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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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247 Ratings

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnW on 10-14-2005)
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Photo of Madigan
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Mönchshof range, produced by Kulmbacher, is generally very good but I reckon their Kellerbräu is my favourite. It has a darker, more amber appearance than the other Kellerbiers I've sampled but this just reflects its maltiness. Although its clearly on the malty side, the taste isn't too sweet or overpowering, it goes down very well, and it's got a mildly spicy aftertaste. All in all, a first-class Keller!

Madigan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown swing-top bottle, at 5.4%abv.; BB 22/11/08, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a translucent black-tea-ish dark amber hue, topped with a tight and frothy off-white head with very decent retention, while the carbonation level comes moderate and consistent.
S: fruit-estery notes with a light tinge of green-apple plus green-mango, underlined by sweet-grainy bread and a lightly dusty touch; some pear-ish sour-sweet fruits also persist, but not very pronounced overall. Semi-sweet bready is the overall impression on top of the fruity hints.
T: the initial taste is not very pronounced in any compartments, showing some random spicy flavours of hops and some unidentifiable sour-sweet fruity yeasts on top of wet-bready malts, followed by a rather unusual aftertaste with a good level of hop bitterness as well as herbal flavours to linger... "Well-hopped" is the impression that the finishing touch leaves to my palate.
M&D: not the most delicious Kellerbier I've tried, yet the quiet but consistently yeasty flavour profile with a late entry of hoppiness makes this beer somewhat highly drinkable. I've got a crash on this style of beer recently, and this bottle surely hasn't disappointed.

wl0307, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

mj001jk, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of jarmby1711
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish brown and dull looking.Not quite cloudy with a tiny bead and head which comes too life with alittle bit of the old high pour.
The smell is hard too be critical off os it was somewhat lacking.
A very sweet honey like maltiness in this beer.A faithful bitterness tio finish adds a reminder that this is a well balanced and well crafted lager.
The flavour balance are complimented by the mouthfeel which is smooth but not what I would call cleansing.
I was impressed with the labels depiction of the tonsured rotund monk admiring a stein of beer.If only life was really like that

jarmby1711, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of etherashe
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is like buttery caramel, with a tiny head and light carbonation. The smell is tacit, grapey sweetness.

The taste is exceedingly level-headed and balanced. Only the hint of tartness, hops and malt, but at the same time (in some mysterious way I cannot fathom) a very full flavor, like olfactory velvet. There's no competition here between the elements. A subtly refreshing flavor combination, especially when compared to the structure of most other beers.

The mouthfeel is even and pleasing.

This beer is a great surprise, and one of my all-time favorites so far. It's passively eloquent. I don't know if I got a sample bottled on an exceptionally good day, or if this beer is always so nice, but I will definitely try it again.

etherashe, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swingtop into the trusty Alpine mug...

Hazy Dunkel-esque cloudy brown (hate to say it but it looks like sewage) topped by a verrry thin yeasty head with surprisingly good lacing. Moderate carbonation. Doesn't look aesthetically pleasing but looks like a solid pour.

There's ample malt sweetness on the nose but more predominant is the initial silage stench. Hope tenderness is extremely mild and swings to pine and grass. Big maltiness has root beer, boiled grain and a slight sour note.

I get it...you never get a second chance to make a first impression...having said that, I want a mulligan on this one. It tastes NOTHING like it looks or even smells. HUGE Saaz hops bring a lot to the table here and the malt is sitting with the little kids. It's quite crisp, light and clean. With warmth, sweet malt emerges slowly with sarsparilla notes to create a nice Dunkel-esque feel with husky balsa wood.

Mouthfeel is very well-balanced from hop bite of mellow, crisp Saaz to hearty, husky stewed sweet dark malt. This one has huge closing speed.

It's sessionable but maybe with power of suggestion a little on the heavy side. Still, after dampened expectations this emerges to be an enlightening surprise. Well-crafted indeed!

IBUnit63, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of WHROO
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle (pint)...poured a hazy yellow golden shade, with 1 finger head. Looked full & attractive
Aroma & taste were grassy, caramello, chocolate & sweet. Some burnt notes also, plus a little floral in aroma. Finishes with just the right bitterness
Moderate mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Little creamy.
Definately enough going for this to sit on for a while...fine balance.

WHROO, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of jayjay1976
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer struck me as cheap because it was, well, cheap at 0.79 euro per bottle, and the crappy label suggests this is something bums drink. I tried it once or twice to wash down a döner kebap and didn't take the time to focus on the flavor. I admit to passing it by the next few visits until I had a thirst for that toasty beer with the brown label that would go so well with my roasted maultaschen. I tried a third bottle and was captivated. As I drink it I wish I could put it back in the bottle, latch the flip top, and save it for something really important. Like the second coming of Christ. It is quite good.

For some time I have thought all the loves of my life were Hefeweizens, but this incredible keller bier has captivated me. Now for the details.

Poured briskly into a shaker pint, it yields a thick layer of frothy ambosia that quickly settles into a sweet creamy head, thin but exquisite. trails from the pour are evident for a minute or so, maybe longer but I was anxious. Left thin lace panties on the walls of my glass. Schwing. Dark orange amber with distinct yellow highlights, ample sediment that must be firmly coaxed from the bottom with the last swig. Not that I drink it from the bottle.

Malty, as has been said repeatedly. Heavy creamy scent with an underscore of ripe butter and cave-aged fromage. I could drink this through the nose I am quite certain.

hearty, yeasty tang backed by a formidable hearth-baked bready wall of malt. Front and center is the golden roast seedling. Bringing up the rear is a cultured, yeasty cheese note that's hard to put a finger on. It's a touch musty; but a cultured must, and charming in its subtlety. I'm not ashamed to admit that the back end is what I look forward to.

Wet and milky on the tongue, with a certain strangeness of proportion that is both perplexing and unexpectedly beautiful.

Shamelessly drinkable, I consider this an excellent session beer.

jayjay1976, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of it at Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky, brown-gold appearance with a really good lacing. Aromas were complex with a good balance of malts, hops, slight grassy tones and some citrus. Generally yeasty taste with a good, sweet flavor punch to it. Mouthfeel was a little watery but helped make the drink somewhat refreshing. Overall, a solid beer.

fitzy84, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brown flip-top 0.5 litre bottle stated 5.4% alc and a best before date of 23 May 2009.

Poured into a UK pint sleeve glass, it could have been a British bitter (only slightly cloudy). A good amber/light brown body of misty beer sat below an inch of biege foam, the inch soon fell away to less than half an inch though.

The aroma was of hops mostly, but with a sweetnes not normally present in a hoppy smelling beer. Maybe the malts added more to the smell than I realised? Could still have been a Brit bitter at this stage.

The taste was tart and crisp, it ain't Brit, it ain't a bitter either. Lager carbonisation levels, almost fizzy, well actually it was fizzy. Perhaps it was a bit young and needed more time in the bottle, it was fine, just a little too lively for me.

I've already mentioned the over carbonisation, the alcohol is there for all to feel and it gets into your bloodstream quicker in fizzy drinks (as we all know). So I knew I'd had a drink half way through drinking it!

I thought this a very pleasant beer, not great, but above average for the style and price I paid (in Germany, while on a beer run).

BlackHaddock, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Burnished gold, almost copper hue. Slightly hazy. Pours with a one inch head. The color on this beer is great.

S: Floral hoppy bouquet. A cracker like toasted malt aroma. Good balance. Floral and perfumy.

T: A rich, grainy, and toasty malt flavor. Bitterness lingers. Floral and perfume flavors come through as well. Soft and well rounded bitterness finishes.

MF: Moderate mouthfeel but full and creamy. Light carbonation.

D: A good session beer.

Nipitato, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1st Kellerbier I've tried. Pours a murky river water brown with a decent off white head, golden color around the edge of the glass. I was not expecting a lager to be this dark so this was indeed a nice surprise. Aroma is faint and a little funky. There is a bland breadiness quality mixed in with some grassy aroma. Mouthfeel is decent watery yet crisp I can't complain. The flavor is decent, slightly sweet with the bread quality rounded out by some light malts. Drinkable but not very exciting it's a decent brew.

kinger, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swingtop bottle. no date found. perhaps a batch number of 1743272?

poured into shaped pint glass.

iced tea color, hazy with yeast. lots of head that recedes very slowly. nice lacing.

an acidic, but not quite vinegar odor. fragrant noble hops. lightly caramelized malts and cooked grains.

very interesting flavors. like a typical pale lager with subtle hints of yeasty funkiness and that acidic twang. perhaps even some traces of wood. noble hop spiciness, and malts (albeit perhaps a bit on the "stale" side) still manage to peek through. moderate bitterness with semi-dry, faintly tart finish.

not too watery. moments of acidic texture. moderate carbonation can be prickly at first.

a very interesting brew. a lager (!) with some raw, wild character.

tai4ji2x, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Rathskeller in Indy. The beer is a hazy bronze smallish tan head.

The nose is of earth, malts and a touch of caramel.

The taste is earthy with a bit of sweetness in the background. There is a trace of backend bitterness and a bit of a metallic finish.

The mouth is smooth with subtle carbonation. Not a session beer for me, but I would recommend you try it at least once.

Redrover, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty tasty, lightly complex, easy-to-drink beer. It's rather dry, with very light sweetness and even less bitterness, but retains a good feel and lasting flavour.

Slightly hazy light brown-amber, it has a very big off-white head that slowly shrinks to a thin top and leaves a tiny bit of lace.

The aroma is bready with yeasty sourdough, crust, pine, leaves, and a hint of caramel.

The taste is bready and leafy with a little root-beer-like spiciness and hint of caramel, along with hints of pine and lemon. It's also a little zesty.

Offa, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint growler poured into a pub glass. pours a brownish amber color with a nice haze and two fingers of loose white head that leaves rocky lacings on the glass.

aroma is malty and lightly floral with a wheat-like base. light caramel and mild grain round out the profile, and remain in the background.

taste is lightly malty and mildly tart, with a soft sweetness, while smooth caramel malt forms a backbone. floral hops remain in the background, while a mildly dry finish provides a clue to their existance. a distant hint of citrus is present as well.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a crisp finish.

drinkability is great. this is a refreshing and mildly rich brew with solid concentration and an easy going character that the growler keeps nice and fresh. cheers!

botham, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small, white head. I was rather surprised by the smell, smells of ale yeast and malt. Taste however, has the characteristic german pilsner yeast flavor, with a smooth, dry, malty backbone. The hops balance the maltyness nicely and impart a slight grassy flavor. Carbonation is medium and smooth. Quite a drinkable beer, I much prefer this to the run of the mill German lager. One of the best German beers I have had. This is the first Keller Bier I have had, but I must say I enjoy the style a lot. The only downside was that the price was kind of high for a single pint of beer, but the bottle is cool and collectible I guess.

tronester, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After following the Mahr's Kellerbier, this one is hands-down better. A hazy golden hue shows colors of rust and straw. A foamy head reatains well and laced well later in the session. Aromas of heavy pilner malts show light signs of fruitiness and vegitables reminescent of more bohemian-type lagers. Flavors of clean, caramelized pilner malts shine with more sweetness and fruitiness than expected. Apples and pears make up the soft ester profile. A grassy, herbal hop flavor is also present at mid-palate and gain intensity into the finish. Quite bready and yeasty in flavor as well. Softly carbonated for a heavy, slightly oily feel. Otherwise clean and refreshing brew. I'd gladly take another.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Pepeton
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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.


Pepeton, May 28, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

pmcadamis, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Lothar666
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a cloudy, light brown body with very little head. Body was murky brown and semi translucent. Color was not overly attractive.

S- Strong yeast, cloves, banana and spices. Caramel and a bit of brown sugar with some wheat bread.

T- Very different, hard to describe. Wheat bread, a tiny hint of spice; there is no aftertaste and the brew is very clean on the pallet. Not overly complex.

M- Bready and full bodied but crisp and very dry. Smooth in the extreme but not at all creamy.

D- Very refreshing and easy to gulp down, though for the price point I would have liked some more complexity to make this one worth sipping on.

Lothar666, Apr 06, 2008
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.

ewright, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just a quick review on this beer.

Got this in a mini keg at a Toom Markt outside Bitburg. It's a little flattened now so it's kind of dulled down then the initial taste but still very respectable.

(I'm reviewing this while watching Jet Li's Fearless.... hua!)

Poured a dark amber / strong caramel color with little head and a cloudy base.

Smells are a little watery, caramel / apple thing going on for me. Reminds me of a taffy apple. Light fruityness to it as well. Definately crisp and has a german purity to it.

The taste has a sweetness to it followed by a hop kick and some mellow bitterness to finish. I definately like it.

Medium bodies and tasty. High drinkability.. Good beer!

BleedBlueUSAF, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to cracking this one open. Spring is in the air and figured this was the perfect time. Pours a dark, rusty brass color with a nice one finger white head and a diminutive lacing all around the pilsner glass. A sweet malty base is topped off by the smell of some oats and grass. Tastes of caramel mixed with tea-leaves and distant hops. Mouth-feel is open and slightly bitter. Carbonation is active. Great little lager here.

stephens101, Mar 13, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a fluffy white head that quickly drops to a film but still manages to leave some lace

Smell: Bready malts with an underlying aroma of caramel wort

Taste: Starts out caramel wort dominating along with some bready/yeasty elements; after the swallow, the sweetness is overwhelming, though the yeasty bread remains underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a good drinker, the underlying sweetness from the malts would put me off it after a while

brentk56, Feb 15, 2008
Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
85 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.