Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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617 Ratings
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 69
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, huge sticky foam, goes away fast leaving a nice half finger lace.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts and some low dark fruit.
Initial taste is rich malt, roasted but also sweet, with roasted dark bread, whole grain and slight chocolate cake. Notes of sweetened espresso coffee, caramel, low toffee. Dark fruit, especially raisins and sugared dry figs. Some citrus peel also, dark spices, cocoa powder. Earthy feel, mixed with a clear nutty flavor. Hop presence mild in the finish, with some mild bitterness, helped by the roast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, unfiltered, with low carbonation, a nice warm alcohol, typical for a schwarz.
A nice example, fresh and tasty. Great stuff.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 12/14/13. 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle with a ceramic stopper was chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter glass.

Pours a deep opaque black hue in color with a 1-finger beige foamy head. LOTS of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is even better and very smooth with bitter-sweet chocolate that is perfectly done. No harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Perfect carbonation. A great brew!

Photo of mmmbirra
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

0.5 liter swing top bottle. Labeled "Naturbelassenes Schwarzbier."

Quite dark. Black until a few ruby highlights appear when shown to light. Off-white/tan head. Thick lacing most of the way down the glass.
A strong mocha aroma emanates, heavy on the bitter chocolate with a little acidity coming from the dark malts.
The flavor isn't as pronounced as the aroma but is nice. Some bitter chocolate again with that slight acidity really coming through. Dry.
Silky smooth, like any good Schwarz should be.
The nose led me to believe this would be a little richer than it actually is, but overall it's a fine beer.
The roast and acidity lingers for quite some time, and calls for another pint.
There really should be more schwarzbiers in the world, or at least more of the existing ones should be available to me.

Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Monchshof Rauchbier pours a deep opaque black hue with an off white puffy head. Great lacing and overall appearance. I've had this a few times, once on tap, now I am reviewing the bottled experience. The aroma is so full of roasty malts, it's almost savory. Very mouth-watering. The splendid taste had more of the aforementioned aspects, as well as chicory and coffee, and some faint hops. All very, very balanced and smooth. What a full mouth feel one gets with this for such a low ABV beer! Truly a triumph of a Schwarzbier, definitely my new favorite of the style (I love German Beer). Order it with confidence, and have a couple at only 4.9%! Prost!

Photo of Markus2969
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had cocoa and hops taste. Dark smell with a little tobacco hint, good mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. When i first saw it i thought it was going to taste like a stout or a bach bier. I was happily surprised with my first drink. Drink this one slow to enjoy every drop!

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, mahogany color, with a towering head of light tan foam; lingering is good, delicate lacing remains down the length of the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Mild aroma of burnt toast. Slight coffee notes.

T: Hardly any malt sweetness, it goes straight to toasted grain, faintly acrid tasting. There's also some coffee acidity. Hops are mildly bitter, which is fitting given the lack of sweetness needing balance.

M: Moist, very slightly chewy, but a little low on the carbonation (because it all ended up in the head?); also a little dry in the finish.

O: Not complex, but enjoyable; it remindes me of a "light porter" if there is such a thing.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier has a very thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, yet dark, ruby-brown appearance, and a lot of splotchy lacing left down the glass. The aroma is mild- toasted malt, dark coffee, dark bread, and sweetness. Taste is mild as well- sweet, malty, toasted, chocolaty, some coffee, and a bit of hops, but not too much. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Kulmbacher Mönchshof Schwarzbier finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. Another winner from Kulmbacher, this gets an excellent score from me. Get some!

RJT

Photo of Douberd
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, at home. Poured into a lager glass. ABV 4,9%.

Very dark brown colour, semi-transparent once held against a light source, two fingers of off-white head with average retention and lots of activity in the glass.
Smell of dark roasted malts and coffee, very pleasant.
Taste follows very close the smell, lots of roasted malts and coffee, slighty bitterness.
Low carbonation and light to medium on the body.
A nice alternative to a lager.

Photo of udouche
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml swing top bottle into a 16oz Pint (redundant) glass

A - Poured a thick, three finger, light colored foamy head. As the beer settles it is a deep black with reddish hues in the thinner parts of the glass at the bottom. Lacing is full, but light. Not too sticky.

S - Very mild presence. Coffee and dark chocolate are the most present aromas. Some hidden pockets of carmel and a warm breadiness. The dark roasted malts are the clear owner here.

T - Toasted malts and mocha right up front. As it settles I get the carmel and pull some mild hops and smoke. It gave me a sweet yet clean wash.

M - Light bodied, like I would expect from a lager. The carbonation is crisp and helps to give a clean dry finish.

O - Although not super complex, that is what the style calls for. The balance of front flavor and mellowing backend makes it a great session beer.

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

Wonderful, dark, rich, warm, everything you want in a dark beer. Nothing heavy or cloying -- smell, taste and finish are all clean, almost crisp if that makes sense with such a rich brew. Just delicious. Sip on its own or pair with strong tasting foods -- I tried it with Huntsman cheese (stilton and gruyere) and roasted brussels sprouts and although it sounds odd, it was a superb match.

Photo of jdkitchi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 5 liter keg can of this for a party. I have a small kegerator that takes these size cans. It chills them has a built in air compressor used pressurize the keg and dispense the beer. Unfortunately, it uses air not CO2 so the beer only lasts about 48 hours.

This poured out of the tap like you see Guinness poured at a bar with black beer and dark brown foam swirling around in the glass. The foamy mix eventually settles down to be beer on the bottom and foam on top with a large head and fairly high carbonation.

This is a lighter bodied black beer true to the style. It has subtle sweetness with super creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable and was a big hit with this party.

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

A: Molasses colored beer, maybe a finger's width worth of slightly off-white head on top of the beer. The head dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted grains, molasses (maybe that just pops into my mind because that's how I described the color). A nice smelling beer.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Caramel, coffee, toasted malts, a little bit of a grainy taste. Sweetness gives way to a malt bitterness in the middle. The finish is a little weak. While there is a woody hop presence, there isn't enough to balance out the front end of the beer. That makes me want to keep drinking it constantly so the initial flavor doesn't fade out and leave me disappointed.

M: Moderate body, above-average carbonation.

O: A great tasting beer, but out of balance, which leaves me wishing for more hops. The roasty flavors are great, the malty goodness up front, the coffee, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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

Poured black into a weizen glass with a nice creamy off white head. Nice roasted aroma and full mouth feel. Taste consisted of coffee notes with roasted chocolate and slight licorice. The best part was it was not overly heavy making it a great session beer. Overall a very delightful beer and one I will definitely have again.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Steve, 500ml swing top into a tulip.

Fairly black in terms of body, tan head sits atop for quite some time. Great retention and lacing. Nose has chocolate, light hopping, some earthy qualities, slight roast and some sweeter almost caramel/molasses underneath. Taste has subtle chocolate/roast more pils hopping, some mineral quality to the water. Light bitterness in the finish. Light mouthfeel, lower medium carbonation. A very good schwarz, probably the truest schwarz I've had in the vein of the 'black pils' descriptor.

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

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Dark reddish black with a thick two-finger tan head of creamy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S – Nice strong aroma of dark roasted malts and caramel. Mocha-esque.

T – Wow. Powerful dark roast flavor, with none of the “graininess” sometimes associated with dark lagers. Caramel malts make their presence known. Esters of nutty toffee, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate as well. Bavarian style hops lurk way back in the flavor profile, but you can taste them if you look for them. Slightly smokey. Fruitiness comes out as it warms. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet. Smooth. Delicious.

M – Light bodied, with medium carbonation, but with an amazing creaminess that really makes this beer stand out. Dry finish.

O – This is the first beer in a while to really blow me away unexpectedly. The combination of flavor richness, balance, and the creamy mouth feel makes this a real winner. Proof that a beer doesn’t have to be super extreme to kick ass. A new fave.

Photo of tenesmus
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Demi-litre bottle with flip top, goes off with quite a snap when opened.

Pours out a mahogany red appearance with effervescent dense light tan head foaming over, nice lacing down the glass.

A whiff of toasty barley, chocolate and coffee on the nose, a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is more impressive, bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, walnut and dark fruits, cherry and prune, some hints of tobacco, a little smokiness. There is a pleasing sweetness and some hop structure in the background as well as a vegetal undertone. A lingering bitter aftertaste.

Very nice beer to sample, super smooth on the tongue, a light carbonation provides lift, the experience is cleansing and very accomplished.

Photo of kraypd
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flip-top bottle poured into a glass in Germany.

A – Pours nice with deep black color with a strong off-white head. The retention is good with nice lacing.

S - A nice roast aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Very balanced taste with roast malt, chocolate, coffee flavoring. Residual sweetness adds a very slight fruity flavor which is balanced well against the roasted flavor.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O – This beer was a nice surprise to me. Definitely one of the best Schwartzbiers that I have been able to try. Highly recommended.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan coloured head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Coffee, chocolate and yeast.

T: Yeast, roasted barley, toasted malt, grassy and citrus hops with a coffee/chocolate mocha finish.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and medium to thin level of carbonation.

O: Extremely drinkable and refreshing. A great beer.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear black walnut is very dark with dramatic, fine carbonation coating the pilsner glass. A big, creamy, beige head slowly turns rocky, leaving sticky patches of lace.

The aroma is that of dark roasted malt, sweet, with some chocolate and the suggestion of nuts.

The flavor profile, while close to the nose, accentuates roasted nuts. Balance is better than anticipated up front, however, the middle is dominated by malt. The finish is modest. Generally speaking, this beer lacks layers of complexity, however, it is well done, with some fruitiness. Bitterness detracts as it warms.

A medium body with satin texture and modest carbonation. Alcohol is absent from this crisp and refreshing beer.

A good summer afternoon beer, however, it lacks the pop I had hoped for.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a black w/ a two finger, super dense cocoa head. Major pop when the top comes off this one- like a gunshot. There's a good amount of lacing on my CBS snifter. The nose is roasted malt, nuts, and maybe some cocoa in there. Not a super strong nose, but very balanced and pleasant. The taste follows the nose profile, with a little bite hiding beyond all the malty goodness. Feel is medium, super smooth and silky. Malt dominates throughout. Overall, this is a very laid back, malty, solid brew. Definitely a good session brew that I'd have again. Cheers.

Photo of horshack7
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: From a 1 pint flip top bottle. The beer is black with brown hues on top is an off white head around an inch thick.

Aroma: Figs, little notes of grapes, wild berries and even some blue berries. Wisps of pumpernickel, herbal, floral and some citrus hops.

Taste: Sweetness up front, brown bread, floral hop, smokiness with bits of woodiness. Dark berries are in the back along with touches of herbs. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and is fairly smooth.

Notes: An amazing lager even though there are not alot of Schwarzbiers this is a remarkable treat and I will pick this one up again. Cheers.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not very experienced in Schwarzbiers, so here it goes.

Pours light black with bright red hues. fizzy head that disappears. Still looks beautiful.

Smell is amazing. Its like a German Pilsener made with roasted malts. Roasted malts dont dominate, but make the presence known. Smells light and sweet as well.

Taste is really good. Underlying sweetness. Roasted presence, but not that much. Very balanced and smooth. Goes down very well. Good German Lager.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very malty aroma - as you might expect - with some hops as well.

T: Tasted primarily of malt, with a strong (but not too strong) hops presence in the finish. Not a super-dynamic flavor, but very focused and true to its style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this isn't a beer that will totally knock your socks off, but it is very drinkable, especially if you like schwarzbiers.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super deep brown color with flickering ruby high lights. A tan and tall and fluffy cloud of a foam topper. Great lacing and well carbonated. Aroma has a rich and velvetty feel. Lots of roasted malts and molasses in the scent. Richly malted with roasted malts and molasses. As an added bonus there is also a sutle smokiness in the taste...excellent. Has a medium feel thats quite smooth going down.
An easy drinking smooth flowing killer of a beer.
Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source/Serving: 16.9 oz bottle

S: Tons of brown bread along with Tootsie roll. Clean, light roastiness which is reminiscent of coffee and dark croutons. Light black pepper.

T: Lots of pure and clean toasted grain, brown bread flavor and tootsie roll as found in the nose with just a brief touch of sweetness and slightly dry overall. Super smooth with an almost ethereal roastiness. You know its there but diffuse and hard to pinpoint. Middle has a touch of noble hop flavor and bitterness, but overall the hops are quite light. Light acidity add brightness and keeps things light which along with some light nuttiness and smokiness ties everything together. I really like the tootsie roll note and light smoke in this beer. Very balanced and a nice thick mouthfeel but isn't overly heavy. Finish is lean and dry and clean with a touch of coffee ground and the only place where the roastiness can really be pinpointed. Lingers with some noble hop character and tootsie roll.

Notes: A balanced, complex Schwarzbier that is very drinkable and sophisticated. Intensity of flavors is moderate for the style.

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.