Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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86
very good

278 Ratings
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85
very good

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JohnW on 10-14-2005

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Ratings: 278 | Reviews: 159
Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dirty cloudy brown/amber beer, huge golden head, loooong retention. Aroma - yeasty, dusty, malty. Flavour - the same with light bitter finish. A bit cloying beer.

Photo of Vogelino
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fucking amazing beer, taste is very malt, yeast. Smell is great.

Photo of djura
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost amber, tick one finger foam, no bubbless in the glass.
S - Caramalt, dark fruits, grains, excellent.
T/M - Some special malts, chocolate, very good. Bitter finish.

O - Very, very good.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 12/31/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) single bottle with a ceramic stopper for around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass French jelly glass stein.

Pours a reddish-mahogany in color with a good 5-finger foamy/creamy head that finally settled down to around 5mm after a good while! I even poured it very slowly. Most I have seen I believe! A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped. Like a good German brew that was fresh on tap. The aroma is only of malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the same is said for the taste with just a very light finish of hops. Wasn't overdone at alll and actually just added some character to this brew. Don't think I have ever had this German style of beer either but was really good. Medium-bottled with perfect carbonation. Overall a great brew! PROST and BEST WISHES for 2015!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i still think the price point to quality ratio of some of these german beers is profoundly awesome. this bottle was less than five bucks. a much thicker, denser german brew than i am used to here, hazy with yeast sediment and a flat looking tan orange hue. the beer is real heady, white and bubbly and lasting. german malty flavor here, with a warm yeast character and a speck of brown sugar in the finish. its definiely grain driven, but there is a light bittering hop in the finish with the sweetness of the grain that balances well, and the beer feels quite light for how dense it looks. creamy texture and a lot of carbonation help that. its maybe not the most dynamic malt profile in german brewing, but its definitely unlike american made beers in the same style, and i quite like it, different than what i am used to.

Photo of dmberger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

A beer that has a little bit of character--nice maltiness on the forefront of taste, with a little hoppy kick in the end. While I've enjoyed other kellerbiers more than this one, this good be a good start for someone who wants this type of lager but likes a little hops to be apparent.

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy yellow brown color with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Doughy, caramel, lager yeast, grassy hops, and some sweetness.

Taste: This beer is like a mixture between a bock and a lager with some haziness to it. I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, a little sweet, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice lager/bock beer also know as a kellerbier. Will be revisiting this one again in the future.

Photo of Zormac
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a small snifter with a two finger slighty off white head that fades quikly to a thick creamy cap with a nice hazy walnut color.

S-the nose is syrup and molasses, rasins, dates and dryied fruit.

T- Rasins, Dates, Prunes, Resin, fermented fruits and a hint of mint on the back end.

M- Light and heavy all at the same time with a slight bite on the sides of the tounge on the finish.

O- not a bad beer would be great to talk over with friends would purchase this beer again

Photo of DIM
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Murky looking golden tinted brown; served with a small fizzy cap.

s: Caramel, biscuits, bready yeast, and surprisingly strong grassy hops.

t: Pretty sweet overall, plenty of caramel and bread. Yeasty, grassy finish.

m: Nicely chewy for the abv.

o: Really nice on warm evening outside.

Photo of imscotty
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml Bottle with ceramic swing top cap

A: Nice light amber color, cloudy. off-white head that dies down after a minute. Some lacing.

S: Very light malt and yeast scents. Not picking up much hops. Hay.

T: Some malt and oak. Nothing too complex happening here. Straight forward clean flavors. A nice lasting slightly bitter finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

O: This is my first experience with a Keller beer. Let me say that I am not a big fan in general of Lagar beers, I really enjoy the complexity of yeasty flavors in ales. So that is why my ratings may seem a little low.

Having said that, this Keller beer did show some character, especially when it warmed up.

Photo of JCBears
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance: Goldeny Brown with sunshine cloudiness around the edges. A force to be recconded with sans head

smell: Some nice wood spices brings out a hint of Christmas with a bit of nuts

taste: You can really taste a cask like feel on the tongue almost like the barrels are still there in the brew

mouthfeel: A bit weak but then again what do I know. The flavor stays on the tongue but the body leaves quickly

overall: I like it, it was a nice surprise. Someone took some time on this recipe. Not my favorite but I would love this in the winter time.

Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - hazy, cloudy golden amber color with eggshell white head

Smell - wheat, honey, fresh baked bread

Taste - some of what was hinted at in the nose, hint of honey, wheat, baked bread

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, flavors do not linger for very long

Overall - no telling how old this bottle was, still turned out to be an okay beer

Price point - $4.29 / 500ML swing top bottle

Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I purchased this flip-top at State-Line Liquors in Elkton MD, enjoyed chilled in a glass mug.

The color is dark amber with light off white head with hazed appearance in general with tight bead and thick lace collecting. The smell is lots of bready malt with a gentle yeast ester and light hop accent with slight sweetness in the aroma. The feel has a sweetish full feel with moderately high carbonation and light bitterness with semi-sweet finish.

The taste is slightly toasted with lightly spiced flavor from both the hops and yeast with a subtle sweet bready malt balance and yeast creaminess in the taste. There is a mild mineral note with an earthiness of German pilsner malt with mild creamy yeast taste in the finish. Overall I enjoyed this, it is a good lager with nice maltiness but not exceptional -just a good take on the style butt not overly complex

Photo of jonb5
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle.

A: Pale amber, hazy, taned head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Cork, yeast, phenol.

T: Malt, brown sugar, charcol, oak, increasing bitterness and the Kulmbacher sharpness.

M: Smooth, silky texture, low carbonation. Had the feel of a well kept cask ale.

O: Very good example of a Keller, does all you expect and a bit more.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish-red, cloudy; big cream head

Aroma: Malty; slight honey; citrusy

Taste: Starts with warm, malty, alcohol flavor; creamy, well balanced flavor; very good

Remarks: Good session beer

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Naturally unpastuerized, of course, this one is very cloudy, a darker shde of yellow, respectively, with a bright golden light to it. A faintly yellow-tinted head rises to just under a finger and leaves patchy lacing decently well with some heavy spotting as well.
Pale (pilsner?) malts give a bit of light fruits with a hint of a vegetal note along with some herbal notes with an evident yeasty element. The aroma's rounded out by a note of biscuit dough and a gently musty earthiness.
Yeast, grassand breadier notes come out a touch more strongly in the flavor, which is otherwise undifferentiated.
The appropriate light body sets the foundation for this brew, malts even making for a bit of chewiness along with the crispness. Somehow, though, it does still manage to flow smoothly. It would be wrong if the feel was clean, and this beer really pulls out the light body with the texture left with maturity and lack of pasteurization or filtration.

Photo of Douberd
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown bottle of 500 ml, bought in Germany. ABV is 5,4%. Poured into a lager glass.
Colour is light amber/deep copper orange, big white headof almost three fingers that unfortunately goes down rather fast and minimal activity in the glass.
Pleasant aroma, well balanced between maltiness and hoppiness.
Taste is sweet with the sweetness coming from the malts mainly, along with some sugars. Some caramel and metal on the aftertaste.
Very low carboantion, almost watery, thin body and very dry on the palate.
First one for the style for me, so I don't have anything to cmpare it with, but I think it was a good one.

Photo of beerthirtysa
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich, medium-brown color, with taupe color, long-lasting head.
S: Malty, but not sweet.
T: Medium body, plenty of hops, crisp start and mildly hoppy finish.
M: Robust, medium-high carbonation.

Very true to type, this medium-bodied kellerbier is a nice way to enjoy a fall or winter evening.

Photo of MattRiggs
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-Sweet malt aroma, with just a bit of hay
-Poured a nice frothy head that dissipated somewhat quickly
-Hop bitterness is overwhelmed by the malty sweetness
-Enough of a German hop aroma to remind you of its origin.
-Flavorful: sweetess up front turns into s bit of fruit and then into toffee, bread, roasted nuts
-A wonderfully complex yet drinkable beer
-Proof that "Bayerisches Reinheitsgebot" allows for quite a bit of variety

Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a liter mug, this is a very hazy brown beer with a modest, frothy head. The aroma offers a nice amount of malt, bready with a light toast. Flavor is pretty similar to a light-bodied Oktoberfest, with more toastiness than the nose, giving a hint of bread crust. Bitterness is moderate so there's little sweetness, but there's not any flavoring hops that I can pick up. The body is somewhat thin and watery--I'm not a fan of these swing-tops for beers that are not consumed right away.

An alright Zwickel, but not good enough for me to go seeking out again.

Photo of TexIndy
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml swing top bottle into a pint glass. Bottling code which appears to be Julian and if so would be 5/24/12 so guessing that's bottled date as this just entered the TX market. It was a very cloudy honey color with slight carb streams. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a very thin collar. Minimal lacing with none sticking.

My first keller bier so nothing to compare to as to style. The aroma was caramel malt, light fruit and bready malts. Good lager aroma to it. Smells sweet. The taste follows the aroma with a bready and caramel backbone and fruit and yeast highlights to add some character to it. It is pretty sweet but, for me, stops short of being too sweet. Light and bit watery mouthfeel. Could use some more carbonation as well.

Overall, an easy drinking lager that hits the spot if you are looking for something smooth with moderate flavor (i.e. not wanting a hop bomb). Recommend if you can get it especially since this is one of the rarer styles and hard to find (I know - been trying for several yrs). New to TX market. Rotation - would like to try on-tap at least once. Not sure if I'd buy again in bottle unless the mood struck me.

Photo of mattbk
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep red, brownish. Darker than I thought it was going to be, and also not as cloudy. Nice rich creamy head. Inviting.
S: Noble hops, flowery, a bit spicy. Bread and caramel malts in the background. Maybe a bit cidery as well, but not out of place for a lager.
T: The taste is fairly different than the aroma, much more malt character. Rich toffee and honeyed bread. Then the hops come back, the flower and spice notes are in the background, with some lingering bitterness. This is almost like a sessionable bock, but a bit more interesting.
M: Light, not very carbonated, seems appropriate.
O: This is not a beer that will blow you away, but a very solid choice for a lager, tasty and just interesting enough. I would recommend it.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thick head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of malt and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and its unfiltered nature makes it very complex. There are slight hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. Although the beer is very malty, it isn’t that heavy due to the lighter-bodied nature.
O: I enjoyed this kellerbier because it is easy to drink but offers rich and complex flavors of malts in the taste.

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is hazy coppery-orange - more orangey when backlit. Small whitish head with good staying power settles on top. Good splotchy lace.

S: First impression: yeasty. I would've guessed there was some wheat malt in there, but for the German purity law advertised on the bottle. Floral hops, mild biscuity malt.

T: Sweet malt foundation, followed by orangey (orange peel) citrusy hops. Hops are modest, however, not overwhelming like an American beer. Finishes with a smooth feel and lingering sweetness - slightly cut by a minerally/metallic hop bitterness. Florally hops noted (as in the nose). Easy drinking.

M: Very smooth. Carbonation is modest, allowing this beer to go down easy.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; cloudy amber with a nice creamy white head. Big strips of off white lacing left behind, even a bit chunky.

smell; very pleasant malts, some vanilla bean comes to mind or maybee sugar/honey coated oats in vanilla milk. Some grassy hops blend subtle with the slightest hint of alcohol, blunt yet gentle. Smells just like a Zwickelbier and yeast is present start to finish, one of the finest smelling to date in my experience.

taste; dry grains and warming yeast, almost like a stale München malt. Not much sweetness comes about as a biter aftertaste takes dominance in the aftertaste. What malts are still present blend nicely with some yeasty blandness. All in all, reminds of a whole grain bread with a bitter bite.

mouthfeel; lower end of medium bodied, creamy and velvety, so smooth and slick, oh so refreshing with a semi-dry finish.

overall; this is a nice one, would definitely buy again. Try with a bit of celery salt sprinkled Limburger and the yeast in this beer takes on a lactic, ice cream-like aftertaste.

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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