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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu)

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221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.95%

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnW on 10-14-2005)
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Photo of imscotty


3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:06:03 | More by imscotty
Photo of JCBears


3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 15:40:23 | More by JCBears
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 21:47:58 | More by keithmurray
Photo of Slatetank


3.85/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:32:27 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 10:58:32 | More by jonb5
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:43:54 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Brenden


3.96/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 19:42:31 | More by Brenden
Photo of Douberd


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 13:33:35 | More by Douberd
Photo of beerthirtysa


3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 18:55:19 | More by beerthirtysa
Photo of MattRiggs


3/5  rDev -22.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:39:19 | More by MattRiggs
Photo of allengarvin


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 13:57:53 | More by allengarvin
Photo of TexIndy


3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:28:52 | More by TexIndy
Photo of mattbk

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 00:52:36 | More by mattbk
Photo of metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 15:11:55 | More by metter98
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:01:01 | More by Kendo
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 19:18:44 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Monschof Naturtrubes Kellerbier. I recall buying some Monschof beers domestically, but this one was imported "by hand" directly from Deutschland. Nothing but Deutsch on this label, so will pass on repeating it to you. ("Unfilterierter Biergenuss!") Oddly, the label info is in several languages. Did you know this is bier, beer, bier, birra special, cerveza, as well as miiypa? I could go on, but will not, so let us enjoy this product of Bavaria.

Clouded, opaque, dark amber, nearly brown, with off-white head, leaving lace.

Malt and yeast-forward aromatics, some cereal grain, some sweetness.

Taste: again, yeast and dark malts are in large supply. Lightly fruity, just a little bit juicy. I'm immediately reminded why I like kellerbiers, that yeast really brings a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:40:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of horshack7


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark copper to amber color with a frothy off white head around two inches thick.

Aroma: Bready, toffee, large malty sweetness that's near caramlized sugar. Light notes of dried dark fruits.

Taste: Bready and sweet maltiness in the front with toffee notes. Dried dark fruits some raisins and figs. The mouthfeel is rather smooth with a light stickiness.

Notes: An interesting beer inside and out a nice lager all the way. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 02:52:45 | More by horshack7
Photo of FloppyDog

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at an Ulrich's in Berlin.

Pours a hue between straw and caramel, with a tight 1.5 inch of head. Slightly cloudy.

Aroma is of faint malt and becomes more pronounced as it warms where the funk / wet dog characteristic begins to come through as well. You can tell there is some open fermentation employed in this one.

Taste is dominated by a dry maltiness and a balancing bit of hop bitterness and funk to round it out.

Mouthfeel is dry and prickly, which adds a refreshing quality to the finish.

Overall, a nicely complex beer with lots of little nuances that develop as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:06:32 | More by FloppyDog
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dirty brown color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. below average lacing.

S: An extremely malty aroma - seemed like it was that and nothing else.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was dominated by malt, but did have a slight hoppiness in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but terribly one-dimensional.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't necessarily a bad beer, but is definitely a forgettable one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 13:08:39 | More by avalon07
Photo of plfahey


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:34:09 | More by plfahey
Photo of rjplumer

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with a mild spicy malt aroma. Rich caramel taste with a thick feel. Mild carbonation. Medium sweet dark fruit taste. Has a sweet start but finishes clean with little negative aftertaste. . This is an alright brew but not too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 07:19:22 | More by rjplumer
Photo of treque


3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: it has a rare color, i would say its a brownish gold, semi hazy, not too many carb, but the head is richy with good retention and off white in color, unfiltered.

S: bread, some roast, malt and noble hops

T: perfect body not so light not so heavy, good taste to malt, and a little burn bread, nice bitterness for the style

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 22:54:54 | More by treque
Photo of ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nieghbour brought this back from Germany for me as well as a couple other goodies. I'm excited about trying an authentic German lager that came right from the source.

Its body is a golden amber with just a touch of haze. You can still see that it's well carbonated. Just over a finger's worth of big bubbled flat white head displays good retention before falling to a thin ring. Thick strings of lace stick to the glass as the beer recedes.

Ahh, it's got that "beery" smell. Fresh dough and a soft cereal malt sweetness come out first. Oatmeal comes to mind. Hay and pepper add a subtle mustiness. A bit of wet grass adds to the more natural, raw, and rich character that I associate with both Kellerbiers and Kolschs. As the beer warms and opens up, sweet caramel notes come to the surface with equal intensity as every other character in the beer. Apple skins, with just a touch of tartness comes through as well. How the nose develops over time is great.

The bitterness in the taste is more developed than I had anticipated but not at all in an offensive way. Peppery, grassy, and earthy. A little bit of pepper on the middle of the tongue. Cereal sweetness with a touch of honey lies beneath. Fresh dough and rye bread await in the finish with the earthy and grassy hop notes following close behind.

Light to medium bodied with a perfectly crisp level of carbonation. Paired with the well rounded bitterness, this is very refreshing.

I have very little experience with Kellerbiers and that could be why this didn't blow me away. Overall, it's well rounded, flavourful, and very, very refreshing. I have some work to do in appreciating a well made lager. And until I fully do, I'm comfortable with my review of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:46:23 | More by ludachris
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had his here in Germany, poured into a glass. The color is a hazy amber with a white head building about one and a half finger high.
Very complex aroma, lot of sweet notes like caramel , but also hops.
Taste confirms the richness of this beer. A great Keller beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:27:07 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
86 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.