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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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Halcyondays

California

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

08-17-2011 03:43:16 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%

0.3 Litres: on tap in Dicker Vertin, Charlottenburg Berlin on 22nd Jan 2014.

Pours a dark brown to black colour (what a surprise) with a full tanned head of sticky foam that sent me to wash my hands after picking the glass up the first time.

Semi-sweet malts rule this brew and they let you know straight away by the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas waft around the glass and fill the air.

Those same malty aromas appear in the mouth as the malty molasses within the brew give of their flavours.

I've knocked Schwarzbier body depth before, this however wasn't weak and watery like so many: this had a good robust feel to it, almost rich and creamy in fact.

One of the better beers I've had in this style.

02-10-2014 12:17:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-24-2014 23:18:34 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-24-2014 13:42:48 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-25-2012 02:44:43 | More by orangesol
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured black with a thin head that faded rather quickly. The smell is very malty and dry and with a hint of powdery yeast at the end. The taste is smooth, light, chocolatey, powdery, and with slowly building bitterness on the finish, although this is fairly subtle. Quite a gentle beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer is very easy drinking- the perfect brew to dispel the myth of strong dark brews for those too intimidated to try a dark beer.

11-13-2007 18:20:23 | More by Georgiabeer
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

This is a 500 mL swing-top bottle, served in a Hennepin glass. The beer is cool.

Appearance: The lager pours a robust brown-black color that tends more towards the brown side. There is significant head, maybe 2 fingers worth, that lingers throughout.

Smell: An aroma similar to a lighter stout dominates. The roasted malts are present, but not to a strong degree.

Taste: The roasted malts dominate, but are closely followed by a pleasing hop presence that is earthy and low-key.

Mouthfeel: The roasted malts provide a nice dry chocolatey character.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer with a low abv.

04-16-2006 23:04:36 | More by akorsak
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

10-15-2003 23:27:52 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Nice flip-top bomber.

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells mostly of grain and patent malt. Chocolate and charred malt with a little smoke.

Starts out almost dry with a strong patent malt flavor. Very much a heavily roasted malt beer, not all that much else going on here. Strong carbonation hits your tongue and gives this an almost salty flavor at the start of each sip. That being said it does taste better than the sum of all its parts.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer I will drink again.

11-01-2011 01:06:04 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks, and it's been overdue for a taste run. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, it's a lighter black body with a creamy head. The smell brings out fudge and brownies, grain, and a little rust. This beer is a little sweeter than other's of this style, and that makes this a winner in my book, hinted with more fudge, and raisin notes.The bitterness is light on the palate and is lifted after a brief stay. This was almost like drinking a chocolate brownie shake. It's a damn smooth beer. I was even tempted to make a float out of the last half of this beer! I might save that experiment for another day.

08-18-2007 05:08:36 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roast, toffee, and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight sweetness as well. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, surprised me.

02-16-2008 00:58:20 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Moan & Dove.

Presented in a tall Mönchshof mug. A 3/4" tan head over the clear dark brown brew, with heavy sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal of dark grains. Taste is dark malts upfront, with moderate bitterness coming in the middle, and setting up shop, with both carrying through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability were both very good, this would be big time sessionable.

03-19-2006 23:45:29 | More by ppoitras
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-22-2014 23:02:25 | More by afsdan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from a Keg Can. A rich brown in color with a massive foamy off white head. A bunch of lacing is notable.

Smells of bready malts.

A soulful, uplifting brew with some roasted malts and nutty notes. Bitterness is there just enough to balance. Smooth and simple/

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is very low.

Drinkable brew from the heart of Germany. Good for extended sessions.

01-03-2010 18:27:11 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

A solid white head that persist. A deep brown colour, bordering black. The aroma is like an eisbock, so full of malts! It carries the complex nuances of a barleywine or strong Belgian, with hints of raisons, figs, dark fruit and an abundance of dates. A good smoky (tobacco like) character of smoke. The body is thick and malty like a dopplebock with a good deal of roasted barley. The smoke character ties all the flavours together well. Fairly light bodied considering how much there is going on... really impressed.
Special thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for the sample!

05-23-2007 17:45:01 | More by biegaman
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

A bit murky looking color and appearance, but a real nice mahogany and reddish colored body, with some nice rising faint bubbles. Head is easily three fingers tall, foamy, full of swiss cheese retention and coffee cocoa brown in color. A little bit of soapy lacing. Neat looker.

Real nice clean aroma. Light powdered cocoa, hints of light cream and drip poured diner coffee. Some fresh ripping grain to match. This is very solid.

Palate comes with a lighter body than I expected, but more than delivers on the taste. Light amounts of milk chocolate and wafer like crispy malts. Small hints of milk and coffee finish, with a hints of clove like aroma. Slightly fruity interestingly, with a dry aftertaste and grain aromas that really last.

Overall a real clean and refreshing Schwarzbier, good one to know about, but probably enjoy Kostritzer a bit more.

05-25-2014 19:56:35 | More by smakawhat
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured a deep brown, almost black, hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice burnt grain with some light toffee sweetness.

The taste consisted of a burnt grain with elements of coffee and cocoa. A noteworthy toasted pumpernickle finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an enjoyable schwarzbier. Good drinkability.

05-27-2007 16:36:31 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Dark mahogany color, flat tan head

S: Faint aroma of roasted malt and dried fruit (raisins).

T: Some smokiness and woody tones for flavor. Smooth roasted malt taste and bread in the start with a slight spicy fruitiness in the middle. Nice dark roasted malt and sweet chocolate lacing for a finish. nice overall per style.

M: medium bodied, creamy.

D: Good drinkability nice roasted flavor.

12-06-2008 12:51:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark brown/red, almost black, very thick tan head, tons of lace, great retention, looks good. Smell is sweet, very malty, nice roast, figs, dark fruit, toffee, raisins, bready, bit of smoke and a touch of iron, fantastic aroma. Taste is very malty, toffee and figs, sweet raisiny middle, malty like a good doppelbock with that hint of roast, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, awesome beer. Maybe the fullest body I've ever felt on a 5%~ beer, not cloying at all, just thick and malty. Excellent!

07-09-2007 21:33:00 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

12-19-2003 04:03:49 | More by Bighuge
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-14-2014 18:12:27 | More by wrightst
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a clear, dark brown color. Great, 1 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, and yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, yeast cleanliness second, then the sweet malt and hop background come through, the finish is a bit sour/bitter with hints of roasted malt. Overall, not a bad schwarzbier, but I've had better - the hops aren't nearly as strong as the bottle claims.

02-20-2009 02:57:49 | More by Tone
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-09-2012 20:37:45 | More by PEIhop
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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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Gusler

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

The beer pours a winsome deep blood red color and the head is spumescent in texture, the color a light tan and the size portly, resultant lace is a fine sheet. The nose is dominated by the malts, sweet and fresh as with the start, top is skinny in feel, the finish has a pleasant hop spicy bite with the carbonation minimal and the aftertaste bitter and long lasting, a nice representative to the style.

02-16-2003 14:01:55 | More by Gusler
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.