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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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265 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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: 265 | Reviews: 156
Reviews by Pepeton:
Photo of Pepeton
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Keller Bier, and man, I'm impressed by the style.

Pours a hazy, murky amber reddish, the produces a not matching head, not white not tan. Great lacing all along my pint glass. Nice.

Smell was another surprise. Is this really a lager? Man, my first impression was that this brew is really some sort of ale: Mellow fruity aromas, caramel malts, some spiciness on the background. Good.

Taste was really smooth, well balanced. Caramel malts, of course. Maybe just a pinch of roasted malts too. Refreshing, somehow crisp, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel was buttery, round, medium body and with a small bitter at the very end.

Drinkability? Well, high, really high, no matter that it's 5.4% ABV doesn't make this beer a sessionable one.


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 dcurrin
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 wattoclone
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Keegan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 jonmikel
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of pastramionrye7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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