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
Ratings:
679
Reviews:
393
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with mahogany-hued edges and a full, frothy head.

Smell: Soft aroma of roasted malt with hints of milk chocolate, dark caramel, and fruit.

Taste: Dark maltiness with enough roasty hints and dark caramel to bolster this humble lager. Light touch of chocolate and fruit. Mild hoppiness with very little imparted bitterness, but enough to clean up the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fairly easy-drinking, competent schwarzbier.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice deep brown color w/ pretty auburn edges when held up to light. the head is nice and thick and tan.

Aroma of roasted malt, with some hops shining through, albeit subtly. The taste is also roasty in nature, I get a bit of a metallic or tinny taste toward the end. Finishes dry with a bit of a lingering bitter aftertaste, though it falls off quickly.

Light bodied, and nicely carbonated, this is real smooth in the mouth. A good drinkable Schwarz. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium dark drown...porteresque
rudy shines through as its held to the light
Big head. Almost rocky.
Smell is somewhat pale...licorice maybe noted.
Taste is of black licorice and dark malts...bitter.
Good mouthfeel. Although bitter.
Not a bad beer.

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Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my sniffer it had a dark brown color with relative clearity (for being a schwarzbier). The aroma had a perceived sweetness in combination with a grainy, cereal quality. The flavor was very smooth, slightly dry with hints of spice and sourness. Because of its smooth, lagered taste, this beer has amazing drinkabillity.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.51/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at the Tap and Mallet in a stein.

It pours a black (duh) color with a light tan fluffy head. The head is sort of retentive, but there isn't much to keep it aloft since the carbonation is quite mild. The aroma is dry, mild hops, and toasted. The flavor is much the same with very faint watered down caramel notes mild hops and rye toast that keeps it short and sweet with every sip. The mouthfeel is good, not much residual sweetness or char. This provides a decent drinkability. The only thing that would eventually draw me away from this one would be boredom.

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

Poured from a flip-top bottle into a pilsner glass.Nice dark brown color. Very creamy-looking that head really lasts a long time. Intial smell of malts, caramels, faint leather. Taste is really good. The flavor reminds me of Spaten optimator, but no heavy mouthfeel. You get all the flavors of bocks-coffes, caramels, chocolate, malts, but without the sticky mouthfeel. I like this lighter quality. Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

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

A very dark brown beer, almost black with a big, creamy head.

Smell is roasted and has some light molasses. A good maltiness and some leather notes. The yeast adds a light sulfuric smell.

Taste is mild burned with coffee notes and a light maltbitter. The malt is also present and is light and fresh. A typical bottom fermented beer with a clean profile. This really tastes like a colored lager. Body is quite thin and could be a little bigger.

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Photo of meechum
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out of the bottle into a flute. Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights, a finger of head that quickly fell leaving very little lace. Carbonation was very active

S - A very yeasty..bready smell, with just a very small hint of alcohol hidden very deep.

T - A bready roasted malt taste that finishes with a very small hop bitterness to just cut the roasted flavor..finishes dry

M - Very lively and carbonated..giving a very crisp drink, along with the dry finish makes this excellent

D - Overall a very drinkable beer..the elements of the beer come together to make it very enjoyable

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

Poured into a standard tumbler pint. Beer pours a dark brown opaque color with a creamy 1.5 finger head that lingers around for a while then disappears, but leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as the beer is drunk.

The beer smells of chocolate and caramel malts. The taste is very nice and smooth with a milk chocolate flavor and slight roasted and caramel malt undertones. Almost no bitterness to the taste at all, though there is a little to round it out. It's amazing that this beer isn't a stout as it could easily be mistaken for one.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with ample carbonation, but not too much. The beer feels a bit creamy and full bodied.

This is a very tasty and drinkable brew. I wish I had more, but I only bought the 1 bottle. I could easily drink this all night.

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

Poured black with a thin head that faded rather quickly. The smell is very malty and dry and with a hint of powdery yeast at the end. The taste is smooth, light, chocolatey, powdery, and with slowly building bitterness on the finish, although this is fairly subtle. Quite a gentle beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer is very easy drinking- the perfect brew to dispel the myth of strong dark brews for those too intimidated to try a dark beer.

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Photo of animal69
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i decided to start tonite off w/ a schwartz ; pours a dark reddish-brown w/ a huge fluffy tan head which barely fit in my 18.6 oz. snifter, it dissapated rather quickly, leaving some lacing ; a fairly light aroma, some roasted malt w/ hop aroma, faint yeasty esters as well ; a chocolaty, roasted malt taste, w/ a slght hop undertone, not as crisp as some schwarz's, a little thin tasting ; a light bodied, semi-dry palate, a little unbalanced w/ the weaker flavor ; not a bad beer at all, at 4.9 % i could drink this all night long...

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

A - Clear, dark reddish brown. Not as dark or brown as I think is representative of the style, but very pleasing.

S - Roasted malty sweetness predominates. No hint of hops. Perhaps a little too sweet.

T - Fantastic balance with the bitterness evident, but not clearly not due to the roast of the malt. The malty dark sweetness comes through immediately and the finish (due to the hops) is dry as in a good pils.

M - Medium to light bodied. Close your eyes and it is just like a good pils, which it should be.

D - Great. The dry finish prevents the roasted malt from being cloying or overpowering - I'm ready for another sip as soon as I set the glass down.

All in all, although I'm more of a Belgium and American IPA fan, I could easily live with being stranded on an island with an unlimited supply of this beer!

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with flecks of ruby. It had a pillowy, caramel colored, three-finger head that ledt some lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malts.

T - It tasted of dark roasted malts. There was also a nice hop presence. It had a slightly bitter bite.

M - It was dry and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. Maybe not worth the price but still quite good.

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

Bottle inspection: Very cool swing-top bottle. States that it's brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Reading that it's "malt liquor" makes me chuckle a bit but whatever keeps the government happy.

Aroma: A light biscuity sweetness, toasted rye bread, light fruity notes that all meld wonderfully together. Nothing is prominent and all is well balanced here.

Appearance: Shoe leather brown with a sudsy off-white head.

Flavor: More biscity, bread-crust flavors. A bit of background sulfur but nothing off. Just adds to the complexity. Some light hop bitterness that helps balance all the dry malty flavors. Finish is clean, slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate carbonation with medium body. No alcohol heat and no astringency.

Overall impression: Wow. A very impressive beer. I love the malt complexity with the background hop bitterness to balance. No harsh roastiness and a rich color. Immensely enjoyable and strongly recommended.

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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 CharlieMopps
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany to black with barely any light getting through, topped by roughly two fingers of thick head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Subtle notes of roasted coffee, nice toasted malt with mostly a lager-like clean scent.

T: Big maltiness up front, nice and toasty with the coffee-like kick present as well, but this tapers off and changes dynamically, as is expected. Also, a smidgeon of chocolate flavor shows itself. Has the clean and smooth lager finish, but with plenty of flavor that ends up leaving only the faintest hint of malt in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect level of carbonation, giving a slightly creamy flavor, but mostly smooth and velvety.

D: Quite drinkable indeed, with a solid array of flavor that still maintains balance. Definitely tops other schwarzbiers I've tasted in terms of keeping the palate engaged but maintaining the subtleties of a lager.

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

Appearence : black lager style (schwarzbier)
Smell : caramel, nuts, coffee and malt aroma
Taste : bitterish taste with liquorice
Mouthfeel : bitter finish with hop and herbal
Drinkability : A good dry dark lager brewered by Kulmbacher

Thierry (16/10/2007)

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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 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 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 beergynt
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle... Served in a Mönchsof mug (0.3L, I think), Beautiful dark molassas colored beer. Help up to the light, it reminded me of root beer. Just enough head for full coverage with little to no lacing. I loved the smell of this beer! Light and sweet roasty malt and a nice nuttiness that reminded me of hazelnuts... I love the taste even more! Perhaps it was complimented by the delicious roast duck tenders that arrived at the same time, but this just seemed almost too refreshing for a beer with it's dark color. Maltiness up front, mixing with the hazelnut mid palatte, finishing clean with noble hops... My mouth was very happy with me for choosing this beer. Smooth and refreshing; velvety and clean at once... I would love to have this beer again and again... Next time I think I'll get a liter!

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with minimal head. Aroma is rich and malty with some coffee overtones. Taste is very malty, very rich in flavor. Coffee overtones stick towards the back of the throat. Goes down very smooth. Second sip confirms much of the same. The aftertaste is nice and roasty. A very well-done schwarzbier. It mimics a porter/stout in many ways but never strays too far from the drinkability of a lager. Excellent.

The late Michael Jackson was right, as stated on the label of this beer. Definitely world-class in my opinion.

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Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 679 ratings.
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