Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 372
Hads: 621
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 70
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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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. (272 characters)

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. (322 characters)

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 (542 characters)

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! (829 characters)

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! (427 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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... (690 characters)

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. (573 characters)

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. (692 characters)

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! (292 characters)

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! (819 characters)

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. (342 characters)

Photo of Haus
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet flip-top bomber.

Inviting brown colored beer with a nice tan to light brown colored head.

This beers aroma is mostly of grain and patent malt with hints of chocolate/charred malt and smoke.

Starts out almost dry with a strong malt flavor. Very much a heavily roasted malt beer, a bit of sweetness coming through with the ample carbonation hits your tongue. The flavors become really more pronounced once you let this one warm up.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer that I will definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle (538 characters)

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

Flip-top bottle poured into a glass in Germany.

A – Pours nice with deep black color with a strong off-white head. The retention is good with nice lacing.

S - A nice roast aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Very balanced taste with roast malt, chocolate, coffee flavoring. Residual sweetness adds a very slight fruity flavor which is balanced well against the roasted flavor.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

O – This beer was a nice surprise to me. Definitely one of the best Schwartzbiers that I have been able to try. Highly recommended. (582 characters)

Photo of pacond
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall 16oz mug with Monchshoff logo on it

Poured a cola like color, you can see through it, but it is black. Nice big thick head, good carbonation but it goes away soon.

I can smell the malty aromas, real toasty. But there is a sweetness to this brew.

Tastes really malty, with a sweetness to it. The beverage is well balanced and very drinkable. Nice roasted malt flavors, not too strong. The mouthfeel is right on. Others in the style I have had are thin and have a strong alcohol presence. But this is not thin or thick and is very drinkable. (567 characters)

Photo of ArsenicDrone
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this out of the swing cap bottle. No problem finishing this bottle, so no need to reseal.

A: A nice dark mahogany color, with a rather thin head. Poured like it was thicker than it turned out to be.

S: Molasses. Maybe a little beer here and there, but mostly molasses. That's nothing to complain about, in my book.

T: Molasses. There's a vague fruitiness, but anything that you notice beyond the molasses is going to be an individual perception thing. About the right amount of sweetness: present, but, well, certainly not like drinking molasses. All in all, an enjoyable set of flavors.

M: A bit thin. I tend to like a thicker beer, so you might see it differently.

D: Excellent. I could drink at least a couple of these. Easy going down, cold and not-so-cold.

This was my first experience with a dark beer which I really liked, but was not a meal in a bottle. (871 characters)

Photo of cilldalua
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a European living in NY how did I have to wait until I was in Mexico city to find this?

I am not saying it is the best beer in the world but it is really good so shame on NY and particularly the German pubs for holding out on us.

Anyway on to the beer. Pours a very nice coffee color with a good head that goes on to the end. The smell is all coffee which is a recurring theme but with lots of malt behind it. The taste is coffee again but its very level, certainly not overpowering. Its much lighter then it looks but it does linger on the tongue. All in all, you could spend a day in spring or autumn drinking these with no regrets. (639 characters)

Photo of sennoma
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, dark, rich, warm, everything you want in a dark beer. Nothing heavy or cloying -- smell, taste and finish are all clean, almost crisp if that makes sense with such a rich brew. Just delicious. Sip on its own or pair with strong tasting foods -- I tried it with Huntsman cheese (stilton and gruyere) and roasted brussels sprouts and although it sounds odd, it was a superb match. (389 characters)

Photo of homohabilis
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

i like black beers and this one came highly recommended by my beer connoisseur friend.
poured nicely, half into a clear pint glass (to admire the visuals), half into a stonewear krug.
the color isn't really black, exactly, but a nice, dark ruby - quite pleasing to the eye. nice sturdy head of tan foam lasts until a couple sips in.
the smell is very malty, earthy and rooty, but fairly faint.
taste is sweeter than i expected, rather licorice-like. toasty, then a bit bitter, then mostly gone, leaving only a lingering tangy bitterness like underripe fruit. the abrupt finish actually makes this more drinkable than i was expecting, especially with the sweetness up front. i like this quite a lot and see it as a better representation of the style than some of the other schwarzbiere i've had, which seemed more like watered-down porters than their own distinctive type. (872 characters)

Photo of Nomad1219
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with this style and I am not sure how it stacks up against the others in this style. It is a dark ruby hue not quite as dark as a porter but in the same color range, good sized light sand or stone colored head with good lacing as it subsided. Its scent was mostly roasted and which carried over into its flavor there is some hops aroma. The taste here again as like a half breed as if I had left a pils and a porter alone in the refrigerator, lighter but still roasted and bitter sweet chocolate. overall a good drinkable beer. I hope to find some others in this style. (598 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark Brown, no haze, red highlights. Good head.

Smell: Mix of munich and pils malt. No hops. slight sulfur (like a munich helles). No roast.

Taste: Slight roast character mixed with clean toast and pils malt. Slightly sweet upfront but very dry in finish; similar to a cross between a pilsner and munich dunkle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. expected lager smoothness

Drinkability: Easy to drink.

Notes: Very nice. Crisp drinkability of a pils but softer and a touch richer. (501 characters)

Photo of Markus2969
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had cocoa and hops taste. Dark smell with a little tobacco hint, good mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. When i first saw it i thought it was going to taste like a stout or a bach bier. I was happily surprised with my first drink. Drink this one slow to enjoy every drop! (289 characters)

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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