Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
680
Reviews:
393
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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100
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63
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Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

This is only the second schwarzbier I've tried, and I really like this style. For something called a schwarzbier, isn't this more like a braunbier? (Thank you GER1120)

Anyways, I actually like the color, which is something like a dark brown with a nice ruby edge. Nice foamy head that eventually dies down to a ring of lace.

Sweet malty smell, with some roastiness thrown in. Bitter roasted flavors that aren't overpowering. Coffee, very small amount of charcoal, some caramel. Not to bitter, some bitterness is from the hops, but mostly from the roasted malts. There is a sweet malty flavor there too, that artificial grape lollipop flavor that I normally would hate, but here it's just enough to notice, and actually adds to the overall enjoyability of this brew.

Mouthfeel is also very nice, crisp and light, not to carbonated, I could easily drink many of these beers over the course of a night.

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Photo of SarahMackAttack
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cmuir24
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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 imbibehour
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

A bit murky looking color and appearance, but a real nice mahogany and reddish colored body, with some nice rising faint bubbles. Head is easily three fingers tall, foamy, full of swiss cheese retention and coffee cocoa brown in color. A little bit of soapy lacing. Neat looker.

Real nice clean aroma. Light powdered cocoa, hints of light cream and drip poured diner coffee. Some fresh ripping grain to match. This is very solid.

Palate comes with a lighter body than I expected, but more than delivers on the taste. Light amounts of milk chocolate and wafer like crispy malts. Small hints of milk and coffee finish, with a hints of clove like aroma. Slightly fruity interestingly, with a dry aftertaste and grain aromas that really last.

Overall a real clean and refreshing Schwarzbier, good one to know about, but probably enjoy Kostritzer a bit more.

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Photo of brureview
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown color with a 3F head in a Pilsner glass.

The aroma is pleasant- although not strong: fruit, plum, and malt.

The body is light. I would have preferred a slightly heavier body on the beer.

Taste is good- plum, sweet, malt, fruit- not overwhelming.

Overall- a good beer, but I didn't like the body. I was looking for a crisper beer with
a deeper malt character. I wasn't sure of the bottle date- perhaps the beer was past its prime. Although this is a German beer, I have tasted a number of American brewed Schwarzbiers which are heavier, and with more flavor.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

was lucky enough to have this on-tap in it's own branded mug at chef paul's in lisle. almost black in color but with nice clarity if held up to the light, this had a smoky, roasty, sweet malt aroma which was not off-putting...actually, if this were not summer i probably would have given it higher marks in the smell dept. hard to judge in that respect as i'm usually not partial to smoky, dark roasty aromas/flavors. this had a nice malt sweetness that was balanced out by the dark roasty flavors and finished crisp. nice mouthfeel and drinkability is through the roof for such a complex beer that weighs in at under 5%.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stammtisch, where it was listed as Monschof Black Pils.
The beer is a clear umber black, vaguely brown, topped with a thin mist of head. Head dissipates into a thin ring, but lasts throughout the pint.
Aroma is semi-roasty, with a sweetness, rather than bitter chocolate. Smoothly grainy. Hints of fig and caramel, with some light hoppy spiciness poking through. Very, very clean.
Flavor is mainly roasted malt, with a touch of fig, caramel, and very light chocolate. Super clean. A bit of spicy hops in the finish, with a bit of herbal quality. No aftertaste. Light bodied, with small bubbled carbonation. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is very dark until held to the light which reveals dark crimson-ruby highlights. There is very little head to speak of. Smell is sweet; mostly of lightly toasted amber malt, slightly of cherries and chocolate. The taste has a good amount of depth, with lots of layers of flavor. To start, there is a slightly sweet maltyness, followed by an acidic slightly burnt malt bitterness and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is heavy but not dense and has little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer; enjoyable as well.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 HotterThanHell
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that Schwarz (Shvahtz) beers were supposed to be black, hence the name. The bottle even says "the original black". This beer is a dark ruby red. Guess I'll ask my German expert Ungespundet. Anyway that's why I knocked the appearance a bit. Otherwise it had a wonderful off white head that stuck around and laced well.

The smell was of dark, roasted malts with a hint of hops creeping through. Nice but not fantastic.

The taste was also a bit on the light side for the style, but has a nice roasty caramel woodsy mix that is delightful.

The beer drinks easy and is not heavy at all. Really enjoyed the complex flavors. A very good Schwarz but not the best. (KlosterBrauerei)

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Photo of dcotom
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

flip-top bottle -

Pours dark brown with a large bubbly head that soon bubbles down to a thin cover.

The smell is of dark, roasted malts with some subtle fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet dark and caramelish maltiness balanced by a chicory-like bitterness. There is a subtle pils-like grassiness. Malty, but with a noticable hop bitterness. Dry finish.

The body is creamy in a lighter side of medium body. Smooth. Drying.

A nice, classic schwartzbier.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, mahogany color, with a towering head of light tan foam; lingering is good, delicate lacing remains down the length of the glass as the beer is consumed.

S: Mild aroma of burnt toast. Slight coffee notes.

T: Hardly any malt sweetness, it goes straight to toasted grain, faintly acrid tasting. There's also some coffee acidity. Hops are mildly bitter, which is fitting given the lack of sweetness needing balance.

M: Moist, very slightly chewy, but a little low on the carbonation (because it all ended up in the head?); also a little dry in the finish.

O: Not complex, but enjoyable; it remindes me of a "light porter" if there is such a thing.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 bowersdm
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz (probably) poured into a mug

A - ruby to near black. it was fairly dark. 3cm of head.

S - roasted malt, caramel malt

T - roasted malt, caramel malt, hops. The first schwarzbier I ever had was Sam Adams Black Lager. this beer used a much smaller amount of roasted barley.

M - kind of thin

D - very, very drinkable.

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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 neonbrown82
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a quality schwarz, though perhaps not my favorite of the style. Pours to a nutty brown color, fairly clear, with a good carbonation. The head is a bit thin, but it retains at least a centimeter throughout the glass.

The smell is the only thing disappointing. Has a little bit of a wet cardboard aroma. A bit of a berry resides under the offending smell, along with a light malt aroma.

The taste, thankfully, does not seem to be suffering from oxidation. Lightly sweet, only a hint of smoke, and even a smaller hint of roastiness. A small berry flavor finishes it off. Not one of the hoppier schwarzbiers I've tried, but it's good.

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Photo of WHROO
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark coffee coffee with a reddish hue. Nice brownish inviting head, with good head retention & great lacing. Also good lagerlike carbonation
S: Espresso, coffee, burnt roasted malts...also some chocolate & some butter
T: Coffee first up, some roast malts, no fruity esters (maybe cos its a dark lager has somethnig to do with it lol)...not too complex but full of flavour & very enjoyable
M: Felt a little watery initially across the tongue, but then again a little buttery thickness in finish. Lively carbonation & definately creamy after feel.
D: Gr8...simple but very enjoyable Dark German Lager, & considering it has a classic dark stronger flavour, I could easily sit on this moreso than some mainstream lighter lagers.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanx patyoda

held up to the light, this is far from clear but gives off a dark crimson fuzzy glow without shining through. interesting. not much head, thin ring is all. buttery nut aroma. beery. mild. flavor is a subdued mix of caramel and chocolate.. no off flavors, no extreme bitterness, no sourness. this is probably the smoothest and most drinkable dark beer i have ever encountered. burnt sugar flavor without being sweet. nutty without extreme bitterness. slight hint of wheat or something fresh and crisp in this beer.. slightly botanical and this gives the beer a basic edge and counterpoint to the silkiness. hard to describe, but very likeable without stepping outside of the box. perfect session german. will try this again, would probably be something stellar on tap.

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Photo of bnes09
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a generous tan head that lasts and lasts, over dark ruby liquid...almost a dead ringer for Coca-Cola. Heavy malt presence in the nose along with some roasted grain notes too. Tasta starts off sweet, then the roasted malts come to the forefront. Luxurious mouthfeel with smooth carbonation as it's swirled in the mouth. The finish dries slightly as it goes down with minimal hop presence making an appearance here...this beer is almost on par with a light-bodied porter, the malt profile is quite similar. Very fresh sample makes this style of lager a joy to drink.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 680 ratings.
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