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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

577 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 61
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002)
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Photo of MLasoski
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served: In a bottle, poured in an ale glass.

A: Dark, dark brown body with a decent 1 inch head, stuck around for a little while. Looks thick like a stout.

S: Nothing really to smell here, but it smells like a dark beer. There was a roasted coffee smell.

T: Tastes very thin for a dark beer. I like to think of it as a "light stout."

M: Very thin and leaves me with coffee breath, which corresponds to the taste.

D: For it being a thin black beer, it's not all that bad. I'm actually glad I bought it. I wish it had more character to it though.

MLasoski, May 18, 2009
Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. pours a dark garnet brown color, almost black, with three fingers of healthy tan head that leaves solid lacings and has good retention.

aroma is lightly roasted with a touch of grain and a note of lightly breaded yeast and floral undertones. a touch of cream is present as well.

taste follows the aroma, with a crisp quality and smoothness that is quite nice. a watered down quality hurts the overall impression.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly creamy texture and a watery feel throughout.

drinkability is decent; a bit thin on the palate and not rich enough to sustain the solid quality that a schwarzbier should have. still, it is well crafted for what it is.

botham, May 12, 2009
Photo of deg
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice bready smell. Dark brown, a little bit of light shines through. The head was rather impressive and thick, it took quite a while to settle down. A nice bitterness, a little bit of a roasted feel. I thought the beer felt a little heavy and thick in my mouth for a schwarz, but otherwise was quite good.

deg, May 11, 2009
Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt grains are very prominent and dominate the flavour profile. The beer is quite dry and whilst there is no malty sweetness there it is not overtly bitter.
It is lightly carbonated and a pleasing dark brown /maroon colour
I would imagine this to be a very sessionable brew.

jarmby1711, May 10, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a Super dark red, in indirect light, black. Thin, creamy light tan head. Smells of over-ripe fruit and molasses. Taste is maltier than I expected, with a hint of coffee. A touch of sourness as well. The finish is slightly bitter from the roasted malt, and a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation. Quite drinkable, a good example of a Schwarzbier.

tronester, May 02, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice schwarzbier, flavourful and highly drinkable.

Very deep red-brown, almost black but not, it has a medium, creamy tan head slowly shrinking to a thin, foamy top and leaving some lace.

The aroma is brown bread, whole wheat toast, burnt sugar, hints of coffee & fermented prune. Overall, it's very nice, pleasant and aromatic.

The taste is lightly sweet but mostly rather dry (sweeter than, say, Kostritzer), with firast sweet caramleised, fermented prunes and dark whole wheat toast then joined with rootbeer (anise, etc.), singed leaves, bark, and finishing dryish and slightly bitter. It's light in feel but silky smooth and not thin or watery.

Offa, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured dark brown with a black core. It had a one finger white head. It quickly retreated down to a lacing.

It had a very sweet malt scent. It was had a very lite floral hop accent.

It had a very smooth malt flavor. There was a slightly dry hop finish. It was medium bodied, and it was refreshing.

It was a drinkable beer. I liked it. I could drink a few in a sitting.

Rennpferd, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of berserker256
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber-to-black color with a nice dense lasting tan head and heavy lacing that sticks. Smells sweet and malty with prune and molasses-like odors. Tastes different than the aroma. Tastes like roasted coffee malt with a pleasant bitterness and surprisingly decent aftertaste. Semi-creamy texture and medium body. Good beer.

berserker256, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appear- dark brown to black, though dark can still be seen through, small white to tan head decipates quickly, decent amount of bubbles travel up glass

Smell- Burnt and roasted malts with definite espresso and dark malt notes

Taste- Decently thin bodied beer with lots of malts and slight coffee notes, slightly bitter and little bit of hops, an almost smokey style finish lingers in ur mouth

Mouthfeel- light and soft, thin bodied

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, very light and easily a sessionable choice, I personally wasnt that blown away with this beer and definitely not one I would go for again but i can definitely appreciate how drinkable this one would be for many

Stunner97, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of gabe23
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

gabe23, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ramsey Liquors for $4.29 on 2/12/09. Freshness code 1754412 is lasered on the back label. My first Monchshof beer <applause>.

16.9oz swing top bottle served in a pilsener flute at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Huge hiss as I swing the stopper from its previous home. Absolutely gorgeous color, somewhere between raisin and mahogany... the head is freagin remarkable, light beige and dense as hell. It begins four fingers tall and gradually settles to a gluggy mat. Good lacing, patchy and abundant.

Smell- Rolos candy, toffee, chocolate, custard, caramel, fudge... AMAZING!!! You'd have to be sitting here smelling this beer to appreciate how impossibly amazing this is. WOW, WOW, WOW. If Nugget Nectar is the be-all-end-all hop lover's aroma, then this is the malt lover's dream nose.

Taste- Malty with a nice, mildly tart underlying character... it's rich in flavor without the excessive weight in the mouth. Loads of complex malt manifestations like dark fruit and molasses. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer goes into the mouth without much fanfare, then crackles at the first swish... it's lively and crisp without being too aggressive. So unique and savory, I recommend everyone at least try this once. It really dazzles the senses.

yelterdow, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. Great, 1 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, and yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, yeast cleanliness second, then the sweet malt and hop background come through, the finish is a bit sour/bitter with hints of roasted malt. Overall, not a bad schwarzbier, but I've had better - the hops aren't nearly as strong as the bottle claims.

Tone, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Enormous pancake batter like head with impressive retention... Murky translucent brown color with a reddish hue that reveals itself upon hitting light... Steady slow paced carbonation of extremely tiny bubbles... Leaves incredible rings on the glass...

S - Malt, malt, and more malt... Buttery... Toffee... Caramel... Dark fruit... Absolutely delightful...

T - Not as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe... Roasted malt... Biscuit... A faint nuttiness... Raisin... One can actually detect a faint hop presence at the finish...

M - Thin without much discernible carbonation... Slightly creamy yet crisp... Extremely refreshing...Ever so slight bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue...

D - I'm truly impressed... Schwarzbiers are a style that I wish were more widely produced... If more were produced this is the one to be measured against... I'll drink this any day of the week, and at 4.9 ABV there no reason that I couldn't...

Note - Great bottle with a cool stopper that rings its opening with a loud pop...

philbe311, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz (probably) poured into a mug

A - ruby to near black. it was fairly dark. 3cm of head.

S - roasted malt, caramel malt

T - roasted malt, caramel malt, hops. The first schwarzbier I ever had was Sam Adams Black Lager. this beer used a much smaller amount of roasted barley.

M - kind of thin

D - very, very drinkable.

bowersdm, Feb 03, 2009
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.

Hullabaloo2, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up at the Augsburg Haus in Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours very dark, though not quite Schwarz in color, with deep ruby highlights showing through when held to the light. A large off-white head rises to a mountainous peak and falls slowly, leaving thick rings of lace behind.

A wonderfully delicious roasty, toasty, chocolaty aroma wafts into the nose.

Medium-bodied, this one caresses the mouth with its incredibly rich smoothness and light carbonation. Roasted and chocolate malt flavors perfectly complement the roundness of mouthfeel, being balanced by just a hint of hops in the middle and falling down smooth with a slight roasted bitterness.

Oh, what a quaffer. This brew goes down smoothly, easily, and delightfully. Light in alcohol, this makes the perfect session beer, with enough flavor and feel to keep you wanting more. A superb example of a decidedly difficult-to-find style.

superdedooperboy, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Dark brown in color. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger frothy, off-white, craterous head. Slowly settles into a layer foam, leaving lacing as it does. Even more substantial lacing as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasted chocolate malt with a little peat. Maybe a sweet fruity touch.

M: Light but hearty. Malt to start, and the sweet and peaty aftertaste.

D: Great drinkability. Good flavor and feel.

Really good atmosphere, complex nose and flavor. Light feel, but not absent of quality. Very good drinkability. Really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of selecter70
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic schwarzbier in a 1pt. 9oz bottle with ever-so fun flip top. Greatly anticipating this offering from the lovely folks at Monchshof, the pour was a smooth dark brown bordering on black, with crimson-red edges where the light shone through. A full tan head of 2 fingers sat and left some good lace while drinking. The aroma was a deeply roasted malt with nuts and a hint of toffee in the vein of a nice porter. The flavor was a great rich continuation of the aroma with the hint of espresso added and a nice hop edge at the end with a wee tad of lemon. A fantastic, smooth & rich delicious beer that I could drink all night. I'm sad to say that I only had one.

selecter70, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with the edges rounded off with some crimson. A full, two-finger tan head disappears slowly, leaving a cragly lacing in its wake. Aromas of sweet and roasted malts and nuts rise to the nose upon an initial whiff. A second whiff reveals a little caramel. The aromas aren't bold, but they're fairly complex comparitively speaking. Tastes of roasted malts with an elusive hop finish. There's just enough taste and body to this to make it interesting, and just enough drinkability to make it fun and sessionable. This is a highly underrated style, that when done right, can make for some great drinking.

stephens101, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a pokal, this schwarzbier is actually a very dark brown with red tinges. Perfectly clear when held to the light. A billowing tan head forms and sticks around for a long time. Even after dying down a bit, there is still a full finger of foam on top and fantastic lacing on the glass. The best looking lager I've seen. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt with light hints of cocoa. This carries over to the taste, where dark malts are dominant, along with hints of chocolate, some nuttiness, and a slight metallic taste. Hops are noticeable in the lightly bitter, dry finish, but are low-key otherwise. Good, thickish mouthfeel, especially for its strength. Another solid brew from Kulmbacher.

philipquarles, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Lynux
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy two finger head poured into a stemmed goblet style glass. Dark mahogany color and sticky lacing on the glass

Smells of sweet caramel malt, roasted carafa malt and toffee

Taste is delicious caramel/toffee with some roastiness and a little hop in the finish.

Nice slick mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Great example and the best I've had of the style.

This just beat out Kostritzer for my favorite schwarzbier!

Lynux, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of MisterClean
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge-ass can purchased from BevMo by a friend.

A - Mahogany pour wth 2 fingered chocolate head. Dissipates quickly.

S - Caramel, toffee and chocolate.

T - Caramel, chocolate, toffee, and bittering, earthy/spicy hops.

M - Mouthfeel slightly more malty than hoppy.

D - Real good. Notes of chocolate and toffee are very pleasant.

MisterClean, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany color, flat tan head

S: Faint aroma of roasted malt and dried fruit (raisins).

T: Some smokiness and woody tones for flavor. Smooth roasted malt taste and bread in the start with a slight spicy fruitiness in the middle. Nice dark roasted malt and sweet chocolate lacing for a finish. nice overall per style.

M: medium bodied, creamy.

D: Good drinkability nice roasted flavor.

beerthulhu, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of kimcgolf
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark black color with medium thick tan head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was faint, but what was there was chocolate malt. Mouthfeel was fairly thin, but tingly-sweet. Good taste of chocolate-caramel with a hint of coffee. At only 4.9%, the alcohol never did make itself known in either the nose or taste.

A short, but decent finish.

kimcgolf, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/08. On tap at Ebenezer's (served in a huge mug!!) Poured an opaque black with a thick white head. Taste of pizza dough, bock goodness. I've never had a schwarzbier before and this reminded me of a dopplebock. A good beer, nice and refreshing. Easy to drink. 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Update 10/31/08: Had this from a bottle and it tasted similar to how I remember so I will not add any new comments, but I thought it deserved slightly better than a 3.5 so I upped the aroma by 1 point. Nice drinking swartzbier! 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 02, 2008
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.