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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: 56
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 aracauna
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%

The body is dark and clear with a very light tan head. Some raisin and molasses under light roasty malt. A thin bitter short finish with slight sourness. Not really impressive.

aracauna, Aug 30, 2002
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours a regular finger width head that receeds and keeps a good lacing.

It smells like really good coffee and dark chocolate flavors, such as you would find in a sweet european chocolate with french coffee.

Tastes almost like a coffee stout, but lighter. Has an aftertaste like I've just chewed on a coffee bean, not strong, but apparent. Tastes malty, but with only a slight hint of hops at first taste.

Feels like a light beer in your mouth and goes down farel well.

Erdinger2003, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Douberd
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

Douberd, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of beerguy101
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%

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 Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

A very dark brown beer, almost black with a big, creamy head.

Smell is roasted and has some light molasses. A good maltiness and some leather notes. The yeast adds a light sulfuric smell.

Taste is mild burned with coffee notes and a light maltbitter. The malt is also present and is light and fresh. A typical bottom fermented beer with a clean profile. This really tastes like a colored lager. Body is quite thin and could be a little bigger.

Absumaster, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

Huge head (3/4 of 16 oz glass) that becomes rocky after about two minutes. Long lasting. Excellent lace. Brown color, but clear enough for light to shine through.

Dark, almost bark-like aromas. Very close to an extremely dry stout in smell.

Surprisingly thin body and a relatively high carbonation. Black patent malt flavors makes for a bitter beer. Some light hop.

On the bottle, this beer refers to itself as the black pilsner. In that realm, this matches the profile superbly. However, for my tastes, I prefer fuller bodied beers with more complex flavors.

smcolw, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

Out of a 5 liter keg.

Eye: Dark brown in color with some of the most beautiful undertones I've ever seen-pinkish dark red brown. Since I'm drinking this out of a 5 liter keg that I tapped last night, I didn't expect to have great head retention or formation today. Last night however, it had great formation and retention

Nose: Full of aromas. Malty sweet, burnt, roasted, and huge smokiness create the aroma profile of this brew. No hop aroma as can be expected.

Tongue: Nice roasty and smoked flavor. Also a lot of sweet malt flavors, bitterness seems to come more from the burnt/roasted grains.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again, though I think it would've been much better had I drained this keg in one day as opposed to letting it sit over night. It's lost quite a bit of its carbonation. I'd really like to try it from the bottle. Feels clean in the mouth with a medium-light body. This is an easy drinking beer that makes for a good session beer.

becktone, May 06, 2007
Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

on tap at the Maproom in Chicago. pours a dark garnet brown color, almost black, with three fingers of healthy tan head that leaves solid lacings and has good retention.

aroma is lightly roasted with a touch of grain and a note of lightly breaded yeast and floral undertones. a touch of cream is present as well.

taste follows the aroma, with a crisp quality and smoothness that is quite nice. a watered down quality hurts the overall impression.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly creamy texture and a watery feel throughout.

drinkability is decent; a bit thin on the palate and not rich enough to sustain the solid quality that a schwarzbier should have. still, it is well crafted for what it is.

botham, May 12, 2009
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

Poured a mahogany brown topped by a slight but enduring head.
Some mild lacing coated the walls of my glass.
A slight almost insignificant nose eminated from the brew. Hints, only tiny hints of toasted malt characterized the fragrance of this brew.

Flavor was slight. Once again the whisper of toasted malt comingled with a bit of tempering hops. Much of what I expect from a pils seemed to be missing. A bit of fizz here and there to wake my taste buds.

Despite the shallow pils character, this beer is quite enjoyable as it doesn't seem to be heavily alcohol laden and it's non-descript flavor makes for a mild but refreshing beverage.

Otherwise, in my opinion, there are more "definite" pils to be enjoyed.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

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 avisong
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

avisong, Apr 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Amalak, Nov 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

A clear, dark reddish-brown Schwarzbier with a moderate rocky tan head. It smells like roasted malt. At first I taste the malt, then the roastedness, with a bitter coffee-like finish. The body was thin to firm in my mouth. Overall, I found this an okay Schwarzbier, but not extraordinary.

This beer came in a 1pt. 9 fl. oz. "flip top" bottle.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA)

Bunnyhop, Feb 12, 2003
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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.