Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
385 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
657
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
55
For Trade:
0
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

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 385 | Ratings: 657
Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monchshof Schwarzbier pours a dark brown with ruby highlights from a brown 16.9 ounce swingtop bottle. The aroma is primarily roasted malt. Taste is quite interesting, lots of roasted malt, but also some metallic flavors and more hops than I expect by looking at it. Quite a bit lighter than a porter or stout, but with some of the same roasted malt qualities. Definitely one to try.

 383 characters

Photo of zjungleist
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears light black to dark brown in color, translucent when held to light, and a fairly nice off white head. In both the smell and the taste I did notice one flaw, and that was a rusty charecter. I almost reminded me of well-water. I've gotta blame the beer, since my water has never smelled that way and I've never noticed it in another beer. Perhaps it was oxidized? Other than that I have to say the beer was a bit on the week side, not a strong smell, not many specialty malt flavors or perceptable hop flavors, and a bit of that baking soda/carbonation taste as well. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, though. I gotta say I'm a bit dissapointed, especialy since a buddy recomended this beer to me and even got him hooked on the style. I gotta hope I got a bad bottle.

 769 characters

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

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.

 615 characters

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

A wonderful looking pour. Very dark but by no means opaque. Lots of ruby and brown when held up to the light. Excellent bright head... 1/2" thick, it stays and stays.

Nose is very malty and sweet. Roasted malts all over the place. Not too complex... some brown sugar and molasses. Slightly smokey.

Huge malt on the intake. Roasted with coffee notes. Nutty. Opens up a ton as it warms. Great mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall I'd purchase again. This seems like a great grilling beer for a hot summer night.

 514 characters

Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown almost cola color with a medium light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was slightly roasted coffee and lots of toasted grains. A small peppery hop sensation creeps in as well.

Taste was decent when cold but really opened as the beer warmed. A strong maltiness holds the base of this beer. Hops are noticeable but moreso as a balancing act rather than imparting any particular flavor or extra bitterness. Toffee and caramel are the most prevalent flavors. Slight nuttyness expands as it warms. Finish is drying with a slight coffee and grain flavor. Short but I like it.

Not nearly as acidic or rough as the other Schwarzbiers I have tried. Body is slightly lighter than I was expecting but that made for easy comsuption and smoother drinkability. It also let all the flavors out to the forefront and there were no mistakes to this brew.

Not the most complex but dangerous easy to consume.

 909 characters

Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bit vigorously from a swingtop bottle into a pint glass, which produced a 2cm, off-white head that quickly collapsed into a think coating of bubbles along the top of the beer. Would have liked the head to stay around a bit longer, but there's excellent lacing along sides of the glass: a full spectrum of streaks and rings. The body is a transparent brownish-amber with some hard to detect (against the darkness of the brew) carbonation.
S: When cold, the beer has a faint smell of toasted malt. The treat comes when the beverage warms, however, for then pleasant toasted malt combines with hints of sugared honey to produce a very inviting scent.
T: Toasty grains, a bit of caramel, some nuttiness, at times I want to say that I taste cherry preserves, and all ending with traces of fruity hops. Some general bitterness and coffee sourness occur in the middle and remains with the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.
M: Medium to medium-light in body, similar to a thicker lager. Carbonation is moderate: stronger on the front of the tongue than in the rear, which leaves the experience crisp and refreshing. Dry finish from the hops.
D: Excellent warming effects in the nose, hearty malt taste (which is good), and a sound mouthfeel all make this very enjoyable, completely drinkable.

 1,302 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove.

Presented in a tall Mönchshof mug. A 3/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal of dark grains. Taste is dark malts upfront, with moderate bitterness coming in the middle, and setting up shop, with both carrying through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both very good, this would be big time sessionable.

 407 characters

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

Weird color on this beer. Initially this poured DARK Black...just like a stout with the same thin head. Then as it settled it turned a dark amber brown while still retaining the pitch black color toward the top of the glass. Smelled of baked raisin bread and stewed candied yams. Taste reminded me of a thin, not too sweet, sweet style stout, but with a thinner mouthfeel. Very narrow range, but if you like sweet, raisin tinged malts, like I do, this is a nice drinker.

 470 characters

Photo of mntlover
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear brown ots of bubbles feeding a big head of small and large bubles mingled leaves lots of lace.

Aroma is nice malt, fruity some caramel, light roasted aromas light chocolate and some light nuts.

Taste is lighter then the smell some toasted nuts, caramel, fruit and chocolate hints light herbal hop finish. Overall not bad but not as roasted tasting or as dark tasting as some of the better schwarzbiers.

Mouthfeel is a heavy light good carbonation level providing a light pep too it.

Drinkability is good but would not be my choice if I was wanting a Schwarz to quench my thirst.

 611 characters

Photo of biergeniesser
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

 1,007 characters

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Black Pils! Best I have tasted so far.

A-Deep black body with a garnet hued tone when held up to the light. A huge creamy white head clings all over the glass and holds nicely.

S-Very fresh, earthy notes are a perfect pair with the roastiness in the body.

T&M-Full-flavored throughout, but the nice thinner body feel makes this an enjoyable session brew. The roasted barely definately comes out and is nicely balanced with the small amount of hop bitterness in the finish. A doughy, chewy texture makes this beer surprisingly complex. The yeast at the bottom of the bottle gives a nice grainy spiciness in the glass.

D-Wonderful step into the small world of Scwarzbiers. The nice lager qualities are definately present in this with its remarkable smoothness. This one could be an all night drink. I really didn't think I would enjoy this one so much!

Best thing----Cool Bottle!

 902 characters

Photo of hanco005
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz flip top bottle into a pint glass. Code on the back of the bottle says "3813153".

A—dark, cola like brown appearance with 1/12 inch foamy cream colored head that disappears in a few minutes, the lacing is beautiful and web like

S—medium strong caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

T—very malty, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malts are everywhere, a touch bitter and finishes pretty dry, a wonderfully balanced taste

M—pretty watery, slippery and thin, not at all what I expected, however smooth and drinkable

D—this beer does not disappoint. I wish I had a few more of these. Very easy to drink.

 638 characters

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

Brown 0.5L flip top bottle. No "best by" date, but I got it only a few months ago and it's been in the fridge.

This beer pours a brilliant mahogany, so clear that you can read the newspaper through it. It has a two finger off-white creamy head, which after several minutes turns to lace. A nice looking beer!

Aroma is malty (roasted malts) with caramel; toastines along with hints of chocolate.

Taste is malty, slightly sweet; the roastiness, toastiness and chocolate also comes through, Very well balanced and really "clean".

A medium mouthfeel; substantive enough to fill your mouth with a caramelly malty sensation.

The bottle label calls this beer a "black pils". That is a decent description. One of the easiest beers to drink that I have run across. Goes down very easy....another 500ml would be very welcome.

 830 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, according to style, this one is a winner – but somehow I’m just a little disappointed in it, starting with the pour. I mean, it had a nice deep and clear walnut hue – isn’t it suppose to be almost black? Laced the glass well.

Aroma of some deep roasted malts, good again. Then the quaff – a well balanced taste with proper malts, hints of charcoal and an earthy/leathery finish. OK again.

It was rich and creamy, tangy, well carbonated and had a nice lite body to it. One could drink these easily in the summer heat as a change-up from the Hefe’s and IPAs, or anytime in the winter.

*But final note, (self), it is a fairly expensive import. I would go for the NB 1554 before this – it’s more economical and, I think, better tasting and bodied.*

 767 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A one and a half finger head that turns into a foamy film at the end. Very translucent like dark brown color.

Smell- Only a hint of malt as well as hops, with malt being the dominate one.

Taste- The malt flavor was excellent with some hops in the middle to do some balancing, but then ended with the roasted malts and water.

Mouthfeel- Looks are deceicing, especially if you aren't familiar with schwarzbier. But something this dark is like a lager and can be consumed so easily. My palate was alight with a tasty roasted malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Drinkability- Excellent, I like anything dark in a beer, and this could turn into my regular beer of the day to drink when I want to forget the pain... just kidding. But definetly beckons the drinker to consume more.

 801 characters

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a very dark crimson bordering on black wiht a four finger choppy head that slowly dissapated and left a thick lace on the glass.

The smell was heavy in coffee and chocolate smells mixed with a nice hop spice undertone.

The drink started with a heavy feeling malt flavor with chocolate and malt followed by a quick hit of hop spice followed by a lingering coffee flavor to finish.

This was a great beer that was very easy to drink. If you can find it buy it you will not be disapointed.

 507 characters

Photo of Realale
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear walnut with some deep garnet. Very large, very fine slightly sticky light brown head settles slowly to a complete rocky cap leaving nice lacing.

Touch of toffee leads over dark, slightly husky chocolate. Just a touch of roastiness as well. There's a solid malty goodness lurking below to support it all. Complex, interesting, and well-balanced.

Heavy side of medium in the mouth with excellent rich malt of the bready sort. Roast and chocolate notes are there, as well as a touch of dried cherry fruitiness. Complexity, interest and balance again.

Excellent soft, filling mouthfeel - seems to get into every crack and crevice of the mouth. Great length with a touch of spicy bitterness at the death that simply begs you to take another sip.

Drinkable? This is one of the magic brews that simply disappears from the glass leaving only a lingering smile. Genius beer. Easily abused, and nowhere near the same experience when it is. Please buy from a reputable retailer.

 985 characters

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a regular finger width head that receeds and keeps a good lacing.

It smells like really good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, such as you would find in a sweet european chocolate with french coffee.

Tastes almost like a coffee stout, but lighter. Has an aftertaste like I've just chewed on a coffee bean, not strong, but apparent. Tastes malty, but with only a slight hint of hops at first taste.

Feels like a light beer in your mouth and goes down farel well.

 480 characters

Photo of neonbrown82
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a quality schwarz, though perhaps not my favorite of the style. Pours to a nutty brown color, fairly clear, with a good carbonation. The head is a bit thin, but it retains at least a centimeter throughout the glass.

The smell is the only thing disappointing. Has a little bit of a wet cardboard aroma. A bit of a berry resides under the offending smell, along with a light malt aroma.

The taste, thankfully, does not seem to be suffering from oxidation. Lightly sweet, only a hint of smoke, and even a smaller hint of roastiness. A small berry flavor finishes it off. Not one of the hoppier schwarzbiers I've tried, but it's good.

 644 characters

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

Served from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours almost straight black. The head was toffee colored and resolved to a thin film.

Smell: This beer has spicy, roasty, and toasty coffee malty smells.

Taste: This beer has a nice malty forward taste. The finish is spicy hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a buttery mouth feel. The beer is meduim bodied. A very drinkable beer overall.

 432 characters

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip-top bottle. Clear dark burgundy color with a fine, frothy tan head that leaves some lace. Has a dusty dark roasted malt aroma, with powdered cocoa and subtle noble hop notes. Nose opens up with dry roasted chocolately malt with a soft herbal hop astringency. Dry and roasty mid-palate; slightly coffee-like. Richly flavored, smooth mouthfeel but fairly thin; turns slightly grassy towards the finish, which is quick and clean. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Flavors harmonize well and are difficult to differentiate, which is something I like about lagers. I'd happily drink several of these if they weren't $3.50/bottle.

 628 characters

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

german Black beer whitout the great of the english; mouthfeel and taste well ballanced in bitterness, malt and hops; good whit kielbasa sausage, salads, american food, much better if serving in a pilsner glass, recommendable, smell like a characteristic german beer, made by expert brewers.

 290 characters

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.

 732 characters

Photo of BeerBob
4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mönchshof Schwarzbier pours “Schwarz” (Black) from a 1PT .9FL OZ blackish brown glass porcelain (on closer inspection... white plastic swing top stopper) glass bottle. Light tan head of fine foam bubbles went to well over two fingers in height before collapsing to a well defined ring with large islands of foam and lace all along the side of my 48oz beer stein.

Nose is a major malt event with wave after wave of malty sweetness washing over the olfactory organ.

Palate is sweet barely malt with some burnt elements followed by the dry bittering of hops.

This brew starts sweet, then migrates to a well bittered brew with a drying finish. Not a porter and not a stout, but not too far from either. In retrospect I believe that some of the dry stout offerings are in fact more of a “Schwarzbier” than a stout.

This is an incredible offering from Kulmbacher Brauerei and in my humble opinion, a must try!

 921 characters

Photo of nogoodreason
5/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

 1,120 characters

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