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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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587 Ratings
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Ratings: 587
Reviews: 367
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 62
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
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 BeardedSquash
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and reds blend into an opaque liquid topped by 4 fingers of off white head that paints the glass all the way until the end. A beautiful beer.

S: Caramel malts and lightly tossed grains. No hop aroma.

T: Chocolate malts and cereal grains with a noble hop kick. Clean palated and up front.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: The very definition of quaffable. Refreshing during the day and replenishing at night.

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

I bought this in a Mini-keg, My first one.
It pours a real dark brown, kinds like thin coffee. The head is tan and solid. It maintains well and laces even better. Carbonation is good and feels soft on the mouth. The body is medium though the beer itself is rich.

The aroma is roasted malts. The taste carries that roasted base with hints of smoke, coffee, dark bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is easy.


As for the mini-keg; The beer itself maintained good carbonation for about ten days. Even as it flattened the taste held good. After two weeks it showed some sign of appearing watered down.

A good option; I wanted it for smaller 6 oz. servings and to see how long it would keep in the beer frig.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body falls somewhere between deep bronze, copper, and brown with a very nice cascading tan head that leaves sticky lacing clinging to the glass as it patiently dissipates.

The aroma consists of roasted and caramel malt up front with crisp hops beneath.

The flavor features generous roasted malt, deep, rich, and toasty, as well as crisp and refreshing grassy hops. There is also a faint sweetness, perhaps sugar, perhaps dark and sweet fruits such as plum or nectarine.

The body is medium to light with medium carbonation and quite crisp.

This is a great, refreshing beer for the summer months with fine character. This is quite easy to enjoy and appears to be a fine example of the style.

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

A: Poured a bit vigorously from a swingtop bottle into a pint glass, which produced a 2cm, off-white head that quickly collapsed into a think coating of bubbles along the top of the beer. Would have liked the head to stay around a bit longer, but there's excellent lacing along sides of the glass: a full spectrum of streaks and rings. The body is a transparent brownish-amber with some hard to detect (against the darkness of the brew) carbonation.
S: When cold, the beer has a faint smell of toasted malt. The treat comes when the beverage warms, however, for then pleasant toasted malt combines with hints of sugared honey to produce a very inviting scent.
T: Toasty grains, a bit of caramel, some nuttiness, at times I want to say that I taste cherry preserves, and all ending with traces of fruity hops. Some general bitterness and coffee sourness occur in the middle and remains with the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.
M: Medium to medium-light in body, similar to a thicker lager. Carbonation is moderate: stronger on the front of the tongue than in the rear, which leaves the experience crisp and refreshing. Dry finish from the hops.
D: Excellent warming effects in the nose, hearty malt taste (which is good), and a sound mouthfeel all make this very enjoyable, completely drinkable.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 4 liter keg into a pint glass. Thanks for bringing it, Alan.

A: Pitch black with a tan two finger head that lingers quite a bit. Thick lacing to match the head. This one means business.

S: Loads of bready malts and dark chocolate.

T: Follows nose in a robust, sweet and very sessionable brew. Toasty.

M: Medium with medium, creamy carbonation.

O: A great party beer. Everyone kept coming back for a pint. The low ABV makes this an all night guzzler. More, please.

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the swing top head on the bottle. In side that cool bottle is a dark copper color beer with dark red highlights. It has a rocky light tan head that makes good lace. Its aroma is doughy, nutty and toasty. The flavor is sweet with light bitter hops sneaking through nutty and roasted flavors. Its light to medium bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall it is very drinkable and has a nice complexity.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a german style mug

A- Near black with a big off white head and tons of lacing on the dimpled mug

S- roasted malt through and through

T- nice hidden roasted flavor with a clean and refreshing finish, ever so slightly bitter finish

M- creamy and smooth, very balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- a very nice and clean swartzbier an easy drinking german offering.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date only an ambiguous code that I can not read.
Appears black from a distance but when light penetrates is a dark garnet.
Some slight roasted character is present but not overwhelming, with a pleasant toffee aroma.
Subtle vanilla character that is never enough to be cloying. Roasted character is present once again in the taste but not the primary taste. Sweetened coffee also comes to mind while alluding to candy in the finish.
Crisp and medium bodied for a lager.
I want more...much more.

Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had an amberish-black color to it with an overall medium head. The aromas were permeating the sweet smells of caramel and wheat with a roasty feel. The taste was a mix of fruity wheat and and bitterish hop greatness. It was thick, and full bodied, yet surprisingly light, making it a great beer to try out if you do not like heavy drinks. Overall, this was very good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swing-top bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Number on the back but no date. World Classic rated by Michael Jackson.

A - Dark, almost black, mahogany color with a thick, large tan head with good retention. Started turning rocky and left lacing as it shrank in size.

S - Strong yeasty black malt aroma with little else behind the potency. The yeasty smell reminds me of the smell in the air around the Pabst brewery as a child. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee notes.

T - Bitter black malts with a touch of coffee and some caramel flavors that finish clean with a cocoa neutrality.

M - Begins bitter but ends dry and clean. Medium bodied with a neutral level of carbonation.

D - A delicious schwarzbier that is easily consumable!

Photo of BillFish
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Brown, no haze, red highlights. Good head.

Smell: Mix of munich and pils malt. No hops. slight sulfur (like a munich helles). No roast.

Taste: Slight roast character mixed with clean toast and pils malt. Slightly sweet upfront but very dry in finish; similar to a cross between a pilsner and munich dunkle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. expected lager smoothness

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Notes: Very nice. Crisp drinkability of a pils but softer and a touch richer.

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a very dark crimson bordering on black wiht a four finger choppy head that slowly dissapated and left a thick lace on the glass.

The smell was heavy in coffee and chocolate smells mixed with a nice hop spice undertone.

The drink started with a heavy feeling malt flavor with chocolate and malt followed by a quick hit of hop spice followed by a lingering coffee flavor to finish.

This was a great beer that was very easy to drink. If you can find it buy it you will not be disapointed.

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep brown, bordering on black, with a coffee-foam head perched atop the body. Tons of roasted malt in the nose, but also bitter chocolate and a winey acidity. Very bitter, without being acrid, on the tongue. Considerable acidity kicks things off and stays on the tongue throughout, while bitter chocolate and dark bread crust notes come and go, before the bitterness makes for a finish that's quite dry. Highly carbonated mouthfeel makes this beer feel fuller than it actually is; it seems pretty low in gravity and very smooth (the lager thing). Overall, this is an excellent schwarzbier, rich in flavor but small enough to be sessionable. Very good, if simple, flavor execution.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Half-liter swing top enclosure. Pours a clear reddish-copper color with a thick beige head. Toasted Munich malt aroma and some earthy, tree-bark and mossy-like smells that interplayed with subdued hops. Clean smelling. Smooth dark malts without dark malt stereotypes. No coffee, no chocolate. Just toasty Munich malt goodness with a touch of astringency. Pair it up with a slightly minerally water background and a faint-but-present hop finish and you've got yourself one fine example of an underscored style of beer. Very drinkable. Carbonation is average. The black pilseners of Germany are really good. This one from Kulmbacher states that it's "The Original Black".

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of jsdunlop
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night, good full, tan head forms up, good lacing. There's a bit of chocolate in the nose, some grainy notes and some roasted malt. Very nutty, roasted character in the taste, nice and smooth with an enjoyable hop presence that is noticeable towards the end of the sip. Very bready and malty, slightly dry with a solid medium body. Two thumbs up for drinkability, extremely refreshing and crisp, nice light abv. An all around good beer for sure.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- A one and a half finger head that turns into a foamy film at the end. Very translucent like dark brown color.

Smell- Only a hint of malt as well as hops, with malt being the dominate one.

Taste- The malt flavor was excellent with some hops in the middle to do some balancing, but then ended with the roasted malts and water.

Mouthfeel- Looks are deceicing, especially if you aren't familiar with schwarzbier. But something this dark is like a lager and can be consumed so easily. My palate was alight with a tasty roasted malt. Nothing overpowering though.

Drinkability- Excellent, I like anything dark in a beer, and this could turn into my regular beer of the day to drink when I want to forget the pain... just kidding. But definetly beckons the drinker to consume more.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Schwarz pours a clear brown/black color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some real sudsy lacing.

The aroma is nice. It has chocolate, coffee and caramel overtones. The roasted chocolately malts and really light and finished with a soft bitterness. In the mouth it was thin and well carbonated. Overall a very excellent beer.

Photo of ajayma
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK
Deep mahogany in color. Head is whippy and rocky, and fades from a redish foam to chalk-white at the top. Head fades but leaves a sticky lacing with each gulp.

AROMA
Toasty malt, maybe a faint whiff of molasses.

BODY
Medium-light in body, very smooth down the hatch. Tame, tiny carbonation.

FLAVOR
Begins and ends with a firmly toasted maltiness and a gently roasted bitterness. If there are hops they don't make themselves apparent--it's all about malt here. Finish is fairly dry and reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee.

AFTERMATH.
Flavorful but not filling. I'd love some smoked fish to go with this. Or perhaps lasagna, with that meaty sauce and those charred bits of crust...

Photo of Sosh
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The drinkability for this beer is awesome. The bottle even boasts "Supremely drinkable." Roasted malts is the big flavor I pick up. The beer is very balanced, which is a major factor in it's drinkability. I would definatley get this again, and if you are in the market for a Schwarzbier, this one will not fail to impress.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wirsthaus Max and Moritz, Berlin. Go there if you're in Berlin.

Served in a tall pilsner-style glass. Inch of tan head, beer is black, few notes of other colors. Lots of lacing for the duration of drinking. Large pattern.

Smells like chocolate from the Black forest. Also some coffee, but not much bitterness perceived through smelling. Rich, even just smelling the beer.

As the fragrance suggests, a very rich and velvety example of the Schwarzbier. Heavy bitter chocolate and coffee. Dense, and layers of the chocolate flavors. Great fun to drink with Eisbein - pork knuckle.

Thick and delicious beer, heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. I prefer this from the tap as opposed to from the bottle.

Great schwarzbier. Worth trying.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9 oz flip top brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Very good lacing effect on the glass most of the way down, dark brown colour with reddish hues.

Smell: Clean aroma with some soft sweetness and vague roasted malt.

Taste: Extremely smooth and the medium sized body lays it on as think as it can forming a viscous mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavour varying from coffee to chicory to faint charcoal but with nothing going to the point of overboard or even astringent. Hops are mild with a balancing presence and nothing else to show. Maltiness drops a splash of sweetness but the beer ends up being relatively dry with highly toasted grain flavours in the end.

Notes: A rich dark lager that holds a great smoothness and drinkability. Roasted flavours are perched perfectly on the taste buds and add a light complexity to the palate.

Photo of philipquarles
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a pokal, this schwarzbier is actually a very dark brown with red tinges. Perfectly clear when held to the light. A billowing tan head forms and sticks around for a long time. Even after dying down a bit, there is still a full finger of foam on top and fantastic lacing on the glass. The best looking lager I've seen. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt with light hints of cocoa. This carries over to the taste, where dark malts are dominant, along with hints of chocolate, some nuttiness, and a slight metallic taste. Hops are noticeable in the lightly bitter, dry finish, but are low-key otherwise. Good, thickish mouthfeel, especially for its strength. Another solid brew from Kulmbacher.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany with a ruby color edge. Large, bubbly tan head. Sticks well and pretty good retention. A little bit of lacing.

S - Somewhat faint with a good amount of roasted sweet malt and nuttiness. A bit of caramel and chocolate.

T - Like the smell. Good amount of toasted malt with some caramel and toffee. Also a fair amount of coffee and chocolate. Good amount of nuttiness. Slight earthy hops.

M - Medium to light body. Good carbonation. Smooth and pretty smooth.

D - Really smooth and easy to drink. Good amount of different malt flavors make me coming back for more, not overly sweet, more of an earthy sweet malt taste.

Notes: Lots of toasted/roasted malt flavors that are slightly sweet and slightly savory/earthy. Good mix and balance. A pretty enjoyable beer.

Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a very deep dark mahogany red / brown colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded to thick pock marked covering... some light lacing clings to the glass...

Aroma - Lots of toasted bready and chocolate malts, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, toasted and maybe slightly burnt toast, some metallic traces, light pepperiness, faint smokey tobacco (cigar ?) notes, some date and fig fruitiness mixed with hazelnuts and pistachios, light coffee traces...

Taste - Good strong toasted bready malts, light chocolate notes, faint liquorice, raisin, fig and prune fruitiness, nice pepperiness, treacle / muscovado sugar sweetness, quite peppery, some earthiness, light saltiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... very, very drinkable - an excellent session brew at only 4.9%

Overall - A very good Schwarzbier - as good as any i've tried... recommended...

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.