Mönchshof Original
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof OriginalMönchshof Original
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Pilsner - German
Ranked #617
Ranked #46,264
3.48 | pDev: 12.93%
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Mönchshof OriginalMönchshof Original
View: Beers
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 79 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of JamFuel
JamFuel from Sweden

4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is clean, crisp and bready with some floral notes.

Taste is malty and bready with a nice floral bitterness and a hint of rye. Very clean, very crisp, and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is meidum, well carbonated.

Overall, a really nice pilsner, simple and clean.

Oct 01, 2019
Photo of schavuytje
schavuytje from Netherlands

3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

got a bottle of vague acquaintances to taste at home

popping swing-top cap, thick fat foam, scanty malt aroma, full of sweet and co2 form a solid lager


Aug 16, 2019
Photo of captaincoffee
captaincoffee from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear and very pale, with a medium head that dissipates with spotty lace. Nose is freshly grainy with hay and a touch of sweetness. Unfortunately, the taste is watery with rough carbonation. Not much going on there at all, but fortunately it is free of off flavors. Overall, not terrible, but not something I'd buy again.

Feb 12, 2018
Photo of drmeto
drmeto from Germany

2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-honey,slight skunk,grassy,biscuity,grainy,apple
-honey,white grapes,faint sourness,chalky
-sharp, but quickly fading hop bite
-medium carbonation
-light body
Drowning in Mediocrity

Apr 16, 2016
Photo of stevoj
stevoj from Idaho

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Part of a Monchshof sampler pack from Toom Getrankmarkt.. Middle of the road pilsener. Nice hoppy bitterness and lingering palate. All else is normal pils....

Feb 19, 2016
Photo of jcance
jcance from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

The taste is fine. However, the hops flavor is questionable. Their bitterness is not balanced by another more pleasing flavor. The carbonation is somewhat excessive, but I could see myself drinking this again in the future. If it's around, drink it.

Aug 19, 2015
Photo of JoeAmerican77
JoeAmerican77 from Colorado

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear apple cider like liquid with a fat stack of white big bubble head

Crisp malt and hops on the nose, a little yellow haystack in there as well

Light malts lead the way with slight bitterness in the rear

Light to medium mouth feel average carbonation

Overall a solid staple beer; refreshing and light but doesn't taste cheap.

Jun 27, 2015
Photo of Dentist666
Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear straw beer with decent white head, moderate retention. Aroma - sweet grains and herbal hops. Flavour follows the smell, delicate hop bitterness. Solid pilsener.

Jun 23, 2015
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is maybe the best pilsner I´ve tried. It´s very complex and full of character. Looks golden, not so pale, with a white thick foam head, smells like base malts and is a little hoppy.

Jun 15, 2015
Photo of JTuomi
JTuomi from Finland

3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

50 cl bottle into a mug. Clear pale golden body, medium head, ok retention and lacing, nice bubbling. Subtle grassy hops and grainy malt in the smell. Pale malt with a note of apple in the background in the clean taste, finishing dry with a slight grassy hop bitterness. Medium-light body, high carbonation. Overall a decent german pils, nothing spectacular but a good, drinkable beer.

Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
Ciocanelu from Romania

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with off-white head. Aroma has herbal hops and earthy notes. Taste has classic hop notes, earthy and leafy on a clean malt base. Medium body with medium to low carbonation. Quite mineral, not overly dry, easy drinking.

Nov 25, 2013
Photo of jonb5
jonb5 from England

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour, clear, decent sized head which it held on to quite well. Aroma seemed to be Hallertau hop with notes of apple. Tasted slight clove and banana. Finish was grassy and malty, slight hop bitterness but not over done. Mouthfull was crisp, fairly well carbonated which gave it a slightly coarse edge. Decent character for a German Pils, won't blow anybody away but much bitter than big name brands.

Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Paincane
Paincane from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow with white head when poured from flip-top bottle.
S: Grain, grass, and hop aromas produce a pleasant fresh nose.
T: Grainy, grassy and a sharp hop bitter finish.
M: Light-medium bodied with good carbonation.
O: Enjoyed this beer but will not need to revisit it. Good but not great.

Dec 24, 2011
Photo of coy
coy from Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, traveling does not help this beer.

appearance .- Light pale gold, almost no head disappears very fast.

smell .- Bready.

taste .- Bready, Bitter.

mouthfeel .- Light, refreshing.

overall .- Good for a hot day, not my favorite beer.

Dec 09, 2011
Photo of atis
atis from Finland

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light yellow with huge creamy head, patchy lacing. Aroma is simple grainy malt, bits of floral hop aroma.

Taste is malt with pleasant, crisp zesty bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with rather high carbonation.

Overall, quite good Pils. Nothing too memorable, but nothing bad either.

Nov 01, 2011
Photo of pixieskid
pixieskid from Germany

2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a downgrade from the pilsner I had right before it...has an off-taste and overall vibe of an AAL.

Pours with a minimal white head, increadibly light and filtered.

Nose is minimal, a bit of grains.

Taste is the same but with a hint of pine and herbal hops; dominated by a musty taste and corn. Finishes slick with a slightly grassy bitterness.

Not impressed; German Pilseners may be a "simple style" but there are a few characteristics that make or break them and this one just doesn't cut it.

Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is golden with a pretty large kind of fluffy white head, which dissipates into some lacings.

S: Mostly floral hops; citric notes. But there's also some bitterhops and some maltyness to it.

T: Malt together with bitter hops, and a floral hoppy twist. Citric notes. Neat and clean.

M: Aftertaste is long and mostly bitter. Body is medium creamy and carbonation is balanced medium.

D: A German pilsener a bit above average.

Nov 04, 2010
Photo of DerBayer
DerBayer from Germany

3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm this is not as good as their Schwarzbier but it ticks all the boxes of a decent pils.

The taste is dominated by clean hoppiness and not that much eslse. Light body and medium carbonation makes this a very refreshing and drinkable summer beer. May have this again.

Aug 08, 2010
Photo of treque
treque from Mexico

4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hue leaning more to yellow than to orange, a creamy white head, with high retention and residual, very consistent carbonation made of very tiny bubbles.

Excellent malty aroma

Excellent pilsner taste, with ideal bitterness, sharp end without being extreme.

cooling and lightweight body makes it possible to drink large, without resentment.

Jul 08, 2010
Photo of soju6
soju6 from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Monschshof has a golden color, with a good head and light carbonation. The smell is of grains and is pleasant. The taste is crisp and refreshing, slightly bitter. It is smooth and clean. This is a very enjoyable beer and is great for session drinking.

Mar 28, 2010
Photo of koolk
koolk from Australia

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted in Frankfurt 09.

Pours a clean light golden colur with a firm white head that holds well.

Clean aromas with a slight herbal hop note. Some grainy malt and perhaps even a little lemon. Not much happening.

Palate falvours mimic the nose with some slight herbal hop notes and a mild maltiness. Very low flavour intensity.

Nice enough mouthfeel but very thin and watery towards the end.

Figure this is standard Germany swill Pils as it isn't very exciting. 1.50 EUR from the corner store though, so no complaints on value!

Sep 13, 2009
Photo of stoutman
stoutman from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light clear golden pour, a large frothy head, good carbonation,malty hop grain flavour, some crispness aroma of floral hops and honey, pale malts, with a subtle yeastiness. A mild bitter but good hop taste at the finish. Has many characteristics like some Czech brew, this would be a nice session beer.

Jun 12, 2009
Photo of jarmby1711
jarmby1711 from Australia

3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale and very clear , so clear , to me it looks unattractive.The head is good it laces nicely it justs looks a little too soft.
There were vague hints of some herbaceous material on the nose , neither unpleasant or very dominant
Unexceptial lager flavour but does have a undertone of shortbread biscuit to it , which I guess to be the maltiness and the hop biterness combining.
Flavour and mouthfeel are all at the front of the mouth , in that there is no depth in anything that is happening mouthwise.
I found this to be somewhat boring.
It is drinkable but I would not bother again

Nov 14, 2008
Photo of WHROO
WHROO from Australia

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop Pint...

A: Golden Straw, clear, brilliant white fluffy head...with good lacing

S: Lemony citrus, floral, grassy.

T: Again citrus in flavour, a smigeon of sweet malts, with crisp bitterness to finish.

M: Light & sharp, very clean.

D: not overflowing with flavour, yet well balanced & did enjoy it. Not brilliant but enjoyable.

Oct 25, 2008
Photo of botham
botham from New York

3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

half liter growler poured into a stange. pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a large white fluffy head. moderate lacings.

aroma is of light floral yeast and pale malts. a distant note of citrus is also present.

taste is of more floral yeast, with the same note of pale malts and a bit of citrus. subtle in its profile, yet refined in its character.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a slightly watery texture. a standard pils here.

drinkability is good. there is solid complexity with a subtle smoothness here, all while remaining refreshing.

Mar 27, 2008
Mönchshof Original from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 79 ratings