Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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4.03/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

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Reviews:
395
Ratings:
691
pDev:
11.17%
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4.15
 
 
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Photo of dieterdaxx
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best 'Schwarzes' I had the chance to get my hands on yet. By far the best on the German Schwarzbier market. Its all around at shops and supermarkets in Germany and comes at a low price for its quality.
It's my go-to after work beer, all year round.
*Look: dark brown with little foam. I 'd like it a little more blackish, but still 4.5/5.
*Smell: complex and very tasty for me. I think I can smell a roasty flavor of dark-bread, chocolate and biscuits. Maybe some nuts or almond, idk ;) 4.5/5
*Taste: Unbelievably balanced, while being rich and complex in all aspects. Hops flavors are quite subtle, while being noticeable and bitter enough to balance out the malty sweetness in the foreground. Never not drinkable. Damn Brilliant! 4.5/5

*Overall: Its the second best beer I ever came to try yet. 4.5/5.

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The set up: Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Krombacher flute glass

The look: The beer pours a dark brown/almost black color with a one finger foam head that dissipates but maintains a decent amount of lacing on the glass as the beer is consumed.

The smell: I detect quite a bit of roasted grains/roasted malts with perhaps some cocoa mixed in. A very pleasant aroma!

The taste: The taste is much like the smell/aroma but nothing is overpowering or mutes anything out. A very balanced and great tasting beer.

Mouth-feel: Light to almost medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. No taste of "booze" and a very smooth session type beer. Drink ability is very easy even though the beer is dark in color.

Overall: I've long been consuming this beer but figured it was time for a review. This Schwarzbier is a good benchmark for the style and is very solid across the board. Despite its dark color, it is very drinkable and one could say it could be a good session beer. This is a beer that I continually revisit and am pleased each time.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Out of all the schwarzbiers that I have had this one is up their with the elites. This black lager tastes outstanding. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hasse67
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jkaczinski
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbulling
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a mostly dark brown close to black color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Light sliding messy lace.
The aroma had some cocoa powder, dark breads, earthy hops, dark fruits, vanilla extract and roasted graininess.
The flavor leaned into the sweetness of the prior mentioned aromas to replicate the aftertaste in the same sort of way.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected by the brewer - nice and light.
Overall, pretty nice Schwarzbier that I would have again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Maestro0708
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 fl oz bottle into a glass mug.

Pours very dark brown, nearly black, and produces a nice foamy head that leaves some pleasant lacing on the glass.

Aroma is roasted grain.

Flavor is roasted malts accompanied by chocolate. Mild hop bitterness is balanced by a bit of sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth.

I'm not usually a huge fan of lagers but this one is very good and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a swingtop bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark mahogany color with two fingers of creamy khaki colored head. The head sticks around for awhile before setting into a thin film, leaving a full collar of lacing along the way. Gorgeous looking beer.

The aroma is intricate and complex, bringing notes of toffee, vanilla and dark fruits up front. The middle is nutty and slightly roasted, with plenty of dark grains, chocolate malt, and sweet dough. The back end is subtly hoppy.

The flavor is delicate and incredibly balanced. Lightly tart notes of plum and molasses, as well as sugary sweet notes of chocolate, brown sugar, and sweet doughy bread. The finish brings just enough hop character to add a faint lingering bitterness that is gone as quickly as it hits the tongue.

The feel is medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Lightly crisp, extremely smooth, and highly drinkable.

Overall, an incredible dark lager. It's exploding with flavor while still remaining highly drinkable and refreshing. The balance in this beer is insane. Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever had, period.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cunning_stunt
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metalspice
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TonyTwins
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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