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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 31 | 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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Ratings: 600 | Reviews: 371
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Beer pours a deep brown with amber tones and has a creamy two finger head, it leaves a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is buttery roasted malt with a hint of chocolate. The taste varies from coffee to charcoal and chicory with a touch of chocolate in the finish and a hint of spice (pepper?). The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, it’s a medium bodied beer and somewhat dry by the end. This is an excellent example of the style its complex on the palate yet easy to drink and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good beer.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, the bottle is a keeper. Nothing is more fun than impressing your macro-loving buddies by popping a flip top from Germany and pouring a nice glass of black bliss. Monschshof looks good literally as it is coming out of the bottle. It pours a dark, potent brown/black with a gorgeous tan head that disappates quickly, but laces the glass nicely. A bit bubbly at first (surprising, given the flip top), but settles down to a silky smooth mouthfeel. The taste is dark chocolate, toasted malt and a bit of burnt coffee with a downright refreshing fruitiness to tie it all together. Truly a great black beer and, though a bit pricey, worth the occasional venture to the "expensive" import aisle.

Photo of Will46andbrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've only had a few different schwarzbiers, but this is my favorite. The appearance is dark with a nice small head. The beer looks strong, but it has a smooth taste. I've had this on tap and a bottle, far better from the flip-top bottle. I've bought this several times without dissapointment!

Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This whole experience was slightly better than average. It poured a dark red colour, crystal clear, with a huge, foamy cap that left thick, sticky lacing. Much light (colour) than I was expecting. Smell seemed fairly balanced with nice, sweet malts, as well as an earthy hoppy smell. Taste was heavier on the malt side than the hop side, and had, what seemed to me, a bit of a wood-like taste. Interesting. Mouthfeel was nothing special. Smooth, drinkable. Just a mark or two above average. Not bad.

Photo of tgbljb
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color with modest tannish head.
Smell is a fine combination of dark druits, toffee, and caramel.
Taste also shows caramel and dark fruit, along with some nice roasted malt.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy, and adds some bread-like notes.
A nice beer, but nothing great.

Photo of JohnW
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more 'black' lagers I try, the better I like them. Pours very dark (though not inpenetrable like Guiness!) with creamy brownish head, looks inviting. Smell is roasted grains, malty, slight hint of smoke, also hints of sweetish fruit, and fairly rich. Though if served too cold, the aroma is killed. Taste is great, reflects the aroma, roasted, hint of coffee/chocolate and caramel, slightly sweet, reasonable body, but never heavy or chewy - easy to drink. Very like Kostritzter, but more of everything - more body, more flavours - richer texture. I have never classed black lagers as session beers, but the more of them I have, the more I imagine they could be, as other reviews have thought. If you enjoy this style of beer, then I think this is an excellent example of the type, and highly recommended.

JohnW
B'ham UK (but tasted and written while in Tampa FL)

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz flip top bottle. Pours black in color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. Aroma is clean with roasted malt and cocoa. The smell is really nice, there just isn't enough of it as it is too faint. Taste is delightfully smooth roasted malt, coffee and a faint taste of chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is good but it is lacking that extra punch. Overall, this is a good beer that would make for a great session with it's low ABV.

Photo of veech
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is an absolute as a session beer. It has everything you drink porters and stouts for: the chocolatey roasted malt flavors without a lot of the heaviness that said beers possess. It doesn't have a huge mouthfeel but more than adequate. Overall, I found this to be the best of all worlds and will visit this one again and again. Yet another reason to visit Germany for sampling. I give this my highest recommendation.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap and in the bottle in several Bay Area locations as well as back on the east coast. It's a good schwarz for sure, it's no death and taxes, but than what is? Nice bottle and a good pour a dark milky chocolate black with a small little off-white, coca head of foam that leaves some decent lace. Aromas are all chocolate malts, and a bit of roast with some nice German hoppage going on as well. Taste is quite good as well, roasty with some definate chocolate hints and a nice bready maltiness that is full of depth and character. The hops balance nicely, but don't have an in your face profile to them. Mouthfeel is creamy a and a bit burnt/acrid, in a good way. Drinkability is also very good. An A1 schwarz for sure!

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a german style mug

A- Near black with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the dimpled mug

S- roasted malt through and through

T- nice hidden roasted flavor with a clean and refreshing finish, ever so slightly bitter finish

M- creamy and smooth, very balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- a very nice and clean swartzbier an easy drinking german offering.

Photo of dgallina
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle without freshness date.

Pours clear dark chestnut with an inch of creamy tan head, very good head retention and lacing. Smells mildly of nutty caramel malts, a touch of burnt toast, some floral hops. Very clean flavor. Caramel malts and mineral water up front, with an appetizing late-blooming dry hop and toasted bread finish. Medium-light body with good balance of creaminess and carbonation. Somewhat understated in aroma and initial flavor, but develops and finishes well.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cool 1pt .9oz bottle into hotel glasses. The bottle had the "Grolsch" type fastener on top, and made a satisfying pop when opened.

The appearance is burnt copper with spitty white head. The smell is mostly malt, hinting some roasted malt flavor.

The taste is not as rich or satisfying as I'd hoped, but it isn't really bad... It's a smooth malty lager, just a little bitter on the back end.

Decent mouthfeel and easy to pound.

Photo of thelagerheads
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Being as I am a self-professed intuitist and a novice cockswain on the draught boat I go by a completely different set of beer standards than some dude who makes love to a row of barley like it's a buxom and swanky woman. I'm in it to become more ignorant and farcical than I presently am. Plus I'm thirsty and heading for diabetes, amputation, adult diapers and musty white pubes so I might as well get some olfactory bliss and whatever the hell the pansophist's euphemism for sense of taste is while I'm able. This stuff is akin to Samuel Adams Black Lager but with some thousand dollar black licorice stuffed into its pretty mouth. I could see me waltzing with this beer and settling down in Denmark to raise my fourteen illigitimate cyclops sons all named Adolph with her (again with this humanizing!). To and fro, my arm lifting the swingtop and spinning the little lusty tramp around and around my mouth like a mouthful of liquid gold and black jelly bird eggs. Happy birthday little ones! All the rings of Saturn and a milky way of stars for this special one.

Photo of Sosh
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The drinkability for this beer is awesome. The bottle even boasts "Supremely drinkable." Roasted malts is the big flavor I pick up. The beer is very balanced, which is a major factor in it's drinkability. I would definatley get this again, and if you are in the market for a Schwarzbier, this one will not fail to impress.

Photo of Pepeton
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
:-)

Pours a dark brew, with reddish, ruby when seen in trough a backlight. Matching dark and bubbly head, and some lacing.

Smell is discrete, of roasted malts, though.

A well balanced and medium beer. Taste starts with a roasted malt presence, that lingers a bit, also some bitterness. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel is also discrete, with a nice mild bitter aftertaste.

With my kind of weather, hot 8 to 9 months a years, this is nice everyday beer.

¡Salud!

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monchshof Schwarzbier pours a dark brown with ruby highlights from a brown 16.9 ounce swingtop bottle. The aroma is primarily roasted malt. Taste is quite interesting, lots of roasted malt, but also some metallic flavors and more hops than I expect by looking at it. Quite a bit lighter than a porter or stout, but with some of the same roasted malt qualities. Definitely one to try.

Photo of zjungleist
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears light black to dark brown in color, translucent when held to light, and a fairly nice off white head. In both the smell and the taste I did notice one flaw, and that was a rusty charecter. I almost reminded me of well-water. I've gotta blame the beer, since my water has never smelled that way and I've never noticed it in another beer. Perhaps it was oxidized? Other than that I have to say the beer was a bit on the week side, not a strong smell, not many specialty malt flavors or perceptable hop flavors, and a bit of that baking soda/carbonation taste as well. Mouthfeel is pretty standard, though. I gotta say I'm a bit dissapointed, especialy since a buddy recomended this beer to me and even got him hooked on the style. I gotta hope I got a bad bottle.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL swing-top bottle, served in a Hennepin glass. The beer is cool.

Appearance: The lager pours a robust brown-black color that tends more towards the brown side. There is significant head, maybe 2 fingers worth, that lingers throughout.

Smell: An aroma similar to a lighter stout dominates. The roasted malts are present, but not to a strong degree.

Taste: The roasted malts dominate, but are closely followed by a pleasing hop presence that is earthy and low-key.

Mouthfeel: The roasted malts provide a nice dry chocolatey character.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer with a low abv.

Photo of Fugazme
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful looking pour. Very dark but by no means opaque. Lots of ruby and brown when held up to the light. Excellent bright head... 1/2" thick, it stays and stays.

Nose is very malty and sweet. Roasted malts all over the place. Not too complex... some brown sugar and molasses. Slightly smokey.

Huge malt on the intake. Roasted with coffee notes. Nutty. Opens up a ton as it warms. Great mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall I'd purchase again. This seems like a great grilling beer for a hot summer night.

Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brown almost cola color with a medium light tan head. Lots of lacing.

Aroma was slightly roasted coffee and lots of toasted grains. A small peppery hop sensation creeps in as well.

Taste was decent when cold but really opened as the beer warmed. A strong maltiness holds the base of this beer. Hops are noticeable but moreso as a balancing act rather than imparting any particular flavor or extra bitterness. Toffee and caramel are the most prevalent flavors. Slight nuttyness expands as it warms. Finish is drying with a slight coffee and grain flavor. Short but I like it.

Not nearly as acidic or rough as the other Schwarzbiers I have tried. Body is slightly lighter than I was expecting but that made for easy comsuption and smoother drinkability. It also let all the flavors out to the forefront and there were no mistakes to this brew.

Not the most complex but dangerous easy to consume.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bit vigorously from a swingtop bottle into a pint glass, which produced a 2cm, off-white head that quickly collapsed into a think coating of bubbles along the top of the beer. Would have liked the head to stay around a bit longer, but there's excellent lacing along sides of the glass: a full spectrum of streaks and rings. The body is a transparent brownish-amber with some hard to detect (against the darkness of the brew) carbonation.
S: When cold, the beer has a faint smell of toasted malt. The treat comes when the beverage warms, however, for then pleasant toasted malt combines with hints of sugared honey to produce a very inviting scent.
T: Toasty grains, a bit of caramel, some nuttiness, at times I want to say that I taste cherry preserves, and all ending with traces of fruity hops. Some general bitterness and coffee sourness occur in the middle and remains with the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.
M: Medium to medium-light in body, similar to a thicker lager. Carbonation is moderate: stronger on the front of the tongue than in the rear, which leaves the experience crisp and refreshing. Dry finish from the hops.
D: Excellent warming effects in the nose, hearty malt taste (which is good), and a sound mouthfeel all make this very enjoyable, completely drinkable.

Photo of ppoitras
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove.

Presented in a tall Mönchshof mug. A 3/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal of dark grains. Taste is dark malts upfront, with moderate bitterness coming in the middle, and setting up shop, with both carrying through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both very good, this would be big time sessionable.

Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weird color on this beer. Initially this poured DARK Black...just like a stout with the same thin head. Then as it settled it turned a dark amber brown while still retaining the pitch black color toward the top of the glass. Smelled of baked raisin bread and stewed candied yams. Taste reminded me of a thin, not too sweet, sweet style stout, but with a thinner mouthfeel. Very narrow range, but if you like sweet, raisin tinged malts, like I do, this is a nice drinker.

Photo of mntlover
3.61/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium clear brown ots of bubbles feeding a big head of small and large bubles mingled leaves lots of lace.

Aroma is nice malt, fruity some caramel, light roasted aromas light chocolate and some light nuts.

Taste is lighter then the smell some toasted nuts, caramel, fruit and chocolate hints light herbal hop finish. Overall not bad but not as roasted tasting or as dark tasting as some of the better schwarzbiers.

Mouthfeel is a heavy light good carbonation level providing a light pep too it.

Drinkability is good but would not be my choice if I was wanting a Schwarz to quench my thirst.

Photo of biergeniesser
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This .5l swingtop of Mönchshof Schwarz poured a crystal clear dark brown with slight red tones. A thick off-white head dissipates slowly.

Aromas are predominantly of roasty malt with the slightest hint of noble hop aroma.

Mönchshof Schwarz has a nicely balanced clean flavor with elements of clean malt and sweet malt flavors. It has a pleasant hop bitterness that comes through late and lingers.

The body is surprisingly light… similar to that of a Pils. This beer is remarkably smooth and has a slight mouthcoat. It has no astringency, unlike other Schwarzbiers I have sampled, and just the slightest carbon dioxide bite.

Altogether, Mönchshof Schwarz is a highly drinkable Schwarzbier. It has been referred to as a Black Pils… and that is a pretty accurate assessment, it is a unique beer to be certain and different than any other Schwarzbier I have tried. It is easy to see why it has been deemed a “World Classic” and given four stars by Michael Jackson… it simply is that good!

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.