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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

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375 Reviews

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 634
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of tjthresh
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first schwartbier, so I read the BJCP style guidelines before writing this review.

Its not black. Dark brown with some garnet highlights. I got a big lasting tannish head. Very clear. I could see through my glass. Very nice roasted malt aroma with maybe a tough of hops. Darn fine tasting beer. Roasty sweet with a bitterness that I would expect to get from some black patent. Dry. Aftertaste lingers for a bit. Medium to full bodied. Nice drinking beer. Great buy on my part!

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a nice beer and a good representation of the style. Nothing earth shattering here, but a solid well rounded schwarzbier. Beer pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Beer's a little on the clear side I felt. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of smokiness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not bad. Taste is roasty with a nice malty chocolatey flavor and a dry, slighly hoppy finish. Pleasant burnt malt taste is also present. Extra points for the cool flip top bottle.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swingtop bottle pours a dark, but clear, body that has a mahogany tint when held to the light. A generous, beige head of tightly knit small bubbles eventually recedes into sheets and patches down the glass.

Aroma is inviting, with roasted malts and herbal, almost spicy, noble hops vying for your attention.

Mouthfeel is coating, but is dry and crisp.

Taste begins with a malt roastiness that is close to caramel. The hops presence lends an ideal balance with an assertive dryness. A peppery, spice note is picked up midway through, then a hint of chocolate toward the end. The finish is clean and dry.

Excellent drinkability for this smooth and well balanced Schwarzbier. A style worth looking into.

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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rich, deep shiny garnet. Two fingers of white head spring up then settle quickly to patchy islets of tight froth. Sticky arnches of lacing cling tenaciously to the inside of the glass.

A dense, almost vinous strain of malt lays strong claim to the aroma. A more subdued nutty character slips in and slides away to a mild hoppiness at the close.

The first sips brings a rich, earthy, bu gentle, sweetness of roasted malt, allied with a rounded sherry dryness, mitigating the malt. A distant nutty presence lays low, but partners capably with an indistinct but pleasing hops aura. A slightly tangy berry note pops up, then wanes as a thin dry bitterness lingers at the finish. The dusky dark flavor delivers a fullness that somes across as, simply, manly.

Medium bodied. it coats and lays like kid leather on the palate. A gentle dry tingle lingers, and dwindles slowly.

This is the kind of beer that would send many macro-swillers off running away and screaming. It's full, rich, malty, and chewy. Well-rounded and multi-dimensional, it's not so busy that it confuses. And while it has nice depth, the body certainly does not stop it from being quite drinkable. It may be short of spectacular, but it's well into damned good territory. All in all, that's not a bad place to be.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber tones with a nice creamy looking sticky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.Aroma is buttery with a little iron thrown in definently malty.Taste is big and chocolaty up front with a nice roasted pepper(?) taste that lingers with another touch of chocolaty taste in the aftertaste.Real nice creamy feel to this,wow what a nice beer!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin creamy head. Light penetrates the bottom and sides of the pint glass, creating a mahogany effect. Crisp, clean aroma with faint floral hops. There is also a slight malty undertone to the aroma. The taste starts off with a hop bitterness that transitions nicely into a malty presence. During the swallow, and leading to the aftertaste, there is a strong dark chocolate presence that surprised me. After a few sips, little burps began that brought the hoppiness back into the mouth. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, what you expect form a lager. It is heavily carbonated.

A rather strange beer. I liked it, but found the rather strong aftertaste a little off-putting. This was my first schwarzbier, and I wonder how this one compares to others in its class.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black or maybe a dark ruby-black, with a two finger bumpy tan head, leaves rings of thick sticky lace.
Roasted malt prevalent in the aroma, with a bit of lemon?
Charcoal and chocolate liquor, caramel and coffee.
Roasted malt again dominates the taste, earthy
Medium feel, and dry

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark muddy burnt orangy brown color with slivers of bright orange along the bottom and edges. Tall dark ivory head thats firm and pretty thick with good consistency of a whipped cream frothy look. Lacing in thick strings and large blobuels. Not much on the nose here, just an openness that has some light roasty tones and dryness to it. Some small phenol and sweet notes sneak in as it warms. Taste is mild with a roasted sweetness, has a dryish cocoa under tone and it survives a fairly sufficent descent throughout its tenure. Which menas it seems to last a good while eh. It has a very slight burntness gettting close to coffee with some heavy roasted nuts. A gentle but raw husky grassy finish helps out a bit and late effecting cocoa notes subside. Easy, clean feel, medium bodied, nice mild little sweetness and roasty tone. A good drinkin' beer. Not much for the nose but it makes up for it with a nice, easy going pace with flavors and body. On another note, I'll be keeping this bottle with the swing top stopper for the reason that it has three labels on it? Must of got stuck in the labeling machine or something, so that makes it unique and collectable in my book.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer of this style. I always associated pilsners with the medium yellow, ice cold brews of my younger days. This brew changed that. First the appearance was a dark amber with a substantial head that dissolved into some of the best lacing I have seen. Aroma was light and malty, but inviting. Taste was light to medium, and as it warmed became more pronounced. Mouthfeel also became a bit oily, but not in an unpleasant way. Very easy to drink, could definitely have two or three. A very nice introduction to this style.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burgandy tone. Big bubbly light tan head with great retention. Lacing is full. Some roasted malt goodness blends with a munich maltiness on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and the body is close to full. The taste is a decent blend of slightly burnt malts, coffee bean, roasted nut and a somewhat smooth, pils like maltiness. Pretty decent taste. One of the better schwarzbiers I've had.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle not bad eh? Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice but rather petit tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with European hops giving it the traditional European lager aromatics, pretty clean overall. Taste: Nice soft chocolate tones rather fruity with toasted nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some german hop bitterness going down a nice round of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: Excellent Schwarzbier very drinkable and flavorful with the dark roasts stealing the show keeping it light and drinkable at the same time is the key here, solid brew.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut color, minimal but finely crafted lace. Aromatics are divine with lightly bitter notes, bread dough, and sweet malt. On the lighter side of medium and very refreshing and tasty. The emphasis is certainly on malt, and the bready/malty flavor finishes very long-this is a super brew! Rich and satisfying as well as highly drinkable. Buy and try-no question. It will be tough to find a better example of the style.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

paid $1.99, cool flip top bottle. pours dark brown with a red tint. light roasted malt smell. the taste is of mild roasted malts, coffee and chicory with the hops just looming in the background. lightly sweet. smooth mouthfeel, i dug it. a hearty lager, very balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-fingered light, brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. A deep, amber/ruby color. Nose is very sweet and malty and this is with an ABV of only 4.9%. Starts malty and finishes sweet, smooth and just a hint of bitterness. Good carbonation. $2.65 for 500ml.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stammtisch, where it was listed as Monschof Black Pils.
The beer is a clear umber black, vaguely brown, topped with a thin mist of head. Head dissipates into a thin ring, but lasts throughout the pint.
Aroma is semi-roasty, with a sweetness, rather than bitter chocolate. Smoothly grainy. Hints of fig and caramel, with some light hoppy spiciness poking through. Very, very clean.
Flavor is mainly roasted malt, with a touch of fig, caramel, and very light chocolate. Super clean. A bit of spicy hops in the finish, with a bit of herbal quality. No aftertaste. Light bodied, with small bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Boto
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A suprise find at the CT River Brewers Festival.

This beer poured a very dark black color. There was a thick tan head along with it. There was a big malt sweetness to the nose. Nice hint of roastiness and chocolate in the aroma. Full bodied beer with a hint of chocolate to the taste. Not really sweet at all. This was excellent! It might be one of the best of this style.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this in a grocery store on the south side of Moscow. It comes in a tall dark brown half liter bottle with a flip top and a dark fairly plain label. Ingredients conform to the purity law (of course). Best before 10/17/03, I opened mine on 9/8/03. I just couldn't face another mediocre Russian pale lager for my 200th review. This will do nicely.

Beautiful clear deep mahogony just barely translucent lies under a thick reddish tan head that lingers well and leaves nice lace rings down the glass. The nose is nutty, with caramel and just a tinge of sour. The mouth is reasonably well carbonated, and a touch on the heavy side. The taste is roasted chestnuts, malts and a bit of toffee. I don't detect the hoppy bitterness the label promised, but there is a bit of a bite in the finish. The aftertaste is clean, somewhat sour but mainly roasted malt. No complaints here - I could drink a few of these on a cold Moscow September night...

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 16 oz brown bottle, with fliptop. Label calls it the Black Pils. Murky dark brown color to black color. Shiny and Clear. Tight, fizzy, brown head. Moderately bitter smells. Taste is slightly toasted carmel malt. Hints of coffee bitterness. Light hop snap, much like a snappy refreshing pilsner as advertised. Dry finish, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied, easy going down. The toasted carmel and tight bitterness matched with snappy hop finish, makes this an extremely interesting and tasty brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brownish black. A mighty tan foam head topped off this Schwartz beer. This head is very persistent and did give way to a decent lace to the bottom of the glass. I noticed some cascading while pouring this black beauty.

The aroma was a bit disappointing at first. The only thing I could take in was a sweet malt smell. However, after the first sip BAM I was hit with a nice roasted malt aroma with slight tones of hops lingering in the back round.

The flavor is also very nice. It started with the roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and other earthy notes. It finished off with a slight bitterness of the hops. It is slightly dry and beautifully hopped and loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.

Overall, a very nice Schwartz beer. A must for all to try.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a very small tan head with fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished. This beer had good lacing and I observed some carbonation with this beer. The body was clear and the hue was dark brown. The mouthfeel was light-medium and smooth. The nose was a bit citrusy and malty. The flavor was roasty and somewhat burnt.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.