Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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4.38/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a dark brown, almost black color with minimal head. Aroma is rich and malty with some coffee overtones. Taste is very malty, very rich in flavor. Coffee overtones stick towards the back of the throat. Goes down very smooth. Second sip confirms much of the same. The aftertaste is nice and roasty. A very well-done schwarzbier. It mimics a porter/stout in many ways but never strays too far from the drinkability of a lager. Excellent.
The late Michael Jackson was right, as stated on the label of this beer. Definitely world-class in my opinion.
09-11-2007 02:55:11 | More by Brad007
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Poured from a cool 1pt .9oz bottle into hotel glasses. The bottle had the "Grolsch" type fastener on top, and made a satisfying pop when opened.
The appearance is burnt copper with spitty white head. The smell is mostly malt, hinting some roasted malt flavor.
The taste is not as rich or satisfying as I'd hoped, but it isn't really bad... It's a smooth malty lager, just a little bitter on the back end.
Decent mouthfeel and easy to pound.
07-14-2006 00:21:23 | More by TurdFurgison
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance- A one and a half finger head that turns into a foamy film at the end. Very translucent like dark brown color.
Smell- Only a hint of malt as well as hops, with malt being the dominate one.
Taste- The malt flavor was excellent with some hops in the middle to do some balancing, but then ended with the roasted malts and water.
Mouthfeel- Looks are deceicing, especially if you aren't familiar with schwarzbier. But something this dark is like a lager and can be consumed so easily. My palate was alight with a tasty roasted malt. Nothing overpowering though.
Drinkability- Excellent, I like anything dark in a beer, and this could turn into my regular beer of the day to drink when I want to forget the pain... just kidding. But definetly beckons the drinker to consume more.
12-15-2005 01:38:34 | More by scruffwhor
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
500 ml swing-top bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. Number on the back but no date. World Classic rated by Michael Jackson.
A - Dark, almost black, mahogany color with a thick, large tan head with good retention. Started turning rocky and left lacing as it shrank in size.
S - Strong yeasty black malt aroma with little else behind the potency. The yeasty smell reminds me of the smell in the air around the Pabst brewery as a child. Caramel, chocolate, and toffee notes.
T - Bitter black malts with a touch of coffee and some caramel flavors that finish clean with a cocoa neutrality.
M - Begins bitter but ends dry and clean. Medium bodied with a neutral level of carbonation.
D - A delicious schwarzbier that is easily consumable!
06-26-2009 01:41:05 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.63/5 rDev -10.6%
The colour is pitch-black; the three finger head is pale brown. Lots of lacing occurs.
The strong smell is malty, roasted and dry. Some grassy hop-notes. Hints of beef stock, dry wood, heavily roasted nuts and a touch of yeast. It is a bit raw.
The taste is medium dry with lots of roasted malts with a distinct note of roasted/fried nuts and a touch of black pepper. The mellow aftertaste got dry notes of minerals and pumpernickel bread with some sour-bitter notes. The bitterness is mild.
The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is light to medium smooth.
A bit too much minerals and sourish notes for me.
07-30-2010 07:01:03 | More by bark
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a dark brown color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.
S: A very malty aroma - as you might expect - with some hops as well.
T: Tasted primarily of malt, with a strong (but not too strong) hops presence in the finish. Not a super-dynamic flavor, but very focused and true to its style.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: On the whole, this isn't a beer that will totally knock your socks off, but it is very drinkable, especially if you like schwarzbiers.
01-19-2012 14:26:42 | More by avalon07
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
This brew is a dark brown cola color with a medium thick beige head and fair lacing. Smoky aroma, with some roasted coffee and caramel. Medium-bodied and earthy with flavors of hops, toasted malt and smoke. The finish is carbonated and mildly bitter. All in all a decent Schwarz.
01-10-2005 23:49:51 | More by Dogbrick
4.55/5 rDev +12.1%
Got a bottle of this at my local place for 5.00
A - Greeted with a "pishhh" from the Grosh type swing top which locks in the freshness. A nice semi dark brown (lighter than expected) beer with a hefty inch of head.
S - Slight coffee and cocoa nips on the nose with a mild hint of burnt coal and leather.
T - MMM. Chocolate assault that easily rounds to a bitterness of coffee and malt in the finish. Really wanted more flavors but they are vivid and constant. Very nice.
M - I really appreciated that it drank like Guinness with less bitterness.
D - Man do Germans got this down! It was a surprise to find this much flavor in a beer but it might be able to use more smoke, but DON'T change a thing! A perfect brew! Shame it's 5.00 a bottle but one must pay an imported price for a great brew!
11-12-2010 08:47:17 | More by DrDemento456
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma isn't strong, but I can smell roasted malt, caramel and some chocolate. It tastes like roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate, but finishes bitter and a little bit acidic. Mouthfeel is light, and it's smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, I think it's nice and refreshing and it's easy to drink. It's a good Schwarzbier, I'd definitely buy it again. I think it would be a decent choice as a session beer too.
02-24-2007 23:54:12 | More by bluejacket74
4.1/5 rDev +1%
500 mL fliptop bottle without a decipherable freshness code. Pours a medium brown color with a creamy tan head that shows some nice retention and lacing.
Roast, toast and sweet grains on the nose. A good mix of aromas and the profile is decently robust for the style. Has a nutty aspect to it that adds some depth and something other than various malts.
This is a superbly drinkable beer and a damn fine black lager. Plenty of flavor with a gentle carbonation, feels soft in the mouth. Roasty and chocolaty sweet malts are the main show, but also displays some heavy whipping cream and pecan flavors that are nice. I got a 5L mini-keg of this for less than twenty bucks back in January, excellent value and excellent beer...went quite fast split between 3 of us. Well worth a purchase.
06-24-2010 00:16:13 | More by twiggamortis420
3.83/5 rDev -5.7%
Dark muddy burnt orangy brown color with slivers of bright orange along the bottom and edges. Tall dark ivory head thats firm and pretty thick with good consistency of a whipped cream frothy look. Lacing in thick strings and large blobuels. Not much on the nose here, just an openness that has some light roasty tones and dryness to it. Some small phenol and sweet notes sneak in as it warms. Taste is mild with a roasted sweetness, has a dryish cocoa under tone and it survives a fairly sufficent descent throughout its tenure. Which menas it seems to last a good while eh. It has a very slight burntness gettting close to coffee with some heavy roasted nuts. A gentle but raw husky grassy finish helps out a bit and late effecting cocoa notes subside. Easy, clean feel, medium bodied, nice mild little sweetness and roasty tone. A good drinkin' beer. Not much for the nose but it makes up for it with a nice, easy going pace with flavors and body. On another note, I'll be keeping this bottle with the swing top stopper for the reason that it has three labels on it? Must of got stuck in the labeling machine or something, so that makes it unique and collectable in my book.
02-08-2004 22:33:11 | More by tavernjef
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance - This is indeed black in color with a nice, black-white head that came up beautifully, showed great attention, and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.
Smell - This is rich and roasty with some spectabular malts mixed with coffee grounds and a slight sugary sweetness.
Taste - The aroma makes its way perfectly at the taste. The roasty character is less robust here but it is extremely balanced. The sugars are raw and again very light.
Mouthfeel - This was my favorite part of the beer. The roasty malts were so smooth and creamy almost like the character of root beer or a cream-based soda.
Drinkability - This light to medium-bodied bier went down extremely well. It is a rare and difficult style to master and they hit the nail on the head here.
11-27-2010 01:27:48 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Tawny brown with mahogany tones and a low creamy tan head whcih leaves light bits of lace. Light sweet, roasty, and hoppy aroma. Rich roasty malt flavor balanced nicely by classic european noble hops. Light bitter chocolate finish and lingering aftertaste. Light-medium bodied with a light dry finish.
Per M.J. - B.C. book: Color 55 EBC, 12.5 Plato, 1050 O.G., 26 IBU.
(16.9 oz Swingtop)
02-25-2003 14:15:45 | More by RBorsato
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
16.9oz flip top bottle. Pours black in color with mahogany hues when held up to the light. Aroma is clean with roasted malt and cocoa. The smell is really nice, there just isn't enough of it as it is too faint. Taste is delightfully smooth roasted malt, coffee and a faint taste of chocolate. The taste much like the aroma is good but it is lacking that extra punch. Overall, this is a good beer that would make for a great session with it's low ABV.
08-29-2006 02:12:57 | More by cjgator3
4/5 rDev -1.5%
I've had this on tap and in the bottle in several Bay Area locations as well as back on the east coast. It's a good schwarz for sure, it's no death and taxes, but than what is? Nice bottle and a good pour a dark milky chocolate black with a small little off-white, coca head of foam that leaves some decent lace. Aromas are all chocolate malts, and a bit of roast with some nice German hoppage going on as well. Taste is quite good as well, roasty with some definate chocolate hints and a nice bready maltiness that is full of depth and character. The hops balance nicely, but don't have an in your face profile to them. Mouthfeel is creamy a and a bit burnt/acrid, in a good way. Drinkability is also very good. An A1 schwarz for sure!
08-21-2006 00:00:55 | More by francisweizen
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottle no. 1959401. Sampled on September 9, 2010. Upon the popping of the ceramic cork you get an immediate aroma that builds to a nice brownish-red pour with about two inches of long-lasting foamy tan head. The scent is full of inviting dark malts with a hint of molasses, caramel and maybe some modest hops as well. The taste begins bold but ends mellow with a pleasant combination of sweet bitterness, raisins, and dry hops at the finish. Altogether, a well-rounded likeable beer.
09-09-2010 22:17:33 | More by puboflyons
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
This is a bit of an older one I'm just getting to. Notes are thorough and complete.
This beer lives up to its German name, nearly black with some brown just sneaking in at the edges. A nice billowing cap of brown head with excellent retention leaves sticky lacing in plenty.
The aroma is a little smoky, malty with a barley presence but not neglecting a little bright citrus hops shining through.
The taste is essentially the same, with notes of caramel malt mingling with darker malts offering just a bit of coffee and a barley grains presence with a hint of smoke that's just enough to round it out. This malts presence works in beautiful unison with a healthy dose of citrus hops flavor. This really is what I'd expect from an attempt at a so-called "dark pils." It's actually dryer than one might think, ending up in a nice, balanced, semi-dry territory.
This beer has a medium body, maybe on the lighter side, with more crispness than smoothness.
09-04-2011 12:49:55 | More by Brenden
Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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