Mönchshof Schwarzbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
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677 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
Ratings:
677
Reviews:
392
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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97
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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 Raymond69
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Popping the flip top released a fair amount of pressure. Nice head. Some color coming through a light.

Smell is all Malt Bomb.

Taste was actually a letdown after smelling it. The malt is still their , just a little less pronounced. No dark malts come through.

Mouthfeel is medium to light , good carbonation.

Overall a beer that is highly sessionable with a nice malty taste

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Photo of rand
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle to pint glass

Schwarzbier's appearance tend to give my palate a head-fake, as it's easy to anticipate a stout or porter, albeit a close looks reveals a less oily-viscous complexion. But other than a roasty, toasty undertone in the nose, these are as refreshing and sessionable as any tasty, well-honed lager. Instead of bitter, coffee-like notes, there's a touch of caramel and molasses, backed by a whole-grain crackery complexion. Finishes quickly with slightly sweet residuals.

Would be a great choice for a session brew, although these aren't the easiest to come by in volume.

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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 tberry1693
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%

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

My first beer of this style. I always associated pilsners with the medium yellow, ice cold brews of my younger days. This brew changed that. First the appearance was a dark amber with a substantial head that dissolved into some of the best lacing I have seen. Aroma was light and malty, but inviting. Taste was light to medium, and as it warmed became more pronounced. Mouthfeel also became a bit oily, but not in an unpleasant way. Very easy to drink, could definitely have two or three. A very nice introduction to this style.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brownish black. A mighty tan foam head topped off this Schwartz beer. This head is very persistent and did give way to a decent lace to the bottom of the glass. I noticed some cascading while pouring this black beauty.

The aroma was a bit disappointing at first. The only thing I could take in was a sweet malt smell. However, after the first sip BAM I was hit with a nice roasted malt aroma with slight tones of hops lingering in the back round.

The flavor is also very nice. It started with the roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and other earthy notes. It finished off with a slight bitterness of the hops. It is slightly dry and beautifully hopped and loaded with dark roasted malt flavor.

Overall, a very nice Schwartz beer. A must for all to try.

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Photo of MLasoski
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served: In a bottle, poured in an ale glass.

A: Dark, dark brown body with a decent 1 inch head, stuck around for a little while. Looks thick like a stout.

S: Nothing really to smell here, but it smells like a dark beer. There was a roasted coffee smell.

T: Tastes very thin for a dark beer. I like to think of it as a "light stout."

M: Very thin and leaves me with coffee breath, which corresponds to the taste.

D: For it being a thin black beer, it's not all that bad. I'm actually glad I bought it. I wish it had more character to it though.

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

A fantastic little beer. The beer has a nice presentation with a very long neck and swing-top bottle. An excerpt from the back lable boasts a complementary phrase by Michael Jackson. With our without his praise, I recognize the quality of the brew, but lack the same degree of enthusiasm as he. The beer pours a wonderfully dark brown color with nice clarity, creamy head formation and stubborn 1/2" retention. Laces well. Aromas a light on the roasted end, giving a chalky, powdery scent. A boost of light caramel supplies the scent of malt, but no real hops detected in the nose. Flavors of well-attenuated caramel malt sets the stage, while the black malts give a mild, dry, coffee-like nuance to the edges. Hopped only to offset sweetness, the hops to marry into the bitterness of black malt well for a complex bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the light caramel flavor. Texture is medium- better than most lighter Schwarzbiers. Powdery, chalky, and dry in the finish with a light linger of coffee and caramel. Not my everyday beer, but pleasant nonetheless.

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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 stoutman
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown pour with a fizzy brown head. Transparent and dark red when held up to a light. Very sweet and malty aroma with hints of chocolate. Nicely carbonated, with a mildly fruity flavor up front, with some nutty, roasty characteristics. Mellow and rich with a nice bitterness. Finishes with an earthy hop bite. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of rypkr
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Doesn't look, smell, or feel like much but the taste is of the exact same malted barley you find in guiness foreign extra. Not much smoke that I was hoping for and overall very thin but would be very sessionsable without giving up much flavor. Overall - decent.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Flip top. Beautiful dark mahogany beer, almost black, with a lovelly foamy,thick tan head. Dark malty aromas,little hopping .Creamy aroma also. Very nice semi-sweet dark malty flavour, a little sour,lactic even,dark chocolate hints in the back, slightly roasty, tiny amount of hop on the after taste. Very nice mouthfeel well carbonated. Overall an excellent black lager.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet swing-top bottle I picked up (mainly for the swing-top, I wanted one so I could split bombers over more than one sitting--I wanted the beer too though). Pours a nice brown-black with ruby highlights. Nice pillowy tan head. Really a pretty beer. Nose is clean, roasted malts mainly, same with the flavor. This is a really nice example of the style, showcasing a bit more depth than others that I've had. Lighter mouthfeel, but that's consistent with the style. Very drinkable, glad I tried it.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Steve's Liquor on Mineral Pt Rd here in Madison. My second schwarzbier after Sprecher's deliciously intriguing Black Bavarian lager. They're few and far between, but I always have my eye out for a new schwarz. How could I pass this up, it's called Schwarz.

Pours a burnt red/amber color with a two-finger+ off-white head with nice lacing and retention. Nose is grainy/oaty/malty-sweet, with a hoppy bite. Taste reminds me of a subtler, more-balanced version of the Baltika 6 Porter which I enjoyed. Much more hop presence in this one, but the highly-roasted malt character reigns supreme, especially as it warms.. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing, crisp but not watery like Guinness. This is the epitome of a solid sessionable, refreshing dark beer. Doesn't wow you, but solid as a rock all around.

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Photo of muswellbeerbelly
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Damburger
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip-top bottle. Clear dark burgundy color with a fine, frothy tan head that leaves some lace. Has a dusty dark roasted malt aroma, with powdered cocoa and subtle noble hop notes. Nose opens up with dry roasted chocolately malt with a soft herbal hop astringency. Dry and roasty mid-palate; slightly coffee-like. Richly flavored, smooth mouthfeel but fairly thin; turns slightly grassy towards the finish, which is quick and clean. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Flavors harmonize well and are difficult to differentiate, which is something I like about lagers. I'd happily drink several of these if they weren't $3.50/bottle.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Mönchshof Schwarzbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.03 out of 5 based on 677 ratings.
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