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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 287
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Malt_Man
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served cold from 500ml swing-top bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Light brown colour, opaque cloudy, fluffy white head.

S) Fruity malt and a bit of yeast.

T) Lightish slightly roasted malt flavour, very slight hop bitterness. Fairly clean lager flavour when you consider the look of it. A bit of sweetness on the aftertaste.

F) Very clean taste, no yeast funkiness, carbonation is on style; fairly muted but adds some acid bite to the feel.

O) A good kellerbier. Not always my favourite style but I enjoyed this one. (530 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly serviceable Kellerbier if that's what you're in the mood for. With its color and yeast, it could easily be mistaken for a Dunkelweiss. It does have the banana esters going on and it is a little heavy, especially for a lager. That's what happens when you leave your yeast in, I suppose. (297 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber brew, rather lively, fairly clear. Creamy head, decent retention, and nice lacing.

Sweet, clean, bready aroma. A touch each of banana and fig.

Flavor follows, with a fair amount of banana (but nowhere near Hefe levels), dark bread, and fruitcake.

Despite the flavor profile, it goes down crisp, clean, and easy. Light drinking beer at a relatively low ABV. It's a remarkable format for the flavors, which are normally represented in a bigger, darker beer. (469 characters)

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. (168 characters)

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. (196 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

-metallic,grassy with a slight caramel note upfront
-slightly spicy
-well carbonated
-very watery on the back-end with faint caramel and citrus notes

very disappointed here,Kellerbiers are one of my fave styles but this fell flat. (231 characters)

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! (906 characters)

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. (824 characters)

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. (286 characters)

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. (632 characters)

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 (491 characters)

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. (291 characters)

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. (686 characters)

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. (559 characters)

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 (406 characters)

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 (865 characters)

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. (348 characters)

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 (269 characters)

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. (950 characters)

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. (613 characters)

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. (296 characters)

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 (431 characters)

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. (569 characters)

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. (1,180 characters)

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. (735 characters)

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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
86 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.