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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
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577 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 577
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 60
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002)
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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a wide mouth pint glass.

Pours dark brown to black with a red hue of translucence when held to the light. Modest but attractive light brown head, dissipating quickly. Minimal lacing.

Smells of light molasses and coffee malts. Smell is very appealing and comes on better with a good swirl.

A good long pull was incredibly interesting - complex malts, mostly of the darker variety, are most noticeable with some of that same molasses flavor that was hinted to on the nose. This isn't sweet, but there is a sense of sweetness conveyed through these flavors. Another interesting thing was the texture - you might expect something more viscous in dark beer but it was definitely 'lager-like' in weight. Carbonation is light and actually adds a little creaminess to the texture. The finish is long and malty with more of that coffee flavor coming through in the linger. You definitely get a slight hint of hop bittering at the end as well.

Overall this is a very cool beer! Easy to drink, complex flavors, and something new it seems in every pull. It's a dark brew but it drinks more like a lager or lighter ale. Very good!

SIRIUS2, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of DaveBlack
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Molasses colored beer, maybe a finger's width worth of slightly off-white head on top of the beer. The head dissipates quickly and leaves some light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, toasted grains, molasses (maybe that just pops into my mind because that's how I described the color). A nice smelling beer.

T: Lots of flavor up front. Caramel, coffee, toasted malts, a little bit of a grainy taste. Sweetness gives way to a malt bitterness in the middle. The finish is a little weak. While there is a woody hop presence, there isn't enough to balance out the front end of the beer. That makes me want to keep drinking it constantly so the initial flavor doesn't fade out and leave me disappointed.

M: Moderate body, above-average carbonation.

O: A great tasting beer, but out of balance, which leaves me wishing for more hops. The roasty flavors are great, the malty goodness up front, the coffee, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

DaveBlack, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of BrooklynPanch
4/5  rDev -1%

BrooklynPanch, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Neorebel
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Monchshof Rauchbier pours a deep opaque black hue with an off white puffy head. Great lacing and overall appearance. I've had this a few times, once on tap, now I am reviewing the bottled experience. The aroma is so full of roasty malts, it's almost savory. Very mouth-watering. The splendid taste had more of the aforementioned aspects, as well as chicory and coffee, and some faint hops. All very, very balanced and smooth. What a full mouth feel one gets with this for such a low ABV beer! Truly a triumph of a Schwarzbier, definitely my new favorite of the style (I love German Beer). Order it with confidence, and have a couple at only 4.9%! Prost!

Neorebel, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of BuckSpin
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml swing top bottle in a classic dimple stein glass mug

Opened with a "POP" and poured thick & brisk. Surprisingly strong chocolate, fresh, sharp, acidic black coffee, roasted nuts, dry, a little dusty, English biscuits, crackers, more like a porter or stout....very nice. As it warms maybe some dried cherry and even a peep of black licorice are noticeable. Deep, rich, earthy roasted malts are present, the last of the bottle brings a creamier, sweeter tone, more blonde coffee in aroma. Head was a fat, thick, sticky sculpted 2 fingers of mixed ivory foam that floated like sea foam, eventually settling to a silent 1/8" carpet that didn't budge and laced like curtains.

Its the deepest, ruddiest, port ruby burgundy, thick, almost opaque, light curling around the edges and bottom, a magnificent beauty to behold.

Hmmm, the chocolate and black coffee from the nose are deliciously present on the tongue in a semi-sweet creaminess thats even, velvety, smooth, very well balanced, but yet is also refreshingly light and crisp with roasted malts and a cracker-esque dryness that provides a "crunching" tongue clearer to the overall gestalt of the brew.

Faintly sweet fruit (warm raisin, dried black currant) comes alive on the palate as it slightly thickens, the black coffee, baking chocolate & toasty malts subdue, yet remain as a counter balancing presence. It finishes with more of the same it started with and leaves a pleasingly bittersweet, dulled mocha aftertaste that coats the mouth like a Dry Stout, dry, crisp, chewy...nice.

What a wonderful beer. Kulmbacher is slowly becoming my favorite non-American brewery with their solid offerings. This was a lush treat, admittedly unexpected in its depth, yet crisp & clean and very easy to drink. It could easily be mistaken for a lite Porter, but its dry crispness & ease of drinking set it apart. A wonderful beer for a summer's evening, I could see it paring beautifully with a killer char-grilled steak or even a big ol' burger, as well as a iced chocolate dessert. If you like deep, rich, almost lush Schwarzbiers or even Porters, definitely check this out, I recommend it highly.

BuckSpin, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a rich tan head that holds up very well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is mostly similar to the smell with a distinct roasty profile with notes of chocolate and caramel. The taste is a little watered down and not as strong and lively as the aroma.

Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel but feels a little watered down. Overall pretty solid, worth a try and an easy drinker.

Vengeance526, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of packetknife
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep auburn with an off-white frothy head that held if uneven. A very slight bit foggy which wasn't expected. A very oat-bread sort of smell to it with some citrus at the end of each whiff. Not too sweet with good hoppiness on the finish. Almost dry but not quite. Not really memorable though with a bit too much carbonation. Alright drinkability.

packetknife, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very dark brown and ruby with a fluffy off-white head. This is a super smooth and mellow brew. Drinkability is way up there. Taste is mostly a mild roasted malt with a slight hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is in between thin and medium, slightly watery, making it easy to drink and refreshing. I wasn't excited while drinking this, but I was happy to have tried this smooth and refreshing "black pils."

AudioGilz, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

bigbeerfan, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of BeerBob
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mönchshof Schwarzbier pours “Schwarz” (Black) from a 1PT .9FL OZ blackish brown glass porcelain (on closer inspection... white plastic swing top stopper) glass bottle. Light tan head of fine foam bubbles went to well over two fingers in height before collapsing to a well defined ring with large islands of foam and lace all along the side of my 48oz beer stein.

Nose is a major malt event with wave after wave of malty sweetness washing over the olfactory organ.

Palate is sweet barely malt with some burnt elements followed by the dry bittering of hops.

This brew starts sweet, then migrates to a well bittered brew with a drying finish. Not a porter and not a stout, but not too far from either. In retrospect I believe that some of the dry stout offerings are in fact more of a “Schwarzbier” than a stout.

This is an incredible offering from Kulmbacher Brauerei and in my humble opinion, a must try!

BeerBob, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of beerbrains
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

beerbrains, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BILF, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of mempath
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

seems like the color of cola as it is poured...but held to light, it is much more transparent and reddish, like an extreme cream soda. beautiful thick lacing and a head that settles very slowly, retaining a jelly, jolly sort of consistency. very nice to gaze at...

first nose notes are the maltiness, followed by that slight burned/coffee/chocolate aspect. catching some yeastiness and perhaps hops. a little fruit.

i don't know, but if i was blindfolded, i would've immediately guessed i was having a Guinness Draft. In Ireland...even the head's retention looks creamy like GDraft. always right on the edge of going bitter or burnt, those playful elements hold back and keep things incredibly tasty and smooth. not challenging, but i wouldn't want that here. nothing to search for...let it find you. this is definitely a delight. not a beer for simple palates at all. i'm impressed.

the quote on the back from expert MJackson is fitting: "a brewing wonder"...creamy mouthfeel plays on the one extreme with the carbonation. just simply quite drinkable and quite a session brew for sure.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

mempath, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Zimbo
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep roasty earthy nose, this is actually quite dark almost reddish brown with a big rocky magnolia head. The liquid shines a rusty sparkle throught much of the glass. An element of fizziness starts things off before the tongue encounters lots of dark chocolate along with a smooth but firm earthy darkness which coats the mouth. Long aftertaste, this is intense yet shows incredible balance and a lightness of touch which is as far away from dilute as you could ever ask for.

Zimbo, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jdkitchi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

jdkitchi, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of gritz147
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%

gritz147, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear walnut with some deep garnet. Very large, very fine slightly sticky light brown head settles slowly to a complete rocky cap leaving nice lacing.

Touch of toffee leads over dark, slightly husky chocolate. Just a touch of roastiness as well. There's a solid malty goodness lurking below to support it all. Complex, interesting, and well-balanced.

Heavy side of medium in the mouth with excellent rich malt of the bready sort. Roast and chocolate notes are there, as well as a touch of dried cherry fruitiness. Complexity, interest and balance again.

Excellent soft, filling mouthfeel - seems to get into every crack and crevice of the mouth. Great length with a touch of spicy bitterness at the death that simply begs you to take another sip.

Drinkable? This is one of the magic brews that simply disappears from the glass leaving only a lingering smile. Genius beer. Easily abused, and nowhere near the same experience when it is. Please buy from a reputable retailer.

Realale, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of hanco005
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pint .9fl oz flip top bottle into a pint glass. Code on the back of the bottle says "3813153".

A—dark, cola like brown appearance with 1/12 inch foamy cream colored head that disappears in a few minutes, the lacing is beautiful and web like

S—medium strong caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

T—very malty, semi-sweet chocolate and caramel malts are everywhere, a touch bitter and finishes pretty dry, a wonderfully balanced taste

M—pretty watery, slippery and thin, not at all what I expected, however smooth and drinkable

D—this beer does not disappoint. I wish I had a few more of these. Very easy to drink.

hanco005, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz bottle with a nifty swing top and a rather amused looking monk on the label.

Pours a deep brown (almost black, which makes sense) with a surprisingly creamy slightly off white head. Retention is okay, but lacing is very very nice.

Smell is black malt, roasted character, some spicy german hops, slightly smoky aroma, and just a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

Taste is very crisp and smooth, still slightly smoky, definitely a little caramel in there, as well as the roasted malt character. German hops are definitely present.

Very smooth and very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is pretty good as well, not too much carbonation, but definitely well balanced. Definitely something I don't get to try too often, and I like it.

LuckySevens82, May 29, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Stubbie1, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of John_Squires
3/5  rDev -25.7%

John_Squires, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of moulefrite
4.43/5  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.

moulefrite, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

gueuzeonhigh, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

DESTRO, Oct 25, 2003
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 577 ratings.