Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
BA SCORE
82.4%
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4.03 w/ 680 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,194
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
680
Liked:
560
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
100
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63
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Photo of Foxman
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rich, deep shiny garnet. Two fingers of white head spring up then settle quickly to patchy islets of tight froth. Sticky arnches of lacing cling tenaciously to the inside of the glass.

A dense, almost vinous strain of malt lays strong claim to the aroma. A more subdued nutty character slips in and slides away to a mild hoppiness at the close.

The first sips brings a rich, earthy, bu gentle, sweetness of roasted malt, allied with a rounded sherry dryness, mitigating the malt. A distant nutty presence lays low, but partners capably with an indistinct but pleasing hops aura. A slightly tangy berry note pops up, then wanes as a thin dry bitterness lingers at the finish. The dusky dark flavor delivers a fullness that somes across as, simply, manly.

Medium bodied. it coats and lays like kid leather on the palate. A gentle dry tingle lingers, and dwindles slowly.

This is the kind of beer that would send many macro-swillers off running away and screaming. It's full, rich, malty, and chewy. Well-rounded and multi-dimensional, it's not so busy that it confuses. And while it has nice depth, the body certainly does not stop it from being quite drinkable. It may be short of spectacular, but it's well into damned good territory. All in all, that's not a bad place to be.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut brown in color with good clarity. Auburn highlights when held to the light. Medium sized head of creamy brown with decent retention and spotty lace.

Aromas are chocolate, weak coffee, dark and toasty malts, and a distinct nutty character.

Flavors of darkly roasted malts dominate, with nuances of cocoa, coffee, leather, sandalwood, and Noble hops in the finish.

Medium in body with a somewhat grainy and creamy mouthfeel that at times feels a bit waterey.

Overall, very good and certainly something that I'd enjoy again. I'm expanding my lager horizons.

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Photo of Jacobus79
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Enormous pancake batter like head with impressive retention... Murky translucent brown color with a reddish hue that reveals itself upon hitting light... Steady slow paced carbonation of extremely tiny bubbles... Leaves incredible rings on the glass...

S - Malt, malt, and more malt... Buttery... Toffee... Caramel... Dark fruit... Absolutely delightful...

T - Not as sweet as the nose would lead one to believe... Roasted malt... Biscuit... A faint nuttiness... Raisin... One can actually detect a faint hop presence at the finish...

M - Thin without much discernible carbonation... Slightly creamy yet crisp... Extremely refreshing...Ever so slight bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue...

D - I'm truly impressed... Schwarzbiers are a style that I wish were more widely produced... If more were produced this is the one to be measured against... I'll drink this any day of the week, and at 4.9 ABV there no reason that I couldn't...

Note - Great bottle with a cool stopper that rings its opening with a loud pop...

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Photo of claytri
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a very dark brown with no sediment. At teh bottom of the glass you could see that it was crystal clear, just very dark. It developed a nice brown head that remained a lace throughout. It's aroma was of malt with a slight hint of hops. The taste was straight forward simply smokey malt. The hops were so well blended in that it had a simple dry finish with no bitterness. The feel was light and effervescent. Although I was looking for a little more body, the taste and complete package is very pleasing. I will definately have to have more of this fine beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bit vigorously from a swingtop bottle into a pint glass, which produced a 2cm, off-white head that quickly collapsed into a think coating of bubbles along the top of the beer. Would have liked the head to stay around a bit longer, but there's excellent lacing along sides of the glass: a full spectrum of streaks and rings. The body is a transparent brownish-amber with some hard to detect (against the darkness of the brew) carbonation.
S: When cold, the beer has a faint smell of toasted malt. The treat comes when the beverage warms, however, for then pleasant toasted malt combines with hints of sugared honey to produce a very inviting scent.
T: Toasty grains, a bit of caramel, some nuttiness, at times I want to say that I taste cherry preserves, and all ending with traces of fruity hops. Some general bitterness and coffee sourness occur in the middle and remains with the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.
M: Medium to medium-light in body, similar to a thicker lager. Carbonation is moderate: stronger on the front of the tongue than in the rear, which leaves the experience crisp and refreshing. Dry finish from the hops.
D: Excellent warming effects in the nose, hearty malt taste (which is good), and a sound mouthfeel all make this very enjoyable, completely drinkable.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = On the table a dark mahogany, held up to the light a clear garnet with good carbonation bubbling, big frothy head which recedes leaving fair lacing.

S = Chocolate, toffee, figs, a sweet, malty smelling beer. Very nice.

T = Burnt toast, toasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, nice, long bitter finish.

M = Light bodied, good carbonation.

D = Very tasty, a little light, good flavors but just slightly thin. Would definitely drink this again. Next time I'm in Germany I'll be happy to have it fresher.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that faded into lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Malty aromas fill the nose, which has notes of dark roasted malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by dark roasted malts and has a slight amount of bitterness, which is most noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and a bit dry on the palate but isn't very rich or heavy.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and the low alcohol content definitely makes it sessionable, particularly if you are looking for something dark but not filling during the winter months.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

0.5 liter swing top bottle. Labeled "Naturbelassenes Schwarzbier."

Quite dark. Black until a few ruby highlights appear when shown to light. Off-white/tan head. Thick lacing most of the way down the glass.
A strong mocha aroma emanates, heavy on the bitter chocolate with a little acidity coming from the dark malts.
The flavor isn't as pronounced as the aroma but is nice. Some bitter chocolate again with that slight acidity really coming through. Dry.
Silky smooth, like any good Schwarz should be.
The nose led me to believe this would be a little richer than it actually is, but overall it's a fine beer.
The roast and acidity lingers for quite some time, and calls for another pint.
There really should be more schwarzbiers in the world, or at least more of the existing ones should be available to me.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of eric5bellies
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Hofbrau half stein.

A - Pours adeep Mahogany colour with a nice ivory coloured head that retains well and laces

S - Nice raosted malts and a little sweet malt

T - Notes of dark chocolate up front then some nice sweetish malt and a little roast. Very nicely balanced.

M - Medium to full body complimented well with a medium carbonation.

O - Highly drinkable and recommended.

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

The reddish dark amber beer is served in a standard Shaker Pint with a 1/4" light tan head that slowly recedes to a thin pattern or lacing on the surface. Sipping leaves patches and legs of lacing that persist for a while.

The aroma is dominated by the dark roasted malts and there's a bit of caramel.

As expected from the nose, the flavors are also dominated by dark roasted malts with some caramel and a bit of chocolate. There's also some light sweetness and a light earthy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium medium bodied and slightly crisp with the persistent moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the malt flavors begin to fade taking the sweetness with them and leaving behind that light earthy and dry bitterness.

A nicely drinkable beer and definitely one to have again, especially if it is on tap and fresh. This is the type of beer to be serving during an evening gathering of friend when you want something flavorful but not something so intense it distracts from the conversation

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- A deep chestnut hue, slightly rosy, with a cap of stiff beige head.

Smell -- Ample roast malt aroma and nuttiness paired with fruity lager yeast character, along with a hint of earthy hop bittering. Quite nice.

Taste -- The dark malt bill lends flavors of roast malt, dry cocoa, walnuts, and a touch of smoke. Malt sweetness is moderate - neither dry nor sweet. The lager yeast contributes a nice counterbalance of fruity fermentation character. There is also a faint mineral/sulphur character, which I can only assume to be from the source water of the brewery. There is a strong push of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body, moderate carbonation. Very crisp, as a lager should be. Delightful.

Overall -- Great representative of the style: well-defined roast character and crisp lager drinkability. If you've never had a Scharzbier before, this would be an ideal place to start.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much black with a dark creamy head. Good malt and nut flavor (and also something very sweet and almost sugar-like that I can’t identify). Very drinkable, doesn’t not make the mistake of being too heavy. Perhaps a little under carbonated and lacking in head.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. A relatively unique niche beer versus my more typical fare of IPAs, DIPAs, Stouts, and Porters.

This beer had a much more smooth, drinkability to it, but still had a surprising level of aroma from the malts that was not anticipated. In addition, the taste had a combination of dark malt bitterness paired with some malt sweetness, for a nice balance.

Lastly, the beer had some great color to it, with a deep turbid brown character that looked a lot like a French Press coffee in the glass.

Overall, a pretty cool beer, that sits off the beaten path of the wave of bigger, better, stronger, hoppier beers that continue to hit the market. A good change of pace.

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Photo of jsdunlop
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night, good full, tan head forms up, good lacing. There's a bit of chocolate in the nose, some grainy notes and some roasted malt. Very nutty, roasted character in the taste, nice and smooth with an enjoyable hop presence that is noticeable towards the end of the sip. Very bready and malty, slightly dry with a solid medium body. Two thumbs up for drinkability, extremely refreshing and crisp, nice light abv. An all around good beer for sure.

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

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not very experienced in Schwarzbiers, so here it goes.

Pours light black with bright red hues. fizzy head that disappears. Still looks beautiful.

Smell is amazing. Its like a German Pilsener made with roasted malts. Roasted malts dont dominate, but make the presence known. Smells light and sweet as well.

Taste is really good. Underlying sweetness. Roasted presence, but not that much. Very balanced and smooth. Goes down very well. Good German Lager.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wirsthaus Max and Moritz, Berlin. Go there if you're in Berlin.

Served in a tall pilsner-style glass. Inch of tan head, beer is black, few notes of other colors. Lots of lacing for the duration of drinking. Large pattern.

Smells like chocolate from the Black forest. Also some coffee, but not much bitterness perceived through smelling. Rich, even just smelling the beer.

As the fragrance suggests, a very rich and velvety example of the Schwarzbier. Heavy bitter chocolate and coffee. Dense, and layers of the chocolate flavors. Great fun to drink with Eisbein - pork knuckle.

Thick and delicious beer, heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. I prefer this from the tap as opposed to from the bottle.

Great schwarzbier. Worth trying.

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Photo of opieo
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find the brew to be flavorful but a bit thin. This is an easy to like brew and you can drink a bit. It is a good beer but for some reason I expect more.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown and reds blend into an opaque liquid topped by 4 fingers of off white head that paints the glass all the way until the end. A beautiful beer.

S: Caramel malts and lightly tossed grains. No hop aroma.

T: Chocolate malts and cereal grains with a noble hop kick. Clean palated and up front.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D: The very definition of quaffable. Refreshing during the day and replenishing at night.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swingtop bottle pours a dark, but clear, body that has a mahogany tint when held to the light. A generous, beige head of tightly knit small bubbles eventually recedes into sheets and patches down the glass.

Aroma is inviting, with roasted malts and herbal, almost spicy, noble hops vying for your attention.

Mouthfeel is coating, but is dry and crisp.

Taste begins with a malt roastiness that is close to caramel. The hops presence lends an ideal balance with an assertive dryness. A peppery, spice note is picked up midway through, then a hint of chocolate toward the end. The finish is clean and dry.

Excellent drinkability for this smooth and well balanced Schwarzbier. A style worth looking into.

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Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep chestnut colored with caramel highlights at the edges, but mostly opaque. A thick two-fingered beige head rises up to a full cap of foam that lingers long.

Aroam of caramel and raisins, molasses, some hop bitterness and tang of currant.

Rich and even flavor of cocoa, faint oak, some smokey bark, burnt espresso, molasses, plum, and lingering hop bitters. Pretty even, no flavors dominate.

Even mouthfeel, a bit powdery and tannic, moderate carbonation upfront, but tingles in the finish. Pretty tasty and drinkable, sessionable, could use more complexity, but maybe that's the traditional style and I'm expecting an inappropriate American-style ass-kicking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mellow Mushroom tonight. To be honest was suprised when I saw it in the cooler so I decided to give it a shot. Poured a rich deep dark brown, essentially black with a smallish offwhite head of around an inch. This nestled down to just a ring around the top and some decent side glass lace. A good burnt grain aroma coming off of it. A touch of caramel with some nuttiness to it. The taste was nice and smoked, very well done. Not over powering at all, just enough of a hint of it against the grain back to let you know it was there. A touch of yeast in the front and a dry finish. Great light feel and a medium bidy went down well with amble carbonation. I easily could have had another, but they charged way too much for the one bottle to begin with. Overall this was more then decent and I really enjoyed it. I will have to check out some local stores to see if I can find it cheaper as this would make a great little brew to have around sometime.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL fliptop bottle without a decipherable freshness code. Pours a medium brown color with a creamy tan head that shows some nice retention and lacing.

Roast, toast and sweet grains on the nose. A good mix of aromas and the profile is decently robust for the style. Has a nutty aspect to it that adds some depth and something other than various malts.

This is a superbly drinkable beer and a damn fine black lager. Plenty of flavor with a gentle carbonation, feels soft in the mouth. Roasty and chocolaty sweet malts are the main show, but also displays some heavy whipping cream and pecan flavors that are nice. I got a 5L mini-keg of this for less than twenty bucks back in January, excellent value and excellent beer...went quite fast split between 3 of us. Well worth a purchase.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 680 ratings
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