Mönchshof Bockbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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38 Reviews
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Mönchshof BockbierMönchshof Bockbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-05-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
69
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
5
For Trade:
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 69
Photo of reddomino
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This fine beer pours a deep, clear amber with a nice tan head. When first opened, I experienced a musty smell from the bottle, I found this to be a little foreboding. Luckily, the nose was much improved once the libation reached the glass. A sweet, bready smell permeated the air as soon as I began pouring and intensified as the liquid settled. The taste was pretty malty with almost no hops to balance it out until the end. A very light alcohol aftertaste finishes it off nicely.

Overall this is a fantastic brew that would pair wonderfully with a hearty meal or a cigar and a fireplace.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge creamy head fades slowly leaving a few specs of lace. Deep amber, almost brown, colored beer. Rich, sweet aroma is a mix of dark roasted malt, raisins, plums, and a pinch of alcohol. Moderately full body is full of fine carbonation. It's packed full of malty sweetness. Flavors of caramel, raisins, and vanilla up front with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Full flavored, tasty as hell, and highly drinkable. It's damn good.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh i love that hissing pop when you open a flip top lid.

Aggressively poured into a 0.3ml willibecher. I like smaller glasses as i can get 2 glasses of beer out of 1 bottle which makes me feel like im getting more ;) Lacing is very good

A- Dark copper and 4 finger head, that is creamy, thick, pillowy, tan and fantastically long lasting.

S- Lots of lovely munich malt, caramel/toffee, syrup and slight nuttiness

T - Much the same as the smell, very malty with no hop bite at all, toffee/caramel comes through, nuttiness perhaps in the lingering aftertaste.

M- Low carbonation, sticky as expected.

D-This beer had 2 months before expiration date, perhaps a slightly stale flavouring, im sure a fresh tap glass would be a bit more lively but as a typical bock beer, this is very good, not too syrupy, and with alchohol well disguised, its easy to drink too much of this ;)

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Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark copper beer with a thick and creamy head.

Smell is strong (munich) malty and has some sulfur notes. The dark malts give the beer a molasses and mild burned taste. In the end there is some vegetable smell, green and like young beer.

Taste is green malty, but still strong on the malt presence. On top of the malt base there is a mild caramel taste. The vegetable taste is in the taste, but I get used to this after some sips and I do not taste it anymore. The yeast gives some anise notes. Body was medium, not overly sweet.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 1L at a Kulmbacher restaurant in Frankfurt. I was surprised to find so few reviews on BA after trying it, it must be not widely distributed because I'd think it would be a popular beer.

The beer had good clarity and a deep copper color, with a massively poofed head, served in an enormous 1L mug. The smell was sweet and malty, it reminded me of the wort aroma you can smell in breweries, nice and inviting. The taste was mostly malt, I didn't get much of a bitter after-taste as I normally see from the bocks available to me in the US (mostly from US breweries). It was fantastic, possibly my favorite bock beer to date.

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Photo of baggio
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copperbrown with a 1mm thin lace that stays there during the entire session.

S: Smells of hops, candy and malt. Kind of faint.

T: Malt, oatmeal, banana marshmallow and honey. This beer is very, very
well balanced for a bockbier. Impressive.

M: Very smooth, low carbonation, bittersweet taste that lasts quite a bit.

A very nice bockbier that more people should try. Still, i would not have
more than one bottle of this per session.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
:-)

Swingtop 500 ml bottle, with a best before date of January 2007.

Pours a beautiful amber bronze, with a good inch of foamy head and no lacing at all.

Smell is of malts, some earthy hops, little alcohol.

Taste is paradoxically crisp and malty, with some bitterness. Round beer, actually.

Mouthfeel is buttery, with a nice bitter aftertaste, especially in the back of the mouth. Nice beer. Even sweet, or the sweetness comes from México's victory over Iran in the Soccer World Cup?

Drinkability? Well, this isn't a session beer, but I'm still having another. ;.)

¡Salud!

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

500 ml swingtop bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget). ABV is 6.9%. Orange to amber colour, large off-white head with an orange hue. Moderate aroma of malts, some fruity hops and bakery, notes of alcohol. Flavour is fairly malty and bready, some caramel sweetness, alcohol is evident but not too much. Some hoppy bitteness and slightly burnt notes in the finish. OKish, but not my favourite bock.

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Photo of tesguino
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of my favorite styles in german beer; its accentuated hops aroma and low in malt, its dark color and its bottle, made perfect with a snacks, serving in mug and enjoyed at 7 o´clock, smell and taste is good, mouthfeel, up on the average, drinkability too, very recommendable.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 0.5l bottle of this in Rothenburg, and enjoyed it on my last night at my Gasthaus, whilst relaxing after packing for the next days trip home.

This bock is a rich, golden/orangey/copper color. Clear all the way through. Slow moving carbo rises intermittantly within. Head is light beige, creamy and fine; solid at 1/4" with excellent stick. A superb looking bier!! A malty, toffeeish aroma exudes sweetness without going over the top. Minimal hopping noticed in the nose, though. Body is easily medium-plus, and creamy-smooth! A pleasure on the palate.

Chewy malt with toffee/caramel notes greet the tongue, with light sweetness lingering lovingly. Hops do appear, but just a cameo near the finish to keep things honest. This is a very nicely made bock, and exceedingly tasty to boot.

Prosit!!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

853

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Photo of cypressbob
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a brown coppery body. Thick white head with pretty poor retention

Smell, lots of malt, bit grainy. Slight sweetness and a bit musty

Taste, bready grainy mouthfeel. Almost papery mouthfeel, bit of sweet malt on the finish

Not a great bock but not awful, limited in flavour

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Photo of paterlodie
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 26-01-06. Nice and lasting head leaving laces, brown and clear beer. Nose is sweet, malt but not fresh, cardboard, no hoparome noticeable. Taste is sweet, roasted irish coffee and litle bitterness. One whereby you keep asking yourself what you mis. Mis freshness and taste overal, laks caracter so no highlight alltogether. Postives: easy drinkable, oily mouthfeel, clean.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall brown half liter bottle with a flip top. Label is dark, with vertical stripes of black and copper. The Mönchshof symbol features a fat monk holding a big mug. Purity law applies. Best before 1/16/04, I opened mine on 10/26/03.

Nice clear dark copper color under a thin tan head that faded pretty quickly and left only minimal lace. The nose is full of sweet caramel and barley. The mouth is a bit prickly, and heavy with sweetness. The taste starts sweet - caramel and grapes or prunes. Alcohol is present, and there's a good amount of malt lurking here, too. What I don't notice is hops. The sweetness just keeps going on and on, never yielding to a bitter finish. The aftertaste is fruity sweet. This is a nice "starkbier," but not really much like the average Bock. This probably should be characterized as a Doppelbock, although the label does not do so.

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