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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 66
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 geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Amber/ruby brown with a large 3+ finger cream-colored dense head with great retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, cream, slight vanilla, and a touch of German hop notes.

T: Toffee, weak coffee, light hints of milk chocolate, thin but some bitterness. I would have enjoyed this more if it were only a bit thicker.

M: Thin but clean.

D: This is a great alternative to a pils. It is even more drinkable than most pils as the darker malts change the bitterness. I would have more than one of these.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 5 liter party keg into an SA pint glass.

A: Poured a very dark brown amber with rich ruby highlights and a two-finger head of creamy foam.

S: Smells lightly hopped and a bit nutty in regard to the malt. Pretty clean smelling and sweet.

T: Great combination of lightly toasted malts, sweet caramel tones and cleansing hops that add a nice little shock of bittersweetness. It's very light drinking for a dark beer, which ups the drinkability by leaps and bounds.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and very crisp for a dark beer. Not what I was expecting.

D: At a shade under 5% ABV, and with a great light body and flavor, this one is dangerously drinkable and a world class session brew.

I recommend the party keg of it also, because in the highly unlikelihood that you don't finish it, it's there the next day. Very consistent taste and pour all evening. May the Schwarz be with you!

Photo of ajayma
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +2.5%
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 dasenebler
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

.5L swing-top in Germany, best before 9/14/11. "Urtypisches Schwarzbier" on the label. 4.9% ABV.

Pours a dark, dark brown with reddish highlights. A thick, creamy beige head forms atop the glass, creating a nice mound in the center and retaining at two fingers. Combined with the the textbook lacing, I must say this beer looks perfect.

The aroma is fine, with some subtle roastiness and charred wood.

Flavor is nice and dry, though full-flavored. This is a lighter dark beer, but it's far from watery. There are some stout-like flavors of highly kilned malt, and also a pleasant bittersweet chocolate finish. Well attenuated and somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel is smooth, with fine carbonation, a swift finish, and some hard-water character.

Overall this is probably the best Schwarzbier I've had, and I was very happy to find it.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a wide mouth pint glass.

Pours dark brown to black with a red hue of translucence when held to the light. Modest but attractive light brown head, dissipating quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells of light molasses and coffee malts. Smell is very appealing and comes on better with a good swirl.

A good long pull was incredibly interesting - complex malts, mostly of the darker variety, are most noticeable with some of that same molasses flavor that was hinted to on the nose. This isn't sweet, but there is a sense of sweetness conveyed through these flavors. Another interesting thing was the texture - you might expect something more viscous in dark beer but it was definitely 'lager-like' in weight. Carbonation is light and actually adds a little creaminess to the texture. The finish is long and malty with more of that coffee flavor coming through in the linger. You definitely get a slight hint of hop bittering at the end as well.

Overall this is a very cool beer! Easy to drink, complex flavors, and something new it seems in every pull. It's a dark brew but it drinks more like a lager or lighter ale. Very good!

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 CamuMahubah
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Didn't have a snifter so I threw a swirl of this into my Florida Gators freezer mug so I could see the color and it was a brown mahogany but think is it froze so fast that swig tasted like chocolate ice cream!

From the proper mug(as I envision the Germans drink this from ceramic steins unchilled...well the beer is slightly chilled but not he stein...)

Very nice beer...I wasn't expecting such a refreshing beer. I was expecting this to be a bit heavier but this was such session beer!

I keep tasting chocolate ice cream...dry chocolate ice cream...not cloy at all...very fantastic finish and mouthfeel...

German Beer FTW will buy again!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 hanco005
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz flip top bottle into a pint glass. Code on the back of the bottle says "3813153".

A—dark, cola like brown appearance with 1/12 inch foamy cream colored head that disappears in a few minutes, the lacing is beautiful and web like

S—medium strong caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

T—very malty, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malts are everywhere, a touch bitter and finishes pretty dry, a wonderfully balanced taste

M—pretty watery, slippery and thin, not at all what I expected, however smooth and drinkable

D—this beer does not disappoint. I wish I had a few more of these. Very easy to drink.

Photo of nlmartin
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer pours almost straight black. The head was toffee colored and resolved to a thin film.

Smell: This beer has spicy, roasty, and toasty coffee malty smells.

Taste: This beer has a nice malty forward taste. The finish is spicy hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer has a buttery mouth feel. The beer is meduim bodied. A very drinkable beer overall.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured beautifully. Dark brown that fades to medium with slight red highlights at the bottom of my pilsner glass. Creamy, tan head receded to a light cap. Laces pretty thin.

S - Pretty strong, grainy nose that's pretty rich with chocolate notes. There's a soothing, toast-y scent that's a little more delicate than I've experienced with the style.

T - The nose comes through pretty well here and is really representative of the flavors. The chocolate notes are really great and really wrap in with the toasted grain flavor, which are balanced by just enough hop bitterness. Nicely balanced. Overall, seeing as this isn't far removed from a dunkel, it's worth noting that this is less astringent and carries smoother, chocolately taste in comparison.

MF - Thin, but it still provides some body. It leaves the overall impression of being silky, which was a bit surprising and really nice. Carbonation is moderate and almost seems to...burst.

D - Fantastically drinkable. There aren't any off qualities to it, the chocolately notes keep pulling me back for another sip, and at 4.9%, there wouldn't be anything to stop someone from drinking it all day/night. I really wish the style was more popular, and I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of czfreeman
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a flip-top bottle into a pilsner glass.Nice dark brown color. Very creamy-looking that head really lasts a long time. Intial smell of malts, caramels, faint leather. Taste is really good. The flavor reminds me of Spaten optimator, but no heavy mouthfeel. You get all the flavors of bocks-coffes, caramels, chocolate, malts, but without the sticky mouthfeel. I like this lighter quality. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft @ Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Stein glass.

A deep dark brown opaque appearance with a two finger tan head. Considerable lacing.

Smell of coffee malt and some light caramel sugar and smoke.

Crisp flavor and mouthfeel contrast its dark and menacing appearance (props to StephenRich for setting the record straight on dark beers). Moderately heavy carbonation with some bigger soda-like bubbles in there too. I had it with a burger and fries and it complemented that very well, with delicate caramel sweetness, a hint of coffee, and some palate cleansing dry hops at the finish. Very low bitterness. This would be a great brew with smoked sausage or ham.

Very fine drinkability. Again not as heavy or menacing as one might expect for such a dark brew. Could do with slightly less carbonation. But a very fine experience overall.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun flip top bottle served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is clear but dark brown, almost ruby in the light. Thin head of tan bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

It is much roastier than I was expecting but it has a nice simplicity to it. Smells very good.

Beer is light to medium in body and has a little sweetness at leadoff. The second flavor is some yeast in the midpalate and mild bitterness from the roasted grains at the back. I enjoyed this beer and put it down rather quickly. It is a fun drink. I would have it again but I love some lagers out there.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 TinusTime
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle. Pours a black with ruby red notes. Nice frothy head. Taste is smooth and lucious. Not as roasty and caramel like as other swartzbiers.. One of the better Black Biers I have tasted. Very easy drinking. A bit pricey but worth it. Please dont drink it too cold even though itsa lager.. I had it well chilled but the flavours came out about 10 min out of the fridge and bottle. The drinkabliity is high because of the smooth silky taste it would be a perfect beer in the fall with some smoked pork or bruder basil cheese

Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

flip top bottle into brooklyn pokal

A - the head slowly forms but eventually there is enough for about one fingers worth; the colour is light brown. some lacing, though not much. the body is a dark brown until it is held up to the light and then brown-red hues shine through.

S - oh! wow, this is quite chocolaty, so my lady likes it. the nose has very strong malted chocolate component, which is right in the fore ground. once one can get past the shock atack of the malts and coco powder, there is a slightly nutty aroma to be had. once it warms up there some alcohol show itself

T - the taste is a good reflection of what the nose it. the initial taste is almost like a perfect beer form of a malted milk ball. it's malty and very chocolaty. the finish is more malty than chocolaty, and the aftertaste is more malty than dark chocolate. a fairly one sided taste, but for those who like an actual chocolate flavoured beer.

MF&D - smooth, crisp carbonation, and a medium body makes for a delicious experience. a good brew for those who want a beer in the winter, but dont want to have to chew their beer.

Photo of dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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 Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing top bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a medium frothy light tan head with some thick lace.

S: Dark bread/pumpernickel with a hint of molasses and dark fruit. Sweet malt character.

T: Strong dark malt flavour with a mild roast character. Tons of dark chocolate, tasty full malt flavour.

M: Light-bodied for the most part, very clean, smooth, definitely shows its lager character.

O: A really good German made black lager here. If you want to get into schwarzbiers this would be a good place to start.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My original review of this beer disappeared for some reason. Strange.

Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.0

Mouthfeel - 4.5

Drinkability - 4.5

OVERALL - 4.1
A lovely dark german lager that has is malt driven, roasty, yet light bodied and easy drinking. Very good.

Photo of philipquarles
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

0.5L swing top bottle, with unclear bottling code on back label.

appears almost black, with ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. 1/2" of nice thick head. good head retention, and great lacing coats the glass as I drink. aroma of slightly roasted malt.

taste is a bit roasty, a bit smokey, but mild and balanced. very smooth body and almost creamy carbonation.

label says "World Classic", and it does seem to be the perfect example of the style.

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