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Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of erz316
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

flip top 500ml bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal

A - hazy dark orange colour, maybe like a dark honeyed mustard, with a large medium white head. the yeast can be seen in the body, floating around. the head settles down in a reasonable amount of time to a thin layer. it is a most rustic, unfiltered looking beer; quite appealing (though I have no idea what is in store!)

S - malty with a pinch of hops added in. sweet malts blend with some grassy/herbal notes coming from the malts; yeasty as well. the yeast occupied the midground with the more obvious hop notes, primarily a bitter twang. the front is the malts and the grassy side of the hops. no discernible bottom notes. the brew could smell stronger, but maybe thats because it is cold.

T - yeasty hops. I beginning to think this is not the most complex of all styles, and that sturdiness and consistency is going to be the virtue. initial taste is an almost even blend between malts and hops, the malts come out just a bit ahead; the malts make it seem as if the beer has had honey added, they are quite sweet in a very trenchant manner. the yeast is also noticeable during the initial tasting. the finish is almost a picture perfect replica of the initial taste save the one fact that the hops have gained a slight edge over the malts; the brew is slightly more bitter than it was in the initial. other than that the tastes remain the same. the aftertaste has the sweetness come back in a big way, the malts dominate the hop bitterness 3:1. this is a bit unappealing. there is also some lingering yeast flavour.

MF&D - what affects this beers drinkability is that it is simply to sweet to keep drinking. I would be happy with a Maßkrug of this guy, but I would stop drinking it after that. that would be enough. the body is medium-light, a bit more on the medium side. carbonation is light, but not lacking. I have a feeling this style is not supposed to be too extreme in any manner.

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 Murchmac
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bunch of these bad boys for 79cents at Bevmo. Never had this style, so...

Pours with a white foamy head, cloudy, ICE-T colored almost. Colors, Colors.

Nice, some toasty notes, with a pilsner/grassy smell. Some of you dark beers are pilsners too.

Toasty toasty toasty, sweet, slightly hoppy, bready chocolatey almost. This beer is my pusher.

Good beer, great mouthfeel. Home of the great body bag.

This beer is an O.G. Original Gravity.

Photo of vrazionale
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. .9 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very cloudy dark brown body with spotty, laced head.

S - The first whiff smelled a bit funky - dank-basement funky, in a surprising but pleasing way. As the brew opens up a bit, the nose develops into lots of roasted malt flavors, well accented by roasted nut aromas and bready, biscuity yeast. There remains a bit of basement funk, but it works well for the nose.

T - Starts off big with a sturdy malt and hop profile, but the flavors quickly disintegrate. There is a slightly bitter finish, but without much of a malt structure, the bitterness falls flat for me.

M - The watery, weakly bitter finish doesn't lend this brew the best mouthfeel, but the good carbonation level extends this brew's mouth-life a bit.

D - One of those brews where the smell is decidedly more interesting than the taste. The complexity of the nose is undermined by the lack of integration of the hops and malt, in my opinion.

Photo of bmwats
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 50cl bottle into a stein.

A: Muddy golden color and cloudy, like dirty dishwater. 2-3 finger, foamy, white head. Slowly settles. Reminds me a little of an ice cream float. Thick, sticky lacing.

S: Light malt, hay, and a subtle chocolaty/nutty nose.

T: Pungent malty flavor. Hops, grassy, a little cloves or oregano.

M: Light but hearty.

D: Very nice. Good feel, good flavor.

Solid atmosphere (great head, especially). Has that kinda' raw, unclean nose and palette to it. Overall, really good quaff.

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brownish copper orange witha 2 finger pillowy head that left lacing down the glass

smell is sweet malts and some earthy hops

taste is rich sweet malts then some bitter hops on the finish

mouthfeel/drinkability - wow this might be the smoothest beer i have had in some time - low carbonation is what does it and it works well - i could have many of these but i would like to know what the %abv is

Photo of mareth01
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured nicely leaving a large dirty white head, the color was a very cloudy light brown, which is a little different since am use to seeing kellers a little more golden. As you drink it leaves a nice lacing throughout.

The smell was like a loaf of fresh baked bread

The taste was like it smelled, pretty toasty with a hint of hops at the end. It was medium body with a nice smooth finish.

This is a very drinkable brew that is refreshing, it is a decent keller if you are looking to try one.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L swingtop bottle
A - Pours a slightly hazy orange copper color. Big light tan fluffy head falls very slowly and is super lumpy with tons of lacing.
S - I get yeast right away with some bread, earthy, spice..hops.
T - Starts out with caramel malt and grassy hops. They slightly bitter hops come next and leave with a nice dry mouthfeel.
M/F - Medium body with light carbonation that is also delicate.
D - This is a decent brew. Complex enough to have a couple but the maltiness would probably prevent me from having more than that.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

to be honest i only bought this beer for the swing tops, but it is a decent beer. looks decent has a cloudy deep orange color to it with a lot of carbonation. smell is decent, has a nice malty aroma to it with a suptle hop kick. taste is mild an easy drinking, reminds me of sale a warsteiner dunkel or other mild german dark beers, kinda bockish, its a decent beer, maybe ill start buying these over grolsch to bottle my homebrew

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz. flip top into a pilsener glass.

Appears a very cloudy golden brown with a one and a half inch off-white head. Leaves a big sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is very bready and grainy with a good amount of herbal and spicy noble hops. A bit of a toasty quality and something almost like a slight fruitiness.

Taste is bready up front with a bit of toastiness. Noble hop character comes in midway through and lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a very creamy texture that makes for easy drinking.

I wouldn't really pay another $5 for one of these but it was worth a shot to try the style. It's kind of like a cross between a Helles and a Marzen, unfiltered. Pretty good and drinkable, just overpriced.

Photo of Madigan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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 jarmby1711
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of etherashe
4.53/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

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.

Photo of jayjay1976
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of fitzy84
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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).

Photo of Nipitato
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of kinger
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Offa
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Mönchshof Kellerbier (Kellerbräu) from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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