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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 63
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bboven
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of homohabilis
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of HotterThanHell
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 can’t identify). Very drinkable, doesn’t not make the mistake of being too heavy. Perhaps a little under carbonated and lacking in head.

Photo of Reidrover
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stimack
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice crème head. Nose is very malty with a sweet tone to it. Flavor is beautiful robust. Thick malts that seem to have a spice to it abound. On the end I get some nice coffee tones. Feel has a good carbonation and a thick liquid feel. Nice and hearty and thick. Well worth trying, and even better on the bottle as I have had it on tap before.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with mahogany-hued edges and a full, frothy head.

Smell: Soft aroma of roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate, dark caramel, and fruit.

Taste: Dark maltiness with enough roasty hints and dark caramel to bolster this humble lager. Light touch of chocolate and fruit. Mild hoppiness with very little imparted bitterness, but enough to clean up the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly easy-drinking, competent schwarzbier.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice deep brown color w/ pretty auburn edges when held up to light. the head is nice and thick and tan.

Aroma of roasted malt, with some hops shining through, albeit subtly. The taste is also roasty in nature, I get a bit of a metallic or tinny taste toward the end. Finishes dry with a bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste, though it falls off quickly.

Light bodied, and nicely carbonated, this is real smooth in the mouth. A good drinkable Schwarz. I would recommend this to anyone.

Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium dark drown...porteresque
rudy shines through as its held to the light
Big head. Almost rocky.
Smell is somewhat pale...licorice maybe noted.
Taste is of black licorice and dark malts...bitter.
Good mouthfeel. Although bitter.
Not a bad beer.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my sniffer it had a dark brown color with relative clearity (for being a schwarzbier). The aroma had a perceived sweetness in combination with a grainy, cereal quality. The flavor was very smooth, slightly dry with hints of spice and sourness. Because of its smooth, lagered taste, this beer has amazing drinkabillity.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap and Mallet in a stein.

It pours a black (duh) color with a light tan fluffy head. The head is sort of retentive, but there isn't much to keep it aloft since the carbonation is quite mild. The aroma is dry, mild hops, and toasted. The flavor is much the same with very faint watered down caramel notes mild hops and rye toast that keeps it short and sweet with every sip. The mouthfeel is good, not much residual sweetness or char. This provides a decent drinkability. The only thing that would eventually draw me away from this one would be boredom.

Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a flip-top bottle into a pilsner glass.Nice dark brown color. Very creamy-looking that head really lasts a long time. Intial smell of malts, caramels, faint leather. Taste is really good. The flavor reminds me of Spaten optimator, but no heavy mouthfeel. You get all the flavors of bocks-coffes, caramels, chocolate, malts, but without the sticky mouthfeel. I like this lighter quality. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown beer, almost black with a big, creamy head.

Smell is roasted and has some light molasses. A good maltiness and some leather notes. The yeast adds a light sulfuric smell.

Taste is mild burned with coffee notes and a light maltbitter. The malt is also present and is light and fresh. A typical bottom fermented beer with a clean profile. This really tastes like a colored lager. Body is quite thin and could be a little bigger.

Photo of meechum
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of the bottle into a flute. Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, a finger of head that quickly fell leaving very little lace. Carbonation was very active

S - A very yeasty..bready smell, with just a very small hint of alcohol hidden very deep.

T - A bready roasted malt taste that finishes with a very small hop bitterness to just cut the roasted flavor..finishes dry

M - Very lively and carbonated..giving a very crisp drink, along with the dry finish makes this excellent

D - Overall a very drinkable beer..the elements of the beer come together to make it very enjoyable

Photo of RunawayJim
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard tumbler pint. Beer pours a dark brown opaque color with a creamy 1.5 finger head that lingers around for a while then disappears, but leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as the beer is drunk.

The beer smells of chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is very nice and smooth with a milk chocolate flavor and slight roasted and caramel malt undertones. Almost no bitterness to the taste at all, though there is a little to round it out. It's amazing that this beer isn't a stout as it could easily be mistaken for one.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with ample carbonation, but not too much. The beer feels a bit creamy and full bodied.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. I wish I had more, but I only bought the 1 bottle. I could easily drink this all night.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a thin head that faded rather quickly. The smell is very malty and dry and with a hint of powdery yeast at the end. The taste is smooth, light, chocolatey, powdery, and with slowly building bitterness on the finish, although this is fairly subtle. Quite a gentle beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer is very easy drinking- the perfect brew to dispel the myth of strong dark brews for those too intimidated to try a dark beer.

Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i decided to start tonite off w/ a schwartz ; pours a dark reddish-brown w/ a huge fluffy tan head which barely fit in my 18.6 oz. snifter, it dissapated rather quickly, leaving some lacing ; a fairly light aroma, some roasted malt w/ hop aroma, faint yeasty esters as well ; a chocolaty, roasted malt taste, w/ a slght hop undertone, not as crisp as some schwarz's, a little thin tasting ; a light bodied, semi-dry palate, a little unbalanced w/ the weaker flavor ; not a bad beer at all, at 4.9 % i could drink this all night long...

Photo of dwilkins
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, dark reddish brown. Not as dark or brown as I think is representative of the style, but very pleasing.

S - Roasted malty sweetness predominates. No hint of hops. Perhaps a little too sweet.

T - Fantastic balance with the bitterness evident, but not clearly not due to the roast of the malt. The malty dark sweetness comes through immediately and the finish (due to the hops) is dry as in a good pils.

M - Medium to light bodied. Close your eyes and it is just like a good pils, which it should be.

D - Great. The dry finish prevents the roasted malt from being cloying or overpowering - I'm ready for another sip as soon as I set the glass down.

All in all, although I'm more of a Belgium and American IPA fan, I could easily live with being stranded on an island with an unlimited supply of this beer!

Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with flecks of ruby. It had a pillowy, caramel colored, three-finger head that ledt some lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malts.

T - It tasted of dark roasted malts. There was also a nice hop presence. It had a slightly bitter bite.

M - It was dry and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Maybe not worth the price but still quite good.

Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: Very cool swing-top bottle. States that it's brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Reading that it's "malt liquor" makes me chuckle a bit but whatever keeps the government happy.

Aroma: A light biscuity sweetness, toasted rye bread, light fruity notes that all meld wonderfully together. Nothing is prominent and all is well balanced here.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown with a sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More biscity, bread-crust flavors. A bit of background sulfur but nothing off. Just adds to the complexity. Some light hop bitterness that helps balance all the dry malty flavors. Finish is clean, slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate carbonation with medium body. No alcohol heat and no astringency.

Overall impression: Wow. A very impressive beer. I love the malt complexity with the background hop bitterness to balance. No harsh roastiness and a rich color. Immensely enjoyable and strongly recommended.

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.