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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 53
Gots: 8 | 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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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 00:09:37 | More by Drew966
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very Black Beer is dark black coffee in color. The almost oily herbal malt is medium in body. The pleasant fruity, malty, hoppy nose is a joy to breath, though act quick, it doesn’t last. Amply hopped with Pilsner-type bittering hops. Dry yet lightly sweet with a hint of apples. Nice mix of malt and hops make for a balanced brew. Restrained yet bursting with flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 11:49:18 | More by BeerResearcher
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gmfessen

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark until held to the light which reveals dark crimson-ruby highlights. There is very little head to speak of. Smell is sweet; mostly of lightly toasted amber malt, slightly of cherries and chocolate. The taste has a good amount of depth, with lots of layers of flavor. To start, there is a slightly sweet maltyness, followed by an acidic slightly burnt malt bitterness and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavy but not dense and has little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; enjoyable as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 02:55:55 | More by gmfessen
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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)

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 19:29:06 | More by thierrynantes
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Herky21

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-06-2013 20:53:42 | More by Herky21
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-17-2012 20:52:44 | More by rolltide8425
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:00:55 | More by francisweizen
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-28-2014 00:18:50 | More by shehateme
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick and tan foam. Fluffy with good retention. Lacing from the foam as well.

The aroma is roasty and I can get a good amount of sweetness from it as well.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront, followed by a roasted character, and a bit of what seems to be chocolate.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:17:10 | More by kshankar
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jarmby1711

Australia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The burnt grains are very prominent and dominate the flavour profile. The beer is quite dry and whilst there is no malty sweetness there it is not overtly bitter.
It is lightly carbonated and a pleasing dark brown /maroon colour
I would imagine this to be a very sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 23:09:04 | More by jarmby1711
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Rayek

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with good clarity. Soapy tan head has good retention and leaves behind substantial lace.

S: Baking chocolate dominates, with grass, lemon and molasses aromas in the background.

T: More baking chocolate, plus some molasses. Bitterness comes on with a lemon tartness and a bit of grass. Finishes with linger molasses and chocolate flavors.

M: Medium body feels just about right.

D: A very nice example of this style. Low ABV makes it eminently drinkable. I'm glad I had the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:53:19 | More by Rayek
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-19-2012 16:48:03 | More by t0rin0
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-03-2013 01:35:51 | More by brandon911
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-24-2014 23:18:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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BrooklynPanch

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-28-2014 21:07:12 | More by BrooklynPanch
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-30-2013 08:13:58 | More by BAsbill
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-25-2013 22:32:51 | More by petermethot
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meich75

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-14-2012 02:39:48 | More by meich75
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futaboots

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only the second schwarzbier I've tried, and I really like this style. For something called a schwarzbier, isn't this more like a braunbier? (Thank you GER1120)

Anyways, I actually like the color, which is something like a dark brown with a nice ruby edge. Nice foamy head that eventually dies down to a ring of lace.

Sweet malty smell, with some roastiness thrown in. Bitter roasted flavors that aren't overpowering. Coffee, very small amount of charcoal, some caramel. Not to bitter, some bitterness is from the hops, but mostly from the roasted malts. There is a sweet malty flavor there too, that artificial grape lollipop flavor that I normally would hate, but here it's just enough to notice, and actually adds to the overall enjoyability of this brew.

Mouthfeel is also very nice, crisp and light, not to carbonated, I could easily drink many of these beers over the course of a night.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 04:56:40 | More by futaboots
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SarahMackAttack

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-22-2011 15:59:59 | More by SarahMackAttack
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cmuir24

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-14-2012 02:17:08 | More by cmuir24
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-27-2011 05:34:17 | More by barnzy78
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

A bit murky looking color and appearance, but a real nice mahogany and reddish colored body, with some nice rising faint bubbles. Head is easily three fingers tall, foamy, full of swiss cheese retention and coffee cocoa brown in color. A little bit of soapy lacing. Neat looker.

Real nice clean aroma. Light powdered cocoa, hints of light cream and drip poured diner coffee. Some fresh ripping grain to match. This is very solid.

Palate comes with a lighter body than I expected, but more than delivers on the taste. Light amounts of milk chocolate and wafer like crispy malts. Small hints of milk and coffee finish, with a hints of clove like aroma. Slightly fruity interestingly, with a dry aftertaste and grain aromas that really last.

Overall a real clean and refreshing Schwarzbier, good one to know about, but probably enjoy Kostritzer a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 19:56:35 | More by smakawhat
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber tones with a nice creamy looking sticky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.Aroma is buttery with a little iron thrown in definently malty.Taste is big and chocolaty up front with a nice roasted pepper(?) taste that lingers with another touch of chocolaty taste in the aftertaste.Real nice creamy feel to this,wow what a nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 01:17:39 | More by oberon
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bowersdm

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:23:43 | More by bowersdm
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.