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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

545 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 57
Gots: 15 | 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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, toffee-toned appearance, with a thick, full, frothy head.
Aroma, nuttiness is foremost, a bit of coffee, and caramel.
Taste: Brisk, neat little hops, fading quickly into lush malty bed. Flavor continues as a nutty, caramelly thing, nice and tasty, but nothing too fabulous, not unseating any king of the schwarzbier throne with this one, no, sir.
Biscuity, toasty malt, well-appreciated, but not too spectacular. High in carbonation, fizzy, creamy, tasty, just enough.
A decent roll in the hay, but not a beer I'd give a second phone call to, unless I was desperate.

feloniousmonk, May 04, 2004
Photo of Hagbard
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin creamy head. Light penetrates the bottom and sides of the pint glass, creating a mahogany effect. Crisp, clean aroma with faint floral hops. There is also a slight malty undertone to the aroma. The taste starts off with a hop bitterness that transitions nicely into a malty presence. During the swallow, and leading to the aftertaste, there is a strong dark chocolate presence that surprised me. After a few sips, little burps began that brought the hoppiness back into the mouth. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, what you expect form a lager. It is heavily carbonated.

A rather strange beer. I liked it, but found the rather strong aftertaste a little off-putting. This was my first schwarzbier, and I wonder how this one compares to others in its class.

Hagbard, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black or maybe a dark ruby-black, with a two finger bumpy tan head, leaves rings of thick sticky lace.
Roasted malt prevalent in the aroma, with a bit of lemon?
Charcoal and chocolate liquor, caramel and coffee.
Roasted malt again dominates the taste, earthy
Medium feel, and dry

mschofield, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9oz swing top bottle, with no BB date that is noticeable however I believe the numbers on back label have this encrypted within. There is also a Michael Jackson review stating World Classic & 4 stars **** on the back label. Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights, with a small tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with Euro hops, fairly clean overall.
Taste: Nice light roastiness, nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some hop bitterness going down, balances the flavor out .
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: A fine Schwarzbier very drinkable and very flavorful…a very solid Schwarzbier.

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark muddy burnt orangy brown color with slivers of bright orange along the bottom and edges. Tall dark ivory head thats firm and pretty thick with good consistency of a whipped cream frothy look. Lacing in thick strings and large blobuels. Not much on the nose here, just an openness that has some light roasty tones and dryness to it. Some small phenol and sweet notes sneak in as it warms. Taste is mild with a roasted sweetness, has a dryish cocoa under tone and it survives a fairly sufficent descent throughout its tenure. Which menas it seems to last a good while eh. It has a very slight burntness gettting close to coffee with some heavy roasted nuts. A gentle but raw husky grassy finish helps out a bit and late effecting cocoa notes subside. Easy, clean feel, medium bodied, nice mild little sweetness and roasty tone. A good drinkin' beer. Not much for the nose but it makes up for it with a nice, easy going pace with flavors and body. On another note, I'll be keeping this bottle with the swing top stopper for the reason that it has three labels on it? Must of got stuck in the labeling machine or something, so that makes it unique and collectable in my book.

tavernjef, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of this style. I always associated pilsners with the medium yellow, ice cold brews of my younger days. This brew changed that. First the appearance was a dark amber with a substantial head that dissolved into some of the best lacing I have seen. Aroma was light and malty, but inviting. Taste was light to medium, and as it warmed became more pronounced. Mouthfeel also became a bit oily, but not in an unpleasant way. Very easy to drink, could definitely have two or three. A very nice introduction to this style.

edchicma, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burgandy tone. Big bubbly light tan head with great retention. Lacing is full. Some roasted malt goodness blends with a munich maltiness on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and the body is close to full. The taste is a decent blend of slightly burnt malts, coffee bean, roasted nut and a somewhat smooth, pils like maltiness. Pretty decent taste. One of the better schwarzbiers I've had.

Bighuge, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle not bad eh? Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice but rather petit tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with European hops giving it the traditional European lager aromatics, pretty clean overall. Taste: Nice soft chocolate tones rather fruity with toasted nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some german hop bitterness going down a nice round of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: Excellent Schwarzbier very drinkable and flavorful with the dark roasts stealing the show keeping it light and drinkable at the same time is the key here, solid brew.

WVbeergeek, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut color, minimal but finely crafted lace. Aromatics are divine with lightly bitter notes, bread dough, and sweet malt. On the lighter side of medium and very refreshing and tasty. The emphasis is certainly on malt, and the bready/malty flavor finishes very long-this is a super brew! Rich and satisfying as well as highly drinkable. Buy and try-no question. It will be tough to find a better example of the style.

moulefrite, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

paid $1.99, cool flip top bottle. pours dark brown with a red tint. light roasted malt smell. the taste is of mild roasted malts, coffee and chicory with the hops just looming in the background. lightly sweet. smooth mouthfeel, i dug it. a hearty lager, very balanced and highly drinkable.

DESTRO, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-fingered light, brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. A deep, amber/ruby color. Nose is very sweet and malty and this is with an ABV of only 4.9%. Starts malty and finishes sweet, smooth and just a hint of bitterness. Good carbonation. $2.65 for 500ml.

jdhilt, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color. Head is medium sized, white and foamy. Aroma is chocolate and toffee. A medium bodied schwarzbier. Malts are roasted and choclately with hints of toffee. Hops are slightly spicy, Nice subtle, milder tasting Schwartz. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Schwarzbier that looks good, smells good, and tastes good as well. The appearance is dark brown with ruby highlights, a modest cream head and modest lacing. The nose is mainly toasted malts and, perhaps, just a tinge of hop content. The body is of light to medium feel, with nice crispness to finish with the dryness from a well-balanced brew. Very clean and drinkable dark lager.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stammtisch, where it was listed as Monschof Black Pils.
The beer is a clear umber black, vaguely brown, topped with a thin mist of head. Head dissipates into a thin ring, but lasts throughout the pint.
Aroma is semi-roasty, with a sweetness, rather than bitter chocolate. Smoothly grainy. Hints of fig and caramel, with some light hoppy spiciness poking through. Very, very clean.
Flavor is mainly roasted malt, with a touch of fig, caramel, and very light chocolate. Super clean. A bit of spicy hops in the finish, with a bit of herbal quality. No aftertaste. Light bodied, with small bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.

UnionMade, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of kaszeta
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

It's been a *long* time since I've had a schwarzbier, and I'm glad I had a chance to sample this one. It pours with a deep, deep black color and a thick tan head, almost like a stout. The aroma was that of a nicely roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. It's a bit sharp on the mouthfeel, mostly due to a bit of carbonation. The taste is quite pleasant, with a well-rounded nuttiness and a sweet malty aftertaste. Very pleasant, and very drinkable.

kaszeta, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of Boto
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A suprise find at the CT River Brewers Festival.

This beer poured a very dark black color. There was a thick tan head along with it. There was a big malt sweetness to the nose. Nice hint of roastiness and chocolate in the aroma. Full bodied beer with a hint of chocolate to the taste. Not really sweet at all. This was excellent! It might be one of the best of this style.

Boto, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this in a grocery store on the south side of Moscow. It comes in a tall dark brown half liter bottle with a flip top and a dark fairly plain label. Ingredients conform to the purity law (of course). Best before 10/17/03, I opened mine on 9/8/03. I just couldn't face another mediocre Russian pale lager for my 200th review. This will do nicely.

Beautiful clear deep mahogony just barely translucent lies under a thick reddish tan head that lingers well and leaves nice lace rings down the glass. The nose is nutty, with caramel and just a tinge of sour. The mouth is reasonably well carbonated, and a touch on the heavy side. The taste is roasted chestnuts, malts and a bit of toffee. I don't detect the hoppy bitterness the label promised, but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, somewhat sour but mainly roasted malt. No complaints here - I could drink a few of these on a cold Moscow September night...

Globetrotter, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 16 oz brown bottle, with fliptop. Label calls it the Black Pils. Murky dark brown color to black color. Shiny and Clear. Tight, fizzy, brown head. Moderately bitter smells. Taste is slightly toasted carmel malt. Hints of coffee bitterness. Light hop snap, much like a snappy refreshing pilsner as advertised. Dry finish, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied, easy going down. The toasted carmel and tight bitterness matched with snappy hop finish, makes this an extremely interesting and tasty brew. Recommended.

StevieW, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brownish black. A mighty tan foam head topped off this Schwartz beer. This head is very persistent and did give way to a decent lace to the bottom of the glass. I noticed some cascading while pouring this black beauty.

The aroma was a bit disappointing at first. The only thing I could take in was a sweet malt smell. However, after the first sip BAM I was hit with a nice roasted malt aroma with slight tones of hops lingering in the back round.

The flavor is also very nice. It started with the roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and other earthy notes. It finished off with a slight bitterness of the hops. It is slightly dry and beautifully hopped and loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.

Overall, a very nice Schwartz beer. A must for all to try.

Stubbie1, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a very small tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. This beer had good lacing and I observed some carbonation with this beer. The body was clear and the hue was dark brown. The mouthfeel was light-medium and smooth. The nose was a bit citrusy and malty. The flavor was roasty and somewhat burnt.

hotstuff, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer was enjoyed at the brewery in Kulmbach the best black beer in the world IMO!
Rich dark brown head that lasted throughout the half liter glass as the maltiness was very present and roasty.
It was very refreshing and went well with the Nurnberger sausages if you're in Bavaria also a must to eat with spicy mustard. Mouthfeel smooth and silky which leads to it being highly drinkable as well as a low ABV.

bierman2000, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones and was very impressed!

Rich dark mahogany in color, nice head, but it faded a bit quickly. The aroma was a mixture of malty-fruitiness.

David refered to the taste as 'Aventinus meets Salvator.'

I found it very fresh, very mild, very Germanic. I mean that the beer was so fresh and tasty, it was like I was drinking it in Germany...the beer had been handled very well.

Again, the taste was very mild. It was not sweet (yay!), and the carbonation was just right, not over the top at all. The malt flavor was there, but the body was so smooth, not cloying at all.

The drinkability of this beer was awesome. Would get again in a second. pat

PatandDavid, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark but clear shade, somewhere between mahogany and coffee. A thin, but well-lacing head sits atop the tasty goodness below. Aroma is of Riesen candy and toast.

Mouthfeel immediately makes itself known; full-bodied but smooth at the same time.

Sweet roasty malt takes center stage, with notes of buttery toast and dark chocolate. Finishes with a small hint of coffee and slides right down the throat with no hint of bitterness or burnt notes. An unmistakable lager "feel", and very drinkable, the sweetness doesn't ever go over the top... this would be an excellent choice for a stout lover on a hot day. Roasted flavor a-plenty, but none of the thick, warming power of a stout.

There are just enough hops to balance the beer, and they stay well in the background.

Overall impression: "wow, a richly malty beer that one could drink several of, even in the middle of summer".

shirfan, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous crystal clear dark garnet in hue. Topped by a beige, fluffy, well retained head that trails Belgian lace. Aroma is comprised of lightly sweet, soft nutty malt with hints of dry cocoa and subtle dark roasted grain. Trace herbal hop nose. Stately and pleasant aromawise. Mellow combination of dehusked chocolate and black malt bitterness upfront in flavor is ensued by a light toasted, bready Munich sweetness, which lingers briefly. Mild hop bitterness offsets malt sweetness promptly and complements roasted grain presence, lending a dry, bittersweet overall character. Lightly bodied and well attenuated, but appropriately so as to facilitate easy quaffing. Judiciously dextrinous. Finishes crisp, with notes of faint herbal hop and savory dry biscuit. Not complex, but well balanced and flavorful. Soft on the palate and mellow.

marc77, May 11, 2003
Photo of BigHead
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark beer from the pour, with an aroma not largely detectable, but still had a nice roasted malt, coffee type smell. The flavor of this brew was nothing to write home about, I was expecting more and I didn't get it. The flavor reminded me more of a golden pilsner rather than the dark color would lead you to believe. I would drink it again if it was given to me.

BigHead, Apr 29, 2003
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.