1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Not Rated.
Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

544 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Mönchshof Schwarzbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 544 | Reviews: 362 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stubbie1
Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

07-19-2003 01:31:52 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of moulefrite
moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

11-18-2003 01:02:22 | More by moulefrite
Photo of DESTRO
DESTRO

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

10-25-2003 19:33:19 | More by DESTRO
Photo of TLove
TLove

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Dark, shiny, opaque black with deep tan head and fizzy retention. Great, yeasty, chocolate smell with a decent amount of spicy flavors and coffee. Strong and grainy for a supposed black pils. Smooth and a little too sweet, but decent carbonation and good body.

Sweet, tart, and a tad bitter, but for the most part pretty drinkable and well-structured.

07-19-2009 23:59:57 | More by TLove
Photo of TinusTime
TinusTime

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

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

07-15-2004 03:07:34 | More by TinusTime
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured a mahogany brown topped by a slight but enduring head.
Some mild lacing coated the walls of my glass.
A slight almost insignificant nose eminated from the brew. Hints, only tiny hints of toasted malt characterized the fragrance of this brew.

Flavor was slight. Once again the whisper of toasted malt comingled with a bit of tempering hops. Much of what I expect from a pils seemed to be missing. A bit of fizz here and there to wake my taste buds.

Despite the shallow pils character, this beer is quite enjoyable as it doesn't seem to be heavily alcohol laden and it's non-descript flavor makes for a mild but refreshing beverage.

Otherwise, in my opinion, there are more "definite" pils to be enjoyed.

06-26-2004 01:10:22 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of Antnyd82
Antnyd82

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-31-2012 05:26:57 | More by Antnyd82
Photo of bigdaddypolite
bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-20-2011 02:58:14 | More by bigdaddypolite
Photo of Fugazme
Fugazme

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

A wonderful looking pour. Very dark but by no means opaque. Lots of ruby and brown when held up to the light. Excellent bright head... 1/2" thick, it stays and stays.

Nose is very malty and sweet. Roasted malts all over the place. Not too complex... some brown sugar and molasses. Slightly smokey.

Huge malt on the intake. Roasted with coffee notes. Nutty. Opens up a ton as it warms. Great mouthfeel. Very smooth.

Overall I'd purchase again. This seems like a great grilling beer for a hot summer night.

04-10-2006 21:47:20 | More by Fugazme
Photo of DerBayer
DerBayer

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Hmmm this is a very good Schwarzbier - think refreshing stout

Pours a very dark Hazelnut brown almost schwarz

i smell hazelnut roast almond chocolate faint aramel

tastes divine

decent carbonation slightly prickly and only leaves a very faint coating in the mouth for such a dark beer

Drinkable guys

07-27-2009 21:40:56 | More by DerBayer
Photo of berserker256
berserker256

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Dark amber-to-black color with a nice dense lasting tan head and heavy lacing that sticks. Smells sweet and malty with prune and molasses-like odors. Tastes different than the aroma. Tastes like roasted coffee malt with a pleasant bitterness and surprisingly decent aftertaste. Semi-creamy texture and medium body. Good beer.

03-08-2009 17:36:33 | More by berserker256
Photo of erz316
erz316

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

07-20-2009 00:14:27 | More by erz316
Photo of JustinQ
JustinQ

California

4.75/5  rDev +17%

05-12-2012 03:22:03 | More by JustinQ
Photo of jdkitchi
jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3%

I bought a 5 liter keg can of this for a party. I have a small kegerator that takes these size cans. It chills them has a built in air compressor used pressurize the keg and dispense the beer. Unfortunately, it uses air not CO2 so the beer only lasts about 48 hours.

This poured out of the tap like you see Guinness poured at a bar with black beer and dark brown foam swirling around in the glass. The foamy mix eventually settles down to be beer on the bottom and foam on top with a large head and fairly high carbonation.

This is a lighter bodied black beer true to the style. It has subtle sweetness with super creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable and was a big hit with this party.

12-16-2012 04:05:50 | More by jdkitchi
Photo of TempeBeerMan
TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A – Dark reddish black with a thick two-finger tan head of creamy bubbles. Moderate lacing.

S – Nice strong aroma of dark roasted malts and caramel. Mocha-esque.

T – Wow. Powerful dark roast flavor, with none of the “graininess” sometimes associated with dark lagers. Caramel malts make their presence known. Esters of nutty toffee, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate as well. Bavarian style hops lurk way back in the flavor profile, but you can taste them if you look for them. Slightly smokey. Fruitiness comes out as it warms. Not overly complex, but perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet. Smooth. Delicious.

M – Light bodied, with medium carbonation, but with an amazing creaminess that really makes this beer stand out. Dry finish.

O – This is the first beer in a while to really blow me away unexpectedly. The combination of flavor richness, balance, and the creamy mouth feel makes this a real winner. Proof that a beer doesn’t have to be super extreme to kick ass. A new fave.

06-08-2012 03:53:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Biscuit033
Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

04-06-2008 00:37:55 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of dubinsky
dubinsky

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Flip-top bottle into a snifter.

A – The beer pours an almost completely black color with a fairly light off-white, almost grey color head. The finger head lasts for a while eventually settling, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Roasted malt aroma with a strong nuttiness and breadines. Slight hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Nice roasted malts, roasted nuts and hints of chocolate. The malt sweetness is moderate. The lager yeast contributes a nice fruity character. There also appears to be a faint hard water character, similar to what I taste on Evian or LA Municipal water.

M - Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Very dry and crisp.

O – I confess, I bought this beer for the bottle and was really pleasantly surprised. This is a very nice tasting beer of a style that I dont normally like. This is definitely the best swartzbier that I have ever had. I will buy a few more of these, both for the bottles and for the easy drinkability.

11-28-2011 02:22:56 | More by dubinsky
Photo of Extrajoker00
Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

09-02-2013 02:14:49 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of disemgrowler
disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-16-2012 14:29:59 | More by disemgrowler
Photo of John_Squires
John_Squires

New York

3/5  rDev -26.1%

09-22-2013 19:56:50 | More by John_Squires
Photo of techdiver
techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin layer of foam.

Roasted malt with a touch of chocolate toffee greet the nose.

Taste brings sweet roasted malt flavor, with coffee and faint hops evident.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

A very drinkable and enjoyable beer.

06-17-2007 04:00:47 | More by techdiver
Photo of ryanonline
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
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

50 cl tap pour into a brand correct mug

A: Deep black with only the slightest tones of red around the edges. No head poured, but could be bartender error. No lace.

S: Big malt with a little alcohol. I enjoyed this in a cigar bar so some of the nuance may not have made it through the smell.

T: A little bland overall. Well rounded malt flavors give the impressions of smoke and umami.

M: Med carb, full body.

D: Extremely drinkable. Won't tire the palate. A good example of the style.

04-11-2011 18:34:10 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of 4000qtrap
4000qtrap

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

01-01-2012 23:35:50 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of BILF
BILF

Israel

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-22-2013 10:22:46 | More by BILF
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.