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Mönchshof Schwarzbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

374 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 374
Hads: 625
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-19-2002

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (605 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body with a two-finger head and some good lacing. A strong smell of chocolate malt hit my nose for a sweet sensation. Smooth, really smooth and somewhat creamy. The malty taste is both coffeeish and chocolatey, with the beer passing over somewhat strong (medium-bodied) over the palete and has a good, dry backbite that contains some residual sweetnees and complements the beer and does not kill the tongue. I could have this again anytime. (459 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (740 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce bottle served in my MH Circus Boy Weizen glass (I need to pick up a pokal). Poured a translucent nut brown with red highlights when backlit. Fluffy three inch khaki-colored head dissipated slowly leaving behind a trail of sticky lacing. Light scents of malt and chocolate. Taste similar to nose, as well as the presence of some nuttiness and roasted flavors. Light in the mouth without feeling at all watery with a nice balance of effervescence, and a slight hops bitterness at the finish. Very tasty and drinkable brew, but the per bottle price limits its sessionability in my opinion. (608 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (787 characters)

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

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. (952 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (279 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown-ish black, with a 2 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like chocolate, smoke, and some roasted malt.

This is pretty tasty, with some roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a tiny bit of smoke, and some mild lager yeast. It's not incredibly bold tasting, but it's very tasty and pretty crushable.

This is medium bodied, with a moderate level of carbonation, and a fairly crisp mouthfeel.

This is tasty, but not the best schwarzbier I've ever had. (566 characters)

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

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) (393 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,176 characters)

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

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. (772 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

0.5L swing top bottle, with unclear bottling code on back label.

appears almost black, with ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. 1/2" of nice thick head. good head retention, and great lacing coats the glass as I drink. aroma of slightly roasted malt.

taste is a bit roasty, a bit smokey, but mild and balanced. very smooth body and almost creamy carbonation.

label says "World Classic", and it does seem to be the perfect example of the style. (460 characters)

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

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! (736 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy in color, with a sizeable tan head which fades somewhat quickly to a skimming.
Deep sniffs produced very little in the aroma dept. Black malts are about the only thing to be notice. Maybe a touch of carmel sweetness.
Everything about the taste seems tentative. Starts with non-assertive carmel/toffee flavors, followed by timid black malts. Wimpy chocolate hues dance on the periphery, too afraid to enter. Finished with some passive hops, that don't add much character.
Body is similarily weak. Watery, and passive.
On a plus note, it is very simple to drink and not think about. There's nothing offensive here, just nothing memorable.

Afterword: I let this sit for about 30 minutes. Upon returning, some roasty tones settled into both the aroma and taste. There wasn't much beer left, so I'll have to stand by the ratings I posted. But it seems like a better bet at room temp...still pretty average. (935 characters)

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

Pours a very very dark brown color with a nice creamy white head that left plenty of clingy lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel and fermented red grapes. The taste is of a watery milk chocolate, similar to Nestles Quik. There is also a raisin & carob presence. The roasted malt is very light and does not add much flavor to the brew. The feel is light with soft carbonation; finishes sweet and slightly sticky. A very average swarzbier. I was hoping for more of a roasted malt presence. I always question the freshness of these German brews that I get, perhaps this was on the older side. I still prefer the Sam Adams or Sprecher Schwarzbiers. (658 characters)

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

With a medium-sized, stable, creamy head, this beer has a dark, nearly black color. The taste is a robust coffee-like bitterness, sometimes like cooking chocolate….dry. Smell is roasted malts. Very nice bitter aftertaste. Little hop smell or character. (257 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love these swing top bottles...

Pours a dark cola brown with whiskey amber edges in the light. Two fingers of solid, dense, light-khaki head top it off.

Nose is toasted caramel rolls with molasses, cooked vegetables, light roastiness, faint leather, and some spicy hops. Very nice.

Spicy bitterness up front that gives way to roasted malt. Slightly nutty. Caramelly sweetness increases into the cookie-ish finish. Lingering vegetal hop notes. Nice. Medium-bodied with a remarkably soft, creamy feel. A great beer and by far the best schwarzbier I've had. (565 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/08. On tap at Ebenezer's (served in a huge mug!!) Poured an opaque black with a thick white head. Taste of pizza dough, bock goodness. I've never had a schwarzbier before and this reminded me of a dopplebock. A good beer, nice and refreshing. Easy to drink. 6/4/7/4/14 (3.5/5)

Update 10/31/08: Had this from a bottle and it tasted similar to how I remember so I will not add any new comments, but I thought it deserved slightly better than a 3.5 so I upped the aroma by 1 point. Nice drinking swartzbier! 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) (541 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty bier; don't know why I didn't grab one while in Kulmbach a couple of years ago.... Very dark brown, though not nearly as dark as I had expected, what with the name and all (Schwarz...duh!). Huge creamy head, with lace all over the place. Nose was a mix of some malt and bitter chocolate....pleasing! Nice over the tongue, but I felt it was a tad thin. Roasted malt flavors mix with bitter chocolate, and there's a hint of hops in the dry finish. Not bad!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of Reidrover
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Flip top. Beautiful dark mahogany beer, almost black, with a lovelly foamy,thick tan head. Dark malty aromas,little hopping .Creamy aroma also. Very nice semi-sweet dark malty flavour, a little sour,lactic even,dark chocolate hints in the back, slightly roasty, tiny amount of hop on the after taste. Very nice mouthfeel well carbonated. Overall an excellent black lager. (377 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz swag top bottle that made a nice 'pop gun' pop when opened, served in a large pilsner glass.

A - clear, dark brown color with a big fluffy head of tan foam that left a bunch of lacing.

S - roasted malty aroma with a hint of toffee sweetness.

T - sweet, dark roasted malt flavor is balanced with subtle hop bitterness for a dry finish.

M - light and refreshing.

D - great taste, light body and low abv help to make this an extremely drinkable brew.

Final Note: I know that at least one other reviewer said this, but I love the movie "Space Balls" so I'll say it anyway...

May The Schwarz Be With You! (614 characters)

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just happened upon a bottle of this at a bar. I liked this beer a lot and would recommend it to anyone who tries it but I would not call it a Schwartzbier. It's a little too malty, aromatically and flavor wise, to be that style but it is none the less a very interesting beer with a great smokey and malty aroma and flavor. (325 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz brown bottle with a "ceramic" swing top, no date.

This schwarzbier poured a clear, deep garnet color with creamy, light brown, sudsy foam that settled slowly but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty with a touch of caramel and chocolate, but overall a rather modest aroma. The taste was malty: caramel, cocoa, with a hint of sweetness up front. There was a good balance of tangy hops in the background behind the malt, and a bit of hop bitterness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium body and modest carbonation. The malty flavors lingered briefly. This was an easy to quaff schwarzbier. Not bad at all. (659 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swingtop bottle pours a dark, but clear, body that has a mahogany tint when held to the light. A generous, beige head of tightly knit small bubbles eventually recedes into sheets and patches down the glass.

Aroma is inviting, with roasted malts and herbal, almost spicy, noble hops vying for your attention.

Mouthfeel is coating, but is dry and crisp.

Taste begins with a malt roastiness that is close to caramel. The hops presence lends an ideal balance with an assertive dryness. A peppery, spice note is picked up midway through, then a hint of chocolate toward the end. The finish is clean and dry.

Excellent drinkability for this smooth and well balanced Schwarzbier. A style worth looking into. (713 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, according to style, this one is a winner – but somehow I’m just a little disappointed in it, starting with the pour. I mean, it had a nice deep and clear walnut hue – isn’t it suppose to be almost black? Laced the glass well.

Aroma of some deep roasted malts, good again. Then the quaff – a well balanced taste with proper malts, hints of charcoal and an earthy/leathery finish. OK again.

It was rich and creamy, tangy, well carbonated and had a nice lite body to it. One could drink these easily in the summer heat as a change-up from the Hefe’s and IPAs, or anytime in the winter.

*But final note, (self), it is a fairly expensive import. I would go for the NB 1554 before this – it’s more economical and, I think, better tasting and bodied.* (767 characters)

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.