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Monk's Christmas - Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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BA SCORE
81
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 12-11-2009)
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New format I believe: still a 500ml but no flip-top, named "Monk's Christkindl", 7.1% ABV listed.

Bottle poured into a Weissenohe mug, awesome glass. It's a dark copper color with an off-white head that retains mostly as a thin ring.

Smell is a nice mix of toasted and sweet malts. Some earthy, roasted and grainy tones as well.

Taste brings baked bread, dusty caramel, molasses, dark bread, some light grassy and fruit hints. Solid German malt-centric flavors.

Uber-malty mouthfeel, though maybe a little thin and under-carbonated. Just a hint of booze there.

Haven't had a straight-up bock in a while, this reminds me to try some more of them. The malts weigh you down a bit, but that's the way of the bock.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 19:17:31 | More by Chico1985
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl has a medium, crackling, spongy, cream-colored head, a clear, copper, bubbly appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of brown bread crust, some syrup, and a little sweetness. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Weissenohe Monk's Christkindl finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, one would not suspect that it is a 7.1% lager. I like it!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 16:58:06 | More by RonaldTheriot
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a very strange beer, light copper in color with minimal head. the nose is an international confusion, being brewed in Germany, but smelling more like English caramel malts, and having a defined American hop profile, its really is strange. I am most disappointed by the flavor though, which is muted and dull, almost nothing to it. granted, this is a 2011 vintage, and has undoubtedly sat beyond its peak, it just doesn't taste like much more than watery or otherwise diluted English malt. the feel is fine and all, and I could see myself liking this fresh, but so much of it has died off. if you have on in your cellar, drink it now, it doesn't age well at all. I will have to acquire a fresh one and compare, but I was extremely disappointed with this beer that seemed so promising from the nose. a real curiosity here.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 16:18:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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DoubleJ

California

3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not too late for a Christmas beer, is it? 500 ml of bock on the way. On to the beer:

A half-inch of fuzzy head sits on top of this carmelized orange beer. Visible bubbles run through its body, head retention is nothing to shout about. Its aroma is very sweet. If you like your bread and dough with a very strong, sweet scent, you've come to the right place. Bits of raw caramel and grass are mixed in too.

Grass dusted caramel makes much of the taste. There's a soft pudding note and lots of liquid bread found behind the strong caramel. Touch of cooked banana comes around. I can sense a small bit of the alcohol on the palate, which cuts a little of the sweet flavor away. less sweet and more grassy as the beer dries and goes into the aftertaste. Regarding mouthfeel, the body is medium full with a slight syrupy texture spotted and moderately crisp bubbles.

Pleasant bock overall. The sweetness mellows out as it warms, which helps this beer go down.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 07:01:15 | More by DoubleJ
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AgentMunky

California

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half-litre Hallertau glass at Gourmet Haus Stadt from a small, unchilled firkin.

A: Flat, translucent amber. A bit reddish.

S: Fruity sweet. Burnt sugar. Rather nice.

T/M: Molasses. Smooth, sticky, sugary, slightly burnt molasses. Hop or roasted bitterness fades to a dry-bitter-fruity aftertaste.

O: I enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommended and consumable. Would have again.

Serving type: cask

12-29-2012 06:31:38 | More by AgentMunky
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Caracole small snifter.
Pours a nice red brown color with a rich, long lasting tan head. Mild aroma of dark and sweet malts, spicing. Extremely muted flavors. Light malt, a hint of roasted malts, light caramel. Flavors well balanced, but faint. Nice medium to heavy mouth feel. Seems like this should be an outstanding beer, but not assertive enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 23:21:26 | More by LiquidAmber
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City IA
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Weissenohe's winter beer is a fairly solid, though somewhat mild, bock that hits all the right notes. There's the requisite toasted malt flavors, toasted nuts, soft noble hops, and light brown sugar I associate with the style. I would assume that when fresh, this is quite the bock. After importation and an unknown number of months on the shelves in the US, this is still good, but not comparable to a fresh Schell's or Sprecher bock. Would I go for it again? At $5 a bottle, probably not, unless I couldn't find other bocks in the area.

Pours a tall (>3cm) off-white head of small and medium-sized bubbles, which reduces, in a few minutes, to a thin ring around the glass and some scattered islands of foam atop the beer. No lacing is left. Body is reddish-brown amber, transparent, and with fairly active, visible carbonation.

Aroma is that of toasted, dark bread with a bit of brown sugar and toasted nuts (almonds, hazelnuts). Good smells, in general, but would benefit from being a bit stronger.

Taste is prominent on malts, in particular caramel flavor, with moderate toasted malt components as well. Opens with toasted malt flavors and some sweetness, progressing to toasted, heavy bread with some light brown sugar. Toasted nuts appear at mid-palate and beyond. Closes out with a soft amount of noble hop spiciness alongside the toasted sweetness. Aftertaste of toasted malt sweetness, caramel, and very mild, soft noble hop bitterness.

Beer is surprisingly heavy in body, going along with my assertion that the brewer at Weissenohe manages to cram more malt into his bocks and marzens than many others. Carbonation is modest, but high enough to make this foam up pleasurably on the palate and be easily drinkable. Finish is semi-dry, with a bit of wetness around the edges of the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 16:50:50 | More by falloutsnow
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of offwhite head. A bit of lacing, and a hazy brown body.

Nose has sour malt , orange, fig, much like a holiday fruitcake.

Serious malt character and plenty of sweet dark fruit. It's German, but the style suggests a cross between English and Belgian. Really very fruitcake-like, that's the best way to describe it, but in a good way, of course.

Feel is very smooth and doesn't coat your mouth on the aftertaste, which is nice for something so sweet.

I wasn't sure what to expect, the answer was a fruity dunkelweizen, and I rather enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:49:56 | More by zaphodchak
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a Christmas gift from Andy. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a clear chestnut color with two fingers of frothy beige head. It settles leaving a ton of sticky lace.

Earthy hops in this one with some nice toasty malts and some nuttiness in the background. A hint of brown sugar rounds this out. Malty right up front with some toasted nuts to this. A little bit of grassy hops linger; but not much at all.

Light body with softer carbonation that I would have expected. Overall not bad. Really mild on the flavors so this one is pretty easy to kick back with.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:11:13 | More by Bendurgin
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle from Franklin's from their Christmas/Holiday beer section.

Pouring a clear mahogany with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous beer. However, that's about all that's appealing. The nose has a nice Munich malt character, moderately bready, with a bit of caramel as well. However, that's about it. A touch dusty, a touch of earthy hops. Cleanly fermented, there's no off-aromas here. I've had a few good bocks, and this isn't one. The palate opens with light bready flavor with a definite Munich malt flavor. However, this is very thin, making this taste rather stale. A little bit of hop bitterness and light hop flavor are present. The finish is rather poor,drying and mildly grainy with a mildly husky tannic character. This beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and a little watery to boot. The carbonation is high enough to add a mineraly, carbonic acid character to the finish Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 15:16:39 | More by DefenCorps
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml swing style flip top beer from Franconia, this one appears a deep crystal caramel copper hue with a light beige tinted color head forming thick. Head is speckled evenly with thin lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma a nice nutty superior flavor than most Germans, super malt grain breadiness with a lively hint of nobles hops in the background. Flavor has dark fruit roasted malts a bit of nut edge with a soaked plum alcohol infused flavor going on. Dark caramel with a hint of vanilla from the sweet malts and a dry herbal hop finish and nutty roasted caramel malt edge. Mouthfeel is medium bodied fuller bodied lager with a dry finish and sweet rounded sides to it. Very drinkable beer going down with a slew of malt infused points of view, one for the German bier enthusiast to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 14:13:09 | More by WVbeergeek
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a few of these, don't think they have been stored properly but I'll give it a try.

I poured from the 16.9 ounce flip-top into an imperial pint glass. It's a deep red color with a huge slightly off-white head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

It's got a pretty nice sweet malty aroma, caramel and a little honey.

The taste is a little thin, with basically the same malt profile. It's tasty but weaker than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but it's still good.

I'm liking this beer, pretty decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:11:47 | More by theboozecruise
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright copper color. Lacy, but small tan head.

S- Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, chocolate, cavendish pipe tobacco. Mainly dunkel aromas.

T- Sweet roasted caramel malt, cinnamon toast, dopplebock flavors.

M,D- Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy feel. A bit too flat, however.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 18:28:30 | More by WhiteOak
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is like the smell, malts, grains, spices, just a touch of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 14:26:11 | More by tone77
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep, dark toned amber wiu a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty bits of lacing ate left around the glass.
Smell is of toasted nuts, cracked caramunich malt, toffee, caramel, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and herbal hops.
Taste is of the aromas with toffee, caramel, grain, and chocolate flavor coming together.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, semi dry, fizzy up front and smooth and mellow in the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 00:16:59 | More by weeare138
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child."

--Erma Bombeck

Dark bronzed orange peel that is topped with a thick chunk of wheat toast colored foam that filled slightly more than half the pint glass on the controlled pour. The lid looks okay to start, looks less good as it melts, and doesn't lay down much lace.

It's hard to determine, so far at least, whether this offering is a bock or a doppelbock. The brewery calls it a 'dark, roasty, full-bodied and beautifully balanced lager', which would imply the latter. The nose is toasted-earthy and very slightly cocoa-like, which doesn't help.

The taste test says... doppelbock. However, the beer is not that dark, not roasty, and not full-bodied. It really isn't a very good version at all, although it isn't horrible either. Average seems about right. More malt and better bubbles would help the cause.

Flavors include brown bread, dark caramel extract, chocolate shavings, and hints of dark fruit (raisins). There's also a mild amount of tea leaf bitterness, so I guess 'balanced' is a correct claim, even if there's nothing beautiful about it. Warming changes nothing.

The mouthfeel is too thin... almost no matter the ABV. What carbonation is present (low end) does almost nothing to expand and creamify the beer on contact. There was a decent escape of CO2 on swing-top cracking, so a leaky seal couldn't be the issue.

There is absolutely nothing about Monk's Christmas that reminds the drinker of Christmas. It's entirely possible that Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe put a festive label on one of their regular offerings in order to sell more beer. Sorry, no holiday cheer here.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 13:40:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly dissipated into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is evident from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and toffee in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of bready malts, caramel and toffee along with some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied, a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I'm not sure if I would get this again because it tastes like an average dunkel lager and doesn't seem to have any special characteristics that would make it a special beer for Christmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:40:20 | More by metter98
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was definitely confused about this beer. Supposed to be a bock and yet it seems like a porter. I mean it looks like a bock. As it's got a dark rich brownish-red color with a nice off white head. However it seems to have the nose and flavor of a stout/porter. More of a coffee essence to it. With that put aside this is still quite an enjoyable beer. Good texture and consistant. Leaves a good trail down the side of the glass as to where each pull has ended up. Also a good amount of film left on the glass as you give it a good swirl. Overall probably a better beer then I'm ranking it, but I just can't justify a better ranking as it seems to be on the lines between 2 different categories. I'd have a few if offered though.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:44:45 | More by bilyboy65
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: a clear mahogany brown with fluffy creamy white head; one of the thickest and longest lasting i've seen in a while; leaves nice sticky coat of foam on the glass; has some fast moving tiny columns of delicate bubbles in the redish body

s: a slightly medicinal flavor; the roastiness of the malts; a sweet scent of syrupy malts as well; light hay

t: dryer grain/wheat; light wateriness; a tad of bitterness; not overwhelming; light burnt toffee; lacks backbone; light cherry

m:actually pretty creamy and smooth with just a little bit of carb; not bad at all

d: i haven't been too impressed with this beer; very mild; maybe worth a try but wouldn't go out of my way

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 00:30:46 | More by hoegaardenhero
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runningjoke

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery brown and a bit thin in appearance, but leaves a nice foamy head. Smells malt and yeast are prominent in the initial smell, savory spice in the background. The taste is a bit thin, a watered down version of the nose. The beer bypasses the front of the tongue and focuses its efforts on the back portion.
In a blind taste test, i would not characterize this as a bock, the only similarity between this beer and that style is the smell and maybe the alcohol content.
I was expecting something different; however, preconcieved notions aside, it's really a decent beer. I don't see why this would be a "special" Christmas brew, it would stand up all through tailgating season.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:08:45 | More by runningjoke
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peabody

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear ice tea color with three fingers of very foamy off-white suds.
Smell is very weak for this beer is not that cold. Malt yeast and slight spice aroma.
Taste is the same as the smell. Weak spices and just a touch of bitterness from the yeast or malt.
Mouthfeel is just so so. Not a lot of stickyness or anything.
Drinkability would be better if the flavor was better.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:57:58 | More by peabody
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with a 2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Spotty lace develops during the session.

Smell: caramel is the only tone detectable by the nose.

Taste: big caramel flavors with some hints of milk chocolate. Ripe plums and brown sugar arrive late. Bitterness is moderate, and there is a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Short aftertaste here.

Drinkability: this one goes down smoothly and surprisingly quickly. If you are into a maltier beer, this one will do.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 00:47:45 | More by Gavage
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Wiessmonkey

Nevada

3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served at 52 degrees in a goblet, needs to be served warmer than this maybe 58-62 degrees
A. golden amber
S. spiced butter, lite malt
T. dough, lite malt a slight spice then just falls and leaves nothing to reside
M. sringy, zealous
D. I think that this beer has a good smell and got my hopes up. i was let down at the end since there was no finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 19:02:51 | More by Wiessmonkey
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likethetaste

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint bottle I received as a Christmas Present. :)
Nice medium brown color with a long lasting head.

Not much smell but did have a very smooth non carbonated mouth feel.

Tasted good but did not have as much christmas spicing as I thought it would. Not a great beer but very drinkable. I could drink it again but would not go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:28:20 | More by likethetaste
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. swingtop bottle picked up on a recent holiday beer run.

Pours a deep dark ruby/mahogany color with very dark orange edges when held to a light source ans a one finger frothy off white head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic cunks of soapy lacing behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with hints of chocolate and caramel malt, rye, light cherry and grassy hops. Subtle toffee and hazelnut presence in the nose.

Soft carbonation up front with a lightr body than I expected. Prominent spice up front that lingers over the sweet lightly roasted malt body into a bone dry finish. Hints of christmas cake, spice, caramel and rye maltiness, cinnamon, brown sugar and dark sour cherries. Also there is some toffee ands subtle nutty flavor. Pretty sweet and spicy but is somewaht blanced by the malt backbone. Easy to drink and a big plus is that it doesn't have the medicinal syrupy fell that I hate in a lot of Xmas beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 06:17:46 | More by corby112
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Monk's Christmas from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
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