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Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
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385 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
658
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of nogoodreason
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is there really anything wrong with this beer? I don't know. Some people claim it's thin, some claim it's watery. Some people are silly. This beer is one of the best examples of the balance and refinement present in German brewing.

It pours a deep, deep ruby. In the broad part of the glass it's black in narrower parts it's reddish brown. The head is a tan sticky beauty.

Nose is of soft, clean malts, a nice chocolate roastiness and a fair smattering of noble hops. It smells so good, yet so refined. This is not a big beer, not at all, but it's still so deep.

It's dry, but somehow still has a malty sweetness rounded out with a refreshing bitterness coming from the roast and the perfect level of hopping. Finish is smoth and clean with a subtle lingering bitterness. It's so nice. Round and smooth, but still dry and refreshing. There's a faint, metalic tang of the water in here as well. That's right you can taste the water. What's wrong with that?

Ridiculously drinkable. Dangerously drinkable. A session beer and then some.

Soft and subtle yet flavorful and deep. Perfect. What craftsmanship.

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Photo of Deconstructionis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with robust, sudsy head which persists and coats the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with a roasty and caramel tinge. The taste is malty and almost but not quite sweet with the balancing bitterness more from the darker roasted malts than any discernible hops. A slight hint of coffee and cocoa in the aftertate so it finishes clean. The carbonation is medium and it's deceptively light-bodied for a dark, flavorful beer. It's very drinkable and perfct for this time of year when the weather is begiining to warm but still cool.

I'm a fan of this style and this a very good schwartzbier.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma
Very nice, getting some nice malty overtones. Chocolate, mocha possibly.

Mouthfeel Relatively low end of carbonation, nice oily feel on the palette with some creaminess.

Appearance
Poured into 20oz plastic cup as it was all I had and against the light none is making it through, completely black.

Taste
As scent hints, some chocolate and mocha I believe in there with the maltiness driving this some bitterness on the sides of the mouth but not enough presence to overshadow.

Drinkability
Rather, this is really nice. A bit of body but not so much so that it would be overly filling. Could session this easily.

Overall
Great beer, good aroma and appearance. Didn't hold a head well but could be due to plastic cup.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard tumbler pint. Beer pours a dark brown opaque color with a creamy 1.5 finger head that lingers around for a while then disappears, but leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as the beer is drunk.

The beer smells of chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is very nice and smooth with a milk chocolate flavor and slight roasted and caramel malt undertones. Almost no bitterness to the taste at all, though there is a little to round it out. It's amazing that this beer isn't a stout as it could easily be mistaken for one.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with ample carbonation, but not too much. The beer feels a bit creamy and full bodied.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. I wish I had more, but I only bought the 1 bottle. I could easily drink this all night.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Republic Gastropub in Oklahoma City. Beautiful dark Ruby brown in a weizen glass with thin, persistent head.

Noise of fruit, light roast.

Spectacular first taste. Bread, raisin, caramelesque sweetness, a hearty breakfast vibe.

Thick, erotic mouth.

A really great black beer. For fans of Doppelbock, Dunkel lager, and Dunkelweizen. And schwarzbier, of course

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma - Low munich malty aroma. Worty; smells like the mash tun. I didn't pick up any hop aroma.

Appearance - Clear dark brown with nice ruby highlights. Tan head with good head retention. Head poured about 1 finger width.

Taste - Munich maltiness, low roast, low bitter chocolate. Not astringent. Extremely low perceived bitterness. Very low noble hop flavor. Dry, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth all the way through.

Overall Impression - This a really good beer. I do much of my evaluations of beer based on the BJCP guidelines. I use BJCP because I feel that they are the most defined, and this Schwarzbier fits the BJCP guidlines perfectly. It's not very often that I find a beer that fits so well into the style guide. Give this beer a try.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and reds blend into an opaque liquid topped by 4 fingers of off white head that paints the glass all the way until the end. A beautiful beer.

S: Caramel malts and lightly tossed grains. No hop aroma.

T: Chocolate malts and cereal grains with a noble hop kick. Clean palated and up front.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: The very definition of quaffable. Refreshing during the day and replenishing at night.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that Schwarz (Shvahtz) beers were supposed to be black, hence the name. The bottle even says "the original black". This beer is a dark ruby red. Guess I'll ask my German expert Ungespundet. Anyway that's why I knocked the appearance a bit. Otherwise it had a wonderful off white head that stuck around and laced well.

The smell was of dark, roasted malts with a hint of hops creeping through. Nice but not fantastic.

The taste was also a bit on the light side for the style, but has a nice roasty caramel woodsy mix that is delightful.

The beer drinks easy and is not heavy at all. Really enjoyed the complex flavors. A very good Schwarz but not the best. (KlosterBrauerei)

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my sniffer it had a dark brown color with relative clearity (for being a schwarzbier). The aroma had a perceived sweetness in combination with a grainy, cereal quality. The flavor was very smooth, slightly dry with hints of spice and sourness. Because of its smooth, lagered taste, this beer has amazing drinkabillity.

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Photo of BeerShirts
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very Dark Brown with little light passing through, thick tan head that slowly drops down to a nice thin layer

S- A caramel and roasted malt with a little bit of a sweet hop smell

T- A strong roasted malt hits you fist with hints of Caramel and coffee, a sweet finish that is from the hops but more so reminds me of the dark fruit tastes you get from a Bock

M- Light to Medium body with light carbonation

D- I will be buying more of this beer. This is a great light dark beer. Very rich in flavor but not going to make you feel as though you just had a meal after a bottle or two.

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Photo of BarleyMine
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with red hues. Had a decent head with sticky lacing. Initial aroma was of coffee that turned to slightly burnt chocolate with hints of black peppercorns. Tastes like a light Porter with a toasty/chocolaty finish. Great carbonation with a surprisingly light mouth feel.

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

This .5l swingtop of Mönchshof Schwarz poured a crystal clear dark brown with slight red tones. A thick off-white head dissipates slowly.

Aromas are predominantly of roasty malt with the slightest hint of noble hop aroma.

Mönchshof Schwarz has a nicely balanced clean flavor with elements of clean malt and sweet malt flavors. It has a pleasant hop bitterness that comes through late and lingers.

The body is surprisingly light… similar to that of a Pils. This beer is remarkably smooth and has a slight mouthcoat. It has no astringency, unlike other Schwarzbiers I have sampled, and just the slightest carbon dioxide bite.

Altogether, Mönchshof Schwarz is a highly drinkable Schwarzbier. It has been referred to as a Black Pils… and that is a pretty accurate assessment, it is a unique beer to be certain and different than any other Schwarzbier I have tried. It is easy to see why it has been deemed a “World Classic” and given four stars by Michael Jackson… it simply is that good!

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with a dark creamy head. Good malt and nut flavor (and also something very sweet and almost sugar-like that I can’t identify). Very drinkable, doesn’t not make the mistake of being too heavy. Perhaps a little under carbonated and lacking in head.

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Photo of moodenba
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing top half liter bottle of Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwartzbier tasted one afternoon at a very quiet restaurant off the highway near Kulmbach, Germany, spring of 2015.

The beers in Germany are usually very good, but not exceptional. This one is a standout. In the "old days" in California, Monchshof Bock was an occasional (expensive) treat, and this beer holds up the good name.

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Photo of Sosh
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The drinkability for this beer is awesome. The bottle even boasts "Supremely drinkable." Roasted malts is the big flavor I pick up. The beer is very balanced, which is a major factor in it's drinkability. I would definatley get this again, and if you are in the market for a Schwarzbier, this one will not fail to impress.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.87/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

4/9 tasting. .5L swing-top poured into tall glass beer krug

A-pours dark brown, nearly black, but not inky, more watery color, huge brown foamy head, sticky and light, with fantastic lacing all the way down

S-bursting with roast coffee malt, smoky meat, brown sugar and toffee

T-incredible flavor, a balanced maltiness and some dank hop bitterness, a little tangy, molasses

M-light carbonation for a lager, but above avg mouthfeel

D-extremely drinkable all-nighter, would pair well with any meat

One of my Top 10 all-time favorite beers

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Photo of beergynt
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a Mönchsof mug (0.3L, I think), Beautiful dark molassas colored beer. Help up to the light, it reminded me of root beer. Just enough head for full coverage with little to no lacing. I loved the smell of this beer! Light and sweet roasty malt and a nice nuttiness that reminded me of hazelnuts... I love the taste even more! Perhaps it was complimented by the delicious roast duck tenders that arrived at the same time, but this just seemed almost too refreshing for a beer with it's dark color. Maltiness up front, mixing with the hazelnut mid palatte, finishing clean with noble hops... My mouth was very happy with me for choosing this beer. Smooth and refreshing; velvety and clean at once... I would love to have this beer again and again... Next time I think I'll get a liter!

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Photo of Lynux
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice creamy two finger head poured into a stemmed goblet style glass. Dark mahogany color and sticky lacing on the glass

Smells of sweet caramel malt, roasted carafa malt and toffee

Taste is delicious caramel/toffee with some roastiness and a little hop in the finish.

Nice slick mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. Great example and the best I've had of the style.

This just beat out Kostritzer for my favorite schwarzbier!

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

This is only the second schwarzbier I've tried, and I really like this style. For something called a schwarzbier, isn't this more like a braunbier? (Thank you GER1120)

Anyways, I actually like the color, which is something like a dark brown with a nice ruby edge. Nice foamy head that eventually dies down to a ring of lace.

Sweet malty smell, with some roastiness thrown in. Bitter roasted flavors that aren't overpowering. Coffee, very small amount of charcoal, some caramel. Not to bitter, some bitterness is from the hops, but mostly from the roasted malts. There is a sweet malty flavor there too, that artificial grape lollipop flavor that I normally would hate, but here it's just enough to notice, and actually adds to the overall enjoyability of this brew.

Mouthfeel is also very nice, crisp and light, not to carbonated, I could easily drink many of these beers over the course of a night.

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Photo of omahawk
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - near black, almost opaque with some slight red tints. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell - Chocolate and sight roast smell.
Taste - Smooth pilsener backbone, with hints of roast, but not as much as many American examples I've had. Complemented by some chocholate, but taste is more subtle than the color. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with low to medium carbonation. Slightly watered down taste, a little more body would be my preference.
Drinkability - A nice change of pace from the usual, and I could see having more than one of these.

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Photo of ajayma
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

LOOK
Deep mahogany in color. Head is whippy and rocky, and fades from a redish foam to chalk-white at the top. Head fades but leaves a sticky lacing with each gulp.

AROMA
Toasty malt, maybe a faint whiff of molasses.

BODY
Medium-light in body, very smooth down the hatch. Tame, tiny carbonation.

FLAVOR
Begins and ends with a firmly toasted maltiness and a gently roasted bitterness. If there are hops they don't make themselves apparent--it's all about malt here. Finish is fairly dry and reminiscent of lightly roasted coffee.

AFTERMATH.
Flavorful but not filling. I'd love some smoked fish to go with this. Or perhaps lasagna, with that meaty sauce and those charred bits of crust...

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Photo of tenesmus
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Demi-litre bottle with flip top, goes off with quite a snap when opened.

Pours out a mahogany red appearance with effervescent dense light tan head foaming over, nice lacing down the glass.

A whiff of toasty barley, chocolate and coffee on the nose, a touch of grassy hops.

Taste is more impressive, bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, walnut and dark fruits, cherry and prune, some hints of tobacco, a little smokiness. There is a pleasing sweetness and some hop structure in the background as well as a vegetal undertone. A lingering bitter aftertaste.

Very nice beer to sample, super smooth on the tongue, a light carbonation provides lift, the experience is cleansing and very accomplished.

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Photo of Will46andbrew
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've only had a few different schwarzbiers, but this is my favorite. The appearance is dark with a nice small head. The beer looks strong, but it has a smooth taste. I've had this on tap and a bottle, far better from the flip-top bottle. I've bought this several times without dissapointment!

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Photo of dwilkins
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, dark reddish brown. Not as dark or brown as I think is representative of the style, but very pleasing.

S - Roasted malty sweetness predominates. No hint of hops. Perhaps a little too sweet.

T - Fantastic balance with the bitterness evident, but not clearly not due to the roast of the malt. The malty dark sweetness comes through immediately and the finish (due to the hops) is dry as in a good pils.

M - Medium to light bodied. Close your eyes and it is just like a good pils, which it should be.

D - Great. The dry finish prevents the roasted malt from being cloying or overpowering - I'm ready for another sip as soon as I set the glass down.

All in all, although I'm more of a Belgium and American IPA fan, I could easily live with being stranded on an island with an unlimited supply of this beer!

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Photo of anneseg
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best Schwarzbier I've had. The head retention is good and the color is black with no other colors around the edges.

Sweet and malty with definite roasted quality to it. Chocolate and coffee seemed to be the dominant tastes with little in the way of discernable hop bitterness. The low ABV and bitterness make it easy to drink.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.