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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

522 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 53
Gots: 8 | 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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berserker256

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

05-12-2012 03:22:03 | More by JustinQ
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 00:37:55 | More by Biscuit033
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -25.9%

02-16-2012 14:29:59 | More by disemgrowler
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dubinsky

California

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:22:56 | More by dubinsky
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:35:50 | More by 4000qtrap
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Byeast

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured out a deep brown/ mahogany, with some red tints , a couple inches of sandy foam that lefts some webby lacing. ( not opaque)

Smell: Fresh brown bread and soft chocolate , hint of caramel , fair amount of roasted grain , hint of hop.

Taste: Pleasant medium body of roasted grainy flavors , very light milk chocolate , some grainy bitterness as well as some lightly grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: soft and dry

Drinkability: A tasty dark brew. Light- yet roasty , interesting and midly complex overall quality. A pretty decent Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 03:16:56 | More by Byeast
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-16-2012 04:05:50 | More by jdkitchi
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-01-2013 13:52:47 | More by DaveJanssen
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BILF

Israel

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

02-22-2013 10:22:46 | More by BILF
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imperiallibations

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-21-2013 03:40:10 | More by imperiallibations
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

09-02-2013 02:14:49 | More by Extrajoker00
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tjthresh

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 02:11:32 | More by tjthresh
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LumpyGuitar

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite style for a reason!

Poured a silky black with a 1 finger head, a bit of carbonation is visible but not much.

Smells like roasty coffee, chocolate, a bit sweet.

Tasted smooth, coffee, carmel, chocolate.

Mouthfeel was very light, in my opinion what this style should be like, perfect carbonation and weight.

Drinkability is high, I'll be getting some more for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 03:23:27 | More by LumpyGuitar
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:53:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-15-2011 07:11:17 | More by DeezGunz14
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John_Squires

New York

3/5  rDev -25.9%

09-22-2013 19:56:50 | More by John_Squires
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark ruby color with a nice creamy tan head that leaves a fine bubble lace behind. Malt hits the nose pretty nice, with little very little hop smell. The first sample brings a earthy taste with a malt taste mixed in. Caramel malt is present but not to strong. This is not a bad beer but hopefully it may grow on me.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 16:58:58 | More by kunzbrew
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date only an ambiguous code that I can not read.
Appears black from a distance but when light penetrates is a dark garnet.
Some slight roasted character is present but not overwhelming, with a pleasant toffee aroma.
Subtle vanilla character that is never enough to be cloying. Roasted character is present once again in the taste but not the primary taste. Sweetened coffee also comes to mind while alluding to candy in the finish.
Crisp and medium bodied for a lager.
I want more...much more.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 05:02:34 | More by alovesupreme
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-23-2013 13:13:10 | More by kvnstfrd
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.