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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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587 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mellow Mushroom tonight. To be honest was suprised when I saw it in the cooler so I decided to give it a shot. Poured a rich deep dark brown, essentially black with a smallish offwhite head of around an inch. This nestled down to just a ring around the top and some decent side glass lace. A good burnt grain aroma coming off of it. A touch of caramel with some nuttiness to it. The taste was nice and smoked, very well done. Not over powering at all, just enough of a hint of it against the grain back to let you know it was there. A touch of yeast in the front and a dry finish. Great light feel and a medium bidy went down well with amble carbonation. I easily could have had another, but they charged way too much for the one bottle to begin with. Overall this was more then decent and I really enjoyed it. I will have to check out some local stores to see if I can find it cheaper as this would make a great little brew to have around sometime.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with barely any light getting through, topped by roughly two fingers of thick head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Subtle notes of roasted coffee, nice toasted malt with mostly a lager-like clean scent.

T: Big maltiness up front, nice and toasty with the coffee-like kick present as well, but this tapers off and changes dynamically, as is expected. Also, a smidgeon of chocolate flavor shows itself. Has the clean and smooth lager finish, but with plenty of flavor that ends up leaving only the faintest hint of malt in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect level of carbonation, giving a slightly creamy flavor, but mostly smooth and velvety.

D: Quite drinkable indeed, with a solid array of flavor that still maintains balance. Definitely tops other schwarzbiers I've tasted in terms of keeping the palate engaged but maintaining the subtleties of a lager.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence : black lager style (schwarzbier)
Smell : caramel, nuts, coffee and malt aroma
Taste : bitterish taste with liquorice
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with hop and herbal
Drinkability : A good dry dark lager brewered by Kulmbacher

Thierry (16/10/2007)

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

Poured this nice beer into a tumbler at fifty degrees. The beer was a nice rich dark brown with a great tan head and awsome lacing. The smell was of roasted coffee. The taste was the same and heavy chocolate that was nice and toasty roasty. The head did decay kida fast though.Very nice beer and I will buy again.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and reds blend into an opaque liquid topped by 4 fingers of off white head that paints the glass all the way until the end. A beautiful beer.

S: Caramel malts and lightly tossed grains. No hop aroma.

T: Chocolate malts and cereal grains with a noble hop kick. Clean palated and up front.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: The very definition of quaffable. Refreshing during the day and replenishing at night.

Photo of BucBasil
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the sweet swingcap bottle. Not actually black. Some brown can be seen shining through when held to light. Head is 2 fingers and off white to light tan.

Smell: Aroma is of light coffee with a lot of nice thick malts.

Taste: Medium body with a ton of beautiful roasted malts prevalent throughout. A tiny bit of hops shine through for balance. Finishes dry with a nice roasted flavor lingering afterwards. Supremely drinkable.

Photo of beergynt
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a Mönchsof mug (0.3L, I think), Beautiful dark molassas colored beer. Help up to the light, it reminded me of root beer. Just enough head for full coverage with little to no lacing. I loved the smell of this beer! Light and sweet roasty malt and a nice nuttiness that reminded me of hazelnuts... I love the taste even more! Perhaps it was complimented by the delicious roast duck tenders that arrived at the same time, but this just seemed almost too refreshing for a beer with it's dark color. Maltiness up front, mixing with the hazelnut mid palatte, finishing clean with noble hops... My mouth was very happy with me for choosing this beer. Smooth and refreshing; velvety and clean at once... I would love to have this beer again and again... Next time I think I'll get a liter!

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with minimal head. Aroma is rich and malty with some coffee overtones. Taste is very malty, very rich in flavor. Coffee overtones stick towards the back of the throat. Goes down very smooth. Second sip confirms much of the same. The aftertaste is nice and roasty. A very well-done schwarzbier. It mimics a porter/stout in many ways but never strays too far from the drinkability of a lager. Excellent.

The late Michael Jackson was right, as stated on the label of this beer. Definitely world-class in my opinion.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was lucky enough to have this on-tap in it's own branded mug at chef paul's in lisle. almost black in color but with nice clarity if held up to the light, this had a smoky, roasty, sweet malt aroma which was not off-putting...actually, if this were not summer i probably would have given it higher marks in the smell dept. hard to judge in that respect as i'm usually not partial to smoky, dark roasty aromas/flavors. this had a nice malt sweetness that was balanced out by the dark roasty flavors and finished crisp. nice mouthfeel and drinkability is through the roof for such a complex beer that weighs in at under 5%.

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

This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks, and it's been overdue for a taste run. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, it's a lighter black body with a creamy head. The smell brings out fudge and brownies, grain, and a little rust. This beer is a little sweeter than other's of this style, and that makes this a winner in my book, hinted with more fudge, and raisin notes.The bitterness is light on the palate and is lifted after a brief stay. This was almost like drinking a chocolate brownie shake. It's a damn smooth beer. I was even tempted to make a float out of the last half of this beer! I might save that experiment for another day.

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Huge head (3/4 of 16 oz glass) that becomes rocky after about two minutes. Long lasting. Excellent lace. Brown color, but clear enough for light to shine through.

Dark, almost bark-like aromas. Very close to an extremely dry stout in smell.

Surprisingly thin body and a relatively high carbonation. Black patent malt flavors makes for a bitter beer. Some light hop.

On the bottle, this beer refers to itself as the black pilsner. In that realm, this matches the profile superbly. However, for my tastes, I prefer fuller bodied beers with more complex flavors.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mönchshof Schwarzbier pours a clear dark brown/ruby color with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam stiffens up as it slowly dissolves down to a thick ring and sheet on the beer. Lots of lace sheets and spots remain on the glass.

The aroma is mainly rich roasted malt with some notes of nuts, toffee and a little bit of smoke mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a soft carbonated fizz on the sides of the tongue. The flavor is a nice combination of sweet and roasted malt. Toffee, caramel and nuts are all present. Towards the end a mild hop bitterness moves in to feebly try and balance out all the malt. It finishes dry with some roasted malt flavor lingering on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking lager. I thought it was a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but otherwise this beer would be great with a nice steak dinner.

Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this in a Mini-keg, My first one.
It pours a real dark brown, kinds like thin coffee. The head is tan and solid. It maintains well and laces even better. Carbonation is good and feels soft on the mouth. The body is medium though the beer itself is rich.

The aroma is roasted malts. The taste carries that roasted base with hints of smoke, coffee, dark bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is easy.


As for the mini-keg; The beer itself maintained good carbonation for about ten days. Even as it flattened the taste held good. After two weeks it showed some sign of appearing watered down.

A good option; I wanted it for smaller 6 oz. servings and to see how long it would keep in the beer frig.

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark brown/red, almost black, very thick tan head, tons of lace, great retention, looks good. Smell is sweet, very malty, nice roast, figs, dark fruit, toffee, raisins, bready, bit of smoke and a touch of iron, fantastic aroma. Taste is very malty, toffee and figs, sweet raisiny middle, malty like a good doppelbock with that hint of roast, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, awesome beer. Maybe the fullest body I've ever felt on a 5%~ beer, not cloying at all, just thick and malty. Excellent!

Photo of mmcave
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured in to a pint size non serrated mug. Thick creamy off white rather gray head appears, leaving great sticky lacing all over the mug, clumpy and wonderful. The retention is decent, a little less than a finger tall. The body is very dark and almost completely opaque except for tiny shades of the deepest burgundy around the base of the mug. Smells slightly yeasty (hefe wiese yeasty lager yeasty) with subtle notes of roasted barley and chocolate. Very clean no fruit in the nose, obviously because of lager fermentation. Taste is not terribly out going or crazy flavorful very smooth and subtle. The flavor play really operates on a low level. Roasted barley is present with notes of biscuit, with a slight caramel hint. Hops are detectable to ward the middle end of the drink. Very easy drinking beer alcohol is low enough to put a few back, but I do wish it was a tad more forward and less subdued. Totally drinkable and worth trying out.

Photo of Nipitato
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Toffee hue with significant red highlights. Nice just off white head with good and thick retention. Sticky lacing left behind on glass as beer is imbibed.

S: robust and hearty sweet malt aroma with slight caramel and bready notes. Subtle coffee like roasted aroma. Clean lager yeast character balances.

T: Good malt flavor that is sweet and rich. Roasted flavor is very subtle with nice lingering finish. Some hop bitterness at the end. Again, clean lager character balances. This is a great tasting beer.

MF: Smooth, very smooth. Medium light body. Moderately high carbonation.

D: A very good beer. Quite drinkable. To me an ideal gateway beer to turn BMC drinkers on to their different options.

Photo of techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malt with a touch of chocolate toffee greet the nose.

Taste brings sweet roasted malt flavor, with coffee and faint hops evident.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard to find this beer on Beer Advocate, can't figure out how to spell it with the o. Anyway, tried this out from a fellow Carolina Brewmaster at our annual Memorial Day BBQ. Cam eout of a flip top bottle. Not a very dark Schwarzbier, smells like roasted malt. Coffee and caramel taste and finish. Thin body. Nothing great, but glad I tried it.

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice burnt grain with some light toffee sweetness.

The taste consisted of a burnt grain with elements of coffee and cocoa. A noteworthy toasted pumpernickle finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an enjoyable schwarzbier. Good drinkability.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep garnet color that looks black unless the corner of the glass is held to the light. There was about a 1/4" head of off white bubbles that was there at the first pour and was still a solid layer of foam even a few minutes after the pour.

Aroma: Has a clean and dominantly malty aroma with plenty of Munich malt and plenty of other toasty aromatics. There is no real roast to speak of in this aroma even though the beer is black. There is no hops noticeable in the beginning, but as the beer warms a bit, there is a subtle floral presence coming in that I am assuming is from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is perfectly portrayed by the aroma. Plenty of toasty malts that lead the profile all the way from the nose to the finish. There is a whole bunch of sweet caramel in here that leads into the finish which has no alcohol and a super subtle acidic feeling that pokes its head in really late after the sip. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty dry and well attenuated and leaves your lips squeaky clean after drinking.

Opinion: This is a really refreshing beer and a fine example of a Schwarzbier. I believe that I was fortunate to have a pretty fresh example of this beer as it shows no signs of oxidation or age that you often get with swing-tops. I didn't feel cheated in any way with such a low gravity beer, and I would certainly drink this one again. Give it a shot if it is available in your area.

Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid white head that persist. A deep brown colour, bordering black. The aroma is like an eisbock, so full of malts! It carries the complex nuances of a barleywine or strong Belgian, with hints of raisons, figs, dark fruit and an abundance of dates. A good smoky (tobacco like) character of smoke. The body is thick and malty like a dopplebock with a good deal of roasted barley. The smoke character ties all the flavours together well. Fairly light bodied considering how much there is going on... really impressed.
Special thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for the sample!

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

Poured into a tall 16oz mug with Monchshoff logo on it

Poured a cola like color, you can see through it, but it is black. Nice big thick head, good carbonation but it goes away soon.

I can smell the malty aromas, real toasty. But there is a sweetness to this brew.

Tastes really malty, with a sweetness to it. The beverage is well balanced and very drinkable. Nice roasted malt flavors, not too strong. The mouthfeel is right on. Others in the style I have had are thin and have a strong alcohol presence. But this is not thin or thick and is very drinkable.

Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 5 liter keg.

Eye: Dark brown in color with some of the most beautiful undertones I've ever seen-pinkish dark red brown. Since I'm drinking this out of a 5 liter keg that I tapped last night, I didn't expect to have great head retention or formation today. Last night however, it had great formation and retention

Nose: Full of aromas. Malty sweet, burnt, roasted, and huge smokiness create the aroma profile of this brew. No hop aroma as can be expected.

Tongue: Nice roasty and smoked flavor. Also a lot of sweet malt flavors, bitterness seems to come more from the burnt/roasted grains.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again, though I think it would've been much better had I drained this keg in one day as opposed to letting it sit over night. It's lost quite a bit of its carbonation. I'd really like to try it from the bottle. Feels clean in the mouth with a medium-light body. This is an easy drinking beer that makes for a good session beer.

Photo of shroompod
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popping the flip top released a fair amount of pressure. Nice head. Some color coming through a light.

Smell is all Malt Bomb.

Taste was actually a letdown after smelling it. The malt is still their , just a little less pronounced. No dark malts come through.

Mouthfeel is medium to light , good carbonation.

Overall a beer that is highly sessionable with a nice malty taste

Photo of BuckSpin
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a classic dimple stein glass mug

Opened with a "POP" and poured thick & brisk. Surprisingly strong chocolate, fresh, sharp, acidic black coffee, roasted nuts, dry, a little dusty, English biscuits, crackers, more like a porter or stout....very nice. As it warms maybe some dried cherry and even a peep of black licorice are noticeable. Deep, rich, earthy roasted malts are present, the last of the bottle brings a creamier, sweeter tone, more blonde coffee in aroma. Head was a fat, thick, sticky sculpted 2 fingers of mixed ivory foam that floated like sea foam, eventually settling to a silent 1/8" carpet that didn't budge and laced like curtains.

Its the deepest, ruddiest, port ruby burgundy, thick, almost opaque, light curling around the edges and bottom, a magnificent beauty to behold.

Hmmm, the chocolate and black coffee from the nose are deliciously present on the tongue in a semi-sweet creaminess thats even, velvety, smooth, very well balanced, but yet is also refreshingly light and crisp with roasted malts and a cracker-esque dryness that provides a "crunching" tongue clearer to the overall gestalt of the brew.

Faintly sweet fruit (warm raisin, dried black currant) comes alive on the palate as it slightly thickens, the black coffee, baking chocolate & toasty malts subdue, yet remain as a counter balancing presence. It finishes with more of the same it started with and leaves a pleasingly bittersweet, dulled mocha aftertaste that coats the mouth like a Dry Stout, dry, crisp, chewy...nice.

What a wonderful beer. Kulmbacher is slowly becoming my favorite non-American brewery with their solid offerings. This was a lush treat, admittedly unexpected in its depth, yet crisp & clean and very easy to drink. It could easily be mistaken for a lite Porter, but its dry crispness & ease of drinking set it apart. A wonderful beer for a summer's evening, I could see it paring beautifully with a killer char-grilled steak or even a big ol' burger, as well as a iced chocolate dessert. If you like deep, rich, almost lush Schwarzbiers or even Porters, definitely check this out, I recommend it highly.

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