Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)

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277 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnW on 10-14-2005

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Reviews by JCBears:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep bronze with a fluffy white head that takes its time settling,clean aromas a tough of pizza dough and herb, with an underlying German iron note.A big malt backbone doughy and light caramel sweetness with a soft herbal finish very clean and goes down easy.In a sea of ales I drank today this was the cleanest beer of the day quaffable man I wish I had more.

Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This one gave off a beautiful white head and the bier was a thick, cloudy dark orange.

Smell – The grain and malts here at the nose work together so well that it's hard to distinguish the two components. There's a light, aromatic sweetness to the nose that gives this KB a wonderful bouquet.

Taste – To me this is the perfect lager. The malty grain flavor is exactly what I think of when I think of German lager. There is a hint of mature sweetness here. It's not sweet like candy or fruit but like the sweetness that you can taste from a carrot or ear of corn only after having abstained from artificial sugars for a week. I can't see any way that you could make this taste better.

Mouthfeel – This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had from a bottle. It's a bit bigger than light-bodied but not yet medium. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste and is a pleasure to slide around in the mouth.

Drinkability – This is German Keller Bier at its best. You won't find a better sample stateside.

PS: I grilled up some big, fat Italian sausages and some Hungarian, Anaheim, and Thai red peppers with white onions and tossed it all in between a couple split brotchen and used this KB to wash it down. Man that was tasty.

Photo of brownbeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice array of big bubbles float about in the bronzy liquid sporting a tightly compacted white head.

Aromas of soft caramelized grains, hazelnut, maybe a hint of nectarine. The nose does have some subtle, yeasty fruit esters.

The flavor is malty without being to sweet. Maple and caramel notes blend well with off and on nutty flavors, and a round yeastiness. A faint herbal hop presence is found in the quick, clean finish. Mellow beer overall, not packin' huge flavors, but has a certain finesse that makes me want to drink more.

The mouthfeel really shines for me. It's soft and smooth, delicate and chuggable. Great lager. Fill up the bucket and pass it over here.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Todd the beer guy at McKean and Charles in Waldoboro for pointing this beer in my direction. It's excellent. A 500ml swing top bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a hazy brown color with a thin head. It had a sweet aroma, to me like a caramel candied apple. Very pleasant malt taste, with the fruity caramel presence, then a little tang at the end. A really enjoyable and fun to drink beer.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall mug. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has deep amber to copper colored body with a heavy haze and visible carbonation. A two finger, creamy light beige head sits on top and hangs on well. On the way down the glass it makes lots of cool sticky lace patterns.

Smell: The nose has notes of bready malt and bready yeast with leafy hop notes and a light mineral edge.

Taste/Palate: There is a clean lager character running up the middle of the tongue with mellow bready malt and yeast notes coming in from the sides. A flash of leafy/herbal hop flavor and bitterness finishes it off with just the slightest hint of something mineral like. On the palate it has a solid medium feel with smooth mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing lager. Although the look of it is a little deceiving, the flavor is great. Poured in the glass, it’s a nice amber color without much head. The aroma picks up with fresh clean malt notes. The taste really hits hard, great malt profile, tending to a little toastiness, that fills the mouth with pleasure. The hops are well balanced with the malt and there is a bit of sweetness that completes the overall flavor. These flavors linger and are followed but a hop tang that highlights the thirst quenching drinkability of this beer. I would consider this one of the best, if not the best, lager I’ve ever had. A really great beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swingtop pours a hazed amber body with a generous offwhite head that leaves some sheets of delicate lace on the glass. Aroma is a bit subdued, with notes of toffee and caramel mingling with floral and spicy German hops. Smooth medium body is well carbonated. Taste is toasty and earthy with a solid caramel backbone. Complexity comes from a vague fruitiness and the spicy and herbal hop bitterness. This would be very sessionable if it were more common.

Photo of mj001jk
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber with a persistent, creamy foam. Extremely light and subtle aromas, almost imperceptible malt and nut-like. Flavors are in a similar vein, very subtle but gradually develop a richness and complexity that never overpowers. This is the closest to a session beer you can get with very clean and refined flavors.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clouded hazed amber hue with off white head fine coated lacing left between sips. Aroma is a bit flat not much going on, semi malt bready tones a bit of a nutty edge to it with the yeast sediment. Doesn't taste off just a bit dated stale non lively brew going on. A touch of caramel malt crispness to it, nutty yeast grassy finish. Pretty boring. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is soft and smooth, nothing crazy here. Pretty forgettable stuff here, go find another fresh German lager to compare this with.

Photo of JohnW
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly darker colour than the average German lager/pilners beer, reasonable head though fairly light. A light texture on the tongue, though more malty than hoppy, but a drier finish, very pleasant. Not one of the really great German beers, but very nice, easy to drink and no vices. Well chilled, I am sure it would make a great session beer on a hot summers day! 5.4% alc

John W
Bham UK

Photo of pwoods
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9oz. brown swing top, purchased at Party Source, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy brownish amber. Less than 1 finger of pearl white head forms and then dies to a skim. Not much lacing.

S: Some yeast and malts but very subtle.

T/M: Some crisp earthy hops up front. Malts are the story in this brew. A nice clean sweetness fills most of the body. A bit of dark fruits throughout, plums and prunes. Body is light to mild and carbonation is about average.

D: A nice simple beer to relax and enjoy. Nicely priced, I'll try this again.

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 CanuckRover
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dull amber. Nice chunky head with spiderweb lacings to the finish. Slightly cloudy.

Big malt aroma, loads of honey with some grassy undertones.

Malt straight away. Caramel gives way to honey gives way to some pretty subdued grassy hops. Acheives a balance in the finish.

Lightly carbonated, could have used a tad more.

Not the best Keller I've had, but as far as bottled versions go it's okay.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A murky tangerine brew sits underneath a really tight and solid looking off-white head that reaches two fingers and stays put. The head is made up of really small bubbles and looks like whipped foamy cream and the brew is the color of the inside of a pink grapefruit, but much darker. Tons of wet and foamy lace is left on the glass, and head retention is outstanding. This is a very pretty brew! The last pour (after swirling to dissolve all of the yeast sediments) was dirty poo-water brown and completely turbid!

S - Caramel malts with a hint of balsamic or malt vinegar and some coppery metallic notes that are way off in the background. Some vague cream cheese notes are there, along with some sugar cookie notes. This is very delicate and subtle...i think I would like it a lot more if the aromas were more up front.

T - Coppery mineral notes, dried hay, and those cookies that are shaped like windmills. This is really tasty, but very delicate and shy. There isn't really a lot of complexity or assertive flavors, but this is pleasant enough to keep me interested.

M - Light bodied, delicate, ...almost gauzy. This is a very light and airy brew. This is not watery, but airy and light like whipped cream or something. The finish is slightly dry and a little bit sour. This is probably the lightest beer that I've ever had that isn't watery...somehow, this is lighter than water!

D - Killer. This is one hell of a sinkable brew. It's tasty enough to remain interesting throughout the night, but it's light and simple enough to avoid commanding your attention or burning out your tastebuds. Seriously, seriously drinkable!

Note: You have to swirl the bottle around to get all of the yeast chunks off the bottom of the bottle to re-suspend. The yeast sediment adds complexity and assertiveness, and complements the mineral and cookie flavors with some ripe fruit.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. The malt was smoother than other kellerbiers or pilsners, more like a Vienna lager with a light caramel, bready barley character. I don't get any of the yeasty or earthy notes of most kellerbiers, but I do like the subtle spicy floral hop character that sink in to the finish. Aside from the hops, this beer doesn't resemble the style much, but it's a fine lager worth trying.

Photo of plfahey
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Burnished copper hue with moderate cast of haze. Moderate cream colored head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Light grainy sweetness with slight estery profile with light notes of pears and cherries. Yeasty sourdough aroma as well with faint background notes of breadcrusts.

Flavor-Bready/grainy sweet with light orchard fruit and yeasty/earthy undertones. Finishes with a toasty bread crust flavor and earthy herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with soft, moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy for a lager. Still, refreshing.

Awesome kellerbier-full of flavor and character, while retaining the refreshing smooth characteristics you'd expect from a lager. Charming and delicious.

Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Mid-town Tulsa pick up

Pours a slightly hazed amber 4+ fingers of fluffy khaki colored head. Hazes more & becomes darker= caramel colored as the bottle is drained. Good head retention & lacing

S: Fruitty with hints of brown bread, most of this fades as it warms

T: Fruitty, much pear & apricot with crackery notes, herbal & leafy hops up front. Getting slightly smoked malt & toffee as this warms, starts to skew a bit butterscotch-like, yikes, plus more apricot, cardboard forms on the edges of the throat as well, some herbal hops tries to rescue this to no avail. Finishes fruitty, somewhat herbal hoppy & dryish, almost pulled a 3.0

MF: Medium bodied, smooth, pretty creamy

Drinks okay despite some big flaws. I love kellerbiers, but this one either had a rough crossing & or got the shit kicked outta of it here. Approach with caution! I will re-review if I can find confirmed fresh product, this could just be a bad bottle

Photo of Infamous7100
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first experience with a Keller Bier and this comes from a 5 liter mini keg.

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a generous one finger head. Very nice looking. Lots of lacing.
S: Lots of bready, yeasty scents. Some slight fruits as well, but not very pronounced. Little to no alcohol smell.
T: It's semi-sweet and little to no bitterness at all. Very bready. It overpowers any fruits that came through in the aroma. Nothing spectacular, but very straigtforward as a lager.
M: Mild cabonation and very smooth. Ends pretty cleanly with little to no aftertaste. Unremarkable.
D: You could drink this all night and not tire of it. Is it session worthy? Absolutely. However, it's nothing thats going to impress the hell out of you. Just a solid, easy drinking, rare brew.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my mom's trip to Germany.

Nice, interesting half-liter bottle Poured into oversized snifter.

A- Hazy copper with highlights ranging from caramel to orange. Off-white head. Thined out pretty quickly but stayed 'til the very end. Always good. Reminds me a bit of some Belgian Strongs.

S- Received this one a little while ago but it smells very fresh. Seems to me like a classic Kellerbier/euro lager smell. I'm getting a bit of rubber - (could it have just been skunked by the ray of afternoon sun coming through my window?) Alcohol comes on strong for the ABV once it's at room temp. Citrus.

T- Tastes like a very good mass produced euro lager but has that little kellerbier touch. Not as much caramel as expected, a bit more of a grainy, slightly sour malt. Noble hop bitterness. Maybe a bit of a berry taste (very subtle).

M- Crisp but foamy. Very dry. Low carbonation rounds out nicely.

D- Quite good. Easy to drink but not interesting enough for me to want tons.

Very happy to explore this style more. A very good beer, but I would not make an effort to score some more. thanks mum.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance murkey brown off white head and good head retention nice lace on the way down. Smell fresh baked bread and noble hops. Taste caremel malt yeast slight oxidation and enough hop bitterness in the end to balence it out. Mouthfeel good carbonation mediem body. Drinkability not bad I could make this a session beer once in a while.

Photo of ewright
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a .5L swingtop bottle into a pilsner glass, 3 fingers of head just reach the top rim of the glass. The beer is a clear orange-copper color, much less cloudy than the style might suggest.

S: Yeasty, bready notes hide behind a sharp hop aroma.

T: Crisp, but not overly dry. A good malt backbone with the slightest hint of caramel. Spicy hops hit the back of the mouth. The aftertaste reminds me of the slight nuttiness you find in milder swiss cheeses.

M: Moderate carbonation produces pleasing tingling on the tongue and roof of the mouth.

D: This is an extremely drinkable beer. It takes the clean malts and spicy hops of German beers and amps them up a bit, but not so much as to create something too complex.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mud puddle brown color with an average egg shell white head. The smell is of faint malt not much else. The brew has a milk chocolate taste, no noticable hop flavors. It has a good flavor though it is faint, not very complex. The feel is light and fizzy and well balanced. This brew doesn't blow me away with flavor, but the flavor that it does have is pleasant. A very drinkable beer, good to session.

Photo of shbobdb
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I like Kellerbiers, but it seems to me that they are all quite thin. This beer is no exception. A paper-thing mouthfeel without even the over-abundant carbonation employed by some other beers with similar base-mouthfeel.

That said, I like the very raw, visceral appeal of this Kellerbier. The hops and malt characteristics are quite good, but rather than finely blending into one another, they seem to fight each other. One sip will be malty-goodness, but then the next with be pungent noble hops. It is quite the battle with a touch of yeast mediating between them occasionally.

I dig it.

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
86 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.