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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

582 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 21 | 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 therica
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark chestnut, not quite black (schwarz) but nice. Thick light-brown head, dissipates to pooling and a nice rim with plenty of lacing. Enough small-bubble carbonation rising to see its activity despite the opaque color.

S= bountiful heaven when it was first poured, nice milk chocolate, roasted malts and hops florals. After it sat for a minute then it was more dark dry chocolate, molasses and some hops floral notes.

T= very dry, a slight carbonation bite on the tongue, nice dark dry chocolate, burnt malts, touch of coffee, a little burnt molasses, hops florals, slightly watery but very nice.

M= rather dry on the tongue, light chocolate syrup, almost the feel of dried cocoa powder on my tongue.

D= very drinkable although slightly watery for my preferences in a Schwarzbier. I really enjoy the chocolate emphasis and it would work well with roasted meats, chocolate or heavier desserts. It's not as sweet as Kostritzer (one of my favorite Schwarzbiers) but it's also nicely dry and chocolate which makes it its own favorite for me.

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

Contrary to its name, this beer is not black. It is definitely dark, with copper highlights--but not black. The aroma is distinct. Toasted husky grain aromas linger overhead mixed with a blackened wood character. The head is worth noting for the trail it left on the glass.

The medium bodied beer is smooth and tasty. Toasted malts express a malty coffee flavor. A wisp of smoke seems to pervade this beer. It finishes with a very light presence of spice. The palate is left dry, wanting more.

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a two-finger head and some good lacing. A strong smell of chocolate malt hit my nose for a sweet sensation. Smooth, really smooth and somewhat creamy. The malty taste is both coffeeish and chocolatey, with the beer passing over somewhat strong (medium-bodied) over the palete and has a good, dry backbite that contains some residual sweetnees and complements the beer and does not kill the tongue. I could have this again anytime.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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)

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -1%
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 shehateme
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.