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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%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by likethetaste:
Photo of likethetaste
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.

likethetaste, Dec 19, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some people have noted on "other" sites that this is the same as their dunkel lager,I totally disagree with that assumption.Poured a brilliant clear bronze with a large fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving globs of lace behind as it settled oh so slowly.Big dark toast and iron in the nose,the German malt profile is HUGE in this beer...to be expected.Flavors are toasty and quite dry with some dusting of cocoa powder,a tinge of herbal hop in the finish.This doesnt have alot of dunkel traits but isnt quite a bock in heft,hmmm,Iam perplexed.Iam staying with bock,just a lighter bock.

oberon, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +12%

Jason, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
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.

zaphodchak, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +12%

beerman999999, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -16%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.25/5  rDev -9%

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of peabody
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.

peabody, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
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

RonaldTheriot, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +12%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of crbnfbr
3.5/5  rDev -2%

crbnfbr, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of FlandersNed
4/5  rDev +12%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of runningjoke
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.

runningjoke, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of KevT
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

KevT, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Wiessmonkey
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.

Wiessmonkey, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of hoegaardenhero
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

hoegaardenhero, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
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.

Chico1985, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of bilyboy65
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.

bilyboy65, Feb 13, 2010
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Monk's Christmas from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
81 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.