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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

544 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
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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WesWes

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent with a dry lager yeast element. It has a roasted barley aroma that blends nicely with the caramel malts. The taste is great. It has a smooth and rich toated caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of smokiness. It is sweet, but the lager yeast leaves a dry, earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good/adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

02-19-2005 22:31:00 | More by WesWes
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with barely any light getting through, topped by roughly two fingers of thick head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Subtle notes of roasted coffee, nice toasted malt with mostly a lager-like clean scent.

T: Big maltiness up front, nice and toasty with the coffee-like kick present as well, but this tapers off and changes dynamically, as is expected. Also, a smidgeon of chocolate flavor shows itself. Has the clean and smooth lager finish, but with plenty of flavor that ends up leaving only the faintest hint of malt in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect level of carbonation, giving a slightly creamy flavor, but mostly smooth and velvety.

D: Quite drinkable indeed, with a solid array of flavor that still maintains balance. Definitely tops other schwarzbiers I've tasted in terms of keeping the palate engaged but maintaining the subtleties of a lager.

10-20-2007 21:12:58 | More by CharlieMopps
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

It's been a *long* time since I've had a schwarzbier, and I'm glad I had a chance to sample this one. It pours with a deep, deep black color and a thick tan head, almost like a stout. The aroma was that of a nicely roasted malt, with a bit of chocolate and nuttiness. It's a bit sharp on the mouthfeel, mostly due to a bit of carbonation. The taste is quite pleasant, with a well-rounded nuttiness and a sweet malty aftertaste. Very pleasant, and very drinkable.

09-15-2003 19:48:24 | More by kaszeta
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Purchased at Ramsey Liquors for $4.29 on 2/12/09. Freshness code 1754412 is lasered on the back label. My first Monchshof beer <applause>.

16.9oz swing top bottle served in a pilsener flute at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Huge hiss as I swing the stopper from its previous home. Absolutely gorgeous color, somewhere between raisin and mahogany... the head is freagin remarkable, light beige and dense as hell. It begins four fingers tall and gradually settles to a gluggy mat. Good lacing, patchy and abundant.

Smell- Rolos candy, toffee, chocolate, custard, caramel, fudge... AMAZING!!! You'd have to be sitting here smelling this beer to appreciate how impossibly amazing this is. WOW, WOW, WOW. If Nugget Nectar is the be-all-end-all hop lover's aroma, then this is the malt lover's dream nose.

Taste- Malty with a nice, mildly tart underlying character... it's rich in flavor without the excessive weight in the mouth. Loads of complex malt manifestations like dark fruit and molasses. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer goes into the mouth without much fanfare, then crackles at the first swish... it's lively and crisp without being too aggressive. So unique and savory, I recommend everyone at least try this once. It really dazzles the senses.

02-21-2009 04:15:05 | More by yelterdow
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ryanonline

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

a clear dark ebony color with hues of brown when held to the light. not a lot of head or lacing.

the nose is very hoppy with sort of a fruity scent to it. a strong malt presence maybe some caramel.

the taste is very lightly hopped with a roasty almost earthy finish and a solid backbone of malt.

this feels very clean on the tongue, not to foamy and has a slight dry finish. no real bite to speak of though.

very sessionable, flavorful yet mild, and light in your tummy. not to strong either.

really tasty and light, good for consuming in mass quantities.

01-16-2010 03:55:26 | More by ryanonline
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

Presentation: 16.9oz swing top bottle, with no BB date that is noticeable however I believe the numbers on back label have this encrypted within. There is also a Michael Jackson review stating World Classic & 4 stars **** on the back label. Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights, with a small tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with Euro hops, fairly clean overall.
Taste: Nice light roastiness, nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some hop bitterness going down, balances the flavor out .
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: A fine Schwarzbier very drinkable and very flavorful…a very solid Schwarzbier.

02-22-2004 21:11:07 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle from Steve, 500ml swing top into a tulip.

Fairly black in terms of body, tan head sits atop for quite some time. Great retention and lacing. Nose has chocolate, light hopping, some earthy qualities, slight roast and some sweeter almost caramel/molasses underneath. Taste has subtle chocolate/roast more pils hopping, some mineral quality to the water. Light bitterness in the finish. Light mouthfeel, lower medium carbonation. A very good schwarz, probably the truest schwarz I've had in the vein of the 'black pils' descriptor.

09-30-2012 22:09:20 | More by liamt07
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-07-2013 02:50:07 | More by Oelschlager
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Brenden

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a bit of an older one I'm just getting to. Notes are thorough and complete.

This beer lives up to its German name, nearly black with some brown just sneaking in at the edges. A nice billowing cap of brown head with excellent retention leaves sticky lacing in plenty.
The aroma is a little smoky, malty with a barley presence but not neglecting a little bright citrus hops shining through.
The taste is essentially the same, with notes of caramel malt mingling with darker malts offering just a bit of coffee and a barley grains presence with a hint of smoke that's just enough to round it out. This malts presence works in beautiful unison with a healthy dose of citrus hops flavor. This really is what I'd expect from an attempt at a so-called "dark pils." It's actually dryer than one might think, ending up in a nice, balanced, semi-dry territory.
This beer has a medium body, maybe on the lighter side, with more crispness than smoothness.

09-04-2011 12:49:55 | More by Brenden
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clevelandhops

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-15-2013 14:03:30 | More by clevelandhops
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javlin624

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2014 22:48:09 | More by javlin624
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2013 08:54:07 | More by Ciocanelu
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BeerRunner

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-21-2014 02:26:34 | More by BeerRunner
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-08-2013 03:06:53 | More by emerge077
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-13-2012 17:57:39 | More by mdillon86
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dbaker61

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

1L can. Brew date: July 7, 2011; best by: not on can.

Appearance: Dark bown in color, dark coppery brown when backlit. Poured with 2 fingers of rocky, dense, light tan head. Very good head retention. Plenty of delicate lacing down the glass.

Smell: Roast malt with a hint of chocolate.

Taste: Very smooth roasted flavor, caramel and black malt, just a bit of subdued bitterness on the back end. This may be the smoothest schwarzbier I have ever had.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Just enough carbonation to be refreshing. Crisp finish.

Overall: I really like this beer. This is my new favorite schwarzbier. Quite easy to drink, lots of flavor.

10-08-2011 14:04:26 | More by dbaker61
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Inglewood

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-27-2014 17:33:05 | More by Inglewood
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Murphious

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-19-2014 22:48:15 | More by Murphious
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-13-2013 01:39:58 | More by pathman
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-04-2012 00:41:42 | More by drtth
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured into a 1/2 liter mug, a translucent dark brown with a nice off-white head. Big malts in the aroma, mild undertones of coffee and cocoa. General schwarzbier goodness in the taste: dark roasty malts, caramel and molasses, with light notes of tobacco and coffee providing a sense of bitterness to balance the overall smoothness and give a drier finish. Smooth, heavy-medium mouthfeel, and very easily drinkable.

05-20-2011 15:05:05 | More by Rifugium
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-21-2014 01:52:43 | More by BradC
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beaulabauve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

04-29-2012 21:00:12 | More by beaulabauve
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dwescott

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2012 22:50:15 | More by dwescott
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JLSIV

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 1.9 oz flip top bottle, into a Tall weisse glass.

Beautiful dark brown with a creamy tan two finger head, excellent retention, excellent lacing

Malty aroma, hit of chocolate

Taste almost porter like, very little hop, but nice robust malty flavor,

Very smooth mouthfeel, little to no alcohol, could drink this all night, until it was nap time. Carbonation is perfect, creates the head, but drinks very smooth

Overall, this is exactly what the elders in this application say it is, an Outstanding Schwartzbier!

08-14-2014 22:41:30 | More by JLSIV
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.