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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
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596 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 67
Gots: 28 | 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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mellow Mushroom tonight. To be honest was suprised when I saw it in the cooler so I decided to give it a shot. Poured a rich deep dark brown, essentially black with a smallish offwhite head of around an inch. This nestled down to just a ring around the top and some decent side glass lace. A good burnt grain aroma coming off of it. A touch of caramel with some nuttiness to it. The taste was nice and smoked, very well done. Not over powering at all, just enough of a hint of it against the grain back to let you know it was there. A touch of yeast in the front and a dry finish. Great light feel and a medium bidy went down well with amble carbonation. I easily could have had another, but they charged way too much for the one bottle to begin with. Overall this was more then decent and I really enjoyed it. I will have to check out some local stores to see if I can find it cheaper as this would make a great little brew to have around sometime.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL fliptop bottle without a decipherable freshness code. Pours a medium brown color with a creamy tan head that shows some nice retention and lacing.

Roast, toast and sweet grains on the nose. A good mix of aromas and the profile is decently robust for the style. Has a nutty aspect to it that adds some depth and something other than various malts.

This is a superbly drinkable beer and a damn fine black lager. Plenty of flavor with a gentle carbonation, feels soft in the mouth. Roasty and chocolaty sweet malts are the main show, but also displays some heavy whipping cream and pecan flavors that are nice. I got a 5L mini-keg of this for less than twenty bucks back in January, excellent value and excellent beer...went quite fast split between 3 of us. Well worth a purchase.

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of SwillBilly
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dPoured from a 1 pt 9 oz swing top bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich black with nice ruby hints when held up to bright light. The beer is topped by thick, meringue like light tan head that never fades. Thick sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Very nice

Smell: Very bready from the munich malt with a slight raisiny sweetness lingering beneath. Just of touch of roastiness touches the nose.

Taste: Starts mildly sweet with a dark fruitiness, light plum flavors and brown sugar. The middle is where the biscuity/breadiness comes into play then moves to finish that is slightly roasty with just a hint of hop bitterness. The flavor lingers long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in the mouth with lively carbonation. From the appearance you would think this would have a big, thick mouthfeel. The lightness makes it very drinkable.

Drinkability/Notes: One fine beer for sure and an under appreciated style in my opinion. A very easy drinking dark lager with plenty of flavor to satisfy. Nice and bready with some fruity notes with an underlying roastiness makes things interesting. A great example of a session beer. I could drink these all night. Glad my local is now selling these and they seem fresh to boot. Definitely buying again and definitely recommended. Seek and Enjoy.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice Schwarzbier that looks good, smells good, and tastes good as well. The appearance is dark brown with ruby highlights, a modest cream head and modest lacing. The nose is mainly toasted malts and, perhaps, just a tinge of hop content. The body is of light to medium feel, with nice crispness to finish with the dryness from a well-balanced brew. Very clean and drinkable dark lager.

Photo of stephens101
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with the edges rounded off with some crimson. A full, two-finger tan head disappears slowly, leaving a cragly lacing in its wake. Aromas of sweet and roasted malts and nuts rise to the nose upon an initial whiff. A second whiff reveals a little caramel. The aromas aren't bold, but they're fairly complex comparitively speaking. Tastes of roasted malts with an elusive hop finish. There's just enough taste and body to this to make it interesting, and just enough drinkability to make it fun and sessionable. This is a highly underrated style, that when done right, can make for some great drinking.

Photo of shirfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark but clear shade, somewhere between mahogany and coffee. A thin, but well-lacing head sits atop the tasty goodness below. Aroma is of Riesen candy and toast.

Mouthfeel immediately makes itself known; full-bodied but smooth at the same time.

Sweet roasty malt takes center stage, with notes of buttery toast and dark chocolate. Finishes with a small hint of coffee and slides right down the throat with no hint of bitterness or burnt notes. An unmistakable lager "feel", and very drinkable, the sweetness doesn't ever go over the top... this would be an excellent choice for a stout lover on a hot day. Roasted flavor a-plenty, but none of the thick, warming power of a stout.

There are just enough hops to balance the beer, and they stay well in the background.

Overall impression: "wow, a richly malty beer that one could drink several of, even in the middle of summer".

Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 500 mL swingtop bottle into a dopplebock glass. The color was a dark brown (with some transluscence), with a layered white head. The smell was a nice noble hoppiness. The taste was a strong Hallertau/Tettenang presence, with the sweetish dark malt readily present behind. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could definitely have several of these.

"The Black Pils" was certainly an apt name for this one. More hoppy than the other schwarzbiers that I've had but yet had the roastiness. A solid beer, and one I'm likely to enjoy again.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful deep brown, very clear when held to the light, with 2 fingers of creamy tan head.

S - Bready with caramel and toffee and lightly roasted grain. Crisp lager aroma. Nutty.

T - Nutty and bready with chocolate, caramel and toffee. Clean and crisp. Burnt toast.

M - Light with low carbonation. Dry with a burnt toast lingering aftertaste.

D - Very tame compared to the American versions but comes to life a little as it warms. Reminds me of English porters vs American porters. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 tenesmus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 brewskifan55
4.1/5  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 hustlesworth
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up the mini keg at a nearby world market.

A- looks striking in an english pint glass with a puffy, very bubbled tan head with lots of pock marks and pits. lace is amazing as well as globby fingers of spit bubble lace reach up toward a denser crusty ring beneath the lip where the foam used to be. excellent retention thanks to the killian horse etched into my glass. nice clear dark chestnut brown body is bloody red by incandescent light with golden highlights. a real good looker.

S- right away toasty biscuit and sweet/tart ripe red berries and tomato soup. a very roasted tomato with italian spices and salty chocolate come out of the toastiness with an extremely soft sweet grain background. its like tart, sweet, chocolate and biscuit all come together in such a fashion that it takes on a savory cocoa/vegetable/grain aroma. hops are on the spicy side and only play a minor role.

T- dark chocolate, dark fruits in bitter molasses and weak acidic coffee. hops are earthy and robust this time and they move very nicely with the other roasted dark flavors. hops get a little herbal near the end as flavors clean up leaving cocoa powder bitterness and burnt grains.

MF- i've only had a few different schwarzbiers and i'm still amazed that such an intensely flavored dark beer is still so light in body. or i should say "not heavy". it is almost full, and very juicy, with timid carbonation that sprinkles the palate just enough to move things around. powdery feel with long lasting coffee feeling, mildly acidic.

D- i'm glad i have 5 liters of this stuff cuz it's good beer. and thanks to it's "lightness", very drinkable as well.

Photo of NWer
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous pour into Chimay chalice. Dark appearance, some head, nice lace.
Much bolder flavor than I expected for the style. I expected light - almost lager-like but got bold chocolate with some hop bitterness.
Sour, bitter feel slightly off-putting that affected the score a little.
I nice change of pace from strong over the top IPA's and barleywines.

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense, deep brown color with nice head. Low carbonation makes for intense creamy malt flavors, good nutiness and dry features. Hops are barely evident, some huskiness. Very good Dark Lager, longer-lasting flavor than many. Could use a tad more complexity, and a touch thin late in the profile...its a big brewery in Germany, wish it was easier to find here.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle- a gift from my sister, 1/2008.

Pours a clear dark brown with brown highlights. A thin cover is all there is for a head.

Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee with raisiny overtones. Slight alcohol notes that remind me of some port wines.

Very nice east drinker, that is generally sweet, but it's not overpowering beacuse it's reined in by a dry hop finish. Very nice overall.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.12/5  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
4.12/5  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 CHADMC3
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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 generallee
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 BillFish
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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.

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.