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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 58
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ssgunbond, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

shehateme, May 28, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, May 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Pens1967, May 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

VicVinegar, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

bigred89, May 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

cuy50, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

alex_hart, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Lgarciaosuna, Apr 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

jofat, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

jgunther71, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

joemochas, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

BrownAleMale, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

BradC, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

krome, Mar 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

mmilyko, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

AlaskanYoung, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Inglewood, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

nosavingsaccount, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle
Rudy's Liquors - LaSalle, IL

Monchshof's Schwarz pours like black coffee. Chestnut highlights glow along the bottom of the mug and a dense head of dirty white foam crowns the body. The head reaches two fingers in height and barely falls, becoming craggy and dense as it does. Foam spiderwebs the glass. Lookin' good!

The nose is slam packed full of goodness. A soft roast gets things moving before a smooth nuttiness joins the fray. A little black bread spiciness and a clean earthiness. Mild notes of coffee add to the mouthwatering depth. We have mild sweetness, soft roast, and a welcoming spice.

The flavor profile follows the path the nose suggested. Light roast comes in a wave laying down a solid base. The coffee is more pronounced than the nose suggested and pushes through to the finish. An undercurrent of both nuttiness and earthiness add depth and the spicy black bread rolls through on the finish and lingers slightly after the swallow.

There's a fullness to the body that's absolutely appropriate with an above average heft and a velvety feel. The carbonation is moderate and keeps the body moving. A touch of residual sugar sticks around after the swallow. Highly drinkable.

Monchshof is one of my favorite schwarzbiers out there. It's not as complex as some but the drinkability and enjoyment factor are off the charts. I could drink this by the case and do find myself buying it often. If you haven't had this beer yet and are a fan of the style, get some.

joe1510, Feb 16, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0.3 Litres: on tap in Dicker Vertin, Charlottenburg Berlin on 22nd Jan 2014.

Pours a dark brown to black colour (what a surprise) with a full tanned head of sticky foam that sent me to wash my hands after picking the glass up the first time.

Semi-sweet malts rule this brew and they let you know straight away by the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas waft around the glass and fill the air.

Those same malty aromas appear in the mouth as the malty molasses within the brew give of their flavours.

I've knocked Schwarzbier body depth before, this however wasn't weak and watery like so many: this had a good robust feel to it, almost rich and creamy in fact.

One of the better beers I've had in this style.

BlackHaddock, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

HowlingTurkey, Feb 01, 2014
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.