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Mönchshof Weihnachts Bier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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83
good

21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-04-2006)
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Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice golden yellow pour with a beautiful white fluffy head and great lacing. Lots of grass and malt in the nose similar to many Helles I've had. The taste is also reminiscent of a Helles. Not what one typically thinks of as a Christmas beer. Very faint hop bite, and a tinge of sourness, but also the sweetness of most German fest beers. Never been a fan of fest beers so didn't really care for this. Had a little more complexity than the fest beers which made it slightly more tolerable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pastramionrye7
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a growler of this over on New Year's Eve. He bought it because of the Santa Claus on the label and because there wasn't a word of English on the entire thing. After about 20 minutes figuring out how to tap the sucker we poured our first beers.
This beer is crystal clear and golden with ample white, fizzy head.
Malt dominates the smell and flavor, but I could also detect some grassy notes. Not a hoppy brew, but a little alcohol or spice bite in the finish I couldn't tell.
Not too bad, but not great either. I'd compare it to a Warsteiner or something like that.

Photo of TheSarge
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle features der Weihnachtsman himself, Ole St. Nick. Merry Christmas in Oktober! Of note: this beer lists ingredients, excluding yeast or hefe on the label, no big deal, I just thought it was strange.

This weihnachtsbier produces massive amounts of bright white head, and has a slightly amber gold color. The head presentation sticks around in clumps for a bit and eventually dissipates into fine lacing. A perfect pour!

I'm not buying that this is a lager. The aromas are to sour and the taste is as well, and I don't think it's do to the hops. I bet this is actually a Koelsch, but I'm no expert.

This isn't as warming to the palate as the other beers of the genre that I've tried. Very wet and refreshing.

Photo of Realale
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear shimmering full gold. Extremely fine bright white fluffy head settles slowly to a complete cap leaving nice lace.

Nose is dominated by pure, soft crackery malt. Just oozes class. There's a slight richness that comes through as the beer warms. Very faint hop, but this is a classic Helles malt fest. Gorgeous stuff.

Oh, so lovely in the mouth. Medium-full, with waves and waves of fresh malt caresses every nook and cranny. Beneath this is a real whip crack of hop bitterness that provides excellent foundation and balance. Remarkably long and lingering. Tiniest hint of heat shows as it warms, which keeps this at a 4.5.

Amazing mouthfeel. This is one of those magic beers that just fills the mouth and glides down the throat. This really deserves more than a 5 for drinkability. So fresh, so wonderful, what do you mean the 5l mini keg is gone?

Been through two mini-kegs of this so far this holiday season, and looking very much forward to my third.

Photo of rale
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, foamy, yellowish head. Glowing dark golden beer show a little life on close inspection. Lightly sweet pale malts in the nose along with grassy hop undertones. Same thing in the flavor although the malt sweetness and grassy hops balance each other. Maybe a touch caramel towards the end, and an almost imaginary hop bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is headed towards crisp, but not quite there. It lacks the grainy bite found in many of the Fest Biers I've had so far, which is a good thing and the reason I gave it a little bump in the taste column. A nice, smooth, drinkable beer.

Photo of atis
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow with one finger dense head that leaves sticky lacing. Aroma is soft light malt with hints of grassy hops.

Taste is grainy and bit sweetish malt, balanced by grassy hops and long lingering mild hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth medium/full with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not your typical Christmas brew, as I bought it in the end of October, but enjoyable nevertheless.

Photo of seanyfo
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - aggressive pour of 50cl bottle poured into 50cl seidel. 3 finger rocky white head, slight chill haze, but with lively beading, minimal lacing. Body is a pale orangey amber.

S- A little musty, a bit spicey aswell, faint malts, fresh grass cuttings.

T- Pretty bland, if anything a bit sweet, syrupy malt flavour, a bit of hop bitterness in the background and finish. I feel like i can taste popcorn in there aswell.

M- low carbonation, syrupy, chewy

D- Pretty poor, seems lifeless and stale with the syrupy texture. and far too sweet, even for a marzen, no thanks.

Photo of paterlodie
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 24-05-07. Good and lasting white head and golden beercollor, cristal clear. Nose is good; full (pale)malty, some flowery hops, litle yeastsulphur spices up the nose and overall fresh and clean. Taste is fuller then the regular but well balanced in maltyness, sweetness, ABV and bitterness that are all up a litle from the regular Helles. Full tasty but still an enjoyment to drink this seasonal.

Photo of rredshift
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jonb5
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle. A bit darker in colour than other Märzen beers I've sampled. More foam as well, clear. Smelled grassy, with strong hints of hay and straw. Fairly sweet taste with some red cabbage. Normal mouthfull. An ok example of a Märzen but I've had better.

Photo of czfreeman
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not really sure why this is labeled as an Oktoberfest bier as the back of the bottle states that it is "exclusiv fur die Weihnachtszeit gebraut"..which means "brewed exclusively for Christmas time"
With a loud top from the bugelverschlussflache(flip-top) immediatley catch a whiff of maltiness.
Poured aggressively into my glass yields a light golden orange-brown bier, really nice foamy head, lightly rocky, active carbonation, actually looks alot like an Oktoberfest, so we'll leave it at that, I guess its made for the whole fest time.
Smells..like a great Festbier. Light, slightly spicy earthy malts upfront, a touch of mineral-hard water bitterness, bitter hops, light grassy-hay like notes, a bit of a sweet earthyness that reminds me of a winter squash or pumpkin as I find in Festbier,finishing with a light peppery spicness of white pepper and ginger. this type really is a celebration of the HArvest-time, encompassing the aromatic profile of the fall season in a glass much in the same way as Belgian Saison smells like a glass-full of an early summers day, really good and nicely balanced
Flavor begins with a nice sweet opening of roasted malts, envoking a light caramel flavor, or touching the roasted squash flavor aformentioned. Subsequent flavors give a a light maple maltiness, bittering hops, light mineral water and finishes with a light spiciness of pepper, ginger, and orange. Drank at room temperature really helps to find the lighter notes in the brew
This is much lighter bodied than expected from when I first purchased the bottle. Instead of a sweet, rich Christmas beer, I have found a last reminder of the Fall season. Well balanced, malty, yet finishes with spicy yeast and hops, I would have a Mass of this at Oktoberfest, or Christmastime as often as possible

Photo of samEBC
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow color, almost bronze. Almost white foam, compact, beautiful, two fingers.
In the smell it is quite sweetish, malty, but not cloying. A bit of grassy hop in the back.
Quite full taste, a good maltiness, but here again, well balanced by the hop. Full, as a christmas beer sholud be.
Average body, quite short aftertaste, but again with a bit of balancing hop.
It could be drank.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dasenebler
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 6/11.

Crystal-clear, brassy yellow with a decent, frothy and clumpy head. Retention and lacing are average.

Aroma is lager-like and lightly grassy.

Sweet, grainy and doughy, with a decent hop tang. Earthy, grassy finish. Very clean. Smooth lager character makes for some easy drinking, and that's really the best feature this beer's got going for it. Mouthfeel has spritzy carbonation and a medium-light weight.

It's basically just an Oktoberfestbier. Good, but nothing special.

Photo of Jeremybrown
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Mönchshof Weihnachts Bier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.