Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Mönchshof SchwarzbierMönchshof Schwarzbier
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82.4%
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4.03 w/ 681 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
Ranking:
#3,196
Reviews:
393
Ratings:
681
Liked:
561
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
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100
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Photo of BucBasil
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the sweet swingcap bottle. Not actually black. Some brown can be seen shining through when held to light. Head is 2 fingers and off white to light tan.

Smell: Aroma is of light coffee with a lot of nice thick malts.

Taste: Medium body with a ton of beautiful roasted malts prevalent throughout. A tiny bit of hops shine through for balance. Finishes dry with a nice roasted flavor lingering afterwards. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Ramsey Liquors for $4.29 on 2/12/09. Freshness code 1754412 is lasered on the back label. My first Monchshof beer <applause>.

16.9oz swing top bottle served in a pilsener flute at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Huge hiss as I swing the stopper from its previous home. Absolutely gorgeous color, somewhere between raisin and mahogany... the head is freagin remarkable, light beige and dense as hell. It begins four fingers tall and gradually settles to a gluggy mat. Good lacing, patchy and abundant.

Smell- Rolos candy, toffee, chocolate, custard, caramel, fudge... AMAZING!!! You'd have to be sitting here smelling this beer to appreciate how impossibly amazing this is. WOW, WOW, WOW. If Nugget Nectar is the be-all-end-all hop lover's aroma, then this is the malt lover's dream nose.

Taste- Malty with a nice, mildly tart underlying character... it's rich in flavor without the excessive weight in the mouth. Loads of complex malt manifestations like dark fruit and molasses. Delicious.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This beer goes into the mouth without much fanfare, then crackles at the first swish... it's lively and crisp without being too aggressive. So unique and savory, I recommend everyone at least try this once. It really dazzles the senses.

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

Weird color on this beer. Initially this poured DARK Black...just like a stout with the same thin head. Then as it settled it turned a dark amber brown while still retaining the pitch black color toward the top of the glass. Smelled of baked raisin bread and stewed candied yams. Taste reminded me of a thin, not too sweet, sweet style stout, but with a thinner mouthfeel. Very narrow range, but if you like sweet, raisin tinged malts, like I do, this is a nice drinker.

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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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Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of a 5 liter keg.

Eye: Dark brown in color with some of the most beautiful undertones I've ever seen-pinkish dark red brown. Since I'm drinking this out of a 5 liter keg that I tapped last night, I didn't expect to have great head retention or formation today. Last night however, it had great formation and retention

Nose: Full of aromas. Malty sweet, burnt, roasted, and huge smokiness create the aroma profile of this brew. No hop aroma as can be expected.

Tongue: Nice roasty and smoked flavor. Also a lot of sweet malt flavors, bitterness seems to come more from the burnt/roasted grains.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This is a beer I'd drink again, though I think it would've been much better had I drained this keg in one day as opposed to letting it sit over night. It's lost quite a bit of its carbonation. I'd really like to try it from the bottle. Feels clean in the mouth with a medium-light body. This is an easy drinking beer that makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jneiswender
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer on tap at the Moan and Dove. Served in a pint glass at a cool but not cold temperature.

A-beige head which was nice and thick with a very dark garnet body.

S-roasted grain and fresh baked bread smell

T-nice and sweet but balanced with the up front toast and roasted grain flavor.

M-medium

D-So incredibly tasty. Great beer for the malt heads. I would drink this beer again.

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

Poured this nice beer into a tumbler at fifty degrees. The beer was a nice rich dark brown with a great tan head and awsome lacing. The smell was of roasted coffee. The taste was the same and heavy chocolate that was nice and toasty roasty. The head did decay kida fast though.Very nice beer and I will buy again.

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Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 AlaskanYoung
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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

Pours clear dark ruby with airy brownish head and thick slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is simple, but pleasant mild roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is smooth light-medium, very balanced weak roasted character with light caramel-like sweetness.

Overall, seems to be very nice and pleasant Schwarzbier, extremely drinkable.

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

I bought this in a Mini-keg, My first one.
It pours a real dark brown, kinds like thin coffee. The head is tan and solid. It maintains well and laces even better. Carbonation is good and feels soft on the mouth. The body is medium though the beer itself is rich.

The aroma is roasted malts. The taste carries that roasted base with hints of smoke, coffee, dark bakers chocolate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability is easy.


As for the mini-keg; The beer itself maintained good carbonation for about ten days. Even as it flattened the taste held good. After two weeks it showed some sign of appearing watered down.

A good option; I wanted it for smaller 6 oz. servings and to see how long it would keep in the beer frig.

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Photo of allstar255
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Redbones and was very impressed!

Rich dark mahogany in color, nice head, but it faded a bit quickly. The aroma was a mixture of malty-fruitiness.

David refered to the taste as 'Aventinus meets Salvator.'

I found it very fresh, very mild, very Germanic. I mean that the beer was so fresh and tasty, it was like I was drinking it in Germany...the beer had been handled very well.

Again, the taste was very mild. It was not sweet (yay!), and the carbonation was just right, not over the top at all. The malt flavor was there, but the body was so smooth, not cloying at all.

The drinkability of this beer was awesome. Would get again in a second. pat

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Photo of ssgunbond
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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

Big 16 oz brown bottle, with fliptop. Label calls it the Black Pils. Murky dark brown color to black color. Shiny and Clear. Tight, fizzy, brown head. Moderately bitter smells. Taste is slightly toasted carmel malt. Hints of coffee bitterness. Light hop snap, much like a snappy refreshing pilsner as advertised. Dry finish, crisp and clean. Light to medium bodied, easy going down. The toasted carmel and tight bitterness matched with snappy hop finish, makes this an extremely interesting and tasty brew. Recommended.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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 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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Photo of Branlott42
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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 karst
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black lagers have become fashionable since the fall of the Berlin Wall when examples from the East were rediscovered.

Half Liter swing ceramic topped bottle served @ 45-50°F in a 0.4 L Rastal sniffer. From The Chef's Pantry - newly added to their growing selection.

Pours clear redish brown with a 2 finger head that receeds slowly leaving rings of lace and sheeting the sides of the glass with each tilt.

Aroma of slightly sweet malts, and under currents of dark roasted grain (almost coffee) and mild chocolate. Some alcoholic aroma as it nears room temp.

A well balanced taste with mild hops, black malt and highly toasted grains dominating a bready sweet malt start. A crisp dry lightly acidic finish. Overall very drinkable but not comming across as complex.

The creamy mouthfeel is about medium as was the body both helped by an active level of CO2.

Very drinkable as it warms and mellows and softens. A very interesting if not " World Clasic" Schwarz beer from the brewers of the Monks Courtyard in the north of Bavaria.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 82.4% out of 100 with 681 ratings
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