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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
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577 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 60
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 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
Photo of pmcadamis
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a big ass keg can of this stuff, and I normally don't re-review a beer just because it was from a different form of container (bottle vs can), but this one was different enough that another review is in order.

Gotta love those swing-top bottles! Makes me feel like a Bavarian.

A - Pitch black brew shows some lighter hues around the edges and supports a big fluffy white head. The black and white contrast of the beer and head is like an old film-noir detective flick.

S - Crispy fried bacon, tobacco smoke, burning rubber, and roasted coffee beans. This is really nice! I like the smoky variety of aromas found here.

T - Tobacco, rubber, old tires, and wet coals in your grill after a rain. This is almost like a rauchbier but with more roasted coffee flavors. This is lighter and less smoky in the keg-can, the bottle better preserves the brewery fresh smoky notes and flavors

M - Medium to light bodied with middling carbonation and a smoky but neutral mouthfeel that becomes drier with time.

D - This is an outsanding brew. It's complex and smoky (less so in the keg can, where it is lighter and more brown-ale like)but lighter and more drinkable than a rauch or a smoked stout. This is prime time session material.

pmcadamis, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a two-finger head and some good lacing. A strong smell of chocolate malt hit my nose for a sweet sensation. Smooth, really smooth and somewhat creamy. The malty taste is both coffeeish and chocolatey, with the beer passing over somewhat strong (medium-bodied) over the palete and has a good, dry backbite that contains some residual sweetnees and complements the beer and does not kill the tongue. I could have this again anytime.

clayrock81, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of SwillBilly
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dPoured from a 1 pt 9 oz swing top bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich black with nice ruby hints when held up to bright light. The beer is topped by thick, meringue like light tan head that never fades. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Very nice

Smell: Very bready from the munich malt with a slight raisiny sweetness lingering beneath. Just of touch of roastiness touches the nose.

Taste: Starts mildly sweet with a dark fruitiness, light plum flavors and brown sugar. The middle is where the biscuity/breadiness comes into play then moves to finish that is slightly roasty with just a hint of hop bitterness. The flavor lingers long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in the mouth with lively carbonation. From the appearance you would think this would have a big, thick mouthfeel. The lightness makes it very drinkable.

Drinkability/Notes: One fine beer for sure and an under appreciated style in my opinion. A very easy drinking dark lager with plenty of flavor to satisfy. Nice and bready with some fruity notes with an underlying roastiness makes things interesting. A great example of a session beer. I could drink these all night. Glad my local is now selling these and they seem fresh to boot. Definitely buying again and definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

SwillBilly, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up the mini keg at a nearby world market.

A- looks striking in an english pint glass with a puffy, very bubbled tan head with lots of pock marks and pits. lace is amazing as well as globby fingers of spit bubble lace reach up toward a denser crusty ring beneath the lip where the foam used to be. excellent retention thanks to the killian horse etched into my glass. nice clear dark chestnut brown body is bloody red by incandescent light with golden highlights. a real good looker.

S- right away toasty biscuit and sweet/tart ripe red berries and tomato soup. a very roasted tomato with italian spices and salty chocolate come out of the toastiness with an extremely soft sweet grain background. its like tart, sweet, chocolate and biscuit all come together in such a fashion that it takes on a savory cocoa/vegetable/grain aroma. hops are on the spicy side and only play a minor role.

T- dark chocolate, dark fruits in bitter molasses and weak acidic coffee. hops are earthy and robust this time and they move very nicely with the other roasted dark flavors. hops get a little herbal near the end as flavors clean up leaving cocoa powder bitterness and burnt grains.

MF- i've only had a few different schwarzbiers and i'm still amazed that such an intensely flavored dark beer is still so light in body. or i should say "not heavy". it is almost full, and very juicy, with timid carbonation that sprinkles the palate just enough to move things around. powdery feel with long lasting coffee feeling, mildly acidic.

D- i'm glad i have 5 liters of this stuff cuz it's good beer. and thanks to it's "lightness", very drinkable as well.

hustlesworth, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with ruby hints and decent tan head that lasted a little while. Aroma was of roasted malts, caramel, and toffee. Flavor was also of roasted malt and chocolate. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I had expected. Drinkability was high at 4.9% abv. Good beer that I enjoyed.

biggmike, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of WHROO
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark coffee coffee with a reddish hue. Nice brownish inviting head, with good head retention & great lacing. Also good lagerlike carbonation
S: Espresso, coffee, burnt roasted malts...also some chocolate & some butter
T: Coffee first up, some roast malts, no fruity esters (maybe cos its a dark lager has somethnig to do with it lol)...not too complex but full of flavour & very enjoyable
M: Felt a little watery initially across the tongue, but then again a little buttery thickness in finish. Lively carbonation & definately creamy after feel.
D: Gr8...simple but very enjoyable Dark German Lager, & considering it has a classic dark stronger flavour, I could easily sit on this moreso than some mainstream lighter lagers.

WHROO, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut colored with caramel highlights at the edges, but mostly opaque. A thick two-fingered beige head rises up to a full cap of foam that lingers long.

Aroam of caramel and raisins, molasses, some hop bitterness and tang of currant.

Rich and even flavor of cocoa, faint oak, some smokey bark, burnt espresso, molasses, plum, and lingering hop bitters. Pretty even, no flavors dominate.

Even mouthfeel, a bit powdery and tannic, moderate carbonation upfront, but tingles in the finish. Pretty tasty and drinkable, sessionable, could use more complexity, but maybe that's the traditional style and I'm expecting an inappropriate American-style ass-kicking.

far333, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of BarleyMine
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with red hues. Had a decent head with sticky lacing. Initial aroma was of coffee that turned to slightly burnt chocolate with hints of black peppercorns. Tastes like a light Porter with a toasty/chocolaty finish. Great carbonation with a surprisingly light mouth feel.

BarleyMine, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Schwarzbier pours a nearly black brown with ruby highlights not unlike a coke. Sports a tan head that remains at a quarter inch in height. Some spotted lacing left.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and faintly of smoke. Similar taste as smell, but there's a more pronounced roast flavoring. There's a little bit of a push by the hops towards the end that creates a nice finish.

Initially the mouthfeel comes off as thin, but the carbonation amps things up midway through. I think I could enjoyably polish off a couple pints of this brew with some pork or a good steak. Delicious even if it isn't overly complex.

Jmamay22, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16.9 oz swing top bottle into a pint glass. Served it with gouda and Alaskan smoked salmon on crackers. Good appearance, chestnut brown color with reddish highlights. Big off-white head with good retention. Heavy ladder like lacing.

Smell not that dramatic, mild malty aroma. The taste is good: malty, a little sweet at first but the sweetness is cut back by semi-sweet chocolate and (probably) some mild hops for balance. Mouthfeel is about average, crisp and smooth not thin or watery. Drinkability is good. Low abv combined with a good balanced taste make this one a winner.

JayQue, Jul 27, 2008
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.