Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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4.18/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a wide mouth pint glass.
Pours dark brown to black with a red hue of translucence when held to the light. Modest but attractive light brown head, dissipating quickly. Minimal lacing.
Smells of light molasses and coffee malts. Smell is very appealing and comes on better with a good swirl.
A good long pull was incredibly interesting - complex malts, mostly of the darker variety, are most noticeable with some of that same molasses flavor that was hinted to on the nose. This isn't sweet, but there is a sense of sweetness conveyed through these flavors. Another interesting thing was the texture - you might expect something more viscous in dark beer but it was definitely 'lager-like' in weight. Carbonation is light and actually adds a little creaminess to the texture. The finish is long and malty with more of that coffee flavor coming through in the linger. You definitely get a slight hint of hop bittering at the end as well.
Overall this is a very cool beer! Easy to drink, complex flavors, and something new it seems in every pull. It's a dark brew but it drinks more like a lager or lighter ale. Very good!
07-11-2008 22:09:41 | More by SIRIUS2
1.58/5 rDev -61%
On tap at HopLeaf
Pours a clear dark copperish color with light lacing and head. Smell is like band-aids and malt. Taste is roasty but very thin and watery. Almost old and stale tasting. Just a mess. Wouldn't recommend this based on my sample of this beer at all.
06-30-2008 19:35:50 | More by JDV
4/5 rDev -1.2%
This is my favorite style for a reason!
Poured a silky black with a 1 finger head, a bit of carbonation is visible but not much.
Smells like roasty coffee, chocolate, a bit sweet.
Tasted smooth, coffee, carmel, chocolate.
Mouthfeel was very light, in my opinion what this style should be like, perfect carbonation and weight.
Drinkability is high, I'll be getting some more for sure.
05-10-2008 03:23:27 | More by LumpyGuitar
4.13/5 rDev +2%
I love the swing top head on the bottle. In side that cool bottle is a dark copper color beer with dark red highlights. It has a rocky light tan head that makes good lace. Its aroma is doughy, nutty and toasty. The flavor is sweet with light bitter hops sneaking through nutty and roasted flavors. Its light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall it is very drinkable and has a nice complexity.
05-03-2008 18:19:33 | More by generallee
3.93/5 rDev -3%
1 pint, 9 fluid ounce bottle served in my MH Circus Boy Weizen glass (I need to pick up a pokal). Poured a translucent nut brown with red highlights when backlit. Fluffy three inch khaki-colored head dissipated slowly leaving behind a trail of sticky lacing. Light scents of malt and chocolate. Taste similar to nose, as well as the presence of some nuttiness and roasted flavors. Light in the mouth without feeling at all watery with a nice balance of effervescence, and a slight hops bitterness at the finish. Very tasty and drinkable brew, but the per bottle price limits its sessionability in my opinion.
04-28-2008 21:07:37 | More by Jwale73
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
04-27-2008 00:29:39 | More by nocheinsbitte
4.13/5 rDev +2%
The Schwarz pours a clear brown/black color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some real sudsy lacing.
The aroma is nice. It has chocolate, coffee and caramel overtones. The roasted chocolately malts and really light and finished with a soft bitterness. In the mouth it was thin and well carbonated. Overall a very excellent beer.
04-26-2008 02:32:33 | More by cswhitehorse
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
Dark brown body with reddish-amber hues and healthy, lasting lacing. Aroma is clean and light with notes of roasted malt and sweetish Munich maltiness. Tastes particularly smooth and easy going for the style with moderately strong flavors of burnt malt, even charcoal, and chicory. Some nuttiness. Medium bodied with hops that balance the malt well leaving a relatively dry finish. Easy to drink in large doses. A solid beer. On Tap At Maduro.
04-09-2008 19:14:26 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Dark Amber/ruby brown with a large 3+ finger cream-colored dense head with great retention and lacing.
S: Chocolate, caramel, cream, slight vanilla, and a touch of German hop notes.
T: Toffee, weak coffee, light hints of milk chocolate, thin but some bitterness. I would have enjoyed this more if it were only a bit thicker.
M: Thin but clean.
D: This is a great alternative to a pils. It is even more drinkable than most pils as the darker malts change the bitterness. I would have more than one of these.
04-06-2008 00:37:55 | More by Biscuit033
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-28-2008 19:49:02 | More by Deconstructionis
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
A fantastic little beer. The beer has a nice presentation with a very long neck and swing-top bottle. An excerpt from the back lable boasts a complementary phrase by Michael Jackson. With our without his praise, I recognize the quality of the brew, but lack the same degree of enthusiasm as he. The beer pours a wonderfully dark brown color with nice clarity, creamy head formation and stubborn 1/2" retention. Laces well. Aromas a light on the roasted end, giving a chalky, powdery scent. A boost of light caramel supplies the scent of malt, but no real hops detected in the nose. Flavors of well-attenuated caramel malt sets the stage, while the black malts give a mild, dry, coffee-like nuance to the edges. Hopped only to offset sweetness, the hops to marry into the bitterness of black malt well for a complex bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the light caramel flavor. Texture is medium- better than most lighter Schwarzbiers. Powdery, chalky, and dry in the finish with a light linger of coffee and caramel. Not my everyday beer, but pleasant nonetheless.
03-26-2008 18:19:58 | More by BEERchitect
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
500ml swing top bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...
Poured a very deep dark mahogany red / brown colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded to thick pock marked covering... some light lacing clings to the glass...
Aroma - Lots of toasted bready and chocolate malts, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, toasted and maybe slightly burnt toast, some metallic traces, light pepperiness, faint smokey tobacco (cigar ?) notes, some date and fig fruitiness mixed with hazelnuts and pistachios, light coffee traces...
Taste - Good strong toasted bready malts, light chocolate notes, faint liquorice, raisin, fig and prune fruitiness, nice pepperiness, treacle / muscovado sugar sweetness, quite peppery, some earthiness, light saltiness...
Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... very, very drinkable - an excellent session brew at only 4.9%
Overall - A very good Schwarzbier - as good as any i've tried... recommended...
03-18-2008 17:23:16 | More by mdagnew
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
03-15-2008 12:18:33 | More by Riverwarrior
4.13/5 rDev +2%
This beer had an amberish-black color to it with an overall medium head. The aromas were permeating the sweet smells of caramel and wheat with a roasty feel. The taste was a mix of fruity wheat and and bitterish hop greatness. It was thick, and full bodied, yet surprisingly light, making it a great beer to try out if you do not like heavy drinks. Overall, this was very good.
02-19-2008 03:53:10 | More by fitzy84
4.45/5 rDev +9.9%
16.9 oz swag top bottle that made a nice 'pop gun' pop when opened, served in a large pilsner glass.
A - clear, dark brown color with a big fluffy head of tan foam that left a bunch of lacing.
S - roasted malty aroma with a hint of toffee sweetness.
T - sweet, dark roasted malt flavor is balanced with subtle hop bitterness for a dry finish.
M - light and refreshing.
D - great taste, light body and low abv help to make this an extremely drinkable brew.
Final Note: I know that at least one other reviewer said this, but I love the movie "Space Balls" so I'll say it anyway...
May The Schwarz Be With You!
02-17-2008 21:50:28 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roast, toffee, and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight sweetness as well. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, surprised me.
02-16-2008 00:58:20 | More by Wasatch
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Clear, dark brown body with ruby highlights and a great head and lacing.
Strong roast, caramel, chocolate, and molasses in the aroma.
Very sweet taste with caramel and butterscotch throughout.
Smooth, mellow carbonation.
This is a hell of a beer. I will definitely be seeking it out in the future.
02-03-2008 01:47:38 | More by bboven
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
i like black beers and this one came highly recommended by my beer connoisseur friend.
poured nicely, half into a clear pint glass (to admire the visuals), half into a stonewear krug.
the color isn't really black, exactly, but a nice, dark ruby - quite pleasing to the eye. nice sturdy head of tan foam lasts until a couple sips in.
the smell is very malty, earthy and rooty, but fairly faint.
taste is sweeter than i expected, rather licorice-like. toasty, then a bit bitter, then mostly gone, leaving only a lingering tangy bitterness like underripe fruit. the abrupt finish actually makes this more drinkable than i was expecting, especially with the sweetness up front. i like this quite a lot and see it as a better representation of the style than some of the other schwarzbiere i've had, which seemed more like watered-down porters than their own distinctive type.
01-30-2008 08:19:25 | More by homohabilis
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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)
01-26-2008 03:25:01 | More by HotterThanHell
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
500 ml bottle- a gift from my sister, 1/2008.
Pours a clear dark brown with brown highlights. A thin cover is all there is for a head.
Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee with raisiny overtones. Slight alcohol notes that remind me of some port wines.
Very nice east drinker, that is generally sweet, but it's not overpowering beacuse it's reined in by a dry hop finish. Very nice overall.
01-24-2008 03:13:59 | More by Dukeofearl
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 5 liter party keg into an SA pint glass.
A: Poured a very dark brown amber with rich ruby highlights and a two-finger head of creamy foam.
S: Smells lightly hopped and a bit nutty in regard to the malt. Pretty clean smelling and sweet.
T: Great combination of lightly toasted malts, sweet caramel tones and cleansing hops that add a nice little shock of bittersweetness. It's very light drinking for a dark beer, which ups the drinkability by leaps and bounds.
M: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp for a dark beer. Not what I was expecting.
D: At a shade under 5% ABV, and with a great light body and flavor, this one is dangerously drinkable and a world class session brew.
I recommend the party keg of it also, because in the highly unlikelihood that you don't finish it, it's there the next day. Very consistent taste and pour all evening. May the Schwarz be with you!
01-14-2008 04:21:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours pretty much black with a dark creamy head. Good malt and nut flavor (and also something very sweet and almost sugar-like that I cant identify). Very drinkable, doesnt not make the mistake of being too heavy. Perhaps a little under carbonated and lacking in head.
01-08-2008 13:47:46 | More by RedBeerHead
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
500ml Flip top. Beautiful dark mahogany beer, almost black, with a lovelly foamy,thick tan head. Dark malty aromas,little hopping .Creamy aroma also. Very nice semi-sweet dark malty flavour, a little sour,lactic even,dark chocolate hints in the back, slightly roasty, tiny amount of hop on the after taste. Very nice mouthfeel well carbonated. Overall an excellent black lager.
01-02-2008 21:01:25 | More by Reidrover
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Brew poured to a dark brown color with some red and orange highlights when looking at it with a light behind. Has a nice think pillow of a head that is tan in color. Excellent retention, stuck around for most of the beer and left a nice amount of thing lacing lines. The aroma is very inviting, fantastic roasted notes with some chocolate, nut and earthy characteristics. The aromas alone for this brew make it very enticing. The flavor was excellent as well, the roasted flavors mix really well with the chocolate and caramel flavors. Extremely easy drinking based on the flavors present. The finish is nice and dry leaving you wanting more. The only knock about this brew is that to me it seems a little thin but all in all this is a very good brew and a excellent rendition of this style. Will get this one gain as it is solid, some other Schwartzbiers that I have had lately have been nothing but a disappointment.
01-02-2008 00:54:49 | More by Stimack
4.05/5 rDev 0%
1 pt, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
A = On the table a dark mahogany, held up to the light a clear garnet with good carbonation bubbling, big frothy head which recedes leaving fair lacing.
S = Chocolate, toffee, figs, a sweet, malty smelling beer. Very nice.
T = Burnt toast, toasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, nice, long bitter finish.
M = Light bodied, good carbonation.
D = Very tasty, a little light, good flavors but just slightly thin. Would definitely drink this again. Next time I'm in Germany I'll be happy to have it fresher.
01-01-2008 04:24:08 | More by Traquairlover
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.