroma is roasty and I can get a good amount of sweetness from it as well.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront, followed by a roasted character, and a bit of what seems to be chocolate.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is high.

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Photo of therica
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark chestnut, not quite black (schwarz) but nice. Thick light-brown head, dissipates to pooling and a nice rim with plenty of lacing. Enough small-bubble carbonation rising to see its activity despite the opaque color.

S= bountiful heaven when it was first poured, nice milk chocolate, roasted malts and hops florals. After it sat for a minute then it was more dark dry chocolate, molasses and some hops floral notes.

T= very dry, a slight carbonation bite on the tongue, nice dark dry chocolate, burnt malts, touch of coffee, a little burnt molasses, hops florals, slightly watery but very nice.

M= rather dry on the tongue, light chocolate syrup, almost the feel of dried cocoa powder on my tongue.

D= very drinkable although slightly watery for my preferences in a Schwarzbier. I really enjoy the chocolate emphasis and it would work well with roasted meats, chocolate or heavier desserts. It's not as sweet as Kostritzer (one of my favorite Schwarzbiers) but it's also nicely dry and chocolate which makes it its own favorite for me.

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Photo of ArsenicDrone
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this out of the swing cap bottle. No problem finishing this bottle, so no need to reseal.

A: A nice dark mahogany color, with a rather thin head. Poured like it was thicker than it turned out to be.

S: Molasses. Maybe a little beer here and there, but mostly molasses. That's nothing to complain about, in my book.

T: Molasses. There's a vague fruitiness, but anything that you notice beyond the molasses is going to be an individual perception thing. About the right amount of sweetness: present, but, well, certainly not like drinking molasses. All in all, an enjoyable set of flavors.

M: A bit thin. I tend to like a thicker beer, so you might see it differently.

D: Excellent. I could drink at least a couple of these. Easy going down, cold and not-so-cold.

This was my first experience with a dark beer which I really liked, but was not a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just happened upon a bottle of this at a bar. I liked this beer a lot and would recommend it to anyone who tries it but I would not call it a Schwartzbier. It's a little too malty, aromatically and flavor wise, to be that style but it is none the less a very interesting beer with a great smokey and malty aroma and flavor.

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Photo of soju6
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer has a deep brown color with a good head. The aroma is roasted and sweet, with caramel and a hint of chocolate The taste continues with a roasted flavor with slight sweetness. It is full bodied and is smooth. This is very easy to drink. Nice change from pilsner while in Germany.

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Photo of anneseg
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best Schwarzbier I've had. The head retention is good and the color is black with no other colors around the edges.

Sweet and malty with definite roasted quality to it. Chocolate and coffee seemed to be the dominant tastes with little in the way of discernable hop bitterness. The low ABV and bitterness make it easy to drink.

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

A - Deep mahogany with a ruby color edge. Large, bubbly tan head. Sticks well and pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing.

S - Somewhat faint with a good amount of roasted sweet malt and nuttiness. A bit of caramel and chocolate.

T - Like the smell. Good amount of toasted malt with some caramel and toffee. Also a fair amount of coffee and chocolate. Good amount of nuttiness. Slight earthy hops.

M - Medium to light body. Good carbonation. Smooth and pretty smooth.

D - Really smooth and easy to drink. Good amount of different malt flavors make me coming back for more, not overly sweet, more of an earthy sweet malt taste.

Notes: Lots of toasted/roasted malt flavors that are slightly sweet and slightly savory/earthy. Good mix and balance. A pretty enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a fairly dark brown with some ruby highlights and a light brown head. The smell is mostly toasted malts with a bit of vanilla character. The taste starts off with some toasted caramel malts that gives way to some subtle hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation, and the beer is very drinkable. A good version of a somewhat rare style, a great one for people who are interested in Schwarzbiers to try.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale brown that is nonetheless translucent, with a very assertive head that builds quickly upon pouring. Nose was light and difficult to ascertain much other than some roasty malt aromas. Light bodied, and light caramel to roasty malt sweetness is noted. Finish is light and a little watery.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Moan and Dove. Served in a pint glass at a cool but not cold temperature.

A-beige head which was nice and thick with a very dark garnet body.

S-roasted grain and fresh baked bread smell

T-nice and sweet but balanced with the up front toast and roasted grain flavor.


D-So incredibly tasty. Great beer for the malt heads. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of bob3701
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Poured a deep dark clear chestnut color with an almost white head that quickly faded into a thin film with minor lacing. Strong malty aroma with some toffee detected. This is a big malty beer sweet with toffee and a slight citrus finish. Very drinkable, wished I had pick up more than one bottle.

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Photo of cilldalua
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a European living in NY how did I have to wait until I was in Mexico city to find this?

I am not saying it is the best beer in the world but it is really good so shame on NY and particularly the German pubs for holding out on us.

Anyway on to the beer. Pours a very nice coffee color with a good head that goes on to the end. The smell is all coffee which is a recurring theme but with lots of malt behind it. The taste is coffee again but its very level, certainly not overpowering. Its much lighter then it looks but it does linger on the tongue. All in all, you could spend a day in spring or autumn drinking these with no regrets.

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

a clear dark ebony color with hues of brown when held to the light. not a lot of head or lacing.

the nose is very hoppy with sort of a fruity scent to it. a strong malt presence maybe some caramel.

the taste is very lightly hopped with a roasty almost earthy finish and a solid backbone of malt.

this feels very clean on the tongue, not to foamy and has a slight dry finish. no real bite to speak of though.

very sessionable, flavorful yet mild, and light in your tummy. not to strong either.

really tasty and light, good for consuming in mass quantities.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color with reddish tones, the foamy head has a finger in thickness without consistency;

S: Roasted malt and dark fruits like figs and prunes;

T: Malt essences with coffee and chocolate, also some orange;

M: Dry with a prickly bitterness, the end is bittersweet like coffee without sugar, and medium body;

D: Very tasty, definitely to drink it without food.

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Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very very dark brown color with a nice creamy white head that left plenty of clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel and fermented red grapes. The taste is of a watery milk chocolate, similar to Nestles Quik. There is also a raisin & carob presence. The roasted malt is very light and does not add much flavor to the brew. The feel is light with soft carbonation; finishes sweet and slightly sticky. A very average swarzbier. I was hoping for more of a roasted malt presence. I always question the freshness of these German brews that I get, perhaps this was on the older side. I still prefer the Sam Adams or Sprecher Schwarzbiers.

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Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great poured into a tall weizen glass, as it presents a dark mahogany body and a large tan head, which dissipates to a film an leaves nice spots of lace behind. The nose is quite subtle, but has nice notes of caramel and lightly roasted notes, mixing in with a touch of tobacco. Likewise, the flavour is quite straightforward, with caramel, nut and cocoa flavours melding together into a pleasant whole. Quite simple, but nicely done, and it doesn't last long in my glass. Body is medium-light with a moderate carbonation.

This was a pleasant drink, though not really a memorable one. It's a well-constructed schwarz that I probably won't look for again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a Keg Can. A rich brown in color with a massive foamy off white head. A bunch of lacing is notable.

Smells of bready malts.

A soulful, uplifting brew with some roasted malts and nutty notes. Bitterness is there just enough to balance. Smooth and simple/

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is very low.

Drinkable brew from the heart of Germany. Good for extended sessions.

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Photo of mempath
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seems like the color of cola as it is poured...but held to light, it is much more transparent and reddish, like an extreme cream soda. beautiful thick lacing and a head that settles very slowly, retaining a jelly, jolly sort of consistency. very nice to gaze at...

first nose notes are the maltiness, followed by that slight burned/coffee/chocolate aspect. catching some yeastiness and perhaps hops. a little fruit.

i don't know, but if i was blindfolded, i would've immediately guessed i was having a Guinness Draft. In Ireland...even the head's retention looks creamy like GDraft. always right on the edge of going bitter or burnt, those playful elements hold back and keep things incredibly tasty and smooth. not challenging, but i wouldn't want that here. nothing to search for...let it find you. this is definitely a delight. not a beer for simple palates at all. i'm impressed.

the quote on the back from expert MJackson is fitting: "a brewing wonder"...creamy mouthfeel plays on the one extreme with the carbonation. just simply quite drinkable and quite a session brew for sure.


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Photo of theboozecruise
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one came in a 1pt9oz bottle with a plunger top, poured into a plisner glass. It pours dark, but not black like the style claims... good carbonation, large head with LOTS of lacing. I like the appearance of this one... looks like a fresh tasty beer to me.

Smells of dark malts... a definite roasted flavor to it, nothing else comes through, but this is one of the more dominant aromas I've experienced in a while.

The taste is mostly the same, the malt hits the tongue with a balance of the roasted flavor.. and then it fades to the roasted flavors on the aftertaste. It's good, but could really use something in there to spice it up. I guess this is one of the limitations when adhering to the German purity laws... this could be awesome with some extra spice or barrel-aging but instead it's just very good.

Mouthfeel is nice, you can feel the carbonation... needs a little more balance to be really drinkable I think. The one dominant flavor could get old pretty quick.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contrary to its name, this beer is not black. It is definitely dark, with copper highlights--but not black. The aroma is distinct. Toasted husky grain aromas linger overhead mixed with a blackened wood character. The head is worth noting for the trail it left on the glass.

The medium bodied beer is smooth and tasty. Toasted malts express a malty coffee flavor. A wisp of smoke seems to pervade this beer. It finishes with a very light presence of spice. The palate is left dry, wanting more.

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

No freshness date only an ambiguous code that I can not read.
Appears black from a distance but when light penetrates is a dark garnet.
Some slight roasted character is present but not overwhelming, with a pleasant toffee aroma.
Subtle vanilla character that is never enough to be cloying. Roasted character is present once again in the taste but not the primary taste. Sweetened coffee also comes to mind while alluding to candy in the finish.
Crisp and medium bodied for a lager.
I want more...much more.

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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 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 BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce swing-top

A - A nice deep dark brown beer.

S - This one smells roasted, nutty, and grainy.

T - Alot of roasted malt and grain flavor, this beer tastes rich and nutty. Toasted bread comes to mind with a touch of sweetness and dryness.

M - Light-medium bodied, this beer offers a mouthfull of great flavors and texture. Moderately carbonated and soaked with flavor.

D - This is a hearty beer in flavor and texture. The flavors and carbonation arent overwhelming making it a good choice for a session. Can be enjoyed year round but better for fall and winter, and paired with food in my opinion. Monschoff and Kostritzer are my two favorite schwarzbiers.

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