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
Reviews:
387
Ratings:
661
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
14.64%
 
 
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Photo of Rifugium
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Poured into a 1/2 liter mug, a translucent dark brown with a nice off-white head. Big malts in the aroma, mild undertones of coffee and cocoa. General schwarzbier goodness in the taste: dark roasty malts, caramel and molasses, with light notes of tobacco and coffee providing a sense of bitterness to balance the overall smoothness and give a drier finish. Smooth, heavy-medium mouthfeel, and very easily drinkable. About spot on for the style.

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

Presentation: 16.9 oz flip top brown bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Very good lacing effect on the glass most of the way down, dark brown colour with reddish hues.

Smell: Clean aroma with some soft sweetness and vague roasted malt.

Taste: Extremely smooth and the medium sized body lays it on as think as it can forming a viscous mouth feel. Mild roasted malt flavour varying from coffee to chicory to faint charcoal but with nothing going to the point of overboard or even astringent. Hops are mild with a balancing presence and nothing else to show. Maltiness drops a splash of sweetness but the beer ends up being relatively dry with highly toasted grain flavours in the end.

Notes: A rich dark lager that holds a great smoothness and drinkability. Roasted flavours are perched perfectly on the taste buds and add a light complexity to the palate.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Huge head (3/4 of 16 oz glass) that becomes rocky after about two minutes. Long lasting. Excellent lace. Brown color, but clear enough for light to shine through.

Dark, almost bark-like aromas. Very close to an extremely dry stout in smell.

Surprisingly thin body and a relatively high carbonation. Black patent malt flavors makes for a bitter beer. Some light hop.

On the bottle, this beer refers to itself as the black pilsner. In that realm, this matches the profile superbly. However, for my tastes, I prefer fuller bodied beers with more complex flavors.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing top bottle not bad eh? Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a nice but rather petit tan head, leaves thin layers of speckled lacing. Aroma: Dark roasted malts with European hops giving it the traditional European lager aromatics, pretty clean overall. Taste: Nice soft chocolate tones rather fruity with toasted nuts and dark malts creating some bitterness with some german hop bitterness going down a nice round of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body this one has a nice steady carbonation and crisp but dry finish on the palate. Drinkability: Excellent Schwarzbier very drinkable and flavorful with the dark roasts stealing the show keeping it light and drinkable at the same time is the key here, solid brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice crème head. Nose is very malty with a sweet tone to it. Flavor is beautiful robust. Thick malts that seem to have a spice to it abound. On the end I get some nice coffee tones. Feel has a good carbonation and a thick liquid feel. Nice and hearty and thick. Well worth trying, and even better on the bottle as I have had it on tap before.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.7%

I knew that I had another Schwartzbier held in abeyance so when I spied this one on the shelf at Hunger-N-Thirst, I decided to pull the trigger. That, and it is a snazzy bottle!

From the bottle: “World Classic [-] The Original Black Beer”; “Brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516”; “’**** - WORLD CLASSIC’ – Michael Jackson”; “Monchshof Schwartzbier – ‘the Black Pils’ – is a brewing wonder, and a beer lover’s dream. Supremely drinkable, dry and beautifully hopped, yet loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.”

I hated to break the seal on this wonderful bottle, but once it was Pop!ped and the swing top swung, I began the pour in earnest. The pseudo-cascade was quick and formed a finger of dense, deep-tan head that looked like a muffin top. Color was Opaque/Black (SRM = 44) with NE-quality clarity and garnet highlights at the edges. Nose had a pronounced maltiness, almost like being in the malt room itself. It was earthy, slightly grassy and exactly what I was hoping for. Mmm. I broke out the pretzels for this one! Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste was chocolaty, slightly grassy, eminently drinkable. Finish was semi-sweet with the malt really leading the way, but not so aggressively as to be cloying.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, toffee-toned appearance, with a thick, full, frothy head.
Aroma, nuttiness is foremost, a bit of coffee, and caramel.
Taste: Brisk, neat little hops, fading quickly into lush malty bed. Flavor continues as a nutty, caramelly thing, nice and tasty, but nothing too fabulous, not unseating any king of the schwarzbier throne with this one, no, sir.
Biscuity, toasty malt, well-appreciated, but not too spectacular. High in carbonation, fizzy, creamy, tasty, just enough.
A decent roll in the hay, but not a beer I'd give a second phone call to, unless I was desperate.

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Photo of smakawhat
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 BeerForMuscle
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce swing-top

A - A nice deep dark brown beer.

S - This one smells roasted, nutty, and grainy.

T - Alot of roasted malt and grain flavor, this beer tastes rich and nutty. Toasted bread comes to mind with a touch of sweetness and dryness.

M - Light-medium bodied, this beer offers a mouthfull of great flavors and texture. Moderately carbonated and soaked with flavor.

D - This is a hearty beer in flavor and texture. The flavors and carbonation arent overwhelming making it a good choice for a session. Can be enjoyed year round but better for fall and winter, and paired with food in my opinion. Monschoff and Kostritzer are my two favorite schwarzbiers.

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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 Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a healthy dark, dark brown. However, head is short and lacking. The aroma is of dark, bready malts. A tiny hint of chocolate is also in the mix. Taste is very rich for a lager. Dark toasted or lightly roasted malts preside. A slight chocolate taste is noted towards the middle which leads to a lingering sweet finish. Throughout there is also a pils-like crispness. There is a good complexity here. I like this beer, it's heavy for a lager, so I don't think I'd session it as much as most other German styles.

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Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent with a dry lager yeast element. It has a roasted barley aroma that blends nicely with the caramel malts. The taste is great. It has a smooth and rich toated caramel flavor that goes down smooth and finishes with a bit of smokiness. It is sweet, but the lager yeast leaves a dry, earthy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good/adequate carbonation. This is an excellent beer. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. Great, 1 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, sweet malt, and yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt up front, yeast cleanliness second, then the sweet malt and hop background come through, the finish is a bit sour/bitter with hints of roasted malt. Overall, not a bad schwarzbier, but I've had better - the hops aren't nearly as strong as the bottle claims.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Steve, 500ml swing top into a tulip.

Fairly black in terms of body, tan head sits atop for quite some time. Great retention and lacing. Nose has chocolate, light hopping, some earthy qualities, slight roast and some sweeter almost caramel/molasses underneath. Taste has subtle chocolate/roast more pils hopping, some mineral quality to the water. Light bitterness in the finish. Light mouthfeel, lower medium carbonation. A very good schwarz, probably the truest schwarz I've had in the vein of the 'black pils' descriptor.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks, and it's been overdue for a taste run. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, it's a lighter black body with a creamy head. The smell brings out fudge and brownies, grain, and a little rust. This beer is a little sweeter than other's of this style, and that makes this a winner in my book, hinted with more fudge, and raisin notes.The bitterness is light on the palate and is lifted after a brief stay. This was almost like drinking a chocolate brownie shake. It's a damn smooth beer. I was even tempted to make a float out of the last half of this beer! I might save that experiment for another day.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pour, thick creamy beige head on an almost black body. Aroma is molasses and burnt toast, taste of dark chocolate, espresso, dark roast grains with some nice lasting bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel and weight are perfect. Definitely a keeper!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roast, toffee, and caramel. The taste pretty much follows the nose, slight sweetness as well. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, surprised me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a Keg Can. A rich brown in color with a massive foamy off white head. A bunch of lacing is notable.

Smells of bready malts.

A soulful, uplifting brew with some roasted malts and nutty notes. Bitterness is there just enough to balance. Smooth and simple/

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is very low.

Drinkable brew from the heart of Germany. Good for extended sessions.

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Photo of biegaman
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid white head that persist. A deep brown colour, bordering black. The aroma is like an eisbock, so full of malts! It carries the complex nuances of a barleywine or strong Belgian, with hints of raisons, figs, dark fruit and an abundance of dates. A good smoky (tobacco like) character of smoke. The body is thick and malty like a dopplebock with a good deal of roasted barley. The smoke character ties all the flavours together well. Fairly light bodied considering how much there is going on... really impressed.
Special thanks to Amanda at Goodbar for the sample!

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown, almost black, hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice burnt grain with some light toffee sweetness.

The taste consisted of a burnt grain with elements of coffee and cocoa. A noteworthy toasted pumpernickle finish.

The mouthfeel was average with a dry finish.

Overall an enjoyable schwarzbier. Good drinkability.

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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 BlackHaddock
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

0.3 Litres: on tap in Dicker Vertin, Charlottenburg Berlin on 22nd Jan 2014.

Pours a dark brown to black colour (what a surprise) with a full tanned head of sticky foam that sent me to wash my hands after picking the glass up the first time.

Semi-sweet malts rule this brew and they let you know straight away by the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas waft around the glass and fill the air.

Those same malty aromas appear in the mouth as the malty molasses within the brew give of their flavours.

I've knocked Schwarzbier body depth before, this however wasn't weak and watery like so many: this had a good robust feel to it, almost rich and creamy in fact.

One of the better beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice flip-top bomber.

Clear brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.

Smells mostly of grain and patent malt. Chocolate and charred malt with a little smoke.

Starts out almost dry with a strong patent malt flavor. Very much a heavily roasted malt beer, not all that much else going on here. Strong carbonation hits your tongue and gives this an almost salty flavor at the start of each sip. That being said it does taste better than the sum of all its parts.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer I will drink again.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 661 ratings.
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