Mönchshof Schwarzbier
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
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Style:
German Schwarzbier
Ranked #4
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,304
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.08%
Reviews:
402
Ratings:
717
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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
 
Germany
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is indeed black in color with a nice, black-white head that came up beautifully, showed great attention, and left a nice film on the inside of my glass.

Smell - This is rich and roasty with some spectabular malts mixed with coffee grounds and a slight sugary sweetness.

Taste - The aroma makes its way perfectly at the taste. The roasty character is less robust here but it is extremely balanced. The sugars are raw and again very light.

Mouthfeel - This was my favorite part of the beer. The roasty malts were so smooth and creamy almost like the character of root beer or a cream-based soda.

Drinkability - This light to medium-bodied bier went down extremely well. It is a rare and difficult style to master and they hit the nail on the head here.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black color. Head is medium sized, white and foamy. Aroma is chocolate and toffee. A medium bodied schwarzbier. Malts are roasted and choclately with hints of toffee. Hops are slightly spicy, Nice subtle, milder tasting Schwartz. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up the mini keg at a nearby world market.

A- looks striking in an english pint glass with a puffy, very bubbled tan head with lots of pock marks and pits. lace is amazing as well as globby fingers of spit bubble lace reach up toward a denser crusty ring beneath the lip where the foam used to be. excellent retention thanks to the killian horse etched into my glass. nice clear dark chestnut brown body is bloody red by incandescent light with golden highlights. a real good looker.

S- right away toasty biscuit and sweet/tart ripe red berries and tomato soup. a very roasted tomato with italian spices and salty chocolate come out of the toastiness with an extremely soft sweet grain background. its like tart, sweet, chocolate and biscuit all come together in such a fashion that it takes on a savory cocoa/vegetable/grain aroma. hops are on the spicy side and only play a minor role.

T- dark chocolate, dark fruits in bitter molasses and weak acidic coffee. hops are earthy and robust this time and they move very nicely with the other roasted dark flavors. hops get a little herbal near the end as flavors clean up leaving cocoa powder bitterness and burnt grains.

MF- i've only had a few different schwarzbiers and i'm still amazed that such an intensely flavored dark beer is still so light in body. or i should say "not heavy". it is almost full, and very juicy, with timid carbonation that sprinkles the palate just enough to move things around. powdery feel with long lasting coffee feeling, mildly acidic.

D- i'm glad i have 5 liters of this stuff cuz it's good beer. and thanks to it's "lightness", very drinkable as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bighuge
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burgandy tone. Big bubbly light tan head with great retention. Lacing is full. Some roasted malt goodness blends with a munich maltiness on the nose. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and the body is close to full. The taste is a decent blend of slightly burnt malts, coffee bean, roasted nut and a somewhat smooth, pils like maltiness. Pretty decent taste. One of the better schwarzbiers I've had.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this in poland under a different name... urtypisches Schwarzbier... same beer and abv... just a slight different label for that market

wow... pour give a scent of chocolate and roastiness throughout the room. a beautiful near black ruby. great head of bread rising look. and tastes delicious in the first few sips. slight off white with a chocolate, toasted almonds. palate had a great feel to it. really nice body and creaminess that wasn't density but fluffiness. not thick like a stout but voluminous. predominant chocolate with a wonderful feel. even when the head was gone.

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Photo of donzilake
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasty bier; don't know why I didn't grab one while in Kulmbach a couple of years ago.... Very dark brown, though not nearly as dark as I had expected, what with the name and all (Schwarz...duh!). Huge creamy head, with lace all over the place. Nose was a mix of some malt and bitter chocolate....pleasing! Nice over the tongue, but I felt it was a tad thin. Roasted malt flavors mix with bitter chocolate, and there's a hint of hops in the dry finish. Not bad!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of meechum
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of the bottle into a flute. Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, a finger of head that quickly fell leaving very little lace. Carbonation was very active

S - A very yeasty..bready smell, with just a very small hint of alcohol hidden very deep.

T - A bready roasted malt taste that finishes with a very small hop bitterness to just cut the roasted flavor..finishes dry

M - Very lively and carbonated..giving a very crisp drink, along with the dry finish makes this excellent

D - Overall a very drinkable beer..the elements of the beer come together to make it very enjoyable

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16.9oz swing top bottle, with no BB date that is noticeable however I believe the numbers on back label have this encrypted within. There is also a Michael Jackson review stating World Classic & 4 stars **** on the back label. Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights, with a small tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with Euro hops, fairly clean overall.
Taste: Nice light roastiness, nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some hop bitterness going down, balances the flavor out .
Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: A fine Schwarzbier very drinkable and very flavorful…a very solid Schwarzbier.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce bottle served in my MH Circus Boy Weizen glass (I need to pick up a pokal). Poured a translucent nut brown with red highlights when backlit. Fluffy three inch khaki-colored head dissipated slowly leaving behind a trail of sticky lacing. Light scents of malt and chocolate. Taste similar to nose, as well as the presence of some nuttiness and roasted flavors. Light in the mouth without feeling at all watery with a nice balance of effervescence, and a slight hops bitterness at the finish. Very tasty and drinkable brew, but the per bottle price limits its sessionability in my opinion.

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Photo of jmo2k1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of inebrius
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ropy cream head crowns a crystal auburn brew that screams to be drunk. Nose of tin cans filled with hopped brownies. Starts like your taking a nip off a piggy bank, buds awash in metallic flavors. Fortunately these pfennigs quickly melt away to reveal a liquid malt center that soon succumbs to the juju of spicy hops. But not for long, as these same hexing hops concede to a more beguiling roastiness sporting a lanky finish. Curt and clean through the beer hose. Not quite as complex or satisfying as some--really more like a decent dunkel with some roasted malts thrown in--but still rather flavory.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a pokal, this schwarzbier is actually a very dark brown with red tinges. Perfectly clear when held to the light. A billowing tan head forms and sticks around for a long time. Even after dying down a bit, there is still a full finger of foam on top and fantastic lacing on the glass. The best looking lager I've seen. Smells strongly of dark roasted malt with light hints of cocoa. This carries over to the taste, where dark malts are dominant, along with hints of chocolate, some nuttiness, and a slight metallic taste. Hops are noticeable in the lightly bitter, dry finish, but are low-key otherwise. Good, thickish mouthfeel, especially for its strength. Another solid brew from Kulmbacher.

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Photo of Jakep2021
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes you come to a beer on an unusual path. Sitting around one day with my Bud-loving, but occasional craft beer tasting, father-in-law, he started talking about a beer he used to love from a place/brewery called Kulmbacher, When I found it in the store I was stunned to see that it was a Schwarzbier, I was expecting something close to a German pils. Picked each of us up a couple.

Swingtop bottle. Black/brown body with ruby highlights. Dark ruby when held to the light. Big foamy, lumpy, tan head. Roasted malt, a little smoke in the nose. Nice rich quality on the tongue. Roasted malt, with enough subtle hop presence to avoid overt sweetness. After all that roasted malt passes on, you're left with a nice dry hop finish. I really have to drink more schwarzbiers. This and Sprechners are both wonderful. A nice alternative to porters and stouts. Definitely something I might keep a couple bottles around.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark Amber/ruby brown with a large 3+ finger cream-colored dense head with great retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, caramel, cream, slight vanilla, and a touch of German hop notes.

T: Toffee, weak coffee, light hints of milk chocolate, thin but some bitterness. I would have enjoyed this more if it were only a bit thicker.

M: Thin but clean.

D: This is a great alternative to a pils. It is even more drinkable than most pils as the darker malts change the bitterness. I would have more than one of these.

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Photo of srw
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber tones with a nice creamy looking sticky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.Aroma is buttery with a little iron thrown in definently malty.Taste is big and chocolaty up front with a nice roasted pepper(?) taste that lingers with another touch of chocolaty taste in the aftertaste.Real nice creamy feel to this,wow what a nice beer!

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a rich tan head that holds up very well and leaves a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of roasted malt with a touch of chocolate.

Taste is mostly similar to the smell with a distinct roasty profile with notes of chocolate and caramel. The taste is a little watered down and not as strong and lively as the aroma.

Medium bodied with a fairly smooth mouthfeel but feels a little watered down. Overall pretty solid, worth a try and an easy drinker.

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Photo of egrace84
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intense, deep brown color with nice head. Low carbonation makes for intense creamy malt flavors, good nutiness and dry features. Hops are barely evident, some huskiness. Very good Dark Lager, longer-lasting flavor than many. Could use a tad more complexity, and a touch thin late in the profile...its a big brewery in Germany, wish it was easier to find here.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had an amberish-black color to it with an overall medium head. The aromas were permeating the sweet smells of caramel and wheat with a roasty feel. The taste was a mix of fruity wheat and and bitterish hop greatness. It was thick, and full bodied, yet surprisingly light, making it a great beer to try out if you do not like heavy drinks. Overall, this was very good.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 717 ratings