Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
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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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pDev:
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Photo of Nordicsk8er
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft @ Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Stein glass.

A deep dark brown opaque appearance with a two finger tan head. Considerable lacing.

Smell of coffee malt and some light caramel sugar and smoke.

Crisp flavor and mouthfeel contrast its dark and menacing appearance (props to StephenRich for setting the record straight on dark beers). Moderately heavy carbonation with some bigger soda-like bubbles in there too. I had it with a burger and fries and it complemented that very well, with delicate caramel sweetness, a hint of coffee, and some palate cleansing dry hops at the finish. Very low bitterness. This would be a great brew with smoked sausage or ham.

Very fine drinkability. Again not as heavy or menacing as one might expect for such a dark brew. Could do with slightly less carbonation. But a very fine experience overall.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fun flip top bottle served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is clear but dark brown, almost ruby in the light. Thin head of tan bubbles that leaves very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation low.

It is much roastier than I was expecting but it has a nice simplicity to it. Smells very good.

Beer is light to medium in body and has a little sweetness at leadoff. The second flavor is some yeast in the midpalate and mild bitterness from the roasted grains at the back. I enjoyed this beer and put it down rather quickly. It is a fun drink. I would have it again but I love some lagers out there.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Schwarz pours a clear brown/black color with a solid 2 finger foam head with some real sudsy lacing.

The aroma is nice. It has chocolate, coffee and caramel overtones. The roasted chocolately malts and really light and finished with a soft bitterness. In the mouth it was thin and well carbonated. Overall a very excellent beer.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle. Pours a black with ruby red notes. Nice frothy head. Taste is smooth and lucious. Not as roasty and caramel like as other swartzbiers.. One of the better Black Biers I have tasted. Very easy drinking. A bit pricey but worth it. Please dont drink it too cold even though itsa lager.. I had it well chilled but the flavours came out about 10 min out of the fridge and bottle. The drinkabliity is high because of the smooth silky taste it would be a perfect beer in the fall with some smoked pork or bruder basil cheese

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Photo of erz316
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

flip top bottle into brooklyn pokal

A - the head slowly forms but eventually there is enough for about one fingers worth; the colour is light brown. some lacing, though not much. the body is a dark brown until it is held up to the light and then brown-red hues shine through.

S - oh! wow, this is quite chocolaty, so my lady likes it. the nose has very strong malted chocolate component, which is right in the fore ground. once one can get past the shock atack of the malts and coco powder, there is a slightly nutty aroma to be had. once it warms up there some alcohol show itself

T - the taste is a good reflection of what the nose it. the initial taste is almost like a perfect beer form of a malted milk ball. it's malty and very chocolaty. the finish is more malty than chocolaty, and the aftertaste is more malty than dark chocolate. a fairly one sided taste, but for those who like an actual chocolate flavoured beer.

MF&D - smooth, crisp carbonation, and a medium body makes for a delicious experience. a good brew for those who want a beer in the winter, but dont want to have to chew their beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, huge sticky foam, goes away fast leaving a nice half finger lace.
Smells of coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, nuts and some low dark fruit.
Initial taste is rich malt, roasted but also sweet, with roasted dark bread, whole grain and slight chocolate cake. Notes of sweetened espresso coffee, caramel, low toffee. Dark fruit, especially raisins and sugared dry figs. Some citrus peel also, dark spices, cocoa powder. Earthy feel, mixed with a clear nutty flavor. Hop presence mild in the finish, with some mild bitterness, helped by the roast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, unfiltered, with low carbonation, a nice warm alcohol, typical for a schwarz.
A nice example, fresh and tasty. Great stuff.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing top bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown to black with a medium frothy light tan head with some thick lace.

S: Dark bread/pumpernickel with a hint of molasses and dark fruit. Sweet malt character.

T: Strong dark malt flavour with a mild roast character. Tons of dark chocolate, tasty full malt flavour.

M: Light-bodied for the most part, very clean, smooth, definitely shows its lager character.

O: A really good German made black lager here. If you want to get into schwarzbiers this would be a good place to start.

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Photo of DaveMiller
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LittleCreature
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My original review of this beer disappeared for some reason. Strange.

Appearance - 4.0

Smell - 4.0

Taste - 4.0

Mouthfeel - 4.5

Drinkability - 4.5

OVERALL - 4.1
A lovely dark german lager that has is malt driven, roasty, yet light bodied and easy drinking. Very good.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 GreatStoutman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

0.5L swing top bottle, with unclear bottling code on back label.

appears almost black, with ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. 1/2" of nice thick head. good head retention, and great lacing coats the glass as I drink. aroma of slightly roasted malt.

taste is a bit roasty, a bit smokey, but mild and balanced. very smooth body and almost creamy carbonation.

label says "World Classic", and it does seem to be the perfect example of the style.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a very deep dark mahogany red / brown colour. Creamy head poured tight, thick and foamy then faded to thick pock marked covering... some light lacing clings to the glass...

Aroma - Lots of toasted bready and chocolate malts, treacle / brown sugar sweetness, toasted and maybe slightly burnt toast, some metallic traces, light pepperiness, faint smokey tobacco (cigar ?) notes, some date and fig fruitiness mixed with hazelnuts and pistachios, light coffee traces...

Taste - Good strong toasted bready malts, light chocolate notes, faint liquorice, raisin, fig and prune fruitiness, nice pepperiness, treacle / muscovado sugar sweetness, quite peppery, some earthiness, light saltiness...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out... light / medium bodied... very, very drinkable - an excellent session brew at only 4.9%

Overall - A very good Schwarzbier - as good as any i've tried... recommended...

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Photo of berley31
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, light-tan head that hung around for a little while before fading to a thin wisp. Body is very dark brown, almost black, with hints of ruby when held to the light. Excellent clarity.

S: Malty sweet aroma... caramel and bready malt coming through. Nice mild roastiness without any accompanying bitterness; coffee is present, as well as dark chocolate.

T: Mostly roasty flavor, but not burnt, with a bit of chocolate in the taste, as well as some malty sweetness.

M: Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: Very tasty, easy-drinking Schwarzbier... a style that is ignored far too often.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep roasty earthy nose, this is actually quite dark almost reddish brown with a big rocky magnolia head. The liquid shines a rusty sparkle throught much of the glass. An element of fizziness starts things off before the tongue encounters lots of dark chocolate along with a smooth but firm earthy darkness which coats the mouth. Long aftertaste, this is intense yet shows incredible balance and a lightness of touch which is as far away from dilute as you could ever ask for.

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Photo of Stimack
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew poured to a dark brown color with some red and orange highlights when looking at it with a light behind. Has a nice think pillow of a head that is tan in color. Excellent retention, stuck around for most of the beer and left a nice amount of thing lacing lines. The aroma is very inviting, fantastic roasted notes with some chocolate, nut and earthy characteristics. The aromas alone for this brew make it very enticing. The flavor was excellent as well, the roasted flavors mix really well with the chocolate and caramel flavors. Extremely easy drinking based on the flavors present. The finish is nice and dry leaving you wanting more. The only knock about this brew is that to me it seems a little thin but all in all this is a very good brew and a excellent rendition of this style. Will get this one gain as it is solid, some other Schwartzbiers that I have had lately have been nothing but a disappointment.

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Photo of omahawk
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - near black, almost opaque with some slight red tints. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell - Chocolate and sight roast smell.
Taste - Smooth pilsener backbone, with hints of roast, but not as much as many American examples I've had. Complemented by some chocholate, but taste is more subtle than the color. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel - Medium to light body with low to medium carbonation. Slightly watered down taste, a little more body would be my preference.
Drinkability - A nice change of pace from the usual, and I could see having more than one of these.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 5 liter keg can of this for a party. I have a small kegerator that takes these size cans. It chills them has a built in air compressor used pressurize the keg and dispense the beer. Unfortunately, it uses air not CO2 so the beer only lasts about 48 hours.

This poured out of the tap like you see Guinness poured at a bar with black beer and dark brown foam swirling around in the glass. The foamy mix eventually settles down to be beer on the bottom and foam on top with a large head and fairly high carbonation.

This is a lighter bodied black beer true to the style. It has subtle sweetness with super creamy mouth feel. Very enjoyable and was a big hit with this party.

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Photo of clarknova
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 WilliamPhilaPa
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just arrived today at the store. Looks more like a Dunkel when it is poured. Dark brown with big bubbles. Aroma is faint, but it expresses the roasted malts and light hops perfectly. I could almost mistake this beer for an English mild. Looking one more time at it into the light, it resembles burgundy with head. The flavors are amazing. Bready and toasted, with hints of caramel, and mocha, followed with a dry hop finish that is almost non-existent. This beer is so smooth, I could have a few at a time if I could afford it. Although I wouldn't consider this a Schwarzbier, It is a dark lager that holds up to the most notorious.

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Photo of farrago
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely deep head with an aggressive pour, settles into a two finger deep dimpled froth, mostly minute foam with a few larger bubbles, light cream in color, leaves thin but persistent streaks of lacing behind. Semi-transparent mahogany brown to red-orange in color, especially further out from the center. Hard candy caramel and toffee scents in the nose, red grape and cherry fruit, glazed biscuit and bran muffin notes, roasted pecans, some mocha dust comes out as it warms, the hops have a serene consistency that just about eliminates any undesired sweetness to the nose as a whole. Medium-bodied, creamy textured with a soft, pliable carbonation which helps it cling to the mouth pores more than scrub at them. Admirably smooth, the chocolate, toffee, butterscotch flavors pair with the grape, cherry, red berry fruit to guarantee that the mouth entry will be sweet. This even as the hops more pronounced and apt to add a sour twist towards the end. Actually not overly smoky and you're more likely to discern white citrus or rye/wheat notes than smoke specifically. Drinkability is high and the dryness at the end contributes to this. Not a lot of "wow" factor yet it steadily wins you over.

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Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stoppered bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful beige fluffy head and nice lacing. Smokey sweet smell and taste. Nice and earthy but clean. A great beer!

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 685 ratings
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