Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
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678 Ratings
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:
678
Reviews:
392
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bier a few times and finally had the chance to write a review.
Had it in a half litre bottle.
A: Nice pour; rich, dark brown, almost black. Slightly see through at the edges. Good 3-4 inch thick head that stays for a long time. Good lacing around the glass.
Smell: Chocolate and weak coffee smell. A little brown-sugarish.
Taste: A good overall taste, not as rich or full of a taste as other schwarz biers. A funny thing came to mind...it is almost like a light chocolate pie taste. (just had one the other night).
Mouthfeel: Nothing bitter about this bier. Sits well and goes down easy.
Drinkability: This is a good bier to have for an afternoon with the guys. The ABV is just right, making this a bier that you can have a few of and not worry about it.
Overall, a good but not great bier. I will definitely have this again but there are other schwarz biers that are better.
Enjoy one.

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

Foam was wheat in color, fluffy and smooth. The color pretty much opaque w/ a redish hue in the light. The smell was simple, but complex smells of flowers and carmel. The taste was deep and smooth, flowery, roasted barley, hints of wheat, a coffee undertone and even a woody highlight. Mouthfeel - smooth, deep-bodied and semi-viscous. Drinkability - deep, good and smooth. Great session!

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Dark brown in color. Light carbonation pours into a 1 finger frothy, off-white, craterous head. Slowly settles into a layer foam, leaving lacing as it does. Even more substantial lacing as you drink.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasted chocolate malt with a little peat. Maybe a sweet fruity touch.

M: Light but hearty. Malt to start, and the sweet and peaty aftertaste.

D: Great drinkability. Good flavor and feel.

Really good atmosphere, complex nose and flavor. Light feel, but not absent of quality. Very good drinkability. Really good quaff.

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

Mönchshof Schwarzbier pours a clear dark brown/ruby color with a creamy light tan head on top. The foam stiffens up as it slowly dissolves down to a thick ring and sheet on the beer. Lots of lace sheets and spots remain on the glass.

The aroma is mainly rich roasted malt with some notes of nuts, toffee and a little bit of smoke mixed in. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a soft carbonated fizz on the sides of the tongue. The flavor is a nice combination of sweet and roasted malt. Toffee, caramel and nuts are all present. Towards the end a mild hop bitterness moves in to feebly try and balance out all the malt. It finishes dry with some roasted malt flavor lingering on the palate.

This is a very tasty, easy drinking lager. I thought it was a bit thin on the mouthfeel, but otherwise this beer would be great with a nice steak dinner.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Schwarzbier pours a nearly black brown with ruby highlights not unlike a coke. Sports a tan head that remains at a quarter inch in height. Some spotted lacing left.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, and faintly of smoke. Similar taste as smell, but there's a more pronounced roast flavoring. There's a little bit of a push by the hops towards the end that creates a nice finish.

Initially the mouthfeel comes off as thin, but the carbonation amps things up midway through. I think I could enjoyably polish off a couple pints of this brew with some pork or a good steak. Delicious even if it isn't overly complex.

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

Cool flip top bottle. Poured a nice blackish brown, with a medium tan head. Very creamy bubbles. Smells malty with a smoked coffee flavor. Something like bittersweet chocolate. Dry like a merlot. Sweet with a slightly bitter after taste.Good carbonation mouth feel. This is an easy drinking beer. Bottle says it's a pils. Really? Maybe I need to look at pils beer again. Good beer to start Octoberfest with.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt 9fl oz bottle with a nifty swing top and a rather amused looking monk on the label.

Pours a deep brown (almost black, which makes sense) with a surprisingly creamy slightly off white head. Retention is okay, but lacing is very very nice.

Smell is black malt, roasted character, some spicy german hops, slightly smoky aroma, and just a little bit of chocolate and caramel.

Taste is very crisp and smooth, still slightly smoky, definitely a little caramel in there, as well as the roasted malt character. German hops are definitely present.

Very smooth and very easy to drink. Mouthfeel is pretty good as well, not too much carbonation, but definitely well balanced. Definitely something I don't get to try too often, and I like it.

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Photo of jpandrews
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KFBR392
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a decadent light brown head of about three fingers. The head settled in but was present while drinking. Random lacing left behind. There is some dark brown color along the edges of the glass but primarily sits jet black. Active carbonation is low.

Smell: Black licorice and toffee sweetness greets the drinker. Molasses lightly compliments dark roasted malts on the body. The yeast profile comes off with some butterscotch and airy bread.

Taste: Toffee, brown sugar, and black licorice open up right away. The body is filled with lightly roasted malts and some balanced dry coffee grounds. Nothing overpowering, very balanced and extremely drinkable. Some amber malt notes and caramel picked up on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Sweet front, very drinkable yet roasted malts on the body. The finish has a touch of dryness which keeps you reaching for another drink. Active carbonation is on the lower side but works here.

Overall: Very well done brew. Noticeable roasted malt notes are kept in check yet still very prevalent. Running caramel, licorice sweetness throughout provides lighter tones for the palate. An affordable bottle that is a great benchmark for the style.

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Photo of leansean88
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hreb
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL fliptop served in imperial pint glass. Beer pours on the brown side of black and surprisingly clear for the style. Huge pale brown head. Aroma of a good German lager.

Flavor is quite light and refreshing; there's brisk bitterness, with just an edge of nutty, roasty goodness. Quite thin, like the lager that it is. What this beer lacks in depth of flavor it makes up for in the perfection of its ingredients and their execution.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque copperish black. Malt sweetness and some roast in the nose. The palate features deliciously smooth notes of caramel and toffee, along with some roasted grain. Mild burnt bitterness in the finish.

Ahhh, a true schwarzbier; almost entirely black in color but with mellow roast malt character. Overall, a very easy drinking brew with a deceptively dark color.

Recommended.

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Photo of karait95
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoyed this beer, very good balanced and refreshing as should be.

A: Good dark brown color with some reddish lines against light.
Abundant compact head light brown color that dissipates slowly and leaves some traces in the glass, good carbonation.

S: Deep toasted, chocolate coffee like smell very intense but not overwhelming. Also grainy, a faint bread aroma.

T: A very good toasted - bitter flavor, very little alcohol sensation, hops bitterness at the end.

M: Very refreshing and tasting at the beginning then you can fell all the flavors and a little dry ending that last good enough.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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 dubinsky
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flip-top bottle into a snifter.

A – The beer pours an almost completely black color with a fairly light off-white, almost grey color head. The finger head lasts for a while eventually settling, leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Roasted malt aroma with a strong nuttiness and breadines. Slight hints of chocolate and coffee.

T – Nice roasted malts, roasted nuts and hints of chocolate. The malt sweetness is moderate. The lager yeast contributes a nice fruity character. There also appears to be a faint hard water character, similar to what I taste on Evian or LA Municipal water.

M - Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Very dry and crisp.

O – I confess, I bought this beer for the bottle and was really pleasantly surprised. This is a very nice tasting beer of a style that I dont normally like. This is definitely the best swartzbier that I have ever had. I will buy a few more of these, both for the bottles and for the easy drinkability.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my book, this Monchshof does two things well that a good schwarzbier should do:
1) be refreshing when the weather is not so warm; and
2) balance the sweetness in the malt without roasting them as in British dark styles such as porter.

MJ's 1999 "Guide" sets right the 4-star hype still used on the label and gives it 3 of 4 stars commenting that Monschof "was the sole Black brew in West Germany. This beer has lost some color and fullness of body in recent years but still has an almost crunchy dark-malt palate."

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had out of a plastic mug, served from a part keg at an outdoor concert. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick tan head. I guess I should rate this down since its not black like the style suggests, but it looks nice so I'm not. Smells roasty, and of dark chocolate. First thing I noticed about how it tastes is that it has a earthy, somewhat metallic character to it. Not what I expected but I like it. Chocolate and roasted flavors dominate. Creamy head, but sharp, highly effervescent finish. I liked this beer. The earthy character makes it stand out I guess.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber -- not truly black. Substantial tan head. Not much in the area of lace.

Nose is a mild bittersweet chocolate.

Sweet taste, with some mildly roasted malts and more of the chocolate for sure.

This one's light-bodied, and very easy to drink. An enjoyable schwarz that doesn't demand too much with complexity, but proves to be another solid German sessioner.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a nice beer and a good representation of the style. Nothing earth shattering here, but a solid well rounded schwarzbier. Beer pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Beer's a little on the clear side I felt. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of smokiness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but not bad. Taste is roasty with a nice malty chocolatey flavor and a dry, slighly hoppy finish. Pleasant burnt malt taste is also present. Extra points for the cool flip top bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, according to style, this one is a winner – but somehow I’m just a little disappointed in it, starting with the pour. I mean, it had a nice deep and clear walnut hue – isn’t it suppose to be almost black? Laced the glass well.

Aroma of some deep roasted malts, good again. Then the quaff – a well balanced taste with proper malts, hints of charcoal and an earthy/leathery finish. OK again.

It was rich and creamy, tangy, well carbonated and had a nice lite body to it. One could drink these easily in the summer heat as a change-up from the Hefe’s and IPAs, or anytime in the winter.

*But final note, (self), it is a fairly expensive import. I would go for the NB 1554 before this – it’s more economical and, I think, better tasting and bodied.*

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ybnorml
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown (but not black) beer with anice tan head. There is a strong aroma of sweet carmel malt with a hint of molasses. The flavor starts out with the molasses sweetness and gradeully gives way to a nice roasted malt bitterness on the finish. The mouth feel seemed a little watery for a dark beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma isn't strong, but I can smell roasted malt, caramel and some chocolate. It tastes like roasted grain and bittersweet chocolate, but finishes bitter and a little bit acidic. Mouthfeel is light, and it's smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, I think it's nice and refreshing and it's easy to drink. It's a good Schwarzbier, I'd definitely buy it again. I think it would be a decent choice as a session beer too.

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Photo of teromous
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a creamy tan head. The head stays up about the width of a thumb and laces excellently. In the light the glass shows a rosy black color.

S: There's a roasty smell with some oak scent. It is also metallic.

T: It tastes a little watery and not too bitter, but very smooth with chocolate hints. It's a very mellow dark malty beer. It's perfect for people who like dark beers but aren't fan of robust bold flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is great. It's very smooth and no bitterness clings to the mouth at all. It has a nice sweet aftertaste. A very pleasant drink.

D: This is incredibly drinkable. It is mellow enough that a person could have many beers without getting overwhelmed by it. I assume that because mine was a bottled import that it this would be fantastic on tap in Germany.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.25] Looks dark brown in the glass. Has some red tinges ont he sides. The head is about 1/2 a finger of tan creamy bubbles. The head has fair retention The bottle lacks ABV and date info (boo!) [The ABV is 4.9% - I had to look it up]

S: [3.50] Caramel, the smell a room has about 1 hour after bacon was cooked in it, chocolate

T: [4.25] Chocolate and roasted malts up front. Bitter chocolate. Charred wood.

M: [4.25] Very smooth and drinkable. Lower carbonation contributes to a richer body. They did a lot with the 4.9% alcohol.

O: [3.75] There is some smoke but it plays a back seat to bitter chocolate flavor. The combination is really nice. If I was handed this in a glass I would guess it is a porter (similar color and flavor profile). The nose is not as strong as the taste. The body is quite nice given the low ABV. I am disappointed that there is no info on the bottle for ABV or date.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 678 ratings.
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