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Mönchsambacher Lager - Brauerei Zehendner GmbH

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Mönchsambacher LagerMönchsambacher Lager

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 73
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Zehendner GmbH
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-18-2005)
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2.36/5  rDev -45.2%

iksi, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thankfully I noticed all of the floaties in the bottle so i was able to pour to leave most of them in the bottle.

Pours a hazy pale gold, with a hint of orange. Modest white head - perhaps a bit more color than your traditional lager. Tiniest bit of head sticks with the beer with a touch of lacing.

Refreshing nose - lots of yeast and freshness. Taste has a hint of apple juice. More malts than I'm used to in the style. Very minimal hops.

I don't know why, but the combination of the flavors did not mesh for me. I thought the beer was complex, unique, interesting, and a great experience, i just didn't like the taste!

Lnedrive14, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -13%

bigred89, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -13%

MattSweatshirt, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -13%

oriolesfan4, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Naugros
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is spot on with what I expected from this style, although lighter in color. It comes in as a light amber with a slight orange glow through all the yeast haze. Detritus from the yeast can be seen suspended in the beer, so you know you're getting your recommended daily allowance of B vitamins. Yay!

The smell is rife with Noble Hops, much like the hop bouquet you get from Sam Adams Boston Lager. This stands to reason since it is from Germany, but I can't tell you if they're Hallertauer or Tettnanger. I've never been able to tell the two apart since these are not my favorite hops varieties as I've always felt they smelled a bit plasticy...if that's a word. There is a slight sense of sour in the nose, but not much. The malts are there as well, no doubting the bread they bring to the party.

There is none of the hoped-for sourness in the taste, but there is a mild sweetness and a splash of citrus (orange). The malts here seem a bit musty, but that's no issue with this style. I do feel like I'm getting the slightest hint of diacetyl (butter flavor), but I can't say for certain.

The mustiness pervades and makes anything else in the mouthfeel secondary. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied. For a relative of a lager, it's not really all that crisp.

My first keller and I have to say that I'm not fond of the style. Maybe it grows on you, so I will try it again, given the opportunity as it is hard to find these.

Naugros, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky to find out about this beer from my friend (Naugros, see review below). I have never had a Keller, and Naugros told me about this offering at a local bar on a special night.

The Keller was served from a firkin. In the pint glass I had about three fingers of foam. The foam resided at about a 1/4 inch for a while.

This was a nice color of deep yellow. The carbonation was very tiny bubbles.

Off the top I get the noble hop smell. It smells like a really good lager. This smell is very clean.

I get the noble hops in the taste as well. There is distinct grassiness in each drink.

The only short coming was bitterness in the mouthfeel. Following each drink the bitterness resided, along with the lager flavor. I also detected some metallic feel.

This was a good beer. I enjoyed my second Keller experience.

ummswimmin, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -7.2%

gillagorilla, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of icemanls4
4/5  rDev -7.2%

icemanls4, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of geexploitation
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very foamy bottle -- I had to pour it in my glass quickly before it foamed over the top of the bottle. Once in the glass, it was a very pretty beaten gold color, cloudy, with a collar of head and sticky lacing on the glass. Sharp, earthy hop aromas and a touch of citrus (lemon) comprise the aroma, along with a graininess that reminds me of zweiback crackers. On the palate, immensely smooth and a touch sweet at first, with some funky/musty hop bitterness providing definition. The finish is full of banana flavors, and then dries out in a flash. All of these elements play well together. This is quite a nice keller bier, although not my favorite. Hard to find, but worth seeking out.

geexploitation, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid all round. Pours out to a neon like yellow color with a sea-foam like head. Some notes of lacing, medium to medium high level of carbonation. Lotsa sediment in the bottom. Aromas of fresh hay and malts, with some sweet corn nuances and light fruits. Taste is fresh and crisp, very refreshing; flavors of malts and minor bitter hops in the forefront, with elements of grain, sweet herbs and grass intermixed in the background. Nice. Mouthfeel was bubbly and had a thicker than expected consistancy. Nice. Good drinkability. I hope that I can find this in the summertime, as this is what I have in mind after mowing the lawn. When reminded that this is a "Lager", it exemplifies what should be the standard when discussing lager beers. Recommended drinking.

Frozensoul327, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden yellow in the glass with a nice white head. lots of yeast particles floating around.
lots of german hops in the aroma. i detect some grain, some honey, and a little bit of a farmhouse funk for good measure.
the taste has a nice clean pilsner -like grainy quality, sort of surprisingly. honey-like sweetness with some wheat-y yeasty characterisitcs. fruity in a faint banana citrusy kind of way, but that description does not do it justice. it has a nice balanced herbal hop bitterness.
nice tingly carbonation in a fullish medim body.
real nice drinkability in this beer. nothing harsh or off about it, just a well crafted beer with some nice complexities. probably one of the most impressive lagers i've had (no that thats been many).

kmo1030, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of Ungespundet
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle in Bamberg during Sandkerwa. Great find! Pours up a soft medium bubbled head that is very lacey. The color is deep straw and slightly orange. Naturtrüb means unfiltered and this one is plenty hazy. The aroma features very bright hops that are floral and defianelty minty in the spearmint direction. Behind this is a full malt aroma hints of grain and sulphur. The flavor is big in the hop category with very citrus/lemony hops. They are bright and crisp! The mouth feel is medium. The malt is solid and the yeast floabvor is clean also. The bitterenss is a little strong but very smooth. What a Bier!!! So ein Bier!!!!

Zum Wohl!!!

Ungespundet, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of OldSock
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – .5L bottle from Half Time dated April 21st , this year I hope. Pours clear golden-yellow (second pour is much cloudier) with a two finger creamy white head floating on top. The beautiful head sinks quickly leaving only a thin coating and bits of sticky lacing.

Smell – Some sweet malt with that characteristic earthy Keller Beir quality. Some spicy noble hops are in there as well. Nothing really takes over aroma, its just a good balance of everything.

Taste – Sweet grain, very clean. The hops provide balance and give the beer a refreshing herbal-grassy quality. Not an overly complex flavor, but the flavor is just what it is trying to be without any extraneous interference.

Mouthfeel – Fuller than other beers of the style, but still on the whole a rather light beer. Carbonation is on the low side which leads to a very smooth flavor.

Drinkability & Notes – This is where this beer really shines, I just drank the whole half liter without realizing even it. This is what a pale lager should be, perfect for coming in from mowing the lawn (which I just did). Certainly the best Keller Bier out there, and one of the best pale lagers period. Surprised to see Hopfenextrakt (hop extract I can only assume) on the ingredient list, and the contradictory (in my mind) Farmhouse-brewed on the back. Damn, with summer coming its time to find more of this.

OldSock, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Tapas Bar in Bamberg, Germany, 7/07

This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was spicy hoppy with malt and grain and a hint of yeast. The taste was very nice and malty with some yeast flavors. The malty flavor gave way to aromatic hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and good carbonation. It was dry overall. This was a very nice and drinkable lager.

Sampled on tap at Cafe Abseits in Bamberg, Germany, 11/04.

This kellerbier lager poured a hazy, golden color with creamy, tall, white foam that clung to the glass and coated a bit. There was a light stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty with hints of grain and a very faint touch of sulfur. The taste was malty with a mild and subtle hop bitterness; there was a very light touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. The aftertaste was very lightly hoppy. This was a pretty good lager.

4.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4.0, 35

UncleJimbo, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of DirkNachbar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

DirkNachbar, Oct 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

zrab11, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of danadeny
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Props to BeerPanther for bringing this into the store. Appearance is light cloudy yellow at the bottom of the wizen glass and turns a couple shades more orange as the glass widens at the top. And when the label says natural beer that’s exactly what you see in the body. Lots of particles swirling and swimming around. Respectable head too. For smell I get a good fresh hefe smell. Hints of orange, maybe even a little lemon, but no banana like some hefe's (yeah I know this is not a hefe). But the smell is not distinctly pilsner either. Tasted is nutty, a bit of almond, classic citrus tang on the front of the tongue, mild hops, and great balance. Mouthfeel has got to be one of the best I have ever felt. Like a lot of German fresh beers sometimes I find them over carbonated and burp after every sip. Sure the carbonation adds to the refreshing sensation but this beer does it without the excess foam on the way down. Great balance, great mouthfeel, and a refreshing flavor equals a high drinkability in my book. The one think keeping this beer from a better score is that nothing stands out to grab my attention. Almost as if this beer is lacking a distinction, lacking a character. In the car world this beer would be a Toyota Camery. Solid, reliable, hard to hate, does every technical attribute perfectly, a perfect transportation module. But where is the passion and soul?

danadeny, Mar 01, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

unimatrix1, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of Amalak
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn out of a gravity dispense cask. It's gold with lots of sediment yet see through. Great head and lacing and a pure pilsner scent.

It's a perfectly balanced lager/pilsner. Though it's listed as a lager, it taste like a pilsner, to me anyway. Has a slight fruitiness that's dominated by hops.

Amalak, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. label is notched/marked for a best by of "12 apr", but no year.

golden straw with tones of brown, especially from the abundant lumps of yeast sediment, making it cloudy. moderate head fades to thin layer. decent lacing, esp. in the 2nd half of the glass.

lightly toasted, bready malts in the aroma, with gentle noble hops. clean, with just a trace of sulfur.

sweet, bready malt continues on the palate. hint of fruity white grape sweetness too. nice moderate noble hop profile gives a grassy note, then gentle bitterness to balance. clean finish with just a trace of yeast.

medium body, relatively smooth, with prickly, lively carbonation.

i had no idea this is actually a keller/zwickel. that helps to bring up the appearance score, which otherwise would have been marked down slightly because of all the sediment.

drinkability should be a 5.0, and taste 4.3 or 4.4

tai4ji2x, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head over the almost clear yellow gold brew. Head holds steady, with plentiful bubbly white lacing. Aroma is pale malts and crisp hops. Taste is sweet pale malt with a crisp, lightly spicy hoppiness. Mouthfeel is soft throughout the mouth, and drinkability is excellent. Could see this one in a big old stein, for sure.

ppoitras, May 05, 2006
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4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Half liter bottle, from Halftime, mindestens haltbar bis (best before) 4/21. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white head that fades pretty quickly to a fine lace. Smells like beer - as in "walk into a small south German village and get a mass of their local beer" beer.Grainy malt, slightly estery yeast, and spicy noble hops.

Man, this takes me back 20 or so years to when I was sitting in a gasthaus outside of Coburg, on vacation with my family, watching soccer and drinking the local kellerbier. Earthy, sweet-grainy malt dominates with a fine, subtle hop spiciness - the bitterness just rests on the tongue rather than landing thud on it like a pig's knuckle. Slightly yeast-estery, sort of a slight Bit O' Honey flavor. Very aromatic on the palate, if that makes sense. Finishes clean, almost lemony in its cleanness. Slightly tingly, very refreshing mouthfeel. I could sit around a gasthof all day long drinking these with an occasional meal - wurst, schnitzel, it'd all be good.

Aside: I raise my glass in a toast to my mom's sister, Tante Hanni, who was one of our hosts in Germany and who passed away this morning at 87. Prost!

sponberg, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

DrinkSlurm, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a gravity cask at Churchkey during an event yesterday.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a pretty good-sized white head and nearly all-encompassing lacing as it went down. Nose brought good scents of light grain, hints of lemon citrus, and a bit of bread dough. The taste adds in some light fruity notes. Altogether, everything melds together quite well and while the flavors are very delicate, they are quite tasty. Feel is light with good carbonation; super crisp.

Drinkability was incredible. Prior to this, I hadn't had much experience with the style, so I thought I might have been overrating this at first. However, after quite a few other pours from different casks, it became clear that this was the best of the bunch and a great, great beer in its own right.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
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Mönchsambacher Lager from Brauerei Zehendner GmbH
94 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.